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♪ the angels two-way star pitcher makes baseball history. andy scholes has more in the bleacher report. andy? >> reporter: good morning, brianna. the angels otani the first player to start a game on the mound while leading the league in home runs since babe ruth did that 100 years ago. the japanese star entered monday leading baseball tied for the lead in baseball with seven home runs. after a rocky first inning otani dominating the rangers. struck out nine, getting the win. his first since 2018. also 2 for 3 at the plate with an rib double doing it all. the angels beat the rangers 9-4.
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bizarre play at the end of the quarter. he bats it away. toronto gets it, makes a three and love casually walks around. love didn't play the rest of the game after that. left the court before the final buzzer sounded as well. the cavs lose that one, 112-96. love's former teammate lebron james says he'll be back soon. he posted this video on instagram rehabbing his injured ankle. lebron has been out more than a month. the meantime, though, one of lebron's rookie cards now shattered the record for the most valuable basketball card ever sold. the auto graph upper deck card went for $5.2 million in a private auction. "new day" continues right now. ♪ i'm john berman alongside brianna keeler on this new day. is it time for vaccinated people to drop the masks outdoors? president biden set to announce some much-anticipated new rules
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today for fully vaccinated americans. census shake up. >> a suspect charged in the capitol riot arguing to be released from jail over the spelling of the b word. and a high school cheerleader who was punished for it was a snapchat rant is taking her first amendment case all the way to the supreme court. ♪ welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world, it is tuesday, april 27th. just hours from now, we are expecting to hear from president biden about new guidelines for vaccinated americans on wearing masks outdoors as well as activities you could soon be able to resume ahead of the president's first address to congress tomorrow night.
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mr. biden asked americans to wear masks for 100 days. he even signed an executive order requiring their use on federal property. more than 230 million vaccine doses have now been administered in the u.s. and nearly one third of the country is fully vaccinated. joining us to discuss all of this, cnn chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta. sanjay, what are we expecting here? we got a little bit of a tease about this from dr. anthony fauci. what do you think the president is going to say? >> yeah. i think this is going to be the most significant set of recommendations for what vaccinated people can do. you know, we've been hearing about this for some time. i think a lot of it will probably focus on masks and what people can do outdoors. it will be pretty significant and i think it will be good news. let me show you i think the data that's driving a lot of this. we have been looking at some of this data for some time, how many of new cases what percentage of new cases, are actually driven by outdoors versus indoors. less than 10% happening
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outdoors. if you're vaccinated obviously much lower than that. and here is the increase in transmission if you're indoors. it's almost 19 times more likely that the virus will transmit indoors versus outdoors. we have known that for some time. this map i think will be one of the caveats, guys, because i think what a lot of these new recommendations will come with is dependent on where you live. if you live in an area of the country where there is lots of viral transmissions still, then some of these lifting of recommendations may not yet apply to you or may not apply as fully to you, but hopefully as the numbers of vaccinated continue to go up, the red in that map starts to go down. but i think, you know, overall this will be good news. one of the things they've said all along is everyone talks about herd immunity, 70 to 80% of the country vaccinated. but it's going to be gradations along the way as we get to 25% close to the country fully vaccinated, new recommendations. get to 40% lifting of
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recommendations. so, this is one step. >> sanjay, just on the mask wearing outdoors. is it your anticipation that it will apply only to vaccinated people? and do you think that's appropriate? >> i think it will be basically for vaccinated people they really aren't going to need to wear masks outdoors. that's what it sounds like. for unvaccinated people i think there are situations where they may not need to wear masks as long as they are still able to keep distance. if they're primarily walking within their own bubble, for example, outside on a hike or a walk or something like that. so, again, there are some places around the country that are already sort of doing that, but there are other states that have absolute mask mandates no matter what when you're outdoors. i think it will change for both in this case, john, on vaccinated and unvaccinated. >> there's a question, sanjay, about how far you go to encourage people to get vaccinated. and for instance, we're seeing in west virginia they are giving $100 savings bonds to young adults who get vaccinated.
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it's important to note, young adults are big spreaders of coronavirus. how do you see this? some people have said this is a bribe. what do you think? >> i think that the incense tis can be important and effective in these cases. west virginia is an interesting model. this is a state that was sort of really moving quickly initially in terms of getting people vaccinated. and then they hit the wall. and the wall is a lot of hesitancy or what we call vaccine fade. not that i necessarily won't get one, i just don't feel like i necessarily need it. the second doses, this is what this graph is on the screen, second doses at times outpacing first doses, which basically means in some of these places they're getting to the end. people will get their second doses but new people aren't willing to sign up. that's what the incentives do. yeah. i think it's a tough ethical question, brianna, but i think in this case as we're trying to
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get to herd immunity doing anything we can do is really helpful. >> maybe paid leave for workers to go and get the vaccine. some people are hard scheduling it. any way you can influence people to do it might help. cnn has new reporting that advisers to the former president donald trump are urging him. >> i talked to lots of people about it. let me show you what they're dealing with overall. this is a really interesting partisan breakdown in terms of people who are likely to get vaccinated, people who are thinking about it. it breaks down pretty significantly. this is interesting. i mean, we've seen hesitancy before. that's not new. but this much of a partisan breakdown is pretty fascinating. what -- if you look historically what you find is that
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politicians, celebrities, people like that who do these psas have not actually had that significant an impact overall on vaccine hesitancy. it's typically people's own communities, their own local health care providers that seem to be the most effective at actually getting through vaccine hesitancy. but, with this sort of partisan divide, again, it's so unusual that perhaps president trump he's a person that will be listened to in this regard. he got vaccinated. he's talked about the fact that he thinks people should get vaccinated. he's also said that the recent j&j pause gave him a little pause in terms of making a psa. so we will see. sounds like it will probably happen and then we'll get to see the impact of it. >> certainly wouldn't hurt, right? and whatever you can do to help to get people healthy so important. so let's talk about india because they've seen more than 1 million new cases just this week. which is astronomical.
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how much worse could this get before it turns the corner? >> unfortunately it could still get worse. i talk to people there quite a bit. i have a lot of family living in dheli as well. we know that there's these lagging indicators, right? we talk about cases and for a year we've had these conversations where a few weeks after we see these spikes in cases and you've seen this just exponential rise in cases a few weeks after that is when you see the hospitalizations. we're already seeing hospitalizations but they will go up even more in response to that curve there. and then a few weeks after that you'll see the deaths so as bad as they are now, they are sadly likely to get worse over the next four to six weeks we'll be talking about this for at least four to six weeks. the other thing is 300,000 people being infected on a daily basis. well, positivity rates are over 20% as well. and again, these are conversations we had over the last year. what does that mean?
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it means that 300,000 is woefully undertesting. it could be two to three times that. we could be hitting a million cases a day already in india. you know, based on what we're seeing there. so it is really, really problematic and again, the hospitalizations as crowded as they are now will continue to go up. >> look, the biden administration releasing astrazeneca doses will help in the long-term won't do anything at a curve, that's a wall of new cases there. really alarming. thanks so much for being with us. our best to your family there. it's really scary. >> thank you. the department of homeland security announcing an internal review to assess the threat of violent extremism from within the agency. the review of potential insider threats comes in the wake of the january 6th capitol riots and is part of a broader focus by the biden administration on threats here at home. homeland security secretary mayorkas calls domestic
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extremist the most leal and persistent terrorism threat to our country today, adding, quote, violent extremism has no place at dhs and we will work with urgency and focus to address it. this is a review coming after the pentagon completed a 60-day standdown to address extremism when a number of veterans were found to have taken part in the capitol insurrection. >> the man who was photo graphed putting his feet up on a desk in house speaker nancy pelosi's office during the capitol insurrection is back on court today. his lawyer is trying to get his released over a technical any over an explicit typo. explain the law behind this. >> reporter: maybe it's not the law but just the urban sland. here is what's going on. so the lawyers for mr. bar net, this man who was seen with his feet on nancy pelosi's desk, the photo that encapsulate the
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invasiveness of that day, they're arguing that he did not write in a note to nancy pelosi you b-i t-c-h you and he meant to right biotch but misspelled and whole discrepancy about what he really meant. his lawyering -- right there. his lawyers are arguing that he didn't actually mean it to be this fierce derogatory word. he was actually using this sland which is less offensive and in some cases is actually term of endearment. here is what prosecutors have argued in court. here is the exact quote. the government's misrepresentation is the latest deliberate attempt to mislead this court by casting mr. barnet in the worst possible light in order to ensure the pre-trial release is not granted, john. so basically his attorneys are saying, look, he's not that dangerous. he's not that mean. you should let him out of jail. >> and he can't spell. it's a legal stretch there.
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there's several legal steps they're asking you to make there with that reasoning. whitney, also learning more about the suspects charged with assaulting capitol police officer brian sicknick. what's the department of justice saying now. >> reporter: the department of justice is saying these two men are very dangerous. this is another argument that they're making to try to keep these two men in jail just like mr. barnet. and basically what they're arguing is that the moment that these two men affected spraying these three officers including officer brian sicknick who we know later died that was a pivotal moment because they sprayed these officers with the bear spray. that contributed to breaking the police line. and that was the moment that allowed this mob of rioters to flow through those bike racks, flow into the capitol and cause all of this chaos and destruction that we saw that day. taken together these two -- these three cases rather are another test of doj trying to convince the judiciary that these people are dangerous, that they should not be let out of jail, however, their defense
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attorneys are all arguing that they should actually be let out of custody. i should note that all three men in both -- in these two separate cases have pleaded not guilty, john. >> whitney, thank you so much for that. we are learning some more about the individuals who attacked the u.s. capitol on january 6th, namely that there were straight up nazis in the crowd. john avlon is here with our reality check. john? >> there's still basic rules of decency and democracy, like don't call your political opponents nazis. you hit the limits of your logic and something we have seen too much of in recent decades, but what happens when your opponents actually call themselves nazis? well, that's when you know we've gone through the looking glass and that's where we seem to be right now. now, yesterday we reported that a new york man on trial for allegedly making death threats to democratic lawmakers is a nazi sympathizer who wanted trump to be like hitler. prosecutors say brendan hunt posted videos encouraging people
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to kill your senators and texted his father, a retired family court judge, during hitler's first term in office circumstances were such that it was necessary for him to override the democratic process and become the absolute leader of his country. trump should probably do the same. normally we just file this under crazy person says crazy thing and move on. but it occurred to me that we've heard something like this before. because just a few weeks ago cnn reported on the case of navy contractor timothy a well-known white supremacist and nazi sympathizer charged in the capitol attack. the justice department says he poses a threat to jewish residence in his native new jersey. that's truly disturbing but maybe another outlier, right? unfortunately not exactly. we combed through some stories in the capitol attack and found several cases of nazi advocacy. robert packer wearing a
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sweatshirt reading camp auschwitz. anti-semitic content got a bounce from several social media sites before being charged in the attack. riley williams, the young woman accused of stealing a laptop from nancy pelosi's office. detailed investigation uncovered video shows williams wearing a skull mask and giving a nazi salute. voice says heil hitler. her lawyer did not deny it was her in the video it was an ironic internet joke. yes, irony and nazis. now, these are just a few examples and they'll all have their day in court and i'm not getting to the about white supremacist, right wing para military members or folks wielding confederate flags. these racist paraders of hate don't represent every trump supporter, even those who stormed our capitol trying to overturn an election. it should go without saying that we should not simply accept the existence of nazis in modern
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america. this evil exists and it did not emerge from a vacuum. we saw them at the unite the right rally in charlottesville and capitol hill attack. if neo-nazis are finding common ground with your cause, then you've got a problem. can't be minimize ord rationalized because it will not disappear with deflection. it must be confronted and condemned. there's no room for anything resembling neutrality when it comes to nazis. that's why we all need to stand up against hate and lies and the people who stoke those fear-fueled forces for political gain. and that's your reality check. >> much-needed one, john avlon, thank you. just released the census once in a decade impact on the political makeup of congress. which states are gaining seats? which states are losing seats and the contentious political battles to expect in the months ahead. and the supreme court takes up a landmark first amendment case. this one is fascinating with
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♪ so new data released by the u.s. census bureau shows the country's total population topped 331 million people. that's the second slowest growth rate ever and which states saw the biggest gains and losses which means vital, crucial changes to the electoral map. harry enton joins us now. i bet you haven't slept a wink since these new census numbers come out. they're right in the your wheelhouse. i said blue states losing, red stains gaining, show us. >> it was 2:00 a.m. when i fell asleep last night. here is the big picture. last night joe biden won the 2020 election 336 to 202. in the electoral college. that's 303 to 205. it was, in fact, red states gaining. a lot of darker red, the states that donald trump won and gained a seat. texas, look at that, two-seat
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gain. florida one seat gain. north carolina one seat gain. montana one seat gain. where were the big ludsers? most of them were up here right in the northeast and in the midwest. michigan a blue state lost a seat. new york a blue seat lost is a state. pennsylvania blue state lost a seat and illinois a blue state lost a seat and red states lost a seat, ohio and west virginia but overall the blue states were losers and red states large part the winners. >> population moving south and west largely which could have impact in the electoral college. everything remained the same, joe biden would win fewer electoral votes. he won by a comfortable margin. there are scenarios where you can easily see this making a difference. >> remember when we were hanging out just before the election, one of the path that joe biden had to winning was winning the clinton takes, plus arizona nebraska, wisconsin. that would have got biden 270 to 268 win under the old laws.
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but under the new reapportionment that's a trump 270 to 268. there are situations now where it becomes a little more difficult for the democrats to win in the electoral college. >> just to be clear, this scenario biden would have won. now he would lose winning the same exact states. you see the change there, the historical trend. talk to me about the trends here. >> this is something that i think is very important to note. over time right, it's not just in this election where you see that the democrats do worse under the new lines where it goes from 306 for biden to 303. go back two censuses ago it would have been 309 under those lines. what we're seeing is a continuation of the long-term trends of people moving from blue states to red states and southern united states becoming more and more the population center in the united states. >> ask you a trick question. >> yes. >> how does this change the popular vote? >> it doesn't. it doesn't change the popular vote this i think is another key nugget the difference between
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the popular vote and the electoral college winner becomes larger and larger and the democrats have to win perhaps by a larger and larger margin in the popular vote in order to win the electoral college or at least strengthen their odds if the current say demographics and polarization continue to play out the way they are. >> something the country has to address the same exact number of people can vote a certain way, just where they live will make a huge difference. harry, you're a new yorker here. what happened to new york? >> this made me very, very sad. look at this, new york just misses. if new york had 89 extra people, they would have gained an extra congressional district -- >> wouldn't have lost one from their current lines they would not have lost one. it was just 89 people away. my goodness i could go out on the street on broadway and find 89 new yorkers who didn't fill out the census. that was the closest just miss since at least 1940. we really, really just missed and this is really an important reason why folks next time around you got to make sure to
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fill out your census because you never know that your vote may, in fact, matter. >> 89 extra people filled out their census would have kept an additional seat. so close. thank you for being with us. >> thank you, sir. >> brianna? >> i love trick questions with harry anton and what makes harry sad even more, though. ahead, a cheer leader goes on a snapchat rant and her case is shedding to the supreme court. plus, newt gingrich goes on a homophobic about the pride flag calling it anti-american. just wait until you hear how he feels about the confederate flag, though. elp grow and protect your money. an annuity can help cover essential expenses in retirement. have the right financial professional show you how... this is what an annuity can do.
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americans stand on the issue, support for lgbtq rights is at an all time high with 76% of meshes favors laws protecting against discrimination. trump ally, newt gingrich sees it as a threat to his spotless, moral core. >> if you listed every idiotic thing that the biden administration has done in the first 100 days, you would begin to realize whether it's threatening everybody who believes in the second amendment or it's attacking everybody who blooes in right to life or it is attacking people of traditional values who are appalled that this administration would fly the gay flag at american embassies all over the world, i mean, just go down item by item and it's almost like they have a checklist of what can we do that will really, truly infuriate traditional americans. i've never seen anything like it. somebody asked me this
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afternoon, i told them i couldn't imagine any administration which had been this deliberately anti-american and deliberately committed to infuriating the majority of the american people. literally over 200 years of history i can't think of a single administration that has been this radical and this hostile. >> so there's a lot going on here, but first the idea that the pride flag would infuriate the majority of the american people, remember, 76% support nondiscrimination laws including more than 60% of republicans. so gingrich is way off on his math. as for his moral compass, what about the confederate battle flag? >> i have a very strong opinion it's up to the people of south carolina. >> so that was 2011. he still held that view in 2015. so flag that symbolizes people's right to love one another, bad. but a flag that glorifies an era when they enslaved one another,
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have at it. on that line, the thrice married confessed adulterer doesn't claim the pride flag is a threat to traditional values, agenda most hostile thing president has ever done to the people, ever, in more than 200 years of history. really? fill more signed the fugitive slave act. andrew jackson pushed tens of thousands of naetive americans on a forced march and killed thousands more than woodrow wilson enforced racist jim crow laws. franklin roosevelt interned hundreds of thousands japanese americans. flying the pride flag at embassies 200 years can't think of anything worse? maybe he's not thinking. possible that gingrich has an issue with perspective of verbal tick or both. in other words, his most-ever in history cup runneth over.
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raphael warnock. >> he is the most radical, major party candidate for the senate i think ever in american history. >> nancy pelosi. >> she is the most dangerous speaker of the house we've had probably in american history. >> hillary clinton. >> hillary clinton if she wins will mean the end of america as we've known it, literally. >> barack obama. >> the most radical president in american history. >> ever in history literally except they can't all be. and then there is this notable omission, particularly because gingrich laments, quote, infuriating the majority of the american people. you know what the majority of american people did recently, elect joe biden. but newt's friend, the former president, tried to overturn that election which historically speaking is pretty radical and
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hostile. unless you're newt gingrich. >> objective fact is i believe trump probably did carry georgia. i believe that the election process is a mess. >> a mess. it seems when it comes to selective historical outrage gingrich is more than willing to let his fraud flag fly. >> that is some kind of verbal tick there, isn't it? >> a lot of f's there. i was very concerned about hitting the f's at the end. >> yes, there were. yeah. i wonder what else -- >> honest to god, always the most -- he considers himself a historian. can't all be -- >> definitely not. i learned what my verbal ticks are from my 2-year-old. he repeats them. i say, oh, man. not the worst ever in history. there you go. tomorrow the supreme court will hear arguments in a potentially landmark free speech case over whether schools can police students comments outside
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the classroom. this is the case that concerns brandy levi, 14 years old at the time of the instance that is in question here. brandy was told that she couldn't move up to the varsity cheer leading squad from the jv squad at the end of her freshman year. and she posted a photo on snapchat venting. there was a caption on there that said, f school, f softball, f cheer, f everything. and she was there with one of her fellow students flipping the camera off. this was a photo that was shared to about 250 of her followers and it ended up reaching her cheer leading coaches, someone showed it to one of them. they decided to suspend brandy from cheer leading for a year saying she violated team rules. well, brandy's parents appealed to the school district and when the decision stood they reached out to the aclu who helped them sue the school district. joining us now is one of brandy levi's attorneys, vick voccec the legal director of the aclu of pennsylvania.
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vick, thank you so much for joining us. i know a lot of people are going to be watching this case to see what this means free speech of students. why was it so important to brandy levi's parents to sue over this decision? >> yeah. thank you, brianna, for having us. you know, while this is just an expression of frustration i think all of us can relate to, you know, punctuated with some f-bombs for emphasis, what the court is going to decide in this case and what's really at stake is the free speech rights of 50 million young people who go to public schools. it's not about whether or not you can have a profane rant on weekend but about whether schools are going to punish kids for saying things that are controversial, unpopular or just critical of the school. >> so there are -- when you look
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at previous cases, there are certain issues that come up, for instance, where did the speech occur? was it something that can be construed as on campus or is it close to campus? is this speech disruptive to the school community? let me ask you this, how is the effect of what brandy levi said different whether she posted that snap while she was at a convenience store or say she posted that snap while she was at say a pep rally? because the school alleges that this is something that was disruptive to the other cheerleaders on the squad and to the school community. >> yeah. so, you've used some key buzz words there from earlier decisions. and so, 50 years ago the supreme court said that schools could regulate what students say in school simply to make sure that they can provide a decent place
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for kids to learn. right? so for instance, you can't drop f-bombs if you're in school. you can't speak out of turn whether you're in class or cheering at a pep rally. but it's really important and the court thus far has confined that extra authority that schools have to within the school environment, right? so it's the playground. it's sporting events. it's debate club programs on the road, but it's really important for kids to have full free speech rights some place in their lives. that some place has to be when they're outside the authority of school and there's another really important factor, right, when kids go to school, the parents kind of turn over responsibility to the school. i mean, the schools have to take care of kids. but once the kids leave school, the parents have primary responsibility and under the constitution the right to direct their children's upbringing.
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so, you know, that maintaining that distinction between schools having power to regulate in school and limiting that power out of school is really, really important, not just for student's free speech rights but also for parent's rights and their children. >> vic, we'll be watching this very carefully as you're aware the school district says it needs to police that language to create a safe learning environment and obviously when people read what you're saying, i think a lot of people kind of see the points that both sides are making. so we'll see where the court comes down on this. vic, thanks for being with us. >> thanks for having me. a so a private school in florida sending a warning to its staff get vaccinated against coronavirus and it could cost you your job. plus, president biden and vladimir putin close to a deal to hold a summit in europe? when it could happen and where the negotiations stand right now. why choose proven quality sleep from sleep number?
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♪ sources tell cnn the white house is hammering out the details of a european summit between president joe biden and russian president vladimir putin which could happen as soon as early summer. natasha bertrand is live in washington with more. natasha, welcome aboard. it is great to see you. tell us what's happening here. >> reporter: hey, brianna. thank you so much. yeah, so the white house is continuing to hammer out the details of this. potentially highly consequential summit that is going to be taking place tentatively this summer between president biden and russian president vladimir putin. the details are of course still be hammered out. we don't know exactly when this is going to take place or where at this point but the russians signaled a willingness to meet with president bide on the discuss areas of mutual
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interest. and of course, the ukrainians are very concerned about a potential meeting right now because if you'll recall the russians have been acting very aggressivively on the border with massive russian military buildup there in crimea, so they are hoping that before president biden actually sits down with russian president vladimir putin that they will get a chance to sit down with biden that the president of ukraine zelensky will sit down with biden and work out talks to that they are on the same page with regard to russia. so right now, obviously the summit would be very high stakes and come after president biden's meetings with nato and g7 officials in europe. that is what we're being told is that any summit with vladimir putin would only take place after meeting with allies. details are pretty unclear after this important stage. >> that's interesting the sequencing here san important part of the u.s. thinking. you mentioned ukraine's
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concerns. would a meeting with vladimir putin be conditions based? would the united states require russia, for instance, to remove more of its troops from the ukrainian border before meeting? >> reporter: it's a great question and we really haven't gotten a lot of answers from the white house on this. one big concern looming over a potential summit, of course, is the health of alexei navalny, a leading russian opposition figure who is in jail and his health has been deteriorating rapidly. jake sul vain the national security adviser did say there would be consequences if alexei navalny were to die in prison, but he would not go as far as to say a potential summit would actually be cancelled if he did die. so, there are still some questions about whether russian aggression if it were to continue would impact the prospects for that summit, but in one sign that the summit is likely to occur, we are told that secretary of state antony blinken is being dispatched to ukraine early next month to meet with his counterparts in the hopes that it might ease ukrainian anxiety over a
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potential biden/putin summit. >> natasha bertrand, thank you for joining us this morning. >> reporter: thank you. protesters in north carolina demanding transparency. they want to see the body cam video of police shooting and killing andrew brown. brown's family joins us live ahead.
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urgency, overwhelm the problem, we're at war with the virus. >> reporter: for the last 100 days, how to get vaccines into the arms of hundreds of millions of americans and convince the hesitant to get a shot has been an immense, historic undertaking. and also personal for those on the front lines. >> i'm worried that people have lost loved ones. people continue to lose loved ones. people's lives have been upturned. you know, this is hard. and people are tired which means there's a tendency to let down our guard. f. you had told us 100 days into president biden's tenure, it would be open season for every adult american that wanted a vaccine to be able to get one, we would have all said that's really incredible. >> a country with the highest number of confirmed deaths now vaccinating at a speed more than four times faster than the world average. >> progress we've made has been stunning. >> reporter: donald trump's
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"operation warp speed" developed the vaccine. >> it turned out to be the most significant discovery in manufacturing achievement in american history. >> nothing short of a miracle. >> you realize what a dire situation we would be in if we did those vaccine trials and, oh, my god, they were 20% effective instead of 90-plus percent effective. >> reporter: but in the beginning, the transition did not move at warp speed. president trump was preoccupied with finding votes, not shots. >> there was much more of a concentration of the president on re-election and a disassociation from the fact that we were having an epidemic. >> i was somewhat critical. >> reporter: and governors left wondering who would be running the show. >> i raised the issue to mike pence about, hey, regardless of whatever stuff the president is saying, we've got this vaccine thing that we've got to make sure that these guys know what's going on as soon as they get it.
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and he assured me that was going to be the case. >> reporter: and then -- >> there was no plan to get shots into arms. >> no plan? >> no plan. early doses of moderna and pfizer were being drop shipped to states and there were not enough places for people to get vaccinated. >> reporter: they say that you were using their playbook on vaccine distribution. >> i just think that's just not true. >> i have to say, it's frustrating when they spend all their time disparaging what we did. they say we didn't have a plan? we had 65 plans. >> reporter: localized, not centralized. >> we have the fundamental belief that local leaders understood their counties, their townships, their states. their islands at a greater level of detail than we ever could. >> it's complicated. there was not really a wel well-articulated long-range plan to get the vast majority of the people vaccinated. that's where the full-court press of the biden administration really, really stepped up to the plate and did it well. >> congratulations, mr.
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president. >> reporter: the new president inherited a surging pandemic, more than 3,000 deaths a day. only about 15 million vaccinated. >> the very beginning, the frustration was huge demand and no supply. so the anger and frustration anywhere across the country was, why can't i get an appointment for a vaccine. >> reporter: biden became the national vaccine pitch man. setting targets -- >> he ultimately decides. >> reporter: and announcing every milestone himself. eager to show any momentum starting with what looked like an attainable goal. >> 100 million shots in the first 100 days. >> we were already doing more than a million a day at that point so if he did absolutely nothing, we would have done 100 million in the first 100 days, even if he didn't show up. >> reporter: but he did show up. repeatedly. >> 100 million more moderna, pfizer, johnson & johnson. >> vaccine supply for every american adult by the end of may. >> by my 100th day in office
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i've administered 200 million shots. >> i heard early on the president was very impatient. >> he is. he is. and that's the truth. he's impatient. like, okay, is this the best we can do? he asks specific questions. what about this and why aren't we doing that and are we doing the best in that? >> reporter: biden could not control the delays due to winter storms or governors who eased restrictions. and he abided by the decision from the fda and cdc to temporarily pause the johnson & johnson vaccine, a move that some saw as overcautious and confusing. >> the checks are providing a heck of a lot of immediate relief. >> reporter: the president did jump-start a substantial federal response. a $1.9 trillion american rescue plan. >> america is coming back. >> reporter: deployment of active duty military and fema. a federal pharmacy program. a network of community health centers to increase vaccine access and equity. >> we have to always start with
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access, making sure that people can get vaccinated in places where they are comfortable and where they trust that people are vaccinating them. >> reporter: many in communities of color are skeptical. vaccinations of younger people and those in rural areas are lagging. and with a number of overall daily vaccinations wavering, appealing to the hesitant is crucial. >> we always will meet people where they are. we always have to make sure that messages are tailored so that's about saying, what are your particular concerns. >> we want to be free! >> reporter: and politics, as always, comes into play. 50% of republican men say they are not likely to take the vaccine. what would you say to them? >> i would say that's absolutely crazy because the people that say, you know, hey, we want to get rid of these masks, we want to open up all the businesses. the only way we ever get life back to normal is if we get enough people to get that vaccine. >> reporter: why not explain the
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rewards of vaccination earlier? >> if what we're saying is get vaccinated, it's great, this is such a safe and effective vaccine. but by the way, you can't really change much of your daily activities, i don't think that people understand what's in it for them. >> reporter: why not open schools sooner? >> i think this was a major mistake at the errvery beginnin was to not prioritize teachers for vaccination. >> reporter: the administration's answer has been the same. let the science lead. >> i use another example where we followed the science. the cdc put out guidance as to how to make sure to open schools safely and keep them open safely. >> reporter: now a new phase in the effort. an immense get out the vax tv campaign. >> with vaccines we can trust. >> reporter: celebrities getting jabs. ♪ vaccine, vaccine ♪ >> it's a race between getting vaccinated and the virus trying to essentially surge up again. every day that goes by, you get
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closer and closer to that vice really not being able to do anything because when you get an overwhelming majority of the population vaccinated, the virus has no place to go. >> reporter: the country is at a tipping point with coronavirus variants on the rise, the next 100 days and beyond will still be a tough race with the final finish line not yet in sight. >> gloria borger joins us now. great to have you on "new day." >> great to be here with you guys. >> the administration now has to walk this fine line between saying be careful. don't let your guard down but also, we have great news about how things are opening up. so how do they pull that off? >> with great difficulty. they have a problem with vaccine hesitancy. and i think what they decided and we'll see that later today with the mask -- with what they say about masks. they have to show people there's a reward if you get vaccinated. that there are things you can do that you could


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