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we appreciate the tips that you offered. we appreciate it. take good care. thank you so much for joining us on this interact live show. we have answered your questions on covid-19 and talked about bearing counters. i will see you tonight several developing the growing concern, the delta variant, the hospital er filling with patients and the doctor who says she has had to tell young covid patients in the hospital begging for a vaccine, i'm sorry but it's too late. the delta variant now making up 83% of new cases in the u.s. now averaging more than 35,000 new cases a day and the concern over breakthrough cases in the u.s., infected children. those under 12 not eligible for the vaccine. 23,000 pediatric cases reported in the last week. hospitalizations now on the rise in at least 36 states and tonight the renewed debate here just as parents send their children back to school. should there be masks in school
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to protect everyone? parents divided and in one state tonight children are already going back and we're there. also tonight, the concern at the olympics. team usa reporting more athletes testing positive. just two days before the official start of the summer games in tokyo. a volleyball player becoming the second american to test positive since arriving in japan. now nearly 80 people inside the olympic bubble testing positive. amy robach in tokyo tonight. back here at home the political storm on capitol hill. house speaker nancy pelosi rejecting two republicans for the january 6th select committee that will investigate what led to the attack on the capitol on democracy. the speaker drawing fire tonight acknowledging the move is unprecedented. but necessary, she says, given the men's actions. america's top general speaking out for the first time after the bombshell reporting that he was concerned about a possible coup attempt by president trump to stay in power. what he said today when asked about that reporting.
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martha raddatz standing by. the big test vote for bipartisan efforts to agree on president biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan repairing bridges and roads among other things. not one republican vote. tonight why that doesn't mean this is a done deal. rachel scott with the bottom line. she's live on the hill. the severe storms across the northeast at this hour. thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail. the smoke-filled skies in the east from the fires in the west. so what comes next. rob marciano with the latest track. good evening, and it's great to have you with usesy gh weegin with therowing concern over the sur new covid cases a this country. fueled by the highly con unvaccinated and the breakthrough cases among people. health officials con majority o
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breakthrough cases are mild thanks to the vaccine. but it's still rattling many. tonight the hospital ers filling with patients, many of them young who did not get vaccinated and a doctor who reportedly said that she's had to tell young patients in the hospital begging her for that vaccine, i'm sorry, but it's too late. new covid cases rising to more than 35,000 a day. that's up nearly 60% in a week. tonight more than 23,000 new pediatric cases reported just in the past week. that's twice as many as we were seeing just a couple of weeks ago at the end of june. and as schools in chandler, arizona, right there re-open today, the renewed debate across the country over masks in schools. the american academy of pediatrics as we reporteder no r dulls in school even those who are vaccinated to protect everyone. but parents as you'll hear right here tonight are divided. and the numbers tonight, 186 million americans have received at least one dose of vaccine, 65% of people 1 years and older.
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abc's whit johnson leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, daily cases tripling to more than 35,000 per day. >> this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated. >> reporter: growing concern for unvaccinated kids. more than 23,000 new pediatric cases in the last week. nearly double the number reported at the end of june. in georgia the family of wyatt gibson says he was a healthy 5-year-old before he contracted covid, strep and staff passing away from a massive stroke friday. his father, a sheriff's deputy writing on facebook, i have lost my best friend. across the country, nearly 22,000 americans hospitalized with the virus. doctors in las vegas say they're reliving last winter's surge all over again. >> they're so sick currently that the doctors are talking
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doing tracheostomies on all of these patients. >> reporter: in alabama dr. brytney cobia says she's seeing healthy young people with serious covid infections, writing on facebook, "one of the last things they do before they're intubated is beg me for the vaccine. i hold theirand and tell them that i'm sorry, but it's too late." she goes on to say after patients die, "i hug their family members, and i tell them that the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same. they cry, and they tell me they didn't know. they thought it was a hoax." the delta variant now making up an estimated 83% of new cases in the u.s., raising questions about breakthrough infections. officials in provincetown, massachusetts, tracking 59 -- at least 132 covid cases after the fourth of july saying the vast majority are among those already vaccinated. experiencing mild symptoms. while the vaccines have been effective at preventing severe
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cdc, dr. tom frieden, says we need to learn more about breakthrough cases. >> breakthrough infections are concerning, and that's why we need to look at who people are, where they are and what they're doing. so if you've got an immunosuppressive condition, you are going to want to be more careful. >> reporter: in san antonio, the shute family was fully vaccinated but four out of five family members got breakthrough infections. their symptoms mild or none at all. for that they credit the vaccine. >> i'm very thankful we got it, thinking about how bad it could have been if we had not had that boost in our immune system. we could have ended up in the hospital. >> real concern for the unvaccinated and how quickly this is spreading. obviously also concern over the breakthrough cases and, whit, the former cdc director saying today in that interview that more cases are to be expected and i know authorities are saying the vast majority are mild but still it's making people nervous who went out of their way to get the vaccine and now are seeing some of these breakthrough cases pop up with people they know.
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>> reporter: dr. frieden says as it spreads rapidly, you will have more of these breakthrough infections as well, and while those who are vaccinated are much less likely to suffer from severe illness there will be rare incidents of hospitalization and death. that's why he says it's so critical for more people to get vaccinated to slow this virus down. david. >> whit johnson battling the plans siren. we heard just about every word, whit. thank you. as i mentioned off the top a renewed debate with the variant spreading among the unvaccinated. millions of schoolchildren under 12 still not eligible for the vaccine. should students be wearing masks? tonight parents divided and kayna whitworth in chandler, arizona, where you're about to hear the arguments parents are making on both sides. but the american academy of pediatrics urging kids to have your kids vaccinated or not to wear masks to protect everyone.
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>> reporter: with millions under 12 a renewed debate over masks as the delta variant spreads across the u.s. and students return to school. in arizona, they opened their doors with no mask regulations in place decision up to parents. jennifer lewis' sixth grader kellan is too young to be vaccinated and lives in a multi-generational household. she decided he will wear a mask in school. so you wish there was a mask mandate in place? >> i do. yeah, i wish there was. >> i don't want to get sick and bring it home to my mom and my grandma. >> reporter: arizona seeing a rise in daily infections. in maricopa county alone, daily cases have increased nearly 75% in the last week. the state among eight where lawmakers have banned districts from enforcing mandatory mask wearing, despite urging from the american academy of pediatrics. still, families like the o'briens say they welcome being able to make their own decisions about their first grader
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addison. >> if we're asked to wear masks, great. if we don't have to wear masks, great. and as long as everybody's okay with that, we're okay with that. >> reporter: and, david, arizona's governor also banning school districts from mandating quarantine for potentially exposed students and some concerned parents are asking them to reinstate those restrictions. >> kayna, thank you. also concern in tokyo tonight. team usa reporting another athlete testing positive just two days before the official start of the summer games. now nearly 80 people inside the olympic bubble testing positive. abc's amy robach from tokyo tonight. >> reporter: tonight more athletes from team usa benched by covid-19. a beach volleyball player now the second american to test positive after arriving in japan. usa volleyball stating that "in alignment with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel." olympic competitions getting off to a muted start today. the ioc reporting at least 79 people in the olympic bubble
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now have covid. here in tokyo, there are no signs. there are no banners. there's nothing that feels like this is a city hosting a worldwide event. the number of covid-19 infections in this area now up 155% from last week. the w.h.o. director general praising olympic organizers for keeping the games going in the shadow of a pandemic. >> making sure that any cases are identified, isolated, traced and cared for as quickly as possible. and onward transmission is interrupted. >> reporter: jill biden has landed in alaska, david, on her way here to tokyo. white house has said she is following strict covid-19 protocols and that rather than meeting with team usa athletes in person, she will be doing a virtual get-together with them. david. >> amy robach in tokyo, amy, see you in the morning on "gma." back here at home the
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political storm unfolding on capitol hill after nancy pelosi rejected two republicans for the january 6th select committee that will now investigate what led to the attack on the capitol, on democracy. the speaker drawing very strong criticism tonight for the move. she acknowledged the move is unprecedented but necessary, the speaker claim, given the men's actions. what were those actions and how are they responding? here's terry moran in washington. >> reporter: as congress moves to investigate what led to the violent insurrection, nancy pelosi making an unprecedented move. pelosi rejected two republican congressmen, jim jordan of ohio and jim banks of indiana hand picked to sit on the committee. pelosi said she had concern about some of their statements and actions. within hours kevin mccarthy made
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his decision threatening to pul republicans offer the committee. >> unless speaker pelosi reverses course and seats all five republicans we will not participate. >> reporter: both jordan and bank voted to overturn the election after the insurrection and jordan repeatedly attacked the idea of an investigation. >> they just want to be partisan. they want to continue to attack the former president. they want to play their political games. >> reporter: in may republicans in both the house and senate blocked an independent 9/11-style commissio veigjay 6th which would have been made up of republicans and democrats outside congress. now pelosi says they're still moving forward with the select committee. >> we have a bipartisan quorom. >> reporter: bipartisan. liz cheney. >> at every opportunity the
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minority leader has attempted to prevent the american people from understanding what happened, to block this investigation. >> all right, terry, that was from liz cheney. even if she is just the one republican remaining this committee will move forward, the first hearing next week? >> reporter: that's right, david. the first hearing next tuesday, committee made up of seven democrats and liz cheney all hand picked by nancy pelosi. the first witnesses some capitol police officers attacked during that insurrection. republicans are talking about having their own hearings. all this looks likely to divide this country even further. >> terry live in washington. thank you. also from washington tonight america's top general speaking for the first time after the bombshell reporting that he was concerned at one point about a possible coup attempt by president trump to stay in power. what he said today when asked about that reporter and here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: today in his first
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appearance after he was worried about a coup attempt and disturbing rhetoric swirling around him referring to some hard core trump followers as nazi brown shirt general milley would not talk specifics, but neither did he deny the reports. >> all of us in uniform, we take an oath, an oath to a document, anoath to the constitution of the united states. >> reporter: last year general milley publicly apologized after walking across lafayette square with president trump, after “black lives matter” protesters were forcibly cleared from the area, saying it left the impression the military was involved in domestic politics. today reiterating his concerns. >> and our oath is to the constitution, not to any individual at all. and the military did not and will not and should not ever get involved in domestic politics. we don't arbitrate elections. >> reporter: and by his side today, defense secretary lloyd austin, who while in uniform served with milley for decades. >> i'm not guessing at his
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character. he doesn't have a political bone in his body. >> reporter: and, david, no surprise, donald trump said there was never a coup attempt. >> martha raddatz live in washington. martha, thank you. now to that big test vote in the continuing bipartisan efforts to agree on president biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. not one republican vote for this today but as rachel scott reports tonight that doesn't mean that this won't happen. she's on the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight senate republicans unanimously blocking an effort to move forward on a bipartisan infrastructure package. >> collins, no. >> reporter: republicans say they needed more time to finalize a deal but senate majority leader took a gamble. >> the deadline has moved them far more quickly. >> reporter: working on a $1.2 trillion package. how long are you willing to give
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these bipartisan could see a repetition of what we saw with the affordable care act where discussions went on and on and on and never went anyplace. >> reporter: schumer's gamble may have paid off. some republicans saying they want a deal by the weekend. if there is a vote monday you will vote yes? in a statement tonight that bipartisan group of senators says that they have made significant progress. just moments ago president biden was asked if he thinks they will reach a deal. the president responding, yes, we will. david. >> rachel scott tracking it all as always. thank you, rachel. when we come back here, the severe storms across the northeast as we were coming on tonight, thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail and what about the smoke-filled skies in the east from the fires in the west. rob marciano is standing by with it all. you don't become a runner, who breaks eight world records... after age 65, without a serious support system. kathy martin has one in medicare from blue cross blue shield.
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neiman marcus in union square and a walgreens. while the circumstances with all the suspects are different, the governor newsom -- a look at the governor's plan, leon? >> this bill addressing the problem of organized retail theft came back in governor haswith several amendm greater collaboration between chp and local police. the governor, along with 13 california mayors and a handful of assembly man, addressed the issue of crime and organized retail theft in their cities. some have witnessed it themselves. >> ran into the macy's and grab as much as they could, ran out of macy's, loaded into a car and took off . >> and prs on the ground . >> what you want to do is
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