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"newsroom," i'm alisyn camerota. >> i'm victor blackwell, good to be with you. a short time ago, the white house laid out its plan for the omicron variant. the president's message is that omicron is a cause for concern but not for panic, and dr. anthony fauci said the variant has been detected in 20 countries but not yet in the u.s. experts expect this highly mutated variant may spread more easily and have some resistance to vaccines. scientists are now working to find out. the first data could be known in about a week. meanwhile, travel bans continue to multiply against south africa. the u.s. and at least 70 other nations have banned entry by foreign nationals coming from countries in southern africa. the white house covid response team says the u.s. has far more tools today to fight variants than this time last year and is urging everyone eligible to get a booster. >> so, when we say that although these mutations suggest a
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diminution of protection and a degree of immune evasion, you still, from experience that we have with delta, can make a reasonable conclusion that you would not eliminate all protection against this particular variant. and that's the reason why we don't know what that degree of diminution of protection is going to be, but we know that when you boost somebody, you elevate your level of protection very high, and we are hoping, and i think with good reason, to feel good that there will be some degree of protection. >> cnn international correspondent david mckenzie is tracking the many developments for us from south africa. what's happening there, david? >> reporter: alisyn, there is lots that is unknown about the virus, but here in south africa, they're very concerned about those many mutations and despite all the unknowns or perhaps because of it, the world has shut its borders to this region.
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the coronavirus testing center in johannesburg, the omicron variant is already dominant here just weeks after it was first detected. a doctor who's treating omicron patients is expressing cautious optimism. >> the majority of what we are presenting to primary healthcare practitioners are extremely mild cases, so mild to moderate. >> reporter: the white house says there aren't enough cases yet to evaluate the variant's danger but that they are prepared. >> our variant surveillance system has demonstrated we can reliably detect new variants from outside of the start of 2021 to delta over this past summer. >> reporter: the cdc is strengthening its booster recommendations for americans, saying all adults should get another dose six months after their second pfizer or moderna shot or after just two months if they had the johnson & johnson. it's a similar story abroad where the uk government says it will now make boosters available to everyone over 18.
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>> what we're doing is taking some proportionate precautionary measures while our scientists crack the omicron code. >> reporter: in england, on tuesday, face masks became mandatory again in stores and on public transportation. israel confirmed its first cases of omicron community spread. this medical center said a doctor who traveled abroad and then infected a colleague. in the netherlands, where some are already isolating in this airport hotel, the government said the omicron variant was in the country a full week earlier than it originally thought, found in test samples from november 19th that were just sequenced. japan found its first omicron variant case, a man who traveled from namibia. its borders closed to all foreigners on tuesday. south african leaders are slamming those global travel bans as ineffective and punitive. >> we feel that the travel ban
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is very unfair. south african science should be commended for discovering this new variant and sharing the information with the world. we have played our role very responsibly. >> reporter: we were in labs today in johannesburg where they're desperately trying to find out what this all means and here's an extraordinary point. you know, they are complaining about the fact that the world is shutting them off here in south africa and scientists say even because of those shutdowns and those flights being canceled, they're struggling to get reagent into the country. it's a really critical part of their studies in the labs to try and grow the live virus. they say that's a real, real-world impact of these travel bans. victor, alisyn? >> david mckenzie in johannesburg. thank you. >> phil mattingly, what is the white house plan to deal with omicron? >> reporter: there's the near
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term and the longer term. one thing we've seen over 48 hours, this moment of peak uncertainty in terms of what this variant will bring to the united states and make no mistake about it, you talk to white house officials, they all acknowledge it's an inevitably that it will end up in this country is in the short-term pressing for more vaccinations, pressing for boosters. nearly 60% of the country is vaccinated, fewer than 20% have gotten a booster. that is the primary short-term focus but today when the president's covid top covid advisors held a press briefing it gave a window into just how rapidly they've shifted toward preparation for what could come with this new variant, particularly as it pertains to potential shifts in vaccines. take a listen. >> we believe the current vaccines provide at least some protection against this variant. and that boosters strengthen that protection significantly. in the event that additional measures are needed, we will be prepared. we're working with pfizer, moderna, and j&j to develop contingency plans from modifications to vaccines or
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boosters if they're needed. and we will ensure that the fda and cdc review them as fast as possible while maintaining their rigorous scientific protocols. >> reporter: and guys, what you heard from the president's covid coordinator there really underscored what the president's message has been the last couple days, working through speed and science, not trying to attack this with confusion or chaos, and i think that pertains to the overall approach, but particularly when it comes to vaccines. the president's top advisors today made very clear there is still so much to learn about what this variant may bring, but they want to be prepared. they want to be ready, and if that means that they need to shift their approach to vaccines or revise how vaccines are operating, they will be ready to scale that up as quickly as possible, likely in a matter of months, guys. >> phil mattingly at the white house, thank you. let's go now to a virologist
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in new york. thank you so much for being with us. let's start here with just the preface for all of this conversation. there's a lot that we don't know. of course, we've got you because you know more than we do about omicron. you've seen these variants, these mutations, i should say, before, but what makes omicron so concerning? >> well, what makes omicron so concerning at this point is that the decombination of mutations that all appear together in this particular spike variant, so many but not all of those mutations we have seen individually or in some combinations before in other variants. this is really the first time we've seen so many of them together in a single variant, and that's what is likely to confer sort of a slightly elevated degree of resistance to the vaccines that we've been receiving. >> so, let's talk about the vaccines. we just heard there from phil's
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report, jeff saenz said thaer working with the covid companies on boosters, on adjustments to vaccines if they're needed. based on what you know right now, will there have to be adjustments to the vaccines? we know that once delta hit, it was the same formulation that was given. >> eventually, there will almost inevitably need to be adjustments to the vaccines. what we have not been able to determine so far is what the right time would be to make those adjustments. now, if you just turn the clock back a week or two, we were talking with companies about perhaps adjusting the vaccines to make them better -- a better match for delta, but now, in the space of a few days, we're now learning that omicron is at least to a degree spreading and we're beginning to think about how that might impact us.
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but there's nothing in virology that terminates the greek alphabet at the letter omicron. we don't know, for example, what we will need to be immunizing people months from now. for now, the best idea is to immunize with what we have at our disposal, and that's the original strain. simply adding additional doses to what people have already received, if people have received two doses, adding a third, we know educates the immune system to provide a broader degree of protection and should enable at least some efficacy against the omicron variant. >> you know that there are some people who are, let's say, vaccine hesitant or anti-vaccine, even who argue that they get the natural immunity from having had the covid -- having covid-19 so that they don't need a vaccine.
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how does that immunity that is developed from having had the infection match up against omicron versus, let's say, the delta variant or gamma or mu? >> so, we don't know that -- the answer to that specific question yet, but what we do know is that the -- the original premise for that supposition is just wrong. it simply isn't true that immunity conferred by infection is in general better than immunity conferred by vaccination. what we doe know is that immunity that's conferred by prior infection is very variable. some people have great immunity. some people have little or no immunity at all. in fact, one thing we do know is people who have been infected, if they also get vaccinated, they get incredibly high levels of immunity. what the -- what i would call a gold standard in terms of immunity to coronavirus at present. so, those that have been infected, i would absolutely get
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vaccinated. that gives them the best chance, i think, against the new variants like omicron. >> all right, professor paul bienasz, thank you so much. >> thank you. okay, joining us now to talk more about what we need to know is e.r. dr. rob davidson, the executive director of the committee to protect healthcare. dr. davidson, great to have you here. i do want to get to omicron in a moment, though we don't know much, but first, i want to get to something that really got my attention yesterday, and that was we had michael osterholm on and he basically said there is this other invisible crisis that we're not talking much about, and that is that all of us who have been doubly vaxxed, our immunity is waning as we speak and we're not sort of moving with the alacrity that he thinks we need to. >> i don't think, alisyn, most people realize, we're growing more vulnerable every day in
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this country, not less, because we have 120 million americans who have now gone past their six months since they were originally vaccinated, and each day, they become more and more susceptible to now getting infected, and we're only boosting about 35 million of those 120 million. so, this is a real challenge. >> here are the numbers, doctor, our latest numbers. only 12% in the u.s. of the population who has been vaccinated has received the booster or i guess 12% of the entire population. so, you know, we call it a booster. is it time to start calling this a three-shot regimen? >> absolutely. early on, i was a bit critical, and others were as well, of calling it a booster in the first place, because it suggests it's just an added bonus. this is part of the necessity of being fully immunized. i will tell you, we are hanging on for dear life with the delta variant ripping through west michigan and all of michigan, in fact. our hospitals are full, and every day, the only people we're seeing that we're calling
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breakthrough that i have seen personally are people who have had two shots but haven't had their booster or, sorry, their third dose, but would be eligible. it is still true, though, that 98% of the people in our entire health system on the west side of the state who are in critical care are unvaccinated people so the first and foremost is get vaccinated. if you have natural immunity and you have been depending on that to protect you, you know, forget omicron. any of the variants. you are not protected for very long, and it's variable, as your previous guest said. our senate majority leader, the top republican in the state, just tweeted out or just had a comment in an interview suggesting natural immunity is stronger. that disinformation is really killing people. >> yeah, and let's talk more about that, because it's got to be frustrating when you see that from local officials. you see a republican member of congress saying that omicron is part of a democratic plot to steal the midterms. you've got others saying that it's something to distract from the ghislaine maxwell trial. and you have said that there are people who come to your hospital
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who believe these things, and it's within the last few days of their life that they are still reiterating some of these lies. >> yeah. i mean, you know, people who specifically say, when you ask about the vaccine, i don't approve. someone who a little bit ago had said they're suggesting we're trying to give them covid with the vaccine. someone who when we were giving them decadron, the steroid that helps survival in people getting admitted, was, you know, yelled at the nurse, said, that isn't that vaccine you're giving me. that will kill me. and so these people who are doing this are as much a part of this pandemic as any variant we could ever imagine, because they are leaving entire swaths of this country, almost 60% of the people in my county that i served for 20 years, unprotected against the original strain, against delta, omicron, and whatever else may come. and those people are paying with their lives. it's really unfortunate. >> dr. davidson, you have shared with us, i mean, how often you're just beating your head against a wall trying to combat all of this disinformation, but
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what's the answer? i think that, you know, we so often hear from people who say, i don't want to be told what to do. i'm not going to do something just because joe biden tells me to do it and i think there's some human nature that doesn't want to be told what to do. so, is there a way to change the messaging now about the third dose or the boosters? is there some way to, i don't know, use reverse psychology and not tell people what to do? i mean, you're on the front lines. what's the answer to this? >> i wish i knew the absolute answer. i mean, i certainly think, you know, deplatforming some of these very loud voices that are out there pumping out the information, because, you know, it only takes a few, i think, at one point, the dirty dozen of covid disinformation was put out there, the people with the most content they're putting out, certainly getting rid of those voices because then they do get into the echo chamber, into the silos of social media where people just share back and forth and then eventually, by saturation, they believe it. and so, you know, i think the more of those voices we remove
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from those platforms so they can't spread the disinformation, the better the chance that my wife, who's a family doctor, all of my colleagues in primary care have of convincing their patients who have taken the flu shot year after year because they believe it will protect them, the better the chance they have of convincing those folks to get the covid vaccine. >> that's such a great suggestion. dr. rob davidson, thank you, we appreciate your time. >> thank you, doctor. here's where you can get some answers. you can join anderson cooper and dr. sanjay gupta for a cnn global town hall with dr. fauci, "coronavirus facts and fears." this is going to air tomorrow night live at 8:00 p.m. donald trump's former chief of staff, mark meadows, has cut a deal with the house select committee investigating january 6. we'll tell you what he's agreed to share. and attorneys for former president trump are in court today trying to keep his records private and away from that house select committee. we'll update you. >> man: what's my safelite story? my my livelihood. so when my windshield cracked... the experts at safelite autoglass came right to me...
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initial deposition. his lawyer says they've reached some kind of accommodation on a set of the types of questions that he is going to be able to answer, but this is kind of one of those the devil's in the details situations because you can see that because the president -- the former president has asserted executive privilege on certain things, for instance, maybe direct conversations between his former chief of staff and the former president, that that's where you could see, perhaps, there could be some disagreement. again, we don't know whether meadows' lawyer, george, will say, well, this is off limits and you can ask certain questions. we'll see how long this deal survives, because again, this is a key witness for this committee. they want to know exactly what former president trump was doing in those key days and hours before the capitol riot and during the capitol riot. >> all right, evan, you're there outside the court of appeals there, and we know that former
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president's executive privilege fight continues. attorneys made their case there that the former president still has the authority to keep key white house records secret. how'd that go over? >> reporter: well, you know, the former president's legal team had a skeptical audience with these three judges that heard these arguments today. it was over three hours of discussion about this, alisyn and victor, and among, by the way, the 700 documents that they are fighting over, that the house committee wants, and that trump says that are off limits are some notes, for instance, from mark meadows, who is apparently now going to go in for a deposition. you can hear some of the skepticism from these judges in these comments from judge jackson. take a listen. >> this all boils down to who decides.
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who decides when it's in the best interest of the united states to disclose presidential records? is it the current occupant of the white house or the former? >> reporter: and look, despite the skepticism you hear from the judges there, they also seem to have a little misgiving about the idea that the former president had no right to try to come to court and make these arguments. so, we'll see when they rule, obviously, whoever wins this round is likely to go to the supreme court to try to hear -- to get another round of this. alisyn and victor? >> okay, evan perez, thank you for the update. cnn's senior legal analyst elie honig joins us now. let's start with everything that evan just reported. let's start with meadows. how significant a development is what you have heard? >> well, alisyn, it's a very big deal. mark meadows is a central player in january 6th. he was with donald trump throughout january 6th. he should have some key
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evidence. now, it's a temporary, temporary win-win here because it looked like we were headed towards a potential contempt vote and contempt prosecution of meadows. now, the committee at least gets some information out of meadows. some is better than none, and meadows avoids the possibility of being federally indicted which to most non-steve bannon people is a good thing. however, the big question is, how initial will this initial cooperation be? what happens when the committee starts asking mark meadows those really tough questions that may be really damaging for donald trump? will he answer? and if not, does that make this deal fall apart or does the committee take what they can get and move along? >> let's talk about the executive privilege arguments. you listened to them today. the judges seemed, let's say, skeptical. what's your sense of how this turned out and where it goes next? >> yeah, victor, i would say a mixture of skeptical and exasperated at times. i don't like to make predictions when it comes to court cases,
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but having listened to this long argument, i am fairly confident that donald trump is going to lose this. the committee is going to win. the big question that trump's lawyers just could not give a good answer to was, it seemed to be widely agreed, as evan said, that a former president could have some interest in invoking executive privilege, but his lawyers, donald trump's lawyers, just could not answer the question of, when could that overcome the current president's wishes? and they just did not get a straight answer to that. i don't know if there is a straight answer to that. i can't see this panel ruling in trump's favor. >> i know you say you don't like to make predictions but you've been 100% right in my book every time you've made a prediction to me but we'll move on, put that aside for a moment. donald trump's attorneys want the records to be evaluated document by document, and they talked about the precedent that was set during the watergate scandal so let's listen to some of that. >> i'm sorry, counsel, but there's nothing in the statute that says that the privilege determination has to be made on a document-by-document basis.
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what we have in our precedent and, you know, the court didn't listen to the tapes before they determined that privilege had been waived in nixon. >> okay, so, there is no precedent for document-by-document. >> yeah, this kept recurring throughout the argument. the judges kept saying, what is it about this case, what is it about this set of documents that makes them so different, so unusual that the former president should get to override the current president? and the lawyer kept saying, well, judges, i'm going to need you to go through these documents one by one and make a decision. first of all, that's not the judges' role. second of all, judges don't like getting homework assignments given to them by lawyers so that argument continually fell flat and i think really sort of underscored the weakness of trump's legal position here. >> what do you know about these judges that might inform how they might rule? >> yeah, so, just in terms of who appointed them, you can't always tell everything, victor, based on who appointed them but it's relevant.
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judge jackson was nominated to the court of appeals by joe biden, one of his new nominees thus far. she's widely believed to be on his short list if he gets a supreme court nominee at some point. the other two judges are obama appointees. judge jackson really took the lead, intellectually, in the questioning today and important to know, two years ago, when judge jackson was on the district court, she rejected an absolute immunity, a different kind of privilege claim, in the don mcgahn scenario, so she's sort of on record being skeptical about broad invocations of executive privilege and absolute immunity. >> all right. we will wait for their decision. elie honig, thank you. so, trial is about to begin for a former police officer who shot and killed dante wright. she said she meant to pull her taser. you remember this one? but she drew her gun instead. we'll go live to that courthouse. plus, stocks are way down today. experts blame uncertainty surrounding the omicron variant.
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we've got breaking news out of michigan where police say a suspect is in custody after shooting at a high school. let's bring in now alexandra field who's following this. what are you learning? >> reporter: as many as six people may have been injured in this shooting. none of the injuries appear to be fatal injuries. we know that units are on scene right now, very much an active
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scene. ems and s.w.a.t. crews responded to reports of an active shooter at oxford high school in oxford township earlier this afternoon. they have evacuated all students from the school. as you mentioned, they have taken one suspected shooter into custody. they have recovered a handgun. they do not believe there is a second suspected shooter at this time but they are making another sweep of the school. we are standing by for more information but you can see some shots from overhead right now around that high school. obviously, priority there to get all of those students out. we will be learning more about this. we they're expecting to brief us shortly. >> thank you very much. meanwhile, jury selection is under way in the trial of a former minnesota police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop. >> during the arrest, kim potter says she accidentally grabbed and fired her gun instead of her taser. the shooting happened about ten miles from where the derek
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chauvin trial was happening in minneapolis. potter is charged with first and second degree manslaughter. adrienne broaddus has been watching the proceedings. we understand that opening arguments are set for next week but we got information about who might testify. >> at least 18 potential witnesses, including kim potter, yes, we learned today she will take the stand in her own defense. now, her defense attorneys were questioning juror six, and during that questioning, the juror mentioned she remembers her initial reaction when she first heard about this incident. she said, and i'm paraphrasing, how could this happen? she said she still feels the same way today. and then she quickly followed up by saying, perhaps this trial will clarify some of her questions, and this was the response she got. listen in. >> if you're selected, officer potter will testify and tell you what she remembered happened.
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>> right, yes. >> so, you will know. >> uh-huh. >> not just from the video but from the officer at the scene and officer potter herself. >> and jury selection continues at this hour. so far, three jurors have been selected, including juror six, who told the court she's a mother of four. one of her children died almost two years ago. she also is the daughter of an army veteran. she said her father served during world war ii. the other juror selected was juror seven. he says he's an operation manager at target and oversees about 110 people. he said he works the night shift. he also mentioned at least two of his family members are members of law enforcement in neighboring communities of minneapolis. he recently saw them for thanksgiving, and the other juror that was first selected
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was juror two, also a man. jury selection and this trial against kim potter is happening inside the same courtroom where derek chauvin was convicted. alisyn and victor? >> all right, adrienne broaddus, thank you so much. the stock market is having another rough day. we'll take a look at the impact of the omicron variant and some remarks from the fed chair, the impact that they are having on the economy in a moment.
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well, there are rising concerns and uncertainty surrounding the new omicron variant and the economy. fed chair jerome powell and treasury secretary janet yellen testified in front of the senate today, warning that they just don't know enough about the new covid strain yet. >> cnn business reporter matt egan joins us now. matt, we just saw the market's down 513 points. are they reacting to omicron or something else? >> reporter: yeah, alisyn, victor, a lot of this is about omicron. all this uncertainty just continues to send the stock market on a wild roller coaster ride. markets tumbled friday, bounced back a bit yesterday but as you can see, the dow down 515 points, about 1.5%. now, federal reserve chairman jerome powell, he talked today in washington about the risks that omicron poses to the economy. let's listen to what he had to say. >> the recent rise in covid-19 cases and the emergence of the
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omicron variant pose downside risks to the employment and economic activity and increased uncertainty for inflation. greater concerns about the virus could reduce people's willingness to work in-person, which would slow progress in the labor market and intensify supply chain disruptions. >> reporter: so, three main risks there. inflation, worker shortage, and the supply chain. those are the things that investors are most concerned about, but we do need to stress that these are just risks at this point. we don't know enough to say exactly what the impact's going to be on the economy. that's going to really depend on how contagious this new variant is, how effective vaccines are, and also how severe the symptoms are. now, the other interesting thing is that jerome powell, he kind of threw wall street a curve ball today. he said, and these comments actually sent stocks to session lows, he said that he thinks the fed should seriously consider unwinding their emergency bond-buying stimulus program earlier than expected. now, he cited high inflation and
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strong economic growth. this did not please investors, because this stimulus program has been juicing the stock market for almost two years now but it may be coming to an end sooner than expected and alisyn and victor, whether it's covid or this fed policy issue, clearly investors and the real economy are facing a lot of uncertainty right now. >> it sure sounds like it. matt egan, thank you. congresswoman marjorie taylor greene has launched a new attack on another congresswoman, and this time, it's a member of her own party. we'll tell you who the target is this time. i brought in ensure max protein, with thirty grams of protein. those who tried me felt more energy in just two weeks! (sighs wearily) here i'll take that! (excited yell) woo-hoo! ensure max protein. with thirty grams of protein, one gram of sugar, and nutrients to support immune health.
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well, the back and forth in congress is getting even more toxic. let's talk now about trump ally congresswoman marjorie taylor greene. she attacked a fellow house republican, nancy mace, on twitter. >> greene called mace, quote, trash and accused her of not being a true conservative. her final zinger was misspelled. she writes, "your out of your league." i'm going to have to deduct some points for that. what did mace do to spark that ire? she condemned gop congresswoman lauren boebert for hateful remarks about ilhan omar. >> now mace has responded. what's the latest in this back and forth? >> reporter: yeah, well, the interparty feud continues to escalate this afternoon. nancy mace responded by not only correcting greene's grammar but also implying, using some colorful emojis, that greene is crazy and a clown.
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and then marjorie taylor greene responded by saying she spoke to trump about nancy mace, which could be interpreted as a veiled threat of sorts. if it is a threat, though, nancy mace, not scared by it. she responded by saying that this is the equivalent of greene tattling to the principal's office because she can't stand stand on her own two fight. the gop is wrestling with islam phobic, and bigoted resident rim its party. kevin mccarthy has worked behind the scenes. he tried to broker a meeting between lauren boebert and ilhan omar, and called nancy mace today and spoke to her by phone amid this feud with marjorie taylor greene. he does not want to be focus on the infighting, he wants to focus on the biden agenda and bring back the majority. he's trying to bring the temperatures down, but it's not working. it's playing out on twitter in realtime.
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>> there's a new video that has emerged of lauren boebert talking about ilhan omar back in september, though. >> this is a pattern of islam phobic and bigoted language and lauren boebert. it's not a one off incident. take a look at this video. >> one of my staffers on his first day with me got into an elevator in the capitol. and in that elevator, we were joined by ilhan omar. well, it was just us three in there, and i looked over, and i said, well, look at there, it's the jihad squad. >> reporter: i would point out that lauren boebert has used that phrase multiple times
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before and doubled down in a social media video, so clearly she's not remorseful. she's not sorry despite an initial tweet trying to apologize so clearly, you know, there's just a lot of tensions inside the house right now. >> it's interesting that she keeps recycling that story that ilhan omar says is a made up story, and she keeps recycling it. >> it keeps changing. melanie zanona on capitol hill, thank you so much. this bit of news into cnn. dr. me met oz, the cardio thoracic surgeon and television personality is running for senate in pennsylvania as a republican. he just made the big announcement in an op-ed published in the conservative washington examiner newspaper. >> dr. oz wrote during the pandemic i learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions, that's why i'm running for the u.s. senate to help fix the problems and to help us heal. the race in pennsylvania is to succeed retiring republican senator pat toomey.
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too. he acknowledged britain's colonial history and its shameful role in the transatlantic slave trade. >> from the darkest days of our past and the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude. >> queen elizabeth says barbados will always have a place in her heart, and she sent a message of congratulations to the caribbean country's new president sandra mason. it's the start of a brand new hour. good to be with you. i'm victor blackwell. >> and i'm alisyn camerota. the cdc is expanding its surveillance of the omicron variant at four major u.s. airports. the agency's director just announced increased testing at jfk, san francisco, newark, and atlanta. this is one part of a plan the white


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