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hello, everyone, welcome to newsroom. i'm alisyn camerota. >> i'm victor blackwell. vaccinations against covid are at the highest level seen in a month. at this current pace it will take six months to get all eligible americans at least one dose. that's according to cnn's analysis of data from the cdc. in the meantime the delta variant continues to spread across the u.s. almost all of the new cases shall among the unvaccinated. what you're looking at is a cdc time lapse. it shows over the course of a month it has taken over. the red areas are areas of high transmission. >> the cdc says delta now makes up more than 90% of u.s. cases. in late may, that number was about 3% of cases. so today for the third day in a row, the average number of infections has increased by double digits compared to last
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week. cnn's lucy kafanov has all of the recent developments including a big jump in cases among children. >> reporter: with the delta variant now accounting for more than 93% of all new covid-19 cases in america, the numbers are trending in the wrong direction. >> you're not crying wolf here. this surge that we're going through right now has every potential to be and already looks to be the worst surge we've faced so far. >> reporter: the u.s. is currently averaging more than 90,000 new cases daily, and could soon surpass 100,000 cases per day. >> it is going to go over 100,000. i hope it doesn't go much higher than around 100,000. we want it to turn around quickly and come down. >> reporter: the worst hit states, louisiana, florida, arkansas, mississippi and alabama. each with more than 50 new cases per 100,000 people each day over the past week. nearly 56,000 people
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hospitalized for covid-19, up 10% in just one day. facilities in louisiana and florida buckling under the strain. >> it's really dangerous in terms of for the patients because there are so many people waiting. we're literally running out of room. it's draining, and i leave work absolutely drained. >> reporter: the good news, the pace of vaccinations is ticking up. more than 446,000 people getting their first shot each day on average. that's the highest it's been since july 4th. but at this pace it will take until mid-february to get everyone their first dose. >> the whole ball game is vaccination. the delta variant is bearing down on all of us. >> reporter: covid-19 infections among kids are a growing concern. nearly 72,000 children and teens contracted covid between july 22nd and 29th. that's up about 84% from the week before. in florida, despite republican governor ron desantis' executive order prohibiting mask mandates in schools, two school districts are moving forward with their
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own set of rules. mississippi's lamar county school district also requiring face coverings, defying their governor's ban on mask mandates. in arkansas, the governor calling a special session of the legislature to amend the law to give local school districts flexibility to require masks for children under 12. >> everything has changed now. yes, in hindsight i wish that had not become law. it is the law and the only chance we have is to amend it or for the courts to say that it has an unconstitutional found foundation. >> reporter: here's some frightening food for thought. the nation's top infectious disease expert, dr. anthony fauci, warning if an overwhelming proportion of people don't get vaccinated there's ample chance for a more aggressive variant than delta. >> as lucy mentioned, the american academy of pediatrics says there's been a substantial
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increase in kids infected with covid in the last week of july with five times as many cases compared to the previous month. this spike is as we all know coinciding with the start of school in most of the country. in fact classes have already resumed in parts of florida, which just broke its hospitalization record with more than 11,000 patients sick with covid. joining me now from miami is dr. lisa gwen, the president of the florida chapter of the american academy of pediatrics. thank you for being with me. let's start here. lucy mentioned these two school districts in florida that are now requiring students there to wear masks. you obviously think that's a good idea. your reaction to the decision, and do you think that the dangers in duval county are worth the potential fight? >> it's always worth the fight, victor. we are fighting every day to bring the point home that the science is clear, that the only
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way to protect children, especially those children that are not vaccinated and who have chronic health conditions and are more vulnerable, that masking is really their only option. >> so say that there's a potential fight because the governor of florida, ron desantis, has threatened funding for school districts that tried to enforce mask mandates. let's listen to what the governor said over time about masks for students. >> these interventions have failed time and time again throughout this pandemic, not just in the united states but abroad. they have not stopped the spread and particularly with delta, which is even more transmissable. if it didn't stop it before it definitely ain't going to stop it now. i have young kids. my wife and i are not going to do the masks with the kids. we never have. i want to see my kids smiling. i want them having fun. we need our kids to be able to be kids. we need them to be able to breathe. it's terribly uncomfortable for them to do it. parents obviously can equip
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their kid to go to school however they want but there shouldn't be any coercive mandates on our schools. is it really comfortable? is it really helpful for them to be muzzled and have their breathing obstructed all day long in school? no to lockdowns. no to school closures. no to restrictions. and no mandates. >> doctor, i want to walk through a couple of those. first the idea of parents' choice here, whether students should be allowed or forced to wear masks in schools? >> parental choice here is very unfortunate that it's come to this. if you talk about a year ago, we were all locked in our homes. our children weren't allowed to go to in-person school. we now are in such a dangerous situation, i think we've forgotten where we've come from. i'm not sure where governor desantis gets his information,
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but the scientific evidence is clear, and that is that masks save lives, as does vaccinations. >> when you said in the first answer that the mask requirements are the only option, what do you say to those families who are relying on schools being cleaned repeatedly, for social distancing. is that not enough to protect their children? >> absolutely not. we know that it is spread through respiratory droplets. and so it's in the air that we breathe. and when children -- you know, they're young. they're not necessarily distanced all the time in school, whether they're walking in the hallways or in the stairwells. and so all of those respiratory droplets can just spread like wildfire. so again, the only way to stop that is to have everybody wear a mask. >> over the last week, we know from cdc data that on average 32 children per day were
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hospitalized because of covid in florida. it made the state the worst in the country. considering what we're seeing as schools return, most without the requirement for masks, the exception of the two school districts we discussed, what will those numbers look like as we go on into the first semester here? >> there's no doubt that the infection rates will go up. in turn that will mean that more people will be sick, and that means that more adults and children will be hospitalized. there will be more deaths. and so that's the facts. it's pretty simple. it's pretty basic. i think we need to think beyond civil liberties and think about the health and well-being of each one of us, both adults and children, and bring that message home to kids, that we're all trying to protect each other. >> dr. lisa gwynn, thank you so much for your time.
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>> thank you. more than 30% of eligible americans still have not gotten vaccinated. today we're getting fresh insight into why. a new survey found that more than half of unvaccinated americans think the vaccine is more dangerous than the virus itself. though all evidence suggests the opposite. the study also found that unvaccinated americans are significantly less likely to wear a mask in public. our next guest says the unvaccinated should not have all of the same privileges as vaccinated americans, at least when it comes to air travel, juliet kayyem is a cnn national security analyst. her new piece is called "unvaccinated people need to bear the burden." she argues besides limiting the flow, allowing only vaccinated people on flights will change minds too. you said there should be an
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unvaccinated no-fly list. make the case. >> that's right. it's for two reasons. one is simply i don't know why the u.s. government has any interest on moving unvaccinated people around. we know what the science says. they will put at risk my children or any children under 12. they will put at risk communities that may be safer. so let's get out of that business. when people ask president biden, will you have a federal mandate? that's not possible. but the federal government controls conditions of airline travel. the same data that you say says people are wary about the science. i think as a nonscientist and nondoctor, i'm done with the explanation coming from that community that people just need to follow the science. people also need to be burdened at this stage. we are bumping up against another school season where my kids, it's not at all clear how or whether they are getting to school. we are done with this. so we have to start putting burdens on the unvaccinated.
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in the same polling it shows that not only do they want to wait for the science. i don't know what they're waiting for. but the second is they would be moved to get a vaccination if airline travel, specifically airline travel, were only for the vaccinated. so we should listen to them. that they recognize that if there were greater burdens, they would move faster. and so if i sound impatient, i'm done. we're all done. the vaccinated are done carrying the burden for the unvaccinated in these regulated systems. >> i mean it is a controversial stance, having a no-fly list for unvaccinated people, but as you point out, we already separate people at the airport based on what we think their security status is or their risk to the rest of us in terms of tsa p pre gets one line and everybody else gets another line. what about the people who say they can't get vaccinated for medical reasons.
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>> that's fine. we can have exceptions and we're sophisticated enough to have exceptions, especially for children. we can put into place systems that would do that. so my proposal is, and this is not all about me but i'm sure you two don't know how to plan your fall on a personal level. the biden administration should say that they are going to start to put into place vaccination mandates by mid-october. that gives people time to get their act together. it gets people who are willing to move, if there were an airline travel ban, to get their vaccines. and it's in time for the holiday season so that people will be more willing to fly, so it will help the industry. flight attendiants won't be suffering the burden of all these people hostile to them instead of the virus and it will get our economy moving again. we talk in terms of mandates. it's the wrong way to think about it. we are talking about burdens and privileges. one privilege, is flying.
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and to satisfy safety requirements that should be demanded by the federal government. >> juliette, we're running low on time, but would this not require a national riegistry of those who were vaccinated, something the administration has said they're not going to do. you speak about burden. what would be the burden on the federal government to collect all of that information and essentially navigate it on a daily basis, considering when people get to the fully vaccinated phase? >> so i didn't write this without talking to a lot of people who were smart. basically -- and who know airline travel and tsa systems. you could essentially just put another thing on the database as it collects information about your travel plans, your birth date, with an upload of the vaccination requirement. there's lots of states that are moving to online systems. we know new york and louisiana, some are putting them into their driver's licenses so you can just acquire that information
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that way. and the federal government could make a promise that it's not going to distribute that information anyway as it does when we give information for security purposes. so this is -- we've got to move the percentage of people who are not getting vaccinated and science is not the way. there are people who will believe the science who want fda formal approval, but there's a large group of them that recognize -- that is not doing it because they're not being burdened enough. the private sector has to put more burdens on and the public sector and now the aviation sector has to. >> really interesting, juliette. we've heard a lot of people talk about the carrot and stick model. thank you very much for giving us this thought-provoking idea. juliette, great to talk to you. >> thank you. more powerful democrats calling for governor andrew cuomo's resignation. and former president barack obama feeling some pressure over his 60th birthday party. how the surge of covid is changing his plans.
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the fallout tcontinues for new york governor andrew cuomo after that report found that he sexually harassed 11 women. governor cuomo denies any wrongdoing. now four local new york district attorneys from albany, westchester, nassau and manhattan say they have requested investigative materials to determine if criminal charges should be filed in their jurisdictions. >> there's a long list of people calling on the governor to resign, including state senators, congressional delegation, new york city officials, house speaker nancy pelosi, neighboring governors and the president of the united states. so far governor cuomo is not
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stepping down. no indication of that. a large swath of the new york state assembly members tell cnn they would vote to impeach him. shimon prokupecz is in albany. shimon, tell us what's happening on both fronts there? >> reporter: so, most significant right now really is what's going on in the state assembly. it seems that they are gearing up to have discussions as soon as monday on whether or not to bring impeachment charges against the governor. they're set to come here on monday. the leaders of the state assembly, the number one guy who was governor cuomo's guy, the guy who defended cuomo through many, many different scandals and different issues now is backing this impeachment, potential removal of the governor. so they're supposed to all come here on monday. the state assembly gathered together, members of the judiciary kbcommittee to draw u
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these charges and decide perhaps when to proceed, how quickly to proceed. that's the big question, how quickly will they move. now we're getting word from all these different district attorneys from across the state that are now going to be reviewing the information from the attorney general. they want to see if any crimes were broken. that is a significant consequence of course to the governor because he could potentially face criminal charges relating to this investigation. one of the most significant allegations is here in albany of that executive assistant number one. that's how the attorney general described her yesterday. and what she says is that the governor, as we remember, reached under his blouse and groped her breast. that is a very serious allegation and could potentially lead to criminal charges. the d.a.s could convene grand juries to investigate some of these allegations as well. so certainly from the investigative stand point, from prosecutors and investigators,
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this is not going away any time. but the big question, victor and alisyn, is what will happen next week. will we start to see signs on paper that indicate that they are heading towards impeachment of the governor. >> shimon prokupecz for us there in albany, thank you. so that's the political portion of it. let's talk about the legal portion with cnn senior legal analyst laura coates and cnn political analyst alex burns, a political correspondent for "the new york times." let me start with the legal, laura, and you. we know westchester, nassau, albany, manhattan d.a.s are asking for this information. what's the legal exposure, the criminal exposure potentially for the governor? >> well, if there is any, it's rooted in the physical contact. the idea of unwanted, nonconsensual touching. the idea of offensive touching is often known as battery. some areas have what's called a misdemeanor sexual abuse or
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assault. meaning you have focused on a particular part of the body, the jen genitalia, the buttocks, breast region of a woman. yesterday there was a bifurcation in the way investigators looked at this. one was on the idea of the physical touching. the other idea was about the culture in the workplace, a workplace they described as ripe for harassment and sexual harassment in particular. in terms of the latter, the hostile work environment and toxicity they spoke about, the intimidation, that really lies in a whole different world outside of the criminal context. if there are allegations to be made there, it's likely civil which can frankly be very protracted and he's already said he will fight those and use that outside of his moment of what he called trial my newspaper to meet the burden of proof to
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defend himself. >> the women who came forward where it is the toxic workplace stuff, you know, is that where they have to go for accountability? that's what they said. they want to see some justice or accountability, so would they have to file civil lawsuits now? is that what would happen next? >> well, that is the avenue for remedies and accountability in the civil world. of course it doesn't feel -- i think it was inherent in the question, it doesn't feel like pure accountability to people. it feels like it could be a slap on the wrist to go in the civil world. but it can be quite powerful. the result may not be incarceration but it's a change of behavior, a change in conduct, being able to streamline and to have what is said on paper as the policy to match what is the law. he has addressed the idea of at least one person trying to seek damages. let me tell you, a more than 100-page report with 179
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different testifying witnesses, that goes a long way in the civil world to try to credit the claims of the person bringing it, to buttress their credibility and to have a road map for that litigation. >> alex, let's talk politics. everybody in the neighbors, literally neighboring governors are calling for cuomo to resign. are there any cracks indicating that it's more likely today than it was yesterday? >> well, victor, the statement that you alluded to, the neighboring governors calling on andrew cuomo to step down is truly extraordinary. not only because there tends to be a pretty collegial relationship between neighboring governors, even if they're of opposing parties, but because andrew cuomo's neighboring governors his entire time as governor, not only the ones listed on that statement yesterday, have known that he is a giant bully and that he's a tough guy to work with.
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they have had all kinds of complaints about him and the kind of shop that he runs. they have never said anything about it publicly to my recollection. so the fact that you have his neighboring state executives, again, this is a group that likes to see themselves, whether it's accurate or not, but likes to see themselves as above the nitty-gritty taking this step tells you that it has gotten way outside of governor cuomo's control. i would say on top of that, the fact that you have democratic members of the house from other states, you have minor constitutional officers, state treasurers in other states calling for andrew cuomo to step down. i don't know that that weighs meaningfully on events in the new york state assembly but it shows you how it has become a national issue in democratic politics. >> alex, ten seconds, will he survive this? >> i think it's extraordinarily unlikely that he will survive in any recognizable form. i'm not going to predict when or
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if he is removed from office, but if you talked to anybody in new york six months ago, they probably would have bet on him to win a fourth term. i don't know anybody that's saying that today. >> alex burns, laura coates, thank you both. >> thanks. mixed reaction to the new covid rules in new york city. what restaurant owners really think about policing their patrons vaccine status. at pnc bank, we believe in the power of the watch out. that's why we created low cash mode, the financial watch out that gives you the options and extra time needed to help you avoid an overdraft fee. it's one way we're making a difference. low cash mode on virtual wallet from pnc bank.
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another explosive revelation about what was happening at the justice department in the weeks after the 2020 election. abc news is reporting that high-ranking officials at the department of justice had to reject one of their own colleagues who wanted to push officials in georgia to investigate and perhaps invalidate president joe biden's victory in the state. cnn's justice department, jessica schneider is following this for us. so this was an effort by a trump loyalist at the doj. how far did it go? >> victor, it was swiftly stopped by these top two officials at the time at doj who we know actually had to repeatedly push back against calls for them to label the election as fraudulent. this latest revelation is coming from newly surfaced emails and a draft letter obtained by abc news. it shows how jeffrey clark, the top official in the doj civil division, wrote a letter dated
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december 28th, 2020, and it urged georgia's governor and the state lawmakers there to investigate these supposed voter irregularities. this letter was drafted one day after we know that then president trump pressured the top two officials at doj to say the election was corrupt. we know from previous reporting that trump had an ally in jeffrey clark. so clark wanted the acting attorney, jeffrey rosen and his deputy, richard donoghue to sign off on this letter and it falsely stated that doj found voting irregularities that impacted the election outcome in several states. what we're seeing in subsequent emails that accompanied this letter is how rosen and donoghue stopped this effort. they said there was no widespread election fraud. that's something the a.g. bill barr publicly stated and there was no basis for this letter drafted by jeffrey clark to be sent to georgia or any other
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state. donoghue put it in black and white and said this. there is no chance i would sign this letter or anything remotely like this. so the letter was never sent but it is part of a trove of evidence that lawmakers and likely the doj inspector general are sifting through to uncover the lengths that trump and his allies went to to push their claims of election fraud. this likely won't be the last we hear or last documents we get. doj has told trump officials that they can cooperate. we might get more documents that show how far the white house and trump went to put this pressure on and overturn the election. >> every single new episode we hear about is more chilling and there's no reason to believe there won't be more. jessica, thank you very much. let's bring back laura coates.
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she is back with us. so, laura, just what i just said, it is chilling to hear how president trump and his lackeys were trying to subvert democracy. and if it were not for men of conscience, you know, people, sane people of conscience who had to stop them, i don't know where we'd be right now. >> or people who simply read the law, right, alisyn, and also heard from the attorney general of the united states at the time, william barr, who said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud. you would think that of course because jeffrey clark is under in terms of the org chart, he'd fall under the attorney general of the united states, that he would have some information that, say, william barr did not have is quite astounding here. and you see this notion of just plant the seeds. we heard just last week former president trump making the statement that just say it was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the republican members.
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the idea of knowing full well about what the impact and the gravitas that's assigned to a president of the united states that could lead people, mislead people to believe that there was something wrong or unconscionable or corrupt about what was a free and fair election. and this is why it's so important that the department of justice, alisyn, has decided not to exert executive privilege with respect to its doj employees to say, listen, we would like you to have transpair anticipates and the opportunity to be unmuzzled to share what you learned, just how deep this may have run. a lot of this as we all know, the big lie and everything surrounding it, led to an attack on the citadel of our democracy. this removal of the muzzle through privilege is going to be extraordinarily important in getting to the bottom what might be a very long rabbit hole. >> you know, what's important is that they try to do in this letter that abc news obtained is now being codified in state law
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across the country. they want to invalidate the votes that they don't like and usurp the powers of those that have been entrusted to run the elections in localities and states. former president trump personal attorney now getting involved, filing to try to stop the personal tax returns being turned over to congress. what's the chance that the president and his attorneys will be able to stop that? >> well, you know, we remember how protracted it was in the past. only just recently has the manhattan d.a.'s office been able to obtain what people were trying to get when it was candidate donald trump coming down an escalator, let alone when he was president trump. this is all coming back to the idea that his lawyers are now asserting what they did before, but now he's a party, and not the executive branch that's going after or trying to defend against the requests from the house ways and means committee. they're saying look, this is a protracted political witch hunt. there's no rhyme or reason other
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than to embarrass the former president of the united states or to allow the irs through what he says is a protracted audit process to use the fact that the house wants to know about it to harm him or undermine the audit process. but what they're saying in congress here, victor, is the idea of, look, we have a role as legislators. we would like to know that the presidential auditor process is good, correct and sound. we need to know the last six or so years of this president, including other matters of his organization, to figure out if our legislative process is working. they're going to have to convince the judges of this very notion. i believe it's a political -- someone who was appointed by donald trump who will be looking at this matter in part. but to say we have a legislative purpose, it's been found before to be valid. but you have to worry about the notion of the political optics of all of this and what trump knows very well, the tag line, the slogans of partisan witch
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hunt can be very, very loud and deafening at times. >> we'll see what the judge decides. laura coates, thank you very much for helping us understand it. it looks like president trump and biden have some sway in local elections. we have the results of primary races in ohio that just put king maker status to the test. it takes a certain kind of person to change the world. my great-great-grandmother, my great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather was that kind of person. he looked after his community. she built an empire. he protected this nation. they lived their lives in extraordinary ways. with ancestry, i learned the story of peter vaughters... william lacy... madam c.j.walker. they are the heroes in my family. who are the heroes in yours?
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we're just getting this in to cnn. the new york auto show, one of the industry's premiere events
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set for later this month, has now been cancelled. organizers say they called it off because of the increase in covid cases driven by the delta variant in the area. they also cited increased measures announced by state and local officials to stop that spread. new york city business owners are now reacting to mayor bill de blasio's mandate that requires proof of vaccination for indoor activities, we're talking dining in restaurants, going to the theater or the gym. >> the mandate goes into effect august 16th and requires people to show proof that they have had at least one vaccine dose. we spoke to some local business owners about how they feel about this requirement. do they think this will help or hurt their businesses? >> reporter: well, it's a little split right now. here in new york city the expectation is that these businesses will have to check the requirements.
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we spoke to one live venue owner who says that he doesn't think this new requirement will convince people to get the vaccine. >> we were wrestling with it right from the get-go because the laissez-faire approach into working. so this week we would have made the decision anyhow, but i'm very happy that it's been made for us. >> i think it's much better. the fact that we can just point to somebody else and say hey, listen, don't get on our case. it's coming from high above. we have to comply, so there's not much we can do about it. it makes us feel much more comfortable in the act of rejecting somebody, which we don't want to do. >> reporter: now, matthew who you just heard from said he's probably going to have to hire an additional person just to check the vaccine status. he also says he probably thinks he'll lose some customers, people who have purchased tickets to live shows.
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he expects some to cancel because of this proof of vaccination requirement. >> it seems like they can now say that the mandate comes from someone else but they're still left to enforce it. do they feel like they're being turned into the vaccine police here? >> reporter: absolutely. that's sort of what we're hearing from the national restaurant association, warning that employees are now going to have to be the ones enforcing this. that restaurant owner that you heard from says they already check i.d.s so it's not much more work to check the vaccine cards. however, that owner of the live venue said that they are probably going to have to hire that additional person. it will probably be a security guard to both check the status, but also enforce the rules. victor, alisyn. >> okay. it is complicated certainly for business owners. vanessa, thank you very much. now to ohio where the votes are in for the state's contentious congressional special primaries. >> a key test of the democratic party's direction and president
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biden's agenda. progressive nina turner lost to establishment candidate shontel brown. trump's gop pick, mike carey, won his race. cnn chief national affairs correspondent jeff zeleny is with us now. big takeaways. what are you seeing from these races? >> the big takeaways are that president biden, his agenda was at the center of this race, the democratic one in cleveland. we saw shontel brown embracing it. she said, look, send me to washington to help advice president biden's agenda. nina turner who is a recognized face here, a former cnn commentator, a big supporter of bernie sanders, she supports the biden agenda but wanted to push the message in a much more progressive direction. it's a classic age-old fight we've been watching inside the democratic party. a moderate lane or progressive lane. the moderate won out. so there's no question with
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president biden in the white house, the top of the democratic party, there is a moderate sense that people just wanted to elect someone to work with him. an ally, not an antagonist, if you will. certainly it didn't settle the feud necessarily inside the democratic party but it sent the message that they wanted to send someone to work with him. on the republican side quickly it shows that president trump still has juice in the republican party among his base. so watch him to endorse more candidates, because he won last night. >> okay, let's get to the important stuff, partying. president obama is turning 60 today. and he had a big birthday bash planned on martha's vineyard. 400 of his closest friends. pearl jam was going to be performing live. but then he now -- >> pearl jam? >> yeah. >> okay. >> no likey? he announces that he's scaling back. but these were going to be for vaccinated guests, right? fully vaccinated guests. so why is everyone being
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punished if they're fully vaccinated? >> really it was a sense that the criticism from this party was growing in advance of it. usually the criticism comes after a party if things are too loud, you make apologies. this was growing day by day. a lot of criticism about should someone -- should a former president be having such a big party when this variant is spreading so much. so the obamas decided late yesterday, they announced it early this morning, that because of the spread of the delta variant, they thought they would scale it back to just closer friends and family members. we still don't know how big the party is going to be. i've talked to several people who are still going. it's certainly going to be a sizeable one but not the big party we were talking about. a lot of movie stars going. oprah winfrey was going, is no longer. steven spielberg. it was a very big list of people. there was a lot of criticism should he we doing this. so he took a leadership role and said i'm going to scale back my party trying to avoid criticism from creating a superspreader
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event but they're >> we just don't know how big a party. it is bad optics. >> it is bad optics, but at what point do you get the vaccine -- >> they thought so, too, or they wouldn't have changed their plans, right? >> optics i see. if people are vaccinated and you're getting people tested and it's outdoors, at what -- what else do you want people to do? >> i don't know. i don't know what the answer is. >> they're still having a party, just not 400 people. i think that's the thing. >> i think mostly i'm just jealous, actually, that i'm not going to a big party on martha's vineyard. >> jeff sevezeleny, thanks. frontier airlines is responding after members of its crew taped an unruly passenger to his seat. hear their new statement next. i'm so lucky to get him back. your heart isn't just yours. protect it with bayer aspirin. be sure to talk to your doctor
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well, after initially suspending a flight crew for duck taping an unruly passenger to his seat, frontier airlines says it supports these employees who took the extraordinary measures to retrain this man, who is accused of groping,
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punching, and verbally harassing the crew from philadelphia to miami. >> cnn aviation and transportation correspondent pete is here with more. this is one of the stories that is unbelievable. the video is even more bizarre. set the scene for us. >> reporter: flight attendants are calling this one of the ugliest incidents of unruly passengers yet. this happened on a frontier flight on saturday from philadelphia to miami. the video coming to light now, though. police say this passenger was on board, had a couple drinks, spilled a third drink on himself, went to the bathroom, and then reemerged shirtless, then groped two flight attendants. a third flight attendant was assigned to watch him, and then this happened. >> hey! chill, chill. >> chill out. >> this is where it starts to get interesting, though. one flight attendant is seen in the video taping the passenger to his seat. this is called restraint tape.
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it's in the kit that flight attendants have to deal with in-flight emergencies. frontier responded to this by initially suspending the flight attendants. that got pushback from flight attendant unions. now, frontier changed its tune, saying it supports the flight crew in the incident. it also supports the prosecution of 22-year-old maxwell berry of ohio. miami-dade police charged him with three counts of battery now. you know, you have to look at the big picture. 3,700 incidents of unruly passengers just this year alone according to the faa. another 100 incidents in the last week. of all of those more than 3,000 incidents, the agency initiated enforcement action in only 99 of those cases. flight attendants are pointing to this as an example of swift prosecution that they need as they're dealing with this uptick of unruly passengers. >> i mean, would these flight attendants -- what was the other choice, tackling him?
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