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the united states and around the world. this is a debate day edition of "ear "early start." good morning, i'm christine romans. >> and i'm laura jarrett. it's thursday, october 22nd, 5:00 a.m. here in new york, 12 days until the election, and today is the deadline to request an absentee ballot if you are in indiana. if either presidential candidate hopes to change the course of the 2020 race, well tonight may be their last chance. joe biden and donald trump gearing up for their final faceoff after their train wreck
of a first debate. president trump is now running behind biden in national polls. within striking range in several key battleground states. the debate comes after national security officials revealed the most concrete details to date about interference in the upcoming election. we'll get more on that in a moment. a big topic tonight will be the pandemic trump failed to bring under control, and shows dangerous signs of spiraling. more than 1,100 american lives lost yesterday, the most since september 15th. the incumbent president laying the role of underdog. his advisers hoping he'll show restraint. our coverage begins with jim acosta at the debate hall. >> president trump and democrat joe biden will meet later on this evening for the final presidential debate. in the meantime, president trump is back to his old tricks of manufacturing bright, shiny objects when he is in big political trouble. president trump is on the attack on a slew of targets between the media and dr. anthony fauci but
defending his record on the coronavirus saying there's quote not much he would change in terms of his handling of the pandemic. >> with covid is there anything you think you could do differently if you had a mulligan or a doover? >> not much. there's a lot of smart people, it's all over the world. it came out of china. china should have stopped it. >> reporter: and trump advisers are hopeful the president will do less interrupting than he did at the last presidential debate. he thinks the president turned off voters as they watched that unfold. they are hopeful the president will allow democrat joe biden to talk more in hopes that the former vice president will have some sort of gaffe that will shake up the race. >> how does joe biden plan to counter the unpredictable president in their final debate. cnn's arlette saenz is with the biden campaign. >> laura and christine, the former vice president spent the past three days off the campaign trail meeting with hissed
advisers as he prepared for this final match up. biden's advisers say he will focus on talking about covid-19, and his plan to build back the economy. once again stressing that scranton versus park avp messaging that biden has tried to frame this campaign around in these closing weeks. biden's advisers say the former vice president is preparing for president trump to bully and deflect his way through this upcoming debate. they expect that the president will not just attack joe biden but also go after his family. and biden's deputy campaign manager said that ultimately these debates are a test of presidential temperament. biden has said that he plans on turning this debate back to the issues at hand. what matters most to voters in these final 12 days before the election, as voters will gauge whether they're going to vote for biden or president trump. laura and christine. >> thank you so much for that. while biden prepped for tonight's debate, his former boss and the democrat's top
surrogate made his strongest argument yet that president trump must go. >> i get that this president wants full credit for the economy that he inherited and zero blame for the pandemic that he ignored but you know what, the job doesn't work that way. tweeting at the television doesn't fix things. >> former president barack obama pulling no punches in his first in-person campaign event. cnn's jeff zeleny has more from philadelphia. >> christine and laura, without question it was one of the most blistering and mocking assessments former president obama has ever delivered of his successor. in more than 30 minutes during a rally outdoors here in philadelphia, he ran through a litany of criticisms about president trump, dwelling certainly on his handling of coronavirus. >> and just yesterday when asked if he would do anything differently, trump said not
much. really? not much. nothing you can think of that could have helped some people keep their loved ones alive? so joe is not going to screw up testing. he's not going to call scientists idiots. he's not going to host a super spreader event at the white house. >> president obama went well beyond that also talking about president trump's view of the world and how the world, indeed, views him, and beyond coronavirus, president obama also talked about president trump's behavior in office. he talked about the exhaustion factor that americans have. he said that indeed this november election could bring america back to a calmer and simpler time. >> with joe and kamala at the helm, you're not going to have to think about the crazy things they said every day. and that's worth a lot. you're not going to have to argue about them every day.
it just won't be so exhausting. >> there was no question the overall message from the former president was to democrat, delivering a bit of tough medicine to them as well saying that now is not the time for complacency. he talked four years ago about how the race between hillary clinton and donald trump was tight as well. this was the first of several appearances obama was going to make to key battleground states. he's going to be visiting places where voting is already underway. like here in pennsylvania, also he'll be targeting florida and other states. what the former president is trying to do is increase participation and enthusiasm among young black voters. latino voters and younger voters overall. christine and laura. >> jeff zeleny in philadelphia. thank you. breaking overnight, federal officials say russia and iran have obtained u.s. voter registration information in an effort to interfere in the upcoming election. they say as part of that campaign, iran has been sending
menacing e-mails to voters in several states, posing as the far right proud boys, the group that the president refused to condemn at the last debate. a source tells cnn that some of the data iran obtained came from private vendor and state systems. this is the first time this election cycle a foreign adversary has been publicly accused of targeting specific voters. >> we will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections and we will continue to work with our many partners to disrupt and to impose costs and consequences on any adversary that attempts to interfere in our democratic processes. >> you should be confident that your vote counts. early, unverified claims to the contrary should be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism. >> it is not unreasonable to view some of this as a distraction. john ratcliffe has been accused of politicizing a number of
intel issues since becoming the director of national intelligence. he claimed the -- after the announcement, homeland security democrats urged people not to listen to ratcliffe calling him a partisan attack in a tweet that was later deleted. the cdc is updating how to find close contact with a covid-19 patient. it used to be thought that you needed 15 continuous minutes of exposure to somebody. now it turns out it could be a series of multiple brief exposures, and this is coming after a vermont prison worker appears to have been infantasticed thinfected that way. >> it's a reminder that we don't have a lot of tools to fight this virus until vaccines come along next year. it's just another reminder of how easy this virus is to transmit, and if you let your guard down, unfortunately, you
can get caught and get covid-19. >> the u.s. suffered nearly 63,000 cases yesterday. the 7-day average is on the verge of surpassing 60,000 for the first time since august 3rd. more than 2,000 of those cases were in new york. the first time the state has gone over 2,000 since may. five new york city public schools added about 1,500 have been shut down for two weeks because of outbreaks. san francisco public schools do not anticipate bringing students back into the classroom before the end of the year. still ahead, it's one of the biggest talking points you hear often from the gop that joe biden will raise your taxes. we're going to separate fact from fiction, up next. who is usaa made for? it's made for this guy a veteran who honorably served and it's made for her she's serving now we made it for all branches and all ranks whether they served one tour or made a career of it. we also made usaa for military spouses and their kids usaa is easy to work with and can save you money on auto, home and renters insurance.
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on the rich. he wants to roll back 2017 tax cuts for business and reward companies that big jobs and production back to the u.s. under a biden plan, a top federal tax rate of 39.6% would mean higher taxes for people making more than $400,000 a year. and they would pay social security taxes on income above 400 grand. now, the corporate tax rate would rise to 28% from 21%. that's still below the 35% corporate tax rate before the 2017 tax reform. for families, biden wants to expand the child tax credit and restore the first time home buyers credit, and vowed not to raise taxes on anyone making under $400,000. now, conservative economists argue taxing the super wealthy and taxing companies could trickle down to the middle class, and its workers there, if companies eventually spend or hire less. but most analysis shows the vast
majority of the tax burden would fall on rich individuals and big companies. >> very different than the narrative we have been hearing, and certainly we'll hear more about that tonight, i predict. to an exclusive interview with cnn. the developer of russia's much touted sputnik vaccine reveals it has not undergone the same type of rigorous testing as other coronavirus trials. cnn's fred pleitgen is live in moscow. nice to see you this morning. what more are you learning about this? >> hi there, laura. the vaccine certainly isn't as far along the as the russians seem to have been saying the last couple of months. they approved the vaccine without going through the key phase 3 trials, and said we are making headway quickly with the phase three trial. last week they said they vaccinated 13,000 individuals, this week they said 17,000. in an exclusive interview with us, the head of the institute responsible for the vaccine acknowledged 6,000 have actually received both doses which are necessary to receive the
immunization, and also to get any sort of data out of this, and that puts the russians well behind most of the big western vaccine makers. let's listen in to some of what he had to say. >> translator: about 17,000 subjects were vaccinated. about 6,000 people were vaccinated with the first and second as of yesterday evening. it did not have time to go through trial for obvious reasons in the age group 60 plus and below 18. just for a simple reason, the introduction of any mass used drug that interacts with the human immune system goes through stages. >> and laura, you heard correctly there, said it did not have trial to go through phases of people who are 60 plus, and under 18. and only suited for age groups, 18 and 60 and not for people with illnesses, which excludes most of the groups vulnerable to severe cases of covid-19. however, the head of the
institute telling us he believes that those age groups should still take the vaccine. laura. >> certainly some shortcomings there. and fred, while we have you and since of course you are in moscow, and you have reported extensively from iran, both countries now accused overnight of trying to interfere in the upcoming u.s. election. they allegedly got their hands on some u.s. voter registration information. what are you hearing from the kremlin, teheran, anything to say? >> reporter: you know what, yeah, we have been following that as well. of course it's something that the russians have heard in the past, accused of interfering in u.s. politics and u.s. society in general. they have denied those allegations in the past. the kremlin this morning has not spoken yet. however, we are waiting for a conference call with the spokesperson for the kremlin. se certainly we'll update you when we get anything from the russian side. the iranian side quick to respond to the allegations overnight. i want to paraphrase some of it. unlike the u.s., iran does not
interfere in other country's elections, denying the allegations, obviously t. the world has been witnessing the u.s.'s desperate attempts to question the outcome of its own election at the highest level, possibly making a reference to some of the things president trump has said in the past. of course one of the things we have to keep in mind, guys, it seems like ages ago but of course the relationship between the trump administration and iran have been rock bottom for a while. these two countries were at each other's throats and close to war. >> thank you for all of that. nice to see you. the tampa bay rays showing signs of life in the world series. andy scholes is live in arlington, texas, with the bleacher report. that's next. why aren't there more people who look like me in government? how can i change things where i live?
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a northern california woman owes her life to the heroic actions of one police officer. >> ma'am, ma'am, come out this way. come out this way. come out. hurry up. get out right now, hurry. get out. >> wow, davis police corporal fang lee realized the only way to get a woman out of an overturned car quickly enough was to drag her by the hands. he told this woman, i was not going to fail this woman, i was going to get her out of the car no matter what. police say she's suspected of driving under the influence. a scary scene there. >> andy scholes has this morning's bleacher report. they're not giving up this fight. >> they are not, laura. good morning to you. the rays did not want to fall behind 0-2 in this first ever
neutral site world series, and second baseman brandon lao coming up big for the team. he was in a terrible slump but finally busted out of it. homering in the first inning to give the rays the lead. then in the 5th with a runner on, he comes to the plate, homers again, he's the second second baseman to hit two homers in a world series game. evening the series at a game apiece, and credits teammates for never giving up on him when he was in that terrible slump. >> pure joy going into that dugout after hitting that home run. everyone was happy, jumping up and down, it's not an individual thing out there. it's everyone with the team, and you know, whatever helps the team win. >> it was exciting for the first home run, the second one, you know, really ignited. i mean, we've seen, look, you've seen it. you've covered him.
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good morning, welcome back to "early start," i'm laura jarrett. >> and i'm christine romans, it is exactly 31 minutes past the hour on this debate day. if either presidential candidate hopes to change the course of the race, tonight is the last chance. joe biden and donald trump gearing up for their final faceoff after their train wreck first debate, president trump is running behind biden in national polls, but within striking range in several key battle ground states. the debate comes after national security officials revealed the most concrete details yet about interference in this election. more on that in a moment. a big topic tonight of course will be the pandemic that the president failed to bring under control and shows dangerous signs of it spiraling out of control. more than 1,100 american lives lost yesterday. that's the most since september 15th. the incumbent president still playing the role of the
underdog, but his advisers hope he will show some signs of restrai restraint tonight. we get more from cnn's jim acosta at the debate hall in nashville. >> reporter: president trump and democrat joe biden will meet later this evening for their presidential debate. president trump is back to his old tricks of manufacturing bright shiny objects. the president is on the attack from a slew of targets fr. the president is defending his record on the coronavirus saying there's not much he would change in terms of his handling of the pandemic. here's more of what he had to say. >> with covid is there anything you think you could do have done differently. >> not much. it's all over the world. a lot of great leaders, smart people, it's all over the world. it came out of china, china should have stopped it. >> reporter: trump advisers are hoping the president will do less interrupting than the last presidential debate. they think the president turned off voters as they watched all
of that unfold. they also are hopeful the president will allow democrat joe biden to talk more in the hopes that the former vice president will have some sort of gaffe that will shake up the race. christine and laura. >> jim acosta, thank you so much for that. how does joe biden plan to counter the unpredictable president trump in the final debate tonight. cnn's arlette saenz is with the biden campaign. >> laura and christine, the former vice president spent the past three days off the campaign trail, meeting with advisers as he prepared for the final match up. biden's advisers say he will focus on talking about covid-19, and his plan to build back the economy. once again, stressing that scranton versus park avenue messaging that biden has tried to frame this campaign around in these closing weeks. now, biden's advisers say the former vice president is preparing for president trump to bully and deflect his way through the upcoming debate. they expect the president will not just attack joe biden but also go after his family, and
biden's deputy campaign manager said that ultimately these debates are a test of presidential temperament. biden has said that he plans on turning this debate back to the issues at hand. what matters most to voters in these final 12 days before the election as voters will gauge whether they're going to vote for biden or president trump. laura and christine. >> 12 days to the election. it's time for three questions in three minutes. let's bring in cnn's senior political analyst, john avlon. good to see you. thanks for getting up with us. it is debate night, probably the last chance one might think for the president to change this trajectory in this case, i'm not sure that's true with 40 million people have voted. >> it's also 2020. so counter balance those two things. >> there's also a chance for another october surprise. can the president change anyone's mind tonight? >> it's his last best chance. he had a ton of self-inflicted
wounds. second debates are where presidents tend to come back. he's going to be told by his folks, don't be quite as aggressive. as you just heard, let joe biden speak for himself and the gaffes will come. the problem is trump is going to try. he's not going to change. even though he has the mic muted in the first two minutes, his strategy is to try to get joe biden off base. where things are going to get ugly is if he goes after his family and his son as he almost certainly will. that's playing dangerous ball because the chance of backlash trump team must know is significant. >> absolutely. and they're ready for it. i think they must be ready for it this time in this debate prep. let's look at this map, the road to 270 electoral votes. not a lot of undecideds left, 12 days, if you give the president's all of the states in yellow, he won them, by the way, in 2016, he still can't top biden. what swing state can trump bring into his column at this point? >> such a great question, and it's really the key question. remember, these are state races
they're triable to cobble together 270. look, i think any southern states that are within the margin of error, remain very much in donald trump's possibility. if he doesn't have a lot of unforced errors. so georgia, north carolina, those are places he could bring them in. these are all classic swing states by the way. i think arizona he can make a recall push. the senate race has been trending democrat but you shouldn't count donald trump out. some folks will start talking about districts in maine 2 and nebraska 1, and nebraska 2. this is a game that enters at this point, it's a cliche because it's true, but he should not, his team can't afford to give up, particularly southern states within the margin of error. here's the bigger problem, he's running out of money, and that gives biden a big advantage to prosecute that case with ads in the final days of the race. >> they have blown through a serious amount of cash. john, finally, some add deja vu last night as i thought it was safe to go to sleep, we see a
hastily arranged fbi news conference two weeks before the election, once again about e-mails, although this time it's different. national security officials are accusing iran, and russia of obtaining u.s. voter registration day to to interfere and meddle in the election. given the role of john ratcliffe, the head of the national intelligence is being viewed with skepticism and this is where the erosion of trust in government matters. how should voters receive what they learned last night? >> you're right to point out that john ratcliffe has a massive credibility gap because he promised to leave politics out of his confirmation hearing. the order in which they were presented wreaks of politics. getting registration data is a big deal. it upon it doesn't prove anything but the danger of
elections being thrown into chaos because of voter role confusion is a very big deal. this administration has not taken that danger seriously enough. they have tried to deflect away from russia repeatedly. the fact is russia is in this game, and we should not be like generals fighting the last war. pay attention to the swing states and swing districts, as a former prime minister of estonia, it's not that you need to change the results of an election entirely. you need to raise doubt about key district sgs. >> he said the effort was to hurt the president by putting out e-mails, and an intelligence official had to clean it up and say it's because of the relationship or the, at least, assumed relationship between the proud boys and the president that it would be seen as hurting the president, but ratcliffe didn't explain that connection at the time. we'll have to see as this plays out. >> let's pay attention. thanks so much, john. appreciate it.
nice to see you. cnn has learned that both campaigns are prepared to deploy thousands of poll watchers on election day. each party is training people to document, record and pass along incidents to the respective legal teams which could be used as evidence in future legal disputes. 40 million americans, as we mentioned, have voted nationwide, but efforts to suppress the vote are ongoing. the supreme court last night blocked curbside voting in alabama, despite the pandemic and in battleground iowa, the state supreme court sides with the gop saying county officials cannot use the state's data base to fill in missing information on ballot applications as they have in prior elections. the deadline to request an absentee ballot in iowa is on saturday, so time it fix errors is very short right now. in indiana, a federal appeals court overturned a lower court order extending the deadline. ballots are now back to being due by noon on election day. and north carolina republicans signaling they may appeal to the
supreme court after a lower court ruled ballots mailed by election day can still be counted as long as they are received by november 12th. bottom line, check it out with your state and local election authorities and act early here, right? a major change from the cdc, the agency updating how it defined a close contact with a covid-19 patient. it used to be thought that you needed 15 continuous minutes of ex exposure. that's changed. it can be a series of multiple brief exposures after a vermont prison worker appears to have been infected that way. >> it's a reminder that we don't have a lot of tools in our to fight this virus until vaccines come along next year. it's just another reminder of how easy this virus is to transmit, and if you let your guard down, unfortunately, you can get caught and get covid-19. >> the u.s. suffered 62,000
cases yesterday. the 7-day average is on the verge of surpassing out of thousand for the first time since august 3rd. and a volunteer in brazil's trial of the astrazeneca covid-19 vaccine has died. authorities say that's no wherein reason to stop the trial entirely. there's no reason to assume the vaccine killed this particular volunteer who may have received the placebo anyway. well, a rise in coronavirus cases forcing a big city school district rethinking plans to bring students back into the classroom. cnn has the pandemic covered coast to coast for you. >> i'm bianna golodryga in new york. boston public schools announced wednesday that due to a rising covid-19 infection rate in the city, all students will shift to remote learning effective today. the city's seven high temperature day average covid-19 positivity test rate was reported at 5.7%. that's an increase from 4 1/2% last week. students will remain in remote learning until there are two
full weeks of falling infection rates. >> i'm pete in washington. international travel is suffering because of covid restrictions. now airlines are trying out a new mobile health pass app. united airlines is using common pass, storing your coronavirus health results, including a rent test you may have taken for airlines and governments to see, while protecting your private health data. united airlines passengers tried it for the first time on wednesday. the route from newark to london, and the idea, united says, could be expanded soon. >> reporter: i'm omar jimenez, in multiple states across the midwest, we have seen rising coronavirus numbers, especially so in wisconsin. the state set a single day death record wednesday of 48. the state built a field hospital to try and keep up with the pace, and wednesday it admitted its first patient.
all of this comes as the state's positivity rate has soared to 22% as early in-person voting begins in wisconsin that has already seen people show up to the polls in the tens of thousands. i'm brynn gingras, halloween in new york city is happening. it will be a bit different this year of course because of the pandemic but the mayor of the city says that it can go on safely. so what does that mean? well, trick or treaters need to stay outdoors. no trick or treating in the big tall apartment buildings. treats should be placed in basket, rather than handed out, and hand sanitizers should be at the ready. the mayor is reminder trick or treaters that costume masks cannot replace a proper face mask. and his blessing to celebrate halloween comes as hot spot areas in new york city are leveling off in cases. >> thanks to our reporters for all of those. as the pandemic drags into the eight month, a growing
number of americans are running out of unemployment benefits and shifting to extended payments funded by the federal government. that was funded by the c.a.r.e.s act. the 13 week benefit extension runs out at the end of the year, and an extended benefit program that triggers when state jobless rates soar. that's winding down in some states as the economies recover. all of this could leave millions without a financial lifeline as the jobs recovery stalls. in one week, 372,000 people filed for special pandemic relief programs. all together, 25.5 million people are getting some sort of jobless assistance. these are the people who need stimulus, right. sources say passing another deal through both chambers will most likely have to wait until the lame duck session. we'll be right back. less oral steroids. taking my treatment at home. nucala is a once-monthly add-on injection for severe eosinophilic asthma. not for sudden breathing problems. allergic reactions can occur. get help right away for swelling of face, mouth, tongue, or trouble breathing. infections that can cause shingles have occurred.
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for electrical engineering and you need to go to college for that. if i didn't have internet in the home i would have to give up more time with my kids. which is the main reason i left the military. everybody wants more for their kids, but i feel like with my kids, they measurably get more than i ever got. and i get to do that. i get to provide that for them. a stunning shift at the vatican, pope francis becoming
the first ever pontiff to endorse same sex civil unions. cnn's delia gallagher live in rome with the details. tell us about the thinking of this. this was in a documentary that debuted, it would signal a shift, really, in church thinking. >> well, that's right, absolutely. this came out last night in a documentary that premiered here in rome. let's take a look at what the pope said in that documentary according to the catholic news agency. he said, homosexual people have a right to be in a family. they're children of god and have a right to a family. what we have to create is a civil union law. that way they are legally covered. now, as you can imagine, this has been met with both praise and criticism by some, christine, because it is a change from the position of the pope's predecessors, john paul ii, and benedict xvi who were against legalizing same sex
unions. even though he's made a distinction between that and marriage, which he says should be between a man and a woman. nonetheless, these are really important comments coming from the pope because it's the first time he's directly supporting legalization of same-sex unions. we should mention these are comments of course made in a film, so we don't have yet any official document from the pope or the vatican on this topic. so we'll have to wait and see how this develops. christine. >> delia gallagher for us in rome. fascinating, thanks. senate democrats on the judiciary committee expect to boycott a key hearing. they say they will fill the seats with people affected by obamacare distress, that judge barrett would be a threat to the law. the gop is accused of rushing to confirm an justice that hopes to sway the election should it end up in court. senate republicans are defending barrett against a report about
her time on the board of a private christian school system. the school has anti-lgbtq policies. perdue pharma agreeing to a corporate death penalty, the company made billions of dollars as the crisis worsened, will plead guilty, pay more than $8 billion, the company will shut down. the dea says the devastating ripple effect of perdue's actions left lives lost and others addicted. the assets will be used to have a nonprofit trust that will continue to make oxycontin. the earnings will be used to combat opioid addiction. >> rare to see a company face criminal charges there. archaeologists in oklahoma searching for the victims of the 1921 tulsa massacre say they found a mass grave. they also found at least one set of human remains on site there at the cemetery. so far they haven't been able to confirm that the remains are actually the massacre victims
but state archaeologist says that she's confident they're looking in the right place. hundreds of african-americans were killed in the massacre when a white mob looted and burned down what was then known as black wall street. just about 52 minutes past the hour this thursday morning. losses for markets around the world, you can see asian shares closed mixed. europe opened lower, and futures are leaning lower. stocks closed down wednesday, the dow fell 99 points, no stimulus deal yet and hopes fading there. also this report from the federal reserve known as the beige book found the economic recovery is slowing and said the jobs picture is confusing. on one hand you have more layoffs by some companies but other companies report they can't find workers because there's not child care, and there are concerns about people's health. the s&p 500, the nasdaq also closed down. in just a few hours we'll get another look at layoffs, another weekly jobless claims report. figures expected to show a small
decline in claims, but well above pre-pandemic levels. tesla thriving during the pandemic and vows to sell half a million cars this year. tesla reported a net income of 874 million, nearly double its second quarter profit. there were doubts it could achieve its goal given the plant was shut down during the pandemic. it has delivered 319,000 cars during the first three quarters of the year. tesla stock is up an astonishing 405% this year. much like its content, quibi didn't last long, the short form video app is shutting down six months after it launched. it is a major initiative backed by jeffrey catsenberg, and the company struggled after launching during the pandemic in a crowded streaming market. quibi plans to return the remaining cash for investors and look for buyers for its assets. an extraordinary move by a pro sports franchise, the
seattle storm is endorsing the biden/harris ticket. you don't often see sports teams endorse candidates but the storm has done this before. over the summer, they backed a democratic opponent of republican senator kelly loeffler who co-owned the wnba atlanta dream. the storm has supported black lives matter. by contrast, brett favre asked president trump in a town hall how pro sports should support an antiracism position without alienating fans and losing ratings. coming to a sam's club near you, robot janitors, the big box chain deploying 400 autonomous floor scrubbers to its stores during the pandemic. hundreds are already in place at sam's club locations but now there will be a robot in every store nationwide. walmart, which owns sam's club is partnering with the company brain corp. on the robot technology. >> makes you wonder what that means for the jobs there, though, right? >> absolutely. but it's also about the safety of workers as well. you know, you can deploy people to do other things if you don't have them doing that.
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we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." it's thursday, october 22nd, 6:00 here in new york. and we do begin with breaking news. on the eve of the final presidential debate, the country's top national security officials announcing that russia and iran have both obtained voter registration information that could be used to influence the election. the timing