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the new cease fire in the middle east is holding, but pockets of violence remain. the cease fire being put to an early test with clashes breaking out between palestinian protestors after prayers. celebrations in the streets of israel and gaza where the cease fire toox effect.
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we have more on what is being done to make sure the truce holds. and also the behind the scenes push by president biden to protect the cease fire, and finding out whether or not the senate will become a legislative graveyard as the january 6th vote comes up next week. good morning, i'm garrett haake in washington in for hallie jackson this morning. i'm joined by erin mclaughlin. erin, i want to start with this, the cease fire is already being tested, will it hold? >> it is holding, but it is
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fragile. behind the walls just over that way is the compound known as the temple mount to jews. thousands of palestinians gathered of all factions to celebrate the gaza cease fire. at that point the israeli police entered the compound and fired rubber bullets to disburse the crowds. eyewitnesss say they were there for a celebration. but quickly the situation was deescalated. calm has been stores. but it is clashes around the holi site that have so many concerned on both sides and it is widely seen as leading up to
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the current wave of violence. all eyes are watching this situation around the holy site right now. and we're getting our first look at the ground after a relentless bombing campaign. richard engel is there now with the latest, richard? >> after the cease fire they're trying to rebuild if is difficult. look at the damage around here. this was the iconic media building that was flattened after the israeli military gave warning to the associated press and other inhabitants that they had to flee. this is just one building. the mayor said that 100 miles has been obliterated. roads that ambulances need to travel on but they are unable to. if we keep going here it's not just limited to this one street.
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there is block after block where there has been infrastructure damaged roads, torn up and israel said that was the point. and they said that military infrastructure was buried under the soil. so to get at it it bombed gaza and collapsed many buildings and streets. it's hard to know what the people of gaza achieved from all of this, if anything. the health officials here say that around 240 people were killed including more than 65 children. about 100,000 people fled their homes fearing this could happen to their apartments and many went to live in schools thinking they were the only safe place. now some of those people are going back to see if anything survived, to see if they were able to go back to their homes. there's not a lot of power, internet and cell phone
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reception is terrible. if there is anything good, it is that hamas got here and were able to help. they kept firing rockets. they made a political statement and perhaps from hamas's point of view perhaps it's is worth it. >> this has been the first big foreign policy challenge, how did they get through this and where do they go from here? >> first a big test, absolutely. this is a president that relied on decades navigating different fazes and deployed a more subtle approach. we're learning here that
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absolutely in thunderstorms of the team we can report behind the scenes that the president's main goal was to end the violence so he could get back to his domestic agenda focus. that was a very clear approach from the beginning and one that the president largely appeared to because of lessons learned from the 2014 conflict. we know that the americans conveyed they would simply not accept that this time around. here is how the president approached now what he believes will happen going forward as he commended the cease fire last night. >> i believe the palestinians and israelis serve to live safely. my administration will continue our quiet relentless diplomacy toward that end. i believe we have a gin win opportunity to make progress and
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i'm committed to working for it. >> the president is sending his secretary of state to the region in the coming days. he will meet with israeli and palestinian leaders. the u.s. still doesn't have an ambassador to israel. look for him to athose his nominee. they say they are optimistic about this cease fire holding for the first time while acknowledging this is a very fragile peace. >> i'm joined by jane harmon. she is the author of the new book insanity defense. i can't think of a harder national security problem to solve than this one. i'm curious, jane, do you see
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anything in how this cease fire was negotiated? how we got to this point that suggests that we might have any long-term deal inside or are we just pressing because on this problem for now? >> i want to believe that this is the last movie we're going to see with the scars being gaza and hamas and israel, but i don't think so. i think there is a good thing that there is a cease fire. egypt should be commended. i think jordan played a role. and they have been very courageous in this. i don't see what really changed. i see the ground flattened in gaza. a lot of tunnels were destroyed. last now hamas builds rockets and so fortunate. i don't see that changing too
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much. there was supposed to be selections that were postponed, and we need a conclusion that has gone four rounds and headed to a fifth, and i would just hope they would try to put together a coalition that welcomes the israeli arabs that are now alienated and were part of the parliament. >> let's talk about the american lip here. the president spoke to netanyahu i think six times. how important were they on brokering this. what was the u.s.'s role behind the scenes? >> we don't exactly know. i love that it was behind the
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scenes, i don't think everything should be negotiated in the press, i love that, and biden, a very experienced foreign policy president was involved. but i just would say that a cease fire is not a permanent peace of what went on in the mosque. and having been to that region 30 plus times i know how complicated it is. and a unified support for israel is fractured. the last of the practice party is critical for the treatment of the palestinians. i'm think we're building leadership and it is crucial,
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and maybe the arab states and maybe it without mather. and maybe there will be a reset in the region, it could be a huge achievement if it can happen, but also refrequent well on the united states. >> i think that is a big part of how this president and future presidents have to deal with this. it is incredibly challenging do you think anything was accomplished here in what changes in the broader conflict here after what we have all seen in the last 11 days? >> they certainly helped provoke
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this problem. the u.s. doesn't deal with it. the u.s. and other countries deal with the palestinian authority that is the west bank and they were 85 years old and ailing, and allegedly there is corruption in his government. there needs to be a new government. and there is a lip leadership mechanism. and a lot of it was provoked by them and surely all of those rockets launched add at israel.
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right now senate democrats are fast tracking a bill and some senators are digging in. including senator burr who is out with a statement making clear that he is opposing the bill.
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this bill got 35 republican votes in the house and now it may get zero in the senate? >> it is pretty incredible. mitch mcconnell coming out saying he did not support it we did a track of where they all stand and zero came out in support of the bill. a dozen are considering it. let's look at what they have going on. >> we have two committees in the senate doing
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they say there is due politictive investigationing going on in the senate. that's one reason why senator richard burr who voted to impeach the president says he does not support the legislation as well. it is important to know that the investigation going on in the senate is a much smaller scale on the security on the capital and not in the events that lead up to january 6th. >> there was a security spending bill, they are facing odds that don't look so great. how likely is it to see any of these things breaking through. is it something they can sign or are we stuck in a 50/50 senate.
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i think we have to separate issue by issue. could they reach the president's desk? and democrats are quite skept sceptical. there is a lot of skepticism that these things can't be done. police reform is probably the most likely but still we have not seen a deal yet. the anniversary is coming up on tuesday. they acknowledged the negotiators there will not be a bill. or any sort of deal by then. but it is probably the best path to passage. we'll see, garrett, there is a lot of obstacles in all of these
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bills ways. >> congress works best on a deadline but they won't make this one. with me now is jennifer wexton of virginia. she has been working closely with the family of a capital police officer that died in the after math of the january 6th insurrection attempt. how do you feel about a 50/50 senate being where all of your hard work goes to stall out. >> we're always trying to get to yes and get to being optimistic. we are progressing and we need to take everything issue by issue. >> this back and forth over the january 6th commission is incredibly personal to many people that are impacted by what happened in the insurrection. especially folks like the family of the officer who died after
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those events. what is his family want to see happen here? are there multiple paths forward potentially to getting to a solution that would satisfy their concerns? >> they really want to see a bipartisan commission full of experts to get to the bottom of what happened on january 6th. to get to the root causes and to get the recommendations so it doesn't happen again. that would be ideal. that's what the january 6th commission does and that's what i'm hoping will pass through the senate. it was very encouraging that 35 members of the house broke ranks to vote for it. >> i wonder if mitch mcconnell hald not come out in opposition if we would have seen even more of those house republicans voting in favor of it. i asked speaker pelosi this question, the commission is not the only option for house democrats, at least.
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you could form a select committee, you could kick these investigations over to other committees. i wonder if you think that democrats should go that route if the commission bill fails or do you just tweak that commission to get something that senate republicans can say yes to. >> i think we said yes to a lot of what was requested already in the house. things like equal subpoena power. equal appointment power. so we already came a long way and what the form is that it is in right now is the same form of the september 11th commission. i know that leadership is having to work with and get to some sort of bipartisan compromise. >> leann mentioned there is multiple other investigations going on. justice department investigations. there is 400 some od criminal
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cases being adjudicated here in dc. why is that not enough? why do you need an over arching effort over top of the others going on. >> the issue is far too important to deal with it piecemeal. looking at one little aspect of it and that is just not the way to get to a comprehensive solution. i hope that we will come up with a bipartisan agreement to get a comprehensive group of experts to look at root causes and what we have going forward. to not negotiate qualified immunity discussions away.
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do you set it aside if you can't get it changed? >> i wouldn't. you know i think we need to get to yes one way or another. and i know that congresswoman bass is working with senaor scott and trying to come to yes, trying to get a solution, and trying to get a justice in policing passed. this is far too important to do nothing and we need to make sure we get something passed that will make a big difference in their lives with people. >> america needs two parties. you need a republican party that is serious. i wonder what you feel like you can work with republicans on in the house right now? it has been so contentious, so hot since january 6th. >> well there is a lot that we can work on together, we're
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trying to work on infrastructure, on police reform. i have a bill on children's cancer research. there is a lot of things question do in terms of governing. but yes, it is a little more challenging than in times passed. it doesn't mean that we don't try. >> congresswoman, thank you for joining us on a recess friday, what zoo has lions, tigers, and covid shots. will the covid shot become an annual event like a flu shot? lt not all plastic is the same. we're carefully designing our bottles to be one hundred percent recyclable, including the caps. they're collected and separated from other plastics, so they can be turned back into material that we use to make new bottles. that completes the circle, and reduces plastic waste.
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the u.s. is inching closer to president bidens goal to get 70% of adults at least one vaccine shot. dating apps announced they will offer badges that show vaccination status and premium content if you have gotten your shot.
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any new yorker who gets vaccinated next week will receive a free lottery ticket with a chance to win millions. for the kids, some iconic family friendly sites are now offering the vaccine. ron allen is outside of the bronx zoo this morning. i know the effort just got under way. what can you tell us about what is going on here? >> it is getting under way, it's a continuation of efforts by city and state officials and by public health officials that is incentivizing getting a vaccination because the numbers are so low. the numbers are low across the county and low here in new york city. they're trying to make it easy for people to come get vaccinated. it's a beautiful day here. the bronx zoo is open for most of the pandemic. you may recall at the beginning of this back in march a number of animals here tested positive for covid. this has nothing to do with that, but it is here for a different reason.
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the bronx the rates of vaccinations are the lowest in the city, so trying to make it easy for people to come to this part of town. here is how they explained why they put this vaccination here. >> our park is in the middle of the bronco. the bronx is an important place to reach people in the neighborhood. we're hoping to get local neighbors and people from all over the city. >> there are a lot of people coming. the question, of course, is will they stop here for this. you can walk up and make an appointment online. the goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated to try to get the numbers up. everything in new york is opening up. the hope is that people will get their vaccination and get the numbers up from as low as about half of the population in new york city and new york state. the numbers, about half, a little more, a little less. the bottom line is that it is
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low. there is an effort to do everything possible to get the numbers up. >> makes sense, got to go where the people go. outside of the bronco zoo this morning, thank you. >> new reaction from president biden's chief medical advisor, dr. anthony fauci on questions about vaccine booster shots. this comes after a pfizer ceo set off alarges when he suggested that booster wills like i will be needed. that would mean as soon as this fall for some americans. dr. fauci is taking a different position on the likelihood and the potential timing. >> we are planning for the even evenuality that we might need to boost people. joining me now is the founding director of the boston research
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and disease policy. what's your sense of how likely it is that booster shots will be needed and how soon? >> thanks, garrett. i have to say as a former new yorker that's another reason i love the bronx zoo by the way. two reasons i think we may need boosters. one is that if we discover the immunity for vaccines doesn't last as long this week were limited by the fact that people only got this vaccine for so long. the studies that we might be looking at are the participants that got the disease. if they got the infection, are they getting severe infections after the vaccines and that might help tell ulgs how long it may last. the thought around this is that it could potential i will be longer than just what the blood work is showing. there are other parts for immunity but we won't know until we have that data. the other thing that might
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change that picture is if new parents start developing that overcome the vaccines in a more meaningful way. even though the ones that we're worried about, the vaccines protecting us from those variants. we'll have to see what pfizer's data is. i think it is a good idea for us to produce and keep the boosters ready. you remember what happened in december. there is a lag time and we don't want to get to a point where we need them and we don't have the dose. >> i understand the science is inconclusive. we have not had enough time to say the virus has been around long enough. is it like a flu shot, something you get every year or so? >> it is hard to know, but i will say one thing that i have been seeing from pfizer and moderna about the potential combining of flu shots with the covid shots and pfizer looking
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at a potential combination between the pneumonia vaccination and the covid vaccine. if they are needed those strategies will help improve vaccination rates for both of those dangers. >> i want to look overseas here for a second and ask you about an increasingly dire situation in japan. daily covid cases are up as much as six times from their numbers in march. there is a new pole out that shows 83% of people there are against hosting the olympics and the paralympics. there there any option for responding to this? and do they need to step inin india. >> they are a country that we thought escaped the worst part of this and we're seeing in the
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right settingings of gatherings, variants, multiple introductions, right? you might see a surge in the countries. the concern is that 5% of the japanese population is vaccinated. the olympics are 60 days away. even though they have banned international spectators there is a lot of, you know, athletes coming from all over the world and that is the perfect setting, potentially, for a lot of people getting together. potentially new introductions and i think the same stand as many of the public health experts in japan that postponement should be considered in that setting as we're getting over these new surges in some of the new countries that we thought escaped the first surge relatively unharmed but still effective. >> a 5% vaccination rate is something else. doctor, we have to leave it there and thank you very much.
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footage we brought you yesterday. they doubled down on the decision to not release video until an investigation was completed. his cause of death is originally mischaracterized as police as an impact from the car crash. completely not the case. because of the video released by the associated press we know he was being choked and tased repeatedly by officers. do we know where they are in this investigation process? when will it end? when will the state of louisiana speak on this? >> garrett, that is the question on so many people's minds today, it has been two years since it occurred. as you pointed out the initial report suggested that green died
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from the impacts of a car accident and made no mention of this altercation that we now know happened through the release of this footage by the ap. and even as this video has been released law enforcement officials are not commenting on it. they're saying that the investigation is still ongoing and that the video was released prematurely with no realtime line or endpoint as to when folks might again to get those answers. and the family is continuing to call this a cover up saying that the public is seeing some of the video they already saw and their opinion has not really changed. take a listen to what ronald green's mother told us. >> after you see what you see. i saw it was the first time and i said this is premeditated murder. this is -- they planned this. >> as we wait to see what will happen on the criminal side i
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spoke with the executive director of the aclu here in louisiana that says the release of this footage could bolster a civil case and help that to begin to move forward. >> thank you, priscilla. in the wake of a stunning surge of anti-asian attacks, a new generation of young activists is speaking up for the first time. >> we can go help other youths to be empowered and to lift them up. e empowe red and to lift them up what makes new salonpas arthritis gel so good for arthritis pain? salonpas contains the most prescribed topical pain relief ingredient. it's clinically proven, reduces inflammation and comes in original prescription strength. salonpas. it's good medicine. before we talk about tax-smart investing, what's new?
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it has been out of the dark comes light. it is a new generation of activists using their voices, seeking value darety -- slashed, beaten, even killed in broad daylight began flooding social media. >> will you help us? >> reporter: the #stopasianhate prompted new attention. >> to see people like my parents who have given their lives to this country, and to see that this is the reward for their hard work, for putting their heads down and believing in the american dream is hard. ♪♪ >> reporter: a new generation rising up. >> stop asian hate. >> reporter: high school students organizing for the first time. >> enough is enough. we have to stop this. >> the people that were being attacked looked like people that
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could be in my family or my relatives. >> hear about racism. we hear about a lot of hate in the news. then it's your community. it is -- you are being brought into the problem. i should do something about it. i should have done something about it long ago. >> reporter: michelle and c.j. are students at brooklyn tech. they met after her teacher suggested she reach out. why is it important for all of the students to come together? >> we are all diverse. we have our intersectionalty. all of them matter. we live in a society that can demean those. they are vilify us for those differences that we all have. >> reporter: what did your parents think? >> my parents were like, stop. literally. what's the point? that really made me so angry. we can't only care about us,
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because it isn't about one community. it's about all of us coming together. >> reporter: rising together, activists combating hate and using their power to stand together against racism. >> my generation is the next generation. we're going to be the next lawmakers, senators, the next politicians and doctors. if we want to see the change that we are advocating for right now, we have to start it young. >> reporter: so inspiring to see the young folks. another form of activism we see is folks taking self-defense classes and bystander training. people are learning how to protect themselves and their families. they are learning how to safety intervene if they witness an attack. sometimes calling attention to it or yelling can be enough to deescalate a situation and let the target escape. so much we unpack in this film. thanks for having us on to talk about it. >> you bet. catch this film "rising
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greenland, i don't know, it got released somehow. it's something we talked about. denmark essentially owns it. we're very good allies with denmark. we protect denmark like we protect large portions of the world. the concept came up. i said, certainly, i would be -- strategically, it's interesting. we would be interested. we will talk to them a little bit. >> that's a special edition of flashback friday for you. that was president donald trump confirming reports in 2019 that he was interested in a major land deal, buying greenland from denmark. the problem? denmark wasn't interested. maybe you at home were holding out hope. maybe you were packing your swim trunks for an island vacation. if you are making your list right now, you better include your passport this summer. secretary of state tony blinken confirmed this week that you can cross the united states off the
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non-existence buyer's list for greenland. a friendly furry way to sniff out covid. they can detect it with accuracy. you don't have to stick them up your nose. it's being put to the test in miami. ellison barber joins us at the wine and food festival. talk to us about how these trained dogs, like your friend there, can be a part of the safety protocols. >> reporter: as guests arrive at the south beach wine and food festival, they will be greeted by dogs, sniffing at their feet. they are here for one reason, to detect covid-19. they don't check for anything else. this is cobra. this is john mills who trained her. show us how this works. watch cobra. they will go over to the people waiting to go into the festival.
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there's not as big of a crowd as we have seen last night. the events are getting started here. big or small, the dogs bob and weave through the crowd. they can pick up the scent of covid from sweat on your feet. if they detect the scent, they will sit. that's when they will come and tell the person attending this event that they need to go to another tent not far from here and take a rapid covid-19 test. we are in this space where we are trusting people. if you are at an event, a large one like this without a mask, that you have been fully vaccinated. but experts like john and other folks we talked to have spent the last year training the dogs, they say the dogs could act as the safety net between trusting each other, but not having a vaccine passport. if you are worried are you vaccinated, a dog like this can give us an extra buffer to make us feel safer.
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garrett? >> i love it. my dog won't even fetch. thank you for watching this hour of "hallie jackson reports." find m @garretthaake. good morning, everybody. there's a series of fast-moving stories we are watching this hour. any minute the white house covid response team will hold a briefing. booster shots or no booster shots? what they are saying about the future of covid vaccinations. in 30 minutes, kyle rittenhouse expected to make his first in-person court appearance. they have brought in extra security. prosecutors saying he shot and killed two people and wounded a third during protests after the police shooting of jacob blake. what will it mean for his trial? we do want to start with

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