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>> well, they're going to pick up today, really, john, after this memorial day holiday. you can expect that lawmakers are going to get on a zoom today to have a bipartisan discussion, one of the earliest discussions about what is actually possible. and senator john cornyn, a republican from texas, adressed this yesterday when he was back in his home state saying that he thought that there were a couple of things that lawmakers could be discussing, things in the universe of the possible. and he specifically cited mental health legislation, access to mental healthcare in this country needing to be boosted. he also talked about background checks needing to be expanded. now, those are two areas that he has worked for many months, even years with senator chris murphy, the leading democrat to try to work out. but he said he hoped and he was optimistic that lawmakers would be able it lean feorward, to len toward the middle to find some common ground on these issues. he said there may be a place for
states to delve into more specific gun legislation that they thought was necessary. obviously what is going to work in california and what is going to pass in texas two very different outcomes there. but very significant that you had cornyn talking about this yesterday, in texas, that lawmakers are going to be having these discussions. and i'm told the goal and hope is that they might be able to have some framework when they return from their recess. now, that's not very much time, but as you know, time can really be an enemy if you don't come up with some kind of solution in the interim when there is this kind of momentum to find an outcome. >> this is on the senate side where gun legislation the past ten years has died. on the house side, lauren, i do understand we just got word that the house judiciary committee is going to mark up gun legislation on thursday, the english translation of that is they're going to move ahead with the actual legislation on thursday. what exactly happens here? >> yeah, and remember the house is controlled by democrats.
they passed a series of measures including expanding background checks over the last year that have gone nowhere in the u.s. senate. but to show that they are serious, to show that they want to make an impact here, there is going to be an emergency hearing on thursday to mark up this gun legislation, like you said, to advance this legislation. and the package is going to include things like raising the age of when you can buy a weapon like an ar-15 from 18 to 21 nationally. now, the expectation is that's not going to go anywhere in the senate, but it does send a strong message that democrats are getting very serious about this, that they think it is so important that the chairman of that committee is requesting that members do try to make it back to washington. now, the logistics of this are very difficult because it is a recess week, but significant that you have lawmakers trying to find a way forward, trying to make an impact showing this is so critical, at this moment, that folks need to be back in washington to work on it.
>> the work might be more important than the recess. lauren fox, thank you so much for that report. now to the investigation in texas, including disturbing new questions about whether lives may have been saved if police acted sooner. remember, 78 minutes passed from the time the shooter entered the school and police shot and killed him. so let's break down the timeline. based on information provided by 911 calls and the texas department of public safety. the first 911 call actually comes in at 11:30 a.m. before the suspect enters the school. the suspect crashed a truck into a ditch near the school. police say he starts shooting at civilians at a nearby funeral home prompting that call. still outside, the shooter then fires shots at the school at 11:32 a.m. one minute later, at 11:33, as seen in this video, he enters robb elementary through a back
door that a teacher had propped open, according to law enforcement. he begins shooting into one of the classrooms. police say he fired more than 100 rounds. two minutes later, 11:35 a.m., three police officers enter the school through the same door the shooter had. the shooter fires at them through a closed locked classroom door, with two of them suffering grazing wounds acording to officials. two minutes later -- >> there is more gunfire, another 16 rounds fired, 11:37, one at 11:37, 16 seconds, 11:38, 11:40, 11:44. >> gunshots, repeated gunshots at 11:51 a.m., 18 minutes after the shooter entered the school, law enforcement says more officers arrived at this point. by 11:54 a.m., parents start to arrive urging police to rescue their children. it leads to scenes like this one, police ignoring their pleas, telling parents to move
back, even restraining some of them. the department of public safety says that at 12:03 p.m., as many as 19 police officers are in the hallway near room 111 and 112 where most of the victims were found. a 911 call comes from inside one of those two classrooms, around this time police begin evacuating students and staff from the rest of the school, as you can see here in these photos, taken by the uvalde leader news. and a few minutes later, the student calls 911 again. >> 12:10, she called back. room 12, advised, multiple dead, 12:13 again on the phone. 12:16 she called back and said eight to nine students alive. >> so at the time of that 12:16 p.m. call, there are up to 19 police officers down the hallway
from that child's classroom, including members of the border patrol bortac unit that had arrived a minute earlier. bortac is very similar to a s.w.a.t. team, they have the same kind of capabilities. and they're there, on the ground, when the next 911 call comes in at about 12:19 p.m. >> at 12:19, the 911 call was made, and another person in room 111 called and i won't say her name, she hung up when another student told her to hang up. >> one question that even law enforcement officials in uvalde raised last week was whether dispatchers informed police about these desperate calls. but listen to this audio obtained by abc news. >> we have a child on line advising he is in the room full of victims. >> cnn has not been able to
independently confirm the source of that audio or at what point during the timeline it came. but the texas department of public safety also notes this -- >> 12:21, you could hear over the 911 call three shots were fired. >> those shots make it clear the suspect is alive, and 12:21 p.m., and firing his weapon and the officers in the hallway are probably able to hear him, only at 12:21 p.m. do the officers move down the hallway closer to the classroom. and after that -- >> 911 call, lasted for 21 seconds. the initial caller called back, student, child, called back, was told to stay on the line and be very quiet. she told 911 he shot the door. approximately 12:43, 12:47 she
asked 911 to please send the police now. >> at 12:50 p.m., a source in the agency says the bortac unit finally gets keys from the janitor to open the locked classroom door and kills the suspect. the first officers are inside the school within two minutes. and within a half hour up to 19 local officers were in the hallway near the classrooms. the first classroom door was only open 75 minutes after officers had first arrived. police heard sporadic gunfire during all that time, and 911 dispatchers received multiple desperate pleas for help from terrified children saying that there were dead and alive children inside of that room. those callers included mia sorio who spoke to our producer. she played dead by wiping her dead friend's blood on herself and then she used her dead teacher's phone to call 911. >> she told me she assumed the police weren't there yet, but
then afterwards she heard the grown-ups say the police were there, but waiting outside. and that's first time she really started crying in the interview. she had been stoic up until then, but that's when she started crying saying she didn't understand why they didn't come in and get her. >> mia is clearly not alone in wondering why. >> so important to get that timeline right. and it was important a week ago. it has taken a long time to piece together the facts there, to understand exactly what happened and it is so crucial and these families, they need this information for closure. >> they do. nothing is going to bring their children back, but i think they do want to know for sure, and what they can know is that there were gunshots that were heard, i think we know that there were police outside hearing these gunshots, and we're learning certainly it appears that some of these 911 calls were being relayed, but all of these
classrooms at the school had children in them. there was no reason to believe that in rooms 111 and 112 there were not kids and that the gunman was in there alive with a weapon. >> they need honesty and they need clarity. thank you so much for letting that out there. the uvalde school district police chief at the center of this response will not be sworn in today as a member of the city council as originally planned. he is reportedly the official who made the decision not to go into the classrooms while the shooter was locked inside. cnn's nick valencia is live in uvalde, with the latest on this. nick, explain what i guess is not happening on that front. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, john. this ceremony, which was expected to happen this morning or later today, has been postponed, according to the mayor who sent us a statement. he said today he wanted the focus for this community to be on the families who lost their loved ones as they prepare to bury some of the smallest victims. there will be some viewing services later today, but pete
arredondo is a very controversial figure, currently the police chief for the uvalde school district and had been elected to the city council. he was expected to be sworn in today but that will happen at a later date. he's been the focal point for the anger and the outrage of the families here questioning his decision. as you mentioned, he's reportedly the person who held back law enforcement officials from going inside the robb elementary school, as the gunman was barricaded inside. the mayor added to us in a statement saying that the role that arredondo played in this shooting should not impact and is expected to not impact his role and ability to serve on the city council. john? >> nick, we also have some new audio that sounds like the child saying they were shot. listen to this. >> are you injured? >> i got shot. >> where? where?
>> that is so terrifying. what do we know about that clip? >> reporter: it is triggering for people to hear that and see the jarring videos that continued to emerge of what happened during the shooting. they said this is part of a facebook live stream. we don't know exactly at what point during the shooting this was captured, but according to that individual who did not want to be identified, you could hear that radio call going on between an adult and a child who says that they have been shot. we don't know exactly why that radio call was on customs and border protection traffic, but according to an individual who recorded this video, he said as soon as the agents realize d he could hear this radio call, they turned it down. we're working to get more answers about what happened and this video is one of the examples and more -- provides more details about what happened in those moments as the shooting was unfolding. >> tragic details but important ones. nick valencia, thank you.
>> you bet. happening today, president biden will meet with jerome powell to discuss inflation. ahead of the meeting, the president outlined his plan to tackle the issue in a "wall street journal" op-ed writing in part with the right policies the u.s. can transition from recovery to stable steady growth and bring down inflation without giving up historic gains. things should look different from the decades before the pandemic when too often we had low growth, low wage gains and an economy that worked best for the wealthiest americans. here to discuss is brian deas, the director of the white house national economic council. thank you for being with us this morning. when you read this op-ed, it is an ambitious array of policies here. we have a graphic of all the things laid out in this. many require help from congress as the president says. this obviously isn't the political season for compromise on an economic growth bill. what can he really achieve? >> well, you're right, it is
ambitious. it reflects the fact that the president made fighting inflation his top economic priority. we can do that from a position of economic strength because of the historic recovery that we have seen, strongest job market rebound in modern history, most small businesses created during a recovery and savings is up and debt is down. so now the question is how do we make progress? the president outlined the steps he can take. the good news is some of them we can do directly with our executive authority. releasing oil from the strategic petroleum reserve, building more affordable housing, helping reduce internet bills for millions of americans. helping to unclog our supply chains and our ports. these are steps we can take on our own. we need some help from congress as well. and you take something like reducing the cost of prescription drugs, for many americans that's among their top -- their top bill at the end of the month. that's something that we will need congress' help and we're hopeful we can make progress on,
even though this season there is a lot of focus on this issue and our hope is that for any member of congress, republican or democrat, who puts a fighting inflation as their top priority, they will focus on actual steps to lower costs for americans, rather than engaging in the political scrum. >> but at this point in time, why would they do that? you know where we are ahead of the midterms. >> well, look, there is strong support across the democratic caucus for doing things like lowering the cost of prescription drugs. a bill already passed the house and is in consideration in the senate. there is every reason why we can move forward on something like that. reducing the cost of utility bills that americans are facing by passing a package of energy investments and tax credits. that's something that passed the house, is in consideration in the senate and reforming the tax code, addressing some of these manifests unfairnesses where, you know if we have 50 companies that don't pay anything in federal taxes, even though they are recording record profits,
there is real support for taking on those types of issues, and so we, you know, we're hopeful that congress will focus on those types of issues when they come back, and as you know, you've been covering, there is bipartisan support for taking on the issue of semiconductors and supply chains. there is a bill that is in conference right now between the two chambers, they are hard at work on that, and that is the kind of thing that they should focus on. >> we also, though, covered the build back better plan, right, and as you move closer to the elections, which we have considerably since then, everything gets harder, you know that, that floundered over and over again. so i mean, what -- what is the reality, why has that changed in your mind to do something that sounds pretty comprehensive what you're talking about? >> well, what we're talking about is actual practical steps that would have those two impacts. one, lower costs for families, and, two -- >> i'm talking about the politics of it. the policy, look, you're talking
about the policy, you're talking about what people think about it, talking about what people on the hill think about it. let's talk about the reality of the politics of getting this through. because the policy doesn't matter if you don't have the votes. >> sure, but i think that we have now seen this president made clear that fighting inflation is his top priority, you hear a lot from members of congress, both democrats and republicans, that fighting inflation is their top priority. now is an opportunity for folks to step up and actually do something practical to do that. i think we have broad support in the democratic caucus to do that. we have passed a bill through one house of congress. there is an opportunity to do so now. and so i think the politics of this are pretty straightforward. if your focus is on fighting inflation -- >> the politics -- >> -- that's the most important thing, are you going to support things like lowering the cost of prescription drugs? if not, then you have to answer for how that squares with your stated position of lowering inflation. >> okay. well, the politics are straightforward in that you need more than democratic support. i want to be really clear about
that. and also on the timing of when this might have been, you know, easier to do something like this. do you acknowledge that the president's $1.9 trillion stimulus in march of 2021 may have been inflationary? you had people in your camp and others in your camp, laure larr summers for one, saying, yeah it was, but the white house disagreed. do you acknowledge now that contributed to this? >> what we have seen over the course of the last year plus in the united states is a historically strong economic recovery. and that has been supported by this president's economic policies. if you step back and look at the inflation challenge we face, it is clearly global in nature. we're seeing record high inflation in europe. in the uk, in france, in germany. and it is driven principally by supply chain challenges coming from the restart of the economy and now exacerbated by putin's war in ukraine. the real question now is how can we actually address that issue? and to the point you raised before, some of these issues
could be passed through using a reconciliation vehicle. some of them will need to work with congress to get republicans and democrats to support. but we're at a moment right now, where if inflation is a top priority, which it is for this president, then there is going to be a question and a choice. are members of congress going to step up and help support measures that would clearly help on this issue or they stand on the sidelines. that's the case that the president is going to be taking to congress and to the american people. >> joe manchin, just real quickly, joe manchin, kyrsten sinema, they have given you assurances they're good with the reconciliation vehicle? >> we are not going to have those conversations here, not going to have those conversations in public, and we are partnering with them, with other members of the democratic caucus, to try to -- >> how are you partnering with them? >> we are in ongoing conversations that i am not going to read out and not going to get specific about. but i will just suffice it to
say there is a focus on the kinds of things that we could try to get done right now. something like lowering the cost of prescription drugs has broad support and would help families right now. we're trying to focus on those types of areas where there is broad support, it would clearly address the inflation challenge in front of us and we could get something done. >> brian, thank you so much. obviously as you know with the cost of some things now, americans, i hear what you're saying about the recovery and the job market, but this inflation is killing a lot of people and they want answers about it. so we appreciate you being on this morning. thank you. >> absolutely. as senators on both sides of the aisle begin talking about gun safety, we're going to speak with a self-described gun nut and a parkland father about the areas where they actually agree. plus, russia seeing the harshest punishment yet for its invasion of ukraine. and heart stopping video of three young people coming just inches from a speeding train.
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and gun safety advocate frank guttenburg and former congressman and self-proclaimed gun nut, joe walsh. i really appreciate you being with us. you guys know each other. it is not like you're meeting for the first time. you had discussions here. i don't want to pretend there are easy solutions here, but a lot of people look at this and say, hey, if we can just get rational people in a room together, they could figure out some solutions to this. so that's what i want to do here. you are in a room together. figure it out. fred, you go first. >> yeah, you know, listen, first things first. it starts with me telling somebody like joe that i respect his rights as a gun owner, and that like him i support the second amendment. and it starts with both of us agreeing we hate gun violence. the conversation from there is
not that hard. and i just want to say regarding my friend joe, i give him all the credit in the world. he took the first step towards me last year around father's day when i started an initiative and amazingly we just started talking about this. not yelling at each other. not going off into sides and we agree on a lot of things and i'll let joe talk to this, but joe may even go further than me on some things because i just really desire to start somewhere to get things done. but he and i both agree, background checks, let's do it. i can't speak for joe, but i think he would probably agree, let's raise the age to 21. he would agree with me we need to do something with extreme risk protection orders. when you start with the premise, how can we reduce gun violence deaths, how can reduce the
instances of gun violence, it is not hard for two dads like joe and i to talk. >> john, what's really important here is fred guttenberg and joe walsh agree on more than we disagree. i've been so impressed with fred and so many others the past few years, out there working their tail off to try to get something done. john, i don't think anything is going to get done at all until responsible gun owner like me, passionate second amendment people like me get off of our ass and pressure these senate republicans to do something. it has got to come from responsible gun owners like me. i'm sure a few years ago fred called me a crazy gun nut. i probably deserved that. >> i did. >> i'm a huge gun rights advocate. but, you know what, john, fred and i got together, we spent an hour together about six months
ago, we disagreed on more than we agreed, but we agreed that focusing on up front, before a gun is bought, is where our focus should be. that should be easy stuff. most gun owners like me want that. expand and strengthen background checks, red flag laws. john, a week ago, i mean, an 18-year-old in texas, a week or two after his birthday, bought two long ar-15s and a bunch of ammo. if that doesn't make us examine what we're doing, nothing will. >> so, john, concrete, raise the age to buy an ar-15 to 21? >> i'll tell you what. i'm not there yet, but i'm listening. that's something on the table and fred, dog gone it, is making a lot of sense on that issue with me. john, 18 or 21, someone to have a long gun, any firearm, has to undergo some training.
i'm sure -- i'm open to the age. >> fred, what about that? >> no, listen, joe and i actually had this conversation last week. and he doesn't -- he's not there yet. but, you know what, he will be because i'm not done talking to him. the reality is it makes sense. you know, you look at these shootings, you look at the age group of the majority of people who are conducting these shootings, you look at the facts, and the only real argument against it is well, but they can go to the military at 18. yeah, but, the military is a controlled environment with very specific training and requirements around weapons storage and other things. so it is different than our streets. raising the age to 21, in my book, is a must. >> hey, john, republican senators are not going to move
until responsible gun owners like me put a boot up their ass. and isolate the nra. i'm no longer a member of the nra, haven't been for a few years, because they don't even want people like fred guttenberg and i speaking. they don't want us to find common ground. to hell with them. the only way to pressure the senate republicans is responsible gun owners rising up. >> i'm glad to be part of this forbidden love then if people don't want you talking here. assault weapons ban. all right. i'm going to throw those words out, joe. what do those words mean to you? >> again, i'll -- you and i will sit down, john, and we'll have a nice interesting discussion. to me every firearm is and a weapon. to me that's a nonstarter. if you want to get something done right now, we should focus on the laser beam on the process before any firearm is purchased.
president biden was out there talking about possibly banning certain handguns. these are nonstarters, john. and, fred, i would say, if you want to get something done right now. >> fred? >> listen, i have a list of things that i want to do, that's -- i would call that on a wish list, even though it is the weapon used to kill my daughter, an ar-15, the reality is i would rather see background checks, not just on weapons, but extended to ammunition, raising the age, repeal -- extreme risk protection orders, things that can pass and have the support of the american people right now to get done, that will save lives, do i think we as a country need to be okay with ar-15s being sold and companies like the one that sold the one used in texas advertising them to children?
no. i don't. so maybe we can look at how these weapons are sold and where if we don't come to the place of banning them, but there is so much we can do to save lives that the majority of american people agree with, so let's go there. >> it really does seem like if i take this -- concentric circles of you two guys and the vin diagram here, there is agreement on discussing raising the age to buying ar-style weapons, disagreeme agreement on background checks. what are the chances, joe in the next six months congress passes that bill? >> probably 50/50. and sadly it should be higher. my hope, john, again, is that conversations like the ones fred and i are having will help compel responsible gun owners again to be part of this. >> fred? >> joe's more optimistic than
me. and i already watched cornyn fail multiple times in discussions with my dear friend senator chris murphy previously. you need -- you need at least ten republican senators, you're not getting them. unfortunately. i appreciate the effort. so let's put it out there for a vote next week. no if, ands or buts. and let the two parties show where they stand. joe and i, we plan on taking this discussion on the road. we plan on talking to americans everywhere they are about why this matters, about the connection between this issue and the threat to our democracy, and simply put if this doesn't pass now, and, again, i'm not optimistic, for the reasons i laid out, this will be a political solution and it will
be honestly i believe an ultimate voting issue come the next selection. >> we have to keep the heat on. >> let the record show, i think we just had this discussion and no one yelled. joe walsh, fred guttenberg, i appreciate it. >> thank you. president biden toeing this line now between helping ukraine and provoking russia by ruling out certain weapons. how do ukrainians feel about this? we'll speak to their ambassador of the united states next. and mona lisa still smiling or smirking after getting what appeared to be caked. we'll tell you what was behind this stunt. if your moderate to severe crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis symptoms are stopping you in your tracks... choose stelara® from the start... and move toward reliefafte.
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>> now, this comes after cnn reported that the administration is preparing to step up the kind of weaponry it is offering ukraine by sending advanced long range rocket systems that are a top request from ukrainian officials. now exactly what the range is is really the question at hand. joining us now is ukraine's ambassador to the u.s., oksana m makarova. i want to know what your understanding is of what biden said and what that means for ukraine. >> good morning. good morning to everyone and thank you for having me. well, i think the main question here is what are we working on together with the u.s. as a strategic partner. i want to repeat once again, everything we said during the past eight years, that especially during the last 100 days, ukraine is, was, and always will be a peaceful country. we never attack anyone.
we never planned to attack russia. we never planned to attack russia now. but we need to defend our territory. we need to repel the aggression. we need to get the enemy out from our territory. this is what we have been doing. and we're very grateful to the united states for all the support we have received so far. and we are working very hard now on the next packages, which will include very needed capabilities. so, again, i don't want to get into the discussions of, you know, specific phrases, but, again, just to repeat, we never planned to attack russia, &and think we are in very good discussions with the united states on the capability we need now for this phase of the battle. >> when we look at this phase of the battle, ukraine is losing territory. what does that mean for this war and for ukraine's future? >> well, this battle is very difficult. it is an artillery duel, where russia put everything after losing kyiv, after losing so
many battles in -- at the beginning, after losing the blitzkrieg which they thought they could take whole ukraine in three days, now they have put everything they have in the east and south and it is a very difficult battle. that is why we need more artillery. that is why we need all the capabilities that will be helpful in this phase of the battle. >> are you losing territory because you don't have these weapons? >> well, it is a full fledged war. and we are fighting against the enemy, which is, yes, not motivated, yes, fighting for their own cause, but there are so many of them, and so many of the weapons that they have. so, you know, i would rather not discuss this specific aspect of the battles, but just want to say that ukrainians are resolved as we were at the beginning of this, as resolved as we were during the eight years of this
war, and there will be difficult parts in every battle. of course we would like to win all of them, but for that we need all of our friends and allies supporting us, and we still positive that we will win this. now, there will be difficult days, there will be difficult weeks, we do understand it, but we are ready and resolved to win this war. >> the eu now announcing as part of its latest round of sanctions it is banning the vast majority of russian oil imports by the end of the year, but there is a work around because it does not include oil imported by a soviet era pipeline that goes to hungary, slovakia and czech republic. what is your reaction to this ban? >> as we repeatedly said, sanctions are as important in this fight for democracy and freedom as weapons. so we need tighter sanctions on russia. we need isolation of russia everywhere. and we need to ban everything
that helps them to finance this war. again, i want to repeat, the war is not only on ukraine, the war on democratic values, and pretty much on the world order. so, again, we welcome all the decisions, new sanction packages, and we will continue working with all of our friends and allies on more sanctions. and i want to commend the u.s. here on leading in so many fronts of the sanctions, but there is also still much more we can do together. for example, russian banks. all of them should be sanctioned. all of them should be on the list because there is no such thing as peaceful banking in russia anymore. >> ambassador, we do appreciate you being with us. thank you. >> thank you very much. coming up, the battle it redraw the nation's voting maps for the next decade, why judges are stepping in to stop lawmakers from rigging the system. plus, new unprecedented steps to track down the person who leaked the draft supreme court opinion that seeks to overturn roe v. wade. we have exclusive cnn reporting.
lawmakers drawing new battle lines ahead of the midterms. what effect will fresh congressional maps have on this year's elections? john avlon with a reality check. >> that's right. the gun debate, reignited after the massacre of kids and teachers in their texas school is also reminding americans about the deep dysfunction of our polarized political system. because we can have common sense gun safety reforms supported by a super majority of americans. like 87% for preventing people with mental illness for purchasing guns and still there is this sense that nothing is going to get done in congress. but it is evidence of the anti-majority senate structure in our politics, a direct result of a declining competitive congressional districts, and that's by design. get this, the number of swing seats in the house fell from 164 in 1997 to just 78 in 2021, according to the political report, which now lists just 32 seats as tossups. that means the vast, vast
majority of the 335 house seats are effectively decided in these low turnout largely close partisan elections that don't represent anything close to a majority of constituents. this doesn't make sense, right? unless you're a professional partisan, and that's where the rigged system of redistricting comes in, where once a decade legislative congressional maps are drawn. now, we're down to the last few states in that process. and i got to say, the situational ethics this cycle have been something really special. take new york, where democrats got greedy and tried to push through a lopsided map that could have given them all but four of the state's 26 congressional seats. you know the old saying, pigs get fed, but hogs get slaughtered? that's what happened here. new york republicans took the map to court, saying it was unrepresentative, judges agreed, arguing that it also violated a ban on partisan jur gerrymander so they appointed an arbiter to
fix the map. this is chaos for people who haven't seen a competitive election in decades. now republicans rejoiced, of course, with a chairman of the state party saying the competitive maps meant a good day for democracy, because citizens deserve free and fair elections. indeed they do. but those principles should apply no matter what party is trying to do the rigging, right? that's not happening. instead the hypocrisy is sickening when blatant partisan power grabs under way in two of the last high stakes states. in florida, governor ron desantis pushed through a map that gutted black districts, a map that some fellow republicans warned may not survive a challenge, now ping-ponging through the courts and smacked down by desantis appointed judge and reinstated by an appeals court, which means the desantis map might go forward unless the state supreme court intervenes. the clock is ticking. a version of what ohio republicans have been trying to pull off as well, ignoring a state constitutional amendment
and multiple rulings. the chief justice slammed their utter refusal to comply with this court's orders as rulings of law. but this past friday, a federal court voted to allow ohio's legislative map to go forward this cycle, despite the fact it has been declared unconstitutional multiple times. essentially it rewards the run out the clock strategy, while also ignoring u.s. supreme court's previous decision that federal courts shouldn't weigh in on state redistricting. this is cynical and lawless through the looking glass stuff. and while we wait for the final congressional maps in ohio, it is no wonder the respected election law blog called what's happening in ohio a case study in the failure of democracy in america. because those are the stakes. it has been happening beneath your nose on a state by state basis, because the same principle should apply no matter which party is in power, but the rot is in the rigged system of redistricting. and that's your reality check.
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good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm jim sciutto. new developments this morning in the uvalde school massacre. cnn has obtained video and audio of a desperate police radio call including what appears to be the voice of a child, telling an officer they had been shot. it is not first time we hear