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golodryga in for kate bolduan. we begin with new developments on the war in ukraine. ukraine says russian forces fired hypersonic missiles at a shopping mall, two hotels and other targets in odesa. at least one person was killed in the attack. near kharkiv, russian troops attacked a civilian convoy. several people were reportedly killed including a 13-year-old girl. and more evidence of russian atrocities are being uncovered. ukrainian officials say they found the bodies of 44 civilians in the rubble of a five-story building. all this as gas prices hit a new record high here in the u.s., and stock markets near their lowest levels of the year. we are just minutes away from president biden delivering remarks on his administration's efforts to fight soaring inflation. we'll bring it to you live when it happens. let's begin in ukraine, cnn's scott mclean is live in lviv. scott, what is the latest on the ground there? >> hey, bianna. officials in odesa, they've been
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getting -- they've been bracing for a while for these missile strikes they saw. the city has been getting hit for weeks now, so they were expecting that on may 9th, russia's victory day, there would be a new barrage of attacks. that's what they got with missile strikes up and down the black seacoast the one of those strikes hit a warehouse causing three warehouses to catch fire. you mentioned that shopping mall that was also hit, ukrainians say with seven missiles. this is a large american style mall, a huge parking lot, a lot of international stores in there, and what's remarkable, bianna is that only one person was killed, five people, we're told security guards at the mall who were there were killed, and what explains this is that nobody was there, and that is because of a government-imposed curfew that the mayor says saved lives. listen. >> translator: regular peace process was taking place. the curfew introduced saved us all. some people ask why do we need
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these excessive measures of precaution. we can see now that they are not excessive. >> now, all of these missile strikes or at least some of these missile strikes came during a visit from the eu council president who was there meeting with the ukrainian prime minister, and during that meeting, we're told by an eu official that he actually had to pause to seek shelter because of some of those incoming missiles. two other ones hit hotels. one of them was a hotel in the southern part of the city right on the beach, right on the coast. this is a hotel that is owned by a pro-russian businessman, was frequently frequented by some russian elites as well. the second hotel was actually outside the city in a village south of odesa right near a very important bridge that's actually been hit a few times over the last few weeks. it is important because it links the entire southwest corner of ukraine to the rest of the country, and it is the only link by road or rail for anyone to get there. so again, unclear whether that hotel was the actual target or
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perhaps something nearby. bianna. >> odesa there a key port city. scott mclean, thank you. finland and sweden could be on the verge of joining nato as russia's unprovoked war on ukraine rages on. a finnish official tells cnn that it's increasingly likely they will apply for nato membership. cnn's nic robertson is live in helsinki with the latest. we've talked about this earlier, this was unthinkable just four months ago. now how soon could this membership happen? >> reporter: the transition has been so far at the moment public support is according to local polls, at least there's 76%, and that really ramped up from about only 30% support for nato before russia invaded ukraine. that was the turning point. tomorrow the foreign affairs committee is going to present its analysis of the government's -- the government's security document, which really sort of outlines why the country could join nato, what would be the benefits of it.
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and on thursday, the president of finland is going to speak and really, as i say, 76% of finns already think supporting nato is a good idea. the president is expected to say very much the same, and the parliament to follow through on the weekend. we've been out on the border with russia. it's a very long border. it will double nato's border if finland does join. it's a surprisingly flimsy border as well. literally a waist high fence of wooden posts set every ten yards apart with wire running between the posts. so a very flimsy border that finland worries russia could attack them across and russia has been very -- since finland said it might join nato. the russian officials have said that they would perhaps have to rebalance the military equation, if you will, along the border meaning that they might move forces closer to the border. so far that hasn't happened, but
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finland does seem set within a matter of days to decide to ask to join nato, and it's expected to be quite a swift process when they do. >> yeah, that calculus has changed there on the ground ever since vladimir putin invaded a sovereign country there in ukraine. nic robertson, thank you. we turn now to washington where president biden is urging congress to quickly pass nearly $40 billion in additional aid for ukraine. the president warning that the current assistance will run out next week. cnn's manu raju is live on capitol hill. two noteworthy developments here, one, that the president agreed to separate covid funding from this bill and that the price tag has been raised from the initial $33 billion. >> yeah, really a staggering amount of money, nearly $40 billion. that's the total package that the house is expected to prove tonight. the senate acts will happen soon after that. this coming averages weeks after congress approved nearly $14 billion, so this will bring about $54 billion total so far
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to the efforts to help ukraine and expect much more money coming down assuming this war continues to drag on. now, this package divided up into several categories, $20.4 billion for military assistance. you see another 8.5 billion in economic assistance for ukraine. 3 billion in humanitarian assistance. $500 million for domestic food production assistance, and an increased food aid to the tune of $3.4 billion and military equipment as well, that food aid a major concern in washington about the impacts that ukraine, this war is having on the global food supply, particularly in the region. now, there are still some back and forth and criticism on both sides about why covid aid was not included, less than half of what the white house wanted has been waiting on action for weeks because it has been stalled over a dispute over the so-called title 42 restrictions at the u.s. border with mexico. republicans want to vote targeting that is part of the covid aid package.
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democrats don't want to give them that vote and the senate appropriations chairperson told me moments ago that republicans need to change course. >> they've already said that they're not -- they will not support covid aid, mitch mcconnell has made that very clear. my concern is i support aid to ukraine. i support aid to the people of the united states and covid. i'm sorry that the republican leader will only support the aid to ukraine, not for the united st states. >> reporter: now, the republicans have gotten behind this bipartisan $10 billion package to deal with covid relief efforts they had demanded to be fully offset, so would not increase the budget deficit. they have agreed to that. it is that procedural dispute over whether to allow an amendment going after the biden administration lifting that title 42 restriction at the border. while that dispute plays out, there's still questions about whether the united states can continue to respond aggressively to this pandemic or if that
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response will suffer if congress continues to dither. >> we'll talk more about covid aid later in this hour. thank you. joining me now cnn military analyst retired lieutenant general mark hurtling, also with us cnn national security analyst steve hall, a former cia chief of russia operations. let me again with you and that barrage of missile strikes on odesa. this isn't the first strike against that important port city. we focus on russia's failure to advance on the ground in ukraine, but what is the message that russia's sending by firing missiles all the way to odesa and ohypersonic missiles at tha? >> you know, i can't figure it out, much like i haven't been able to figure out many of the actions russia is doing, but firing these three hypersonic missiling from a strategic bomber and then releasing the film of it to the world, firing
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missiles, they can travel up to 2,000 miles at 6,000 miles per hour and not hitting strategic target tars with these so-calle strategic missiles fired off a strategic long range bomber. it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, especially given the fact that russia has ships in the black sea that could easily fire cruise caliber missiles. it doesn't make sense they would use these multimillion dollars weapons to destroy those kinds of things. it is sending a signal, especially with the eu secretary general there so it may just have been to send a message, but it's really a dumb message to send in my military point of view. >> yeah, the u.n. secretary general was there in the city over the weekend when they were victims of another attack by russia, so you were right there.
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steve, this morning the director of national intelligence avril haynes testified before lawmakers and said a russian victory in the donbas might not end this war. we've been focusing so much on russia there in the east. does this suggest that vladimir putin may make another attempt at going after kyiv after all? >> yeah, i mean, it certainly is in the realm of the possible, bianna, and one of the things that i think all of us have been trying to struggle with, probably to include vladimir putin is exactly what is going to constitute a win, what is going to constitute a victory for him? apparently the dni has for all source intelligencing miing rep to include our allies who are sharing intelligence with us obviously, the assessment is that he might not stop at the do donbas, and that's important because there is a train of thought that kind of goes like, all right, it's not going well in general in ukraine as mark was just alluding to, and so maybe we'll just take donbas and call it a victory and go home.
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if the intelligence community is saying, well, hold on just a second, we actually have indications that he might not stop there, that's just a thought that he's going to double down and try to continue in a longer war of attrition, which is i think of great concern to the ukrainians and rightfully so. >> well, to follow up on director haynes testimony, she also said there are indications that russia wants to extend a land bridge to transnistria that breakaway region in moldova. could that be why they are once again targeting odesa to focus on the crucial port cities there in the stouth but also to get t the russian speaking separatists there in moldova? >> yeah, it may be their desire, bianna, and that was part of their original strategic objective is to close the black and the azov seaport to ukraine's economic system. but truthfully, that would only be, again, expanding their requirement for more forces. the dni also said, as well as
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other intelligence agencies that specifically that they just don't have the force to put manpower into the ports of kherson, mykolaiv, odesa and then on to transnistria. so whereas they may have that desire to continue that land bridge, they don't have the force capability in many people's view, and i'm one of those. they just seem to be trying to figure out where to go next as steve just said. they don't have an end state in te terms of what they can accomplish based on the military forces they have in the region. >> vladimir putin has promised the russian people not to bring in conscripts to this fighting, what he's not calling a war but we all know for the sake of it is a war. this goes to the bigger issue of how this all ends. president biden last night said at a fundraiser that he himself is worried that vladimir putin doesn't have a way out of this now. do you share those concerns, and if so, what are some of the options that most importantly at this point ukraine would be on
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board with? >> yeah, really that's the big question is what's going to constitute victory? what can vladimir putin feel like he can walk away with? is there anything short of complete domination over ukraine or short of that, a protracted war, sort of like we saw in all the other russian conflicts, whether it's check hnya or syri whether that would be significant for him to sell to the russian population and other russian leaders in his inside circle saying, yes, we're still doing the right thing. it's going to cost us time. the only thing the dni mentioned as well which is of some concern, is the unpredictability factor. what happens if vladimir putin feels i don't know what i'm left with, i've got to do something significant. i think we have to be careful not to self-edit out of fear of that, but it is a legitimate question, policy and intelligence wise, what would vladimir putin do if faced with there's nothing else i can do, and that's a question i don't think we know yet. >> yeah, she said that he may
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use and resort to nuclear weapons if he feels that russia is facing existential threat, but what is that threat? that's the big unknown. lieutenant general mark hurtling, steve hall, thank you as always. and coming up, gas prices are going up as the war in ukraine and inflation worsens. in just moments, president biden will outline what he will do about that. stay with us. ostbusters, baseball, ghostbusteters, baseball... ♪ it's good to be back! that is one foul ball. let's do this! ♪ cross the stream! ♪ get your tv together with the best of live and on demand. directv stream. call 1-800-directv more protection, more sun, more joy. neutrogena®each defense® the suncare branused most by dermatologists d their families,
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only from maybelline new york gas prices in the u.s. are once again soaring to a new record high. aaa reports the national average of regular gasoline is now $4.37 a gallon, that's up $0.17 in just the last week. cnn's pete muntean is live at a gas station in cincinnati, ohio, with more. these numbers are just going in
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the wrong direction, pete. >> reporter: and they're rising so fast, bianna. you know, earlier here in this neighborhood it was $4.09 for a gallon of regular. now $4.37. that's higher than the national average for a gallon of regular according to aaa. now $4.37. the last time we saw a number this high, this actually surpassed even completely beat out the previous record, was $4.33 back on march 11th, highest number we saw since july of 2008, but this is going up so fast, just a week ago it was $4.20. back a year ago, $2.97, kind of hard to think about when you consider the numbers today. this is going up so quickly because brent crude is trading higher, there's a lot of uncertainty because of the war in ukraine, a lot of uncertainty in europe and suppliers really have not upped their production since the depths of the pandemic. i just want you to listen now to
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aaa which says $4.50 gas not completely out of the question. >> it's entirely possible that the upward pressure on gasoline prices are going to continue because the war certainly doesn't look like it's going anywhere, but summer driving season is just kicking in. wrmer warmer weather, longer days. people are going to be out on the roads, more demand for gas gasoline. >> reporter: i said the gas was $4.37 on the way in, it's actually $4.39, it's easy to get the numbers mixed up when it's going up so quickly. a lot of people here in cincinnati are just going across the river into kentucky, just checked gas buddy, some of the lowest prices in the region here are just across the state line, although aaa says really not all that productive when you're driving around hunting for gas. just go to where you need to go. >> we know demand's going to only go up as we approach memorial day weekend as well. pete muntean, thank you. the soaring prices at the pump are dealing another blow to
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the u.s. economy. in just moments, president biden will deliver remarks about his plans to fight inflation. joining me now to talk about this, cnn white house correspondent john harwood and cnn global economic analyst ra na foroohar, she is a columnist and associate editor at "the financial times." gone are the days when the administration can, you know, dismiss inflation as just something that's transitory. they're no longer using that word. this is clearly a major concern for americans, for the federal reserve, for the president now. earlier measures that he took such as alleviating supply chain constraints at ports and releasing oil from the strategic petroleum reserve didn't move the needle much. what more can he actually do? >> not all that much that's going to be much more effective than what he's done. it wasn't just president biden who said inflation was going to be transitory. that was also the view of the federal reserve in 2021. there were people, larry summers most conspicuously who were
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warning that the american rescue plan was too big and that inflation pressures were about to accelerate. larry summers turns out it appears to have been right. so in terms of what the president can do now, this is mainly the federal reserve's job, as you know, bianna, he's done a few things, released oil from the strategic reserve, tried to smooth out supply chains, get ports operating on a more 24/7 kind of basis. there are things you can do. there are things in his legislative agenda that would bring down prescription drug costs and the semiconductor bill would try to address the shortage of semiconductors, although it wouldn't happen immediately. there are some additional things he could do that are pretty unpopular, getting rid of tariffs on china might have some modest effect, but there are geopolitical ramifications there. increasing immigration would help slow down or cool off these overly tight labor markets, but
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that's not very popular, so the likelihood is that the president is going to continue doing some of the things that he's been doing, make some gestures that are going to have only a modest impact and try to counter the message from republicans. >> but one could argue that the administration is at least arguing that those stimulus checks have cushioned some of the blow from this inflation and that inflation -- >> double-edged sword. >> it's not just a u.s. problem, right? it's something we're seeing happening around the world. let's talk about the federal reserve. combatting inflation largely now lies with them. they began to raise interest rates last week. at the time we saw fed chair powell say that he felt pretty confident about what he called a softish landing for the economy. explain to our viewers what that means and the likelihood that the fed can lower inflation without putting the economy into a recession. >> yeah, well, let's be clear. the action is all with the fed and has been not just for months or quarters but for years and even decades, and you know, i
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have -- larry summers and other centrist democrats may be blaming biden's fiscal policy, not the main factor here. the fed has always been the main factor. we have had a huge and unprecedented money dump following the 2008 crisis, which, frankly, you know, centrists on both sides of the aisle have a lot to answer for for that crisis, and we've had decades of easy money, and the bill is now coming due. now, you can argue that the fed was a little bit late this time around on raising rates. you can argue that, but they are doing it now. they say they're committed to sticking with this to fight inflation. they've also made some pretty unprecedented comments about potential market volatility. they said on monday, look, we are entering a period of volatile trading the likes of which we haven't seen in a while. they're saying buckle in american public, we're going to fight inflation, but it's going to be tough. >> john, we're also expecting to hear something similar to what we heard from the president last week, and that is going after republicans.
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today going after the republicans' plans, which he says would raise taxes in terms of fighting and tackling inflation. is that true? is that the republican plan? and what is the republican plan? >> well, it's true that it's rick scott's plan for his own reasons, rick scott, who is the head of the senate republican campaign committee might want to run for president, was appealing to conservatives with the plan that's pretty much the opposite of what would assist ordinary americans with inflation. it calls for taxing people whose incomes are now too modest, that they owe federal income taxes. he talks about sun setting federal programs, which tend to help people who don't have a lot of money, and he's talking about slashing the irs budget, which is involved in enforcement of the tax laws in particular auditing high income people like rick scott. now, is it going to happen? is it the republican plan? no, mitch mcconnell knows that it's a very unpopular plan that scott proposed so he said we're
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not going to pass it, but that's the to and fro of politics that we're going to see for the next six months before midterms. >> the republicans focussing on inflation while the white house would like to focus on an economy that in any other circumstance would be doing very, very well, john harwood, ra na foroohar, if the president is on time we'll have you back as we bring the president's remarks to you live when he speaks. an escaped inmate back behind bars, the former corrections officer who police say helped her is now dead. the dramatic end t to their manhunt is up ahead. dove knows we damage our hair a lot my hair i curl it. i have to use a lot of heat new dove hair therapy shampoo & conditioner witheramide & peptide. it nourishes at a cellular level to rescudamaged hair. discover 10 x ronger hair with new dove hair therapy rescue and protect. do your eyes bother you? because after all these emails my eyes feel like a combo of
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the manhunt came to an end here in evansville. officials tracked them down because of a tip from a car wash where one of the vehicles they had in evansville was at that car wash. they then tracked it to another vehicle and a hotel where they believe they were staying here. when they went to that hotel, they found them in a third car, a cadillac that we hadn't seen before. they gave chase. here's how the sheriff here describes the very end of this nationwide manhunt. >> it was a short pursuit. they went through a factory parking lot and went through a grassy area. our task force officers rammed the vehicle, pushed them into a ditch. at that time we went to investigate who's in the vehicle, what's going on. she was unconscious with the gunshot wound to her head, and the male suspect gave up without incident. >> reporter: now vicky and casey white share a last name, but they are not related and one thing that casey white said to investigators as they got him
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out of that car, she had already shot herself says authorities here, is that it was his wife. you need to help my wife. they are not aware of them ever being married at any point, but that is certainly something we'll look into. next steps for him, he has been through his first extradition hearing. he's waived his right to an extra extradition hearing here in indiana. it is possible he would be sent back to alabama soon. the sheriff here saying that an autopsy is being performed on vicky white and if he had any role in her death, he could be charged with murder or accessory to murder here in indiana before going back to alabama, back to you. >> yeah, hopefully we'll get more details in that press conference, miguel marquez, thank you. joining me now is matthew fog, a former chief deputy of the u.s. marshal service, also with us percy pitzer a former federal prison warden. thank you for joining us today.
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matthew, let's begin with you, what do you make with how this massive manhunt came to an end? >> well, it's amazing because of the fact i would have thought they would have been up in seattle, halfway across the country now. the fact that they only went maybe 100 miles from the prison is crazy, and then the fact that they were still together. i mean, i thought that a lot of these fugitive investigations, i work when they break out of prison like that, usually they separate. so then i thought maybe there was a chance that he would probably take her out, kill her or something because of the fact that she would be a liability but bottom line is they caught them, got a tip, they moved in on them. we're really good at this stuff when it comes down to tracking fugitives. that's what happened. it seems like they did a really good job of taking them down. >> yeah, well, we still have no confirmation as to how vicky white died. when officers took casey white you heard in miguel's reporting out of the vehicle he told them, y'all help my wife, she shot herself in the head. and then he said i didn't do it. there's a lot of questions
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raised by that single sentence, especially given his background. >> that's right, and i've always said the fact that they had a two-year relationship in the prison. that should have been -- flags should have been all over that, and i'm surprised that the sheriff constantly saying that she was an exemplary employee the fact that she was visiting an inmate. the bottom line is they both had their last name, and maybe they could have been using that information in the prison saying that that was his wife or some relative to him, and maybe that's why some of the security guards seemed to turn their head, but two years you would have had to know there was a special relationship going on with them, and that would have raised all kinds of flags that was normal protocols. >> percy, a big question here is how this could happen and could this happen again. here's what the lauderdale county sheriff told cnn's john berman earlier this morning. >> casey white didn't escape from the facility. he was basically just let out. so you know, that kind of situation, scenario, i don't
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know, it'd be hard -- i couldn't sit here and tell you it would never happen again. i can tell you we've got policies in place to prevent it. >> percy, how concerned would you be about the security at this county jail going forward? >> i would be very concerned. i mean, if there's policies in place, then they never followed them. how in the world can an employee walk an inmate doing 75 years standing trial for murder out of the facility by herself. i mean, that's total negligence on the part of the facility. >> yeah. >> and then could it happen again, if they don't renew their policies, if they don't provide more training, absolutely could happen again. >> and we know that he could very well be transferred as well to another state. percy, you know, the sheriff also said that he believes vicky
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white was the mastermind behind this whole plan because she was the one on the outside,preparat. do you see it that way? >> well, the times that i've seen situations like that, i would wonder what her life outside work was. i mean, why she got involved in this to start with. but i think that he did mold her for two years, and manipulated her. i don't think vicky is a terrible person. i think she got manipulated. i've seen it over and over, and he took advantage of her. whether she shot herself i have questions about that, but i think it will come out in the wash with the investigation and the autopsy. as far as the marshals, i mean, they are good at what they do. and i am very surprised not more
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people -- >> now unfortunately we'll never be able to hear from vicky white in terms of what motivated her. matthew fogg, percy pitzer, thank you, we appreciate it. coming up, president biden is urging congress to act quickly to get ukraine billions of dollars in new aid and more covid funding, so how will they get it all? i talk to a democratic senator up next. as a main street bank, pnc has helped over 7 million kids develop their passion for learning through our grow up great initiative. and now, we're providing billions of dollars
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we are just moments away from hearing president biden speak on and address inflation. the president is also calling on congress to immediately approve $40 billion in aid for ukraine. the president says funding is set to run out in about ten days, and he wants congress to do it without 10 billion in covid money that congress has struggled to pass for weeks now. joining me now is democratic senator tina smith. senator, thanks so much for joining us. so president biden reversing course here now agreeing to decouple covid and ukraine funding. do you think that's the right call, and will it get this package for ukraine approved as quickly as the president is asking for now? >> well, thank you, bianna, it's wonderful to be with you. i mean, i don't think the president -- the president is responding to mitch mcconnell. mitch mcconnell said that it would not pass. republicans would not support
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ukraine aid if it included aid for americans for therapeutics and vaccines and additional testing, which we know we're going to need in the coming months as we move into the fall. so i think the president, you know, had to deal with reality, which is that mitch mcconnell was not going to go along with this. it's very important that we move forward on this ukraine aid. it's $40 billion, it is very much needed. i think we've got bipartisan support for that. i'd like to add that i think it is crucial that we also include in the ukrainian aid support for afghan refugees who are languishing waiting on -- waiting in lines to get a path to being able to work and being able to be here with legal -- legally. it is unconscionable that we are not addressing that need as well. so yes, let's get ukraine aid passed and done as soon as possible, and then it's urgently important that we move forward on the covid aid, which is also absolutely essential. >> yeah, important that you brought up the afghan refugee
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crisis. let's talk more about the covid aid because the white house is warning now without any additional resources the u.s. could potentially see 100 million covid-19 infections just this fall and winter. this aid has been stalled for months now. do you worry at all that it loses urgency, though, if the funding is separated from that ukraine aid that is very much needed? >> well, let's keep in mind what happened here. there was bipartisan negotiation between the democrats and mitt romney on the republican side to come up with a covid package, was not all that i think that we need. i believe, for example, it is extremely important that we provide global vaccine aid if we want to finally get control of this pandemic. but you're absolutely right, we need to have a real sense of urgency here. and here's one example why it matters. if we don't take steps right away to purchase the vaccines and therapeutics that are available, then the companies that manufacture these products are going to end up selling them to other countries around the world, and we're going to lose an opportunity to make sure that
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americans have the very best therapeutics and vaccines heading into the fall. so it is not time to be dillydallying around and playing politics with this. that's why i think it was so wrong for senator mcconnell to separate these two things. it would have been better if we'd been able to do them together. that would have been quicker. that would have kept the urgency up for both of them. but if he refuses to do, that then we have to move quickly on covid very soon. >> yeah. another urgent issue for democrats is codifying abortion rights and that's something that you're going to vote on tomorrow, a bill that would codify access to abortion into federal law. democrats don't have the votes to pass this, so is this just to get republicans on the record here? >> well, let's understand first what this vote is. this vote is all about who has the power to decide what happens in women's lives and to women's bodies, and democrats are on the side of the vast majority of americans who say that decision
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should rest with women who know best, who have the capacity to make the best decisions for themselves. so yes, i think it's very important that we put our republican colleagues on record as being completely out of step with where americans are. my republican colleagues have been pushing for decades to overturn roe versus wade, and now what we have is them all sort of running for the hills and trying to change the subject. i think that's what accountability looks like in a democracy, and that's why it's so important that we have this -- that we have this vote. >> it's interesting because republicans are framing this debate over abortion rights in terms of what americans value more, and they're arguing and betting on republicans focusing on the economy and inflation and that's something that's going to get voters to the polls. it was interesting to hear from treasury secretary yellen just this morning because she was asked about the economic impact of overturning roe and she said that it would have a, quote, very damaging effect on the economy. here's her explanation.
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listen. >> roe v. wade and access to reproductive health care including abortion help lead to increased labor force participation. it enabled many women to finish school that increased their earning potential. it allowed women to plan and balance their families and careers, and research also shows that it had a favorable impact on the well-being and earnings of children. >> now, she's basing that on empirical data, but senator rick scott just called that explanation callous and harsh. what do you think about framing this debate in those terms, in terms of economic impact? >> well, i serve on the banking housing committee and was there when secretary yellen made those comments. she was expressing what i believe almost every woman knows. if you don't have control over your reproductive life, you don't have control over any aspect of your life, including
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your economic opportunity, your opportunity to provide for your children ask tand the rest of your family. that's why abortion is a fundamental freedom. it's the fundamental opportunity -- it's fundamentally about autonomy. so i think that this new argument that is coming out of the senate republicans, which seemed to suggest that women have to choose between addressing economic opportunity on the one hand or having this fundamental freedom over their -- and control over their own bodies on the other hand just shows how out of step they are. women and people don't actually think about their lives in those terms. they're not all siloed off like that. of course these two things go hand in hand, and it is one of the reasons why i think we are going to be holding this vote tomorrow to really dramatize what's happening here and what republicans think, who republicans think ought to have the power over this most personal of decisions. >> senator tina smith, thank you. we appreciate your time.
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we got used to prince charles representing the queen when she can't make an event. this was one of the core constitutional moments she absolutely prioritizes them. the opening of parliament. it can't happen without her. but she was unable to attend because of this recurring mobility issue. so she had to issue these special legal orders to allow prince charles and william to represent her instead. prince charles read out the queen's speech which lays out the government's agenda. it's hugely important, and the queen would usually be there, but she just couldn't make it this time. a very sort of poignantly represented by her crown. the crown that prince charles will one day wear. this is a reminder that she is weakening but she's still in position. she has no intention of giving up the throne. but that prince charles will be in that profeosition at some po.
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applied to start 5.4 million new small businesses last year. 20% more than any other year on record. and i see -- as i see it, everything across the country is as i go across the country, our economy is gone from being on the mend to on the move. but for every worker i've met who has gained a little bit of breathing room to seek out a better paying job, for every entrepreneur whose gained the confidence to pursue their business dreams, i know families across america are hurting because of inflation. i understand what it feels like. i come from a family that when the price of food or gas went up, we felt it. it was a discussion at the kitchen table. i want every american to know that i'm taking inflation very seriously, and it's my top domestic priority. and i'm here today to talk about solutions, and there's going to


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