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and we were like wearing leather pants back then. >> maybe berman's wife was, too. >> as one does. >> sebastian bach, amazing. thank you so much. thank you for the message. we do want to note that you will be back on the road expected in late september to celebrate the 30th anniversary of skid row's second album, slave to the grind. in the meantime you can catch him on reruns of the gilmore girls. great to see you, sir. cnn's coverage continues right now. >> thank you. ♪ ♪ good morning. i'm erica hill. poppy and jim are off today. a major step, first step toward another historic win toward president biden's agenda. early this morning after 14 hour vote a ram a in the senate, they voted along party lines to approve a $3.5 trillion budget resolution. that framework means democrats can now begin the budget reconciliation process which ultimately allowed them to
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approve the plan with no republican votes in the senate and pass the president's economic package which would massively expand the social safety net and advance many democratic priorities. on issues ranging from health care, immigration to climate change. let's bring in cnn's manu raju on capitol hill. so, a late night, now here we are this morning. what happens next, manu? >> it gets even more complicated from here on out. even as hard it was to get first the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package done, which passed along bipartisan lines yesterday with 69 votes, 19 republicans crossed breaking ranks, now it moves to the house, the separate track, larger track you described. after passing the budget resolution which actually sets the stage for moving forward on that larger $3.5 trillion plan, they have to write the details and get all democrats online in line in the senate to get this through. all 50 democrats, even though there are serious divisions about what the proposal is and
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the price tag, right, a major warning sign this morning came from senator joe manchin, west virginia democrat, raising concerns about the price tag. he put out a statement saying, given the current state of the economic recovery, it is irresponsible to continue spending at levels more suited to respond to a great depression or great recession. not an economy on the verge of overheating. he said he has serious concerns with that price tag, echoing the concern of kirsten sinema who said she will not spend that much. many liberals in the house say they want to go that big or say they should go bigger. that is the challenge for nancy pelosi. after the house is expected to approve the senate budget blueprint on the week of august 23rd, they are going to have to write the details of the larger, put the right and left in line put those together and try to jamb it through the ho us and senate in september, potentially into account. getting all 50 democrats is going to be the challenge there just on the basis of that statement.
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and we'll see how they ultimately put 24 tothis togeth. see if biden can -- this test. >> manu raju, thank you. johning us john harwood and senior political analyst john avalon. so, yes, big road ahead as manu just laid out for us. john avalon, we can't ignore the historical significance here. how big of an accomplishment is this for president biden at this point in his first year? >> huge, and i think that's the way to think about this. what are the historical comps if any to this? i don't think any democratic president has had a more impactful first year legislatively since lbj. in terms of any president, i think you've got to go back to regan's first year where he was able to pass with bipartisan margins budget plan that changed the trajectory of american politics in fundamental ways. this is a huge win, not just for biden's promise he could make government work and cobble
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together bipartisan consensus. it's a huge deal, after republican killed a $50 billion infrastructure bill a decade ago. this broader budget, there are hurdles ahead. but there are going to be negotiations within the democratic conference. so in many ways the mostly difficult hurdle has been passed and it is a historic day for the biden administration and a vindication many ways of the president's vision that he could get things done again in washington despite all the diff divisions. >> in many ways the question for the president, john harwood, how does he harness that, right. how does he harness that bipartisan win when there has been a swift pivot when we saw this massive budget proposal on purely partisan lines? >> look, it's a huge challenge when you have the narrowest possible congressional majorities to manage both of these tracks at the same time. you've got 19 votes from senate republicans yesterday for the infrastructure bill. he got all 50 despite the
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reservations that joe manchin and kirsten sinema have expressed. he got all 50 to vote for that budget resolution which sets a $3.5 trillion outline. difficult negotiations ahead. he's got to deal with concerns about overheating and inflation that joe manchin expressed just this morning. the administration's out with letters expressing concern and trying to mobilize the government to do something about high gas prices. yesterday the economic team of the president sent a letter to lawmakers trying to make the argument that this package, both parts of this package would not be inflationary. so there are challenges. but when you step back and think of it as john avalon just indicated, for years and years we have been talking in this country about the need to upgrade america's physical infrastructure and to do something about inequality and the inability of the u.s. economy to deliver for many families, working class and poor families. and in these two bills, if he can get them on his desk and the
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odds look pretty decent at the moment, he would make very large steps toward dealing with both of those issues. >> a lot of this, correct me if i'm wrong, gentlemen, is going to come down to messaging. there is messaging from joe manchin that manu ran through. he has serious concerns, talked about the price tag john harwood talked about. leveraging the democratic message of, this is going to benefit you the american people in ways you haven't seen in decades, versus very real concerns, right, next to those benefits from republicans and some democrats. this is a massive, massive price tag. >> reporter: yeah. but i think, first of all, look, this is going to get done via some old-fashioned horse trading. politics is perception. that's just a reality. but the fact that this is going to be done in reconciliation, yes, everyone is going to have to give a little bit. ultimately it's going to come down to constituencies.
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joe manchin is concerned about the economy overheating. he also sees the opportunity for a lot of poor folks in west virginia who have been struggling who are now going to get internet broadband throughout the state, who are going to get some real incentives to make the daily lives of working folks much easier. so there will be common ground that will be fought. will it shrink, will it evolve? sure. this is where the politics come in. this is a moment frankly nancy pelosi probably has been waiting for to use all her parliamentary skills. but make no mistake, there are hurdles ahead, but this is a huge deal in terms of advancing a very different direction for government and it is a signature day for the biden administration, one for the history books. >> you know, there is the nancy pelosi argument in terms of, rather, harnessing everyone. john harwood, as we look at this, just based on this early statement, perhaps not unsurprising from joe manchin. can chuck schumer hold on to all 50 democrats? >> reporter: the signs so far suggest that he can. let's just look back at what's
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happened this year. he got all 50 behind that very large covid relief bill in march to enact that. that helped fuel some of the economic recovery and to some degree, some of the inflation that we're seeing now as well. you can watch what politicians say or what they do. joe manchin last night voted for that budget outline. so did kirsten sinema. the outline indicated lots of back and forth. the price tag will probably come down some. big challenge will be holding democrats behind the tax increases which are popular if you look at the polls, but it's difficult to get politicians to vote to raise taxes on wealthy people and corporations because they've got very strong lobbying apparatuses in washington. but if they can, in fact, hold the revenue part of this, then the price tag becomes a little bit less significant if it's not deficit spending. that's a challenge for schumer, it's a challenge for biden and for pelosi. so far they've passed the tests that have been in front of them.
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as students head back to the classroom, one doctor says
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reopening without masking is a formula for disaster. as another expert calls this, one of the most dangerous times of the pandemic for children. now, despite that, republican governors continuing to downplay the virus in some states. in texas and florida, leaders there battling to prohibit mask mandates. this as both states are asking for help and resources. hundreds of ventilators we've learned has been sent to florida. governor ron desantis said he had no idea the state needed them. >> i did not know about that, so i have not heard about that, so i have to check to see whether that's true or not. we have -- i mean, i would honestly doubt that that's true, but i'll look because we have a lot of stuff that we stockpiled over the last year and a half through the department of emergency management. i have not had any request across my desk. i have not been notified of that. >> cnn's amara walker is following all of this for us from fort lauderdale. what were you learning this morning, amara? >> reporter: hey there, erica.
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well, despite what governor ron desantis says, we know from the health administration official 200 ventilators were sent to florida earlier this week from the strategic national stockpile. and if you just look at the numbers and here are the anecdotes, what's happening here in florida is just really concerning. it is seeing one of the highest hospitalization rates in the country. we noah corresponding to the florida hospital association that nine out of ten i.c.u. beds are currently taken, and this was as of last friday, so perhaps those numbers may have gone up by now. we know that children's hospitals in the area are saying they are feeling overwhelmed. in fact, the c.e.o. of the children's hospital association that represents more than 220 hospitals around the country said that pediatric intensive care units are nearing or exceeding capacity. so with that in mind, the broward county school board voted yesterday to require masks in schools for everyone regardless of vaccination status. and i want you to listen to dr. -- excuse me, roselyn osgood
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who is chair of the school board. she said mask mandates are about protecting lives. >> i'm just not willing to risk or play resolution roulette with somebody's life, especially not a child, a 5-year-old, 4-year-old child that can't get vaccinated, come into a school, catches the coronavirus, goes home and infect the people in the house, the people on the bus, lord knows how many people we have impacted with this pandemic if we are irresponsible -- >> reporter: now, osgood also said in the interview to cnn she will not be bullied by governor ron desantis. she was referring to an announcement that he said that superintendents and school board members could risk losing their salaries if they do impose mask mandates. and a total of three school districts in florida have done so without giving parents the option to opt out. president biden yesterday
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announcing they are looking into whether or not he has the presidential authority to intervene in these states that have prohibited mask mandates. but lastly, erika, the concern is for health officials. they are saying, look, before school starts, what's going to happen when school is in session? erica? >> that is a good question. amara walker as always, appreciate it. joining me to talk about this, former cdc director robert boeser. good to have you with us. as amara pointed out, there is concern about what happens. much of the country back to school or about to be in the next week or two. i know you said you think this fall is going to be really challenging, and we could even see more schools be forced to close, maybe return to online learning. why? >> well, you know, erica, i think it will be challenging, and the reason for that is that the delta variant is so much more contagious than the strains
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that we've been faced with so far. and so i'm thrilled that kids are going to be back in school learning. i think that's the way to go. i think we can do that safely. but there will be cases that occur in schools, and some of the strategies that we used last year, of trying to contain spread in the school to a particular classroom, are going to be much harder with the strain that is so, so contagious. i think it's important to get parents' expectations in line with what we will likely see, and that's that schools will see some cases, they may have to shutdown briefly before they can reopen. so being able to think about your life in terms of work and the ability to have the flexibility to take care of kids who are in school for part of the time and needing to come home part of the time, that will be the reality this fall. >> that means adjusting your expectations in general, right? if you want your kids in school, here are the things we need to do. to that end we're seeing this push in some states to ban mask mandates. we saw broward county in
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florida, dallas, austin in texas as well. bucking the governor there, the governors in both states, saying we're going to require masks in schools. just put it in perspective for us. why would it be so important for kids and staff to be masked? schools? >> in order to get children back in school safely, schools are taking a layered approach. so, there's a lot of things that they're doing to try and keep children, staff and teachers safe. they are encouraging, in some cases requiring teachers and staff to be vaccinated. they are improving ventilation. they are separating children's he desks. some are doing testing protocols. but a key part of this is wearing masks because masks will help protect those people who are exposed to someone with covid. they'll protect staff who may have been vaccinated, but may have an immune problem so they don't have protection. and leaving it up to parental choice implies that it's only a
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decision around your own child's health, and it's not. it's a critical piece for the health of everyone in the school, everyone around your child. one of the things that gives me hope is that i have seen governors -- we are seeing governors in both parties who had said we are not going to put mask mandates in place, who have changed their mind. in arkansas and other states, in saying, you know what, the situation is different and i'm going to shed the leadership to change what i said before because it requires it right now. >> there is some back and forth, which i think we dealt with pretty early on in the pandemic, but it's come back at this point as masks are coming back in many ways. what works as a mask? does a two-ply cloth mask still work at preventing the delta variant? >> yeah, you know, i would encourage people to go back to the cdc website, look at what they're saying there around masks, how to wear a mask properly, what the material should be made of. you know, while this is more
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contagious and we are going to see continued spread through our community, the same rules should apply. the virus hasn't changed significantly in that respect, but many of the things that we thought we could do before in terms of not wearing masks indoors, in particular in crowded places, we can't do. and a lot of that is because the vaccine coverage rate around the country is not as high as we'd like it to be, and in many places it's very patchy. so you can have a state with an overall high vaccine rate, but in particular communities it's low. and so you have to be aware of that. >> i will say i was looking at the cdc mask guidance. it was last updated in may. they are sticking with a two-ply cloth mask is effective if worn properly, as you point out. now, that guidance is on the website. there is a new poll from the kaiser family foundation as we are talking about kids and masks and vaccines with fines. a majority of parents want
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unvaccinated kids to mask up at school. in the same poll, parents of kids 5 to 17 years of age don't want kids vaccinated. i would say there is an issue once there is fda approve. >> i think it will become more of an issue. i would encourage parents to talk to a provider they trust. i'm a pediatrician. i have these conversations. it's really important you get yours questions answered. as i look at the data and i look at the information, i am convinced that these vaccines are incredibly safe, incredibly effective, and that the best way to protect everyone is to increase the vaccine coverage rate. i encourage my patients who are 12 and older to get vaccinated. the issue in terms of mandates is one that will be fought out across the country. that is something that is decided on a state-by-state basis. the cdc can make recommendations, but it is
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really something that is left to the states to determine in terms of vaccine mandates. >> doctor richard besser, always good to have you. thank you. >> thank you so much. speaking of masks, kentucky senator rand paul has been kicked off youtube after posting to encourage people to ignore public health guidance claiming that cloth face masks don't work to prevent the spread of covid-19. cnn's donie o'sullivan joining us with more. how is youtube explaining the suspension? >> reporter: erica, this is a remarkable decision from youtube to shutdown the account for seven days of a sitting u.s. senator. paul posted videos about telling people not to wear masks, essentially to go against public health guidance. and here is what youtube said. they said the videos resulted in a first strike on the channel which means it can't up load content for a week per long strand standing three strikes policies. we apply policies consistently across the platform regardless
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of speaker or political views. we have counter veiling views from local health authorities. youtube pointing to one particular part of the video that claimed in paul's videos say most of the masks you get over the counter don't work. they don't prevent infection. of course, this is all confusing for people who are online who are seeing one piece of guidance from the cdc and hearing something else from elected representatives. paul, for his part, pushing back last night on twitter, a platform he is still able to access, saying that it was a badge of honor to get this suspension from youtube. and finally, erica, a reminder here, this is not the only member of congress who has run afoul of social media rules this week. marjorie taylor greene has a seven-day suspension from twitter for tweeting that the vaccines are failing. she has consistently posted a lot of anti-vaccine messages on her twitter and she now is facing a -- now is in the middle
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of a seven-day suspension. one thing i would say in both paul and marjorie taylor greene's cases, these, both youtube and twitter work with strike systems. if they continue to break, run afoul of the social media platform rules, they could suffer the same fate on social media as donald trump, who is, of course, been kicked off all major platforms. >> donie o'sullivan with the latest for us. donie, thank you. later testimony from the former doj official could provide new insights into president trump's attempts to overturn the election. we'll tell you about that. plus, we're just moments away from the opening bell. futures up. this comes after the release of a key inflation report which shows that prices increased last month. on tuesday, the dow and the s&p 500 climbed to fresh all-time highs. we're going to keep an eye on those markets for you. stay with us.
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jessica, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. the testimony will take place virtually behind closed doors, but it will take place today. what it will reveal is his abrupt resignation on january 4, it is still shrouded in mystery. in fact, i have been in touch with him. he laz r has declined comment. we only know a few details that happened to possibly prompt his departure. he resigned january 4, a key weekend, where president trump considered overhauling top d.o.j. officials because they refused to buy into the claims of false voter fraud. then "the new york times" reported the night before pak's resignation, the deputy attorney ric richard donohue talked to him on the phone and said the white house was upset about his failure to bring voter fraud
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charges. the phone call between former president trump and georgia secretary of state where trump pleaded for officials there to find him the votes. >> the people of the country are angry and there is nothing wrong with saying that, you know, uh, that you've recalculated. all i want to do is this. i just want to find, uh, 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state. >> so, pak's resignation taking place two days after that phone call. today the senate judiciary committee should get more insight into any direct pressure that pak faced when he goes behind closed doors today in that virtual testimony, erica. >> oh, to be a fly on the wall in that closed door testimony. the senate judiciary chair is saying he wants to interview trump's former chief of staff mark meadows about the pressure the d.o.j. faced to overturn
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biden's victory. so what more do we know about that request, potential request? >> reporter: there is a big question, erica, about what white house officials, other than trump were instrumental in pushing the d.o.j. to push the false claims of fraud. the chair of the senate wants to talk to mark meadows. it is unclear if he will testify or if they will have to get bipartisan buy-in for a subpoena. we learned meadows helped push those false theories. we've seen five emails from meadows in late december, early january where he asked the acting d.o.j. to look into fraud in georgia and new mexico. meadows even asked d.o.j. to investigate what was a far flung conspiracy theory that people in italy had used military technology and satellites to remotely switch votes for trump -- for trump to biden. and we know that rosen declined to set up a meeting between the fbi and a man who is promoting those italy conspiracy theories.
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so, erica, there is a lot of question about mark meadows, any role that he played -- any more role, anyway, that he played in pushing these false claims. erica? >> jessica snyder, appreciate it. thank you. this morning, civil arrest warrants for 52 texas house democrats will be delivered to the sergeant at arms. the lawmakers left the state last month to block the passage of restrictive voting bills. yesterday the texas supreme court avoided a lower court's order that prevented the house from arresting those democrats. cnn's diane gallagher joining me live. diane, what's the latest with this back and forth? >> reporter: erica, as one democrat told me, this is uncharted territory. what we know is this morning those 52 civil arrest warrants signed by the texas house speaker will be delivered to the sergeant at arms to serve. what happens after that, that's still unclear. all of this unfolded last night just hours after that texas supreme court, which is all
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controlled by republicans, overturned a democratic district court judge's ruling that would have made it -- it would have blocked them from being able to arrest or serve these warrants on those members. now, this is not the first time that the republican members of the house have voted to send law enforcement after their democratic colleagues in an effort to force them to come to the house so they can have quorum and do legislative business. they did the same thing in july. the difference here is that those warrants are only -- they only have jurisdiction within the state of texas. last month, all of those democrats were in washington, d.c., or at least out of the state. right now several of them have returned to the lone star state, many of them under the belief that they were going to be protected by that temporary restraining order. now, there are still roughly two dozen or so that are in washington, d.c. trying to lobby congressional members to pass federal voting rights protections. but those that are in the state of texas now are at risk for arrest. i do want to be clear, these are
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civil arrest warrants. no one is going to be taken to jail. but democrats say they're not sure how this will unfold, erica, whether or not law enforcement can come to their homes, grab them in public with their children and drag them to the capital to try to force them to pass legislation or at least participate in the passage of this legislation. >> wow, all right. diane gallagher with the latest. we'll continue to follow that out of texas. here in new york, lieutenant governor kathy hochul set to hold her first press conference today. what will she be inheriting when she takes over from governor cuomo when she takes over in two weeks? that's ahead. i'm not hungry! you're having one more bite! no! one more bite! ♪
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for trusted relief, trust tylenol®. the woman to become the first female governor of new york will address the media later today. the current lieutenant governor kathy hochul, will take over when governor cuomo officially resigns. he made that announcement yesterday in the wake of the state attorney general's report the fact that he sexually assaulted multiple women. cnn's paul is in new york. what can we expect today? >> reporter: we will hear from kathy hochul as she has the event and speaks to reporters. we wait in anticipation what she says, and priority items once he she begins her administration in about 13 days in light of governor cuomo's resignation. in terms of what's happening to this point, this catching many
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people here in albany by surprise. but we do know that she had been preparing to take over when -- as those calls began to grow louder and louder for governor cuomo to step down. sources have told cnn that she has previously taken meetings not just with lawmakers, but with several advocacy groups. she's been in contact with during -- as lieutenant governor. also sources are telling us she has already assembled a political team and that could suggest that she will likely actually run for a full term after she finishes up governor cuomo's term here in terms of what the long term democrat is going to say, there is a lot of anticipation here as she does obviously inherit, including the state's covid response as well. so as we wait to see and hear exactly what she will be tackling, that's one of the things we're going to be monitoring here, while lawmakers in albany announced they will continue to pursue the possibility of impeachment, that is something they're going to try to answer later today. back to you. >> paolo sandoval live from
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albany for us. thank you. for a closer look at the lieutenant governor, soon to be governor of new york, let's bring in the erie county democratic committee who worked with hochul a decade. you were friends. you were chatting during the break a little bit. you spoke with kathy hochul, friend to friend, not talking business. give us a sense, where is she at right now, how is she feeling with all of these changes in the last, less than 24 hours? >> well, thanks for having me, erica. i can tell you that kathy is in great shape, ready to go laser focused on moving the state forward. she is prepared to be the governor in two weeks, and, you know, we just spoke some pleasantries because she is a good friend of myself and the organization here in erie county. >> a good friend, but you've also known and worked with her for sometime over the years. give us a sense, what is she like as a leader? >> well, the word i use to
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describe her is tenacious. kathy has been to every county across the state. she understands the people of new york because she was born and raised as a regular new yorker, and she knows the state, the urban, the rural and the suburban communities here because she's gone to visit people. she's won difficult races across western new york here by going out and meeting people where they are and understanding their challenges. that's why she's built strong coalitions with labor, the labor community and communities just across the state of new york. >> you know, early reporting last week in the wake of this report, she made a brief statement initially and said she couldn't say much more because if something changed, obviously she would need to step in and take on the role of governor. but we did have, as paolo just mentioned, reporting she has been preparing in the event that this happened. she served side by side with governor cuomo since 2015, but it's my understanding she wasn't really part of that tight-knit inner circle of governor cuomo's. so based on that, do you think
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that is -- i mean, how does that impact her, i guess, is the question moving forward, not being part of that inner circle over the last several years? >> well, i think you're going to see a very different style of governing. kathy is a down to earth person, but she is a get the job done type of person. she is going to be cooperative with the legislature to move the state forward. she has been very involved in state government over the last 12 months with covid, leading the charge here in western new york to help us with the vaccine and get people mobilized. so you're going to see a different kind of governing from kathy once she takes over as governor to keep us moving forward. a different kind of relationship and a different kind -- a different way of getting things done. >> we have some reporting she's potentially putting together a team, looking ahead to 2022. she hasn't been sworn in yet, got a couple weeks before that happens. is she getting ahead of herself? >> well, you know, as i said, kathy is prepared and she's tenacious. so she was prepared to run for
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reelection as lieutenant governor next year. so she's built a strong fund-raising network. she's got a lot of money in the bank. she is prepared to be the governor, but i think you're going to see her, what we are going to see what we know in western new york is she can get the job done as governor, but i believe she will run for election as governor next year as well. >> i don't have to tell you, this is a big job, but really quickly, what do you think her biggest challenge is coming in? >> well, she has to build that relationship with the legislature to keep the state moving forward with its response to covid. she has been on the ground across the state dealing with that, but she's going to have to now take the reigns and develop a staff and the staff is going to have to work with commissioners to help keep the state going forward and get the legislature to continue acting on behalf of the people of new york. >> jeremy, thank you for sharing your insights with us this morning. >> thank you, erica. breaking overnight, the taliban claiming it's now captured yet another key city in
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new this morning, the taliban claiming control over its niejt provincial capital in afghanistan in less than a week. now sources telling cnn of officials are concerned kabul could fall much sooner than expected, prompting discussions about evacuating staff at the u.s. embassy, all of this as president biden says he has no regrets withdrawing troops from
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afghanistan. clarissa ward is live in afghanistan. what more can you tell us this morning? >> erica, there's no question here the situation is unraveling quicker than anyone could have expected. you mentioned nine provincial capitals, that's more than a quarter of the provincial capitals in less than a week. there are many more under imminent threat. we have spent time in kandahar, in the city of goz any. both of those cities completely surrounded by the taliban, and no clear sense yet of how afghan forces can try to turn this around. we saw president ashraf ghani yesterday on twitter come out and urge ordinary people to pick up arms and join popular up ping uppings, they're hoping the warlords, particularly in the north of the country, can try to help reverse some of the taliban's gains. given that five of those provincial capitals are in the
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north of the country where the northern alliance, the warlords are based, there's not a lot of optimism on the ground that the situation can be reversed. there's a huge amount of desperation, of fear, and a very grim reality setting in. >> you can only imagine, especially if you look at the map and see how it's closing in around kabul. there has been a push to help the thousands of afghans who worked with the u.s. we know thousands have arrived in the u.s. under the special immigrant visa. do we know more about the status of this program? >> reporter: here is what i would say. the u.s. is trying to do everything it can to make sure all the people that worked with the u.s. military and government on the ground here are able to get to the u.s. but we spoke to someone who was working with us just a couple days ago. he's desperate to get out of the country. he worked with the u.s. military
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in kandahar for many years, and he doesn't see a prospect for being able to leave the country at this stage and time it's very complex. i don't want to get into the details of it. you have to leave the country before you can properly apply, and it can take years sometimes to go through all the clearance that's needed before you finally get your entry, if you like, to the united states. so it's complex, and a lot of people very much hoping they can be a part of this program, but it's difficult to expedite it because there is a lot of bureaucracy and there are very real security concerns. >> clarissa ward with the latest for us, thank you. two big wins for president biden. the senate advancing the infrastructure package and budget resolution. so what does this mean for the overall biden agenda? that's next. ♪
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♪ ♪ good morning. i'm erica hill. poppy and jim are off today. breaking overnight, a signature win for president biden's economic agenda. already one democratic senator signaling the work is far from over. hours after democrats passed a major hurdle in the senate, they voted along party lines on the $3.5 trillion plan. already this morning we're hearing pushback from moderate democratic senator joe manchin about the price of the plan. let's get straight to cnn's manu raju on capitol hill. senator manchin did vote to pass
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that $3.5 trillion budget resolution, but -- and now the be -- he's raising serious concerns, in his words, about this price tag. >> reporter: right. this is a two-step process to get this massive proposal, sweeping proposal, $3.5 trillion to deal with everything from health care to climate change to immigration, expanding the -- raising taxes on high-income earners as well as corporations to pay for this massive social program. this is a two-step process. the first step happened last night where they approved the budget resolution. that's non-binding. it must pass the senate and the house before they can move on the binding $3.5 trillion legislation. that is what manchin is raising concerns about. he said the binding bill, the big bill needs to be paerd back. all 50 senate democrats need to hold hands and vote yes. it can't be filibustered under


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