tv CNN Newsroom With Ana Cabrera CNN May 11, 2022 10:00am-11:01am PDT
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robbing a little less of your buying power last month after it hit a 40-year high. could the worst be behind us? next hour we'll hear from president biden on this. in the senate top democrat chuck schumer calls it the most important vote in decades. lawmakers will have to go on the record about abortion rights as the supreme court appears ready to overturn roe v. wade. on wing and a prayer. a passenger with no flying experience takes the controls when the pilot can't. we'll hear from the air traffic controller who calmly guided that man to a safe landing. but, first, to the white house and our kaitlan collins. our chief white house correspondent. the president is due to speak next hour from a family farm in illinois. what do we know about his plan to fight high food prices? >> reporter: it will be about boosting food production. you've heard it from officials here at the white house saying they have deep concern about the shortages that are happening not just here in the united states but also globally.
so that is going to be a big focus. the president biden has that today at the farm in illinois talking about what he believes u.s. farmers can do to try to help alleviate some of these shortages. things like making sure they have better access, better insurance, and they plant a second crop in one year. making sure they have better access to technology to reduce the reliance on fertilizer. also boosting production of fertilizer at home. that's going to be the focus of what they're talking about today. the big question, of course, is whether or not those things make a real notable difference in what we've seen in the numbers that are out today. because you saw the prices of food in the united states rose .9% from april from the previous month of march. that is a main concern. the white house is paying attention to the inflation numbers. you see the price of things from dairy, eggs, everything not just gas and cars, as well, have been skyrocketing. itst a big concern for the white house. the president said he was heartened by the fact inflation
edged a little bit last month. he still is concerned about this after saying it is his top domestic priority. so today he's going to be trying to make the case to voters and this is about the invasion in ukraine but also talking to them about other reasons this is because of which we know is the supply chain disruptions, severe weather that is happening, all the issues leading to the main problems he's talking about today. but overall what we should note is that six months out from the midterm elections, he's trying to make the case to voters that democrats are better equipped to handle these issues than republicans. so you can expect him to use some of that language he was talking about yesterday saying he doesn't believe republicans have a better plan here in his speech today. >> catlin colins a the white house, thank you. a deeper dive now. i'm going to bring in the chief economist at mooneys analytics. great to have you. the inflation rate ticked down slightly from last month. it's still high. do you think we have hit peak inflation yet?
>> ana, i say this with trepidation but yes. the inflation we're suffering through now is largely as a result of the pandemic. the impact on supply chains and labor markets and the russian invasion of ukraine juiced up oil and other commodity prices. i'm hopeful we'll continue to move to the other side of the pandemic. supply chains will iron themselves out and the worst of the fallout from the russian invasion on commodity markets is in the rear view mirror. if that's the case, yeah, i think we're going to see better inflation numbers ahead of us. but having said that, it'll take awhile meaning, you know, not 12 or 18 months to get back to inflation we feel comfortable with. >> okay. when you're talking about getting back to inflation that we feel comfortable about, let's just be clear here. does it mean prices are going to drop? will we get more chips in the bag again? does this just mean things sort of plateau? so these high prices we're paying now will stick around? >> yeah, mostly they'll stick
around. it's the inflation is the rate of increase in prices. that rate of increase is going to slow i think here going forward. it's not like we're going to see price cuts. some things we'll see prices decline. so, for example, we'll be at some point paying less at the gas pump, i think. we'll be paying less for vehicles. that got all juiced up because of the pandemic effects on the ability for manufacturers to produce. so some prices will fall. for most things, it's not about prices declining. it's just more about the price increase will be more manageable. >> so you do believe that gas prices will fall? let me ask you about that specifically. we just saw prices hit another record high today. we're now currently at $4.40 a gallon nationwide. that's the average, at least. we have the u.s. energy information expecting the national average for gasoline to fall to $3.81 in a gallon in the third quarter and $3.51 in the fourth quarter.
it would be about 80 cents cheaper per gallon than today. do you share that optimism? >> yeah. that sounds about right to me. i think these high oil prices over $100 a barrel that energy producers around the world, including here at home and in the united states can make a lot of money by producing more oil. so they'll produce more oil. they are -- in the united states or ramping up here so we'll get more oil. we'll put downward pressure on price. the big caveat is rshan russian invasion of ukraine. who knows what path it'll go down. as long as it doesn't go off the rails, yale oil prices will decline. >> quick before i let you go, food prices even though the overall inflation rate dipped to 8.3% for april, food prices were 9.4%. the inflation rate there in april from the year before.
it's the biggest increase since 1981. that's huge. why the disparity depending on the sector here >>well, i mean, food prices actually goes right back to oil. it's the cost of trucking the products, the agricultural products from the farm to the store shelf, that's a big part of the cost. a lot more for diesel. that's at a record high. they'll pass it through to you as a consumer. if we can get oil prices down, get gas prices down, diesel prices down, i think we'll see food prices moderate. >> i appreciate your expertise and insights. thank you for being here. to capitol hill now. and the battle over abortion right the. we're a couple of hours away from a key vote on a bill that aims to protect access to abortion nationwide. 60 senators are needed to pass the bill. the numbers aren't there. this vote will get every senator on the record. that's the reason majority leader chuck schumer said he's
holding the vote today. schumer said it's no longer an abstract issue after supreme court draft opinion that would strike down roe v. wade which was leaked sparking protests for and against abortion rights. here is what today's bill would do. it would codify the right to access abortion into federal law and guarantee the right of health care providers to perform abortion services. our latest poll shows most americans 66% do not want roe v. wade to be overturned. app poll taken before the draft was leaked shows a majority of americans want some restrictions on abortion. only 19% said abortion should be legal in all cases. joining house is democratic senator chris murphy of connecticut. senator, thank you so much for taking the time today. we know today's vote is going to fail. why is it so important to get everyone on the record? >> republicans in the senate i think have made it clear if they
win control of the body this november, they are going to move forward with a national abortion ban. that means that it's not just about the states that are already poised to ban abortion. it's about my state of connecticut. about states that have codified roe v. wade. it's important to make sure that voters all over the country understand the stakes of this election. understand that, well, the right to have access to the full range of reproductive services may vanish in half the states after alito's opinion becomes law. the rest of the country may come soon thereafter. so we got to put everybody on the record so voters have a clear understanding of who they're voting for and the stakes when it comes to women's health care >>well, in order for republicans to pass a federal abortion ban that would require 60 votes, right. unless you got rid of the filibuster and they had the majority. even senator mcconnell was pressed this week said no.
i would never get rid of the filibuster. he was pressured multiple times during the trump administration. he held firm to that. here is the thing, republican senators lisa murkowski and collins don't support today's bill. they'll be having to vote on. they support some abortion rights. they put forward their own bill called the reproductive choice act and prohibit states from imposing an undue burden on the ability of a woman to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability. i just wonder why not go with their bill that can get bipartisan support >>well, i think i probably dispute that characteristiczation of their bill. i actually don't believe it. >> it's in the wording of their bill. >> no. i think if you read the bill, you can see it would continue to allow for states to put onerous restrictions on a woman's access
to abortion above and beyond what many believe is guaranteed in roe. there's a disagreement about what their bill does. i think it's a big step backwards from the roe protections. just as important -- >> respectfully, though, respectfully -- i am reading the direct language out of their bill. it says the purpose, quote, "it is the purpose of this act to codify the essential holdings of roe v. wade and planned parenthood of southeastern pennsylvania. in general a state may not impose an undue -- to terminate a pregnancy before fetal viability. >> right. >> i read their entire bill. i'm confused how you see it different than what is current law. >> sure. well, you're reading in part from the preface of the bill, which is not actually law that is binding jurisdictions. second, you have to define what an undue burden is. this supreme court is going to
define undue burden in a way that allows for states to effec effectively eliminate access to abortion. flls you clearly define what an undue burden is. your basically asking the court through another means to eradicate a woman's right to choose. the bill we're voting on today is specific about what burdens a state can put on abortions and what -- which ones they cannot to make sure that the court can take the murkowski/collins language and turn it into a back door ban on abortion. >> any burden that faces a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability. it is in their bill. let me ask you about your bill. the democrats bill. i know that's important to get the information out to the public about what is in the bill everybody is voting on today. i also read that bill.
that this bill is too broad. it pushes beyond what was established by roe v. wade. are they wrong? >> they are wrong. the collins murkowski bill doesn't provide enough definition. i read the same thing you read. to my mind, that allows for this anti-choice majority on the supreme court to effectively continue to legislate a way the right to abortion. our bill is more specific making clear what it is and what it isn't. i think that is the responsibility of a legislative body when you cod fie a very broad ruling like roe. yes, our bill is more specific about trying to make sure that some of these onerous state
restrictions on abortion come off the books. but i think that's what the majority of americans want. they want the ability to make the decision for themselves as to whether they are going to terminate a pregnancy through an abortion. >> so i didn't see row v. wade or planned parenthood or casey mentioned in the bill. is that perhaps where the confusion lies? would it be better to clarify that we are just asking to hold the current law as it stands by codifying that into law through your bill? because it isn't clear, when i read it, that's what you're trying to accomplish here. susan collins came out today and her quote was i want the law today to be the law tomorrow. do you disagree with her on what you're trying to accomplish? >> but the law today -- the precedent today allows for the supreme court this very political anti-choice supreme
court to do an end around on congress. so you have got to be more specific in the legislation about what restrictions can be placed on choice and what can't. if you don't, you're inviting the supreme court to continue to legislate their preferred position on choice. so, yeah. maybe that's the reason for the confusion. but let me also just quickly push back on something else here. if you think mitch mcconnell is -- and i don't mean you. i mean the broader american public. if folks think mitch mcconnell will not change the rules of the senate to outlaw abortion on a federal basis, then you haven't been paying attention to the republicans of the senate for the last 10 years. they said they weren't going to change the filibuster for the supreme court until they had the opportunity to do it in order to put anti-choice judges. i heard what mcconnell said. i think this anti-choice movement inside the republican party is a perpetual motion northeastern cannot be stopped. if they get control of the house
and the senate and the presidency. i believe they'll find some rational to change the rules to be able to pass national abortion ban with 50 votes. that's just my opinion having watched these guys for the last eight years. >> let me play the sound from mcconnell fast where he was asked specifically about the possibility of changing the filibuster rules for this specific issue. >> there are no issues in which senate republicans should be exempt from the 60-vote threshold. there's zero sentiment in the republican conference of the senate to get rid of the full buster. >> and he went on to say i have many flaws but being inconsistent is not one of them. i said repeatedly no to president trump when he was there and wanted to get rid of that. that being the filibuster. you don't believe him? do you think that was a lie?
>> i watched them get rid of it for the specific purpose of putting anti-choice judges on the supreme court. i watched senate republicans up until that point opposed changing the rules. come to a convenient new rational for changing those rules. so i have seen this play before in which senate republicans, including mcconnell, did not support challenging the rules. they found a rational to change the rules in order to promote their anti-choice agenda. i just believe they -- the past is predicate and that the same thing will happen, if they get control of the senate. i've seen it before. >> senator chris murphy, i appreciate your time. thank you for that discussion. i think it was a good one and important to understand your thinking and clarify some of what is in the bill and some of the arguments against it. thank you. >> thank you. ahead the latest from ukraine. senior officials said counter attacks near the russian border are making moscow, quote, very worried. just an unbelievable story
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for us. tell us about the developments in the northeast and the south. >> yeah. the ukrainians said in some parts of the country along the front line in the eastern donbas, they're outnumbered when it comes to troops 10-1. a different story, obviously, in the har kyiv region. they said in the city itself it's been relatively quiet over the last few days. the real fighting is happening in the towns and villages outside of the city. in some places, in fact, between the city and the russian border, the ukrainians said they have troops within a few miles of the border and that's where the russians have moved troops, they say, inside the russian border in anticipation of the ukrainians actually reaching the border. we've seen some evidence. we've seen some video from earlier this month that shows the russians in some of these areas had hasty withdrawals. . in one case, they have taken out a bridge leaving vehicles partially submerged in a river. it's dangerous, as well. we saw evidence last week that a
group of civilians 15 cars trying to get out of russian held area to ukrainian held territory. took fire from the russians. their vehicles were riddled with bullets. we are told at least four people died. others were injured. i want to tell you about mariupol, as well. the far southeast. we've been watching it for literally months even the situation has been incredibly desire. especially at the steel plant. not quite perhaps as dire as we thought originally. that is because a high-ranking ukrainian general with the armed forces now said ammunition and aid actually have repeatedly been delivered to the steel plant. this was possible until the russians caught wind of it. they're able to take out the air strike to do it. it raises all kinds of questions about what their delivery method was, how often supplies were able to get in, and when their ability delivered supplies actually got cut off.
>> thank you. retired major general is a cnn military analyst and former commander at the coalition assistance training team in iraq. general, as we discussed, russia is making gains in the herson area in the south. you can see where it is between odesa and mariupol here but that ukraine is making gains up around kharkiv. that's near the russian border. so what is the significance of these two developments? >> the lines of communication are shorter and they can move more quickly from one hot spot to another. that coupled with the extraordinary u.s. intelligence contributions allow them to see
the battle field more clearly and allow them to move more quickly to reinforce where required. of course the logistics, their lines of communication are shorter. they don't have all the mobilities have got. they're working to roll the northeast and working to east and south. the russians are in a tough spot in both places. >> let me pull up where mariupol is. this is south. the southern part of ukraine. here we've been talking a lot about what is happening in and around the steel plant. what do you make of the reporting that arrest able to get ammunition and other supplies into the steel plant. are you surprised given russia's bombardments in the blockade? >> i am not. the fact that the russians still underestimate the will and the
confidence of the ukrainian military is perhaps the only surprise we've got. you have to be a hell of a slow learner to not exactly understand what the capacities are for ukrainian army. they really want this. they want it in the competent manner. they're going to preview on this. they want it. >> sources tell cnn that the russian sources are selling farm equipment as well as targeting food storage sites with artillery. ukrainian officials said an estimated 400,000 tons of grain have been stolen so far. general, what do you think russia is trying to accomplish? >> well, putin, of course, we're all historians and putin is, as well. 1932 and 1933 stalin just create
a master invasion to bring the ukrainian people to heal as he consolidated power in greater russia and soviet union. putin may be working to repeat history here. we also know that ukraine is a net grain exporter to the world. we're going to see a contributing factor worldwide of food shortage, inflation, i'm not sure what his economic war tool is going to wind up looking like. it appears to be using economics as a instrument of political power and power. >> major general paul eaton, i appreciate your time. thank you very much for sharing your analysis. now just imagine you are on a plane and suddenly the pilot
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this story is what nightmares or action movies are made of. it's real. a passenger with no experience flying a plane was able to make this landing in florida after the pilot became incapacitated. cnn aviation correspondent joining us now. pete, you're a pilot and a flight instructor. put into perspective how incredible this is! >> reporter: it is incredible, ana. almost like something out of a movie, when you think about it. it all came down to the hero air traffic controller who guided this plane to a safe landing. he just so happened to be a flight instructor himself. ended up with a student pilot without having to step foot in the plane. listen to the air traffic
control audio now. it's amazing! >> reporter: the voice is not a pilot. but it's a passenger radioing for help. audio capture details the communications between the plane a cessna caravan and the control tower in florida. air traffic controller robert morgan was on break from working in the tower which his colleague said he needed to come back fast. >> there's a passenger flying a plane that is not a pilot and the pilot is incapacitated. so they said we need to try to help them land the plane. >> reporter: morgan is a 20-year veteran controller but also a certified flight instructor with 1200 hours flyin g experience.
>> reporter: controller morgan had not flown this specific type of plane, he pulled up this photo of the layout of the instrument panel and talked the passenger through it step by step. >> i knew the plane was fly like any other plane. keep him calm, descend to land. >> reporter: it shows the flight's path. the first challenger to controllers is locating the flight and pointing the
passenger-turned-pilot to the airport. >>. >> reporter: morgan's instruction paid off. guiding the flight to a landing at palm beach. aviation experts call it a remarkable feat that left other flights listening in stunned. including a commercial pilot waiting for takeoff. >> did you say the passenger landed the airplane? >> that's correct. >> oh, my gosh. a great job! no flying experience. >> reporter: after the landing, morgan left the tower and went to the ramp to meet his newest student pilot that he taught to land without getting in the plane. >> i just feel like it was probably meant to happen. >> what a great ending! incredible story. pete, how long does it typically take to teach somebody to land? >> reporter: it takes a long time to master, ana.
usually about 120 hours of fligt instruction to get somebody to their first solo flight. essentially it was a first solo. it take hundreds or thousands of landings to get them perfectly buttery. when you look at the video, it's so incredible. the landing right on the runway. and consider all the steps to get off the runway. taxiing up, hitting the brakes, shutting down the engine. the pilot turned passenger -- passenger turned pilot, actually, had to be talked through that. incredible. >> what a hero. no pressure at all in that situation! pete, thank you for bringing us this story. now to the manhunt that gripped the nation for days. murder suspect casey white is now back in alabama two days after his capture in indiana. today we're hearing the last words from the woman who helped him escape. former corrections officer vicky white. police say she called 9-1-1 moments before they say she took her own life during this police chase. here is part of that 9-1-1 call.
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welcome back. we talk a lot about where the fighting is happening in ukraine, but we can't forget these towns and cities are home to so many. some people can't or won't leave even though their homes have been reduced to rubble. nick payton walsh is in southern ukraine with the stories. >> reporter: nothing and everything has changed hire. since then almost everything in
between has been torn up by shelling that literally does not stop. trapping people who physically cannot leave. here in the village are two neighbors. we moved to the yard as the shells get closer. >> reporter: still manages to get down to his wife's basement shelter. she's installed a plank on the way here to help him rest. they used to get dressed up to go to bed. it was so cold down here. mention leaving and sh e
her. overwhelmed. it's not so much that life goes on here but it has nowhere else to go. these men selling cow's milk. that's not what they've been drinking. hello to everyone, he says. 40 times a day and night they shell. barely a window is intact. shrapnel flying through the glass daily. yesterday was svetlana's turn but she can't leave as she's waiting for her son to return from the war in mariupol. she said my son is a prisoner, if he comes back and i have gone, it's like i've abandoned him. we wait and hope and worry he's alive and we'll live. on the road out of here, the
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break down these numbers for us. >> reporter: ana, these numbers do show the benefit of getting your booster when you're eligible and here's what the numbers really show us. the analysis we did of cdc data found that last year in the second half of september, less than 25% of covid deaths were among vaccinated people. this year, between january and february, so during the omicron wave, about 40% of deaths were among vaccinated people. but keep in mind, less than one-third had gotten their booster, and also this year so far seniors ages 65 and older account for the majority of these covid deaths. and i think there are three factors to keep in mind here, ana. we know that as time goes on, protection from your initial series of vaccine can wane, and that's why it's important to get your booster. but here in the united states the administration of booster shots, the uptick has been slow, leading to many people not having protection that they had
from their initial series and not getting their booster puts them at risk. so this is just a reminder to get your booster vaccine when you're eligible. >> i just have 30 seconds. what about the second booster? is there evidence that that is effective? >> reporter: it's interesting, fda advisers are meeting this june, june 28th, to look at that data, and fda official dr. peter marks has said that we might see the rollout of a second booster this fall. so we'll be keeping an eye on that in june. >> we know you will keep us posted. thank you so much. that does it for us today. see you back here tomorrow, same time, same place. you can always find me on twitter. the news continues right after this.
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hello, everyone. i'm allison camerota. welcome to the "cnn newsroom." >> i'm victor blackwell. minutes from now president biden is scheduled to speak in illinois about the economy, inflation, rising food prices in the united states. the labor department just reported that inflation finally slowed a bit for the first time in nine months. the consumer price index rose 8.3% in april, compared to the same month last year. that's still high, but a slower increase than what we've seen in previous months. >> still, economists say it will probably be a while until we