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of the hospital from dying. i'm wondering what you made of that, given it's been this right-wing backlash ever since the former president made those comments? >> well, i mean, i'm glad that the former president trump is now talking about why it's important to get vaccinated. i was stunned by the fact that's doing that, and he's getting booed in some places for doing that, which means that you know, poisoning the well early on about, even not being enthusiastic or outright not pushing vaccines and discouraging vaccines now has the lingering effect and even when you come out and say go get vaccinated, some of the people that have been following his every word and what he does are now pushing back and not listening, which is, really tells you the strength of the divisiveness in our society which i've always said to me is the biggest stumbling block about getting this pandemic under control. it really is no place for
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divisiveness politically when you have a classical historical unprecedented pandemic. it doesn't make any sense. >> millions of americans still unvaccinated this morning. dr. anthony fauci, thank you for joining us. >> good to be with you, kathryn. thank you for having me. and "new day" continues right now. ♪♪ >> good morning to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. it's monday, december 27th. i'm john avlon with kaitlan collins. berman and brianna are enjoying a well-deserved week off. >> i can't believe they left us in charge. >> we'll see how it works out. i'm feeling good about it.
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the contagious omicron is surging across the united states and dr. anthony fauci is warning those cases are likely to climb much higher. years into this pandemic, testing a major challenge. many americans are wondering if they need to scrap their new year's plans all together, as omicron cases are surging health experts are waiting to see if hospitalizations will as well. right now they're 70% less than during the last peak around september. millions of americans who are still unvaccinated though are at the greatest risk of severe illness and death from the omicron variant and it's those cases that could overwhelm the country's already stressed health care systems. over the holiday weekend, millions of people around the world are dealing with mass airline cancellations as staff and crew are calling out sick amid the omicron surge. the disruptions have left thousands of travelers
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frustrated understandably and some of the groundings were caused by bad weather, maintenance issues like normal several airlines acknowledged the impact of the current wave of cases. >> imagine with all our bags, leaving the house, thinking you're going to travel, you get here and canceled. >> the reason our flight was canceled, lack of flight attendants on delta. it's really sad. >> today more than 2,000 flights have been canceled globally, including about 600 in the united states. so let's get to cnn's nadia roam romero at hartsfield-jackson with the latest. what are you hearing from people over concern their flight could be canceled after they show up to the airport there? >> reporter: yes, kaitlan, people had restless nights checking phones and website and
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if you showed up and your flight was canceled, you could have slept in. a lot of people were expected to go back to work today or tomorrow because many companies gave their employees friday off, so they're expecting to get back and start their work week. last check we had just an update that just came in about 750 flights canceled domestically, so across the u.s. after all of the people hoping to get back to a sense of normal after the holiday, many of them frustrated, some though who were able to get on those flights said they were going to do so regardless of that ripple effect of cancellations and delays, and despite this omicron variant that is spreading rapidly across the u.s., they were going to take that chance to come to the airport and hope that their flight wasn't canceled or delayed just to see the family that they haven't seen since before the pandemic. take a listen. your nephew is only 2 years old so he's only known covid-19. what was it like spending time
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with him in person? >> so great. i was there when he was born, right before the pandemic and haven't seen him since. he's grown so much. i'm sad i missed as much as i did. >> this is my in-laws, first time i've seen them in two years and saw my mom over thanks giving first time in two years. >> reporter: we spoke with a grandmother who had never seen her grandson in person so she was flying from atlanta to baltimore and said that moment when she was going to wrap her arms around her grandson for the first time was going to be worth just flying during the variant and with all of the other inconveniences of holiday travel. >> i think that's what is so frustrating, felt like the time we're finally going to see family members you haven't seen, a grandmother not seeing her grandson, oh, i can't even imagine that feeling. nadia, thank you for checking in with us this morning. >> that's right. amid the omicron surge, at-home coronavirus tests have
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been in high demand and short supply. in-person test sites are overwhelmed with long lines. dr. anthony fauci telling "new day" moments ago that the testing situation should get better in the u.s. in the coming weeks. cnn's elizabeth cohen joining us now to explain that and more. elizabeth? >> right, the government has purchased tests so that people hopefully in every american home there will be plenty of tests so that you can get tested. you're not sure, you want to know if you have coronavirus, you can get yourself tested. it is going to be a while until that happens. dr. fauci talked about flooding american households with tests. i don't think we're anywhere near the flooding but hopefully we're getting to that point and here's why. let's take a look at the increase in cases over the past month. about a month ago, we were having about 75,000 cases per day. now we're having more than 200,000 cases per day. now we should thank our lucky stars that omicron seems to be
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producing pretty mild disease. if you look at hospitalizations, they've gone up but you can see that line is much less dramatic than the line that we just saw for cases. here answer the worst line, here's the line that is keeping people up at night. look at vaccinations. they've gone down over the past month, about a month ago it was 425,000 a day, and now it's less than 100, gone down to about 170,000 a day. so that is a dramatic decrease. we just heard dr. fauci talking about how the people who are going to end up in the hospital with omicron to a large extent, it is the unvaccinated. vaccination doesn't work perfectly against omicron but it helps a lot. people who are not vaccinated and people who are not getting boosters when they should be getting boosters really they are taking great, great risks. john? >> given that the surge we're dealing with, the fact that you just pointed out the vaccinations are going down, that is stark and sobering and
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stupefying. elizabeth cohen, thank you very much. joining us now is cnn contributor dr. abdul al sayeed, epidemiologist and former detroit city health director. you heard our interview just now dr. fauci talking about whether or not the united states is going to see what scientists in south africa say that they are seeing. >> i certainly hope so. what this looks like if you use attal gee of a fire for this particular wave, it doesn't burn quite as hot but moves fast and once it burned through the kindling the fire kind of stops. the assumption here is that it just moves so efficiently through the population that if you're not vaccinated and boosted, that it's going to come to you and because it is less severe, you may not even know it. that being said, given the proportion of people who are liable to be infected, given the pro% of people in our country who are not vaccinated, there's still a real risk of
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overwhelming our health care system. it takes us back to the beginning of the pandemic in the bad old days of march 2020 talking about flattening the kumpb and we need to preserve our health care system and make sure it doesn't overwhelm it. hence the worry. >> one of the downstream effects of the difficulty in getting home tests right now is the return of a parlor game epidemic in my house, is it a cold or is it covid? what guidance can you give people who are asking themselves that when they can't get their hands on a test right away? >> there are a couple things i hope folks will think about. think about your exposure risk. if you may have been exposed to somebody with covid-19 it increases the probability it's covid-19. to be sure we know the symptoms look and feel the same way. you have the runny nose and the sore throat and the cough and the headache. i'd pay attention to a couple things, though. even though with omicron it's less likely that you're going to
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lose your sense of smell or taste, those are specific for covid-19, and the second that seems to be a bit more common with omicron given the data is a headache and so if you've been in a situation where you may have been exposed, it's worth looking back and asking the people that you are with, was there a positive test there and once you start feeling those symptoms, even if it is a cold or flu, given the goal of flattening the curve, it's worth isolating yourself and getting a couple of tests. the other important point is that don't test immediately after you might have been exposed but once you are getting symptoms, you want to test one day and then test again the next day just to be sure as you're isolating, but it is a frustrating situation to be in, considering that it is the holiday season and we're liable to deal with the cold and the flu in this time of year anyway. >> it is deeply frustrating. lebron james posted the meme men pointing at one another asking which one is it? it's a concern everyone asked themselves at some point over
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the last several years that we're dealing with this. i do wonder what your opinion is on what dr. fauci told us, they are considering shortening the isolation period not just for health care workers like the cdc has done but potentially for other people. we talked about flights canceled, maybe flight att attendants and airline workers kneeled a shortened isolation period or everybody who is vaccinated could see a shortened isolation period? >> it is really an important point and the main consideration that the cdc had in its perspective as they made that decision was about preserving our health care system, again, flattening the curve because we know that since the pandemic started over the last two years, it has been harrowing circumstances for our brave heroes on the front lines and there has been some burnout so we're at about 75% in terms of overall personnel capacity and the longer you are keeping people isolated post exposure or post infection, the less likely they're going to be out there on the front lines taking care of people in the midst of a sushlg.
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that was the focus. dr. fauci when you ask that question he focused on other important essential workers so the real question here is going to be the tradeoff between the potential risk that someone may still transmit the virus after seven days versus after five days and need to be out there doing the work to function in society. there is also a really important labor perspective here which is that we want to make sure that people are safe and healthy and that they get the time they need to rest and recuperate after an infection so that's going to be another angle here. what's the pushback going to be from workers unions and others who are really focused on making sure that we're not just putting sick people back on the front lines because we need them doing their jobs but that they are healthy and not passing on the virus. >> a lot of different factors in the calculations, you want to put responsibility first. thank you so much as always. >> thank you. coming up, the senate
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strategy that could give new life to president biden's build back better plan. plus vice president kamala harris with a warning to russia's vladimir putin. will he listen? and olivia rodrigo breaking through in 2021, we'll look back on the year's biggest culture moments. i've lost count of how many asthma attacks i've had. but my nunormal with nucala? fewer asthma attacks. nucala is a once-monthly add-on injection for severe eosinophilic asthma.
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we are open to a way to reach the finish line. we want to make it as comprehensive as possible because the needs are just there. >> democratic senator ben cardin of maryland joins us now. i understand that you're being open to getting something passed, but do you really think that splitting the bills into separate entities increases its chance of success, given the fact you'll need republican support to get that done? >> well right now we don't have any republican support. we have to recognize that we have to do this with democratic votes alone. i think our best strategy is to find a common spot where all democrats can agree and move that legislation. that's what we're trying to do now. that's what the negotiations are about between the president and joe manchin and the speaker of the house and the majority leader in the senate. we are working towards getting build back better agenda accomplished by 50 democratic votes. we would love to have republican support but to date we haven't
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seen any real movement by republicans to help us. >> so that sounds like reconciliation is still your first and best strategy to getting this done. so to ask the obvious $1.6 trillion question, where do you think that common ground could exist, given the brushback pitch that seemed definitive sent by joe manchin just over a week ago? >> there's a lot of important issues where the affordable of american families whether we're dealing with the affordability of child care or education or our tax system, there's a lot of things that bring all democrats together, that's what we're looking to see. >> right. >> we're committed as all democrats to make sure this is fully paid for so that it will be fiscally responsible. these are some common ground that we can build upon so i am optimistic that we'll find a path forward and we'll be able to move legislation. >> i appreciate your optimism. given senator manchin's concerns about the bill's impact on
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inflation for example, how do you answer that? >> we answer simply by paying for it and really paying for this bill. we know that the wealthy, those who have high income need to pay their fair share and senator manchin agrees with that. i think we can find a common way forward to make sure this bill is truly paid for and not have any impact on inflation and it will help our economy if we make it easier for families to afford child care and education and the basic necessities, that will make it easier for our economy to recover and will put brakes on inflation. >> congresswoman jayapal published an op-ed over the weekend, she suggested that president biden might be able to move forward certain elements of the bill by executive action. are you aware of that being a conversation that's ongoing between the white house and the senate? >> i think the biden administration has been pretty aggressive in using the powers
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it has to move forward an agen da for the country on climate and severalert areas. a lot of this depends upon policy decisions by congress and congress needs to act. i hope the president will be aggressive but i also believe congress needs to act. this is an issue critically important to america and to our future. we need to get legislation passed in congress. >> speaking of things congress needs to act on, you've been vocal in saying you would prefer that the filibuster be reformed in some fundamental way to pass voting rights legislation, the john lewis voting rights act or joe manchin's compromise bill. do you think that there is any room for wringing senators sip ma and manchin on board for some reform of the filibuster. are those conversations ongoing
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you think have a chance of working? >> first of all, many of us are frustrated by what's happening on both side of the aisle in the senate. we want the senate to return to its traditional role of debating issues and voting on amendments and legislation. the voting rights is a prime example of a bill that should be on the floor of the senate and debated and voted on. we're trying to reform the senate rules to how it used to act by giving members opportunities to offer amendments, have an up or down vote. that's what the minority is complaining about, they don't get the chance to offer amendments. the majority should be able to bring its issues in to the floor of the senate and have them voted on. we hope that we can reform the senate rules so that it performs its traditional role as a body that debates issues, that takes its time but at the end of the day can reach decisions. >> that sounds like some possible outline of allowing the
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minority to offer amendments and bring back the talking filibuster as perhaps the outline of some common ground. one final question in the realm of defending democracy. the january 6 commission is busy doing work but it's clear there was an effort to overturn the will of the people using congress and some of the vague language in the electoral count act. are you in the senate having active conversations about moving forward legislation ideally bipartisan to reform and refine the countback so such an attempt could not be attempted again? >> that's something looked on. our first responsibility is to prosect the rights of americans to cast their votes and have their votes counted accurately. it's critically important that congress take up the legislation that would protect voting rights. we don't want to see a repeat
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ever again of january 6. when congress is counting the electoral votes it's a perfunctory function. we can't override the will of people. >> that should be common sense. senator cardin of maryland thank you for joining us on "new day." >> good to be with you, thank you. up next, the new threat from russia's vladimir putin, if nato rejects his ultimatum. and why a tough sentence handed down to a truck driver for a deadly crash could be reduced. (kate) this holiday, verizon has the deal that gets better and better and better. get iphone 13 pro, on us, when you trade in your old or damaged phone. (kate) better? (guy) better. (kate) hey. (kate) and up to $1,000 when you switch.
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we are very clear that russia should not invade the sovereignty of ukraine that we must stand up and we are standing up for its territorial integrity. we are working with our allies in that regard and very clear that we are prepared to issue sanctions like you've not seen before. >> vice president harris with a warning to russia over a potential invasion of ukraine. this as the world marks the 30th anniversary of the soviet union's collapse and russian president vladimir putin continuing to glorify that era. let's discuss with susan glasser. great to see you. susan, one of the mysteries of this shift inside russia is that millions of russians were killed under the communist regime especially under stalin. putin said the collapse was a
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great tragedy and been bumping up this soviet no, stalgia. what does he hope to gain from reviving the ghosts of the old soviet union? >> this is a central thing to understand about vladimir putin's two-decade leadership of russia is that soviet nostalgia is at the core of his appeal as a politician, a sense of grievance. he was all about making russia great again long before donald trump was talking about making america great again by lacking backwards. back in 2005 vladimir putin said the breakup was the greatest, not just a great tragedy but the greatest geopolitical catastrophe, never mind world war i. he called it an historical tragedy this week and all about essentially trying to revise and to get rid of the international
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order that was constructed on the collapse of the soviet union. >> that certainly is the danger. we're joined by ann applebaum, an's teamed author of books democracy related. what does this is a about his bigss on ukraine and do you think the biden administration's pushback has been strong enough to deter him to date? >> so to be very clear and to echo susan, it's extremely dangerous the language that he uses and he has been using it for some time because of course there's no logical reason why russia should invade ukraine. ukraine does not threaten russia. nato does not threaten russia. nato is a defensive alliance. everybody who works in the russian military knows that that so putin is using the threat of the past of the cold war as an
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excuse to prepare his people for invasion or another set of games around that. for him this is a justification. it explains both why he should still be president, he's somebody who is famously corrupt, most of the population knows that. his popularity has been declining rapidly. living standards in his country have been going down so why should he, by what legitimacy does he remain in power and his argument is because i'm the one who is going to put the soviet union back together again and that's why it's dangerous. the biden administration has done one very good thing which is that they began raising the alarm about this problem of the potential for a russian invasion of ukraine several weeks ago and they have alarmed european allies, they have people aware of what's going on, people in ukraine aware, they seem to have a lot of intelligence about what's going on and that's really important. of course what we have not done
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and this is not the biden administration's fault but it goes back eight years now, certainly to the trump administration which played all kinds of games with as you will remember with ukrainian military aid, we have not made an enormous effort to militarize ukraine to support ukraine in a certain way that it would make the idea of invasion impossible or unthinkable and that's the mistake the u.s. and others in europe have made going back nearly a decade now. >> susan, that gets to what went wrong in the 30 years since the collapse of the soviet union. you're coauthor of an excellent book on james baker with your husband. i wonder in your research and interviews, what baker feels went wrong, what you believe went wrong where we lost this opportunity and instead of falling back toment so of the cold war divides and rhetoric. >> well, i think baker, the
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former secretary of state at the time of the collapse of the soviet union his argument would be a lot went right in the sense it was a largely peaceful and empires collapsing is probably one of the most dangerous geopolitical moments, wars of many different varieties were a possibility at that time, a few did break out and i think the imperative of the united states at that time under george h.w. bush and baker was to hit as soft of a landing as possible to ensure there wasn't a cataclysm that resulted from this incredible moment of instability in the world order. they essentially patched together the post world war ii institutions for a new era and we've seen the unraveling of that largely aided and abetted by vladimir putin. putin is in a much stronger position than he was two decades ago when he came into power in the sense rebuilt the russian
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military and it's not theoretical that we're talking about can vladimir putin invade ukraine because he already did so in 2014. what's striking to me is the need he has felt to manufacture this crisis. i just can't underscore that enough. there is no imminent threat of nato expanding into ukraine as he claims. ukraine is not any closer really to joining nato today than it was in 2014, when putin invaded it the first time and took over the crimean peninsula. so that's a very important point for people to understand. >> it is, and i wish we could keep talking about this. anne, you've written about the money laundering side of these autocrats but we have to leave it here for now. sue sap and anne, thank you very much. >> thank you. just ahead, the truck driver sentenced to 110 years for a deadly crash.
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why a judge will reconsider that sentence later today.
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there's a hearing scheduled today for the truck driver sentenced to 110 years for a car crash in colorado that killed four people. >> i know that it has been hard and heartbreaking for everyone involved in this tragedy. your honor, i don't know why i'm
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alive, and for what? >> even the district attorney is now calling for more lenient sentence. joining me is the attorney for rohel, james cogan. you described today as more of a hearing to set a hearing. what are you expecting to go down? >> what i expect to go down is that we're simply going to set this for another date in which both sides can be heard about what the appropriate reduction of sentence is. right now, the district attorney has at least indicated to the press that what they're going to ask for is somewhere between 20 to 30 years as opposed to the 110 years mr. medeiros is currently sentenced. >> the district attorney saying based on the facts of the case and the input from the victims and their families my office will be asking the court to reconsider a sentencing range like you said 20 to 30 years, when the court is prepared to address the resentencing. even the judge who sentenced
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your client said if he had the option it would not have been his choice. have you ever seen a situation like this before? >> not in my 27 years as a lawyer, no. i never have seen anything like this and i was a prosecutor, a district attorney for quite a while, 18 years. >> i know that we've seen some advocates say that legislators, should the state legislators should change the law that required this lengthy sentence. is that something that you think could ultimately be successful potentially here? >> that is the hope because the law doesn't really distinguish between people like mr. medeiros who is not a danger to society and other people that are sentenced to life that are a danger to society and i think the law needs to make those kind of exceptions and understand that there is a difference between mr. medeiros and those other kinds of people. >> what do you think about the clemency request that the
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governor's office received. is that a viable path forward potentially? >> yes, we're looking at all of the options that we have on the table, sentence reduction, a clemency request from the governor, we are keeping all options on the table and appeal is still on the table as well. >> we know this is a case that is drawing the attention of some high-profile celebrities including kim kardashian west a big advocate for justice reform. james colgan, we'll be paying close attention. thank you for joining thus morning. >> thank you very much. just ahead, we are also on verdict watch in the sex traffics trial of ghislaine maxwell.
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never know what can happen in the playoffs. joining me to discuss this is eli gold, the voice of alabama crimson tide football for more than 30 years. eli, good morning and thank you for joining us from alabama. we've seen several bowl games canceled because of concerns of omicron. i know that all of alabama's team has been vaccinated and coach nick saban says 92% of the players received boosters. are there any concerns about a potential cancellation happening? >> well, not that i know of and good morning, kaitlan. roll tide. a couple of the coaches didn't travel with the team, coach o'brien, the offensive coordinator, doug marrone, and
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to my knowledge both teams are ready to go and set to square off on friday. >> right, i know they're expected to go now, hopefully once they're past their period of quarantine and isolation. what are the protocols look like for something like this when it comes to obviously trying to make sure this isn't something you have to cancel? >> everybody's encouraged to wear masks like you say, everybody including myself, everybody, we've got both of our primary vaccines and the booster so you do the best you can. you can't hide. you can't isolate but keep social distancing and you walk around with a mask which in my case probably isn't such a bad idea anyway, so you know, i think everybody wants to play whether it's nick saban and his staff, whether it's coach bickell and his staff, everybody wants to play so the players are looking out for themselves.
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they really are. >> of course, disclaimer i am deeply invested in this game and would like for it to go forward so everyone staying as safe as possible. to the nuts and bolts of this, this is the fifth meeting between alabama and cincinnati, the first since 1990, when the tide defeated the bearcats 45-7 i believe. i wonder what your take is. their secondary looks good, they're very aggressive in the way they play. i wonder if you think cincinnati's secondary could slow down our heisman trophy winner bryce young at all? >> they have arguably the two best quarterbacks in america. bryant is one and gardner is the other. they're very, very good but so, too, were the georgia bulldogs defenders. they obviously had a once in a life time type of defense, if you listen to everybody going into the southeastern conference championship game, but the
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proviso was they hadn't faced an offense like alabama's and cincinnati is an outstanding ball club. you don't get to be 13-0 by accident. i don't care who you're playing, but have they seen an offense the likes of what alabama can throw on the field? i don't know if they have. i don't believe they have, so nobody's been able to slow down bryce young this year, and jamieson williams the outstanding running back and brian robinson, excuse me, jamieson the wide receiver and brian robinson the outstanding running back. it's a very, very good football team, alabama, but again so is cincinnati so that's why we're both in the playoffs. you don't get here by accident. >> that is true, you do not get here by accident. when are you heading to dallas? >> i'm going to head out tomorrow and we've got on our
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crimson tide sports network, we have radio shows to do throughout the week that we originate from the hotel, we've got all sorts of social media hits on facebook live and so on, so we'll be very, very busy and of course the game is on friday and at home saturday hopefully to start preparation for a championship game meeting against either michigan or georgia but you can't look ahead. you have to take care of business here with the cincinnati bearcats first. >> one game at a time obviously. i'll be rooting for my team very hard and hopefully see you in indianapolis. >> always a pleasure. we're so proud of you here in alabama. keep up the great work. >> thank you, eli. have a good one. time now for 5 things to
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know for your new day. today more than 2,000 more flights have been canceled globally including more than 600 flights as the fast-spreading omicron variant wreaks havoc on air travel. airlines say the virus is forcing staffers to call out sick and causing travelers to rethink their plans. in manhattan day three of deliberations in the sex trafficking trial of ghislaine maxwell, close companion of the late convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein pleaded not guilty to the six charges against her, facing up to 70 years in prison. tributes are pouring in for archbishop desmond tutu, a hero in the fight against apartheid. the human rights champion and archbishop died sunday in south africa the at the age of 90. queen elizabeth talking about pandemic loss during her christmas tv broadcast. the queen said although christmas is a time of great happiness and good cheer for many, it can be hard for those
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who lost loved ones, including herself. >> you're struggling. >> and marvel's latest film. "spider-man:no way home" is the first to break the $1 billion mark. the bright spot in the otherwise dark year for the movie business. expected to raise $4 billion in ticket sales. those are the five things to know for your "new day." more on these stories on cnn and don't forget to download the podcast every morning. go to and find it where you get your podcast. up next, bts is global in 2021. we look back of the year in music with rolling stone. >> announcer: five things brought to you b by carvana.
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with only a few more days left in 2021, we are looking back at the year's top moments from culture shifts to music. joining us now is the editor in chief of "rolling stone."
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kno noah, it is good to see you. you went with "wanda vision" for your tv show. >> we know marvel has been dominating the box office for a decade now. "wanda vision" was foray into tv. it was weird in the mock 1950s sitcom that became a inter galactic mystery murder mystery. it was great and it launched a new phase of marvel. that's why it gets my biggest top tv of the year. >> it seems to have launched a new phase. i wonder athletes playing a prominent role in the news. not for stories favorable to them. kyrie irving and aaron rodgers with the vaccinations. houst how big of a role did it play? >> it was a huge role.
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some of the audience and populous that these athletes speak to, they are in the most need of the public health message. kyrie irving and aaron rodgers complicated that message by their weird con conspiratorial views. >> i know it is hard for you to say that. what new artists and old artists stood out in 2021? >> not entirely new, but the rise was the most was olivia rodrigo. another disney tv star a year ago and her debut single "driver's license" and album cat p catapulted to the top. she spoke about vaccine and wound up being the face of pro
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vaccine when she went to the white house to meet with president biden. she has had amazing culture and music impact in the last year. >> she really is on the big trajectory not just coming to the white house, but going on tour. do you think that is a trajectory to continue into 2022? >> i do. one of the most amazing things when we interviewed olivia for the cover a couple of months back was she asked what was touring like because the biggest pop star in the world or one of them had never played many shows. so now we will see what she did. she recently did certify performances for npr. i expect more records from taylor swift. >> speaking of world. 20 2021 was the year pop music went
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global. tell us what you none. >> we know bts is from south korea. this was a year when african music became american and global pop music with wiz kid and my favorite guitar p pllayer. he is incredible. the other thing is, it is kidding around as a genre. puerto rico has become global pop music everywhere with bad bunnie and raul. this has been a ton of great reggae. >> i know you wanted to get that in. it is fascinating to see how the artists navigated the pandemic, john. noah, thank you for joining us. thank you for joining us. john and i will be here all week
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and cnn's coverage continues right now. good morning. so glad are you wyou are with m. i'm poppy harlow. now that christmas is behind us, the big question this morning is how will those holiday gatherings impact the rapid spread of the omicron variant? some places are already ramping up mitigation efforts today. here in new york, the vaccine mandate goes into effect for the private sector. this after the state reported 50,000 new cases of covid on christmas eve alone. that is a new daily record. the rapid surge in cases is creating chaos with people waiting in line for hours. at-home rapid tests are hard to come by. omicron is causing headaches for


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