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-- captions by vitac -- ♪ hello, i'm victor blackwell, welcome to "cnn newsroom." alisyn has the day off. we are beginning with putin's war on ukraine and the critical port city of mariupol. ukrainian officials now say they've identified multiple mass graves just outside the city. the satellite company that released these images said that there are more than 200 new graves. today, vladimir putin proclaimed the efforts to capture mariupol
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a success, and he scrapped plans to storm a sprawling factory compound where reportedly more than 1,000 civilians and ukrainian fighters are sheltering. instead, he directed his military to set up a blockade so that a fly can't get through. this morning, president biden cast a doubt about the russians having taken full control of this near decimated city. >> it's questionable whether he does control mariupol. there is no evidence yet that mariupol is completely fallen. >> well, what is not in question is the intensifying urgency to free the estimated 120,000 people trapped in that city by russian strikes. those who are still there have endured more than a month of little water, food, limited access to medication or medical care. the mayor said today once again russians are not keeping to the agreement to hold their fire to allow people to get out.
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>> translator: unfortunately, right now, there is no possibility to evacuate civilians from the azovstol plant because we need at least 24 hours to notified residents that are sheltering there for almost 57 days. the civilians are sheltering there now, and they are constantly bombarded. >> cnn's ed lavandera is in ukraine's capital of kyiv. what more are you learning about these mass graves that the ukrainians say they found outside mariupol? >> reporter: well, an advisor to the mayor there in mariupol says that they have been alleging for some time that there were mass graves in that area and satellite imagery is now bolstering that claim. again, we're not able to independently verify this at this point, but the satellite images, the advisor says, shows evidence that there are rows and rows of these mass graves in a village about 12 miles outside of mariupol. and that advisor also goes on to
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say, victor, that they believe russian trucks are driving bodies to this grave site and dumping them on an embankment. they say this is more evidence of russian war crimes committed in the atrocities there in that city. now, ukrainian officials have been saying for some time that they believe, as of right now, and it's very hard to get credible information, that they believe as many as 20,000 people have been killed there in the city of mariupol, and that's why there is such an intense sense of urgency to try to evacuate the more than 100,000 civilians still inside that city. and all of this is happening as vladimir putin declared today that the city of mariupol had been liberated, the very cynical term that russian leaders use in -- to kind of justify their invasion of these cities in eastern ukraine, and the -- and putin says that the -- these
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soldiers and these ukrainian fighters inside and civilians, women and children inside the steel plant there, that that area has been completely cordoned off. no one can get in and out. however, putin is saying that he has stopped short of saying that russian forces should invade and go inside that steel plant, but that nobody can get in and out. so there are real questions about whether or not that is indeed the case, that -- whether or not russia has taken complete control, but that's what's being said right now. >> yeah, in or out of that factory. also in or out of the city of mariupol. we heard the frustration from the mayor there over the humanitarian corridor. yesterday's did not go as planned, and again, no one out of the city. >> reporter: yeah, the humanitarian corridor is just to give broader context here, has really been an issue of contention and constant failure for weeks now, but the latest we had heard that there was a group of about 200 people in the city trying to catch four buses out
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of the city, but that those people were still waiting. there were a number of people who were able to catch buses and get out yesterday, but these numbers are so small in comparison, victor, to how many people are still inside mariupol. >> ed lavandera for us in kyiv. thank you, ed. president biden announced the u.s. will send another $800 million in military assistance to ukraine. now, if approved, the u.s. will have committed $3.4 billion in weapons aid to the country since this war began. cnn's jeremy diamond is with me now from the white house. so, what's in this latest package, jeremy? >> reporter: well, victor, it's a very significant $800 million of additional security assistance, and it brings the total in just the last two weeks to $1.6 billion because the president last week also announced an $800 million package and similarly, this package also includes more of that heavy weaponry that ukraine is going to need in this next phase of the war with russia in the donbas and eastern ukraine.
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7, 7,200 howitzers. 144,000 artillery rounds as well. you have vehicles to tow those howitzers as well as over 121 additional drones, similar to those switchblade drones that the ukrainians have been using thanks to the united states. all of this coming as president biden making clear that there is now a critical window to help ukraine in this next phase of the campaign. >> we're in a critical window now of time where that -- they're going to set the stage for the next phase of this war. and the united states and our allies and partners are moving as fast as possible to continue to provide ukraine the forces that they need, the weapons they need, excuse me, the equipment they need, their forces need to defend their nation. >> reporter: and in order to keep up that support, to keep it going as fast as possible, and for the long-term, president biden said that two things need to happen. first of all, the u.s. and its allies need to remain united. that has been a key effort by the white house to try and keep
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the alliance between the united states, the european union, nato, all working in lock step to help ukraine, and secondly, it's going to require more funding and that's why president biden said today that he will be asking congress as it returns from recess next week to approve a supplemental budget request so these weapons, this military assistance can continue flowing to ukraine. >> jeremy diamond at the white house, thank you. and joining me now, former u.s. ambassador to ukraine, steven pifer, also the william perry fellow at stanford university. mr. ambassador, welcome back. we are watching this crisis at azovstol in mariupol in realtime. on monday, there was a military official who said that untreated wounds are rotting there. they have just days, some hours for some people to survive. is the world going to just allow this to happen? is there anything diplomatically that can happen to allow those people to get out of that
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facility? >> yes, well, i think the ukrainians have indicated that they would like to create corridors to evacuate both civilians and wounded, but thus far, the russians have not agreed. and it's interesting that you see now the kremlin, almost this desperation to declare a victory somewhere. the russian army had to retreat from kyiv. they failed to take kharkiv, which was just 20 miles from the russian border. their advance towards odesa has gone nowhere in weeks, so putin now says, we have this victory. although it's kind of an unusual victory at mariupol when, by the russians own admission, there are some 2,000 ukrainian soldiers there resisting. >> so you talked about the ukrainians wanting these humanitarian corridors. we heard from the undersecretary
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of state for political affairs, victor that newland, here on cnn, if they were to hold up, nato countries -- here's the quote. there will be nato allies involved if that happens. now, she didn't elaborate and i've not heard a clear explanation of what could happen on the ground there in ukraine. do you know what role allies could play to get those people out? >> yeah, i'm not sure. i mean, there was, i think, an offer a couple of weeks ago by the greeks because there's actually a small greek population in mariupol, to offer some help. but beyond that, i'm not aware of what nato could do, and thus far, there still seems to be a very clear line by nato of not sending nato forces into ukraine. where they would come into conflict with russian forces. although, as you saw from the president's announcement today, that the united states and other nato countries are continuing to funnel large amounts of weapons into ukraine so that the ukrainian military can better defend itself. >> yeah, and putin has said that
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those are fair targets if that support continues. one of president zelenskyy's top advisors said that the war in ukraine could end in direct talks between zelenskyy and putin. he said that there would be clarity in a week and a half. we're almost two months into this war. do you expect that there -- any indication that you see in the next ten days that this could get to some point where zelenskyy and putin are able to talk face-to-face? >> it's difficult to see. i think president zelenskyy, he wants to negotiate. i think it truly pains him that every day more ukrainians are dying as a result of this unprovoked war by russia. so, he has, over the last six or seven weeks, put forward some offers. i think he's extended himself. he's said, for example, ukraine, we're prepared to give up our ambitions to join nato and prepared to accept neutrality. he's also asked and said he's ready to meet with putin, but the russians basically said,
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well, we can't have a meeting between putin and zelenskyy until the deal is done. zelenskyy's view is that he's going to have to sit down and work out some of those terms with putin directly, and also coming out of moscow, you haven't seen any movement from their original demands made two months ago, so it's hard for me to see the russians approaching a negotiation in a serious way that would allow some kind of a real settlement to emerge on terms that would be acceptable to ukraine. >> and maybe that is wishful thinking for the zelenskyy administration there as we watch the atrocities pile up across ukraine. ambassador piefr, thank you for your time. >> thank you. so, this was a major victory for florida's governor, ron desantis. disney stripped of its special status. up next, how a fight over culture wars could end up costing florida taxpayers.
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florida republicans have voted to end disney's 55-year-old special status that allowed the company to operate as an independent government around its orlando area theme parks. now, this all started when disney's ceo publicly criticized a law that stops schools from teaching young children about sexual orientation or gender identity in florida. let's go to leyla santiago. let's start with what happened today and then let's get to what this means for disney. >> reporter: you know, i think disney itself is probably still trying to figure that out, talking to its own attorneys as to how they will move forward, but let's talk about what exactly we know in terms of the special district and what that could mean for disney. it has a special status that, as you mentioned, victor, basically allows it to operate its own
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government in the orlando theme area parks there, and today, it passed the senate. so, final passage there. it has now passed the house, the senate, the next step will make it head to the governor's desk where, yes, he is expected to sign this and move it forward. but there's a lot of debate as to if this can even actually be done. is this something that is legal? because there was a florida statute that says this could require a vote, a referendum for it to move forward, something that republicans really didn't have a great answer to on the floor today, and then there's the question about disney's debt or the special district's debt and who would absolve it. according to one democrat that we talked to, it could be an additional tax burden that is estimated anywhere from $2,200 to $2,800 per family in the orange county area, so there could be some real implications here that could impact more than just disney, but the question right now is, can this legally
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take place or is this going to end up in the courts soon enough? >> the florida house also today, leyla, approved this -- the new congressional boundaries. there was a protest on the house floor. tell us about that. >> reporter: yeah, that got pretty intense. in fact, let me just kind of show you a little bit of it. >> the clerk will unlock the machine and members will proceed to vote on senate bill 4-c. have all members voted? have all members voted? >> reporter: so, an active protest during the final passage, which actually made it so there wasn't a final debate before these bills were voted on. many of the democrats took to the floor to protest, one wearing a shirt that said, "stop the attack on blacks" and so this is really stemming from the -- those maps that you were
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talking about that is very controversial. the redistricting maps that would take away two districts from black democratic members of the house and give republicans an advantage in as many as 20 of 28 districts. so this is something that democrats are saying is a distraction. they have called ron desantis, governor ron desantis, a bully that is trying to out-trump trump and really pointing to all of this as a distraction to create culture wars. listen. >> we have the 15-week abortion ban. we had the so-called stop woke act. we had the "don't say gay" bill so you're suppressing the stories of women, of minorities, and of people who belong to the lgbtq plus community and their families. >> so, again, we are waiting to see next what the governor says when this will head to his office, when he will sign, and if this will all end up in court soon enough. >> leyla santiago with us.
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leyla, thank you very much. let's bring in now carlos guillermo smith, democratic florida state representative. representative smith, thank you for being with me. let me start here. i just want to set the table, and i want everyone to hear from representative randy fine. he is the sponsor of this bill in the house. he is quite vocal about why this is happening. just to frame our conversation, here he is. >> if you want special privileges, you'd better be on your best behavior, and when you come in and misrepresent a bill that overwhelming majorities of republicans, democrats, even biden voters support, you're going to have an issue in the state of florida. i would challenge that it's a kneejerk reaction. when you kick the hornet's nest, issues pop up that we deal with. >> he also said that disney was bringing california values to florida. your reaction to the passage of this legislation. >> well, victor, thank you for having me. the bill passed over the
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objections of the house democratic caucus who had their debate cut off, certainly, before the sit-in was staged. i was very proud to have stood with many of the members of the black caucus in the florida house, really in protest of the constitutional rights of floridians being trampled. and as it relates to the sponsor of the bill, who has openly admitted that the purpose of the bill that revokes the reedy creek disney status in state law, the purpose of the bill is to punish disney for speaking out against the extreme right-wing anti-lgbtq agenda of governor ron desantis just speaks to how drunk with power the republicans in florida have become, that they are willing to openly declare that the motivation behind their legislation is political retribution, that they seek to punish those who speak out,
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whether it be an individual or a corporation, and house democrats have had enough. they had had enough because not only was this bill passing but also it was a distraction from the fact that the florida republicans, led by ron desantis, insisted on eliminating black majority congressional districts in violation of our state's constitution, which protects the ability of racial and language minorities to be able to elect the candidate of their choice. >> and i want to save time to talk about that, but do you believe, really, that this is going to happen? because i read the bill, and the district is not dissolved until june of 2023. that's after the 2022 election. of course, there's -- it's now been passed. the governor may sign it. there may be opportunity to fund raise off of it, but ones it comes down to brass tacks, do you think that this actually is
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going to happen? >> well, it's hard to say. i don't even know if disney knows if it's going to happen. but victor, let me tell you who i have been hearing from. i've been hearing from some of the 800 employees of the reedy creek district who are worried that their job is going to be abolished because of governor desantis's vendetta against any person who speaks out against his agenda. i've heard from the reedy creek firefighters who are part of that special district that was created for disney that keeps the tourists that come to florida safe on whether or not their jobs are on the line. and all of this, again, is a distraction from the fact that the governor is doing everything in his power to consolidate power by really eliminating black congressional districts, by drawing congressional maps in violation of the state
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constitution that says that you can not draw a map with partisan intent, and that is kind of the strategy that they have been implemented and that is why house democrats had enough today, and they pushed back hard. >> we certainly heard the shouting there from the floor, and we know, as leyla santiago mentioned, that there will likely be lawsuits in reaction to what happened today. state representative carlos guillermo smith, thank you, sir. >> thank you for having me, victor. all right, breaking news. donald trump jr. is expected to meet with the january 6th committee in the next few days. we've got details next. it can be a smaller house, but a bibigger nest egg. a goal to work toward, or thehe freedom to walk away. with 200 years of experience, personalized advice, and commission free trades on an award-winning app, we are working for you. planning. investing. advice.
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breaking news. donald trump jr. is expected to meet with the house select committee investigating january 6th in the next few days. cnn's ryan nobles joins us now with this reporting. ryan, first, there was ivanka trump, who met with the committee, and now don trump junior. what are you learning? >> yeah and don't forget about jared kushner, the former president's son-in-law as well, so this is a number of those members of the trump family who are also very close to the former president who have agreed to come and speak to the committee and doing so all on a voluntary basis. we're told that donald trump jr. has agreed to come and speak before the committee without a subpoena, and of course, victor, this comes after the revelation of that text message that cnn exclusively reported that detailed on november 5th, just
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two days after the election, donald trump jr. sending to mark meadows, the then white house chief of staff, a lengthy list of different ideas to try and challenge the election results. it's pretty clear the committee's interested to learn more about what donald trump was getting these ideas from. his attorney telling us at the time that he believed that donald trump jr. was just forwarding on ideas from other people. where did those ideas come from? the committee is probably interested in that. and then of course keep in mind that donald trump jr. was a key member of the trump campaign. he is someone that traveled across the country as a key surrogate for his father, and also remains very close to him personally. so, donald trump jr., an important player in all of this and it is significant that the committee hasn't reached some sort of deal for him to come forward and answer questions about what he knows about the events leading up to january 6th. >> there's certainly a lot to learn there. let's turn now to the new reporting in "the new york times," ryan, shows two top republicans had some serious concerns about former president trump's ability to lead after
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january 6th. tell us more about that. >> reporter: yeah, and those two leaders are important ones, right? this is kevin mccarthy, the house minority leader, and senator mitch mcconnell, who is the republican leader in the senate, and both of them expressing real concerns behind closed doors, according to this reporting, from jonathan martin and alex burns, for their book which is coming out. in fact, one time, they report of an instance where kevin mccarthy said that he has had it with this guy, talking about donald trump. now, both of their public postures changed both publicly and privately in the days after january 6th where both mcconnell and mccarthy were very critical of donald trump. they did soften a bit as time went on. mccarthy, in particular, who has now become a full-fledged supporter of the former president and is embracing his role in helping republicans win back the house majority and kevin mccarthy responding to this report today saying, quote, "the new york times" reporting on me is totally false and wrong, and it come as no surprise, he says, that the
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corporate media's obsessed with doing everything it can to further the liberal agenda. he goes on to claim that the reporters did not come to him before publishing this in their book, but victor, what this demonstrates is this careful dance that republican leaders have. they cannot alienate donald trump because of the powerful force he remains in the republican party, but it is clear that from at least behind the scenes, they had real reservations about his conduct on january 6th and they weren't exactly sure how to deal with it. victor? >> ryan nobles on capitol hill, thank you very much. let's bring in now cnn's political director, david chalian, along with former federal prosecutor renato. let me begin with you. first you had ivanka trump, jared kushner, kimberly guilfoyle to testify. donald trump jr. can give some serious insight into that period between the vote and the insurrection on the 6th, the significance to you on his meeting with the committee.
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>> i think the real significance is just we're seeing a trend where even folks within the trump family are being cooperative with the committee. that is really good news to the january 6th committee, because it makes it a lot easier to get their work done before the election. it is much easier to reach sort of a deal and cooperate with folks, so from my perspective, this means that we're on track to get a report from this committee, potentially referrals to the justice department, before the election. >> one more for you. one of the texts, as part of this exclusive cnn reporting, between donald trump and mark meadows, former chief of staff for the then president, it's very simple. he tweeted here, on november 5th, of course, before the election was called, we have multiple paths. we control them all. we have operational control. if you're trying to figure out what led up to this insurrection that was based on a lie, this seems like a good place to start. >> yeah, absolutely.
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it really sounds, victor, like a text that's suggesting that they have the ability to overturn a democratic election, that they have the ability to act against the will of the people, and essentially impose a winner in the race that's not the person who got the most votes. so, it's obviously very disturbing. i suspect that donald trump jr. will have an innocent or an alternative explanation of that text, but it's really hard to see it as i'm sitting here today with that -- what exactly that innocent explanation would be. >> david, now to you on the implications on what we're hearing from mccarthy and mcconnell. first, what they felt and thought immediately after the insurrection. the implications of that. >> yeah. you know, they both have leader in their title and they seemed for a moment in time trying to lead their party to a place where donald trump's power within it, in the aftermath of january 6th, victor, would be diminished. they looked behind them and saw they were leaders without many
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followers because donald trump still clearly was resonating with the lie about the 2020 election with the base and their membership, both in the senate and the house, basically said to them, you know, this is not a place we're going to go. we're going to sort of take on our own voters and say that donald trump should somehow be excommunicated from the party in some way. so, their decision, you know, i know the reporting is looking at that moment in time, those brief few days where they looked like they were really ready to take on trump, victor, but i actually think the much bigger moment is when they decided just a few days later to acquiesce to donald trump, because that allowed his big lie about the election to continue to fester for the better part of the last year and become a real life force inside the republican party. >> yeah. mcconnell saying that he would support donald trump if he were the nominee of the party in 2024, and mccarthy went down to mar-a-lago within weeks of the insurrection to meet with the
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former president. let me ask you about another former president, president obama scheduled to give a speech in the next hour on disinformation. he has talked about this before, talked about it a lot recently. here he is at a conference earlier this month. >> it's something i grappled with a lot during my presidency. i saw it sort of unfold. and that is the degree to which information, disinformation, misinformation was being weaponized, and we saw it, but i think i underestimated the degree to which democracies were as vulnerable to it as they were. including ours. >> and this is something, you know, he's not talking about as something that impacted his administration but could impact 2022, 2024.
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>> well, this has been a real passion project for the former president. as he said, he watched a lot of this unfold in his presidency. he also remembered his 2008 campaign started experiencing some of this. they launched a whole sort of fight the smears website to push back on the notion that was out there that he was a muslim or not born in the united states or what have you. and so, barack obama was familiar with disinformation, and he saw it grow over the course of his presidency. of course, one of the reasons he remains so animated by it and it's dominated so many of his private conversations since he left the oval office, victor, is because he handed over the presidency to donald trump, somebody he didn't think -- had the credentials, really, to be in that position, quite frankly, why he fought so hard for joe biden's election in 2020. it was one of his main arguments was that donald trump was chis chiselling away at the foundations of our democracy and in large part, that had to do with the disinformation he was putting in place. now, of course, given as barack
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obama at that conference you were just playing said that nearly 40% of the country actually believes that joe biden was illegitimately elected. you heard at the end there, obama's not just talking about democracies on the world stage. he's talking about ours right here at home as well. >> yeah, and we'll stand by to see what he says next hour. david chalian, renato, thank you both. new audio from ukraine's military intelligence reveals an alleged order to russian armed forces to kill ukrainian prisoners of war. up next, i'll discuss with a now former tv analyst who has joined the fight in ukraine.
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ukraine's military just released a purported communications intercept from russia, and it claimed that voices of russian soldiers are discussing an order to kill ukrainian prisoners of war. in the eastern region of luhansk, which is suffering an onslaught of russian missiles. my next guest is the former msnbc analyst and american who left his television job, has joined ukraine's international legion against russia. he's also a former naval intelligence officer, malcolm nance. thank you so much for being with me. i want to get to that recording in a moment, but i want to start with you, sir. was this a decision to leave your job, join the fight, was it based on a single event or did this happen over time?
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>> well, it happened over time, but that period of time was quite small. you know, and it did have a precipitating event, and that was the invasion of ukraine, and my friends being trapped down in donetsk, being hit by hundreds of rounds of artillery and calling and telling their friends and family they were going to die within the next day or two. you know, you can't sit and listen to that and then watch the -- this incredible massacre of people as russia invaded and not want to actually do something. and i just decided that it was time to do something and take action using the skills that i had and offered them to the international legion for the defense of ukraine. >> so you said you had to do something. what is it that you are doing on a daily basis now there? >> well, everyone in the legion is a -- is essentially an infantryman and carries out the
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activities as directed. we don't have any rear area support, despite what some people might think. right now, i've been taken off the line to explain what the legion is. it's practically the greatest secret that's been held over the last eight weeks in this country. a lot of people think that they know who the foreign fighters were in the international legion. it's not. we're an organization that is formed under the ukrainian army. we are ukrainian army soldiers and have i.d. cards according us the geneva convention. we are not just people on the battlefield who picked up rifles and decided to fight. >> so, any of the aid that -- i mean, we know that $800 million more of military, the weapons aid is coming from the u.s. europe has offered support as well. does any of that come to you, come to the international legion? >> well, of course, all the weapons are distributed equally throughout the ukrainian armed
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forces or in the areas where they have the highest need. yes, we have received some excellent support, particularly in the type of weapons that we have. most of the ukrainian army in the territorial units carry ak-47s. we have more advanced western weapons, principally because the people who are in the legion are foreigners who have served in other armed forces, using nato standard weapons. and ukraine itself was transitioning to nato standard weapons when this war started. so, you know, there's always something more that you can use but the ukrainian army is allocating materials that they have where they need it and there's a desperate fight going on right now in the eastern part of the country, and that's where these materials are going. >> how long do you plan to stay? >> well, right now, i'm contracted to stay until the end of the state of emergency in this country. and let me tell you, it's important that we come here. it's important that americans who believe in this nation and
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its democratic order not collapse to a totalitarian state. we're not even fighting an army. we're fighting a hoard of men who are mass murdering civilians. armies don't do that. i spent time in, you know, i spent 20 years in the u.s. armed forces. we just don't do that. these people don't care. they are given orders to do these things, and they seem to revel in it. the only way to stop it is to defeat them in combat, and ukraine will win. >> malcolm nance, thank you so much for being with me. again, you said that you watched enough, you saw enough, you got up and did something, something a lot of people would not do. i thank you for your time, sir. there's a new report that reveals 4 in 10 americans currently live in places with unhealthy levels of air pollution. i'll ask the white house's national climate advisor about that next. ♪ we could walk forever ♪ ( ♪ ) ♪ walking on ♪
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just in time for earth day. a sobering report reveals a sharp increase in air pollution over the past five years. with the u.s. recording more unhealthy -- i should say very unhealthy and hazardous air quality days than ever before. joining us now is white house national climate adviser and former head of the epa, gina mccarthy. welcome back to the show. let me start with this report on
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earth day. in 2018 to 2020 more very unhealthy hazardous air days than before. why is this happening now? >> well, i think what you're seeing in 2020 is a number of things. we've had an administration that did a substantial amount of rollbacks of very important environmental protections prior to president biden coming in. those are being restored. we also have had significant wildfires, as you know, and those are very challenging and will result in excess air quality problems. not just in the western part of the country but travels to the midwest and in some cases to the east. we have challenges there. we also are learning more and more about what constitutes bad
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air. following the science, looking at it, we're always going to give the american public our best estimate at what the science says and work hard to clean the air. we've made tremendous progress after the past 30, 50, even 10 years and continue to moving forward. >> speaking hard to work hard to clean the air, president biden went to iowa to announce allowing higher ethanol gasoline to try to bring down the price of gas, environmentalists are outraged. a study came out that showed higher eth not gas is worse for greenhouse gases than gasoline itself. what do you tell those environmentalists who say this is shortsighted? >> i think what the president is doing is taking care of hopefully a short emergency
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we're facing as a result of putin's war. climate change actions have been part of the forefront of this initiative in this president's administration. we can't ignore the emergency challenge that our families are facing on gasoline prices but that is a time limited challenge and we are also moving forward to make sure that as that challenge resolves we can make sure to have in place the kind of day about the strategic efforts necessary to deliver on the promise of climate change. instead of any announcement the only path forward for energy security for the united states or anywhere the shift to clean energy and he's made tremendous progress. the automakers and autoworkers, getting them to align on
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electric vehicles. look what we're doing offshore wind. we know we have 58 million homes now that are operating with clean energy so we are making progress but have a far way to go and we need congress to step up. >> let's go there. >> tax credits and incentives. >> let's talk about congress and moving forward. >> it was never put up for a vote, the party said that it would potentially go an incremental path, maybe here, smaller chunks of it. is that dead? the policies proposed as part of the legislation moving forward? it looks unlikely as we move closer to the midterms. >> i think the law the president designed and he got that over
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the finish line. >> yes, but there was continuing negotiation on that, ms. mccarthy. are there even talks with joe manchin about this? >> there are quiet discussions on going and you're right. out of any package that moves forward, and we expect one to move we need to get one that are important and our opinion for the american families to cut their costs and clean energy, there are things joe manchin wants, too, senator manchin. we'll keep working through those and have every intention to keep pushing congress because these are not just little things we need to add on. these are substantive efforts to actually make sure that we can grow jobs in this country and manufacturing and clean energy that we can move forward with solar and wind, and that's going to be important to american
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families and their pocketbooks. >> gina mccarthy, thank you as always. the justice department is appealing to bring masks back to public transportation after the cdc determined face coverings are still needed. we'll talk about the future of a federal mask mandate. it can b be a smaller house, but a bigger nest egg. a goal to work toward, or the freedom to walk away. with 200 years of experience, personalized advice, and commission free trades on an award-winning app, we are working for you. planning. investing. advice. jp morgan wealth management. right before mike decided to say yes... he learned he had ibs-c and could eat it with linzess. it explained why his constition with belly pain wouldn't go away. and why the belly pa, discomfort, and bloating couldn't be kept at bay.
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