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powering possibilities. top of the new hour. thanks for staying with us. >> president biden is in louisiana right now meeting with
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local leaders and getting ready to see the devastation from hurricane ida. the hurricane hit on sunday but its impact will affect communities from the gulf coast all the way up to the northeast for months to come. the death toll is now up to 61 people. most of them in northeast where the remnants triggered flooding and ten tornadoes. the flood waters are only now beginning to recede in the northeast. in the bayou, 850,000 customers are still without power. no relief from the relentless heat that still on the way. the heat insddices say they cou reach 105 today. >> the plan is for the president to tour a neighborhood there and others. >> reporter: we think it might be general area where we are
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this amp in the city that is west of new orleans. the brunt of hurricane ida came through here sunday night. you see the extensive damage. we're just a few blocks off the main road that cuts through town here where there are still down power lines as far as you can see. in fact, the parish president here in louisiana has really kind of stepped up the rhetoric about exactly how long it's going to take to rebuild everything here and really kind of trying to get people braced for how long it's going to take the president was saying yesterday that the extensive damage to the electrical system here in the city was touched vir kmully everything and because of that, it's going to take a considerable amount of time to get the power back on. this is blocks and blocks as you walk this way into this neighborhood. this is the area where there were houses with anywhere from two to eight feet of water inside. we have seen residents over the better part of the last couple
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of days really starting to clean up process, cleaning out their belongings and doing all of this with very little respite from the heat that is becoming brutal with every passing day. it feels like one day from next is getting hotter and hotter down here. this is what residents here are bracing for and the president about goat a tour of all of this. not just here but some more other surrounding communities as well. >> all right. ed, thank you very much. fema has approved d temporary housing program for people that need a place to go. it will allow fema to provide disaster relief as well. >> i was where ed was just
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reporting from. hering from parish president about what it is that st. john will need to recover. what we're focused on is making sure we have a good flow of supply and commodities like food and water into the affected areas so we can support the points of distribution where folks can get relief. we have seen louisiana open 39 of those across the affected area. we expect that number to climb in the days ahead and we're prepared so sustain that mission while entergy works to get the lights back on. >> our reporters have been bringing the stories of people who say that flow is not reaching them. they are waiting this line for hours for food, for water, for ice and not from fema. waiting for gas as well. i want you to listen to some of the people who are asking where are you. >> nothing. you don't see a fema truck come
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down here. we thought y'all was fema. sometimes they should be out. what we had to do, get ten feet of water to get help. >> i got to sleep in the car. my kids are hot. we hungry. we going to die in here. where is fema? where is the red cross? we need help now. >> the help is not reaching them. those are two of several. what do you say to those women, to those families that aren't seeing your trucks drop anything off? >> it's no question it's an extremely challenging situation with the persistent power outages that affect whether stores can reopen. we are starting to see some grocery stores that are reopening either op gen generat power or reattached to the grid. yesterday was 27 points of distribution. today it's 39.
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we expect it will be upwards of 50. we're just going to keep pushing. we're going to keep pushing to get resources to those no need. we already provided more than $120 million in assistance to affected individuals across louisiana. that number climbs by the hour and one of the things that we're able to provide is hotel rooms to folks who have been displaced from their homes and we're going to continue to provide that assistance as rapidly as we can to louisianans throughout the affected area. >> david, one of those astonishing things about l hurricane ida was the swath of the country it hit. cars are still strewn on the sides of major highways because people were caught in the flood waters from all of the rain. do you have the resources to provide that many states help? >> yeah, within hours of the flash flooding in new jersey and
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new york, we begun deploying emergency personnel and assistance teams to albany and to trenton to coordinate with our state partners. we deployed our search and rescue teams to support additional rescue missions under way from the flash flooding. what we saw is pretty extraordinary. i think it's a really important reminder to all of us especially if ida didn't affect you. imagine if it did. get yourself and your family ready now because government is going to be certainly part of the solution but the steps that we take to get our families ready, to have our go kits ready, to have a plan to take care of ourselves for a few days when disaster strikes us. it's really important. we encourage folks to visit download the fema app. you get flash flood warnings and alerts. we saw how critical those were
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to saving lives throughout the affected area from the flash floods that were so devastating. >> and get the app. thank you very much. we appreciate the updates. in pennsylvania, flooding has paralyzed parts of that state. a major expressway is still closed because of high water. four people were killed in that state and crews have rescued thousands of people. cnn is live in fort washington, pennsylvania. what are you seeing there? >> reporter: the toll here in montgomery county to the northwest of philadelphia is really unimaginable. the county officials tell us 467 calls for water rescues on wednesday night alone. the previous record only 150. 310 people 3100 people without power. not the mention the ef-2 tornado
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that came barrelling through. this was the roof of the township building behind me. it was peeled off like a tuna can. it peeled the roof off the pool at the school there. one of the dumpsters has completely disappeared. the fire chief tells me they have about four minutes warning for all of this and now the landscape of the town has changed forever. >> as for the damage, i think the hardest part for me going through this is seeing the neighborhood that i grew up in just completely changed. the landscape of our community is completely different. it's hard the deal with. >> you mentioned the vine street expressway, that's a vital thoroughfare for philadelphia and remains closed opinion they are doing this massive pumping operation to try to get the water there into the river and clear that road. the big issue now will be the debris that is left on the
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bottom and then expecting the roadbed before the road can be reopened again. another rush hour on the way here. it's going to be a big problem in philadelphia and there are many big problems region wide. >> all right. pete, thank you very much. ida's powerful winds and massive destruction path is urging us to examine how climate change is fueling the super storms and fears this could be a preview of more extreme weather to come. jay insley is the governor of washington. you had been a climate change governor. ran as the climate change president candidate in 2020. have we passed the point of no return? all of the slow, stop, recycle, reuse, reimagine urging is that too late now for us to stop this trend? >> no. we know the pain and the agony people are suffering today. we feel that from the hurricanes
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in louisiana to the flooding in new york, to fires in california and in my state. we feel that. that can lead to some sense of despa despair. we have to rally ourselves can confidence, hope and optimism that we can stop the onslaught of the fires and floods by adopting clean energy economy that we have the capability of building. thoong goodness we have the means of stopping this horrendous beast that is swallowing every community in the state of washington and the united states. that means cleaner cars, cleaner electrical grid. we have these things at our disposal. at this moment when we're feeling our pain for the folks who are in such heat and agony right now, we only couple this with a sense of determination and resolution and hope that we can stop this beast from
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swallowing us whole. we will suffer some of the pain of our past failure to act. there's no question about that. this should not deter us from passing the reconciliation bill now in congress so we can have a clean electrical grid to get on do top of this monster. >> you're one of ten governors who say not only the reconciliation bill but the bipartisan infrastructure bill as well. they both have to be passed. they're vital to stopping what we have seen. joe manchin said we need to put a pause on rushing that amount of money through to handle many other things but also some of the initiatives you're talking about. >> i would ask him, does he think the flood waters coming down to the subway system of new york somehow would be e abittedy
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the senate deciding to take a pause or the fires threatening my friends home as we speak in california and washington state. we don't have time. this is our last chance. i think that the senate needs to act. i believe will because the nation now understands there is no neighborhood, there is no family that is not threatened by this looming disaster and in some sense anywhere in the united states. we're hopeful that the senate will move with this relative to their normal operation because we don't have any other choice. mother nature will not give us a pass or get out of jail card or a delay. you cannot over state the urgency of this moment. it is our last chance, it is the
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moment where we're aligned, democratic majorities in the house and senate. we have a president who expressed very realistic vision to put millions to work. this is one of those magic moments where the urgency of the situation is matched by the ability to move the ball. i'm hopeful all senator will bear down here. >> let me ask you one new thing. there's this new epa analysis out that shows that black people in this country are 40% more likely where extreme temperatures will cause more death. latin x americans will lose more work than white counter parties a -- counterparts and native americans are likely to succomb to flood. where the investment of the benefits of this new climate strategy are invested. tell me where and why.
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>> we need the realize the inequities for exactly the reasons that you have put out. there's no secret that the people who are swallowing most of the pollution on a per capita basis or people with low income living next to the toxic waste. they have a vastly disproportionate death rate because of air pollution caused not just climate change but the particulate matter coming from smokestacks and tail pipes. it's only stands to reason we would vector in a great inteintense effort to protect these people. we have done this in our state. the proposal to do that but are now pending in the senate. this is the right thing to do
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and it's the fair thing to do and the necessary thing to do. we need the senate to act. >> all right. governor of washington, thank you, sir. >> be well. we will continue to follow the latest from president biden's visit to louisiana. nearly a million customers are facing day five without power. a complex challenge for democrats. what can they do at a federal level, if anything, to counter act texas's new abortion law? when subway® opened they changed the fast food game. but sometimes you gotta refresh be fresh. welcome to the eat fresh refresh. refresh where there is so much new, some say that it can't fit in one ad. i say...
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today president biden spoke out about the restrictive abortion law in texas that outlaws all abortions. he went after the sue thy neighborhood feature. it allows anyone in the u.s. to sue a woman who helps abortion. even her friend, even an uber driver. >> the most pthing about the texas law, it creates a vigilante system. it seems, almost un-american. i must tell you, i'm not certain. i was told there's a possibility within the existing law to have the justice department look and see whether there are things that can be done that can limit the independent action of
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individuals enforcing a state law. >> after the supreme court dpdpal -- failed to intervene. congresswoman said terminating my pregnancy was not an easy choice but it was my choice and that is what we must preserve for every pregnant person throughout texas and across america. she joins me now. great to see you. as always and i do want to get to your very personal story you shared in a moment. first, let's talk about what president biden said. he thinks the justice department might be able to do something about this draconian law. do you know what he's talking about since he didn't sound quite sure of what the justice department could do. >> >> it's great to be with you. i think they are looking for every possible avenue. i don't think they have determined exactly what that avenue is, but criminalizing people who assist somebody who is trying to get an abortion
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makes no sense at all and i think they are looking at the boundaries around what can happen there. you might remember, almost ten years ago, there was an attempt to do the same with criminalizing people who helped undocumented immigrants in this country. the catholic church rose up against that and so did many, many people. there was nation wide movement against that. i don't think that this is something that can stand but we have to look at the judicial ways or not the judicial ways but administrative ways in which that can be challenged. at the same time, congress has to immediately act to codify a pregnant person's right to make choices and to have an abortion. that is what the women's health protection act is, which i'm a very proud original co-sponsor of and the speaker said we'll vote on in the house. >> i do want to ask you about that. if you can't get relief from the supreme court and there's a slew
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of states that are passing restrictive bills. texas is the most, as we have said, draconian one. it's happening in a lot of places. i know you're saying it's time for congress to act but in terms of the women's protection act, what makes you think there's an appetite in this divided congress to protect doctors and women on this? >> i believe we're going to pass it through the house but the challenge is always the senate and the filibuster and i just have to say, women make up over half of our country and one in four women across the united states has had an abortion. this is not something that is a distant issue. it crosses all party ideological lines. independents, republicans and democrats support having safe and legal abortions available to pregnant people. this is critically important. it's not like when in texas abortions are suddenly going to stop. what's going to happen is they will continue but there l be
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unsafe. they will bleed to death and women of color and poor women will be most affected. it's the urgency and we'll have to get the senate to understand that keeping in place this filibuster with no reforms and affecting constitutional protections for women and voting rights, which is manager we have been talk about for a long time is not acceptable anymore. >> reinstructive abortion laws don't cut down on unwanted pregnancies. where does that leave women in texas and beyond? i want to get to your personal story for a moment. you ended up having to terminate or deciding to term ninate a pregnancy. you personify the complicated reasons that go into a family and a woman's decision. the idea that, particularly in
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texas, where they made such a point of helping the government interfere in our health choices in terms of mask wearing but for 50% of the population, sure go ahead and interfere with their family decisions. >> this is so -- it's personal to me. it's personal to millions of women across the country. i have never talked about my abortion prior to a couple of years ago. the only reason i did was because the prestrestrictive la were starting to come up. whatever choice we make, we are the only ones that have to live with the consequences of that decision and it does not affect anybody outside of me and my loved ones, my family, the people i choose to bring into that decision. whooil it was hard for me, it may not be a difficult choice for every single pregnant person. it is their choice.
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they have to live with the consequences. yes, we are not going to stop abortions from happening. that is not going to happen. what's going to happen is back room abortions with dangerous, dangerous conconsequences, including dets -- death for millions of people. that cannot happen. we fought for this for so long. we thought we were making progress and now the supreme court's action or inaction is absolutely unacceptable but it puts the pressure back on congress. we can't shy away from this anymore. we need to pass this. the senate needs the pass this and we need to protect this right for pregnant people across the country. >> congresswoman, thank you for the candid conversation. >> thank you. could the public finally see secret documents related to the investigation of the 9/11 attacks? we'll tell you about president biden's new executive order and what could be declassified,
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president biden signed an executive order to conduct a declassification review of documents related to the 9/11 terror attacks. >> phil, what's the time line for declassifying those?
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>> reporter: there's a rolling timeline. it's interesting when you dig in. there's very specific reviews that the president is requesting tied to specific investigations that have long been classified and controversial with the family of victims and first responders from the september 11th attacks. that's at the crux of what you're seeing. the president laying out this executive order that requires over the course of next six months, classification review, declassification and release of a series of documents that have long been an issue related to the role of the saudi arabian government in the september 11th attacks.
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more than 1800 family members saying president biden would not be welcomed at any 9/11 commemorations if he did not deliver on that campaign promise. the president in a statement saying he is delivering on that promise saying my heart continues to be with the 9/11 family who is are suffering and my administration will continue to engage respectfully with members of this community. i welcome their voices and insight as we chart a way forward. guys. >> okay. thank you. the u.s. women's soccer team, as you probably know, have been fighting for equal pay and that is at the center of the new c cnn film "lfg." we'll talk about their reaction, next.
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called "lfg." it looks at the women's u.s. national soccer team and their fight for equal pay and equitiable working conditions. here is a preview. >> how are you? >> i watch you. >> like probably every woman, every woman is watching this. >> one, two, three. >> amazing. >> to see like it go through all generations is kind of incredible. you can -- and to see the different emotion and the different ages. it's really cool. little kids saying it to me. maybe i'll get it like one or two years of my career. hopefully. really it's going to be like for all these little kids that are coming up now.
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>> that's what we're fighting for. we're fighting for that change and people have stopped me in my tracks to say thank you, and that's because of this fight. she's a member of the world cup women's soccer team. great to see you. >> thanks for having me. >> let's talk about the film. i know the soccer fed ration has taken issue with the film. you say your side is not properly represented in it. film makers did reach out to include your side. now having read through all the documents, i think you have a compelling case to make. why didn't usf agree to be interviewed? >> well, i haven't seen the film. from what i've read it seems
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that the movie was going to be very one sided. the film makers reached out to us in the last second of their film making to try to include u.s. soccer. at that time, it didn't seem like they wanted to present a balanced approach. >> as i understand it, they gave you, i don't know, two or three weeks, which in my world is an eternity. i understand your side felt rushed. i'm happy to give you that opportunity now. what points do you wish had been included in film? >> i think the film misses the point on a lot of things. i think it confuses the professional league with u.s. soccer. let's not beat around the bush. our women's national team players are awesome. they are incredible. they are household names with influence that extend well beyond soccer. they are tremendous advocates for gender equity, social justice and have done a lot to elevate the public conversation
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and our national consciousness and my consciousness about these critical issues in ways that i never saw coming when i was a player. i want to look forward. how do we solve this? there's been mistakes in the past. >> a federal judge in 2020 agreed that the women did not have case. they had agreed to a different pay structure than the men's team. the women say they get lower bonuses than the men though they win more. how is that fair? >> the women have a guaranteed
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salary that the men don't have. the men are pay to play. super high risk. they do get higher bow nuses if they win. the women chose more stability. the bonuses in the past have been higher for the men than the women because the men don't get that guaranteed pay of $100,000 a year. >> one of the women's biggest beef seem to be with fifa that does pay women much less than men. they awarded the men's team from france $38 million. a year later, they gave the winning u.s. women's team, $4 million. a fraction of what the men got. i know that you say the u.s. soccer federation does not have any control over fifa, but can't you apply some pressure on fifa
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to be more fair to the women? >> yeah. you hit on the main issue that we face, the main challenge is this massive discrepancies in fifa for prize money. while they have made impactful investments in women, the discrepancy in the prize money remains stark. fifa awards more money to the men's team for qualifying for the world cup than the women's team get for wiping. we continue to have talks with fifa. i talked to the president, vice president to try to push our game forward. for me, it's not just about the prize money pu it's total i vestment in the women's game. investment in teams that qualify that maybe aren't winning the tournament because we're seeing the same teams over and over. we need more investment.
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>> yeah. >> absolutely. i think that everybody agrees on that. you're so interesting because you lived through all this. you were a professional soccer player from 1996 to 2004 and part of that epic 1999 women's world cup championship that was watched around the world. can you relate to these current players frustrations? were you frustrated back then about how little you made compared to the men? >> i can absolutely relate. as a former player, i've now been on both side offense the bargaining table. let's be frank, neither side is much fun. many of the issues the women team raise are experiences i lived through myself when i was playing but i hope every one knows i've said it many times but i'm 100 -- u.s. soccer is 100% committed to equal pay. the players will acknowledge that u.s. soccer has played a
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huge role in getting it to where it is today. i see my job as koptsing to build on that success and continuing to grow the game here in the u.s. as well as globally and work towards equalizing the world cup prize money. we offered the women equal bonus pay for games now and now the big sticking issue is the difference in fifa world cup prize money. >> well, we really appreciate you coming on and sharing your side. thank you very much for your time. >> thank you so much. >> you can hear for from the players side. they say they are fighting for equal pay and women's rights in film "lfg." monday night at 9:00. we have breaking news and update on the impact of ida hitting the northeast. we learned the death toll has reached 50. these deaths are across maryland, new york, new jersey,
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connecticut, pennsylvania. we'll have a live report after the break.
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breaking news. we have an update on ida's impact in the northeast. we've just learned that the death toll has reached 50 people. >> cnn's pete muntean is live in fort washington. pete, give us the latest. >> reporter: victor, the death toll really unimaginable and it just keeps going up. 25 people dead in new york, 18 in new jersey. among two of the latest in westchester county, new york. here in pennsylvania, four people have died.
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in montgomery county where we are, three people. one woman was killed here when a tree fell on her house. we've been talking a lot about the floodwaters lately and how powerful they have been. but you know there were eight tornados associated with this storm. one of them came barrelling through fort washington here. that's the township building behind me. this was the roof peeled off like a tuna can. the tornado that continued barrelling for the high school, that's where the roof of the pool was ripped off. and they had a few dumpsters there. one of those dumpsters has completely disappeared. they have no idea where it went. i also just got a bit of an update from the pennsylvania department of transportation. they are working around the clock to try and clear that vital vine street expressway. 676, it connects 76 on the west and camden, new jersey, on the east. typically will be filled with cars. now filled with nothing but standing water.
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they have eight pumps trying to pump out all that standing water. and the schuylkill river was seen at a level not seen in two centuries. an unimaginable toll in the mortal toll and also the monetary toll. the governor says we just can't make an official estimate yet. now becomes the long process of trying to figure out how much federal money will be going into this cleanup effort. that is a bit of an issue because it does take time. there has to be surveying to make sure that all of the proper money is going to the proper places. in the distance here i can see power crews trying to clear up powerlines. 3,100 people without power here in montgomery county, pennsylvania, a massive toll from this storm. >> there were so many surprising things about this storm. but one of them is how many people died in the northeast. we don't normally see that in
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hurricanes days after it makes landfall. >> the threat still remains because these rivers in some of these communities will continue to rise. there could be more floodwaters. so, unfortunately as we heard from the governors across the region, those numbers could continue to rise over the next few days. pete muntean, thank you. still ahead, a heat advisory still in effect in louisiana where president biden is touring some of the areas hit hardest by hurricane ida. we're following the latest on his visit. you need to hire. i need indeed. indeed you do. when you sponsor a job, you immediately get your shortlist of quality candidates, whose resumes on indeed match your job criteria. visit and get started today.
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it's easy to love a car you can trust. it's easy to love a subaru. 2008 hero of the year, cnn hero liz mccartney went to louisiana as a volunteer after hurricane katrina and co-founded the st. bernard project. >> the team was helping with the aftermath of ida is addressing with damage like mold. >> i think ida pushed a lot of water into places that don't normally experience flooding that are outside of new orleans but were really taken off guard. typically you can go to the communities in outlying areas to access the resources to help people recover.
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with power out in baton rouge, it's become a much trickier situation. we have teams to assist with mucking and gutting and mold remediation. what we've been able to do at sbp is help homeowners understand how they can buy the appropriate materials that actually kill mold spores and then learn how to dry their house out so that when they do start to rebuild it their house doesn't have any mold in it and they can live safely in it. i just want to say thank you to everybody who is supporting people who've been impacted by hurricane ida. the immediate response is really important. the long-term recovery is going to take more time. and so we ask you to stick with it. come on down and volunteer. share your talents and help us make these communities even stronger in the future. >> and to learn more about sbp's efforts, go to we are just getting new information from the secretary of state tony blinken on those americans who are still in
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afghanistan. cnn's alex marquardt has more. what have you learned, alex? >> reporter: secretary blinken calls this a relatively small number of americans. i did ask him to put a more specific number on it, but he would not. the last range we heard and is a range is 100 to 200. and what secretary blinken said is that they do have case managers for each of these americans who may be looking to get out. so, they probably do have a more precise number. one thing that makes that difficult is that people have been changing their minds. secretary blinken made the point that many of the americans who remain in afghanistan may be people who have lived there for a long time, perhaps their entire lives. both afghans and americans who may be hesitant or reluctant to leave their families. he said that some people had said they wanted to go, now they don't, and the other way around. but it is clear that they are still working to get these americans and other afghans at risk out of the country. but what is not clear is how
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they're going to do that. >> and we need to stay on this just because the troops are gone does not mean the story is over. so thank you very much, alex, for that update. >> alex marquardt there at the state department. and "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. out of a political storm and into a real one.


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