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his new reporting. so, ryan, this is significant. obviously. why these five lawmakers specifically? why are they being subpoenaed? >> reporter: well, first of all, victor and alisyn, before we get to that, i do want to tell you that the house minority leader, kevin mccarthy, just walked by us here on his way into the house chamber and was asked about this new subpoena for the first time and told reporters that he simply hadn't seen it yet so he didn't have anything to respond to. that's the first response that we have had from any of these republican lawmakers that have been subpoenaed by the committee. but to answer your question, alisyn, about why these particular lawmakers, well, the chairman of the committee, benny o bennie thompson has talk about this for several weeks. what it comes down is they believe they have information that is relevant to these members about their conduct leading up to january 6th and on the day itself and they want to give these members an opportunity to tell their side
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of the story. this is what tohompson said in statement today. he said, quote -- he said, the select committee has learned that several of our colleagues have information relevant to our investigation into the attack on january 6th and the events leading up to it. before we hold our hearings next month, we wish to provide the members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily. re regrettably, the individuals receiving the subpoenas today have refused and were forced to take this step to help ensure the committee uncovers facts concerning january 6th. we urge our colleagues to comply with the law, do their patriotic duty, and cooperate with our investigation as hundreds of other witnesses have done." and they've set a date for that to happen. they've asked these members to come and sit for interviews at the end of the month in may, that would be right before these major hearings, these public hearings that are scheduled to take place in the beginning of june. the big question right now, victor and alisyn, will this be the step, this unprecedented step, that forces these republican members to comply
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with the committee's investigation. >> ryan nobles with the news there, stay with us. let's bring in now cnn's chief political analyst gloria borger and former federal prosecutor renato marioti. the committee members have debated for several weeks. your first thoughts. >> there was a robust debate inside the committee because you know that this can be flipped if the democrats lose control of the house and republicans start doing investigations, then of course republicans can say, well, we want to subpoena people like nancy pelosi or whomever else it is up to talk to us because you have set the precedent here. but the debate internally, i'm told by a source, was really just about whether they knew enough about what these people did and whether they really needed to force the issue this way, because if they don't answer the subpoena, then what do you do?
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hold them in contempt of congress or do you know enough about what they did so you don't really need them? and i think in the end, the committee clearly decided that these people were either in direct contact with donald trump on or about january 6th and have a lot to say that they still needed to hear, or they were involved in plans to overturn the election and there were details that they also needed to hear and did not yet know. and they just said, you know, we've got to do it. >> renato, one of the other things we understand they were debating behind closed doors, these lawmakers, about whether or not they would subpoena their colleagues is whether or not they had the constitutional authority to do so. is that now solved? do they have the right to do this? >> i don't think it's solved at all, and in fact, i think this really creates a tricky situation for everyone involved. you know, i think gloria made an excellent point. next year, for example, jim
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jordan may want to issue subpoenas or kevin mccarthy may want to be issuing congressional subpoenas so how aggressively do members of congress, who may be in the majority next year, may be chairing a committee or in kevin mccarthy's case, the leader of the republicans in the house, the speaker of the house, how aggressively do they want to advance arguments that limit congressional authority to issue subpoenas or suggest that when a congressio congressional subpoena is issued, it doesn't need to be complied with? somebody who's not a member of congress might have more of an incentive to aggressively challenge congressional authority. i think they're in a tricky situation here, and they have to be careful. you could see already they're trying to duck questions about, you know, exactly what they think of this subpoena. >> so ryan, the committee members, are they willing to push for a consequence if they -- these members don't comply? we know it's been, what, five months since the congress referred over mark meadows for not complying with the subpoena and nothing from the doj. are they willing to take it to a
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vote for the full house and then on to doj? >> reporter: victor, i think that is the open question. and to renato's point, they may be able to do this, but i think the bigger question is whether or not they're able to enforce it and that has been a big part of the deliberation internally with the members of the committee is if we take this step, do we have the guts to take it all the way? and what we've seen so far with the committee, with the subpoenas they've issued, is that they have been willing to enforce the subpoenas that are ultimately not complied with. they've issued a number of criminal contempt referrals. but victor, to your point, the question may not be whether or not it goes to the department of justice. or if the adjudication of denying or ignoring one of the subpoenas happens within the united states congress. usually, that's how they handle their matters within the family, if you will. and it's more likely that if it gets to the point where these republicans just outright deny this effort and don't comply, that it then becomes an investigation of the house ethics committee as opposed to the department of justice. but again, we're in unprecedented territory here.
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no one knows the answers to these questions. we're going to find out how this works as the process happens. >> gloria, let's look specifically at some of these congressmen. for instance, congressman scott perry. what is -- what unique information does he have, does the committee think? >> well, according to what the committee is saying here, the committee says, and we know from our own reporting, that he was involved in the efforts to install a new attorney general, jeffrey clark -- i'm sorry, install him as acting attorney general, and that he, you know, was very involved in trying to figure out ways to overturn the election, was involved in allegations that the voting machines were crooked, and perhaps had been corrupted by china, i believe. so, he's one of the people, they're saying, you know, you were really involved in trying to overturn the election and put
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donald trump back in office. he's one of those. i want to add one thing, though, here about one of the people. i actually think might be willing to testify is mo brooks. he's the gentleman who spoke at the rally who said, you know, we're going to start taking down names and kicking ass and then donald trump did not endorse him in his re-election race, and he's already gone public and said that the president had spoken with him and the quote was, had asked him to work to, quote, rescind the election of 2020. he has already said that publicly. if he's already said it publicly, why not say it to the committee? >> yeah. gloria, i wonder, though, how that would impact the alabama senate race if he's now a republican in alabama competing or working with the january 6th committee. >> right. i'm saying it wouldn't help him, but he's already said it, and he's clearly so angry at donald trump and maybe he figures he's,
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you know, the outcome is already there, so maybe he'll do it anyway. i don't know. i just think it's kind of interesting that he's somebody who's already publicly said donald trump asked me to work on his behalf to change the election results. i mean, he's already done it. >> yeah. maybe. >> all right, gloria borger, renato mariotti, ryan nobles, thank you very much. okay, once again, the war in ukraine is backfiring on vladimir putin. the russian president had wanted to weaken nato, but now, finland, which shares an 800-mile border with russia, is taking a major step towards joining nato. the finnish president and prime minister are calling for finland to become a member, quote, without delay. the kremlin then warned if finland joins nato, russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps. today, the u.n.'s high commissioner for human rights said the civilian victims in mariupol alone could be in the thousands. >> she added the only with time
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the true scale of the atrocities will become clear. she also said more than 1,000 civilians' bodies, 1,000, have already been recovered in the kyiv region. cnn exclusively obtained video showing russian soldiers shooting down two civilians, shot them in the back on the outskirts of kyiv. then the soldiers ransacked the business. we're not showing the moment that the men were shot. a top ukraine prosecutor says the incident is being investigated as a war crime after viewing the video that cnn obtained. >> let's go now to cnn's erin burnett live in kyiv. we have breaking developments. i understand there's a russian ship on fire. >> reporter: there is. so, this is the very latest that we understand and this is actually coming from ukraine, the military leader down in the odesa region saying that a russian navy ship is on fire in the black sea. this is a russian naval short
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s support ship being towed to sebastopol, which is the russian military base in crimea and that apparently this fire, as it's being called, started right near snake island, which you remember was where the now sunk "moskva" had that infamous incident with the ukrainians. there's been a lot of incidents and fighting near there recently. the ukrainians are not saying what caused the fire but we do understand that this crucial naval support ship is on fire right now, alisyn. so that's the latest we understand. >> erin, these contrasting front lines are taking shape for ukrainian forces. they're making gains in the north, but seeing some setbacks in the east. explain what you're seeing. >> reporter: yes, so, this is all part of the russian efforts to try to establish some sort of a consistent front line in the donbas, and that's what we're seeing. right now, ukraine, just this afternoon, acknowledging some russian advances in the east, and basically, what they're saying is that the russian -- this operational update that we get from the ukrainian military
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every night and they're saying that russian forces have crossed a crucial river. this is the donetsk river and they are heading towards sloviansk. is that is in donbas, a crucially important strategic city as the russians try to consolidate control of the donbas and set up a consistent front line. if they are successful, if this is true, and crossing in river, what it means, victor and alice alisyn is that they could encircle and trap ukrainian forces. this is a moving, back and forth line, artillery, shelling, very chaotic, and that's what you're seeing. but the ukrainian forces are acknowledging some advances by russian forces there. so, this is obviously very important to watch, given the strategic importance, and as alisyn and victor, you mentioned finland. this is a really important part of the story when you take the broader nato context. finland moving much closer towards nato membership and sort of joining that bloc.
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nic robertson is in helsinki tonight and nic, as we talk about the front lines and the fight here in ukraine, obviously, so much of this for putin is about his perception of nato, which he has successfully made get bigger as part of all of this. so, what needs to happen next for finland to make their joining nato official? >> yeah, just a couple of small steps. the monumental decision, really, or announcement came today from the prime minister and the president. i mean, that really does signal what's happening. on sunday, the government is going to put forward its assessment which is going to be, let's join nato. that will go to the parliament on monday, and then it's just a matter of hours, maybe a couple of days, max, before the parliament's expected to vote on it. and i spoke to somebody, an mp in the prime minister's party just yesterday, and he told me, look, out of 200 members of parliament, more than 180 are going to vote for this. so, the big announcement was
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today. finland asking to join nato, foregone conclusion, just a matter of days now. >> all right, nic robertson, thank you. and alisyn and victor, as i send it back to you and you were talking about the stunning number of a thousand civilians that they're saying are dead in the kyiv region, you know, even in this region, and we've been to a couple of regions in this area, but when you drive through and you just see the devastation, you talk to villagers and they'll talk about in a village, well, they know this many people were dead but this many are still missing. there is so much we still don't know, and just amidst this devastation, you know, it isn't just easy to get a count. and i think the horror is we need to be prepared for all these numbers to just still go higher and higher. >> yeah. it's such a great point. and we may never know the exact numbers because of how this has been executed. erin, thank you very much. we will check back with you. so, back here, gas prices hitting another record high today. what can be done about inflation? well, former labor secretary
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robert reich has some ideas next. and all nine justices of the supreme court are meeting in private for the first time since the leak of the draft opinion that suggests they're set to overturn roe v. wade. we'll talk about this ahead. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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gas prices hit another record high today. this is the third day in a row. >> but on a more positive note here, economists are hopeful that inflation may have already peaked. another indicator the producer price index rose at a slightly slower rate in april. richard quest is here, cnn business editor-at-large. all right, so, slower rate here, slower rate there.
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>> the first thing to remember is we're still going up. all right? we're just not going up as fast. by high, i mean, extremely high. look at the numbers. the last 12 months, inflation, the ppi, the factory, the wholesale level, has been going up by 11%. now, if you bear in mind that consumer inflation is 8.5%, give or take, that shows you that 3% of it is being kept in the factory. 3% is being paid by companies, by the margin, before it's actually passed on to consumers. month over month, we don't really worry about. it's still very high, 0.5%. 11% is unsustainable as a ppi, if you like, wholesale level for factories. look at the way the graph shows. the graph will show perfectly the awfulness of the current inflation situation, which is why the president says it's now his number one domestic priority. because we've really never had anything like this for decades. you got to go back to the 1980s
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before you're talking about volker and getting inflation out of the system. but that shows perfectly why this is such an issue and why it can't be left to fester much longer. >> so, gas prices, should we prepare for another record-breaking day tomorrow and every day after that? >> the interesting thing about gas prices, let me show you the numbers first and then i can give you some thoughts on that. the gas prices, $4.42 today is the average, up 2 cents on yesterday. and quite considerably up over the last week or so. the problem with gas is that there are many external variables. the war in ukraine, russia's delivery of gas to europe. if gas starts going up on the international exchanges, to a large extent, the united states, even though nearly self-sufficient, even with vast production, i can't withstand those pressures because gas is an international commodity traded. the long and short of it is, yes, as long as there are
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issues -- and don't forget, if china opens up again and therefore productivity in shanghai all gets under way again, the demand will go up, prices will go up. i think we're looking at higher prices ahead. >> richard quest, thank you. >> thanks, richard. joining us now is robert reich, served as the labor secretary under president clinton is now professor of public policy at uc berkeley, also author of "the system: who rigged it, how we fix it." in keeping with the title of your book, how we fix it, how does the biden administration fix inflation? >> well, there's no easy fix, alisyn, obviously. we have relied in this country on the federal reserve and interest rates and the federal reserve's control over interest rates to control inflation. that's the standard way we do it. the last time we faced any inflation like this was in the early 1980s and paul volker, then chair of the fed, raised
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interest rates so high, he said, to break the back of inflation. well, he did that, but he also broke the back of the economy. we went into a deep recession. and that is the danger. >> and, as i understand from reading your notes, you think that corporations could step in and do more here. >> well, obviously, they can. i mean, if you look at, for gas prices, you were just talking about gas prices. the oil companies are raking in record profits. chevron, for the first quarter of this year, record profits. we see the same thing with all of the oil companies. now, why is it that they are raising prices? they are raising prices at the pump notwithstanding the record profits, because they can. because basically, markets, oil markets, they are international but they're not terribly competitive. in fact, there's a lot of coordination among oil companies. well, what ought to happen in this kind of situation is at least a temporary measure that
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prevents price gouging by oil companies, and that's what congress is going to be considering, and that's actually good thing. congress should stop that price gouging. we also see in the senate, senator sheldon whitehouse and joined by house member khanna, they've introduced a measure to have a windfall, a temporary windfall profits tax on oil companies, again, for the same reason. i mean, these oil companies that are showing record profits should not be allowed to take it out on the consumers right now. >> president biden has begun talking about inflation in more political terms. so, let me play for you what he said yesterday. >> under my predecessor, the great maga king, the deficit increased every single year he was president. they don't want to solve inflation by lowering the cost. they want to solve it by raising
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taxes and lowering your income. >> i don't know if you could hear that but he was calling president trump there the great maga king. and talking about how he thinks that republicans would raise middle class and even lower taxes. is that effective for messaging? >> well, it may be effective for messaging, and it may be close to the truth in the sense that the republicans, what they did under donald trump is they did reduce taxes on the wealthy and on big corporations and promised that that all would trickle down to average people who would see increases in their incomes. but nothing trickled down. in fact, the big story, alisyn, that we keep on have to hammer home because it's basically effects most people's lives, is that most americans have not seen a real wage increase adjusted for inflation in four decades. there's been a little bit of an crease in wages over the last year and certainly over the last
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six months, but inflation has taken away almost all of that increase. so where has all of the money gone? where have all the profits gone? the economy is much larger than it was four decades ago, obviously. well, it's no surprise, it has gone to the top. this is not an indictment of anybody who is rich. this is not class warfare. but it is necessary to understand that if we want to do a lot of the things we have to do in this country, you've got to raise taxes on people at the very top and at the same time, lower taxes on average working people. >> former labor secretary robert reich, thank you very much. great to talk to you. >> thank you, alisyn. we're going to get more into president biden's new midterm mode as you mentioned, he's sharpening his attacks, called the president the great maga king. he's also warning about the supreme court. we'll talk about it next. power e*trade gives you an award-winning mobile app with powerful, easy-to-use tools, and interactive charts to give you an edge. 24/7 support when you need it the e most.
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campaign finance. >> president biden is warning that the court's possible reversal of roe would be just the beginning. he said it's not just the brutality of taking away a woman's right to her body, it basically says there's no such thing as the right to privacy. if that holds, mark my words, they are going to go after the supreme court decision on same-sex marriage. >> joining us now is cnn white house reporter kaitlan collins and cnn senior political analyst kirsten powers. great to see you both. kirsten, i'm not sure i entirely understand the democrats who have been using the slippery slope argument, and i'm not saying that it's not true, what they're saying, but do they not think that it's enough that 50% of the country, that women are going to lose their rights? they don't think that's a motivating force enough and so they keep throwing in, you know, gay rights, et cetera, et cetera? >> well, i mean, i know what you're talking about, because i have had that sense as well. i think that -- i think both things -- all of those things matter, right?
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so, obviously, gay rights matter, but i feel like they pivot very quickly away from abortion, and i think much more time could be spent on how extreme this decision is if it comes out being what we've seen, even if it was only about abortion. right? and so, i don't think they're spending enough time focusing on that, on just how extremist this is, and then, you know, then they could pivot to also saying, and by the way, if we use the same reasoning that's used in this, then this is just -- this is the tip of the iceberg, and we're going to see a lot of other rights eroded by this court. >> kaitlan, how much energy is the white house going to put into this issue specifically? we've reported that the president, up until a couple weeks ago, actually said the word abortion as president. what's the path forward for the white house? >> reporter: yeah, it's an interesting position for president biden to be in, and that is right. he had not actually uttered that
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word until in recent weeks when of course we saw this leaked opinion come out. and of course, you have seen him talk about it since then. he is the one who's making that argument that this isn't just about abortion rights. it's also about privacy and undermining, he believes, other access to that when it comes to other decisions that people make in their personal lives. and so, when it comes to this issue, specifically, the white house is exploring options of what they can do once the ruling is final. we're not expected to actually see what those are in their final matter until that ruling comes down from the supreme court, but it's pretty limited of what they can actually do, and so i do think it raises the question of what the president is going to be urging democrats to make when it comes to arguments on the campaign trail because you saw yesterday, after that vote was blocked in the senate, not just by republicans, even though that, of course, is who president biden decided to focus on. also a member of his own party voted against it, senator joe manchin. his main takeaway from that was telling voters they need to elect more pro-choices senators
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come november so they could get something like that bill passed so he could sign it into law and it wouldn't matter what the supreme court ruled but they are hoping it can be energizing in that sense but it remains to be seen because right now, if you look at polling, other issues are top of mind for voters. >> for instance, inflation. and we've heard republicans, ka kaitlan, let me stick with you, say they think the roe vs. wade thing will actually rebound to their benefit and that americans are much more focused on inflation. and so you have also heard president biden changing his rhetoric to, i think, his goal is to remind voters of what he thinks republicans would do about the economy. so, here he is talking about the maga king. >> predecessor, the great maga king, the deficit increased every single year he was president. they don't want to solve inflation by lowering the cost. they want to solve it by raising
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taxes and lowering your income. >> so, has that -- so, kaitlan, has that been a decision made in the white house to start using that language? >> reporter: and look how noticeable it is. just in the last week or so, you have seen the president starting to use this phrase, he hasn't said maga king that much, that was the first time we heard that yesterday but he has started sharpening his criticism of republican, using words like ultra-maga, talking about how radical he believes the republican party is from when he se served in the halls of congress so he's really started to go after republicans but what i think he's doing behind the scenes is being blunt with democrats about how challenging the landscape is ahead of them, the political landscape, because he was at a democratic fund-raiser last night. behind closed doors, reporters were in the room getting his remarks and he was very candid about what's ahead and he was talking about the importance of pushing ahead with messaging this fall for democrats because he said inflation is, quote, scaring the hell out of
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everybody. talking about how difficult that is going to be as an issue for democrats to run against. and so, that's why you've seen the president, time and time again, pushing this back on republicans, saying that if you're comparing what he is doing with the economy, with what republicans are going to do with the economy, he is arguing that voters will be better off by sticking with the president and sticking with his party, of course. democrats, come november. but he is acknowledging it is going to be a very tough landscape ahead of them. >> kirsten, on roe, democrats have run for the last three cycles as guardrails against what they believe this court looks like it possibly could do, overturn roe. as an example, let me play for you vice president now, then presidential candidate kamala harris's 2019 on what she would do to protect a woman's right to choose. >> when elected, i'm going to put in place and require that states that have a history of passing legislation that is
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designed to prevent or limit a woman's access to reproductive healthcare, that those laws have to come before my department of justice for a review and approval and until we determine that they are constitutional, they will not take effect. >> there's no federal preclearance for these laws, but she was applauded anyway. the question really is, have democrats overpromised and now are losing credibility here where they say, give us the levers of power and we will take care of voting rights, of gun safety, of a woman's right to choose? >> well, i mean, i think there's an argument to be made that, you know, along the lines, you know, over many years, that there's more the democrats could have done to protect women's rights in this area, and so i think that that's a fair criticism. it's also true that if you believe in the right to choose, regardless of whether you're a republican or whether you're a democrat or whether you're an independent or even whether you
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identify as pro-life, just because many people who identify as pro-life actually don't think abortion should be illegal, there's no question that democrats are the party that you want to vote for. you know, it's between the choices. and i would say, well, you know, people are very concerned about inflation. monmouth university just came out with a poll and the top two issues were the economy and abortion, and they were one point apart, so because of what has happened with the supreme court opinion leaking, it has rocketed abortion up to becoming a much higher concern for voters who are saying it's very important to me that the candidate that i vote for shares my views, whereas i think a lot of people became sort of, you know, weren't treating this as the kind of hair on fire problem that it was. >> all right, kirsten powers, kaitlan collins, thank you. well, more and more states are reporting shortages of baby formula. the president is now holding a
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out of stock in at least 8 states, that shortage is 50%. kelly is the program manager for the federal women, infants and children program in the san antonio health district. san antonio is experiencing one of the most severe formula shortages in the country. thank you for being with me. we had on a mother from that area today who was considering taking her child to the e.r. to feed her baby. when parents call, out of formula, out of options, what do you tell them? >> we're telling our parents to talk to our wic office, call wic office, and we will do everything that we can to help you find the formula that you are needing. texas wic has -- is working with grocers very closely, trying to find and identify which areas are not having the supply needed, so we do have several
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alternative formulas that they can choose from that are covered by wic. >> so, you are able to match these parents with formula, with resources? >> yes, sir. there are several options that are available for them. >> so, for the parents who are considering diluting the formula they have to stretch it or are looking at these homemade recipes, what are you telling those parents? >> well, because babies need a specific balance of nutrients, you should not water down the infant formula, nor should you make homemade formula or give your babies cow's milks or goat's milk, because they don't contain the nutrient that a baby needs. >> okay. so, stay away from those recipes. >> yes, sir. >> we learned today that abbott labs, the company that makes the recalled formulas, they say that they could restart production in a couple of weeks, two weeks, formula could be back on store
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shelves in six to eight weeks, that's best case scenario. but if this goes on for another month and a half to two months, what's it look like then? i mean, what are the projections if parents have to wait another month or two? >> well, again, texas wic is working closely with wic grocers to help make sure there are options for wic families to purchase. texas wic has had an alternative option, so families can find a formula at the store to meet their baby's needs. texas wic is also working with the vendor team to identify, like i said earlier, the specific stores and regions that may need assistance in getting an adequate supply. >> all right, kelly, thank you so much for your time and the work you're doing for all these families that are just simply trying to feed their babies. thank you. >> thank you. so, fast-moving wildfire is sweeping through southern california. families are forced to evacuate. we're going to take you there next. looks like you paid too much for your glasses.
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nick, any word on containment? >> well, victor, they have set up a perimeter around this fire. that's a hose line and also they're going to fire break that they have dug both with their hands and with bulldozers. but the issue is the winds that whipped this fire up yesterday that brought it from nothing to basicry 200 football fields in just a few terrifying hours, that wind is going to be back during the day today, so that is the fear. so right now, what they're doing is trying to damp down and douse everything in this neighborhood that was hit pretty badly. if you come down here and try not to fall over this hose, this is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in california. multimillion dollar manchins. you'll see down here, this was a mercedes, and the only way you can tell is from the hub cap.
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that's pretty much all that's left. across the street, there's a porsche, and look, come over here. no matter how many fires i cover, this never ceases to amaize me. you'll see in a neighborhood, once house completely destroyed, the house next door is completely fine. embers can fly and hit one house and not another. i mentioned the winds, but here, the winds are not the issue. the issue is acres and acres of dry brush. back in january, 1% of the state of california was considered to be under an extreme drought. we got new figures today, it is now 60% of california is in extreme drought. it is the driest spring we have ever had, and that is the issue. officials warn us this, listen, this is the new normal. take a listen. >> with the climate change, the
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fuels beds in this county throughout southern california, throughout the west, are so dry that a fire like this is going to be more common place. >> reporter: so they have just had a shift change on the fire line. new people, a whole new crew just came out. they will be out here for 24 hours dousing down these houses, making sure there's nothing that's going to spark up and trying to make sure the fire doesn't once again jump that fire line and cause even more damage. guys, back to you. >> could be a horrible fire season. nick watt for us there. thank you, nick. now to a sad milestone. 1 million americans killed by covid. president biden sending a message to congress about covid funding and the pandemic's future. that's next. ass. it g grows two times faster than seed alone for full, green grass. everything e else just seems... slow. it's l lawn season. let's get to the yard.
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