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evening of music and fireworks. make time in your day and the fun begins july 4th at 7:00 p.m. only here on cnn. th thanks for your time on "inside politics". happy friday. thank you for being with me. america's longest war is nearly over as the u.s. roaeaches a mar milestone. for the first time in 20 years there are zero u.s. troops at a site once considered the epicenter of u.s. operations in the afghanistan region. that base is now solely under afghan control. this as president biden outpaces his goal to fully withdraw troops by september 11th. but surging taliban violence is
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raising fears of a civil war. h here's president biden hours ago. >> i met with the afghanistan government in the white house. i think they have the capacity to be able to sustain the government. >> we know as many as 1,000 u.s. troops will stay in kabul to protect the embassy. and since 2001, more than 2000 u.s. service members have died in afghanistan. more than 20,000 wounded in action. cnn ease anna corn is live in kabul for us. what is the latest reaction there to this threat of potential civil war and president biden's confidence that the afghan government is prepared to handle it? >> anna, unfortunately the people of afghanistan do not necessarily share his optimism. they do not believe that the government and the armed forces can protect them which is why we are seeing this mass exodus of
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afghans from this war ravaged country. they know what's coming. at least they fear what is coming which as you mentioned yshlg potential civil war, if not outright taliban rule. and we're seeing the taliban launch a massive offensive around the country. they're making significant gains, particularly in the knot of the country which has caught the government and forces off guard. we spoke to a doctor yesterday who is head of the peace council. he's in charge of the talks between the afghan government and the taliban. he was in washington d.c. last week to meet with president biden. and he said that if it was up to afghans, the americans would not be going. but this is the reality. and afghanistan needs to rise to the occasion that the 300,000 afghan forces, they need to fight the taliban, but he admits that they have gained momentum, and that they will -- there will
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be dark days ahead. >> anna, thank you. back in the u.s., americans are on the move according to the tsa more than 2,147,000 passengers were screened at u.s. airports just yesterday. that's just short of the new pandemic high set last sunday. tsa officials expect the record last weekend to fall this weekend. and if you are keeping your feet on the ground and the rubber on the road, get ready to pay much more at the pump. gas prices are at a 7-year high for july 4th. we are in chicago and reagan national airport in washington. adrian, what are you seeing and what do people need to know? >> it's the holiday weekend. people are looking forward to reconnecting with friends and family they haven't seen in over a year. they need to know filling up on fun is a pricey predicament.
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we're at a gas station in the heart of downtown chicago. and it's about $4 a gallon here. that's a little bit higher than the national average of about $3.13 a gallon. some people traveled here to chicago to beat the holiday traffic. but they cannot escape the high gas prices. now, for those of you who plan to leave later today or even tomorrow when you're on the roadway, you will be in good company. aaa estimates that about 91% of travel this holiday will be by car. aaa also estimates 43.6 million americans will drive to their destinations. now, that's a record. that's the highest for this holiday. and it's 5% more than the previous record set in 2019. and again, for some across the country, they're looking forward to reconnecting with friends and family, but they aren't so happy about these gas prices. listen in.
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>> i think they're ridiculous in chicago. i mean, i'm sure the whole state is like that. but actually, this gas has been $3.99 probably for the last month and a half. it has not gone up yet. >> and the shortage is linked to a labor shortage. it's not that there's an issue of not enough gas. but the tanker truck drivers who transport the gasoline from the terminal stations to gas stations like this one, they need more drivers to get that job done. so if you're traveling, pack patience and some extra cash as you fill up at the pump. >> the pain at the pump is back. thank you. stand by as we turn to pete. how are airports handling the surge in travelers? >> you know, the tsa says some airports like nashville and myrtle beach are already seeing numbers higher than back in 2019 prepandemic. now we will see whether or not today will set a pandemic air
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travel record nationwide. it seems the numbers only go up from here. but with so many people coming back to air travel, this whole experience is not without its problems. >> long lines and high stress are back at airports across the country with passengers packing into fewer planes staffed by fewer workers. southwest airlines is now offering flight attendants double pay to work extra july 4th trips, telling them in a company memo if you're healthy and it is safe to do so, please help. it is the latest move by airlines to avoid a ripple effect of delays and cancellations as they struggle to keep up with pent up nand for travel. >> leisure demand is more than 100% recovery and indicates a desire for people to get back to living life. >> in june southwest airlines delayed or cancelled the most flights of any u.s. carrier followed by american airlines. to stem off even more cancellations, american is preemptively trimming 1% of flights from the schedule flu
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mid july, citing bad weather and staffing shortages. airlines should have been prepared for this travel surge, especially after receiving more than $50 million in aid from the federal government. we need to have a national discussion about how the airlines are using taxpayer dollars and yet, they're still not serving us and they're still inconveniencing us. >> passengers are taking out their frustrations on board flights and facing thousands in federal fines. the faa now says it has received more than 3,000 reports of unruly passengers since the start of this year. more than 2000 over the federal transportation mask mandate. sara nelson of the association of flight attendants says flight crews are facing a harsh new reality. >> now the public is coming back and treating flight attendants as punching bags verbally and physically. >> these fines are serious. up to $35,000 per vital.
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the faa says it has assessed people a total of a half million dollars in fines. >> i've been noticing a lot more people wearing without masks, i should say, as they go out and about. we have to remind travelers that masks are still required on the airplanes. and the tsa is reminding people to behave. you mentioned the unruly passenger reports. tell us about what the tsa is doing now. >> well, the tsa is saying a lot about this. it's reinstating flight attendant self-defense classes. the faa is taking an interesting social media approach to this, putting out a new video today featuring kids telling those who are acting out on planes to grow up. here's what they said. >>. >> fighting is not good when you're on a plane. >> you'll go to jail if they keep doing that stuff.
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>> the faa has also resorted to making memes and putting them on social media. the most recent one of a truck and it says you could buy a new trip for $35,000. instead you're facing a fine for punching a flight attendant. >> oh, my, that first kid. fighting is not good on planes. amen, brother. >> pete, appreciate it. thank you. what a difference a year makes. last july 4th, the u.s. was averaging nearly 50,000 new cases of coronavirus a day and about 500 new deaths. but this week the daily average is just under 15,000 new infections and under 300 deaths. experts say those new numbers only underscore the importance of getting vaccinated. a new study suggests nearly all covid deaths in the last six months were in an unvaccinated people in some of the states. it comes as the cdc says cases are up 10% as this delta variant is spreading.
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joining us now is dr. rachel lavine, she's a pediatrician. doctor, thanks for joining us. there's a lot to celebrate this weekend. the battle against this virus isn't over. to those planning to celebrate by going to fireworks or concerts or bbqs with friends and family, what's your advice? >> well, you are correct. there's a lot to celebrate in terms of the progress that we have made against covid-19 under president biden's leadership. we have to be concerned. to those celebrating this weekend, if you are vaccinated and fully vaccinated, you're protected and do not have to wear a mask or social distance. we want people to have a wonderful, safe time. if you're not vaccinated, then we're recommending the same guidance that we have been talking about since the beginning of the pandemic. wear a mask, social distance,
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avoid large indoor gatherings and wash your hands. >> there are pockets now where this delta variant is becoming more and more worrisome in arkansas, one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, cases are surging. in los angeles county, the vaccination rate is slightly above the national average. they just reported their highest number of cases in one day. >> we are concerned about the spread of the delta variant. it's been shown to be more contagious than previous variants. as also more veerviralant. in communities that have low vaccination rates, counties, state, we are concerned about localized outbreaks of this
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delta variant. >> kwloin say you're concerned. we know this idea of herd immunity is still something that's out there for our country. did that move the goal post? >> well, so we don't exactly know what the herd immunity percentage would be for covid-19. it would be different for the delta variant and higher, because it is more transmissable. so we will be continuing to watch that. but we know as you pointed out, that people who are vaccinated are protected against this delta variant. and they're extremely unlikely to get sick and it's virtually impossible for them to require hospitalizations. for people who are unvaccinated, the delta variant poses a threat. so in areas that have low vaccination rates, those communities and counties and states are vulnerable. >> polling this week showed about a third of people who haven't gotten vaccinated yet
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say they're waiting for full approval. when might that be? >> well, we don't know the exact date that full approval will come. we know that the company is producing all of the different data that is necessary in giving that data to the fda. so we'll be looking for then the fda's consideration and a report to come out for full authorization. what we do know is that the vaccinations are safe. over 325 million doses of the vaccines have been given in the united states. and the safety record is excellent. we know they're effective, and they're more important now than ever. >> before i let you go, i want to highlight that you made history becoming the first openly transgender senate confirmed federal official, and we're starting to see a number of states implement anti-transgender laws. in fact, the aclu reported this year at least 33 states introduced more than 100 bills that aim to curb the rights of transgender people across the country.
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mostly focussed on prohibiting transgender girls from participating in sports. why do you think there's a focus on this? >> well, i think there has been a focus on many states because of politics. i mean, i think that there are those that are using transgender individuals, transgender individuals and vulnerable transgender youth as a wedge issue. these bills are extremely challenging, and very difficult for vulnerable youth who are at risk of bullying and harassment. we need to advocate for those youth and to support them, not pass laws that limit their p participation in activities or sports. and the egregious ones limit their ability to access gender affirming medical care. >> what do you tell the lawmakers who argue transgender girls have an unfair advantage athletically. >> >> there are standards of care for treating transgender youth. the standards are established by
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the world professional association for transgender health and the u.s. arm. and in addition, by the society, an international organization. there are well published standards of care. there's a strong evidence base to support that standard of care. that includes the treatment of transyouth participating in sports, and there are sports bodies who have guidelines. this is politics and not science. >> you mentioned the risk of bullying for transgender youth. what's your message to transgender youth in these states that have seen some bills pass, states like mississippi, and arkansas, and tennessee? where bills have been signed into law this year? >> well, my message to those youth is that the federal government supports them. our president supports them. and he has vocally come out in
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support of lgbtq plus individuals, lgbtq plus youth, and particularly the vulnerable transgender youth, including in a speech to congress. you know, i was at the white house just a week ago for their pride celebration, and he articulated his support again. so i think that we have federal support from the president across the administration. and we'll be continuing to look at policy initiatives that support the lgbtq plus population. >> okay. i know you've been in their shoes, and so that's why i think it's really important to hear your voice on these issues. dr. rachel lavine, thank you for taking the time. we appreciate it. >> thank you. it was a pleasure. a better than expected boost to the economy. the u.s. adding an impressive 850,000 jobs in june. we're still millions of jobs shy of where things stood before the pandemic. what's really keeping people on the sidelines? we'll dig into that. plus, she was expected to
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compete for olympic gold, and now this u.s. track star sha'carri richardson may have to stay home after testing positive for marijuana. two more victims identified in surfside, florida. one of them is the seven-year-old daughter of a local firefighter. i would've called yesterday. but... i could've called yesterday. but... i should've called yesterday, but... would've, could've, should've.
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how we fix it. mr. secretary, it's good to have you with us. let's start with your biggest take away just from today's jobs report. >> it looked pretty good. that is it's kind of a goldilocks recovery. it's not too hot to spur fears of inflation, but it is big. that is a lot of people are flooding back into the job market. and eve enbetter, higher wages. >> we'll talk about that in a minute. why do you think we're seeing the increase in that the president saying american rescue plan might have something to do with it. what do you think? >> well, by and large, this is the opening of the retail restaurant hotel sector of the economy after the pandemic. i mean, this is the big deal. people are -- again, free to go out and a lot of these places need workers, and they're not necessarily the same workers they had before. a lot of workers these days are
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still holding back because they're worried about the possibility. still the possibility of getting the coronavirus or they have child care problems, or -- and there's a lot of evidence out there that some workers just want to change jobs. they don't want to go back to the same routine they had before. even so, 850 new jobs in june is a terrific benchmark. it is better than a lot of economists thought. we are still down from what the economy was in january of 2020. that is we're about 6.5 million jobs to go. so there's a lot of room to grow. >> so when we look at the 7 million jobs that haven't come back to the prepandemic levels, i want to just break down some of the reasons. because you mentioned this. 25% have covid concerns. 20% have a financial cushion. 20% cite child care issues.
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20% say unemployment issues are why they're not rushing for a job. what do you think is the answer then to getting those folks back to work? >> well, it's going to happen. i mean, a lot of those people, if they get vaccinated or -- the more and more people who get vaccinated as coronavirus recedes as a concern, a lot of the people who are worried about that are obviously going to go back to work. a child care is a bigger problem. if we don't get any child care assistance and any child care program in place, you have got a lot of parents, mostly single parents, mostly women, who are going to hold back as long as they can from the workplace, because it doesn't pay them to go back into work. they've got to pay the cost of child care. and the residual, that is that some people who may be holding back because they're getting unemployment insurance, i frankly think this is very tiny. i mean, you've got 24 states that have -- the governors of 24
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states have ended that $300 a week extra unemployment insurance from the federal government. but in those states, there is slul no indication that you haven increase in jobs over the rate of increase any place elsz. i don't think that's a big deal. >> let me just, i guess, push back a little on that. "the wall street journal" reported this week that the states that ended that extra $300 unemployment benefit early have seen unemployment declining faster. do you think that's a sign that that was the right call for them to make, to end those unemployment benefits sooner? >> no. because most of those states, you don't have any kind of eligibility. fewer than 30% of the unemployed are eligible for state unemployment insurance. so that means that those people who are holding back, if they're holding back on the basis of $300 a week federal unemployment benefits, that's 15$,000 a year.
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that's not going to hold people back from work if they want to work. you try to live on $15,000 a year. that's unrealistic. >> you mentioned, and you have been for a while a big proponent on increasing wages. and you mentioned we're seeing that. do you think the economy has now hit that sweet spot coming back from covid when it is related to wage increases? >> i think we're beginning to see it. again, mainly in retail restaurant, hotel, hospitality in general. these are low-wage jobs. these are low-wage workers that haven't had a raise in years. it is a good thing that they are getting a raise. i know that there are some people out there, particularly small business owners that are worried. they say oh, i can't afford it. the fact of the matter is that it's a good thing for the economy, and it's a good thing for people if they have a raise after all these years. so i don't think we ought to worry about it. >> we talked to some business
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owners here in the last couple weeks who have said well, if we increase wages, we're going to have to raise prices. chipolte is an example that's doing both, and you have the nonpartisan congressional office saying $15 minimum wage when they looked at this leads to $1.4 million jobs lost. you look at the federal deficit. are those valid concerns? >> up to a point. but i think we ought to celebrate when people get a wage increase. we choelt gave their top executives millions of dollars. one of the major executives that got big increases last year, up to about 15, 16, $18 million, well, if you can give your executives huge increases, then perhaps you can afford to give your bottom line workers a little bit more from $7.25 to $15 an hour. i mean, $15 an hour, let's face
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it. that has not been the case for most workers at the bottom. we have had the minimum wage no minimum wage increase since 2009. and what was $7.25 in 2009 because of inflation since then is much, much less today. so the minimum wage hasn't even kept up with inflation. this is a disgrace. it's also bad for the economy. because if you have more low wage workers with more money, they have more money to spend, and that spending creates more jobs. >> i did speak with an ice cream shop owner in pennsylvania who raised wages almost double what he was paying some workers from 7.25 an hour to $14.50 an hour or $15 an hour. he said he's actually making more money. he's having happier employees. he doesn't have the job openings that were hard to fill initially. and customers are happier. he was a huge advocate and said it worked for him as well.
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>> there's a lot of evidence that it just slows turnover. that is, it saves employers money because you actually have less turnover than you had before. >> well, it's great to have your expertise on this issue. thank you very much for joining us. >> thanks. a u.s. track star's olympic dreams dashed after testing positive for marijuana. this is sparking serious debate. we'll talk about it just ahead. with schizophrenia, i see progress differently. it's in the small things i look forward to. with the people i want to share it with. it's doing my best to follow through. it's the little signs that make me feel like things could be better. signs that make it feel like real progress. caplyta effectively treats adults with schizophrenia.
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out her biological mother died. she also says she takes full responsibility for breaking the rules and apologized for letting her fans down. >> i apologize for the fact that i need to know how to control my emotions or deal with my emotions during that time. and i would just leave with my fans, or i would leave out there like i tweeted yesterday, i'm human. we're human. >> now, because of the timing of the suspension, richardson could still compete in one of the relay races in tokyo. that remains to be seen. and christine brennan joins us to discuss. as far as i know, marijuana is not exactly a performance-enhancing drug. it is lyegal in some form in th majority of states in the u.s. how do you view this? >> this is a sad, sad story. it really is heart breaking. and among those who believe it's
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heart breaking is the man in charge of the u.s. anti-doping agency, travis. i put in a phone call to him asking that question. why is it that marijuana, which we don't see as a performance enhancer, why is it on the ban list? why is one of the great stars of the u.s. team, a breakout star, could make millions from that performance in tokyo, why is she banned? and what i heard from the u.s. anti-doping agency from travis tiger was that first of all, they are heart broken, and they are sad and don't necessarily agree with the worlding, but it is the world anti-dope agency ruling. having said that, there are reasons to ban marijuana. for example, skiers going downhill at 90 miles per hour. you probably don't want them to be high. you certainly wouldn't want snow borders to be high. you don't want cyclists in the tour de france to be high. there are truly reasons for the
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safety of athletes that you would have marijuana be banned. but in this day and age, it is so out of sync with what we are as a culture in the united states, and in many other countries around the world this that's why this issue is out there, and it may well be the moment when the world anti-doping agency starts to really look at this even though that's no consolation for sha'carri richardson. >> i can't help but think of other athletes like michael nel ps and that infamous photo of him smoking weed, and the nfl who changed its policy regarding marijuana as well. we'll see where this goes. in the meantime, let's talk about activism and protesting at the olympics. track and field star gwen barry is defending where she turned her back to the flag. when asked if she would abide by the protest demonstration ban if she reaches the podium at the olympics, here's what she told don lemon.
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>> we'll see. no it depends on how i'm feeling and what i want to do in that moment and what i want to do for my people in that moment, and i will do whatever comes upon me and whatever is in my heart. >> since the interview, the ioc announced they will be loosening some rules for athletes who wish to protest during the games. what kind of impact do you think this will have on the games? >> the one place where the athletes still will not be able to protest is on the medal stand. and that -- i'm sure that's shocking for some americans watching the black lives matter protest, those of us supportive of the protests. you wonder why can't they protest there? they can protest before the event or take a knee before day run, before they compete, before they swim. but not after. and i think one of the reasons is you've got over 200 countries at the olympics. and while we certainly can agree on what is acceptable protesting and what isn't, where do you draw the line? is it okay to have god forbid a
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nazi flag waving in the face of an israeli athlete who wins the silver medal? i think we can agree that's probably not okay, but for some, that might be. they've drawn the line on the medal stand itself. that wasn't again if she gets there or anyone else can't protest. then their national olympic committees would make the determination, and they said they're not going to send anyone home. the u.s. athletes probably feel comfortable with protesting anywhere, but also there is the question of showing up other athletes. in order, if you're not the gold med list, what happens if you take a knee and draw the attention away from the gold medalist from spain or canada? these are issues, obviously, much broader than a kdomestic conversation, but an international conversation. >> thank you for joining us. >> thank you. ahead, we'll go live to surfside, there fl where we're learning another report. this one from 2020, flagged
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we learned two more bodies have been found in the rubble of that collapsed condo building. they include the seven-year-old daughter of a city of miami firefighter. c cnn's rosa flores is in surfside for us. >> reporter: every single day has been a tough day for these firefighters, but overnight is uniquely painful for them. the seven-year-old daughter of a firefighter was recovered. now, we don't have a lot of details as you might imagine, because of the sensitivity of the situation, but what i can tell you is that she was seven years old. her dad is a firefighter with the city of miami, and he belongs to the florida task force, too. now, it was members of his team who found her body. the chief tells me that it was his brother and sister firefighters that called him over. now, they have a process that they go through every single
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time that a body is recovered, and this, of course, was uniquely painful for them. the family is asking for time and space, and, of course, our hearts and prayers go out to the family. and anna, these brave men and women are right back at work. i can tell you that right now their deployment is complete and full. even though their homes are perhaps a few miles away from this scene where i am now, they're living in tents. they're working 12 hour shifts. they only take breaks to check their pulse and their oxygen levels to make sure they can continue searching for signs of life. so this is one of the most painful days for these brave men and women. all they want to do is find people alive under that rubble. >> real a sad situation. and weather is also playing a
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role as we've seen in the last few days. but with the hurricane bearing down, perhaps, in the next few days, that's something to watch for us. rosa flores, thank you. since the collapse we've heard shocking stories from survivors who managed to get out on time. we have heard from others who saw red flags leading up to the tragedy and officials telling us what they are seeing as they respond. and they work in the rubble. here they are in their own words. >> the 13 story building with most of the building gone. i see many people in the balconies. the building is gone. there's no elevators. it almost resembles the trade center. >> what's odd about this building is withstood hurricane andrew. it was up for four decades before it collapsed suddenly without warning. other buildings that collapsed at least hours of warning, big cracks. residents able to evacuate. >> i start to hear a knocking
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sound. knock, knock. and i said okay, somebody probably hanging pictures on the wall. and then it was more intense, and i said oh, probably they doing some small renovation. then it was a big boom. and i was running to see where the sound come from. and i saw all the garage collapse. >> i was asleep, and a rare force wake up me. i saw it cracks starting in the ceiling, coming down, coming down fast. and that black line opened it, and opened it. something inside of me said run. you have to run to save your life. >> my whole apartment shake. my bed, i was sleeping shake. i have my nightgown. i put on a house coat. they push me out.
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and we got into water. and in front of me was a lot of debris. and -- >> they pick me up, carry me on his back outside, and i saw the sky. i know i will be out. >> i spent some time watching the survivors come to the community center and seeing the looks on their faces. the first thing they said to me was i knew it. i knew it. the building was shaking like crazy when they were building that building next door. i knew the water damage was there. i told them. nobody listened to me. >> there was leaks in the garage. there was cracks on the balconies. >> i started to become very angry and jittery. the more i hear about the structural problems and the comments from the engineers, i think i become angry every day. >> it's hard not to put yourself in that situation. you know? not to put yourself in a position that these families are in. we start thinking about it in
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a disturbing revelation unearthed by cnn's k file team, a rioter who entered the capitol on january 6th actually accompanied republican members of congress to the u.s.-mexico border just this week. anthony aguero is a prominent conservative youtuber who cheered and justified the capitol break-in. >> they're basically herding these people on to one particular location, so we're about to catch all of them, basically, come out of the woodworks. >> so, that's his video from the border this week. cnn's andrew kazinski joins us now. andrew, who is this guy, and why
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was he there? >> so, antony aguero is a close friend and ally of marjorie taylor greene, before she was elected to congress, they actually did lots of events together, traveled to the border together, did events where they went to the offices of members of congress together. and as his -- he's a conservative youtuber and he actually operates along the border pretty frequently. now, a group of conservative members of congress went to see the border on late tuesday night. they went to an area that migrants frequently use to cross into the united states, and aguero was actually able to accompany them on this trip. it's not clear exactly how he ended up there. he wasn't at a press briefing before. but he, you know, was there with members of congress. he actually serves as a translator for many of them when speaking to migrants. he interviewed many of the reps, and many of the instances, a
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member of congress actually even drove in his truck. >> and we're talking about those members being tom tiffany, lauren boebert, chris jacobs,michael cloud, john rose, ronny jackson and mary miller. thank you, andrew, for your reporting. people should go to to read more about that. i want to give a quick programming note as well. in july 4th, america is open. it's time to celebrate. i hope you'll join me along with my colleagues and friends, don lemon, dana bash, and victor blackwell for a star-studded evening of music and fireworks. it's going to be such a fantastic celebration, and it all begins on july 4th at 7:00 eastern only on cnn. alisyn takes it from here. have a great weekend. ♪ 76-year-old guy who still runs marathons, right? sadly, not anymore. wow. so sudden. um, we're not about to have
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hi, everyone, welcome to "newsroom," i'm alisyn camerota. victor blackwell is off today. and we begin with a landmark moment in america's longest war. all u.s. forces have left bagram air base in afghanistan. this is the most significant step yet in the full withdrawal of u.s. troops from the country after nearly 20 years, even as the threat of civil war looms. in 2011, there were almost 100,000 troops in afghanistan. ba bagram, once a sprawling compound, was the center of american military operations there. that base was the target of numerous attacks by the taliban. it was october of 2001 when the u.s. entered afghanistan in response to the september 11th attacks. since then, more than 2,300 troops have been killed there. more than 20,000 wounded. the united states spent about $2 trillion funding that operation. and the u.n. reports at leas


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