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hello and a very warm welcome to our viewers joining us in the united states and all around the world. i'm ea a suarez coming to you live from lviv. we're following the breaking news in the war across the country and the battle from mariupol just ahead. >> translator: for two days now, the enemy has broken into the territory of the plant. >> we will continue to do everything to get all our people out of mariupol and azovstal.
>> they have to open a new chapter, my family's new chapter. >> terrible crimes are being committed as we speak, so each and every day brings more evidence. >> it is a different world right at this moment because of ukraine and russia. welcome to the show. it is 11:00 a.m. here in ukraine and we're waiting word on whether russia has made good on its latest pledge to allow civilians to evacuate from the azovstal steel plant in mariupol. humanitarian corridors announced by moscow are supposed to be open right now, in fact as of two hours ago, but that promise to pause fighting comes as russian forces have been doing the opposite. in mariupol officials say the complex faced nonstop shelling overnight, describing a situation as being like hell on earth. those were his words. while civilians are trapped there, along with the city's last ukrainian defenders as well as 30 children, a ukrainian
commander inside the plant said despite the escalations, they have been able to hold off the russian advances. have a listen. >> translator: for two days now, the enemy has broken into the territory of the plant. these are heavy bloody battles. i'm proud of my soldiers who are making super human efforts to contain the enemy's onslaught. >> for ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy, he says 344 people were evacuated from mariupol as well as nearby areas on wednesday. what we don't know is if any of them were rescued from the steel plant. the ukrainian military says russians have had, quote, no success with efforts to break through the frontlines in low mask and donetsk regions over the past 24 hours and ukraine has said russian forces have made few advances in that area despite heavy bombardments. a missile strike hit the city of kramatorsk in the donetsk region
overnight, and at least six people were injured and a school and several buildings were severely damaged. new drone footage meanwhile from the town in the luhansk region shows stunning devastation left behind by russian attacks. there was intense street fighting. but progress is being reported in a counter offensive in the kharkiv region where forces have taken back more territory. ukraine has now retaken the village just 13 miles from the russian border. this is the latest village to come back under ukrainian control in the last two weeks. more now on the dire situation for that steel plant in mariupol. sara sidner reports on the
escalating battles being fought in there. >> translator: our brave boys are defending this fortress, but it is really hard. >> reporter: a grueling bloody battle as russian forces try to extinguish the last pocket of ukrainian fighters hold up in mariupol's sprawling steel plant. video from russian separatists shows tanks moving in, a barrage of explosions from the air. according to a senior u.s. defense official, a couple thousand russian forces are still in the devastated city. russia's defense minister claims putin's forces have reliably blocked the ukrainian fighters cornered in the plant. the plant still holds despite the attacks. o"outfront" spoke to one of the commanders inside the plant and he spoke about their fight. >> translator: we will be fighting as long as it is needed
despite extremely difficult conditions. >> reporter: according to the mayor of mariupol, there are still hundreds of civilians inside that plant, including 30 children. and tonight, ukraine's president volodymyr zelenskyy in a private phone call was urging the u.n. secretary-general to help save the lives of those who remain in danger. and for those who managed to escape, you can see in their faces how far difficult it has been. little food, no water, none of life's essentials. a far cry from the way things used to be. >> translator: this one girl said you can start your life on a new page, but i don't want to. my previous pages were so clean and light. i want to go back to my pages. and i know that it is impossible. >> and while the grinding assault continues, a different story is told in russia. a state tv host returning to the
air after visiting mariupol and he claims that those remaining in mariupol don't want russia to leave. propaganda plain and simple. >> sara sidner reporting there. as you can imagine, the number of ukrainians fleeing the fighting is rising by the day. the u.n. says more than 5.6 million people have left ukraine since the war began, that is almost 8 million others internally displaced within ukraine, many of them of course as you can imagine in dire need. and move ukraine is a group working to build homes and provide other aid. i worked with its project director last hour and asked him what the greatest need was right now. >> what we're seeing is from our donors that there is a marked decrease in the amount of food supplies. >> why is that? >> because of the cost of food, the logistics are still there, but the cost of the food is going through the roof.
and therefore a lot of donors are finding themselves looking for other suppliers. for example going through turkey, the canadian/ukrainian foundation that has been supplying us with food packets have been going through turkey now to supply us with those food boxes for the idps. >> what i heard, i mean, and sorry, my phone just alerted me that this is a siren going off here in lviv warning us of course that there could be missiles going over the area. this is something that we have seen more often the last 24 hours. i think yesterday there were two or three. >> yes. >> so definitely becoming more frequent. this is obviously the first alert. i get it first on my phone and then we are told obviously this is a level for people to go into bunkers. so we'll monitor the situation of course. but what i was saying was that yesterday the mayor of -- deputy mayor of lviv was on the show
and he was saying to me, look, what we were seeing targeting russia's targeting, supply lines, infrastructure, but he was more worried about the impact on food and the tdeliver of food. >> certainly we know that the russians have been removing about 400,000 tons of grains from ukraine to russia. russia is targeting grain elevators in ukraine. russia is obviously mining agricultural fields. all of this, this combination, will result in increases in prices in grains, primarily in wheat. >> and i mean, that -- using food as a method of course of -- of war, it is incredibly important here. and something that you have talked about. >> yes. it remind he is many ukrainians of the 32, '33 famine in
ukraine. people know that. and this is why for many, many decades people plant their own gardens to make sure that they have enough food to eat. yes. >> in terms of what you are doing on the ground and the stories you're hearing, give me a sense of what people are telling you. of course many have left as we outlined there in that graphic, but there are 7 million plus people displaced. huge challenges right now in this country. >> this is move ukraine.org, we realize that 7 million people need homes. and this is what we are doing today. we are rebuilding student dormitories, we are building modular homes for the idps so that they have a place to stay. and we are trying to integrate them into the communities in western ukraine. very important. we want to have happy people.
we don't want to have ghettos. so it is important that we create communities. and that is what move ukr ukraine.org does. and during that interview there with john, you heard the sirens sounding. that was the first warning really of airstrikes, potential airstrikes, in the area. we are now -- what you are hearing behind me now is the green light, the next round of sirens really that is giving us the green light. so it has taken about an hour or so, people really staying in bunkers, staying safe until of course we get the green light from authorities. but you are hearing that now. so that is very good news. for more on the other top stories of course i want go back to max foster in london. >> thank you very much. this is the way of life really for people living there now. the u.s. federal reserve hoping a happen interest rate hike will help inflation.
and more increases are on the way as well. wall street, the dow jumped more than 900 points, nasdaq and s&p 500 also finished with big gains. more now from richard quest. >> the market had been well primed to expect a half a percentage point rise. indeed over the past few weeks, they have been told repeatedly that was on the table. so if the fed hadn't done what it did, it would have been a shock. initially the market took it all in its stride, but then half an hour later in the press conference, the chair of the fed jerome powell said that he was not expecting the situation to require a three-quarter percentage point, 75 basis points increase in the future. that the market took as being good news. in other words the situation wasn't so bad that things would have to get worse. the market went up like a rocket. so now everyone is waiting for the next meeting and whether
there is 50 basis points there and the one after that. they know that interest rates are going somewhere between 2.5% and 3.25%. it is a question of how far and how fast. if things go according to plan, the fed will have engineered a soft landing and will avoid a recession. but for those private economists that believe that won't be possible, that the rate rises will have to be so dramatic that the economy will slow down so severely it will tip into recession. to be honest, on that the jury is still out. richard quest, cnn, new york. u.s. president biden says he hopes to reduce inflation by reducing defendant sit. the white house on wednesday, he discussed his plans and emphasized the benefits of his stimulus measures. >> we recovered faster than projected. a report 6.7 million jobs
created last year, most in the first year of any president in american history. and the fastest economic growth in any year in nearly four decades. and looking ahead, i have a plan to reduce the deficit even more which will help recuse inflationary pressures and lower everyone's costs for families. >> russia's war in ukraine is pushing energy prices higher and supply chain problems from the pandemic is still disrupting the economy. u.s. treasury secretary janet yellen said the fed needs to strike the right balance. >> i'm certain that the fed will try to use its deployance tools to achieve a soft landing where the economy can continue to grow, we avoid a recession, but inflation comes down. i said before that the fed will need to be skillful and also lucky to achieve that. but i believe that it is a
combination that is possible. >> kristie lu stout is live in hong kong with us. and extraordinary to see these markets move in the way that they do. it is mysterious sometimes, but very difficult to predict how all of these headwinds will come together over the coming year. >> the situation is very fluid, isn't it. earlier today we saw gains on the markets across asia. now it is becoming a little bit more of a mixed picture after the federal reserve as expected hiked interest rates by half a percentage point, its highest level hike since the year 2000, and it also signaled additional tightening ahead all in a bid to rein in inflation which is at its highest level since the 1980s. u.s. markets surged when they heard those comments from the u.s. fed chief. he said that the committee was not actively considering an even bigger rate cut, but analysts that we've been talking to are saying that there will be more pain in the pipeline, they are concerned that the pace of the tightening could draw the u.s.
economy into recession. we are near the end of the trading day here in hong kong, across asia. let's bring up a picture of what asian markets look like right now. and if we bring up the data for you, you can see the shanghai composite, it gained 0.7%. but hong kong hang seng after green arrows all day is now down more than a third of 1%. from asia, we've also been monitoring u.s. futures to see bat what the u.s. markets will look like when they open. and you will see down arrows, dow futures down about 0.3%, nasdaq 0.65%, s&p 500 about half of 1 brs%. inflation in the u.s. is at its heist level in four decades and americans are feeling it with the increase in prices, of homes, of groceries, of gas as well. retail sales remain strong. economists point out a phenomenon called revenge spending. after two years of pandemic,
consumers are still buying stuff. but if you look at that momentary uplift in the markets, earlier in the day here in asia, analysts i've been talking to are saying look, it is not all good news. listen to this. >> i think the market is getting very, very badly wrong about what the fed said. the fact that the fed didn't do 75 when the market was maybe thinking about it shows once again the fed is behind the curve. we have supply side inflation, which is going to get worse because of what the fed just did. >> and the global economy is facing two additional challenges, the ongoing war in ukraine as well as a strict and punishing zero covid policy in china which has had a negative impact on domestic consumer spending inside the country as well as wreaking havoc on the global supply chain. >> so much to consider. thank you for joining us with
that. still to come, the head of the u.s. centers for disease control issues a disturbing warning about what might happen if federal abortion rights are overturned. plus a string of tornadoes ripped through parts of texas and oklahoma. but in some areas that is only the beginning of their trouble with severe weather. i mean, obviously, let it out. ghaa. yeah, i'm not really sure if this is working either.
anger spilled into the streets again over the supreme court's likely plans to strike down the landmark abortion rights law roe v. wade. the ruling is not yet opinion, but the leaked opinion has set off protests and the top court may be feeling the heat in the court of public opinion. wednesday night crews installed fencing around the entire perimeter to keep protesters at bay. polling shows the majority of americans support legalized abortion. meanwhile the director of the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention is warning more people may die if roe is overturned because not all american women will have access to safe and legal abortions.
>> those without resources will cross state lines and those who don't have the resources may take matters in to their own hands and may not get the care that they need. and i do think that lives could be at stake in that situation. >> the u.s. congresswoman from california says it hurts to admit, but she believes nothing can stop the supreme court from throwing out roe. jackie speer explained what can be done. >> so the next step is raising everyone's awareness about how diabolical this draft statement really is. because justice alito has every intention good this goes forward as drafted to do away with the right to abortion completely. it would be totally left up to the states. and all you have to do is look across this country, the states are made a majority of them are by men who make these decisions.
and we basically have a situation where we will have government mandated pregnancies that women will have to endure. and to think that so many of these colleagues have been smarting about having to wear masks, that that was infringing on their personal rights, but you are now going to take control of my uterus? i don't think so. >> she was the first member of congress to share her own experience with abortion on the house floor over philanlanned parenthood funding years ago. oklahoma was hit by a tornado in the town of seminole leaving a number of buildings damaged. there are no initial reports of injuries. storms and flooding are expected to continue though for hours. more than 12,000 homes and businesses in the state have lost power. earlier in the day tornado watches were issued for millions
of people across oklahoma and texas. parts of the u.s. have been pummeled by severe storms and tornadoes for several straight days. oklahoma is by no means the only state that took a pounding from tornadoes. derek van dam has more on that. >> that's right, it wasn't only the state of oklahoma, texas also had tornadoes reported. and this is a time lapse, so this is sped up a little bit, you can see some of the vehicles exiting the area to try to get out of harm's way. this was just one of eight confirmed tornadoes reported on wednesday. look at all the wind and hail reports as well. it has been an extremely active severe weather season. the past six weeks have proven to be very, very busy and it is not just only wind and tornado reports, we've had extremely large hail as well. check this out, we're talking about grapefruit size hail in some locations across texas. that is just incredible and very dangerous. now, unfortunately we have
another round of severe weather today across the mid mississippi river valley, this is the area that we'll keep an eye to the sky as a cold front races eastward, helps trigger the thunderstorms. the interaction with the warm humid air from the gulf of mexico with the colder air settling in behind this particular cold front will allow for the thunderstorms to develop. and then move eastward as well. so we have a multiday severe weather event ongoing. today's risk enhanced from little rock, arkansas right through shreveport, louisiana, even into eastern sections of texas. and a slight risk for atlanta and charlotte. and on top of this, flash flood watches and warnings continue across missouri and oklahoma where upinches of rain have already fallen. and a moderate risk for this area for flash flooding. and now u.s. president joe biden is sharpening his rhetoric against the republicans ahead of the high stakes midterm elections when control of
congress will be at stake. on wednesday, he went after what he called the ultra maga attend. he said that maga republicans are protecting billionaires at the expense of working class americans and took aim at senator rick scott's economic plan. take a listen. >> let me tell you about this ultra maga agenda. it is extreme has most maga things are. it will actually raise taxes on 75 million american families. over 95% of whom make less than $100,000 a year. >> mr. biden claims his administration will reduce the deficit by record amounts as opposed to trump's administration which increased the deficit every year that he was in office. newly obtained audio from the "new york times," two days after trump fomented the saugs
assault on the capitol, lawmakers talked about invoking the 25th amendment. but kevin mccarthy privately asked an aide what if anything could be done. >> i think the options that have been cited by the democrats so far are the 25th amendment which is not exactly an elegant solution here. >> that takes too long. it could go back to the house, right? >> the rub aide then responded, correct. during the call, mccarthy condemns trump's behavior and said that he wanted to reach out to president-elect joe biden in hopes of a smooth transition. >> what the president did is and you troh atrocious and totally . we're 12 days away. i mean, the one point i'd make with biden, he needs cabinet
members, he's got secretary of defense, and you put everything else away, this country is very, very divided. >> cnn has reached out to mccarthy's office for comment on that audio, invoking the 25th amendment would require then vice president michael bloomberg a -- mike pence and majority of the cabinet to oust trump in the office. son of donald trump met with the house select committee investigating the january 6th insurrection on tuesday. the interview was conducted remotely, lasted a little more than three hours, and was cordial. trump jr. did not assert the fifth amendment and answered the committee's questions. now still to come, a few eu countries are not on board with the proposal to ban russian oil imports, we'll have details on why they are opposed. and new details in the case of an alabama correctional officer accused of helping an inmate escape jail.
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the kremlin is calling sanzs double edged weapon as the european union preepoposed a si sanctions package on russia. meantime the european union may find it tricky to implement its propose to ban russian oil. slovakia and hungary say they need at least a three year transition period. here is more from a prime minister spokesperson.
>> we are reliant on russian oil 65% and russian gas 85%. it is a situation we have inherited. as a matter of fact it remained with us against the efforts of this government for the past years to increase energy diversification. >> let's get more on all of this, melissa bell is live in paris. where does this leave the proposed plan from the eu, does it skuter it at all the fact that they are not all singing from the same hymn sheet? >> we're likely to look at exemptions, for some countries that are most dependent on the russian oil, hungary and slovakia, but also bulgaria, fib land, countries for their energy mix they get more than 75% of the oil that they import from outside the eu from russia. and so there is a massive organization that they are being asked to carry out about their
energy mix, their supplies, the infrastructure involved, et cetera, et cetera. so what we're likely to see are exemptions for some countries, but we're hearing, we heard from france's energy minister this morning, that they are confident that by the end of the week this will be agreed. we're talking about the unanimous approval of the 27. so it is essential that those exemptions are made for those countries for whom that it would simply be impossible to ban russian oil for the next six to eight months. important thing is the determination, the unity that the european union believe that they can show with this, which they believe will make a significant dent into russian economy. when you look at one thing that we're tracking, the amount of money brought into russian coffers by energy imports in to the european union, it is to the order since the start of the war of some 52 billion euros. of that, about 30 billion come from gas, but more than 20 billion from oil. and that gives you an idea of
just how much money will set of sanctions if approved and the understanding or belief of the european leaders that it will be, takes place. >> we've also heard, melissa, a new round of sanctions from the uk on russia including i believe on media companies. what more can you tell us about this? >> that's right. the latest british round of sanctions follow also clearly what the european union has been announcing which is looking at the services sector. so things like preventing companies dealing with advertising for instance, pr, setting those services to russia. so another set of companies that will find their business curtailed by a fresh set of sanctions and also going further than the european union has so far with regards to russian me media. organizations like sput thick
r "sputnik" russia today. and now further things like internet. and so going much further in their banning of any kind of information or content coming from those outlets towards the european union or the united kingdom. another step once again against russia. >> melissa bell for us in paris. thanks vemp. and that does it for me for this hour. i'll send it back to max foster who is tracking the other top stories. the sheriff in lauderdale county, alabama says authorities are following up on several leads in the search for an alabama correctional officer and the inmate she is accused of helping escape from jail. officer vicky white and inmate casey white were last seen leaving a detention facility last friday. the two are not related. now the sheriff is urging the correctional officer to turn herself in. amara walker has more details. >> reporter: correction officer vicky white's patrol car seen here on surveillance friday
morning, less than 10 minutes that she escorted casey white into the back seat of her patrol car and drove off. authorities say that they were headed here to the florence square shopping center nearby where her getaway car was parked, a 2007 copper colored ford edge that authorities say she purchased and parked here the night before amid the line of used cars for sale. >> we had a witness that saw it there because he was looking at the cars that were for sale, noticed that it wasn't for sale or didn't have a information sale sign on it, which he thought was unusual. and when the news broke about that the patrol car was found there, he called in and said hey, i saw this car out there. >> reporter: more evidence is emerging that indicates that the escape was planned in advance. court documents show that the assistant director of corrections for this northwest alabama county sold her home two weeks prior for just over $95,000, well below the current market value of nearly $205,000.
she moved in next door to live with her mother who told cnn off camera that she had no idea what was about to happen. and that she just wants her daughter to come home alive. the sheriff says the special relationship between 56-year-old vicky white and 38-year-old casey white who was awaiting trial on capital murder charges may have started in 2020 while he was serving a 75 year prison sentence for a series of crimes including a 2015 home invasion. the two are not related. >> we know that there was communication between the two other than when she was at work. we think that there was, you know, a connection there. >> romantic connection. >> yeah. >> reporter: and the thsheriff d these words of advice -- >> vicky, you've been in this business for 17 years, you've seen the scenario play out more than once and you know how it always ends. >> reporter: vicky white was set to retire after 17 years of service. her last day was supposed to be the same day as the escape. >> just stunned.
>> reporter: lauderdale county district attorney chris connelly says he worked with vicky nearly every day for those 17 years and described her as the most reliable person at the jail. >> i would have trusted her with my life. i really would have. i thought that much of her. >> reporter: while the u.s. marshal says that they are dangerous and could be armed, a warning from a woman who is in hiding after she says that she was targeted by casey white in that home invasion. >> if she is still alive, get the hell out. run, run, run as far as you can. >> reporter: the sheriff tells me that they have been beth getting good leads thanks to all the media attention. he also tells me that he does not believe the fugitives are still in alabama. it turns out the public was not supposed to know about the getaway car, that 2007 ford edge suv. in fact, it was an unnamed police agency that accidentally leaked this information on social media. so now the assumption is that
casey white and vicky white have abandoned this vehicle and are now in a different getaway car. am with ara walker, florence, c. and there is a mass round of testing and a large portion the capital has been effectively shutdown. a live report from hong kong next for you. if respect you said you'd never do a lot of things. but you never knew all the things a dog couldld do for yo. and with resolve you never havae to worry about the mess. love the love, resolve the mess.
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reported weekly death loss since march 2020. but this trend while welcome don't tell the full story. driven by omicron subvariants, we're seeing an increase in reported cases in americas and africa. >> nearly 20 million people in beijing are going through a sixth round of covid testing today. the chinese capital is pushing ahead with the mass testing despite the high cost and relatively low case numbers, averaging around just 50 a day. beijing's largest district is now essentially shut down due to china's zero covid policy. and its 3.5 million residents being urged to work from home. anna coren is covering this for us. so much nervousness in the capital considering what has happened in shanghai. >> reporter: yeah, i mean shanghai, you've got about 4600 daily cases today. i mean, that is down from the 5000s which it has been hovering
the past week. but look at shanghai, it has been in lockdown for more than a month and that is something that beijing is doing everything in either power to avoid. i mean, you've got 50 cases in beijing, 50 cases, and yet they have locked down basically 3.5 million people in the busiest largest district of beijing. for the rest of this capital, you are talking about restaurants being suspended, in-dining has been suspended, schools have gone online, entertainment venues, sporting venues have all been closed. they basically want people to stay at home. but of course, max, it is not just beijing and shanghai. according to cnn, you know, we believe that there are about 28 cities around china that are in either full or partial lockdown. yes, beijing, shanghai, they obviously get most of the attention, but this is happening
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newow to the legal case makg headlines. amber heard took to the stand in the case filed by her ex-husband johnny depp. she detailed the early days of their relationship claiming that she endured physical and sexual abuse. >> i just laughed because i thought he was joking. and he slapped me across the face. and i laughed. i laughed because i -- i didn't know what else to do. i thought this must be a joke. this must be a joke.
because i didn't know what was going on. i just stared at him. kind of laughing still, thinking that he was going to start laughing too to tell me it was a joke, but he didn't. he said you think it is so funny, you think it is so [ bleep ]. and he slapped me again. >> depp is suing heard for $58 million over a 2018 op-ed where she described herself as a victim of domestic abuse. in earlier testimony, depp said he had never struck a woman and that heard was abusive towards him. heard will return to the stand thursday. and police say dave chappelle is okay after while being attacked on stage. a chaotic scene was on stage as security responded and subdued the attacker. the suspect is 23-year-old isaiah lee, but a motive remains
unclear. and stephanie elam has the latest. >> reporter: comedian dave chappelle attacked on stage while performing at the hollywood bowl. video taken just moments after the assault shows the alleged attacker being subdued as a shocked audience looks on. krc cnn's rachel crane was sitting near the front row. >> out of nowhere, a gentleman jumps up from the audience and tackles dave chappelle. the thing that caught my eye immediately was that the gentleman was wearing a backpack, that is what got me scared. my mind immediately went to this man is wearing a bomb. it was quite scary. >> reporter: and the lapd says the suspect was armed with a knife made to look like a replica handgun. he was taken to a hospital for treatment and was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. any motive for the attack
remains unknown. cnn has reached out to the hollywood bowl for comment. netflix said we strongly defend the right of standup comedians to perform on stage without fear of violence. and in a statement to cnn, a representative for chappelle said in part that the comedian refuses to allow last night's incident to overshadow the magic of the historic moment. a celebratory chappelle returned to the stage alongside jamie foxx and chris rock who used the moment to make light of his own recent on stage assault at the academy awards. >> is that will smith? >> reporter: chappelle was not hurt, but the attack, sendcond just over a month, raises questions about security concerns and safety for performers. >> felt like an eternity before the security got there and, you know, intervened. in actuality, i'm sure it was just a few seconds. but it was a very charged moment and everybody -- there were gasps, screams. not crazy screams, but like
everyone was very alarmed by what had just happened. >> reporter: and dave chappelle's representative calling this incident unfortunate and unsettling, and said that the comedian is cooperating with the police investigation. stephanie elam, cnn, hollywood. >> that does it here. and our coverage concerns with "early start."
welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. it is thursday, may 5, happy pi cinco de mayo. >> feeling like i went away for two days and the world changed. a lot to get to this morning. and we start here, the biden administration and democrats in congress scrambling right now for ways to protect abortion rights in america. president biden vows his administration will be ready if the supreme court sticks to that draft opinion that leaked, viking down roe v. wade. the way the opinion is written leading many including the president to question what other rights are now in jeopjeopardy. >> what happens if you have state changes the law saying that children who are lgbtq can't be in classrooms can other children? is that legit under the way that the decision is written? what are the next things that are going to be attacked? >>
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