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because they're jewish. plus, cnn captures video inside ukraine capturinging barbaric actions by russian soldiers. and a new report showing inflation is up 8.3% this month compared to 8.5% last month's rise but change may not be noticeable for millions of americans trying to get by. and president biden admits inflation is high even as the white house tries to find a positive spin on the new data. >> reporter: from a family farm in illinois, president biden taking aim at the top challenges confronting his presidency, ridesing prices and the war in ukraine. >> right now america is fighting on two fronts. at home, it's inflation and rising prices. abroad it's helping ukrainians
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defend their democracy and feeding those left hungry around the world. >> reporter: as russia strains the global food supply, president biden announcing steps to boost domestic food production, doubling investment in fertilizer, and giving farmers access to new technologies to reduce their dependency on costly fertilizers. >> i stand here today to thank american farmers who are the bread basket of democracy. >> reporter: biden speaking amid an early sign inflation may be slowing. news biden greeted cautiously. >> what do you think of the new inflation numbers out today? >> reporter: prices rose by 8.3% compared to last year, according to the latest consumer price index, down from the 8.5% increase in march. rising just 0.3%.
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but inflation remains near a 40-year high with the prices of gas, used cars and food still well above last year. cranking up political pressure on the president. >> i want every american to know that i'm taking inflation very seriously and it's my top domestic priority. >> reporter: republicans continuing to hammer biden over inflation. >> gas prices are higher today than a few weeks ago. families are paying over $150 in many cases to fill their vehicle and they're angry about it. this is an embarrassment beyond what any developed country in the world has seen and it's because joe biden and the incompetent people running his administration have gotten us to crisis after crisis. >> reporter: and jake, while the white house is obviously happy to see the pace of inflation slowing in the latest report. you saw president biden there cautious as he greeted this news, telling me it has to keep coming down even though the numbers are starting to come down. that's because the president
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doesn't want to be seen as celebrating this even as prices across the country remain high. he knows this is a big issue coming at the forefront for the november midterms. jake. >> jeremy diamond reporting live for us outside chicago, illinois. joining us is arthur laugher and betsy stager. arthur, let me start with you. the new data is both good and bad. our chief business correspondent said this morning, the fire is still burning but the flames aren't quite as big as they were. should we feel optimistic or pessimistic today, do you think? >> this month's increase was very low. in fact, i think it was the lowest since january of 2021. so it's a very nice monthly number, but if you look at last month's number. it was the highest month ever
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going back as far as the high can see. so you have this contradictory. if you look at the core inflation, which some people like to look at more than just the cpi, the core inflation was up a little bit from last month. so all of these numbers really don't give us a clear picture of what's happening. but the administration should be pleased by the monthly number. >> and, betsy, one thing americans know is pretty much everything they're trying to do or buy keeps getting more expe expensive, gas for your car is up more than 43% from last year, a used car almost 23%. food up, rent, up 5% from last april. that's a big deal, right? >> families are definitely feeling inflation. that's an important thing to acknowledge. there's an interesting
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juxtaposition between what families care about and what, you know, the fed is looking at, what macroeconomists are looking at. families care a lot about the price of gas and the price of food. macroeconomists like to strip those out, that's what we call core inflation because those tend to be volatile. that's what families look at every day. every day they go and get gas, buy food, seeing the prices tick up and it's frustrating. i understand that. what we see this month, we didn't see the same kind of increase in april as arthur said, as we saw in march. if we keep getting numbers like april, it's getting better. and i think that's the real hopeful sign. you know, what economists are worried about is not what we saw in today's report, because i think today's report we start to see things getting a little bit better. but is there a risk of future inflation on the horizon that comes as consumers start to want to get out more, get over covid
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and they want to purchase more services, get on those airplanes, they want to go on vacation, they want to go out to dinner. and the fear is that if we can't hire workers to meet that demand, we're going to see inflation in places we haven't seen it. so far we've been seeing it in food and shelter, but we haven't seen it in a lot of other secret service -- other services like medical care, leisure and hospitality, this month we saw a big increase in air fare prices, that doesn't bode well for the summer. >> let's talk about that, arthur because the cost of airfare that jumped out at me. right now plane tickets cost about 33% more than a year ago. 33%, that's a huge bump. what's driving that? >> that's the combination of all these things because they raise their fares by one time, and it's large, not continuous. when you look at the numbers,
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jake, if i may. we know the next two months we'll see a diminution of the pressure because the months dropping off the index are high months. but then in the next three months leading up to the election, the numbers dropping off the index are very low numbers. which means you can really expect inflation numbers to rise sharply coming into the election. that is the thing that would worry me most if i was the president and the democrats today. food and gasoline and energy and fair f a airfares and all of that can bop around but things like rent don't. rent, 30% of the index, they've been rising, going straight up. the volatile items can move about but things like rent and other things don't change very much. i think the administration does have a problem long term as to the consequences. all right, arthur, and betsy, thanks to both of you, really appreciate it. coming up, what some states are
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in our politics lead, moments ago the democratic led bill aimed at preserving abortion nationwide failed in the senate, all republicans and democratic senator joe manchin opposed the bill. now states are taking thit into their own hands some states are planning on banning abortion rights other preparing to
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protect abortion rights and waiting for an influx of patients from out of state. but the tension is rising from coast-to-coast. >> if the supreme court strikes down roe v. wade, it will cement america's political fault lines in a way not seen in more than 50 years. colorado state representative daphne michaelson says she's bracing for a post roe v. wade world. her own experience makes her fear what will happen. >> safe and legal abortions should be available to the individual that needs it. and understand that taking away abortion rights and abortion services and abortion care puts women's lives at risk, period. >> reporter: the democratic lawmaker said she was 20 weeks pregnant when her baby's heartbeat stopped. she said she was sent to an abortion clinic. >> i was already bleeding and my
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doctor was afraid that i could hemorrhage and die. abortion care is a part of pregnancy care. >> reporter: the leaked supreme court draft opinion suggests abortion rights will be left to individual states. if that happens, the landscape of abortion access will become a sporadic patchwork of different laws. this is what the country would look like according to analysis by a group supporting abortion rights. 16 states and the district of columbia have laws protecting abortion rights. but at least 26 states are ready or likely move to ban abortion access. 13 of those states have laws to immediately ban abortions if roe v. wade is overturned. >> we'll have a patch work of different laws and standards.
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are you ready for that? >> i would ready for all states to be not abortion ready. >> reporter: offering alternatives to abortion. she said she was inspired to do this work because when she was 19 she had an abortion, a choice she regrets. last year texas lawmakers passed a law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. >> the women that we're seeing, they seem more panicked and angry because there is a shorter time frame. >> reporter: how much more panicked and scared are these women going to be when it's illegal? >> we never lived in that world. we see a lot of our women, once it's illegal, it goes off the table for them. if abortion is not an option, it isn't an option in her head. so i think -- my hope is that some of that pain it goes away. >> reporter: in the states with trigger laws, abortion access will look different. five states have different versions of laws that would
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allow abortions in cases of rape, incest or if the life of the mother is in danger. eight states will only allow abortion in cases where the life of the mother is in danger. all of this will likely have one clear effect for states where abortion will remain legal. >> we'll have a lot of people traveling to colorado to be able to get that safe, legal abortion from all the states that surround us that do not have safe and legal abortion. >> reporter: and jake, advocates on both sides say they anticipate that the supreme court decision could very well open up a pandora's box for new laws that might be needed in the future. so questions about how would the determination of a woman's life being in danger because of pregnancy, would there be efforts to curtail that or control how the decisions are made. and theresa, we talked about with her, would there be questions about the clinics that offer abortion-alternative
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counseling, would they be required to report women who come in asking for counseling? these are the questions that so many of the advocates are bracing for. >> ed, thank you so much. let's discuss it with david urban and kiersten powers. let me start with you, kiersten, what's your reaction to ed's piece there where you heard people talking about preparing for a post-roe world in texas. >> i think it's important that, you know, he was quoting somebody talking about abortion being part of pregnancy care. i think it's something that a lot of people don't realize. it's actually an abortion if somebody has a miscarriage, for example. it's actually an abortion if somebody has to have the fetus removed from their body. and in some cases if it isn't done right away it can endanger their health or life. so this is a very complex issue
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and it really does -- if it is made illegal, it will put women's lives at risk. so i think that that's why you see, even a lot of people who personally identify as being pro-life can recognize that there is a reason to have abortion legal and for that decision to be made by doctors and the woman, noty, you know, a legislature or the supreme court. >> david, today house republican leaders kevin mccarthy and steve scalise refused to answer questions about whether or not they would support a nationwide abortion ban if republicans win back control of the house and roe v. wade is overturned. they said it was a hypothetical. it's not a hypothetical. both of those things appear likely to happen. shouldn't there be some transparency about what republicans intend to do here? >> there was, they're not going to answer the question, jake. republicans believe these issues
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should be decided at the state level. representatives scalise and mccarthy should have clearly answered that saying this is our belief, we believe the issue is best decided by the states, that's what we feel. i think that's their viewpoint, i don't know why they didn't answer straightforward. >> probably because it's not what they believe -- i'm sorry can i address that? >> continue, please. >> i think the reason they didn't answer it is because yoi don't think that's what they believe. mitch mcconnell said just a couple days ago, if the votes were there, meaning if the votes were in the senate that having a nationwide abortion ban was possible. that's mitch mcconnell. >> if you want to -- if you read his whole statement and listened to it -- >> i did read it. i did read his whole statement. >> it was a hypothetical saying anything is possible. it's about votes. >> no. that's not what he said, don't
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gaslight me. >> i'm not. >> yes, you are. when he says if the votes are there, he's talking about the senate and he said he wouldn't nuke the filibuster for it, if the votes are there, a nationwide ban is possible. that's not a hypothetical. >> kristen, i think if you say the house and senate republican control -- >> let's do one at a time. kirsten, finish your thought and david go ahead. >> i'm saying that's what he said. so i don't know -- i don't even -- is hypothetical only in the sense he's saying he would need to have the votes. >> i'm pretty certain i can p predict a republican house and senate will not enact a nationwide ban on abortion. >> let's switch to. >> what are you basing that on? >> primaries if you can. do you want to -- can i -- >> no, no, jake.
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yeah. >> do you want to continue about this? it's fine with me, whichever you want. >> no, no, it's your show. >> okay. >> let's talk about the other stuff. >> it's an important issue. this is going to continue, they haven't yet overturned roe v. wade, we anticipate they will and we'll continue talking about this. i want to talk about the primaries if that's okay. it seemed to be a mixed bag last night for trump's candidates. the house of representatives in virginia, alex mooney from, his candidate charles herbst, he lost for allegations for groping. what's your takeaway from trump's endorsement power right now? >> if you look at it you have to throw jd vance into the mix. he had trump's endorsement and he won. so i would say so far trump is
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doing pretty well. we don't -- but we can't say until we see a few more primaries coming up, like in pennsylvania for example, he endorsed dr. oz, we'll have to see how he does and a few more . i think we'll be able to draw more of a conclusion. right now it seems he's made a difference for some candidates, including candidates that had heavy hitters on their side and west virginia had joe manchin and the governor, so it's not like it was some random person. >> and david, let's look to tuesday to pennsylvania. you're in my home commonwealth, trump endorsed dr. oz. you are personal friends with dave mccormick, one of the competitors there. what do you think is going to happen? trump's endorsement, do you think it will ultimately win out? >> interestingly, jake, i think in pennsylvania what you're seeing play out right now is trump's endorsement didn't
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really help dr. oz he got a little bit of a bounce initially after dr. oz's endorsement and then the president came to pennsylvania and really went after david mccormick personally and, you know, didn't really move the numbers that much. interestingly, the person that's surging the polls isn't dr. oz but kathy barnett, another conservative republican candidate on the ballot. so i think, you know, trump's endorsement does matter in certain cases but it also -- people are smart. they look at the candidates. candidates matter, not just donald trump's endorsement. herbst was a bad candidate. he wasn't going to win if trump endorsed him or anybody endorsed him. he was riddled with problems and a better candidate won there. in idaho, i think trump's candidate is going to lose. david purdue i think is going to lose in georgia. people are smart when they go to the polls. while donald trump is
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persuasive, i don't think it's dispositive. it makes a big difference but when you're running a statewide race it's a completely different ball of wax. jd vance was helped by trump. it was a crowded primary. just remember, jd vance, 68% of republicans in ohio, didn't vote for jd vance. so it's not like he -- trump's endorsement resulted in an overwhelming, you know, crushing blow by jd. he's a great guy, did a great job but, you know, trump's endorsement is very important but it's not dispositive. >> right. david urban and kiersten powers thanks to both of you. appreciate it. we've seen the aftermath of russian attacks in ukraine but new video shows one of the attacks as it happens. that's next, stay with us. like what you sesee abe? yes! 2b's covered with zero overdraft fees when he overdraws his account by fifty bucks s or less.
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topping our world lead now, ukraine reports that its forces have freed some villages around kharkiv amid signs of a russian retreat in the area. recapturing the area would be an accomplishment for ukrainian forces however there remains signs that the russians are gathering nearby for a counter offensive and we're getting details of the russian's horrifying behavior near kharkiv. this report contains pictures that you will likely find disturbing. >> reporter: this is a stark example of a potential war crime perpetrated by russian forces. an example the world has not yet seen. russian soldiers sooting two
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civilians in the back. cnn obtained the surveillance video taken from this vehicle dealership that sits along the main highway to kyiv. the video is from the beginning of the war as russians tried and failed to shell their way to the capital. the fight along this road was clearly fierce. but what happened outside this business was not a battle between soldiers or even soldiers and armed civilians. it was a cowardly, cold-blooded killing of unarmed men by russian forces. the soldiers show up and begin breaking in. inside of a guard shack, two ukrainian men prepare to meet them. we tracked down the men's identity, one is the owner of the business whose family did not want to give his name. >> translator: t my father is alexi. >> reporter: his daughter wanted the world to know his name and what the russians did to him. both civilians, both unarmed. we know this because the video
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shows them greeting and getting frisked by the russian soldiers. and then casually walking away. neither seemed to suspect what was about to happen. that is when a member of the civilian fighting force who talked to the men a couple days before the attack told cnn he did not want to be identified for security reasons. >> translator: we came there earlier, warned people to leave that place. we also hoped for the humanity of russian soldiers but unfortunately they have no hum humanity. >> reporter: you see the two men walking in the shadows towards the camera. behind them the soldiers they were talking to emerge. a few more steps and their bodies drop to the ground, the soldiers have opened fire. moments later the guard gets up, limping but alive. he manages to get inside the guard booth to make a call to the local guys for help. this is one of those guys.
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a ukrainian truck driver turned civilian soldier. >> translator: first of all we felt a big responsibility. we knew we should go there because a man needed our help. he was still alive. >> reporter: he's the commander of a rag tag team of civilians who took up arms to fight for ukraine and tried to save the men. when the guard called them, he explained what transpired with the soldiers. he said the soldiers asked who they were and asked for cigarettes then let them go before shooting them in the back. when his men finally got there, he had lost massive amounts of blood. >> translator: one man from our group went there and the guy was still alive. he gave him bandages, tried to perform first aid but the russians started shooting. >> reporter: they tried to fight back but were unsuccessful. they didn't have the fire power to save their curountrymen. >> reporter: have you seen the video? >> translator: i can't watch it
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now. i will save it to the cloud and leave it for my grandchildren and children they should know about this crime and always remember who our neighbors are. >> reporter: her neighbors to the north, these russian soldiers showed just how callus they are. drinking, toasting one another and looting the place minutes after slaying the two men. >> reporter: what were the last words that you remember he said to you? >> translator: bye-bye. kisses. say hello to your boys. >> reporter: her boys will be left with a terrible lasting memory. the death of their grandfather now being investigated as a war crime by prosecutors. >> reporter: she said her mother actually encouraged her to speak with us because she wanted to seek justice for the death of her father, we do now know we talked to prosecutors who say they are looking at this video and investigating this officially as a potential war crime. jake? >> sara sidner in kyiv, ukraine.
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as the alarms go off. thank you so much. appreciate it. with us now is former u.s. ambassador to ukraine, bill taylor. bill -- mr. ambassador thanks for joining us. u.s. director of national intelligence just warned congress as the war drags on it is likely to become, quote, more unpredictable and escalatory. do you agree? >> i do, jake. it's hard to say what's going through putin's mind. no one really knows. he's got no good options. he demonstrated that that famous speech a couple of days ago, on victory day, where he did announce doubling down. he didn't announce standing down with some victories, he didn't have any victory. he was worried about doubling down and calling up the reserves. but because that would expose the lie that he's not really fighting. so he doesn't have good options.
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and so, no one really knows what he does. >> dni also warned there are increasing chances in her view that putin could impose marshal law in russia. putin's spokesperson denies that. how stable are things in russia or how unstable? >> really unstable. again, he's probably worried. president putin is probably worried. he's got somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 russian soldiers who have been killed in ukraine. we've seen some of those russian soldiers killing civilians just now and horrifying. but 10,000 to 20,000 have been killed and are going back for burial in places around russia. so there's discontent. there's real problems. there's economic problems caused by the sanctions. so putin doesn't have good
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options and the marshal law will probably be destabilizing, rather than stableizing. >> they also said that russia is ready to take over a region of ukraine if that's what the people want. obviously russian forces control much of the area of kherson. how can those requests to join russia be seen as a freely made decision by anyone else in the world? >> clearly not. there's no way it will be seen as a freely made decision. it's exactly what you said. if they do that, if they try to do that, they've done it before. that's what they did in donbas, in donesk and luhansk. just like in crimea, no one
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believes them. no one accepts what they're trying to do. the ukrainians will never give up claim to those lands. it's ukrainian land. >> let's turn to the economic aspects of the war the ukrainians said they've been forced to suspend shipments of russian national gas going through pipelines in ukraine, complaining it endangered the system's safety and stability. how much trouble could this cause in europe if it continues? >> well, fortunately, jake, it's spring. and fortunately that means that the heating season is now over. so demand for that gas goes down, is going down. and there are a good number -- there's been a mountain of reserves of gas to take them through the summer into the fall. they should be resupplying, replenishing those reserves.
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year, that's an almost 50% increase from 2019, the year before the pandemic started. most of the deaths, about two thirds involved a synthetic opioid such as fentanyl. over all drug overdoses killed as quarter many americans as did covid. also more vaccinated people are dying from covid. booster shots lowered the risk but 15% of deaths of people vakd were among people vaccinated and boosted. doctor, the covid deaths among vaccinated people have grown over time. we're seeing transmission rates ticking up again. should we be concerned about vaccine effectiveness again. >> i think we should redefine what it means for people who are
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fully vaccinated. for those over 65 it's a three dose series. if you're over 12 and have the seriou serious issues that put you at risk for covid, these are three dose series. i think it's a three dose vaccine in certain groups to be truly protected against serious illness. >> why? why does the cdc not update its definition given the fact that it's so obvious that you need to have three vaccines, two plus the booster, in order to be as protected as possible? >> i think it's been confusing, it's true. if you ask americans what it means to be fully vaccinated, you get a lot of different answers. we need to be clear about this primary series. the goal of the vaccine is to prevent serious illness. when the vaccine first rolled out, two doses was effective for
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healthy people, less than 50. we learned if you have comorbidities, the health care problems that put you at risk over 12 or 65 it's a three-dose primary series. that's what we have to make clear to the public because the word booster i think is confusing. >> does this data suggest to you that variant specific vaccines are needed? i know you'll discuss this with your colleagues on the fda vaccine advisory committee next month. >> right. we'll be discussing this on june 28th. i think we have to define what the goal of the vaccine is. is the goal of the vaccine, if it's protection against serious illness, whether it's the alpha, delta, omicron variant, you are protected against serious illness. what happened with omicron or the subsequent variants like ba.2, you're not as protected against mild illness that's not
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the goal of the vaccine. you probably have 90% population immunity between vaccination and natural infection or both. so when you see cases rise in philadelphia, what you don't see is an increase in hospitalizations, that's good, that's a vaccine doing what it's supposed to do, keeping people out of the hospital. i think in terms of a variant specific vaccine until we see a variant arise, which despite being vaccinated or naturally infected or both you are still at risk of serious disease i don't think we need a variant specific vaccine until that variant comes up and it hasn't come up yet. >> finally i have to ask this on on behalf of all the frustrated parents of kids under 5. progress seems to be at a slow pace. when can parents of kids under 5 expect this to be ready? >> so moderna has already submitted for emergency use authorization to the fda.
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