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families quit grieving, we'll do that obviously. >> you understand how the families feel? >> we have been in contact with dps every day, just so you know. every day. >> they say you're not cooperating. >> i have been on the phone with them every day. >> the embattled chief was quietly sworn in to the city council on tuesday. when cnn questioned the secrecy, he called it a private thing that was done out of respect for grieving families. on the investigation, the e extexas department of public safety now says the back door the shooter used to access robb elementary was closed but unlocked, contradicting earlier reports the door had been propped open by a teacher. >> i understand, but the door? >> uvalde school district spokeswoman when asked about the unlocked door, deferred to a statement released today that students and staff will not be returning to the robb elementary campus and they're also working with agencies to help us identify improvements on all
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ucisd campuses. >> we have been speaking to resident after resident here. a woman whose niece was killed, a local store employee whose cousin was killed, a fast food employee whose niece was killed. another person who is not too far from here, grew up going to robb elementary and then decades later, hears gunshots before calling 911. all of them were too heartbroken to go on camera, being that close to the story, but one thing we heard from every single one of them is that this goes beyond this week. this is something that is going to be with them for the rest of their lives. ♪ >> today, more funerals for teacher irma garcia and her husband, jose, who died of a heart attack just days after his wife was gunned down. the community grieving and frustrated, now with more services to come every day for the next week.
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>> as for arredondo, i leave it to his conscience, why didn't he do more. why didn't he do more? >> and what exactly was done in those moments is precisely what's under investigation right now. we followed up with the texas department of safety on arredondo's comndz he had been in contact with them every day after dps said he hadn't responded to their request for a follow-up interview in days. we haven't heard back there. separately, governor greg abbott recently announced he is now asking for a comprehensive review of school safety across the state. all of it within the backdrop, of course, of continuing funerals, jake. >> omar jimenez, thank you. lawmakers on capitol hill are proposing new gun restrictions in the wake of the uvalde shooting. one proposal is pushing states to offer red flag laws which allow authorities to seize guns and block the sales of firearms to people showing signs of
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violent intent. florida, with its republican governor, and republican-led legislature, enacted that measure in the wake of the 2018 massacre at parkland's marjorie stoneman douglas high school in which 17 innocent people were killed. leyla santiago is in florida with an up close look at how these orders work in that state. >> you are to have no firearms or ammunition in your possession. >> this is what it looks like when a red flag law is at work. in this florida courtroom, we watched as a judge ordered individuals to turn over their guns. >> i haven't used a gun in two years. >> the judge ordered this man to give up his weapons. the man told us it was because he sent a photo of himself with a gun pointed at his chin to a loved one on the anniversary of his son's death. he agreed to surrender his gun. >> listen, i'm a strong second amendment guy. i'm a conservative.
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i believe the risk protection orders work. >> the risk protection orders or rpos that grady judd is talking about, is at the center of the red flag law. it allows a judge to temporarily take away firearms and ammunition from anyone deemed a threat by law enforcement, usually for a year. they can't buy guns either. >> it's simply a cooling off period until you have some mental health counseling. >> florida is one of 19 states that have passed a law like this. one of just a few red states with such legislation. >> we left nothing on the table to make sure that we prevented what happened here at douglas from happening in the state of florida again. >> jared moskowitz graduated from marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland. in 2018, after a gunman killed 17 students and faculty there, lawmakers established the red flag raw and raised the age requirement to buy a gun from 18 to 21, added a three-day waiting
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period, the guardian program which allows trained school staff to carry guns, and set aside $400 million for among other things mental health and school security. gun reform with bipartisan support passed by a republican legislature, signed into law by a republican governor, in a matter of weeks. >> not one republican who voted for that bill in florida has paid a political price for protecting kids and doing the right thing. >> we all have to work together to say this person's got a problem, and if we don't address it, they have a large propensity to be an active assailant at some point in time. >> data obtained by cnn showed more than 8,000 orders have been granted across the state. but the nra has sued the state of florida over the gun reform legislation, and gun advocates are voicing concerns. >> if there's such a threat that they're threatening somebody with a weapon already, they have already broken the law, so why do you need this other law? >> let me tell representative
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crenshaw, if that were so, then florida, which is dominated by conservatives, the republicans, wouldn't have passed rpos. >> as the country once again grapples with finding solutions to end horrific school shootings, in florida, republicans and democrats say this -- >> do you have any other weapons -- >> -- is working. >> i know we're more divided now than four years ago. >> we can't just give up. this was predictable and preventable. >> nothing is more important than protecting our children. nothing. >> and jake, let's take a look at the research. if you look at kektd, whose red flag law has been in place since 1993, one analysis there found that for every 10 to 20 guns taken away by the risk protection orders, one suicide was averted. >> leyla santiago in polk county, florida. great report.
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let's discuss with congressman ruben gallego. is a red flag law a good way to start with this problem we have in the u.s.? would you like to see them expand it on a national level? would you like to see them in your home state of arizona that i couldn't help but notice was not included in the map? >> certainly, i do think it is a good start. kudos to the republicans in florida that got together in a bipartisan manner and led with courage and passed laws that have probably saved hundreds of lives. it certainly would save a lot of lives in arizona, especially people who are attempting suicide. that community is one of the biggest beneficiaries of this. it is a good start. there are other gun safety regulations we should be looking at that i think could also be inclusive and could also be very helpful, but let's get moving with this. >> what are some of the other ones you would like to see, and let's be clear here, that you think could pass the senate? because obviously, democrats control the house, but you need 60 votes in the senate. what do you want to see that
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could win over ten republicans plus joe manchin, plus kyrsten sinema? >> i think it's very largical for us to say, because we already do, if you're below the age of 21, you do not have a right to buy a handgun. why are we allowing -- >> which is already the law. >> already the law. why are we allowing young men and young women below the age of 21 to buy a weapon that is more dangerous than a handgun? especially the ar-15 style weapons. i think that's something logically they did in florida. it's the same thing we can do here. i know it requires a little bit of courage from some of our republican colleagues, but this is the type of moment we could get together and say we can actually truly save lives. had we had a red flag law plus a ban on those types of weapons under age of 21, the chance of the shooting in uvalde is diminished. >> it's clear the uvalde shooter waited until he was 18 and bought it legally.
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i think the same is true for the buffalo shooter and the parkland shooter. i have raised this with senator pat toomey, who is generally conservative on these gun issues but he's shown some wiggle room and willing to work with democrats. toomey's response when i said handguns are banned for anyone under 21. why not do the same for all firearms? especially ar-15s, toomey's response was you can serve in the military at age 18. why is it okay for somebody in the army to have an ar-15 at 18 but not somebody who is not in the army? you served. what would be your response to senator toomey? >> number one, you can have a rifle if you're going to go hunting. you don't need an ar-15 to go h h hunting. when you serve in the military, you don't have a gun. that gun belongs to the government. you have to go through a background check. you're going to be under constant surveillance. that weapon is not in your position most of the time. every bullet is accounted for, and you have to qualify and requalify every year.
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before i got to shoot my first round, i had to lay on the grass and aim down a barrel for two weeks and dry fire in the marine corps. if we wanted to establish that as a norm for all shooters, i would be fine with that. but they're not the same. it's not -- it's definitely apples and oranges. again, you can't compare the two. >> the house judiciary committee is going to vote tomorrow on a package of gun reform measures that almost certainly will pass the democratic controlled house. but do not really have a chance of getting 60 votes in the senate. why do that now when there seemed to be legitimate efforts at a bipartisan compromise going on? senator john cornyn, pat toomey, susan collins, republicans trying to work with democrats to find something. there's plenty of time between now and november for democrats to pass a bill that can't get through the senate but can pass the house. why do that now? why not wait and give these bipartisan coalition time to work? >> well, for us in the house,
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trying to figure out the mysteries of the senate is usually looking into a very, very foggy crystal ball. also, the other thing we have to focus on, there is an outcry that's happening in our communities right now. not just in mass school shootings but also every day where the shootings in urban parts of our country or any parts of our country. they want to see there's politicians and officials who care about them, and we do have sensible gun safety regulations we should be pushing, talking about, and talking about all the time. yes, they may not have a chance in the senate. that doesn't mean we shouldn't have those conversations because one day we will have a chance. >> are you going to run against kyrsten sinema for senate? >> i think this is something we'll talk about in 2023. right now, we're going to focus on this legislation. >> i had to try. good to see you. >> breaking news on the infant formula shortage. turns out president biden did not think the shortage was going to be this bad until april. remember, the abbott factory was
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cnn's kaitlan collins is at the white house. you just pressed president biden about the timeline. what did he have to say? >> the president saying he did not understand the severity of the baby formula shortage until early april at first, of course, that was well after the shortage was under way, given the abbott facility had closed and led to so many of the shortages you're still seeing nationwide was shuttered in mid-february, long after complaints had first been made about the facility last fall. the fda was slow to act when it came to interviewing employees at the plant and actually moving to get it closed which happened months later in february. and jake, the president made these comments as he was meeting with baby formula manufacturers here at the white house, talking to them about whether or not they were able to gauge the impact that the closure of that facility would have on the stock of baby formula nationwide, and several of them, jake, telling the president they knew it would have a very large impact. >> they told you they understand
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it would have a very big impact? >> they did, but i didn't. >> the fda has been more aware of that when they took months to conduct the inspexction, the interview people at the plant after complaints were made, and then only shuttered it in february? >> well, the real problem occurred when it got shuttered. so you're saying they should have anticipated it would be shuttered. the answer is -- well, here's the deal. i became aware of this problem some time after april, in early april, about how intense it was. and so we did everything in our power from that point on, and that's all i can tell you right now. >> now, jake, at the white house briefing that just happened, they were asked multiple times why the president wasn't informed by staff sooner about how bad this shortage was, why he wasn't informed until april. they did not offer any real answers to that, jake. they said instead this has been
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a whole of government approach. of course, it wasn't one that involved the president, according to the president, until april. >> president biden also just admitted there's not much in his view he can do to lower prices for americans right now. not a message that a lot of americans suffering from inflation were hoping to hear. >> no, but it's one that has been a realistic conversation inside the white house. the president saying there is no switch he can just click to change gas prices immediately in the near term to get them back to closer to the average of $3 a gallon now that we're seeing gas prices come up every day, including 5 cents today alone, saying it's going to be really difficult. he talked about other ways he could potentially ease the pressures on american households right now when it comes to other prices of drugs, prices of food, things like that that he could deal with and child care as well. but he said that is going to take some time, jake. so what he is saying is right now in the immediate future, it's going to be a struggle and the gas prices aren't likely to change soon. that's something the white house
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has been dealing with as they're on this new messaging push to convince voters they're aware of how high the prices are and they're working to bring them down. >> kaitlan collins at the white house. >> joining us to discuss is the director of the white house national economic council, brian deese. your council is working on the response to the baby formula shortage. the white house has said the administration has been working on the issue since february. so how come president biden didn't know it was going to be bad until april? >> well, let me just clarify what's going on here. we were informed by the fda of the closure in february. and from that point, the fda and the staff across the administration in all of the relevant agencies in the white house was working to try to address the issue. part of the reason why production has increased and the companies that were here today have been able to increase production by as much as they have is they have been working on this issue now for months. it took too long for abbott to agree to a consent decree, and
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once it was clear that that facility was not going to be able to come back online sooner, then it was clear we were going to have a more significant challenge. >> brian, why didn't anyone tell the president? >> at that point, the predsiden was informed and he directed us to use all the available tools we had available to address them. and that's why, for example, we issued the dpa, and as you and i have discussed, the opportunity to use the dpa comes in when production facilities are at full production. to make sure that supplies are uninterrupted. the reason the producers were in the position to do that was because of the work that had been taken to date, and we're now moving out, not only with the dpa, but also operation fly formula and other measures as well to approve more importers as well. >> i guess i still just don't fully understand why you didn't tell the president until april if the problem was reported to the fda last fall, the fda didn't check it out until i
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think december, and then they shut down the factory in february. the president, the only one who can invoke the defense production act to force companies to produce this incredibly direly needed infant formula, he's not told until april. karine jean pierre, your press secretary, said this has been a whole of government approach. that doesn't include the president? >> the fda took the appropriate measures to shut down the facility in february. and when that happened, the fda and the relevant officials from across the government were focused on the effort to try to increase production from other producers and also figure out how quickly they could get that facility back online. it took too long to get that facility back online, it took too long to get abbott to agree to a consent decree. once it was clear that facility was not going to be able to come back online, it was clear we were going to need to even more greatly increase production,
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particularly of those specialty formulas. i want to be very clear that the president's role in this has been at the right and appropriate moments when we needed to do things like the defense production act, when we needed to take extraordinary measures like operation fly formula. >> so the whistleblower complaint in the fall, the fda waited until december to act, waited until february to shut the plant down. president biden wasn't told about it until april. you don't think any of that should have been done more quickly or sooner? you think everything just went exactly how it's supposed to? >> look, the fda commissioner has already said that he will conduct a thorough investigation to make sure that we understand fully the timeline and i will leave that -- those evaluations with respect to the facility and making safety judgments, i will leave to the fda. once the facility was shut down, what was clear was that we were going to need to do two things. one, the fda was going to have to work to reach a consent
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decree with abbott to get the facility back going, and other producers were going to need to ramp up production. it did not happen fast enough, the consent decree with abbott was reached and we were in a position where we had to take extraordinary measures to rely on production from other facilities. those extraordinary measures required the president's direct intervention and that's what the president has directed and what the president has done. >> i don't need the fda to investigate itself to come to the judgment that they did not act quickly enough, and on behalf of all of the frustrated moms and dads and guardians out there, i hope you don't either. >> well, look, these are really serious safety judgments. and you're absolutely right that people are right to be frustrated and concerned. when tfda goes to a facility an conducts an investigation, it has to be done thoroughly and in their best scientific judgment. it's appropriate they look at that timeline and understand what happened, but i think we
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need to take very seriously that -- >> whoa, whoa. >> aerocamera fell down. okay. brian deese, thank you so much. president biden sending rockets to ukraine. cnn is near the front lines where ukrainian forces say those rockets could prove very useful. stay with us. at adp, we use data-driven insights to design solutions to help you nage payroll, benefits, and hr today, so you can have more success torrow. ♪ one thing leads to another, benefyeah, yeah ♪today, think he's posting about all that ancient roman coinage? no, he's seizing the moment with merrill. moving his money into his investment account in real time and that's... how you collect coins. your money never stops working for you with merrill, a bank of america company.
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as russian troops are still actively storming at least one eastern city, severodonetsk. let's get to melissa bell live from zaporizhzhia. the head of the luhansk regional military administration says russians now control most of that city? >> 80% of it this hour, jake. it is street to street combat that is now taking place. and what we have been hearing from that head of the regional military administration is that there's been heavy shelling all around the luhansk area with those villages, those settlements still in ukrainian hands. the scenes of heavy shelling this evening. they have managed to evacuate some of the civilians, measuring some humanitarian aid in. but the fall of severodonetsk were it to happen would mean the only large city in ukrainian hands will be the big city. that's important because it means that 90% of the luhansk
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region will be in russian hands. just to put that in perspective for you, before the start of the russian invasion, those two breakaway people's republicans of donetsk and luhansk people's republic represented about 31% of the entire donbas region. tonight, we believe it's two-thirds of that region under russian control. >> today, the biden administration announced it will be sending the most powerful and advanced rocket systems to date as part of the u.s.'s 11th security package to ukraine. how important do ukrainian forces think these weapons will be? >> crucial, and i think a lot has been made of the question of their range, because ukrainians had been asking for longer range than what they received. but to give you an example here in zaporizhzhia, the russian positions are about 30 miles down the dnipro river, and what we have been seeing here over the course of the last 48 hours is heavy shelling of the settlements to the south of this. the weapons we're talking about that the state department
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confirmed ukraine was going to be receiving include not just rocket systems that will allow them to get within about 49 miles so crucial in terms of range somewhere here, but more importantly, perhaps, jake, they are much more modern than anything that the ukrainian armed forces have right now. so not just rocket systems, but also mew nishzunitions that gui themselves toward targets and artillery that has proven so devastating for the russian forces since they began that invasion and continue to cause huge damage, not just in that northern part of the donbas that i was talking about a moment ago, but all the way down that line right through zaporizhzhia and all the way down to kherson. that line that divides even tonight russian held ukraine from the rest of the country, jake. >> all right, melissa bell in zaporizhzhia, ukraine, thanks so much. >> in our sports lead, a well earned victory for ukraine's men's national soccer team. today, beating scotland 3-1 in the world cup playoff semifinal. the match had been delayed for three months because of the war, but now the team is just one win
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>> turning to our politics lead. the recount for pennsylvania's senate race is under way, as mehmet oz holds a narrow lead over david mccormick with about 900 votes. now mccormick's chances may get slimmer. the supreme court has stepped in and blocked the counting of some mail-in ballots. let's discuss. let me start with you, an issue with the ballots where voters did not write a date on the outer envelope. those envelopes do get postmarked by the post office and time stamped by the counties when they receive it, but state law does say it needs to have the date written by the voter. supreme court justice samuel alito paused a ruling that would have allowed the ballots to be counted. how is this news received in republican circles. >> they're citing with the dr. oz camp because a prolonged recount is going to ultimately boost fetterman, the democrat. with all due respect to your home state, the pennsylvania
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laws make it incredibly hard to count ballots, have confidence from any voter that their ballots are being counted the right way. and this is sort of an interesting mix of the post-trump, post-big lie era where you're seeing one candidates that has a very slim margin saying we need to fight and make sure all of the votes are counted, where the other is saying no, we're going to hang on this kind of -- you know, something that who would think to even write the date necessarily on their ballot? that's a very easy oversight. they're saying no, we're going to push through. i think dr. oz is going to pull it out, but at the end of the day, i think the goal of the republicans should be more votes -- we need to count as many votes as we can, not going the other direction. >> you're a fellow pennsylvanian. what do you make of that? >> we ran into this in the presidential election as well. the rules for absentee ballots, for ballots coming in through the mail are a little complex in pennsylvania. they're actually pretty easy to screw up. i do think there is this broader
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question where, i think it's important for journalists especially to be consistent in saying as many people whose votes can be counted should be within the law. right now, pennsylvania's law is written a certain way. >> saying the voter has to write it, even if it's clear that the ballot came in at the right time. >> exactly, so it's going to be up to the legislature to change it if that's what they decide they want to do. i think the important thing here, the political question is, it does become harder every day. every day that david mccormick trails mehmet oz in the race, it becomes harder for his campaign to see any change in the outcome. >> mehmet oz has declared himself the, quote, presumptive winner of the primary. is that premature or does that make sense? >> depends on which audience you're trying to please, and donald trump is telling him he had to do it. he felt he had to do it. on this broader question of whether these technicalities like did you hand write a date on something where it may not be
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material relevant, but it's what the law says, that is a warning sign to every voter in every state in america that you have to read the fine print if you want your vote to be counted. you have to follow the instructions explicitly and it's of grave concern to voting rights advocates, people who want to expand ballot access because it shows you when legislatures kind of put all these little bits into the law, technicalities that can trip you up, it costs votes, and if it's a republican versus republican or a democrat versus a democrat, it's not the party, you know, that's affected. it's the candidate. when it's a general election, there's two parties and it will play out. this may be a foreshadowing of things to come. >> one of the things that's interesting is first, these are republican votes that they're throwing out. right? it's the republican primary, so the republican votes they're throwing out. second of all, there is no presumption of you're a pennsylvania legal voter, we want your vote to count, even if you forgot to put the date on it. we know it arrived in time.
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>> i think that's the reality of elections now in this country, which is this should be a moment of just an expression of a voter's will, of the public's will, of making the decision. that's not how the republican party and maga republicans are litigating this. dr. oz is on one side of the argument this time, mccormick. it could be switched next time. the point is really to gain power. this is what this is an exercise in. and you know, mccormick is on one side of the argument now that the date doesn't matter, the law is wrong. let's see if that's actually, if he wins the primary, what he thinks in november if that's the place they will land. it goes to show you from their perspective, the truth and actually the expression of public will is never the exercise. >> i think we have all covered or been a part of enough recounts to know you're trailing by 900 votes long after the primary, it doesn't look good. politico has new reporting that says gop operatives have a multi-pronged network of party loyalists that could, could cause chaos on election day. they outline four networks that
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are focused on poll workers, gop lawyers, board of canversers, all helping put in place partisan counters if things don't go their way. look, there's always a degree of this in every election, but they're preparing to push and challenge in ways that we hadn't really seen before. >> this is related to the previous conversation, which is the republican party, my party, should be putting money, putting recruitment, putting training toward getting as many people to register as republicans, to want to vote as republican. instead, they're focusing on how are we going to challenge results at the ballot box. that's to me a wrong focus. if you have a winning message, this is not where you want your focus. and poll watchers have always been partisan. changing that to poll workers you're recruiting to be distinctly partisan concerns me a bit. this is the trump playbook. they want to challenge elections at state level. michigan obviously hugely consequential, but nevada looked
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at similar measures. >> are democrats prepared for that? >> this is a challenge, the key point alyssa made is poll watchers is something both parties have done. now we're talking about someone who is an official, who is a direct line to the rnc, to start a process of creating chaos. you are right to say they could. but that is the goal of this whole operation that the rnc is standing up. it is to create chaos. whether they're successful or not is not really a thing democrats are going to have an easy hand in controlling. i think this is great reporting by politico, and i think it sort of shines a spotlight on what republicans are trying to do in states across the country. >> what do you make of it all? >> i think the environment in michigan is actually potentially very much a tinder box because of some of the way that the states politics have broken, some of the militia activity that goes on. i think one of the things we need to see from our institutions and many of my sources on both sides of the aisle, republicans tend not to say it in public as much, as democrats do, but there is
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concern that this lays the groundwork for something worse than just our politics being about choices and ballots and counting votes, and instead crossing the wrong line into violence. there needs to be a very careful accounting and approach when it comes to these kinds of things or you're potentially ginning people up for something that our system should categorically reject. >> i want to turn to the infant formula shortage because you just heard brian deese talking about why it was appropriate that president biden didn't find out about the crisis until april even though the abbott factory was shut down in february and the whistleblower complaint was last fall. do you think his explanation and his argument was good enough for voters? >> i think this is a big topic of conversation. and that if president biden really wasn't briefed on this for two months, it's a problem about how the administration communicates internally. and if he was and it just wasn't
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a formal briefing or something like that, we'll find that out too. for the president and for his team and for the democratic party, the real problem with inflation and supply chain and now baby formula is this, this impacts the most important parts of their base and of their swing. inflation is affecting people of color, affecting young people. this is affecting women. >> young moms. >> young moms. >> the fact that the president didn't know this. i have a 2 1/2-year-old son. all of my friends, yes, i'm in the news business, but i heard about this from my social networks in february when the plant was closed and the formula was recalled. parents knew about it then. >> at best, it's a massive staff failure. ultimately, the buck stops with the president. we were told the adults are back in charge, and this was a foreseeable crisis they didn't act on. >> thanks one and all for being here. >> it's the queen's party and she can do what she wants to, including controlling the invite
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in our world lead, platinum jubilee, a historic four-day celebration begins tomorrow for queen lelizabeth ii. a portrait was released honoring her 70 years of service. max foster looks at what to expect from the royal celebration. >> the final preparations are under way to celebrate a moment of history. queen elizabeth, the first british royal to celebrate a
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platinum jubilee, commemorating 70 years of service. the lineup includes a birthday parade, with gun salutes and the lighting of beacons across the commonwealth. a thanksgiving service, a palace concert, a platinum pageant. 12 million people across the uk are set to attend street parties over the weekend. >> it's a huge milestone. very hard working lady. >> same kind of feeling as the weddings. just everybody is happy and you want to make friends and say hi and smile. >> i say thank you. thank you, ma'am. and god save the queen. >> events get started on thursday, with the trouping of the color which has marked the official birthday of the british sovereign for more than 260 years. all the pomp and pageantry that 1,200 members of the military, hundreds of army musicians, and
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around 240 horses can muster. on sunday, the gold state coach will make its first appearance in decades, leading a procession of performers and personalities. prince charles will step in when his mother feels unable to make an event. what's always most telling about these occasions is the balcony appe appearance. it's used to project the modern face of british monarchy. in 2002, we saw the entire extended family. in 2012, it was stripped right back to its core to reflect the more austere times. and this year, it's working royals only. so that means you won't see prince andrew or prince harry with meghan. they're all off the list. the sussexs are invited and will appear, possibly with their two children during events. the world will be looking closely at their body language as they interact with other members of the family following that rift. it will be quite something,
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jake, i have to say, to see the sussexes in the royal fold once again. i have to say, down here, people camping out ready for the big moment, many royal fans, many just wanting to come along, have a party, and celebrate after some tough few years for everyone. really, though, the focus is on the queen all those years of service. this will be a hive of activity tomorrow, and people are very keen to get in the best positions. it's going to be fun i think, jake. >> have fun, max. max foster outside buckingham palace. >> who knew a golf tournament could spark so much drama? there's a threat from the pga and now some of the top players are firing back. i'll explainthex. my a1c stayed here, it needed to be here. ruby's a1c is down with rybelsus®. my a1c wasn't at goal,
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. to our sports lead now, the pga is threatening disciplinary action for tour golfers who participate in the new saudi backed golf event. the move comes as dustin johnson says he will headline the saudi liv league, liv golf says istour will kick off on june 9th which is the same time as the pga tour's canadian open. a spokesperson for johnson says dustin has been contemplating the opportunity. he decided it was in his and his family's best interest to pursue it. the royal bank of canada announcing today they will no longer sponsor him. the liv league comes as saudi arabia has been under scrutiny for the slaughter of journilous jamal khashoggi and for the war in yemen. to say nothing of its overall day-to-day horrific human rights
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record. phil mickelson's name is absent from the liv event. he's been an outspoken supporter of the new tour. rory mcilroy weighing in that golfers should not be punished for participating but he would not participate himself. you can follow me on facebook, instagram, twitter, and the tiktok at jake tapper. you can tweet the show. you can listen to our podcast wherever you get your podcasts. our coverage continues with one mr. wolf blitzer in "the situation room." see you tomorrow. happening now, cnn tries to get answers from the embattled uvalde school police chief, but he dodges key questions about his response to the shooting massacre and mistakes that were made. stand by for an exclusive report as officials' accounts of what happened keep changing every day. >> also tonight, russia is hitting back, after the u.s. agrees to send more advanced rocket systems to ukraine. the kremlin claimi