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breakthrough and an american promise to promise any russian incursion into ukraine, and this just in. the january 6th committee now has hundreds of pages of trump white house records. it ends a week of bad headlines for the former president, including this one. cnn reporting shows rudy giuliani led a quiet coup attempt trying to install bogus electors in seven states trump lost, and brand new numbers reinforce a crystal clear pandemic truth. cdc evidence out last hour shows the power of covid boosters versus omicron. get that extra shot and you will keep yourself out of the hospital. we begin the hour with the president's hope for a second-year reset. today president biden trying to connect his work with your anxiety highlighting a big new investment in the american supply chain. >> and it's about jobs. good paying decent jobs you can raise a family on. jobs, jobs now. jobs for the future, jobs in every part of the country, jobs that show and bring the industrial midwest back. it shows the world that we're
always going to fight for american workers. >> the goal is for the president to spend less time talking about washington process. the staff is supposed to handle most of that. fresh evidence today the challenge is the same no matter who takes the white house lead. the house speaker nancy pelosi says, sure, can you lose a piece or two of the president's big safety net plan but the speaker says you can't start over. democratic senator joe manchin says the party must do exactly that, start over. with us today to share their reporting and insights melanie zanono, al ebb burns of the "new york times" and cnn's m.j. lee. m.j., let's start with the white house and what we heard from the president. it will be weeks before we see if there's any evidence in the polling or the mood of the country that the president's alleged new way of doing things would pay a difference but it was striking to see him there at the white house not only celebrating this new semiconductor chip plant but rob portman, a republican senator was behind him along with sherrod brown the democratic senator. you don't see much of that in washington. >> yeah, you know, it's very, very clear that the white house
and the president are trying to do something of a policy reset, but even though it is a new calendar year he has the same political problems, and i thought senator manchin's comments earlier this week were incredibly telling when he essentially said, look we can turn to some of these bigger agenda items when we have dealt with things like inflation, a problem like covid. well, those two things happen to be the two biggest problems that the biden administration is facing, and he can't, the president just wave a magic wand and have these issues go away. we know that these are going to be problems that the president confronts for months to come. now, aside from the policy reset, i think there's clearly a political reset that they are considering as well, and we clearly saw that laid out by the president in his own press conference doing things like traveling more so that he is out there, making sure that he is talking a lot more about the democratic party's achieve thements and just going more on the offensive, attacking
republicans more, but i do think there are plenty of democrats who are listening to that press conference and wondering why didn't those things happen had a little bit sooner? >> why didn't they happen had a little bit sooner and part of the challenge, melanie, is if the president wants to do things differently and believes all the talk about washington process and democratic infighting is hurt, he can change his m.o., but he needs other democrats to change it as well, to do this quietly, not publicly, if you don't want the american people to look at washington and say it seems kind of messy. this is joe manchin to cnn. we'll be starting from scratch. we'll be starting from scratch. the main thing we need to do take care of inflation, get your financial house in order and get covid out of the way and then we'll rolling. that's not the white house approach which says let's find out where can we get to 50 votes, drop everything else and move now. >> i don't see how this helps democrats at all. whether they like it or not, they need joe manchin and kersten sinema's vote and backed
them into the corner with the filibuster and knew that it would fail and did it anyway and now you have democrats including bernie sanders openly talking about a primary challenge. they are in a really tough spot right now and when it comes to the build back better act, the reality is they will have to scale back their ambitions and expectations and whatever they pass will have to be on joe manchin's terms. that's not a huge surprise here, so that's the reality, and i think there is some hope that they can maybe get something a lot smaller with climate change provisions and maybe some child care provisions as well, but the problem is once you start leaving big priorities on the cutting room floor you start to lose other lawmakers who have drawn other red lines in the sand. we're starting to hear some of those groups and lawmakers come out and say we can't have a deal unless it includes x, y, z priorities and you're running into the same things that you had at the beginning of the negotiations. >> always more complicated when you have no votes to spare in the house hand none to spare in the senate. the challenge for democrats and
biden in the year two is can they manage it differently and as mel noted you need had a much smaller plan to get manchin and sinema on board and that seems clear and the house speaker, maybe not. >> there are big chunks of the bill that have could be contained in the bill. remember this. this is a reconciliation bill, so when people say let's divide it up, they don't understand the process. what can we agree upon and i'm sure that we can agree upon something significant, call it a chunk if you want, but whatever you call it we want it to be able to make a difference. >> you can take the president i guess directly out of kitchen, but that's a lot of process talk and a reminder that nancy pelosi's calculations are very different from joe manchin's. >> they sure are, though the two of them do talk to each other and have a relationship that has maybe the potential to be productive a little bit later on, the speaker and joe manchin,
burks look, i think that when you hear speaker pelosi dismissing the idea of breaking everything up into chunks, i think that's clear enough that what she recoiling from is the idea that you would turn this build back better vehicle into seven or eight different bills that deal with climate here, child tax care credit over here and troy to move all of them separately and in some ways i don't think she's delivering this as a tough love reality check on her open party but there's a bit of an implied tough love reality check here is if you start break off chunks of build back better and say listen, the main vehicle is going to be, as melanie said, child care plus climate and we'll deal with a, b, c and d through some other method, well, a, b, c and d have a much tougher legislative path ahead of them and you really do need to be able to, and this probably does fall on the shoulders of the president more than anyone else, you do need to be able to say to your own party, listen. these are my priorities and i'm sorry, but the stuff you care
about even more than them, just matters less to me right now. >> and the sooner they can either reichard consensus or decide they have none in this election year i think probably they would agree the better in terms you need to get out and campaign you need less of the food fighting. interesting attempt by the president and see how it plays out. when we come back next, the united states and russia face to face. no breakthrough, but the secretary of state tony blinken promises, quote, severe response if moscow commits further aggression against ukraine. ♪(music)♪ at aetna® we're shifting medicare coverage into high gear with benefits you may be eligible for when you turn 65. benefits that may include rewards for select healthy activities. aetna medicare advantage plans call today to learn more. age before beauty? why not both?
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troop buildup along the ukraine border. secretary of state tony blinken says an exchange of ideas in writing comes next and that in the meantime secretary blinken says he left no doubt about the stakes. >> we've been clear. if any russian military forces move across ukraine's border, that's a renewed invasion. it will be met with swift, severe and a united response from the united states and our partners and allies. >> let's go to cnn's kylie atwood at the state department. that's blinken publicly. what are your sources telling you privately as whether this meeting is viewed as productive or not? >> reporter: john, there were a lot of questions about diplomacy heading into today, if it was going to be dead-ended, and what we are learning is that it's not, right? there is no life that has been given to diplomacy because the two foreign ministers agreed that they are going to have another meeting. the united states said that they are going to put on the table a written proposal. they are going to put some ideas, some concerns down in
written form next week for the russians. the russians have long been demanding that from the u.s. now, substant life we don't know exactly where that is headed, but that means that things are progressing forward. now, we should note that blinken also made it very clear that any russian troops that cross over ukraine's border would be considered an invasion, and they would be met with swift and unified response by the u.s. and its allies. of course, cleaning up once again the comments from president biden earlier this weekration some questions, some concerns about there being an allied response to a small scale russian incursion into ukraine. foreign minister lavrov was very clear in saying that blinken didn't mince words here. here's what he said about the top priorities that blinken made clear to him in this meeting. >> translator: our american colleagues, again, tried to bring this issue to the forefront as the problems on the
russian-ukranian border as the manish uand tried to present de-escalation as the main thing and repeated this like a mantra. in the end we agreed we'll receive written answers to all our proposals. >> lavrov also said he wasn't sure if they were on the right route or the wrong route. that would be determined by what the united states put forth next week in these written ideas and concerns that they will be laying down, and for his part blinken said, listen, it's up to the russians. they can choose diplomacy. they can choose discussion, or they can choose confrontation and consequences. all of this, john, we should note comes amid the backdrop of incredibly high stakes. the russians announced just today they are going to be moving more military equipment into belarus for military exercises next week, and they continue to bolster their military presence along all of ukraine's borders. john. >> kylie atwood, grateful for
the perspective. let's get more perspective from leon panetta, former chief of staff and defense secretary under president barack obama. let me start with the cleanup operation. you just heard the very stern words from secretary blinken. has the biden administration moved past what was clearly a mistake from the united states the other day who said the other day if it's a minor incursion it might depend? whether you were serving as cia director, defense secretary or chief of staff, your phone would have lit up if the president of the united states said something like that. the white house believes it has now reset and made clear. >>. do you believe in a? >> they certainly made an clear effort to clarify the president's comments by making it clear that any incursion, any incursion, would be considered an invasion, but that is moment in time when very frankly the
united states and our allies have to draw a very clear and distinct line with the russians, and there is no room for either speculation or ambivalence, so i hope that everybody stays on message from now on. >> part of the challenge here is trying to interpret what the russians say. what is their next move you? spend a lot of time when you were serving in government. i want you to listen here. sergei lavrov has this way about him and gets indignant and say, well, why does russia had a 180,000 troops on the russian border. the facts sort of speak for themselves. listen here. this is the question. is russia planning to invade? >> is an invasion likely as president biden suggested? >> unless the united states doesn't go to bed with ukraine, i don't think so. i assume he means unless the united states doesn't say we'll invite ukraine into nato next
week or unless the united states doesn't put more u.s. troops or weapons into ukraine, but how do you translate that? >> well, i begin on the premise that you don't trust what lavrov or putin say, and what -- what you're -- what you're trying to do here is determine whether or not they are playing for time, whether or not they are stalling or whether there is a serious effort to try to look for some kind of diplomatic solution here. we don't know the answer to that, and i don't think we can assume that just because lavrov says that russia is not going to invade that that's the case, so i just think we have to assume the worst at this point. these are adversaries. their whole intent is to basically weaken the united states, weaken the alliance and undermine our democracy, and i think it's very important for the u.s. and our allies to be
very strong about the kind of response that will take place if they invade. >> the preparations at the moment, you mentioned the don't trust factor which is huge here. there's an arms transfer. both the united states and the united states also approved for nato allies to take u.s. arms they might have and transfer them into ukraine. allies sending anti-aircraft and tank systems. requesting the transfer of some high technology helicopters to ukraine. a, are those the right steps, and, b, what else would you be recommending to the president of the united states right now? >> well, i think it's very important that we move forward both with economic leverage and military leverage as well. the russians are going to pay attention a lot more to the military steps we take than almost anything else. they have been through the sanction game, but i think it's on the military side where you can send a very strong message, so i think any movement of our
forces north to nato towards the -- towards the border is important. i think providing defensive weapons to the ukraine army is very important right now, anti-tank, anti-aircraft, anti-missile, anti-personnel. that is very important to give the ukranians the ability to be able to resist an all-out invasion if that happens. negotiation, that i would be using cyber to basically make clear that we can undermine both their command and control capability and their communications capabilities. let them know that cyber is a weapon here that we're not going to be afraid to use, and then make clear obviously the sanctions, both with regards to cutting them off from international banking but also making clear that we will not -- we will not support this pipeline if they invade the
ukraine. >> one of the potential issues there, and we're speaking in jaefr an election year, is that if there are stiff sanctions against russia, not only might the europeans see much higher energy costs, it's possible americans will see much higher energy costs because of the turmoil in the world. should the president of the united states be doing more to prepare the american people saying this may hurt but it's important? >> i think it's important to make clear that if we have to take the steps that not only are we going to be impacting on russia, that we're going to have to be prepared for the consequences ourselves and that we have to prepare for that, so i -- i don't think we ought to kid people that this is just a one-way street. the fact is that the united states and our allies will also bear the consequences of this action, but right now it is very important. this is about deterrence. i wouldn't assume that the russians automatically are going to invade. we still have a chance to deter
them, not only through our military assistance but also through this diplomacy that's going on at the present time, so i think we still have some options here, and that's important. >> leon panetta, grateful for your time day. we'll keep in touch as we go through the next several tense days. appreciate your insight. >> thanks, john. up next, a week of setbacks for donald trump and new details of how his friend rudy giuliani tried to steal the election.
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. the january 6th committee has received hundreds of trump document from the national archives according to a source close to the panel, that after the supreme court gave the green light earlier this woke. plus new cnn reporting adds to a week of troubling revelations and legal setbacks for donald trump. the reporting details how top trump campaign officials and allies led by rudy giuliani oversaw efforts to try to steal the election by putting forward illegitimate electors from seven states trump lost. the reporting details are much higher level involvement by the inner circle than was previously known. that scheme is part of the house committee's investigation and could factor into a separate georgia probe. consider just the last few days. the fulton county district attorney requested a special grand jury to investigate trump's effort to cheat in georgia and the january 6th
committee asked ivanka trump to voluntarily cooperate and has subpoenaed phone records from other trump family members and the supreme court decision to reveal hundreds of records and then allegations of fraud by the new york attorney general alleging fraud. they are trying to put together a detail timeline, minute by minute and second by second of january 6th and they say these documents are crucial. now they have them, and there's a possibility, right, that we will see some of them? >> yeah. i think we will at some point. we haven't seen them yet but we know they have obtained the documents and what's pretty clear is the select committee is making serious headway into this investigation. they are closing in on triumphs inner circle and have the receipts whether it's documents that the trump team failed to prevent from handed over from people going and talking to the committee. it details a bunch of new
information they didn't know in the investigation and still a lot there that they didn't know about. we all remember january 1. we also have a former president of the united states who, a, is planning a comback and, b works continues to live in a fantasy world of lies. this is donald trump just last night describing january 6. >> believe me, there was a lot of love and friendship and people that love our country. these are great people, and i felt there was going to be a very big crowd, and i wanted to have soldiers -- i would have had soldiers and/or national guard and nancy pelosi turned it down, and if she didn't turn it down, you would not have had any problem. it would have just been absolutely a lovely day. >> alex burns, number one, it's just a fantasy recollection of that day. number two, you don't have to go to this part if you don't want to. 39 minutes he's talking with sean hannity, 39 minutes.
he piece not asked about the new york state investigation, about the fulton county investigation, about the supreme court ruling, about the documents being handed over. it's just -- well, well, that's why this committee's work is so important because trump is still telling his people that that day is not what everyone else said it was. >> he is telling them that and when you do stack up the events over the last few days and you listen to the former president speaking as he did in that interview, you really do get a picture of a guy who is, yes, thinking about the future, planning a comeback but who is so trapped in the past, and in the past specifically of the aftermath of the 2020 election. it's a super important period. we should all focus on and study it for years to come. i don't know if it's a captivating theory of a political comeback to say i'm going to litigate an election where i got pretty bad and if
you're thinking about republicans running with or without trump and people who are were generally sympathetic to trump there is a sense that the guy is driving himself further and further back into the past. >> part of what the committee is doing that i think is fascinating, m.j., is trying to get the inner circle, including now the former president's daughter ivanka trump asking her to cooperate voluntarily. we heard throughout the trump support presidency, you know, ivanka trump was the voice of reason or when people were failing to get his attention they would turn. we know keith kellogg, a former aide to vice president pence, has told the committee he went to ivanka trump to try to get her to convince her father to demand the people leave the capitol. stephanie grisham was a white house aide. she says ivanka trump could be a pretty important witness. listen. >> it doesn't surprise me at all when i saw the testimony from keith kellogg saying that they kept asking her to go in and be the voice of reason. i don't know that day what exactly happened with her, what her role was, but i believe she probably went in there and tried to tell him to stop.
>> one of the questions is if the voluntary ask is turned down, does the committee get aggressive, try a subpoena? >> perhaps, but i think regardless of what continues to happen with this investigation, it is very, very clear that as we get more information from people around trump, there is a are more headlines about what actually transpired, everything is sort of generally bolstering what we know the reality that the former president trump and his allies were so deeply and intimately involved in trying to discredit the election results and obviously as the former president remained sort of the political leader of the party or at the very least a perceived political leader of the party, this is going to remain a porter that needs to continue answering the question of are you a party that stands for and supports sort of the core political democratic pillars of this country? i will say though on the other side of this, for the other
party, this is not the election integrity issue, it's not necessarily an easy issue for the democrats as we saw with president biden and his press conference. yes, it is an issue that is being used to sort of rally their base, but there is a delicate balancing act and a messaging strategy that is tough for them to threat needle on sometimes, right you? don't want to sow doubt about upcoming elections and then end up having the effect of turning people away from voting if there were people that were going to vote to begin with. they hear the president go up there and speak without confidence about upcoming elections, you don't know what kind of an effect that could have. >> you do not. melanie, you would assume or you would think in a pre-trump world that if you went through the litany of things i went through, the setbacks and questions about donald trump, donald trump, innocent until proven guilty applies to everybody including the former president of the united sates, would you think that people would want to take a little bit of distance but even those who we do know do not like
trump, do not like to talk about him, listen. >> do you think that former president donald trump will be a help to you in the mid-term elections? >> i think the mid-term election almost certainly is going to be a referendum on the party in power and all republicans believe me, of all stripes, will be together voting to send this administration a strong message this november. >> leader mcconnell has remarkably good ability to not have heard the word trump was even mentioned. >> he's great. a master. does the same thing asking questions about trump. nice try. just shows he sees no political upside to barbing the president. hasn't walked back his comments about trump. he hasn't talked to the former president since january 6th and you see y.look what happened to liz cheney over in the house republican leadership. she continually pushed back against trump's election lies and was booted from the leadership so you see why mcconnell is walking that thin line right now, but even so he's
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make clear just how explosive the omicron variant is right now. let me put this up as we take a look at it right here. this is cases all the way back to the beginning. nearly 70 million americans, that's what you see here, nearly 70 million americans have had the coronavirus in the 732 days all the way back here since the first infection was recorded in the united states. get this. look to the right of your screen here. more than 25% of these cases, more than 25,ing 18 million are just from the past 28 days. 5 million of those cases just from the last week alone. let's get some insights and expertise from dr. peter hotez, the dean of medicine at baylor. when you see 5 million cases just in the past week, it makes it more important the study from the cdc, vaccines and the boost efforts and the effects on omicron. the cdc says boosters are 90% effective. if you have only two shots that's 57% effective.
that's pretty striking. get a of the booer, you're safer. are boosters effective at preventing omicron emergency room and urgent care visits? 200,000 visits looked at across ten states. boosters 82% efficient and two shots 38% effective. the data crystal clear, and yet we're still lagging in getting americans boosted. >> yeah. i mean, i think we're now really paying the price in this country from some very poor messaging in the urgency around boosters. you know, john, we've been talking since last year or even before then, and i've always said this is a three-dose vaccine and yet the cdc, the advisory committee, still saying two doses is fully immunized and we're paying the price for that. we're seeing two doses is not holding up well for emergency room visits. it's not holding up well for hospitalizations. we only have 24% or 25% of the country that's gotten three dose, and yet we still boast
about the 60% that's, quote, fully immunized which means two doses, so, again, we have to do a hard court press about boosting again, and even then, john, this is all best case scenario because we are seeing, according to imperial college london, some waning after even getting that booster. so that's going to be the next big issue that we're going to have to tackle, but for now let's focus on getting everybody boosted. >> when you talk about the next big issue. we'll get into the details in just a few minutes. the reap it's so urgent is because of this. on the one hand you can look at cases by region and i bring this up right now and if you look at where omicron hit first which is the northeast, the yellow line, you do start to see cases going down. still at 100,000 a day in that reg op, still a big number and down from the peak. if you look at the south where you lived, the numbers are high. midwest, they are still significantly high as they go that way. well, omicron hit first in the northeast and look and cases
will come down but if you look at transmission rate of covid in the country the red map, more than 3,200 counties, 3,200 counties, only eight don't have high transmission of omicron. >> this is an incredibly virus transmission getting up there in measles which is the most transmissible agent that we know. the shown that if it's like the uk, if the trend in new york continue, that will soon be reflected in the rest country so that by as we go through the month of february, the number of cases starts to go down precipitously, and then there's a lot of discussion in the scientific community about what happens then. there are those who feel that omicron is acting like some form of herd immunity. i personally do not think so. i think it's going to behave like other upper respiratory coronavirus, protect short-term protection unless you get
vaccinated on top of it and then we'll be vulnerable to the new variant that arises out of african continent or southeast asia or latin america like all the other variants of concern have emerged unless we make a commitment to vaccinate the country so i've been pushing the white house and hhs to come up with a longer term game plan because i still think their viewpoints are still very focused in terms of weeks, not in terms of months or years. >> that's a sober view but an important view. doctor, as always, thank you so much, sir. >> thank you. up next, how you see things at the start of this mid-term campaign and a look at focus groups reveal frustration with president biden and conflicting republican emotions about donald trump. you only pay for what you need, and we gotta do it fast. [limu emu squawks] woo! new personal record, limu! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty. ♪ ♪ three times the electorlytes and half the sugar.
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we share polling with you all the time. i hope we also make clear it is just one way to measure public opinion, and it has its limits. the helpful next step it to use polling to then guide conversations with key voting groups. you learn a lot more face to face so what do democrats say at this moment and are republicans eager for a trump comeback? republican pollster and strategist joins us. grateful for your time. so i'm going to start with a number. as i said, numbers, polls tell us some things and then we get more. this is biden's handling of the coronavirus, and can you just see the covid pandemic. ate previously rating way down from where he started and disapproval rating up which
means some democrats are changing their mind about the president or at least getting frustrated. translate that into what you see in focus groups from democrats or biden-leaning voters who might now have some doubts or questions. >> well, voters across the political spectrum, including many republicans, are very anxious about the spread of covid-19, and we know that biden, you know, came into office not just with reasonably high job approval but with job approval on covid that was about ten points higher than his job approval overall, but i think there really was a sense this summer that we were past this, that vaccines were here and it was time to turn the page and move on, and yet over the holidays it became clear we're not ready to turn that page and so the shortage of tests, the massive spread of the virus, it feels like we're back at square one almost and that has led even some voters that really like joe biden generally to say i don't feel like we've done as much as we can to contain this virus. >> and i'll flip to the republican conversation now because i'm fascinated by some of your fwhoets this.
this is an nbc polling number. among republicans and republican leaders, do you consider yourself more supportive of the republican party or donald trump, and as you can see more of the republicans right now say party, not trump. that's a change. that is a change. in your focus groups you talk about how there's a republicans feel safer, warmer, more confident in their vote for trump based on biden's performance, but you also see some evidence that perhaps that doesn't translate into 2024. explain. >> that's exactly right, so i did a focus group for the "new york times" about two weeks ago mostly focused on january 6th, but at one point the question of donald trump running again in 2024 game up came up and these were voters who by an large voted for trump in 2020, liked him a lot, very sympathetic to his position and his role in the republican party as a leader. they liked him, but they said, you know, i might be open to fresh leadership. they weren't looking for someone who is going to break with trump or say i don't like trump, let's
turn the page, but someone who could carry on the kind of fighting spirit that they felt donald trump had, perhaps a lot of his policy agenda but might be a fresh face and a new voice. they were open to it, and so you do see that donald trump's sort hold over the party where most republicans said i'm a trump supporter first and a republican second, that dynamic has changed a lull bit with him being out of office for the last year. it's not that he's not a major figure in the party, but it's that republicans are open to hearing from some other voices as well. >> be fascinating to see how that trend continues as you continue these conversations. so let me bring you back to the here and now. you're a republican strategist, want to make that clear to our viewers. you want republicans to win in the mid-term election. early in the mid-term election year. listen to kevin mccarthy. he wants to be speaker which means he wants republicans to take back the house. listen to how broad he thinks the battlefield. >> after look at new jersey and virginia, remember, president biden won new jersey a year prior by 16 points. he won -- he won virginia by
ten, so i would say any democrat who sits in a seat where biden won by 16 or less, it's a competitive seat, and we should challenge them. our best state in the last election was california. >> his job publicly is to be overly optimistic, i get that completely. you're leading a campaign. you want to say every seat is in play, but is the battlefield as broad as he just said? are republicans competitive in as many places as he says they are. >> if the election were held today, he's exactly right. republicans have every reason to feel very confident about their current political standing. vote remembers not reflecting very well on biden's one year into his term, his approval ratings aren't great. right where donald trump's were one year into his term and we know how that mid-term turned out. the president's party always has a tough time so republicans have a million reasons to feel good. however, there's, of course, a chance that we get to november and the economy is looking a little better. gas prices have come down, maybe inflation has stopped. maybe covid really does become a
thing of the past. if those things all come to pass those will be positives for democrats. i still think republicans are very much favored in november, and if the election were held today it would be a red wave. i think almost no question, but there is still a lot of things that could change between now and november. >> which is why we will keep talking about them a bring you back between now and november. grateful for your time today. thank you. >> thank you. up next for us, the annual march for life is taking place in washington right now, and we have a brand new look at public opinion 49 years after the landmark "roe v. wade" abortion rights ruling. at vanguard, you're more than just an investor, you're an owner with access to financial advice, tools and a personalized plan that helps you build a future for those you love. vanguard. become an owner. ready to turn your dreams into plans and your actions into achievements? explore over 75 programs and four-week classes at national university. your future starts today at nu.edu.
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