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it's a white one for you out there. good morning. welcome to "new day." i'm christi paul. >> i'm boris sanchez hurricanes, winds, flooding, potentially record-breaking snow. we've got your latest forecast. the january 6th committee zeros in on a former white house spokesman. why they say he pulls critical action after the january 6th
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riot. and some signs of optimism to share with you. the rate of new covid cases dipping in some parts of the country. so when are they going to lift restrictions. supreme court nominees. we'll tell you who officially is on the list of front-runners. well, you are up without an alarm at this hour on the weekend. i am impressed. we're always grateful for your company. hey, boris. >> we hope you're staying warm this morning because soon a lot of you will not be. some 55 million people under winter storm alerts. a winter bomb cyclone expected to bring her snow, vicious winds, and potential coastal flooding as it slams into the northeast.
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>> across this region you just saw there, snow crews and emergency management teams are on high alert. officials are urging all of you to stay home and keep off the roads. >> not only are we expecting large amounts of snow. we're also expecting high winds, and we're fully expecting white outco whiteout conditions. >> it has the potential to be very severe. >> hundreds of flights have been canceled in the u.s. on top of thousands canceled yesterday. there's a powerful storm as it moves across the cnn. cnn tyler mauldin with us. talk to us about the latest. we can see based on the other reporters who are out what it's doing. >> reporter: we have a powerful
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storm impacting the eastern seaboard at this time, krchrist and boris. it's from north carolina up to maine. we're going to hone in on the mid-atlantic where we have a blizzard effect all the way up through boston and going on into maine. boston is included in this blizzard warning. it's because of heavy snow and 40- to 70-mile-per-hour winds for several hours which will lead to near whiteout conditions. you can see the snow is stretching from boston all the way down into the carolinas. eventually the snowfall in the carolinas will begin to taper off, but we'll continue to see the snow fall, actually pick up in intensity as we go across the mid-atlantic and northeast as the system rapidly intensifies, akk a bomb cyclone. once we get to this afternoon and it tapers off in washington, d.c., it continues in new york
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and boston and all so the statef maine. really anywhere from long island up to rhode island, massachusetts, new hampshire, and maine, you could see well north of a foot of snow. and in boston and eastern massachusetts, we can see north of 2 feet of snow. you add in a 40- to 70-mile-an-hour wind, it's going to wreak havoc. it could be a historic event for the city of boston. guys? >> all righty. thank you so much, tyler. we appreciate it. brian todd, live in atlantic city for us right now. we are seeing what we have heard about, brian. i'm sorry that you're standing in the middle of it. what we're seeing of you right now proves that some visibility issues are going to be of concern right now. but talk to us specifically about where you are.
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famous at the boardwalk here, but coastal flooding is a real concern for them there? >> reporter: that's right, christi and boris. it's getting pretty dangerous. we're told between right now, 6:00 a.m., and about midmorning, this is going to be the most dangerous period of the day because the snow is the most intense. christi, i'll talk to you about the coastal flooding in just a second. but right now we're in the middle of the boardwalk in atlantic city. you can see the visibility. it's about to drop. there's a ferris wheel behind my right shoulder. i don't think you can see it. it's blue and green, pulsating color, less than a block away. you can't see much of it if you can see it at all. it's right there. you can see these tracks there. i talked to a snow plow operator who came by and cleared this path here. he said this is one of the toughest storms he's ever experienced. he's been here 18 years. he's been doing this since
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midnight, going up and down the boardwalk trying to clear this track. the snow has been coming down for ten hours. the blizzard is expected to continue for another ten hours. i'm getting hammered here with one gust of wind coming from up the street. i'm going to to try to cross the street. a little better now. you can't tell how much has come down. if you put your hand down here in the pure snow, it looks like maybe 5 inches, but because of the wind being so intense, it's blown a lot of the surface snow off. you can't tell how much snow has come down. coastal flooding you mentioned a second ago. high tide was about a half a second ago. we're going to check out some of barriers. this is a barrier island. the bayside of atlantic city down here, these are some of the streets that go to the bay. this is south carolina avenue. they're worried streets like
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this could get flooded right about now in the next couple of hours, guys. i'm going to toss it back to you and talk about possible flooding when daylight hits us here in atlantic city >> i was thinking about what you said about the plow driver. he's probably thinking what in the heck are you doing, but we appreciate you so much. stay safe. you and the crew, we appreciate you. thanks, brian. >> thanks, brian. i can't imagine another ten hours of that. stay safe. let's check in with brynn gingras. brynn, what are you seeing where you are? >> reporter: yeah, boris and christi, i said, what in the hockey are you doing to a guy running this morning in the snow. he said it's a great time to do it at this hour. so there are people getting out and about even though you have said and officials have said, stay home. the good thing, of course, it's a saturday, so that does help.
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what we're seeing is these strong gusts of wind that you heard brian talking about. not so much the snow fall as the biting wind. the city is getting streets cleared at columbus circle. you can see snow still on the ground. we have seen cars going by, slipping and sliding. that's exactly why officials have been saying, of course, stay at home. we know they pretreated all these streets. they're ready for the storm. we have a new mayor, of course, as you know. this will be a test for him. it's been kind of a bungle for previous administrations in storms like this. it will be interesting to see how the day progresses, how the snow gets stronger. expecting much moring on long island, going up north as you mentioned. we'll be sticking around and keeping you updated. >> keep warning the joggers to get indoors. thanks so much. joinings us now is tom g
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guthlein. we're glad to have you this morning. your governor issued a travel ban for this snowstorm. i'm wondering what you're concerned about with your residents so for. >> pretty much what you've been broadcasting. we're keeping up with the snow as we start to approach the near whiteout conditions with the snow and wind coming down. the plows will have to stop for a period of time. we don't want the cars and plows on the road where they could basically be interacting with each other. that's why the governor and emergency management team placed a travel ban and tractor trailer truck ban across the state across the state, 8:00 p.m. for the vehicles and midnight for
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tractor trailers so we can give the plow truck as chance to get on the roads and clear them off. >> what kind of preparation have you made? we're talking 8.5 to a foot of snow in a short period of time. >> we've been working on this for the last few days. we've been in contact with all the municipalities and towns. we've made sure they put treatment down on the roads, fill any gaps. obviously our biggest focus has been on personnel because of the covid virus. if they were short anywhere at the local dpws, we're ready as a state to step in and help them. we've been doing that kind of prep work. we've been in contact with different organizations to make them aware, like if you need to bring your people in early, go ahead and do that. try to stay away from the
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perioded of 8:00 a.m. this morning to 6:00 p.m. tonight when the storm will be the worst, just make sure everyone is prepare and be sure to charge your devices, things along those lines. >> for folks who didn't heed the warnings and aren't as prepared as you would like them to be, what's your message to them? >> contact your local services. if it's critical, dial 911 so we can get help to you as soon as you can. again, those are things if you didn't prepare, you know, the time is past now here. we already have 3 inches of snow on the ground. don't go out. again, it's a 24-hour storm. hunker down for 24 hours. sometime tomorrow you'll be able to go out and resume some of
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your local activities. >> i didn't hear you mention coastal flooding as a serious concern. how would you rate the level of concern in rhode island over that? >> so with us with the northeast winds, we're going to have minor coastal flooding, and those towns know about it. but we're not as concerned as obviously our neighbor, massachusetts, on the south shore area, where they'll be in the direct path of the wind coming out of the northeast where the seas will build. >> good to hear. at least there's no concern or relatively little concern for coastal flooding where you're at. tom guthlein, appreciate the information. stay warm. >> thank you, sir. from the white house press secretary, judd deere is the latest to be subpoenaed by the january 6th committee. they want to speak with him about a staff meeting the day
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prior to the violence at the capitol. let's take you out to congressional hill. danila, what's the significance of this specific meeting the committee wants to know about on jab 6th? >> it's the committee's goal to figure out what was happening beforehand. they want documents and a deposition next month because they said, he, quote, helped with formulating the white house response to the january 6th attack as it occurred. this is, of course, according to the letter that was obtained by cnn from the panel. look, they specifically, as you said, want to hear from this spokesperson, former spokesperson at the white house about this meeting that took place on january 5th. and the committee has already met with this person's former
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boss. of course, kayleigh mcenany, the former white house press secretary, she appeared in front of the select committee this month after she was subpoenaed in november, so this is just really the latest chapter of many, of course, of the committee's investigation. >> so let me ask you about the subpoenas that we understand were also sent to more than a dozen republicans who are tied to this fake elector plot that day. what do we know about who those individuals are? >> christi, the panel actually subpoenaed 14 people who were behind this push of the, quote, fake electors, alternate electors that were an attempt to subvert, of course, the will of the people and overturn the election results this. was all part of a scheme to try to overturn the election, of course, president trump's big lie of the election being stolen from him failed. the committee is not only looking into the violence that
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happened and what led to january 6th, but the schemes from different states like georgia, arizona, new mexico, they tried to overturn the election results and the plan is they tried but ultimately failed to do that. >> all right, daniella diaz, also appreciate the insight. thank you. tensions are rising in eastern europe over the crisis in ukraine. >> i'll be moving u.s. troops to eastern europe and the nato countries in the near term. >> the plan president biden has laid out to reposition u.s. troops. how will vladimir putin react? we're live in kyiv after the break. also dr. fauci says he's cautiously optimistic about the direction of the pandemic. coming up, what popositive sign he's seen and why you can be
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one of the top generals has a statement. the current legislation is larger in scale and scope than any recent moves by russia. milley says an outcome of an invasion to ukraine would be horrific. >> his comments are coupled with ukraine's president downplaying the urgency of the russian threat and president biden preparing to move u.s. troops into eastern europe. cnn's melissa bell is live for us from kyiv, ukraine right now. melissa, always good to see you and get your perspective here. help us understand how serious this rift is. i mean, can you decipher what's going on? >> reporter: well, christi, it's been rumbling along in the background for the last few weeks, a difference in tone, a difference in the threat level currently faced by ukraine. what's happening now is even as the world awaits vladimir putin's response to written proposals from nato and the
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united states, those divisions really coming out much more openly than they had before. as you say, those pronouncements both from general mark milley and president biden explaining that the 8,500 troops will be moved toward the even flange, even as president zelensky was holding a press conference. he said, look, it's been imnemt, but constant. it's something ukraine has been living with for a long time. as far as ukraine and intelligence is concerned, the threat level and troop movement on the part of the russians are really no different than what they saw last spring. have a listen to what he had to say. >> translator: i'm the president of ukraine. i'm based here, and i think i know the details much deeper than any other president. it's important the president should know what the situation is from me, not from intermediaries. >> reporter: now, president
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biden's strategy of openly sharing the intelligence's assessment using that very bilge rent rhetoric over the course of the past week was really crucial bringing the nato allies and european allies on how aggressively to take on the front. the danger is the more time passes and the longer vladimir putin takes to reply to those requests, the greater the division between ukraine and the united states are likely to ge christi and paul -- christi and boris. >> what is the biden administration hoping the adminiade to accomplish? republican keeping in mind how dangerous and violent these plans are. again, crucial is the strategy of vladimir putin's administration and military
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efforts but also crucial in bringing allies together. how long it can last is the real question, getting the united nations together, keeping that at the forefront of people's minds, boris. >> melissa bell, we appreciate you so much. thank you. so officials in the u.s. -- i don't know if you know this -- are bracing for potential cyber attacks from russia as a potential attack on ukraine. government agencies have warned large banks, utility companies, state and local governments of russian cyber capabilities and ukraine has been ramping up cyber defense efforts with urgency to make their networks more secure. john is with us. he's vice president of threat intelligence for mandian cyber security firm. we appreciate you being here, john. thank you so much. this news bulletin warned russia
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could lawn after cyber attack if they see the u.s. respond to the scenario going on in ukraine. help us explain what a cyber attack would look like for our daily lives here in the u.s.? >> i think what people are most concerned about are disruptive operations. there are really two ways russia does that. one way, they hit critical infrastructure. they have turned the lights out in ukraine before. th that's very difficult to do. they could potentially affect that and hit downstream customers as a result. something that's more superficial is an attack against a lot of different targets simultaneously. we saw an incident where they hit a ton of organizations. it was actually focused in ukraine. it stopped global shipping, vaccine production it. was the most expensive attack in
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history. it was focused on you crain. it just leaked out of the region. >> wow. so one of the things when we get back to the u.s. i remember and thought about this as i was reading this last year, you know, the pipeline disruptions we had here from those hacker. i'm wondering what is your level of confidence that the u.s. is equipped to deal with something from russia that is maybe that much more treacherous. >> right now is a very important time for defermds. we're urging them to prepare, to harden their networks, even hunt for russian hackers who may already be in their networks. this could be a trying time for a lot of individual organizations. as a whole, we ultimately think these are influence of competition, that our infrastructure is very resilient, and we'll be able to weather anything they carry out in the united states.
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so really, you know, it all comes down to us and how we respond to these sorts of i inci incidence. >> yes. that's what i wanted to ask you yet. i'm wondering if you could relate the severity of a u.s. response in that same arena in cyber security? i mean this is what, i think, to most of us on the outside, this is a new arena for conflict. >> it is. you know, it's interesting because, you know, we do have significant capability. the united states -- every time we've seen it demonstrated, we're very capable in this space. i think it's very important to remember, though, we may be dealing out blows, you know, against another country very well because we have such an advanced capability. but the reason we have such an advanced capen't is because we're such an advanced country and we have an advanced economy. that's also a vulnerability,
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right? those organizations, those companies that are going to be the targets that russia will target. >> and, real quickly, you talked about how the ukrainian government has suffered a series of cyber attacks in recent weeks. do those attacks tell you anything about what could come from the u.s.? can you glean anything from what you're seeing in that area? >> we saw a sort of superficial -- another sort of superficial destruction active attack that was actually pretending to be a ransomware incident. that's exactly what we were telling our customers to expect weeks before. this is something they've done again and again. and the lesson that i gathered from that is we do know a lot about how they operate, and we can somewhat predict their behavior. that means we can take a lot of actions now to defend against them. >> all right. john hultquist, we appreciate your insight and perspective this morning. >> thanks for having me.
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there is some good news on the covid front as daily covid-19 cases are dropping from where they were two weeks ago, and hospitalizations are also down, but, still, more than 2,200 people are dying on average every single day. >> despite that alarmingly high rate because it is alarming. look at those numbers, experts say the state of the pandemic may finally be taking a turn for the better. cnn natasha chen has more on the
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headlines. >> reporter: u.s. covid-19 cases are down more than 25% from the peak two weeks ago, but not all states have reached their omicron peak yet. several states are reaching their peak this week shown in the orange on the map and more than 2,300 people a day are dying in the united states. still in the ups and downs of a nearly two-year pandemic, there's optimism things are looking up again. >> my hope is within a week or so, we'll see that peak start turning, and my expectation is in the upcoming weeks we'll see a decline in inflections. >> reporter: experts say there's no reason to panic. >> the immunity that you get from vaccines and teen some extent from natural immunity still seems to be protective against this lineage. that's the bottom line. it's not different enough.
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>> reporter: as people look at how to do more safely t white house says 16 million households will receive rapid tests from the government with tens of million investigation been shipped out already, but there's no definitive guidance from the cdc on how to come out from the pandemic and return to some normal. >> i'm focusing on things i can control. that's like my life motto right now. >> reporter: some athletes headed to beijing for the olympics know years of hard work could hirj on not getting covid. >> if we get sick, we're not skating. i'm not that fearful of it because i know i've done everything in my power to not get covid and i've done everything right. >> reporter: the games begin in less than a week with limited spectators, and athletes will be in a bubble. >> usually you're connecting with friends all over the world and it creates this unity, but lately it's been a little bit
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segregated. that aspect is not superfun. >> reporter: in los angeles, the niners/rams nfl game this weekend is a precurser to the super bowl held in the stadium held on february 13th. the county has likely passed the peak of omicron, but masks will still be required at the big game, and free rapid tests will be available. for those at home -- >> you can't move the tv outside, which in many cases you're not able to, move the food outside. >> reporter: she said fans planning to get together, they should get tested. >> it's not that you can't gather, but if you do gather, you should layer in safety precautions, and for people at highest risk of illness, you need to be supercareful. >> reporter: in l.a. fans will get free take-home test kifts. anyone receiving a first, second, or booster bone will be
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given free entry to the fan experience event. natasha chen, cnn, los angeles. i want to bring in a doctor, assistant professor of medicine of infectious diseases, international health, pulmonary critical care medicine at ucla. thank you very much for being here. your covid is different than what others are going through. your numbers look good to us. is there space to have some hope here? >> i think there certainly is. we're seeing cases go down. like what you alluded to earlier in the smengt, we expect to see a high volume of patients in the next few weeks. if you look at our icu like in many parts of the country, we're in a devastating rate right now. half of our current staff are temporary staffers.
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we're a much more wounded state than we were before. there's hope on the horizon, but we have to worry there's another one several weeks or months down the road, and we have to be prepared for that. >> we have to expect more variants, this we know. omicron, highly contagious, not as deadly if you're vaccinated. but we've heard a lot of differing views, so i'm hoping you can give us some clarity. do variants become more potent, or do we need to accept that this is our life right now and this will become an annual shot like the flu? >> i certainly hope, christi, as we have more variants that happen over time, they get more and more mild. we have to keep in mind, mild for the nation is not maybe for an individual. it ended up being a crush on icu
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and it felt as bad as our previous ways. we hope there will be bailedup of immunization. there could be a variant that, for instance, is more deadly or more contagious. we have to watch them closely, continue to vaccinate people. that's offering good protection against hospitalization and death. we have to keep expanding it and getting unvaccinated people into the vaccinated camp. >> yeah. so moderna and pfizer and biontech are getting into these clinical tests, i understand it, specifically for omicron, but omicron has been so rampant. is it too late for that? >> well, we always have to be prepared for what may be to come, so it's a good idea to start testing omicron-specific variants because it does take
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several months to develop and bring it to market, and you don't want to be caught on the back foot here. what's really encouraging is the current boosters that are available, that are not specifically targeting omicron, have provided very good protection against vax nachlgs we're talking 97% protection from hospitalization and death. if you're vaccinate and boosted compared to a vaccinated person, you're 100 times more likely to die from covid-19. in our icu, we've taken many different kinds of patients. one i have yet to take care of is one who's been vaccinate and boosted, they're protected that much from hospitalization and death. if you're on the fence waiting to see the results of these trials, don't do that. go ahead and get what's available now because it offers very good protection. >> dr. taison bell, best of luck to you and your teams. we can't imagine what it's been like for you. we appreciate you taking time to walk us through it.
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thank you. >> thank you. so right now a team of white house officials are vetting potential supreme court nominees. who's on the short list to replace retiring justice stephen breyer? potentially a historic pick. we'll discuss just ahead. like pulsing, electric shocks, sharp, stabbing pains, or an intense burning sensation. what is this nightmare? it's how some people describe... shingles. a painful, blistering rash that could interrupt your life for weeks. forget social events and weekend getaways. if you've had chickenpox, the virus that causes shingles is already inside of you. if you're 50 years or older ask your doctor or pharmacist about shingles.
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is on. president biden renewed his pledge this week the appoint a black woman to the nation's highest court after the announcement that justice stephen breyer would retire after his successful is confirmed. talk to us about the significance of a potentially historic pick give than so many of the ambitious items on president biden's agenda have stalled in congress. >> well, bore rirks democrats really see this nomination as kind of a shot in the arm almost for the broader democratic agenda. with everything else kind of stalled out right now, this is the one thing they could potentially get through and it really would make history to put a balm woman on the supreme court, not to mention be a nod to the most loyal constituency to the democratic party. >> yeah. so give us a sense of the timeline. obviously we don't know yet who president biden will nominate, but when you look at the senate, which members are you watching closest to get a sense of just
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how smoothly this process might go? >> right. this is kind of interesting. because of rules changes that were made in the senate over the past few years, it only only takes a simple majority to confirm a supreme court justice. they can confirm someone without republican votes. we'll be watching key moderates in the democratic party like joe manchin and kyrsten sinema. on the other hand we'll look at a lot of biden's supreme court nominees. democrats can do it without any republicans. they could just pick up a few along the way. >> as you said, a short of shot in the arm, building momentum for the midterm elections. the white house is also saying that momentum is building for a specific proposal amid several others as we noted before that have been stuck in congress this. is a roughly $250 billion bill
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atelting to make the united states more competitive with china, to alleviate some of the supply chain issues the country's been plagued with for about a year. what are the components that stand out to you, and how likely is it to pass? >> this has been kind of a tricky build up because there's been so much infighting between the house and senate. i'm looking at the money set aside to help spur american research since that is something both parties seem to say they can agree on and want more funding to go with. the devil's really been in the details, what the house wants t senate, and what they want in the legislation. they want to advance, but it's just a question of what the find form will be. >> speaking of the stalled items, the build back better plan, progressive caucus chair, pramila jayapal says she wants to see it passed by march 1st.
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that's ambitious to say the least, though, right? speaker pelosi told us there's no deadline. do you think we're going to see another showdown of progressives manchin and sinema? >> they've lot so a whole lot of leverage. they don't have the frau infrastructure plan to say they won't do anything like think did last time. progressives can set a new deadline all they want, but they really don't have a whole lot to force people to come to the table and force a time line. >> we've seen these self-imposed deadlines come and go. i don't know that another one would necessarily be a good look. nicholas wu, we've got the leave the conversation there. good to have you on. >> thanks a lot, boris. >> of course. up next, joni mitchell said she will follow neil young's lead and pull her music from
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