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hello, everyone. i'm kate balduan. here's what we're watching at this hour. president biden confronting racenism buffalo, paying respects to the victims of the supermarket shooting today. the president's message now to another grieving community. decision day. voters head to the polls in five states. why so many are watching the pennsylvania primary so closely now. and fact or fiction. for the first time in decades lawmakers are holding a public hearing on ufos and the threat to national security.
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thank you all so much for being here. president biden and the first lady are in puff low right now paying respects to the step people killed in the racist mass shooting at the tops supermarket. this hour they are meeting in private with the families of the victims. first responders as well as meeting with community leaders. the president will also be speaking publicly this afternoon where he's expected to call out the racism that he vowed to fight when he candidate, the racism we've seen that is pervasive, that is motivating this shooting in buffalo. there are also new details coming out about the investigation and how long the suspected shooter was planning this attack. we're talking months. cnn has learned the suspect was considering attacking a church and an elementary school before deciding to target the market, and there's new vines video that is capturing the moment that the suspected shooter, can you see him right there in the camo, camo pants, the moment he was taken into custody. let's get to t.cnn's victor
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black s'well live in buffalo for us. victor, what are you learning so far about the president's visit? >> reporter: well, kate, we know right now he is with the families of those victims, as you said, law enforcement, first responders as well, and this community is angry and in pain around he's here to console those in pain and thanks those who responded on saturday. just a few minutes ago he was here at the site. his first visit as president to the site of a mass shooting to lay flowers. he was here with other elected officials, the first lady as well, and then we're expecting remarks from the president today in which he will condemn the shooting as terrorism motivated by a hateful and perverse ideology that tears at the soul of our nation. now, he will call on congress, we're expecting, to take legislative action to bar those are mental illness from akwirg weapons. we also note today earlier that the national security adviser to the nsc suggested that there could be some executive action,
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but there were no special physical tis there, but today this is about this community. it's a path that presidents have walked through many cities, big and small across this country as there have been a spate of mass shootings for decades stretching on. kate? >> yeah, victor, thank you so. so let's go to the investigation now where we are learning that the suspected gunman had been planning this attack for months. police say that he visited the grocery store multiple times and also was considering attacking a school and a church and posting about it all on a game, platform, gaming website, a platform flagged by the nypd in a new bulletin monday. cnn's shimon prokupecz has more on this and joins us now. shimon, what more are you learning about the suspect's plans? >> reporter: right, so we've learned that police have discovered new information that they believe indicates that he was here back in march, at least three visits to the tops
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supermarket. of course, all of this coming, police say, from the words of the alleged shooter. these are online postings that they are combing through, that they continue to find. i'm told that there are several social media accounts, so it could mean that we have not seen everything, and they are still working through some of the social media accounts. certainly troubling to investigators is the idea that he was radicalized and his radicalization started months ago, perhaps even as long as a year ago or even more. in particular, radicalized by the 2019 christchurch shooting, of course, in new zealand. what they are finding is that there's a lot of similarities between that mass shooting and this mass shooting, and so they are saying that they believe now that that is -- that they are viewing that material, viewing video from that shooting, reading about that shooting, that that radicalized the alleged shooter, so they are continuing to work through that.
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the other big question obviously are federal charges, and when that is going to be filed, we expect that to happen in the coming days, kate. >> yeah. so much to go through now, shimon. more details to learn. thank you so much for being there. really appreciate it. joining me now is a member of the buffalo city council and just met with president biden as president biden is meeting with members of the community there. councilman, thank you for being -- for being here with me. i want to first start with what we were just hearing from my colleague shimon prokupecz about the investigation, the fact that the suspected gunman was in buffalo not only the day before, but it was at the supermarket months ago to case it out. what is your reaction to that? >> that's very troubling, kate, and i think that, again, this community is hurting, and we have our government and our elected officials and fbi and everyone else here to protect us, but we weren't protected on that day. as i look and hear about the
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families and how they have been affected and hearing about the children that lost a grandmother, an ankle, a cousin, it really grieves my heart and, again, the people who are here to protect us on that day did not protect us with the information that they had to make sure that we were safe. >> i mean, have you this documented posted in april on a social media platform and then called discord, and then have you that hate-filled rant posted later on 4chan. the fact that this was out there for months, we're hearing these details, you know, he's been possibly radicalized for months, maybe even a year as shimon says, do you see these as missed warning signs, councilman? >> i do, and i think that, again, we have to do a better job in protecting our citizens, and this was an opportunity to ensure that happened, and, again, we have families who are begrieved, we have ten families who have been deeply affected by this tragedy, and we missed this opportunity. you know, we have to look at
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this and really understand that when we missed our called, we missed those signals, peoples lives are impacted and that's what happened here in buffalo and i'm saddened to hear, the more information i hear the more sad i began to feel is that we could have done a better job, could have averted this, and this individual could have been apprehended before he devastated our community and these families. >> devastated, and we're showing pictures -- we're controlling through the pictures of the ten victims from this shooting, and it's so frustrating and sad to see their faces and to talk about, what you're just saying, what was missed in the days and months ahead. >> kate, yeah, it's really frustrated. it's frustrated for me as an a elected official. that's my responsibility to try to make sure that my community is safe, but in this case they weren't, and i wasn't able to do what i needed to do because it seems that there were layers that missed these cues that this
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individual was radicalize. he had this plan set up for three, four months, and this is the fallout of it. we as blacks, african americans in this country want to be protected. we want to be loved and care. we are a caring people, but it seems that many times when i if back during the civil rights movement, when i think about medgar evers and emmett till, we continue to see things where we're not protected. i continue to see things about martin luther king. these are things in our minds and understand and recognize that if we're loved and cared for, if we're citizens and equal to every other citizen in our country, why aren't we treated the same way? we still have racism in our country. we have racism still in buffalo. don't get it twisted. we still have racism here, and when are we going to do as a community? i believe this individual thought he was tearing us bought, but he's really brought us together, and i'm really looking forward to the days and opportunities and ways for us to get stronger, to put for the a
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plan working with our governor doing a great job in dealing with gun violence in our community and trying to get guns off the street, but we call on our congressman and our congress people in new york state are doing a great job, and the senators are preventing legislation that affect african-americans. we did some quick turnaround when it came to asians, and when it comes to african-americans they have been put on a back burper. we want congress to hear us loudly and not allow another event like this for happen, for us to take action n.ten days this will blow over and people won't forgot about it. we don't want people to forget about it and we want them to remember this day and those families affected forever, forever. >> and that's -- >> words, words, words. we need action. >> it's not just in making sure these lives are remembered. it's not just on you. it's not just on the community. it's on all of us to not turn away from another mass shooting. >> yes. >> as i said, you just met with -- you were able to meet with the president and the first lady. they are there. they are meeting with some of the families of the victims we
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know. what can you tell us about it? what did the president say? >> well, the president hasn't come up yet. he hasn't come out to speak yet, but it was nice to see the families here just to hear a consoling word, comfort from the president of the united states, but we have to do more after that because or the funerals and those things, these families have to live and go on without the patriarchs and mate yeah, of their families. we real very to do more to protect our citizens, especially african-americans. we feel like we've been put to the side, and, you know, with the voting rights act and all those things in congress in which they put us to the side and don't think that our voices matter. if we believe black lives matter, then we need to be taken up on action on this legislation to make certain that our citizens and especially african-americans who have gone through such a tough time, they are in our nation's history, that they are addressed and made
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to feel like they are whole and citizens of this country like everyone else. >> councilman, thank you for coming on. thank you very much for your time. let's turn now to california where the man that police say opened fire inside an orange county church, he's going to appear in court. authorities say that this was apparently a politically motivated hate crime and hate attack against the taiwanese community. cnn's stephanie elam is tracking all of this and joins us now. stephanie, what are you hearing about this court appearance today? what is going to happen? >> reporter: we are expecting to have this happen at some point today, kate. we're not exactly sure when, but we do know right now that this shoot, the assailant in this case is facing six felony charges, one of murder and five of attempted murder. we're also getting a better idea of exactly what happened in that luncheon when the shooter opened fire inside of this church. in fact, michael sigh was there and spoke to our afill at kcal
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cbs and how it was this entire congregation's effort to stop this man. listen to him. >> as the shooting stopped, i saw the pastor coming from that side so i just ran out to put him him down. the other member tie him up with belt and then mrs. chan bring the cable. >> reporter: it's really phenomenal. kate, you've got to keep in mind that these are senior citizens mostly who were there in attendance who rallied together to bring this man down. we also heard that his gun jammed, and that's part of the reason why it wasn't a worse situation and then also so many people hailing dr. john chang as a hero because of the fact that he charged the shooter and was able to distract him enough for the pastor and throw the chair at him, and all of them working together to make this happen. we learned more, too, about the shooter, the fact that he was
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born in mainland china and grew up in taiwan and became a u.s. citizen many, many years ago. kate? >> stephanie, thank you for that. i'm going to go now to texas where there are new developments there as well. dallas police announcing that they have arrested a suspect linked to the shooting of a creean owned hair salon injuring three people and there are questions now about other possible incidents. cnn's alexandra field joins me with more hob this. what are you picking up? along with the arrest we're hearing from the fbi dallas division that they are opening a federal investigation into hate crimes connected to that shooting at the hair salon, this happening while dallas police say that they have taken someone into custody connected to that shooting. it happened at a korean-owned hair salon. it was a week ago. police say that a gunman entered the salon, started shouting -- started shooting, left three women injured and then took off in a red minivan. that red minivan may be the link to two other cases where police say that a suspect fired on
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asian-owned businesses in the dallas area. both of those other businesses actually in dallas' korea town. they now believe that the shooting at the hair salon was fueled by hate. they believe that because of the van it may be linked to those other two shootings. the mayor of dallas saying that if this was in fact a hate crime, it is chilling. it is deeply disturbing. they have stepped up patrols in asian communities, and we should be hearing more about the arrest later this afternoon. >> okay. alex, we'll be leaning on that. thank you very much. appreciate it. coming up still for us, voters heading to the polls in several states today. the key races to watch in today's big primaries. that's next. as a main street bank, pnc has helped over 7 million kids develop their passion for learning. and now we're providing 88 billion dollars to support underserved communies... ...helping us all move forward financially.
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it is election day in several states across america today. polls are open in kentucky, north carolina, pennsylvania, idaho and oregon, and the biggest day of the mid-term elections so far much of the focus will be on the hotly contested races in the commonwealth of pennsylvania. let's go there. cnn's kristen holmes is live in pittsburgh for us. kristen, what are you hearing from voters? >> reporter: well, kate, we're actually in front of a polling station here in pittsburgh where we just watched david mccormick, who is one of the front-runners in that republican senate primary cast his ballot, and what we're hearing from voters is a lot of uncertainty because that race in particular is owe essentially a three-way tie. you have mccormick. he is a former hedge fund ceo. you have trump-enforced celebrity dr. mehmet oss and you have late-surging political novice kathy barnette. all of them making their final pitches across pennsylvania yesterday, and oz had a little bit of extra help from former
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president donald trump who called into his final rally to tout the candidate. he also recorded a robo call bashing barnen. again, as we've talked about the last couple of days, barnette has seen this late surge in the polls which has thrown several people, including those two other front-runners off in that race. now, the other race i want to talk about here on the republican side is that governor's race because trump endorsed election denier doug mastriano who is currently the front-runner. so this test of barnette and mastriano is real becoming a test on just how far right conservatives will go, particularly when it comes to whether or not these candidates can actually compete in a general election, and i will tell you, i've talked to strategists across the country who are ripping their hair out over this. they believe, and these republican strategists believe, they believe that this is actually going to impact them in the general and could cost them the seats so a lot of races here and just really fast we also have the democratic primary for
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senate. fetterman is still in the hospital, the lieutenant governor suffered from a stroke late last week. there's a question there. he's been leading by a huge margin and hasn't been on the trail friday. a little bit of a wrinkle as to whether or not that impacts that comfortable lead that he had had. a lot of drama here in pennsylvania, kate. >> a lot of drama. thanks for laying it out, kristen. appreciate it. for more on this joining me is cnn political director david chalian. let's focus in on pennsylvania and then we can broaden out to other states because it's the biggest day of the mid-terms so far today. this republican senate primary, it's been one to watch for quite some time. i mean, it was seen early on, an interesting look at kind of the power of donald trump in the party in terms of his endorsement and then this late surge with kathy barnette as kristen is talking about. it's made that kind of question even more interesting. what are you watching on that? >> yeah, it's almost like has trump given birth to this maga
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movement that he no longer is in full control of. i think that's one question tonight. we're clearly watching the trump scorecard because this is how the former president, as he wants to maintain this position of power inside the republican party, this is what he'll use to go to voters with and say, hey, you know, buy back candidates and they get the victory at the end of the day. you guys are going to continue to follow me here. that's key for him to continue to make the argument. both the voters and republican-elected officials so we'll watch to see if he can get mehmet oz across the finish line. as you note, kate, kathy barnette is trying to out-trump trump in this senate race and as we do we look for the question to be answered tonight. is sort of the movement even bigger than the former president himself right now? we'll see if she's able to galvanize a winning coalition here among those maga supporters, even though donald trump, as kristen noted, is second out robo calls, trying to
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diminish her candidacy. put out a statement saying she doesn't think she can win in the fall. >> and in the strangest of campaign wild cards, both of the leading democratic candidates in pennsylvania, john fetterman running for senate and josh shapiro running for governor, both of them are on the sidelines tonight. fetterman recovering from a stroke and shapiro just announced that he has covid. >> such a strange set of circumstances. fetterman says he's expected to make a full reoffry, but he still is in the hospital recovering from that stroke. it occurred at the end of last week and his campaign was totally opaque about it over the weekend. they did not announce it until sunday. what had happened, they had just kept cancelling events and then finally they had some transparency and acknowledged to the voters of pennsylvania what had occurred with fetterman and, again, he's pected to make a full recovery. he put out a picture last night surrounded by his family hand will not be at his own campaign headquarters, potential victory party tonight as the election
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results come in. josh shapiro, the attorney general who is clearly poised to become the democratic nominee for governor, as you said announced that he had covid this morning and tested positive. he had mild symptoms and is isolating at home so he, too, won't be able to partake in a celebration. >> let's talk thematically as we look at races across the rest country as well. you see it in pennsylvania, too, but kind of, i don't know, the battle for the soul of each party, moderate versus progressive democrats, mainstream versus more fringe republicans including, you know, election deniers. it seems to be happening in a lot of different states right now. >> kate, this is what makes primaries so interesting, right, voters inside that party who are determining what kind of candidate they want to put forth as the standard bearer in the general election, and so those intra-party dynamics get sort of worked out. you're right. there are some democratic contest, one in oregon in the house race. kurt schrader, the incumbent sort of mainstream establishment
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democrat is facing a progressive challenger. j j j joe biden felt he needed to get involved here. went with schrader to back the incumbent with his endorsement and we'll see how that works out tonight. see a similar dynamic, progressive versus moderate in western pennsylvania in the 12th congressional district. bernie sands, elizabeth warren in for the progressive. is that what democrat are going to put forward in a battle found state like pennsylvania? this is clearly a safer democratic district. i would also note on the republican side as you said, there's a real question here, so if folks like doug mastriano as kristen mentioned and kathy barnette, two election denier, totally do not believe in the legitimacy of joe biden's election despite no evidence that there's any widespread fraud in the election, if they end up as the nominees both for senate and governor on the republican side in pennsylvania tonight, in the two marquee
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contest, what does that say about the republican party, and does it hurt their chances come november in a critical battleground state like pennsylvania? >> we'll be getting some of those answers to the. great to see you, david. >> happy primary day. >> thank you. you as well, my friend. be sure to watch election results as they come in. cnn's special live coverage of election night starts tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern. coming up for us still, the last holdout in mariupol is ending. ukranians evacuating the steel plant we've talked so much about as russians take control. details in a live report next. ♪("i've been everywhere" by johnny cash) ♪ ♪i've traveled every road in this here land!♪ ♪i've been everywhere, man.♪ ♪i'veeen everywhere, man.♪ ♪of travel i've had my sre, man.♪
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developing at this hour. ukraine's military ordering the last of its fighters holed up at the mariupol steel plant to surrender. hundreds being evacuated from the site of the bloodiest battle so far of this war. the plant is now in full control of russian forces. cnn's melissa bell live in kyiv. she's tracking all of this for us. melissa, what is the situation in mariupol right now?
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>> well, it's an extraordinary tale as you say. the azovstal fighters have become such an important symbol for ukraine, not simple police of its resistance in mariupol but, of course, more broadly in the fight against russia. the fact of the surrender of the fighters at the azovstal steel plant, a blow to ukraine militarily but their fate hanging in the balance of what remain delicate and intense and ongoing negotiations between russia and ukraine. we know the evacuations are under way and have the images. some of those released by the ministry of defense, the russian ministry of defense who speak of the fact that they will be treated according to the rules of international law. clearly at this stage we're talking about prisoners of war who have become the subject then of negotiations, and within those evacuations you're talking about hundreds of families who are desperately waiting to hear whether or not their loved ones are amongst those that have been evacuated and whether or not the negotiations will allow them to come home. we've been speaking on the
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outskirts of one family, the mother tatiana and doubter who haven't seen their husband and father in weeks. they went shopping this morning because they heard on the evening news last night that the evacuations had begun in the hope that think father and husband might come home. have a listen. >> translator: we so hope that he'll return, that this will happen. we've been waiting for it for so long. we love him very much and are waiting for him. >> translator: i really want my dad to come back. our family has been through so much since 2014. poor dad really. >> right now the whole country waiting to hear whether those negotiations will allow them to come back. president sclekz sclengsy speaking of the fact that this is a matter that required time. >> thanks so much.
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good to see you very much. joining me now is former ambassador mark hertling and former ambassador to ukraine, john herbst. i want to get your thoughts on what melissa laid out very well, how this is ending in terms of ukraine finally sending its defense of the mariupol steel plant. this was the finally holdout of this city. what does this victory mean for russia and for ukraine? >> well, it was a bitter, bitter victory truthfully because the ukranian fighters stayed so long and tied down so many russian fighters. there were estimates, kate, of anywhere from 12,000 to 14,000 russians who were i a emting it to attack the mariupol plant while, you know, those -- probably about 1,000 or so, 1,500 fighters were inside, and those forces have the russian army that were tied down there could not contribute to any of the other actions in the donbas, so this -- this was -- you may call it a victory because after
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79 days i think it was, they finally gave up the plant and got their wounded, hundreds of wounded out of there, but truthfully this was a bitter pill for the russians. they could not execute the kind of plan they wanted to have that established a supply line in russia all the way to odesa because mariupol was a barricade and stopped that from happening. >> general also, just kind of the state of mariupol, just literally, utterly devastated is how it is now left for russia to take control. how does that -- how does that play into how useful mariupol is even though it is in the strategic position as it's in? >> yeah. when you look at the roads and railroads that are next to the steel plant, kate, that was what was so exciting the russians. they needed those roads to have that line of communications, but it was also a psychological approach to this whole thing.
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if you look at the map and you see mariupol right next to the conflict zone that has existed since 2014, russia has never been able to capture this town over the last eight years, so it is truly -- it's called sometimes the eye of the azov sea. it's a beautiful city, a million people in the population, and they resisted occupation during that time from 2014 to today. so it -- it was a victory that the russians could never achieve. it is one now that is going to be difficult for them to use those supply lines because the roads, the railroads, the transport routes have all been damaged as has the steel factory azovstal. >> absolutely. another important development today. finland and sweden have announced they will be handing in their nato application wednesday, the two countries just announced it this morning in a press conference, and president biden just announced that he'll be hosting the leaders of finland and sweden at
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the white house on thursday. what is the importance of this face-to-face in this moment? what's the message that you think the white house is trying to send when they meet? >> well, the white house is saying to finland and sweden that the united states will support their application for membership in nato, and their application is extremely important. it underscores two countries long known for being neutral and in the align decided that putin's foreign policy is a direct danger to them and while they have strong militaries they need the protection of nato. and that's why we've got to stop putin in ukraine. >> most immediately they need to get past the security concerns that turkey says they have, that could be a wrench in the plans for both sweden and finland. much more discuss there. ambassador, good to see you. general, thank you as always. >> coming up for us, america's baby formula shortage drags on
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now to the critical baby formula shortage in the united states. the american academy of pediatrics has now issued new guidance saying that whole cow's milk san option for babies if families are running low on formula adding it's not ideal but it's better than diluting formula with water which we've heard so much about how dangerous that is and also the academy of pediatrics also saying that co-use milk should only be offered to children over 6 months old, a big change. the pediatrics group sees this as a temporary solution to try and help families struggling nationwide with this formula crisis. the company at the center of the shortage announced an agreement with the fda to restart their plant, but it will be at least six weeks for products to then arrive on store shelves. joining me is cnn medical ana analyst leana wen. what do you think of this
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recommendation coming from the the american academy of pediatrics? >> they are not saying it's ideal. they are not recommending for children 6 months and older to get whole cow's milk but responding to the desperation of parents hearing their babies cry in the middle of the night because they are so hungry, and what we're also seeing is parents are doing things out of desperation that are unsafe, for example, diluting formula with water or make their own homemaidenform la that could have the possibility of contamination, so just to be clear, whole cow's milk is harder for babies to digest. it also does not contain the recommended type of nutrients and should be used very sparingly so i hope that parents will use it only in really dire circumstances. also remember that an 11-month-old is probably pretty close to a 12-month-old so it might be more okay to give them whole cow's milk compared to a 6-month-old where it should really be used only if there are really no other options. >> and really just seeing the
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move in this direction acknowledging this is not an ideal recommendation, shows you how serious this shortage is and the danger is can pose to children's health as it drags on. >> absolutely. we know that babies need to be fed constantly, and there are children with special needs who need special types of formula because of allergies or metabolic deficiencies that are really struggling at this point, and so i would just highly recommend that people looking a the resources there from their pediatrician and local hornts especially for children with special needs and also for families to try everything they can to avoid these measures that are really unsafe, like making homemaidenform la or trying to stretch out their formula supply by adding more water. that's really not safe. >> there's some news today on covid. when the fda just gave the green light for pfizer's booster shots for children age 5 to 11. it's important, of course, on
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aof these authorizations when they come through, but do you the boosters should be the focus among young kids considering how many have their first shots. >> that's the key. more than 80% of children 5 to 11 have not yet had their first two dose, and we should really be focused on getting the initial doses to these children to give them that initial level of protection. that said, there are about 8 million children who are fully vaccinated. some of them may have chronic underlying medical conditions or otherwise their parents are just really worried about them getting covid, and so i think giving them that additional option to get the booster is a good one, and so we'll wait for the cdc later this week to make their recommendation, and i also hope the cdc will give a nuanced recommendation. for example, if your child was fully vaccinated and recently had covid, maybe these are the kids that can hold off on getting a booster shot at this time. >> the fda also just cleared the first over-the-counter test for
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covid, flu and rsv. that caught my attention. what do you think of this? >> i think it's a step in the right direction, especially coming into cold and flu season. people are going to have the sniffles, especially if they are vaccinated. they are probably not going to have very severe symptoms, even if it's covid, so being able to sort out if what you have is covid, flu or rsv or none of the above, i think that will help, and it will also help people to better plan when they go see vulnerable individuals so that they can take a test in advance and make sure that they are sparing those around them who are particularly susceptible to severe ill necessary due to covid-19. >> here in new york city, they just announced the city has reached its covid high alert level. the health department is encouraging new yorkers once again to wear masks in all indoor public settings once again, but if we're back up at a high level, they are also not bringing back or recommending a
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mask mandate in the face of this. what do you think of that? >> i think it's really difficult to impose a mandate, but at the same time just because the government is not requiring you to wear masks, doesn't mean that you shouldn't wear masks, and i would really recommend for people if the -- if you're living in an area like new york city or somewhere elsewhere cases are going up and you're particularly susceptible to severe illness, make sure that you are wearing a high quality mask. don't just wear a cloth mask or even a three-ply surgical mask. wear an n-95 or kn95 whenever you're in crowded indoor settings. get a test gathering before same people. same-day rapid tests are regood for that purpose and before you see vulnerable individuals before seeing grandma in a nursing home, make sure you're testing to make sure that those people who are the most susceptible to severe outcomes. >> good to see you, dr. wen. thank you. coming up fours, a turn now to capitol hill and ufos on capitol hill. congress just wrapped the first public hearing in decades on the
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matter. what did they learn? that's next.
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early wants to bring trump-style investigations on election fraud to california, and early says he'll end obamacare and guard against the growing socialist communist threat. eric early. too extreme, too conservative for california. pentagon officials testifying on capitol hill today at the first public hearing in more than five decades on ufos. the pentagon rolling out previously classified video of what's described as an unidentified flying phenomenon. christen fisher has been watching this. what did we learn in this hearing? >> reporter: we've waited more than half a century since the
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last public hearing on ufos. this one was over in 90 minutes. it was quick. not a ton of new information which was expected. the deputy director of naval intelligence did confirm the authenticity of two videos that were taken by navy pilots of uaps or unidentifieder a ral phenomenon. he's one of the videos he showed in the hearing moments ago. >> what you see here is aircraft that is operating in a u.s. navy training range that has observed spherical object in that area. and as they fly by it, they take a video. >> is this one of the phenomenon we can't explain? >> i do not have an explanation for what this specific object is. >> and so in the video that was shown in the hearing you could see this small spherical object
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fly by at a very high speed, and you just heard the deputy director of naval intelligence saying he does not have an explanation for what it is. in the report released last summer by the director of national intelligence, they say military pilots reported 11 instances of very close encounters with these uaps, and so that's really what this hearing was about today. to highlight this is not some kind of joke or conspiracy theory but poses a real threat to navy pilots and also potentially our national security and kate, that's something that members of this sub committee are hoping to learn more about when they head into a closed classified session in about ten minutes. >> all right. let's see what comes out, if anything. it's good to see you, christen. good to see you. > thank you all for being herere. "inside politics" starts with john k king after the break. de. clean is g good, sanitized is better. ♪
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