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donald trump refuses to sign the coronavirus stimulus package. and millions of americans are about to fefeel the pain. new developments in nashville and a theory driving the investigation. and the direct air to germany's speaking only to cnn about seeking treasures. well do to all of you watching.
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i'm ken brunhuber, this is c"cn newsroo newsroom". jobless benefits that 12 million struggling americans have come to rely on are now expiring thanks to president trump. the president has allowed the protections to lapse rather than sign the latest covid leaf bi r bill into law. and is doubling down on the last minute efforts to increase the payment amounts. and among those urging him to sign it is joe biden. funding to keep the government running is also tied up in the bill. to he ove overt a shutdown needs to be signed by monday. and the moratorium eviction ends
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in less than a week. but with all that, the president is continuing his holiday vacation in florida. jeremy diamond is traveling with the president. >> reporter: while he only appeared to be digging in his heels further, the president end zoning once again saturday that he wants to see the stimulus checks to americans more than tripled from $600 to $2,000 tweeting i simply want to get our great people $2,000 rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill. also stop the billions of dollars in pork. now, president trump is saying here that all he wants is to increase the stimulus checks, but if that was really his goal, the president might have spoken up before the legislation was passed. he only suggested that he might not sign it or even perhaps veto it after congress passed this legislation by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, a veto-proof majority at that. and president trump in the four
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days since he made that threat, he hasn't been on the phone with congressional leadership. he hasn't been meeting with advisers to find a way to salvage this relief. instead we've seen the president palling around with his friends here and going out golfing as he did on thursday and friday. and the president is doing this at the a time when not only key deadlines coming up for him to sign the legislation, but also at a time when millions are in need of that financial relief. more than 20 million americans currently unemployed and 12 million americans will lose their benefit this weekend if the president does not immediately sign this legislation. those unemployment benefits, supplemental unemployment benefits provided by the federal government during this coronavirus pandemic. tuesday the government will shut down amid a global pandemic if the president doesn't sign this legislation into law. and at the end of the year on december 31, that eviction
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moratorium also expires. so again, critically needed relief here for americans who are struggling right now. and the president could just sign this piece of legislation and that relief would quickly get percedispersed. there is also a lot of vaccine distribution funding in this legislation as well. joe biden warned that if the president didn't sign this legislation, not only would he be hurting small businesses, american families, but also potentially these very complex plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine. jeremy diamond, cnn, travelinging with the president in west palm beach, florida. so let's take aer look at that warning from joe biden. he didn't mince any words in his statement urging donald trump to sign the relief bill. jessica dean has the details. >> reporter: president-elect joe biden has spent his holiday weekend so far in wilmington, delaware attending mass on
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saturday afternoon. he also put out a statement on saturday imploring president trump to sign the covid relief bill, calling it abdication of responsibility that could have dire consequences for millions of americans. part of his statement read in part it is the day after christmas and millions of families don't know if they will be able to make ends meet because of president trump's refusal to sign an economic relief bill approved by congress with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority. biden has called this covid reliefpayment, he plans on asking for an even bigger package once he assumes office on january 20th. he wants more unemployment benefits, direct payments to individuals and himsealso paymeo state and local governments. again calling this a done payment and asking the president
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to sign it as soon as possible. sunday joe biden will be meeting with his transition advisers. jessica dean, cnn, wilmington. professor of government at the university of essex is joining me now to talk about all the issues. thanks very much for being here. the easy way of course is for the president just to sign this, broke you t but the hard way, is there a chance that the president can move increase republicans to increase the check to $2,000? after all, democrats are on board. >> that is what the house democrats had tried to do, which the republicans in the house had rejected to get the package up to $2,000 per person. but the republicans have rejected this. so this is why this is somewhat confusing. i don't understand what trump's end game is here because he is definitely hurting the republicans because even his own spokesperson had said that they were going to be providing this
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relief, the secretary of the treasury steven mnuchin had said this as well, that this type of aid would be coming later in the week. and now he's thrown everything into disarray for the republicans. but it is not just the republicans that are affected of course, this is very much something that hurts everybody, all americans, as your reporter already indicated, millions of americans are affected by this decision to not support this aid package. so there is a possibility that the house will vote on this again and they can get it up to $2,000 as trump was hoping. but the other issue as he indicated what he thought was a problem was not just that it was $2,000 is what was needed, but also that some of the aid was going to foreign aid and to pork as the report indicated. and these are also things that he had disagreed with. >> but all of those things were things that his aides had
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negotiated with congressional republicans and democrats. so the fact that president trump is only making these demands now after the bill was passed and congress left town, i mean, what does that suggest about where the president's attention was during the time his aides were working with congress to craft this? >> it is a great question, but i think that this demonstrates that he is still focused on the fact that he has lost the election and he is trying to just get into some sort of scorched earth policy. it is difficult to understand his mindset, but he is trying to destroy any kind of potential aid package by just not doing anything. you're right, the republicans and democrats had finally come to an agreement on something here. all he needed to do which withdraws sign it and support it, this was a win/win situation, but he is distracted, maybe ehe's focused on trying t project the narrative that
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everything in congress is corrupt and that the elections were corrupt, and that he doesn't want to take any part of it. i think that it is detrimental to his own party. this will not help republicans. and with the really important senate race in georgia coming up in january, i don't see how this is going to help those senators that are trying to beat in a very close race the two democratic challengers there. >> let's delve into that. both of the republican senators here, perdue and loeffler, voted for the bill. perdue had ads saying that they have delivered these billions in covid relief which of course hasn't happened yet and loeffler said that she would be open to bigger checks but other things have to be cut. so will there be a cost to them in these races do you think? >> that is the big question,
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whether or not voters in georgia are going to punish leffler and p loeffler and perdue because they are republicans or just whether or not they will vote with their party or the candidate that they feel is best able to serve in the senate. it is difficult to tell. in the big election in 2020 of course, republicans did better than trump even though trump did win 74 million votes. but the question it that republicans really have to ask themselves is how much of a help trump really is to their party. and we're seen rumblings of should republicans who disagree with trump, those that were part of the lincoln project, should there be a breakaway from trumpism, which i find to be incredibly dangerous because trump is so unpredictable. and he is so self centered. you just don't know what he will do from one moment to the next. so while on paper you have his aides saying we'll support this,
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and then he does a 180 and he changes his mind. this is really damaging to republicans as i already mentioned in this georgia senate race because they had come out in support of it. so now they are really put into a corner. are they supposed to support trump, will that then alienate the pro trump people in georgia, or is are they supposed to disagree with this? and so it makes it very difficult for the senators in the georgia race there. >> yeah, very small tight rope to walk there. lynn st behind stat o natasha lindstaedt, thank you very much for joining us. the bombing in nashville appears to be a suicide bombing with a lone individual according to sources. the fbi says it is not looking for additional suspects. investigators warmed over a residence in connection with the case.
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and earlier it showed a white recreational vehicle at the same address that may have been the same one used at friday's explosion. at least these were hurt and businesses damaged. for the late oath what we know, here is shimon prokupecz. >> reporter: authorities here in nashville continue to try to figure out the motive behind the christmas morning attack. one belief from authorities is that this was a suicide bombing, but they didn't know what led up to the events. they are exploring every theory at this point, every motive as they work back in identifying the person and also trying to learn the motive. what caused this person to come here and caused such a massive explosion. for the last 48 hours, authorities have been going through every piece of evidence collecting debris from a lot of the destruction. authorities say some 40 buildings were damaged here. as we know three people were
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injured. but right now for people here in nashville, the one thing authorities say is that they should feel safe, that police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the bombing and at this point they are just trying to get the streets reopened and hopefully continue to work the investigation to try to learn a motive. shimon prokupecz, cnn, nashville, tennessee. and as he said, investigators are still searching for a motive behind this explosion. i spoke earlier with steve moore, law enforcement contributor. have a listen. >> we'll have to again dig in. as we talked yesterday, when somebody is crazy enough to blow themselves up with a bomb of that saz in a populated area a of a city, then they will be just as crazy about the reasons for doing it.
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for doing it there in fact. you might find, you know, somethings as trivial as a cellphone disruption or dispute over a cellphone may have caused the problem. i'm hypothesizing here obviously. maybe one of the restaurants nearby he was thrown out or has a problem with somebody there. you are going to have to all but write a biography on this guy if you are the case a little to tat find out what possibly motivated the location of the bomb and why he actually did it. unfortunately, as we learned in las vegas, sometimes you just never do have a concrete reason. european nations are starting their covid vaccination campaigns. so we'll see how it will go around europe after the break. and a black doctor has died from coronavirus after she said hospital staffers ignored her
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pleas because of the skin of her season. dr. susan moore's story is coming up later this hour. because pain should never get in the way of a restful night's sleep. new zzzquil night pain. silence pain, sleep soundly.
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there have been more than 80 million coronavirus infections worldwide since the pandemic began with well over 1.7 million deaths and the virus continues to spread. japan is implementing a strict travel ban starting monday, no foreign nationals will be allowed into the country. the move comes after tokyo officials confirmed several cases of the new uk variant of the virus. european nations are rolling out their vaccination programs. slovakia and hungary began vaccinating saturday. campaigns begin saturday in multiple nations. italy is also among the european nations rolling out its vaccination program sunday. and let's go to rome. i can imagine that it is completely poignant in italy after the suffering the country went through this spring. >> reporter: that's right. it really does bring things full circle here in italy. because this was the first epicenter outside of china,
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italy went der this draconian lockdown in march. now the entire country is a red zone, nobody is allowed to leave their home unless they have a reason to. and so to have this vaccine, five people started this morning here at this hospital in rome, these five people, two nurses, two doctors and a researcher, will now be part of the team that vaccinates others as they roll out this massive program to try to vaccinate as many italians as they can. they assume that they can get most people vaccinated by accepts, but it will be a long road ahead to do that. they only started with 950,000a give out 4500 doses a week, first to the medical plaoperato and people living in nursing homes and then a multitiered
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program to vaccinate everyone who wants it. >> all right. thank you so much. let's go to trance now, another eu nation launching a vaccination damage been todcamp today. cyril vanier is in paris. the vaccine rolling out there just in time. >> reporter: i would argue that it is actually a little late. what will spread faster, the vaccine or the virus? for the moment the virus is clearly winning. vaccine about to be administered to just a dozen people in a j geriatric ward just outside paris. in one of the hardest hit by about the first wave of coronavirus. and for the moment it starts small and as barbie explained in italy, it will be the same here, it will ramp up gradually. two establishments this week,
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two dozen establishments next week. and then it is supposed to be hundreds and thousands of establishments by the end of february such that million people are expected to have been vaccinated by the end of february. all the residents of nursing homes and then it moves on to people of retirement age and then to the wider population sometime around the summer of 2021. but for all this to actually work, because that is the theory, that for all of this to work, the french government is relying on more vax evccines toe on line. pfizer is hard to roll out because of the cold chain and so the french government is expecting that more vaccines such as the astrazeneca one which with just be kept in a fridge will come online and facilitate this massive logistical endeavor. >> and the other problem i was reading a new government report says even fewer french people are willing to get the vaccine down to 40% or something. so yet another challenge there
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in france. thank you so much, cyril vanier in paris. let's go now to atika shubert who is in spain. vaccinations set to begin there too just as the uk variant was discovered there as well. >> reporter: absolutely. and the menvaccinated. a 96-year-old was the first, a resident at a nursing home. and the second person to be vaccinated, also a nursing care technician at the same nursing home. and this is very much in line with what we're seeing in italy and in france as was mentioned, the focus really is on the elderly in nursing homes and on the frontline medical health and sanitation workers. and then the vaccines will roll
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out to other members of the community. what we expect today is several thousand being vaccinated, but then it should ramp up pretty dramatically. spain says that it will receive 350,000 doses of the vaccine every week. and in the next 12 weeks, it hopes to get up to more 4.5 million doses. the goal is to vaccinate at least 2.2 million people. now, that is a staggering logistical effort. it is the biggest and quickest rollout of a vaccine spain has ever experienced. and nechlt, they are trying to keep track of the uk variant. madrid health authorities said that they did detect at least four cases in madrid, two apparently who traveled recently to britain. none are severe cases of covid-19, however the government is still concerned, there are several more cases, suspected cases, that have yet to be confirmed. and that is why the authorities are keeping a close eye on it. >> all right, thank you so much,
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atika shubert in valencia. to asia now whereas we mentioned japan is implementing a district travel ban to reduce the spread of the covid-19 variant. both japan and south korea had early successes in combatting the coronavirus. and now they are reporting record infections from monday through the end of january, japan is banning foreign nationals from entering the country. >> reporter: prime minister has urged japan to have a silent and socially distanced new year's holiday. this is as japan reports record-breaking covid-19 infections reporting more than 3,000 new covid-19 cases for three days in a row. japan has also recently confirmed its first cases of the new covid-19 variant which is also potentially more contagious, it came from five people who had come from the uk. japan along with more than 40 other countries has now he
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restricted travel from the uk. hospitals in japan are under strain, it is also clear that the outbreak is gaining momentum. it took japan more than nine months to reach 100,000 covid-19 infections. but in less than two months, japan has now doubled that figure to more than 200,000 total infections. japan has refrained from sdlaringsdla declaring a state of emergency, although the prime minister has confirmed the domestic travel program. in south korea, covid-19 cases continue to linger around the peak of 1,000 cases a day. once considered a model nation for how countries should combat covid-19, south korea is now considering a potential state of emergency. south korea had been praised for its aggressive contact tracing system. south korea has also already banned large group gatherings as well as ordering tourist attractions to shut down. now south korea's previous waves
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of infection were easier to tract because they largely came from larger clusters such as churches and night clubs. but these new infections are coming from places that are harder to strtrace like restaurs and offices. it is important to put into context that these new infections in south korea and japan pale in comparison to the massive infections we're seeing in much of europe and the united states. but what the new wave in asia does show is that just how hard it is to combat the virus during this holiday season when the winter weather is driving people indoors and when, quite frankly, the world is dealing with covid-19 fatigue. selena huang, cnn, tokyo. israel begins another national lockdown on sunday as infections surge there. but people can move about but only within a kilometer of their home. restaurants can remain open for
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delivery. this lockdown will last two weeks. and even as two vaccines are rolling out in the u.s., coronavirus cases are soaring during the holidays. just ahead, we'll find out why december has tragically become the deadliest month so far in the pandemic. also ahead, former royals in germany want their family's fortune back after it was confiscated after world war 2. but one problem, a troubling link to the nazis. a lotta folks are asking me lately how to get their dishes as clean as possible. i tell them, you should try cascade platinum plus the power of oxi. cascade platinum + oxi breaks down food soils some detergents can leave behind, cleaning up to 99% of visible and invisible food residue then washing it away so it doesn't redeposit on your dishes.
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welcome back to all of you watching in the united states and around the world.
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i'm ken brunhuber. investigators believe that the blast in nashville was caused by a suicide bomber. agents spent a house for possible evidence. natasha chen has the latest. >> reporter: investigators left in the early evening saturday after hours of work. the fbi tell us that this was court authorized activity. first we saw a bomb technician team come and clear the property to make sure that it was safe to enter. and then we saw an evidence team come in and spend hours going in and out of the house. this fence line behind me surrounds a yard and we did see them go into that yard through a side door. what we understand is that they were meticulously going through, documenting and photographing what they saw inside the house as it was. and then we did see them take out bags of evidence. neighbors were very perplexed to
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see all this going on. they did tell me that they have seen an rv parked at this property. when we showed them images from google street view of this property in years past where an rv was parked there, one neighbor said they saw it here over the summer, another neighbor saying it has been parked here as recently as in the last few weeks. the marking of that rv is similar to the one that was involved in the explosion downtown. law enforcement source however tells cnn that they can't be entirely sure because of course the one involved in the explosion was destroyed in the blast. natasha chen, cnn, antioch, tennessee. we're being told that january could be even more grim. some are saying that by the end of january 2021, we could be seeing upwards of 400,000 new cases a day. and some of their worst case
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models, maybe even a million infections every day. >> health experts are bracing for yet another surge in coronavirus cases. and that is the last thing the country needs right now. covid-19 has claimed the lives of one out of every 1,000 americans according to data from johns hopkins university. with four days left in december, the month is the deadliest for the u.s. since the pandemic began. more than 63,000 people have died this month bringing the total number of lives lost in the nation to nearly 332,000. but the vaccines are gradually getting into the arms of americans. officials say about 2 million doses have been administered across the country. in california, health care workers are pushed to the brink as cases soar are and hospitals run out of beds. paul ver cam mondcammen is at a
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site. >> reporter: the war against covid-19 in california being waged on two fronts. one in the hospitals, we have almost 19,000 people hospitalized, 4,000 of those are in intensive care units. and that means staffing ramped up, doctors and nurses being called in on their days off, working longer shifts. and literally expanding the intensive care units as well as the emergency rooms to accommodate this flood of covid-19 patients. and then look behind me, the testing, extremely important. they will tell you here you can talk all you want about vaccines, but you have to keep testing. at dodger stadium, they have had days where they have tested 11,000 people. unsung heros of the pandemic, the people oconducting the testing, on their feet for lengthy hour, speaking to people in cars, children sometimes breaking out in tears and of course comforting each other. >> it is not just about that one
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person, but it is families that are struggling and mourning and the pain it brings. we definitely have known people that have passed from this pandemic and it is heartbreaking. we had a co-worker who just lost her grandmother last week. a day to mourn and then right back to work. we have a big task in front of us and we know that we just have to keep going strong right now. >> reporter: and daniel lu and many of his co-workers go to other parts of los angeles county where people may not be getting tested regularly like they should. and sometimes it is as simple as they don't have transportation to get to a testing site. paul vercammen from dodger stadium, now back to you. when dr. are moore contracted coronavirus, the hospital staff dismissed her complaints her family says because she was black. coming up next, why experts say her death speaks to a broader
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an african-american doctor in indiana died from coronavirus just weeks after accusing hospital staff of racist treatment. dr. seuss an moore said the hospital ignored her complaints of pain, difficulty breathing and requests for medication because she was black even though she was both a patient and a doctor herself. she recorded this message from her hospital bed before her death explaining that her doctor brushed off her concerns claiming she wasn't even short of breath. >> i put forward and i maintain
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that i was right, i was in so much pain from my neck, my neck hurt so bad. i was crushed. he made me feel like i was an addiction and he knew i was a physician. >> dher son told the new york times that nearly every time she went to the hospital she had toed a vo he date for herself, fight for something in some way shape or form just to get baseline proper care. in a statement the president of the hospital called for an external review of the case. he defended the technical asp t aspects of the treatment moore received but conceded, quote, we may not have shown the level of compassion and respect we strive for. joining me now is dr. brittany james, family medicine physician in chirks acago.
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thank you so much for joining us. before we get to the race of dr. mor oig,moore, i want to talk a what you see every day. you are a family physician on the chicago south side and you have written that more than medicine a modern medicine will let black people die and it is designed to do so. what did you mean by that? >> when we talk about racism in pled s medicine, it is easy to think about something that is historical, not going on right now. but as someone who is trained in the medical system, who practices in it professionally and also as a black woman who has been a patient many times, many of us believe that racism is alive and well and there is many ways we see that today. >> but the word designed implies more than just sort of neglect or casual racism.
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so what do you mean by that word specifically? >> yeah, so we hahave to understand that since the early days medicine was segregated. it wasn't designed to benefit everyone equally. the reality is medicine has a long history of racial segregation and with preferential treatment toward white americans over black and brown americans. we have two different systems really, one really that is designed to gear toward straight white males and to care for their health, and sort of everyone else. women, children, especially black and brown people in this country, we're an afterthought in giving really the quality care that is given to white americans. and we have to reckon with that. >> some people are using the case of dr. moore, the doctor who complained that she wasn't given medicine for her pain or drugs that might have helped save her life, they are using that as an example of what you are talking about. she said that treatment was
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because she was black before she passed. what was your reaction when you heard her story? >> my reaction was just devastation. you know, we have so many similarities bths ooth black me women physicians. we train at the same medical school. and to know that having these he credentials and, you know, privileges that can with the class of being a physician, even that wasn't enough to protect her from the racism in the system. and that is really jarring for a lot of us. >> and studies have shown in fact that black patients -- their pain isn't necessarily given the same attention that white patients are and so on, right? >> absolutely. and there was even 2016 study of medical students that came out documenting that there is these sort of pervasive understandings about black bodies and brown bodies being biologically
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different than white bodies. so things that black people do experience less pain, things of that nature. and we see that in our trainees and we see it in our physicians that practice today. and unfortunately, those sorts of racist belief systems lead to the sort of outcomes that we saw with dr. moore. >> and this covid crisis seems to have revealed many of those tensions. you've written that for many of your patients, things like social distancing, working from home, they are privileges that are out of reach. how as this crisis exacerbated those race problems in the american health care system? >> we have to understand that going into the pandemic, you know, black and brown communities were disproportionately poor, structure aally disadvantaged, having barriers to access to health care. those things existed before covid. and now we have a pandemic that has hurt these communities even more. so we're starting off behind and
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they are getting hit again disproportionately. so i think the temptation is to say all of this is new and to sort of dwoors it from tivorce , but i think those people already most vulnerable are really bearing the brunt of this pandemic more than people who have money and other privileges to proenkts their health. >> and before we go, some are hoping that the vaccine can help counter some of that racial inequality you've spoken about. but already there are questions about access for communities of color, people in wealthy neighborhoods getting perhaps preferential treatment. how confident are you that the vaccine will be administered equitably and what should we do to make sure that happens? >> that is a great question. and i think really the big thing, we have to understand when we're talking when raabout, not just a belief system that is problematic, but a structure of
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privilege that goes to people with lighter skin tones and disadvantage that goes to people with black and darker skin tones. so if we're not addressing those strunkts augu structural forces that conspire to keep black and brunn communities most vulnerable, then i don't think that we can be successful. as long as it is just changing our attitudes and not changing policy, we can't make those changes we need to make. >> such an important topic. and we really appreciate you coming on, dr. james. >> of course. and we'll be right back. want to sell the best burger in every zip code? add an employee. or ten... then easily and automatically pay your team and file payroll taxes. that means... world domination! or just the west side. run payroll in less than five minutes with intuit quickbooks. for the better. whatever question i have i feel like there's an avenue to seek the answer. hit that app and you start a story, you're on an adventure.
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direct heir to the last german kaiser is suing the german government for many of the family's riches that had been seized. speaking to cnn about the ongoing legal battle as skocott mclean tells us, it hinges on the ancestor's link to the nazis. >> reporter: if germany still
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had a monarchy, this man would be the kaiser and this would be his castle. and today george is prince of prussia, a title that comes with considerable wealth and a considerable burden. as the heir to his family's famous legacy, he is the public face of a legal battle started by his grandfather decades ago to reclaiming a lost fortune of more than 10,000 historic items from a simple coffee spoon to the scepter of the first brush shan king and queen. would you be just as happy to take a check? >> no, if it were that easy, i think that we would have sold our art collection which we lent to berlin and other places this germany. >> reporter: after world war 1, germany's royal family lost its power but kept most of the fortune that came with it.
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but after world war ii, the communist government seized the private property of ordinary people and of exiled royals too. in the '90s, knife years after the fall of the berlin wall, germany passed a law allowing anyone to reclaim their property with a very specific exception, anyone who gave substantial support to the nazis. are you familiar with this picture? >> yes, i've seen this picture before. >> reporter: taken in 1933, it shows prince george's great grandfather hatat a nazi rally. and there is also video of a similar event in the same year. then he had only a place in high society. >> and i think these kind of pictures are making it so difficult for historians to assess his role because these pipgtss a
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pictures are very strong. i think that it makes your breath stopping and you ask yourself why is he wearing that swastika. >> reporter: and both prince george and the history books point out that the crown prince had an ulterior motive, to restore the monarchy. hitler could make that happen. >> by this time the crown prince left all the political evidence to substantially contribute to the nazi regime. >> he was sympathetic with the nazi party, but he didn't actually become a card-carrying nazi. >> did he substantially contribute to the nazi party? >> whinl isen is a contribution substantial? >> reporter: it was that question historians were asked to answer almost a decade ago. clark's original report commissioned by the family concluded that the crown prince supported the nazis but lacked the public standing to give them
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a substantial boost. but since then, clark has seen new evidence that he shows the crown prince was more influential than he originally thought. >> that is what happens, we find out new stuff, we change your mind. >> you wouldn't write the same paper today? >> no. >> reporter: much of what the ex-royals do still own is already on display in public museums. and prince george insists that they will stay there. and so will the paintings and sculptures he wants back, even if they change hands. but the case has struck a nerve with the german public perhaps because there is also a moral question. how to judges sins of our an investigators. >> it is very hard to look as it is for every other german. we are questioning ourselves. >> if your great grandfather contributed even in a small way to the rise of hitler, isn't part of your family's fortune a pretty small price to pay? >> this is an issue all of us
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germans have because that is what the discussion is all about. we are not the reason for the discussion our claims and everything. i think that we are a simple tomorr symptom of the discussion that needs to take place. >> reporter: the national discussion may not be over, but with the case headed toward a likely settlement, the legal one may soon be. scott mclean, cnn, london. fascinating story. and that wraps this hour of "cnn newsroom." i'm ken brunhuber and i'll be back in a moment with more then. say na-na.
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americans are in limbo as president trump refuses to sign the covid relief bill. it means unemployment benefits have lapsed for millions. major developments in the christmas day bombing in nashville, investigators now believe it may have been a suicide bombing. and vaccines begin rolling out across the european nation. we're live across the continent with the latest. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to all of you watching here in the united states, canada and around the world. i'm kim brunhuber.


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