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baseball. >> and she talks about me and sports! look at this one. thanks, andy. >> have a good morning. >> andy, we'll try to do it and show how bad we are. >> speak for yourself. >> good luck. >> thanks for joining us. i ♪ good morning to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. it is tuesday, may 17th. i'm john berman. brianna is off, chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins here with us again. we do have live pictures of the white house this morning. shortly, president biden will depart for buffalo to meet with the families of those killed in the racist mass shooting there. moments ago, officials told us
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the president will condemn, quote, the terrorism motivated by a hateful and perverse ideology that tears at the soul of our nation. we are told the president will call on americans to, quote, give hate no safe harbor and to reject the lies of racial animus that radicalize and divide us. he will also call for federal legislation to keep guns from the mentally ill. this morning, we are getting new details about the suspect in buffalo, the investigation and new copycat threats against that city. this cell phone video taken by an eyewitness at the moment the suspected shooter was taken into custody. new evidence shows he spent several months carefully planning the attack. >> he was here. we found some things that show that he was here in early march. and then again, we know that he was here on friday, basically, doing reconnaissance on the area.
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>> the suspect had also considered attacking churches or elementary schools. according to his own social media posts but he hesitated because of security at schools. we'll have more on those disturbing details, as well as how he was easily able to purchase a firearm, including the one he used to gun down ten people. despite being given a mental health evaluation less than a year ago. cnn has obtained a photo of two of the rifles the shooter brought with him to the supermarket in buffalo. writing areas all over the weapons, including racial slurs and the phrase "white lives matter." federal regulators held meetings across the united states to make sure they're familiar with the details of the case to help spot possible copycats. let's go to buffalo where shimon prokupecz is on the ground. what are you hearing from investigators from the moments before this attack?
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>> reporter: right. it appears, as you said, he spent months allegedly planning, this according to officials who reviewed social media postings from as far back as march. indicating he had been been here visiting this tops supermarket, doing what they call a reconnaissance sort of mission, to say. they're concerned about the fact that he was here talking to people, looking around, planning his attack that he spent months doing. and also they discovered that he spent some time researching the weapons. a lot of the investigation that the versions have comes from the alleged shooter's own words. the documents that he posted online, along with fbi investigators are reviewing the toum documents, poring over it. sitting at home, and ultimately what led him to strike on saturday still unclear.
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also, we have a new photo of the weapons that he brought with him two his location. on it, investigators tell me, there are some disturbing writings. white supremacist slogans and phrases, all part of this radicalization that had occurred with the alleged shooter. they also say that they are talking to his family. they have spoken to his parents. they have cooperated in the investigation. and now, the other thing that we're waiting for, federal hate crimes. we're told that the u.s. attorney's office here is, obviously, part of this investigation. and that in the coming days, they should be filing charges. new federal hate crime charges against the alleged shooter. >> we'll be watching closely to see what they do, of course what president biden says while he's on the ground there, shimon, thank you. >> joining us former fbi deputy
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assistant director. peter, thank you for being with us. they've identified white supremacy a newish and immediate threat. 60% of killings in the last ten years have been by white supremacists. why then, or what makes it so hard for federal law enforcement to battle these groups, particularly when we're talking about lone wolfs? >> well, you're absolutely right, fbi director chris wray identified as it one of the largest on point right now for terrorism threats. what makes it particularly difficult for fbi, federal and state and local law enforcement, is many of these actors are not operating as part of a group. they're not engaged with conspiracy with others. there isn't some large enterprise going on where law enforcement can see the actors planning. can see how they're communicating, see how they're being funded. when, instead, you have individuals by themselves.
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not talking to anybody else, merely looking at information on the internet, postin ing alone the internet. it's much harder to see for law enforcement. getting ahead of these threats, being able to identify before those events take place is an extraordinarily difficult challenge. >> but, peter, i think that's such a big question here because he did post this online. he had interactions with the security guard who asked him why he kept coming in and out of the store. he was flagged at school for making the comment about committing a murder/suicide, and it raises questions for people. the signs seem to have been there. yet, he was still able to fall off the radar of authorities, basically. >> i think that's absolutely right. two points. one is a lot of things we saw posted while hateful are still legal. there is in terms of when people go online saying things that you
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and i might look at and say this is absolutely abhorrent, this is race behavior, racist expression and not allowed. but to your point, there were warning signs, things where he made threats in school and actually underwent a mental health investigation. new york has laws on the book that people who can be flagged as risks which makes more difficult for them to get weapons. clearly in this case, the system broke down. this presents an opportunity for not only new york but the nation to look at all of these different systems and say, are they sufficient. do we have enough of a process in place, not only from law enforcement whose job is to police, but also to, you know, potentially additional funding from mental health professionals who can go in there and look at threats for people who might be inclined to radicalize before that actually happens. there are a lot of things that should have been seen that were seen and the question is what
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can we do now, as the factors are there, can we do a better job of educating communities about what the warning signs are and taking action before deadly violence. >> "the new york times" reports among the writings of the suspect, he said when he had that mental health evaluation, he had to wait 15 hours or something in an emergency room. and was only interviewed for 15 minutes. in a way, he was sort of bragging that he was able to get through that mental health process that might have raised a red flag had someone been able to spot correctly the warning signs that were there. i wonder how you prevent something like that? i wonder how you fix that, peter? and i also wonder how president biden is going to talk today about trying to keep guns from the mentally ill. what makes them so vulnerable to this type of message? >> well, i think that's absolutely critical to raise awareness across the board of what the threats are and what it looks like when somebody begins to self-radicalize. part of the issue is not only
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the availability of guns particularly for those who might have mental health issues but increasing the variability of this very violent racist rhetoric online. finally, what concerns me in some ways is sort of the creeping acceptance in the mainstream, mainly the shooter or spouse commonly known as white replacement theory. and there is this broad acceptance of that theory, many mentioning it, particularly on the par right, that is not limited to simply the extremes of the corners of the internet that you see that creeping into something that's accepted in a broader part of the population. we absolutely have to push back against that. any sort of acceptance of this sort of behavior is unacceptable. and it is that sort of behavior that allows this sort of violence to take root and spread. we've got to push back on that. and that is part of the, you know, kind of community awareness and push that needs to be going on right now to educate the american people. >> peter strzok, thank you for
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being with us this morning. >> thank you. it's primary day in several key states including the commonwealth of pennsylvania, and north carolina as well. we have a closer look at the races and stakes ahead. overnight, russian missile strikes bring heavy damage and casualties northern of kyiv. plus, mariupol is on the brink. ukraine declaring an end to its combat mission in the besieged port city as hundreds have been evacuated at a steel plant that was seen as one of the last ukrainian holdouts there. if you've been livining with heart disease, reducing cholesterol can bebe hard, even when you're taking a statin and being a active. but you can do hard. you lived through the blizzard of '96... 12 unappreciative bosses... (phone rings) 17 fad diets... five kids, three grandki...
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russian strike, not on kharkiv right there. instead, it happened in the city right here. civilians killed there. targets have caused a lot of damage, they say, on the ground. that russian efforts to advance in the east are being repulsed. the most important development, though, is out of mariupol. where it does seem that the ukrainians have given up fighting for the steel plant there that has been the last line of defense in that city. officials say that more than 260 people have been evacuated from the steel plant there. more than 50 who are seriously injured. they were taken to a facility for medical care. and officials in kharkiv say ukrainian forces continue their advances in the region. they say it has helped to reduce but not eliminate russian artillery attacks on that city. i want to bring in mark hertling, a retired military general, cnn analyst.
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general, thank you for being here. what we should be focused mariu seem that the ukrainians have told us they've given up fighting, trying to hold on to the last line of defense. talk about the strategic mission of that? >> well, over the last few day, john, fighters, in the construction -- part of the steel plant, have held off estimates somewhere between 12,000 and 14,000 russians. so, you're talking about anywhere from probably 10 to 12 battalion tactical groups. what's important about that, those units were supposed to take that city, secure that city very quickly. and then move to other locations. either to the west towards kearson and possibly even odesa to create a linkup operation. or to the north into the donbas, the donetsk region. they have not been able to do that. those small group of fighters
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injured as they've been, courageous as they've been, have held off the russian forces that are extremely -- well, they're required in some of the other areas of operation. and because they have prevented the movement of those russian forces, the ukrainian forces have had successes in other areas of the battlefield. >> so, that talks about what the importance of mariupol has been to this point. that inside that city, the ukrainians, really, have been able to divert a huge amount of russian material or resources. but now that appears to be over, now that the ukrainians do appear to be leaving there, what can the russians make of it? >> well, first of all, it's not only a physical battle, john, it's also a psychological one. since you zoomed on the map there, look where mariupol is in connection with the contested area of the donbas. the donetsk republic. it is right on the border. since 2014, the russians have said they wanted mariupol.
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that is considered the eye of the azov sea. it is critically important psychological target that the russians have not been able to gain over the last eight years. but now they have deemed it -- they've destroyed the city in the process. if you were to zoom in on another map to see the roads and railroads going to the east and west, and to the north out of mariupol, that is a huge city which called a line -- critical point in a line of communication. the ability to do resupplies from the russian city farther to the east. all the way to odesa and beyond. there's a highway called the m-14 that runs through mariupol as well as a railroad line. all of those things are critically important for the russians for resupply. logistics in the operation going in and out of crimea to the east. and in and out of crimea to the west. if they didn't have mariupol, they were thwarted from doing
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it. now, john, that city has been utterly destroyed. it's criminal what the russians have done to that in terms of bombardment and artillery strikes. they may be able to use the routes, but it's going to be extremely difficult. even the ukrainians have said they've taken the injured and wounded out of there, 300 soldiers i would suggest they probably have some soldiers in there. and it's still going to be a headache for the russians to fight that. >> we will see over the coming days. general hertling, thank you for being with us this morning. >> you bet, john. thanks. it is primary day. key races in key states testing donald trump's political clout. plus, new york democrats are getting some bad news as maps are redrawn in favor of the gop. and a potential temporary solution to the infant formula shortage for millions of parents whose babies are over 6 months.
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♪ in several key states across the country, voters are lining up for the last day of primary voting. the first polls close at 6:00 tonight. and the spotlight is on pennsylvania and the republican senate primary, where the tv personality mehmet oz has been endorsed by former president trump. and is facing off against the former hedge fund ceo david mccormick and kathy barnette who has had a late surge in the race. on the democratic side, lieutenant governor john fetterman is hoping to hold off congressman conor lamb and malcolm kenyatta. fetterman is recovering from a stroke. >> and doug mastriano who endorsed the big lie and has received the endorsement of donald trump is battling lou
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barletta and bill mcswain and david white. the winner will face pennsylvania attorney general joshua peer row who is running unopposed. pennsylvania not the only state to watch. in north carolina, several republicans are competing for senator richard burr's seat. and facing off against former governor mcmccrory and mark walker, an army veteran, marjorie eastman. and they'll also decide if madison cawthorn will be able to keep his seat filled with controversy. and michele woodhouse and chuck edwards. >> joining us, earle louis, host of you decide podcast and maggie haberman, senior reporter for "the new york times." thank you for joining us, maggie, what are you watching in
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pennsylvania tonight? >> who wins, the main question, but in all seriously, i don't remember a race like this in a long time. they're all bunched up, the top three. it's not clear who is going to win. trump tried pushing mehmet oz over the top. he may still end up doing that. there are strategist be in the race who say they can see oz finishing third. the big question, oz comes into this with ideological issues for the republican base of his own. but it will absolutely be seen as a measure of the limits of trump's appeal. >> errol, maggie says she's going to be watching for who wins tonight. what are you looking for? >> i will be looking for who loses, you know. the question is, in an interesting kind of a way, trump won pennsylvania pa by a hair in 20 keen, lost it by a hair in 2020. what does his endorsement mean? what does the maga movement want to do. what is his role, as he, he would have us believe, the leader of this populist fire
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that he set up or is he sort of following it along. kathy barnette is making an interesting case we are the ones who brought you donald trump, not the other way around, and we will determine who our leadership is. i think that accounts for some of her surge. they spent $50 million, the two opponents. these guys are very rich. a wall street millionaire, a tech millionaire, and mehmet oz, a hollywood millionaire, she spent a couple hundred thousands and she's very much in the run. >> yeah, we thought it was a battle of millionaires, she does not have trump's endorsement but she's basically made the argument that the base was there before trump. part of that unknown factors about her, that's something that even trump said she hasn't been vetted. once he believes she think that's a problem in november. when you have talked to rick scott, the fact that he's called
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her twice in recent days what that says to you. >> it says to me, that scott is a committee chairman and sees that the writing may be on the wall and she could end up being his candidate. and she is going to back her. they don't want to cut her off if she's the nominee. i think he's trying to make it where she comes into the tent a little more. i think he's trying to get her to sand down certain edges. and this is not unusual, when you see a contest like this. but again, to errol's point, what her whole message has been, essentially, reminding us that trump unleashed something that he can't really control anymore with this movement. i think that whether he's able to get his candidate over and turn this into a referendum on him is the big open question of the day. it's hard to overstate that. >> to be clear, we just have no idea what's going to happen tonight. i can't think of a race that's been quite like this in recent memory. going into the night, anything could happen. there are three different possible outcomes in that one
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race. that's just one of the races we're watching. all right. we have two of new york's pre-eminent reporters here which is why it's interesting to discuss what just happened to the democrats in new york state in terms of redistricting? i have never seen anything blow up like this has blown up. the democrats tried to draw up a favorable congressional map, like many parties do in the states. now, i want to show you what the initial proposal was that was thrown out by judges and now what is being suggested by a special master. the democrats wanted a proposal that would probably get them 22 of the congressional seats here. now, they're looking at a map that gives him around 15. in this new map, five, five of the democratic incumbent all of a sudden won't live in the districts that they need to run in. they've been districted out of their own districts, in a way. and with the new maps, there are four mashups among incumbents which really almost never happens at this level in redistricting. errol, what on earth has happened here?
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>> yeah, well, look it's apolitical redistricting and anti-political districting this is closer to the latter where you've got communities of interest long recognized. the jewish district in the united states. the district that includes the first puerto rican woman in congress. the seat held by shirley chisholm. all of these have been scrambled, incumbents thrown together. including wall street has no incumbent. no incumbent lives there. it's really remarkable to the extent communities of interest which is recognized by the supreme court as sort of a basis for drawing an unusually shaped district completely ignored in this case. so, obviously, a lot of the political establishment, screaming and hollering, trying to make a case, trying to make a last-ditch effort to head this off. it could be finalized as soon as friday. >> it's interesting that you see the most senior house democrats potentially running against each other in primaries.
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it has huge implications for control of the house. >> it has huge implications for control of the house. the thing you'll hear privately, this was a mistake and it's very clear this is a problem. your word, this version is an overcorrection, and now it's absolutely going to hamper their efforts. you're seeing the district he's running in, i've never seen anything like this. a lot of news we've never seen anything like today. the idea that you're going to have two long-standing members in manhattan poe ltentially rung against each here. >> >>er? jerry nadler. >> right. >> and the minority leader no longer lives in the district that he lived in. just every step of the way it really seems to have blown up on democrats. >> it's one of those things that you say, oh, this is a new york
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democrat's problem. >> correct. kaitlan, you have this situation because of gerrymandering there are few seats in play that i think republicans would like there to be in the fall. given the political climate it's just bad for democrats across the board. the saving grace has been it in places like new york, they thought they would do well, obviously this blows that up. >> so people should know, it's based on new york state law is the reason this has not worked for democrats in the way other states have other laws which is why republicans who have been in power in states are able to gerrymander their states more. interesting to watch. errol louis, maggie haberman, thank you so much. meanwhile, only a few people saw the actual live stream of that racist attack as it happened. millions watched it after the fact because of facebook. why wasn't the video taken down sooner?
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the fda is predicting it's going to be at least a few more weeks before shelves are back to normal with baby formula. in the meantime, the american academy of pediatrics have issued a new initiative for parents with babies older than 6 months. saying in a pinch you can feed them whole cow's milk for a brief period of time. this is not ideal and should not
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become routine. however, it is a better option than diluting formula or making homemade formula. joining us is the president of american academy of pediatrics. doctor, thank you for joining us. i want to start with the new advice saying you can, but doesn't say you should, necessarily. >> yeah. absolutely, thanks so much for bringing this to light. as you know, this is a really difficult situation for a lot of families. and i think one thing that's important about this recommendation to emphasize is that it's not a long-standing or permanent recommendation. it really is something to be used in extraordinary circumstances. i know families who are affected are doing everything they can do access the nutrition for their babies so this really would be a short-term temporary things as essentially a stopgap measure. >> so if you're a parent and you are having to resort to this because you can't get formula at your local store while the shortage is happening, how long would you recommend that they
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continue doing this? >> yeah, we really don't recommend it for more than a few days. you know, again, i just want to emphasize, i know parents are really in a difficult situation and doing everything they can. but sometimes there may be, you know, i've heard stories of families who have, you know, family members from out of state who are sending them formula. so while you wait those couple of days, that could be an appropriate period of time. i think another thing important to know is that, you know, whole cow's milk does not have all the nutrients that babies need. but one way that we can help that a little bit is by supplementing with iron. so iron vitamins that you can get at your drugstore. >> okay. so if parents should only do this for maybe a few days at maximum, but the fda is still saying it's going to be weeks, potentially, before shelves look back to normal and you're able to get families from out of state to send you formula or drive hours to go and get it. i kind of want to know what it says to you at this moment that we've come to this place in the
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united states where this is a shortage. when you talk to some experts they say it's not hard to predict. the fda should have known there was a chance this could happen. there were stuff that could have been taken to prevent a shortage like the one the united states is seeing. >> you know, i agree. it's so concerting, because it's just -- the most important thing for families is to be able to take care of their children and make sure they have the nutrition and all the other care that they need. and so, when we're in this situation, it really is quite difficult for them. i think, unfortunately, we see this with a lot of public health things where maybe we don't -- you know, we don't attend to it with urgency until we're really in the crisis situation. but i hope this is a wake-up call for us to really look and make sure that we don't end up in this situation in the future. >> has the american academy of pediatrics ever had to change its advice to parents like it is, with this situation, because
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of a shortage? >> no, i think this is the first time that i can really remember this happening. certainly, you know, our kids have faced extraordinary times in all sort of different ways. the past two year have -- you know, have shown us that in so many different ways. so, i think this is the first time i can remember, we've had to do something just like this. but absolutely, we know there may be things that happen. as pediatricians, we're always here to help families think it through and problem solve and make sure we keep your kids safely and healthy. >> i'm sure they appreciate the guidance. before i let you go, i do want to ask about cnn reporting from last night, we do expect the fda to authorize the pfizer booster for children 5 to 11, of course that would make them the youngest children eligible for that shot. and i just wonder what your takeaway is from that alteration we expect today? >> yeah, i think that would be very accepted.
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it's what we've seen with other age groups. the way vaccines work is to coach your system to create antibodies. and it's very typical for boosters to be required. and i would also add, and we also know less than 30% of children in the age group have even gotten their primary series. hopefully, for families, this is a good time for them to think, you know, we know this vaccine is safe. we've gotten months and months of experience and encourage that children in this age group that has not gotten the vaccine to go out and get their primary series as well. >> that's certainly the message we know the white house is going to be putting out there, dr. lee savio beers, thank you for joining us on these very important topics this morning. >> great. thank you so much for having me. and six months after president biden signed the infrastructure bill into law, critically needed fixes on a vital bridge that links ohio and kentucky has still not begun. we have a live report there,
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♪ this morning, a dangerously outdated bridge is a growing problem for trucks and emergency vehicles trying to cross between ohio and kentucky. this, as the white house touts six months as the signing of president biden's $1 trillion infrastructure package. cnn's pete muntean live in covington, kentucky. this is a bridge that everyone wants to see fixed. every president that we've had for the last several decades. mitch mcconnell, everyone wants it done, pete. >> reporter: yeah, it's the brent spence bridge, john. it's so critical in the cincinnati area.
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it's become a punch line. presidents have calling to fix it for years, but you can see, no construction, no plans. the white house said work is starting on projects like this, though you might not see it yet. >> business is busy. business is very busy. w >> reporter: 25-year-old luke is in line to run the family business. but a bridge putting the brakes on business. >> it's very tight, very accident prone, so effects would be huge. >> reporter: cincinnati's brent spence bridge carries ten times the trucks and twice the cars that it was designed to handle when it opened 60 years ago. >> that bridge, if you really want go to kentucky is going to get better. >> reporter: president biden says help will come from the bipartisan infrastructure law. but six months after it was done, work here has not started. >> it is the poster child of what needs to be done in infrastructure in this nation. >> reporter: cincinnati
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officials want $2 billion federal dollars to build a new neighboring bridge. they hope to break ground next year. >> it's going to be a dramatic difference. it will solve a huge part of all of the congestion in this region. >> reporter: the infrastructure law set aside $40 billion to help ailing bridges. the administration points to work that has already started on 4300 other infrastructure projects. but the white house stresses getting larger projects moving takes time. even though the clock is ticking for some 46,000 bridges in the u.s., rated as structurely deficient that drivers cross each day. >> they have to be patient. there's engineering involved. there's design involved. it has to be done to make sure we do the jobs right. >> reporter: when visiting cincinnati earlier this month, president biden became the third president to say the brent spence bridge must be fixed. >> it's in such poor condition that it's been labeled functionally obsolete. >> replaces the brent spence bridge in cincinnati. you like that?
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which is critical to the region. >> reporter: regional officials insist this time there's a real sense of optimism. for luke haven, he said the can should not get kicked to another generation of the family business. >> it's an extra patience. things can't happen overnight. you can't build a bridge in a day. >> reporter: the biden administration says it will take years for americans to feel the full impact of the infrastructure law. there are thousands of little projects but also many bigger projects like this one which the white house calls cathedrals. the white house puts it like this it takes hours to demolish a bridge, it takes years to build one. >> got to get started somewhere. pete muntean, thank you very much. very shortly, president biden and the first lady, they will travel to buffalo to meet with the families of the victims of the racist attack at the supermarket there. plus as the supreme court
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questions about whether he actually wants to buy twitter. but he says, he just needs evidence from the company about how many users are fake. how do you read that? >> i read this, elon musk should have done more due diligence before he decided to buy a company for $44 billion. he's riffing saying he doesn't believe the company only 5% of users are bots and it's on hold until he has proof. the company has measured bots at 5%. he, musk, without offering any evidence of its own. saying it's 90% or 20% of bots, saying this is something he wanted to clean up if he took over the company. twitter filing a preliminary proxy statement with the s.e.c. which is how you're supposed to do when actually in the middle of a big negotiation, not just tweet about it saying we are committed to completing the transaction as promptly, you love it. he's just trying to drive down
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the price. tesla shares much of his wealth are down 20%. he's worth less money today than when he started to do this endeavor to buy twitter. >> laura, i haven't done many takeovers, isn't it a problem live tweeting this kind of stuff? >> yes, that's the thing, his musings and his riffing, has the attention of the s.e.c. and he has gotten their attention and not in a good way. back in 2018, it was an ererily different situation, tweeting about he had the funding secure to start tesla. turns out he did not have the funding. because he was tweeting about it, the stock price shoots up, he initially has to settle with them. he's still under the investigation because he didn't stop tweeting. >> to take tesla private at $420 a share at the time. one of those sophomoric things,
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a cute emoji this week or this week, about the bot thing. his fans love how he's so irreverent. irreverence is one thing, but there are shareholders, real people with money in tesla and twitter shares. when he fires off a tweet, those people can make and lose money. it has real world consequences. that's the reason they hope the deal actually goes through, going forward. you see how please been navigating. i do want to ask you, laura, about starbucks. >> yeah. >> and a big move they're taking given the concerns that some companies have about what to do if roe versus wade is overturned by the supreme court. >> yeah. >> what they're going to do with their employees. a employees are raising questions about this. >> yeah, a lot of companies trying to find out, based off of employee demand that they do something. starbucks' solution is to reimburse travel expenses if roe
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v. wade is struck down, women will have to travel somewhere out of state, essentially to get the services they need. other companies have done other things, in response to texas' law you can sue anyone who provides a lift to an abortion clinic. interestingly, starbucks put out a memo to its employees saying regardless of what the supreme court ends up deciding we will always ensure our partners have access to quality health care. >> 100% employee-driven. their audience is 100% their employees. they want to make sure they're keeping their employees happy. their own surveys show that their employees do not agree with overturning roe v. wade among other issues happening around the country. this is certainly the sensitivity to making sure companies feel that they're heard and respected and that their companies support them. >> it does lead to interesting privacy issues. you know, to have your employer know you that need to get reimbursed to travel across state lines to get your
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abortion. some people may decide, look, that's what we have to do to get this done. it's going to raise an issue. >> it's more symbolic than anything else. it's to say, we feel you, we hear you, it's here if you need it. it's interesting when you look at what happened in the so-called don't say gay bill. what a mess for disney and the florida governor, trying to take over sort of a special tax status in the area. and disney, for example, got hit on both sides of that. >> yeah. its employees thought it didn't go far enough in that. >> yeah. >> and republicans in the state of florida feel it went too far. they could get in trouble. >> they don't get to sid on the sideline anymore. >> you have tyke a stance. >> that's the whole thing, he's arguing that companies like this should not have positions like that. shouldn't be pushing back. >> employees think otherwise. >> laura, chris tone, thank you. >> "early start" girls. >> yes, thank you for hanging around. >> early crew right here. >> yesterday, we were sending a signal. >> we're not growing to live tweet it. "new day" continues right now.
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♪ all right. good morning to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. it is tuesday, may 17th. i'm john berman, brianna is off this morning. chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins is with us. >> thank you, thank you. >> and where you normally are, the white house, we have live pictures of the white house. very shortly, president biden will gadepart for buffalo to me the families of the mass shooting there. the president will give us a preview of what the president will say, he will condemn, quote, the terrorism motivated by the hateful and perverse ideology that tears at the soul of our nation and to give no sage harbor to recreate the lies of racia


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