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i love it. >> it is very important work you are doing. thank you for that. >> you? >> me? >> i got a number. friends of karen, a group that deals with families who have kids who are battling cancer, a group i love to give to every year. >> it is a wonderful group. and cnn's coverage continues right now. very good tuesday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto. >> i'm erica hill. this morning, at least 19 countries and territories have now confirmed cases of this new omicron variant. that includes japan, which reported its first case overnight. the cdc also updating its guidance, now saying every adult who is ducurrently eligible shod get a booster shot. >> it is early. as of right now there are so many things we do not know about the omicron variant. scientists are saying consistently be patient, it will
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take time to answer important questions, including about efficacy of current vaccines against omicron. this morning, cnn spoke to a top doctor in south africa who is tamping down concerns. >> i think it was an overreaction. the knee jerk reaction of closing borders and people say, yes, but i'm trying to protect my people. so the question would be how do you know it is not in your country yet? >> president biden says he does not anticipate any more travel bans or new lockdowns, that should be clear, assuring the public that both options are off the table for now. the white house is planning more extensive guidance as they learn more on thursday. >> obviously this could have an impact on the markets. we'll keep a close watch on them this morning. dow futures down sharply ahead of the opening bell. jerome powell will testify about the new threats the variant poses to the u.s. economy. athena jones and jeremy diamond are covering this for us this
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morning. athena, let's begin with you. pfizer ceo also looking to tamp down concerns about this variant. what are we hearing from him? >> that's right. the big question here, all of the questions we have about the variant, how strong is it, how transmissible is it, how severe is the illness that it leads to or less severe. and one of the big questions is whether the existing vaccines work well on them. this is pfizer's ceo albert burla. take a listen. >> i'm concerned. but not panicked. we have been preparing for a moment like that for the last few months. i think we are now really very well prepared to win this battle. we can find ourselves perfectly fine and we're perfecting as high as -- but we're having less perfection with compared to the delta. but that will be the variant. and in both cases boosters should reduce dramatically the
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gap. >> and we're hearing similar things from people like dr. fauci who say that the immune protection provided by the booster should help provide some protection from omicron. and boosters are going to be the big discussion, pfizer is about to apply -- to seek fda authorization to provide boosters for those ages 16 and 17. and you should know only 20%, just over 20% of people who are eligible for boosters in america have taken advantage and gone ahead and gotten that shot. you'll hear a lot from doctors and health experts saying go out and get vaccinated if you haven't or get the booster and as i mentioned, pfizer saying that they're applying for 16 and 17-year-olds. and the cdc is strengthening the recommendations. the previous recommendation said anyone over 18 may get a booster shot. now shthey're saying if you're eligible you should get that booster shot if you're an adult
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and two months after a johnson & johnson shot. this is all so that people can have at least some protection against this variant that we still know so little about during this period of uncertainty. >> a lot more questions to answer. we're told they expect some data on how vaccines work in the next couple of weeks. jeremy, interesting yesterday that president biden made quite clear in his comments yesterday that for now covid lockdowns are off the table, he's urging instead vaccinations, masks, tell us what the white house plan is going forward. >> yeah, that was an important message that we heard from the president. and that's because he wants to avoid that sense of panic, that sense of alarm, in the public, and he also wants to try and avoid criticism from republicans that he's going to suddenly take things too far. we remember the anti-lockdown protests back last year. listen, one thing that president biden is trying to do here is show that he's on top of this, you'll remember back in the summer, the white house was kind of caught off guard by the delta
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variant, which crept up at a time when the administration was saying we were gaining our freedom from the coronavirus. so we're seeing a very concerted effort to show the president is on top of this. he delivered some key messages yesterday. we saw him talk about the fact we don't know everything we need to know, we will in the next week or two. he also urged the public to get vaccinated saying that boosters are what people need to do now in order to get protection from this omicron variant. he also talked about the importance of continuing with those public health measures like masking, for example. we will hear more from the president on thursday as he visits the national institutes of health, in terms of the strategy for confronting this variant and also for the potential of another delta surge in the winter. expect that to be doubling down on some of the measures we have seen so far. vaccinations, boosters, and also perhaps some new initiatives, new messaging perhaps from the white house to achieve those ends. the white house certainly wants to show they are on top of this, that's what we're seeing from the president. and he will continue to be
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getting briefed on this new variant every single day. jim, erica? >> jeremy diamond and athena jones, thank you for your reporting. joining me to discuss admiral brett giroir, he led the federal government's covid-19 testing response under the trump administration. good to have you with us this morning. as we look at where we're at, the message from president biden yesterday, be concerned, but it is not a moment to panic. do you agree with that tone and that message? >> i do agree with that tone and that message. we should be concerned because the number of mutations on omicron, but we should not panic. our testing still works perfectly. it is very likely that our vaccines will provide some immune protection. and i agree it is very important to top off your tank, top off your immune tank by getting that booster, independent of omicron, it is very important to get it just for delta. third, we have new oral medications that are up to the fda today that will be
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completely effective against omicron as they are against the others. so we have a lot more to learn. we should be concerned, but we should not be panicked. >> so take it all, wait for the information, let's see what's coming down the pike. boosters as you say you're agreeing there with the new guidance from the cdc, you should get the booster. shouldn't just be about omicron, but just in general. when we look at testing, and andy slav it recommending that all americans should have a supply, he thinks, of rapid tests and antiviral meds at home sending out a tweet last night saying six months from now if every american had access to instant tests and prescription for highly effective therapy it would ease concerns a great deal. we know testing is not where it needs to be in this country in terms of access. and that also limits what public health officials know about the spread of this disease, about current disease levels. do you think we can get a handle on this virus in the united states without adequate testing
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and tracing? >> so, number one, yes, i do. i believe we can do that. but we absolutely need more testing. as you know, testing plummeted sort of toward the midsummer to less than 50% of its rates in january. and there was a lull in the production of the antigen tests. i think the administration is trying to reverse that. but i do agree with andy slav it that one of the things you can do aside from getting boosted is get those home tests. i literally just went to walmart yesterday and picked up two boxes of home tests, just to be prepared and for my family to be prepared. everyone should be able to do that and i think the federal government should send home tests to all those who are underserved or in that at risk community so they can test themselves. whether you need an antiviral medication at home or not, i think our system works, we have a great system of pharmacies, home deliveries. it is very important. the drug is a powerful weapon, it is pills that you take for five days, and that dramatically
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reduces the risk of hospita hospitalization. >> it is not, we should point out, an antiviral pill is not a replacement for a vaccine. >> absolutely not. look, you know, we're going to war with this virus and we have been going to war with it for almost two years. at first we had no weapons, the only thing we could do was reduce social interactions. now it is all of the above. vaccines are the most important. if you're not vaccinated, get vaccinated, get your booster. we have monoclonal antibodies, we have testing and we still have mitigation measures like masks. if you're at a rate of high risk of transmission, indoors, wear a mask. >> as you know, people are tired of this virus. they're tired of the nearly two year pandemic. people want it to be over. i heard that around the thanksgiving table . i'm thankful this is almost over. it is not. how do you encourage people to put their masks back on? >> i think we need to be
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reasonable about it. i still see people riding their bicycle in the street wearing a mask and not a helmet. we have to be really rational about our risks. if you're in an indoor crowded space in an area of high transmission, it is a reasonable idea to wear a mask. it does help. we shouldn't be having people wearing masks. outdoors or in low risk situations, use common sense. but they do add a layer of protection and until we know more about omicron, put your warning level up a little bit more. that's a wise idea. >> in terms of omicron, one doctor who treated patients again, not patients who were hospitalized, patients who came in, who were vaccinated, had this to say about those patients earlier this morning. take a listen. >> the majority of what we are presenting to primary healthcare practitioners are extremely mild cases. mild to moderate. and so these patients means they
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don't need to be hospitalized for now. >> she said, look, these are early days. everything she is seeing is pretty mild. we also heard from a number of folks that this is omicron from everything we know now this is not delta. this is not delta, which took over as the dominant variant in the u.s. in a matter of weeks, is more contagious, leads to more serious disease. what are you seeing early on in terms of what we know about omicron and how is that influencing your reaction to it? >> well, first of all, we have no evidence that omicron is more severe. i would love to believe that south african doctor, but, remember, the patients that were treated there were primarily young patients, college-aged patients and we really don't know how omicron is going to affect the elderly or those who have chronic conditions. so we have no evidence that it is worse, but i don't want people to assume it is just mild and we can blow this off. we need to be concerned as president biden said. and, again, it is likely here already. we don't see it taking over.
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it doesn't mean that it won't. but, you know, we need to remain calm. there are things we can do, get vaccinated, get boosted, get tests at home, make sure your elderly are protected. wear a mask when appropriate for you. and, again, very importantly, the oral medications, merck and ridge back up today, pfizer back up to the fda. these are very important powerful tools that will work against omicron, delta and all the other variants. >> admiral brett giroir, good to have you with us this morning. thank you. >> thank you. if you have questions about the omicron variant, you are not alone. the good news is we're going to get you some answers. join anderson cooper and dr. sanjay gupta with dr. anthony fauci for an all new cnn global town hall, coronavirus facts and fears, that's tomorrow night at 8:00 eastern right here on cnn. -- to keep communications from january 6th secret.
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they're back in court. we'll have a review -- a preview of those arguments. plus, a call that was supposed to smooth tensions between congresswomen lauren boebert and ilhan omar actually did the opposite. it ended up with a hang-up and two fiery public statements. plus, tiger woods answering questions this hour about his path forward as he reveals it will not include a return to the professional golf full time. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ experience the power of sanctuary at the lincoln wish list event.
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committee. >> trump's attorneys are appealing a lower court's decision. we have learned that the house select committee could vote tomorrow to refer a former justice department official, jeffrey clark, on contempt charges. cnn law enforcement correspondent whitney wild joins us now. a lot of progress here. let's focus on this hearing this morning. what are we expecting and what time frame? >> reporter: well, this should kick off here in 15 minutes. each side will get 20 minutes to make their case to this three-judge panel here in d.c. the trump side arguing that the pursuit by the house select committee to get these records is so broad, so aggressive, that it could permanently damage the presidency and specifically damage the concept of executive privilege, of confidentiality enjoyed by the president, their argument is basically much beyond the presidency. so they think that president
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trump has this privilege even though he's no longer in office. we know the house select committee as well as now president biden disagree with that argument, president biden has waved trump's right to executive privilege, basically many people including a district court judge said that decision is up to biden. biden decides if those records should go to the house select committee. now obviously the trump side arguing against that. biden's argument here is that eventually these records are going to be public anyway because of how the national archives records keeping works. and so this is such an extenuating circumstance, transparency is critical here, it makes sense and it is important that these records go to the house select committee in very short order. other big news, jeffrey clark possibly becoming second person that doj could possibly charge for not following through with this subpoena request. jim, erica? >> we'll be watching. joining us to discuss, elliott williams, former federal prosecutor, former deputy
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attorney general. good to have you. >> thanks. >> will this be the final word today? >> this is not going to be the final word, jim. look at the end of the day, the president or whom ever can appeal this to the full court of appeals or the supreme court. this is not the final word. this is a very, very important word and very, very influential court, but not the last word today. >> the next question that a lot of people have is this will not be the final word, do we have any sense of the timeline, the ultimate timeline? >> no, i don't think we do. the fact we're here today on november 30th is lightning fast in the arc of how federal appeals courts rule. they c they expedited this. whether it is days or weeks, i just -- i will say having worked on appeals court before and, look, in a trial court before, often judges will have the scale of an opinion written if they want to get it out there and
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then after argument will try to get the whole thing out. >> so, elliott, in our experience, as president, as former president, as interim president, trump claimed executive privilege on everything. where does the law stand on this? >> it is not clear. and i think people want to believe that because this is donald trump, this bombastic political figure that, my gosh, he doesn't have any point whatsoever, there isn't settled law as to whether a former president and a past president -- a current president when at the come into conflict over documents, what to do about that. so to some extent he's got a little bit of a point. but we have been to this party before, jim. and we know the president -- the former president has a huge interest in delaying and slowing this down. >> yeah. >> that's definitely the playbook as we saw long before he entered the white house. want to get your take on jeffrey clark as whitney was laying out for us. what do you think the chances are we see some real movement there and what are you anticipating? >> so it is really interesting because jeffrey clark came in to
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testify, which normally would cut against bringing charges against him, because he complied. now, look, it is pretty clear that he wasn't particularly helpful when he showed up. he was there for about an hour and left after not answering many questions. so i think they could certainly proceed on moving forward with charges on him. it will be interesting to see, number one, what they document on wednesday after their hearing they'll be meeting to talk about this and if they put out a report saying how unhelpful was jeffrey clark. it is quite significant that the senior justice department official was asked to come in and seemed to really not be helpful here. >> goodness. and big hard questions to be answered. elliott williams, thanks so much. up next, republican congresswoman lauren boebert doubling down on her anti-muslim rhetoric after a phone call that was supposed to, i guess, start to smooth things over with her democratic colleague, representative ilhan omar. details on that tense conversation. and we're moments away from the opening bell on wall street.
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stock futures are pointing down as investors deal with the uncertainty over the new covid variant. they'll be watching closely as the fed chair and the treasury secretary testify before lawmakers next hour. jerome powell is expected to say the omicron variant could make supply chain and inflation issues worse as well as potentially hurt job growth. we'll see what he has to say. sales are down from last quarter, but we're hoping things will pick up by q3. yeah... uhhh... doug? [children laughing] sorry about that.'s uhh... you alright? [ding] never settle with power e*trade. it has powerful, easy-to-use tools to help you find opportunities, 24/7 support when you need answers, plus some of the lowest options in futures contract prices around.
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well, a phone call did not do much to diffuse tensions between lauren boebert and ilhan omar. the call which can be described at the very least as contentious came after boebert suggested that omar was mistaken for a suicide bomber in a capitol hill elevator. this is a sitting member of congress. >> and here is how boebert described the conversation with omar on monday. >> 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. >> at that point, omar reportedly hung up on boebert. cnn capitol hill reporter melanie zanona and chris cillizza joining us now.
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melanie, let's start with you. what happened after that point? we saw that very forceful reaction that boebert posted on her social media after ilhan omar also talking about the conversation after. >> reporter: ilhan omar put out her own statement and said she's willing to engage with someone as long as it is done in a respectful manner. this call was not that. omar said boebert refused to apologies, she said she would not give a more acceptable public apology and so ilhan omar decided to end the call when she realized it was not productive. she also said that boebert doubled down on her rhetoric and continued the same bigoted lies she said originally. >> make no mistake, i will continue to fearlessly put america first and never sympathizing with terrorists. unfortunately, ilhan can't say the same thing. >> reporter: omar is not a terrorist sympathizer, this is a
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lie, but boebert showing no remorse yesterday. the big question is whether she will suffer any consequences. democrats are saying the onus should be on kevin mccarthy to punish his own members and there is a reluctant by democrats to have to constantly police the bad behavior of their republican colleagues. so far there are zero signs that kevin mccarthy plans to act. jim, erica? >> we should note ilhan omar is an american. muslim american. it is not the first time a president during a campaign, former president, attacked a muslim gold star family, remember that, very prominently. >> yes. >> and enacted a muslim travel ban, which became the law of the land. i wonder when you see things like this, do we have to reconcile ourselves with this not being an accident, but being almost deliberate? >> yeah -- >> for some in the party. >> i think -- i think -- i hate
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to say it, this sort of accurately reflects lauren boebert's view of the world. it is not a nuanced view. it is well, you're muslim, you're a potential terrorist. that's not true. but, you know, when you listen to what she said on instagram, it is not really sorry. i would guess that someone said you should probably call her and apologize for what she perceived to be an attack on her religion, but once it goes as south as quickly as that phone call did, and once lauren boebert goes on instagram to essentially say i'm going to continue to fight against terrorists, that's not the debate we're having. the debate is whether you can label someone who just happens to be a muslim american, a terrorist or not. which we should all be able to say, no. the silence here from kevin mccarthy, from steven scalise, from other members of the republican leadership shouldn't surprise us. this is more of the same. it was democrats and the
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democratic-led house who sanctioned and censured paul gosar. i think kevin mccarthy, whether he's fine with it personally or not, is another question, but politically and publicly he's not going to be the guy to step out on this. he knows he needs the votes of people like lauren boebert, paul gosar, marjorie taylor greene to be speaker. >> that's the bottom line, isn't it? this is all -- not that this is surprising either. this is all about politics. >> yeah. one 100%, erica. remember, kevin mccarthy in 2015 was supposed to be the guy who stepped in as the leader of republicans when john boehner stepped down. he goes into a meeting with his conference, he emerges from that and says i'm not going to run. why? because the house freedom caucus turns against him, the most conservative republicans in the republican republican conference. he's not going to let that happen again.
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he's not going to let it happen. again, it is not leadership. it is the absence of leadership, not stepping up and saying this is wrong because it is wrong whether it is good for me or not politically. but he's not going to be the guy to do it. we have seen it happen with the other members of congress. we'll see it happen with boebert too. >> this sort of battle happening not just between democrats and republicans, but within the republican party, marjorie taylor greene, who chris mentioned attacked fellow house republican congresswoman nancy mays for condemning boebert's comments in an interview on cnn. so what is the latest on that? >> right this is what happens, this is why so many moderates in the republican party are scared to speak up because then they incur the rwrath of marjorie taylor greene. i think what we're seeing more broadly is the tensions between the moderates and the modeling of the party boil over.
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the moderates, they're the majority makers, the ones who are responsible, republicans hope, for delivering the majority to republicans next year. but the marjorie taylor greens of the conference say they have a lot of power, they know they have a lot of power when it comes to whether mccarthy will be speaker or not and they're starting to flex the muscles. that's the dynamic we're starting to see play out in the republican conference. >> if only that flexing did not require speaking ill of fellow lawmakers, fellow americans. fellow members of your own party. mel melanie, chris, thank you very much. still ahead, federal reserve chairman jerome powell is about to testify before congress on the potential economic threat from the omicron variant. the impact on everything from wall street to gas prices, what is the potential? that's coming up. feel stuck with student loan debt?
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in the next hour, the treasury secretary janet yellen and chairman of the federal reserve jerome powell will testify before the senate. powell is expected to lay out the potential threats that the omicron virus variant poses to the u.s. economy as well as the u.s. economic recovery. as we have been noting many questions still remain. >> we are obviously following the markets which just opened. not quite ten minutes ago. the dow as you can see down around 300 points at the moment. reacting to the news surrounding that omicron variant. matt egan joining us now with more. i'm sure there will be a lot of ears tuned to jerome powell this morning. what are you expecting from him? >> well, erica, jim, jerome
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powell he's got to acknowledge the obvious, that the omicron variant has the potential to really complicate america's economic recovery. and that's a big reason why we have seen this volatility on wall street. stocks really tumbled on friday. they bounced back a bit yesterday and we're seeing more selling today with the dow down around 300 points. big three points that jerome powell is likely to make in this appearance before the senate, one, he's going to talk about the threats to the recovery. one is rising inflation. he's going to acknowledge the prices are elevated and that the new variant raises a lot of uncertainty about when prices can come down. two, listen, people are worried about the new variant, they may not go back to work, stay home, that could slow down job growth. and worsening supply chain crisis is a risk as well. powell didn't mention this in his prepared remarks, but another big issue that we have to talk about is how are consumers going to react? obviously the people are worried about omicron and they are maybe
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deciding not to fly, not to stay in hotels, they decide not to shop at crowded stores, that's going to weigh on the economy as well. we saw that in 2020. we also saw that with the delta variant to a lesser extent over the summer. but big picture, jim and erica, i think that there is so many unknowns right now, until we get answers on how severe the new variant is, how vaccines are going to react, no one, not even the federal reserve chairman can accurately predict the impact to the economy. >> yeah. so many questions. matt egan, thank you very much. so let's discuss bigger picture here. ian bremmer is the president of the eurasia group. good to have you back as always. it seems the global response to the omicron strain has been stronger than what we saw with delta. and i wonder if in your view that's a smart approach, an abundance of caution here. some of that seems to be learning that we didn't move
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quickly enough with delta to take steps to try to stem it. >> well, i mean, there is a perform tiff aspect to this. governments want to show they are doing something in case this represents a worse case scenario. and a third pandemic. and that's why you see all of these sort of travel restrictions, but you're not seeing sudden imposition of lockdowns and i think that's appropriate. in china, you're maintaining zero covid policy, no surprise there. they knew they couldn't open up because their vaccines weren't very effective against delta to begin with. so i'm not sure in terms of real policies that are affecting actual citizens living in these countries that we are seeing a very significant chain so far. what we're seeing is that south africa and a bunch of other states aren't able to travel anywhere. and if this vaccine -- we already know this variant is everywhere. so, i mean, to the extent that it is a worse case scenario, once you know about the variant,
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it is too late for those sort of policies. >> well, one point, relevant there, right, we already know that travel bans don't work that well. often they're imposed after the closing the barn door after the horse has already bolted the barn. what have we learned then? what do you see playing out in the response to omicron that shows that we learned some lessons from response to previous variants in the pandemic so far? >> jim, i wish i could say that we learned some lessons, we though that the inequality of vaccine distribution and the inability to distribute on the ground in places where you don't have great infrastructure makes it so much more vulnerable, the world, to new variants. we know that. it is a fact. but we're not doing very much about it. we know that people need to get boosters, we also know that your immunity to catching and transmit delta variant erodes very quickly over time. it hasn't led to a meaningful
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reduction in vaccine hesitancy. and we haven't had any solutions in what to do to make this less political as an issue. instead, you see dehumanization of people like fauci in the united states, becoming a very political issue. i'm not sure we learned many lessons here. >> yeah, it is sad. let's talk about the economy here. it is early. we're going to hear more from jerome powell and janet yellen shortly. so much of the economy as you know better than me is about expectations. all indicators point to a very robust recovery. and you have issues, supply chain, inflation, et cetera. what are you hearing about the risk to that recovery from what we know so far from omicron? >> well, look, what we know so far is that the vaccines are going to be at least the most effective vaccines like moderna and pfizer will be somewhat effective. what we don't know is if it is as lethal, more lethal or less lethal. if it is much more transmissible
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but less lethal, this isn't just a concern, this is a wonderful thing. but we don't know that. and we won't know that in at least a week or two. so the fact that there is so much unknown here weighs very heavily on the economy because it creates more consumer uncertainty. more uncertainty about going back to work, more uncertainty about how safe it is to be with all of your colleagues, more uncertainty about how much you're willing to spend or whether you're going to take that vacation you've been planning on finally after two years. and, of course, that means that existing political leaders are going to take it on the chin because they're seeing rightly or wrongly as responsible for how people are feeling about the economy today. they don't have a lot of confidence right now. >> and so much of it is about feeling. ian bremmer, thanks so much. >> good to see you. just ahead, the man who flew jeffrey epstein's private plane takes the stand. what he saw happening between the deceased criminal sex
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kara scannell has been following the trial for us. what have we learned so far? >> reporter: yesterday in opening statements, maxwell's lawyer laid out for the first time saying ghislaine maxwell is not jeffrey epstein, she's a stand-in and scapegoat for him, even saying the times of adam and eve women have been blamed for the bad acts of men. they also underscored that one key element of their defense is going to be to try to undermine the credibility of the four accusers who are expected to testify in this case saying that they may have faulty memories, that their memories have been contaminated by the passage of time, by media reports, by other alleged victims, also saying they've been manipulated by plaintiffs' lawyers looking for a quick payday and focusing on money, saying that the four received big payouts from a compensation fund set up after jeffrey epstein's death saying that these people were given even extra money for being a government witness and cooperator. some of these women have been
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paid as much as $1.5 million to $5 million. yesterday the prosecutors called to the stand a pilot who flew em steen around for 20 years. he gave a sense of the relationship with epstein and maxwell, they behaved like a couple and they used a fleet of private jets as a commuter bus, shuttling between epstein's home in palm beach, his mansion in new york. he's back on the stand this morning. prosecutors are expected to introduce flight logs into evidence that they say will show that maxwell was on some of these flights alone with these alleged victims. >> kara scannell, appreciate it. thank you. still ahead, one of the greatest golfers says he'll never play golf full-time again. tiger woods after that frightening car accident.
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for the first time since his february car crash in los angeles, tiger woods is breaking his silence about his health and his future, whether he'll play again. >> he says his days of being a full-time golfer are over as he continues to recover from traumatic leg injuries. andy scholes joins us this morning. tiger addressing the media for the first time since that accident, moments ago. what more did he say? >> he was in good spirits. he said it's been a very long, hard recovery, that he's only hatchway through and the hardest part was not only not being able to get out of bed for three months, he spent his whole life
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outside and he was happy to get outdoors. five back surgeries, five knee surgeries, now this leg injury, he'll never be the same, but he says he's at peace with that. >> i don't foresee this leg ever being what it used to be, and i'll never have the back what it used to be, and the clock is ticking. i'm getting older. i'm not getting any younger. all that combined means that a full schedule and a full practice schedule and the recovery that it would take to do that, no, i don't have any desire to do that. but to ramp up for a few events a year, as i alluded to yesterday, like mr. hogan did, he did a pretty good job of it, and there's no reason why i can't do that. >> he said all the questions have been answered in the police report about the cash and he did not elaborate. physically, he looks great. he joked that having to use crutches to get around his
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gigantic house made his triceps look jacked. he can't hit off a tee yet. but, guys, you know, there were many moments throughout this whole course we thought we might never see tiger play again. that's not the case. he said he won't be a full member of the pga tour. he'll pick and choose his tourn tournaments, and that's encouraging for golf fans. it looks like we'll see him compete at some point. >> he looked pretty good in that video. i would take that swing. >> listen, i'm happy i learned a new trick for my triceps. i'll get some crutches. thanks, tiger, for that one. >> thank you, andy. >> all right. good tuesday morning. top of the hour here almost. i'm erica hill. >> i'm chutejim sciutto. the cdc says the best we can do now with the omicron variant is
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everybody should get a booster shot as 19 countries and territories have confirmed cases of this new variant, omicron, including japan, which reported its first case i don't ever ni -- overnight. no known cases in the u.s. president biden says while there is cause for some concern, we should not panic. and the administration does not anticipate any more travel bannings or crucially new lockdowns here in this country. the white house is planning to release more extensive guidance on thursday. >> to be clear right now, there is still a lot we don't know about the omicron variant because as we know this virus is evolving, scientists stressing this is a good time to be patient. those answers will come. it could take a couple of weeks. in the meantime, officials and health experts stress one of the most important thing you can do is get vaccinated, or if you have the shots, get your booster. there's a lot of focus on the markets, not just because of the variant but because moments from now fed chairman jerom


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