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hello. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king in washington. thank you for sharing your day with us today. a pair of big foreign policy tests for president biden. right now he's on his way to asia to assure japan and south korea that russia's war in ukraine won't distract him from the china challenge, and he welcomed the leaders of finland and sweden to the white house. >> they have the full backing of the united states of america. let me be clear. new members joining nato is not a threat to any nation. it never has been. >> plus they are still counting votes in pennsylvania.
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we may not have a republican senate primary winner until next week, and when we do, it might trigger a recount. the president responding to the baby formula issue with action. the government forcing factories to speed up production. this as mothers are near a breaking point. >> when i get to work in the morning, i look for formula. when we're finally sitting on the couch for an hour at night, we're looking for formula. >> your mind doesn't stop thinking about it. especially at night. i hate to say. i've lost a lot of sleep. >> up first for us, pennsylvania's slow but critical election map. the commonwealth senate race could determine which party controls the chamber next year. this is the race right here. dr. oz, you know him from television, donald trump's preferred candidate. dave mccormick is in second place. a candidate who says he believes as this count continues he will
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catch up. let's take a look at the state of play. watch as i slide this over. this is all of pennsylvania's 67 counties. i'm going to use this again, slide this over to show counties that are around -- get this over. move it. let me do it this way. we'll show you the counties with outstanding vote as we go through it and come through here. the counties with the most outstanding vote. bradford, lancaster, allegheny county. these are places where dave mccormick thinks he can make up the count. 1200 votes. still mail-in ballots to be counted. and if it comes to it, possibly military and provisional ballots counted next tuesday. we are going to talk to our team. they are counting some of the votes in lancaster. what are you seeing, athena? >> they will finish today. we've been talking about the 22
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misprinted ballots they discovered on the morning of election day. they had to be remarked to be scanned. they've been working hard. you can see the room behind me. there are not many pockets of groups of three marking the remaining ballots. there are now under 1,000 of the original misprinted ballots. after they are finished, they'll open the 8 50 or so mail-in ballots that arrived by the deadline on election day. they're doing that to try to stay organized. with about 1800 ballots to go, they expect to be finished soon. perhaps even within the next hour or so. this is one county. we know that mccormick's team has been looking at absentee ballots. he's done well. and with this county, kathy barnette, out of the running, she is at this point running in lancaster county, but mccormick has surpassed oz by a few hundred votes. a little under 400. so we'll see what happens here, and we should be able to get the results in the county in the next couple hours. >> i want to come back.
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able to fix a technical glitch. there's 98% of the vote count statewide. these are the counties on the map where they are at 96% or less. meaning they have votes to make up. we showed athena in lancaster county. they are at -- if you look on the far left, 95 % of their vote counted through the day. the other counties, still counting votes. allegheny county, second largest county in the state. pittsburgh. they were as of this morning or moments ago at about 95% of their estimate here. christen holmes is right there in pittsburgh, the heart of allegheny county. watching the count and keeping track of the candidates. christen? >> that's right. we haven't seen the candidates since election night. we have talked to advisers who have spent the last two days calling every single county. they are trying to figure out what exactly is left in terms of votes, and when it is going to be counted. we did hear from dave mccormick earlier today when we called into a radio show.
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he was optimistic. take a listen. >> we're down about 1200 votes, and came in yesterday down 2700 votes. and so moving in the right direction, and we're pretty confident we're going to end with me in the win column. >> okay. so let's talk about where that confidence comes from. you both touched on this. one is the absentee ballots. they believe a majority of outstanding votes are absentee. if you follow the trend, mccormick has outpaced oz in those ballots. that's one thing they're looking at. the other is that mail-in ballots that you talked about, we know we reported this yesterday, there were issues in allegheny county with about 31 presicincts involving memory cas day of votes. if you look at day of votes counted, many outpacing oz. they are hoping when the
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precincts are counted, mccormick will win those as well. anything can happen. this is an incredibly close race. >> the count continues. christen holmes, thank you. athena as well. our panel is with us in studio. i mentioned a critical count, and this happens. it's unfortunate when it happens, but you have memory card failures, misprinted ballots that have to be counted or double checked by hand. we have this all the time. one of the newer things, just like he did in his own races, donald trump is saying oz should declare victory. he should not. he should let democracy work. >> and so far it seems that both campaigns are basically ignoring trump doing what he typically does which is throwing chum in the water. it just highlights how fragile this whole thing is. remember, this is a republican base that has been hyped up on a lie for over a year now, and
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many of the oz supporters and even some -- i imagine, some of the mccormick supporters out there believe those lies, and are inclined to doubt the fact that what we're talking about here, by and large, is a universe of votes that enpasses a lot of mail-in ballots for which republicans generally distrust that kind of voting for no reason, but they do. it's really a tinderbox of their own making, but i think cooler heads look like they might prevail here. >> you mentioned cooler heads look like they might prevail. what's fascinating is the republican nominee for governor is one of donald trump's allies in denying the election. he came here for the stop the steal rally and tried to reverse the results in pennsylvania even though the votes were recounted. everyone exhausted their court challenges. joe biden won the state. a lot of republicans did seek distance. thune said they differentiated the candidate from governor for
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senate. graham, i don't think 20 20 is what people want to think about. some of the battle ground states, that may not be a winning message, meaning lying about the message. donald trump said yesterday, oz should declare victory. can you help me find on the desk the stack of republican statements condemning donald trump? there are none. >> they're all still afraid of him, obviously. i mean, i think republicans are looking at not just 2022 in pennsylvania but also 2024. this is a guy who they're concerned if he goes out there and keeps talking about 2022, he might not just hurt his own race, but this could be a problem for whoever is the republican candidate in 2024. i think one of the really interesting things that i was reading about as the primary was happening was now democrats were also boosting mastriano. they wanted him as their candidate because they thought he was so bad and he is the most likely to be defeated in the governor's race. so they sent out mailers. they boosted him on television.
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and they got the candidate they want. the question is is he going to be as bad as republicans think he's going to be, or is the atmosphere so good for republicans that this guy could be the next governor in naming the person who overseeing elections in 2024. >> it's a risky calculation. republican voters have showed that they have strayed from who they traditionally support. democrats have not. they are putting up, i think, similar candidates, but republicans are no longer the republican party that they were five, ten, 15 years ago. i see a candidate like mastriano having a shot in this climate. >> trump won it narrowly in 2016. lost it narrowly in 2020. it's possible, and we'll see. which makes the idea that the big lie still lives in republican politics, not only lives but thrives in republican politics, makes it fascinating as we wait to see who the winner
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is in the pennsylvania senate race, but next tuesday the most personal for donald trump. he is trying to defeat the incumbent georgia governor, brian kemp, with david purdue n. he's t-- the issue here for donald trump in both of the races is rath -- the races, will they settle if will they convin republicans stop it? >> i wouldn't rule anything out in terms of people's willingness to believe a total conspiracy made up out of whole cloth, but if kemp, in fact, beats purdue by double digits as some of the polling suggests that he could, that's going to be a really steep hill to climb. i think that's one of the reasons why you're seeing so many establishment republicans
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including trump's own vice president pence going down to georgia. there's an effort underway here to make a potential defeat, potential at the governor's level, so significant that it cannot be undermined even by trump's lies. it's -- i think it's worth that effort because the lie is very pervasive and it's particularly pervasive in the state of georgia which was key to trump losing the entire 20 20 election. that's one of the reasons he is so bitter about that race and the secretary of state race as well. >> and so you have the two leaders. the secretary of state and the governor did the right thing. despite how they voted. they supported trump. they did the right thing in the end. we'll see what the republican voters see on tuesday. ahead for us, president biden will leave for his first international trip to asia as president. good thing adding lysol laundry sanitizer kills 99.9% of bacteria ththat detergents can't. cleaean is good, sanitized is better. ♪
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right now president biden on air force one on the way to asia. the trip marks one in washington they call a pivot to the region. complicated by a war in ukraine. the war still very much hot and still very much a big biden focus. the president giving a white house audience today for sweden and for finland. those nordic nations want to join the nato alliance. president biden this morning from the rose garden telling the world he wants that, too. >> they meet every nato requirement, and then some. they have the full total complete backing of the united states of america. the bottom line is simple. quite straightforward. finland and sweden make nato stronger. >> let's get straight to cnn's articlette signs live at the white house for us. tell us more. >> reporter: president biden
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offered the full throated endorsement of sweden and finland joining nato here at the white house. the president and the two leaders meeting for a little over an hour before making those public remarks where the president insisted that sweden and finland joining nato would make the alliance stronger. there has been a wrench thrown into these spproceedings. turkey said they at this moment oppose a sweden and finland joining nato. in order for the process to proceed, all 30 members of nato would have to agree to these two countries joining. so far president erdogan of turkey has insisted that they are a firm no on this issue. now, in those remarks, you heard directly from both the swedish leader and the finland leader saying they are open to discussing turkey's concerns. one was very firm in saying that they want to discuss all of turkey's concerns regarding them
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joining nato. president biden, before he departed on the trip, wanted to make clear that the u.s. is fully behind and supportive of sweden and finland joining nato. they have both been long-time neutral countries that have gone to the conclusion, made this application, due to the russian aggression in krukraine, and th president offering the support at the white house for the two leaders. >> arlette signs from the white house. let's continue our conversation with a staff writer for the new yorker. susan, it is interesting. the president asking the president asking the leaders of finland and sweden to come to the white house. he wanted the world and putin and president erdogan to see the united states is fully behind this expansion of nato. let's address the turkish issue. erdogan says no, that he will vote no. he would have to vote yes for this to go forward. what is he looking for? >> you know, that's a good
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question. i do think it is an indication really of bargaining to come as opposed to a flat declarative statement of no. and you know, if you talk to experts, that's certainly their view of what erdogan is after. there are things like speeding through n-16 armed sales on capitol hill. perhaps winning some points with vladimir putin is on the agenda as well. but you know, he certainly is of the mind never to let an opportunity like this go to waste, and not get something for it. and i think you may see other countries, by the way, also understanding that this is a moment when bargaining may be conducted advantageously with washington newly focussed on putin and the russia threat. >> and what does it mean? i want to bring what the president said into the conversation in the sense that sweden and finland have for years said thank you, we have trade relations. we're in the european union, but
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we don't want to join. we value our independence. february 24th, putin invades ukraine. now they say we want to join the club. the defensive alliance, if you will. here's how the president put it. >> today there is no question nato is relevant. it is effective. and it is more needed now than ever. the indispensable law in some decades past is still the indispensable alliance for the world we face today. let me be clear. new members joining nato is not a threat to any nation. it never has been. >> is it fair to say that this is proof that ukraine is simply backfiring on putin? he wanted to fracture the alliance. he wants it weaker. it's hard to argue with the president that it's more relevant now than in a long time and it's about to get bigger? >> that's right. this is a putin screwup of world historical proportions. you don't just join nato and
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undo it even if putin were to withdraw tomorrow from ukraine, which is not sadly going to happen. the asession of finland in nato is something that has many years' long consequences and will not be easily undone. it's a major structural shift. it adds an 800-mile plus border between russia and nato from finland. it significantly adds to nato's capabilities to actually wage a significant military conflict on the ground in the baltic region, in the sea, the russian naval saltic fleet will come up against sweden. it's a very significant addition no the nato capabilities, not a mention a geostrategic shift of exactly the kind that vladimir putin was not looking to trigger with this ill-considered invasion. >> help our viewers better understand, i'm going to call it a juggle. i don't mean that with any
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disrespect. i rolled my eyes at the word pivot. i haven't covered the white house for 16 years, and they were talking back then the pivot to the china challenges and something in the world always comes up to dominate the attention of the american president. but the president is going to see our allies in south korea and japan and assure them he has his eyes front and center on the china challenge, even as he keeps an eye on putin and ukraine. aren't they in some ways the same. the united states and the allies in the west have said, you know, putin is a bad actor. china is a bad actor. let's try to overlook some of the issues, and now front and center, bam, two joint challenges? >> yeah. you're right about that. what i would say is that it's time to bury the concept of the pivot once and for all. because the bottom line is you can't pivot away from russia. you can't pivot away from the middle east. you can't forget about one and focus truly on the other. and i think that that's been an ill-considered framework that to different extents, barack obama,
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and joe biden came to office suggesting that that's what they would do. in foreign policy terms, it's proven impossible. i think these are one in the same challenge. i think going forward, it is a major tra steejic readjustment. i think we've only -- our early days in understanding what it would take for the united states not just to be focussed on one super power competitor like in the cold war, but on two which is to say both russia and china. that's an enormous long-term structural shift in our foreign policy, and they've got to begin that process right now. >> mom always told me listen to smart people. in this hour, at least, the word pivot is buried as susan glassers says we should do with it. thank you for your insights. we're watching financial markets, tur lent days. why? gas prices are up. it's a giant political headache for the president. wealth plan across your full financial picture. a plan with tax-smart investing strategies designed to help you keep more of what you e earn. this is the planning effect.
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wall street following a really, really bad day with something that resembles a you might say more normal day. the dow is down. nasdaq is up a little bit. the s&p down just a tad. yesterday, wednesday, brought a ton of red. the dow finished down nearly 1200 points. that was the worst day on the market since 2020. a pair of big retail giants recorded their worst one-day drops since the reagan
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administration. all of it triggering what analysts tell cnn is a, quote, freakout moment in the markets. matt eagan is here to explain why. >> you know, in many ways we already have a crisis right now in the united states. an inflation crisis. the soaring cost of living is angering voters. it's unnerving investors, and it's even bothering normally unflopable ceos. there was a new survey that showed that 60 % of ceos expect economic conditions will worsen. 68% expect an eventual recession. investors are getting increasingly nervous. the s&p sis getting uncomfortly close to a bear market which signals a 20 % decline from record highs. yesterday's big selloff was triggered by these inflation warnings from both walmart and target. they're warning that soaring costs are eating against their profit profitability.
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that did not sit well with investors. target lost 25% of the value yesterday alone. it's worst one-day percentage decline since black monday in 19 87. the fear on wall street and in the c-suite is the federal reserve's late response to inflation is going to backfire. that the fed is going to have to catch up by raising interest rates so aggressively that it accidentally tips the economy into a recession. now, the chairman of the federal reserve jerome powell is insisting that the fed can safely land the plane. that they can pull off what's known in economic circles as a soft landing. or as he put it, softish landing, where they contain inflation without causing a recession. and what happens next, john, really has the sweeping ramifications. trillions of dollars at stake in our 401 ks. millions of jobs on mainstream, and not to mention, political fortunes in washington. >> don't remember softish coming up in economics class. it's been a while, but i don't remember.
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softish coming up, but we shall see how it plays out. let's bring the conversation back in the room with our great reporters. here's how consumers see inflation. every time they fill 7:their car. one year ago gas on average was $3.01. today it cost $4.50 a gallon. that's on average. there are parts in the country including here, but in california where the state gas tax is higher, it's more than that. that's how they see it. and we are now late may in an election year. here's the president's approval rating. 40% approve. 55% disapprove. whether you blame the president or not for the specifics, he's the president at a time when things are tough. the president needs to get the trajectory going to other way. it's not. >> a lot of democrats like to campaign that they see talk about inflation and the economy as a media narrative, but i was talking to a white house official recently who said gas
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prices are from regular people, the dow jones industrial average of the average american, they go out and drive. it's out there, and they see it every day. they experience it every day. and that is why this is so difficult for this president. there's no question that between when biden was inaugurated to today, people's actual material costs have significantly gone up, and even while the coronavirus may be in their day 20 day lives have receded, the lingering effects on their lives, all other supply chain disruptions have not eased. that's at the core of the problem. the white house is honestly, they know they don't have many tools to deal with, but they also know this is their biggest problem. >> in the sense that if you're a democrat watching, you're already mad at the conversation. the president can say coronavirus messed up the supply lines and a lot of things. war in ukraine is messing up energy prices. the president says i'm trying. i'm trying. but there are a lot of factors
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contributing to this. republicans say nope, it's your fault. >> right now we've got an administration whose plan is to blame anybody but them and their policies. >> joe biden has lost all credibility. in terms of his ability to deal with inflation, the cost of energy. >> biden administration, enough of this. enough of this. quit telling us that you're trying to help us with this inflation problem when you continue to restrict our ability to produce energy in this country. >> tee ball in an election year. biden is in charge. republicans are not. it's just -- it may be too simple. again a lot of democrats, their blood will boil. we've seen in past elections, it can work. >> that's right, because he is the person in charge, he gets blamed for everything under the sun. they -- i think they acted relatively swiftly with the baby formula. that's no small act compelling private corporations to do something. but still, republicans have
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landed on what they say is a powerful political message, going into 2022. i was in north carolina this week with congressman ted bud at his campaign event, and the signs that were up, the most were biden-flation signs. >> you mentioned the baby formula shortage. some say the white house now is saying it's doing everything can. using military planes to find planes. trying to speed up production. it was fascinating overnight to watch. this is senator blumenthal. let's listen to him first. >> i urged repeatedly the use of the defense production act. i regret that it took a few days. and maybe longer to do it. but now it ought to be used robustly. >> from him, i regret it took a few days. if you go on twitter or look at the statements from some of the frontline democrats in congress, they're like we asked for this a
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month ago. thank you for finally doing it, mr. president. >> the frustration extends to capitol hill where democrats know they're probably going to lose the house, potentially the senate, and they need to show voters they're trying to address the problems. this week you're seeing democrats in the house employ this sort of spaghetti at the wall street ji. they're passing all these bills. they're not going to pass the senate, the shortage for baby formula, everything from domestic terrorism and they're not going to go anywhere, but democrats are hoping they can go home and say at least we've been doing our job, and specifically, regarding the senblumenthal vot after the white house announced it, the democrats took to twitter and said this is because i urged the president to do this specifically. i was talking to so and so in the white house. they don't have a lot they can hold up right now to voters to say i'm doing something, and so even a conversation with the white house, they're trying to use that to tell voters they're
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doing their jobs. it shows you how bad of a position they're. >> no republican supported that baby formula shortage bill addressing that issue. so i'm interested to see what -- they're doing a lot of complaining, what policy solutions they offer up instead. >> there's still ongoing conversations about doing something narrow on other issues, like prescription drug, but there's a lot of pessimism that manchin is trustworthy to work with. they've got to work through this as a party in order to get something on the table. there are people out there who are saying they can do some things on capitol hill if they're really able to, like, grind and work with manchin. so far it hasn't happened. >> and the calendar is not their friend. whether you agree or disagree with the policy, the calendar is not their friend. up next, it's still donald trump's republican party. but an important but, gop voters proving themselves not always willing to follow the leader. [lazer beam and sizzling sounds]
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we are learning a lot about donald trump and the grip on his party. signs of his influence is everywhere. but primaries show limits and depths of trump's power over gop base. in that article, "the times" michael bender writes this. mr. trump appears to be chasing
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his supporters as much as marshalling them. some have come to see the president they elected to lead an insurgency as an establishment figure inside his own movement. some of trump's own voters are sending him a message. are. >> that's right. john, we have seen since last year that donald trump's base is moving away from him in certain respects. we saw it related to the vaccines, the coronavirus vaccines that donald trump championed, that he wanted to see created while he was president. a lot of his base did not favor that. you have people like steve bannon, trump's former adviser who was able to channel that energy and is against the vaccines. you're seeing signs that while donald trump is still the most prominent figure in the republican party, he's not necessarily able to translate that into a directive to voters as to what to do with their votes in other elections. >> so i'm going to go through some of the endorsements he's
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had. there is a pattern developing. if you look at the endorsement, he endorsed the lieutenant governor in idaho. she lost. j.d. vance in ohio, 32%. oz, 32%. kau kaufman, 32%. you see the 30 number a lot. there's a long way to go in the primary season, but you talk about pennsylvania, dr. oz, kathy barnette who said she was maga before trump got a decent part of the vote. do think think he's lost faith or are they ahead of him? >> they're ahead of him is the way i would put it. i don't think they're losing faith in him. if you look at the fields, we talk about the depth of support, michael bender and i did in the story. these fields are all shades of donald trump. the candidates are all versions of donald trump.
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they pledged fuelty to his ideas and policies, some to his lies about the 20 20 election. not all. in the case of pennsylvania, oz has some issues that are a problem with the desskefbtive o portion. trump can paper over all of those issues in various primaries. i think that they are not -- look, when he was president, he had a different level of power over the party, and i think that has come as a surprise to him now that he's not. >> it's a great way to put it. kellyanne conway worked in the campaign and the white house as quoted in your article as saying this, there's no obvious error apparent when it comes to america first. it's still him. people feel they can follow him into another presidential run and not agree with all his choices this year. you're going to have disagreement within a big movement. my question is will trump change in the context of donald trump was once a democrat. he said he was for gun control
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and pro choice. that he was going to run as an independent and try to take over the ross per row movement. he has proved he can adapt to changing times. does he see a need to adapt here, or does he think if he gets out and runs, everything will be fine? >> i think it is too soon to say where he sees this heading. as you said, he's adaptable. usually what he waits to see is which way the crowd is going, and he follows them, not the other way around. he was constantly in fear of his base being to the right of him in the white house. i think there's clearly some of that now. i think kelly arn's point is not will donald trump adapt. it's more is anyone going to challenge him? i don't think we know what it looks like. who gets into a primary. we don't know that donald trump is running. i have no reason to believe he's not based on everything i've heard, and does anyone come in who can play in his same lane, not just divide up the anti-trump vote, and those are the open questions. >> you also write in a separate article about this effort to disbar ted cruz because of his
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efforts to help as a lawyer, not only a member of the senate, as a lawyer to help donald trump. let's go back in time and listen to some of ted cruz after the 2020 election. >> at this point, we do not know who has prevailed in the election. >> i think the court should consider it. i have called on the court to do it. >> dismissing these claims, i think does real violence to our democratic system. >> senator cruz agreed, i believe it was the state of pennsylvania, agreed to argue before the supreme court this case. is this real? senator cruz says it's a bunch of democratic hacks. >> he does say that, and it's true many of the folks are democrats and there is a partisan edge to this, what this group is trying to do is hold accountable various lawyers who were involved in these legal efforts. 65 project is the name. 65 is the number of post election lawsuits that donald trump or his allies filed. and that were not successful for the most part, anyway. i think almost entirely if not
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entirely. look, i don't know that there's high expectations by this group that this is going to have a real effect that cruz will be disbarred and it will be a long process as they file a state bar client. i think they want to show there will be repercussions, even if it's public disapproval of what took place? >> thank you for bringing it to our attention. it's good to see you. a court appearance for the suspect in the rbuffalo shootin suspect. ♪
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the suspect in the buffalo supermarket massacre, in court for the first time today. and a grand jury has now indicted him. all ten of the people killed in that massacre were black. the 18-year-old suspect has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder. we have the latest. >> reporter: yeah. so it was a brief court appearance where we learned they had indicted him, this alleged shooter, and now we wait for the process for the grand jury process to continue. we expect there's going to be more charges laid out at some point by the da's office. of course, all of this as the fbi behind me here continues to investigate the crime scene. they're still processing. just think this happened on saturday. the fbi is still here, but it does look like they're starting
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to wrap things up. for people here in the community, they want the story open. they say that they need access to it. a lot of them relying on this grocery store for food. some good signs for the community, hoping that some of this can reopen and they can start being able really to get food for themselves. of course, funerals getting underway tomorrow, and then next week. and the other thing that we're waiting for is word from the department of justice on federal charges. of course, he's facing federal hate crimes, charges we thought by now we would have the charges. that has not yet happened. at some point we expect to hear from the department of justice on that. that just hasn't happened yet. >> on the ground for us in buffalo. thank you very much. ahead for us, u.s. marshalls securing the homes of supreme court justices. the senate voting on a ukraine aid bill.
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around the clock security at the homes of all nine supreme court justices. the cdc director urging more americans to put their masks back on. she says a third of americans now live in areas of medium to high risk and should reconsider wearing masks in public indoor settings. new york city, for example, now at a high covid-19 alert level, but the mayor says he will not reinstate the mask mandate there. >> i wear masks indoors. i'm encouraging others and all of us to use the tools that are available for this new layer of the war. we're not using old methods in an old war. masks, antivirals that are readily available in new york. tests, we're going to distribute 16 million tests. we're going to use all the tools so we can keep the city up and operating and mostly safe. >> look at this. he's not a politician. maybe you might say more of a feline influencer. this ukrainian cat has over 1
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million instagram followers and is using the platform with help to raise thousands for animal shelters back home. he and his honor fled for france in the early days of war. now he's won an international blogger's award. you can listen to our podcast. download it wrr you get your podcast. anna cabrera picks up our coverage right now. hello. thank you for being here. i'm anna cabrera in new york. a pivotal moment. strengthening alliances with some countries and sending a message to others. right now president biden is on his way to asia, his first trip there since taking office. and while he is set to hold meetings with south korea and japan, a key focus, north korea and china. we are expecting the president to send some tough signals to those

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