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a all died at the end of may. to date 466 members have had their lives cut short by world trade center illnesses. hello, everyone, everyone. thank you for joining me i'm fredricka whitfield. happening right now, pummelling rains in florida, flash flood warnings are over for miami and fort lauderdale but the storm is still making a mess. at this hour, more than 7 million people are under tropical storm warnings across florida and the bahamas, drenching rainfall dropping more than 11 inches in miami in just a 24-hour period. flooding streets and leaving cars and drivers stranded. cnn's carla suarez is in fort lauderdale. what's happening or not
happening right now, carlos? >> reporter: two new developments since we last joined you in the prior hour. the first is we're finally getting reports of some of the damage here in broward we're told a family of five had to be taken from a home up in pompano beach, north of where we are, after a tree fell into their house. we're told the entire family is doing okay. we're getting our first look at the search and rescue teams down in miami. and they've provided us with some video of one of their teams going, essentially, neighborhood by neighborhood looking for folks that may be stranded in their cars because of all the flooding brought on by this tropical system. we're talking about nearly a foot of rain that has hit parts of miami-dade county. in miami aillone, which is wher we saw a lot of flooding in the downtown area and financial district, cars have been towed the entire night because of getting stalled from 7 to 8 inches of rain that fell in the morning hours.
we're told the number is expected to be over a foot of rain once what's left of the storm makes its way past east the state of florida. here, in fort lauderdale, parts remain under water. they're trying to keep traffic south of where we are, a few cars as you can see are still trying to make it past some of the flooding we've seen out here. this portion of a1a, did undergo some repairs a few years ago and you can see the amount of rain that fell here has made it difficult for folks to be able to get out in their cars. fred frederica. >> gene to you, how much longer are the folks going to be feeling this? >> i'd say another five to six hours we see the steady rain and then it begins to taper off. you see on the radar we don't see the bright red we showed you in the last hour, that's good news. seeing the heavier storms push their way into the atlantic
oc ocean. still a few more lingering showers the rest of the afternoon but the western half of the state has cleared out nicely. just a few clouds there, again some strong thunderstorms pushing down into the northern sections of the florida keys. those rainfall totals have been staggering. 11 inches miami, almost 9 inches in naples and almost 8 inches in fort lauderdale. those numbers tick up through the afternoon and we get new totals. look at the map across the rest of the state. we've focused fort lauderdale, miami, but fort meyers picking up 4 to 6 inches of rain as well. into the evening, let's move the forecast for you. all that heavy rain pushes off and then we'll start to see things beginning to calm down a little bit. remember, this system began as a hurricane in southern mexico and
then moved into the yucatan peninsula. thought it was going to be a tropical storm, the thought is it could move out to the atlantic. once the system moves from florida it's not going to impact any other part of the united states. but boy, it has been a real drencher down in florida. >> it has indeed. i like the optimistic view. thank you so much, gene norman and carlos suarez. now to the latest developments on the january 6th investigation. a new report in "the new york times" says a top aide to former vice president, mike pence, warned the secreta service, tha president trump could turn on the vice president, and the aide feared for pence's safety on the eve of the riot. >> to think there is a sitting chief of staff of a sitting vice
president, due to a campaign pushed by this president it's jarring to absorb. mark short had a conversation with the lead secret service agent saying what you said, that the president was going to turn on pence and they might have a security risk. as i understand it, short did not have a sense of what that threat could look like. i don't believe based on my reporting that he envisioned what we saw on january 6th, the way we saw it. what he did realize is that the former president had supporters who were very reactive to him, who basically acted -- you know, responded to things he would say and he could see one person, two people, three people, several people doing something that could problematic safety-wise for the vice president, just based on this pressure that the former president was exerting. >> a secret service official disputes the report, telling cnn that they were never told about concerns for pence's safety. >> the justice department said it will not indict two former
officials found in contempt by the january 6th panel. the house committee calls the decision not to prosecute mark meadows and dan scavino pussle. cnn national security reporter zach cohen joins us now. what more do we know about the decision? >> the committee is saying they don't fully understand how the department of justice could reach a decision not to indict dan savino and mark meadows especially because they made clear both men are key witnesses. that's something the committee reiterated again last night, responding to the news that meadows and kscavino would not face charges related to their subpoena. they said both men have information about former president donald trump's role in efforts to overturn the 2020 election and in the events of january 6th.
now, that is why the committee believes that both meadows and scavino should have had an obligation to comply with the congressional subpoena regardless of their status in the white house and regardless of their partial cooperation with the investigation. that is what separates scavino and meadows from other witnesses who defied the subpoenas and been indicted by the justice department. meadows we know he cooperated for a short time, handing over thousands of text messages that the committee plans to feature heavily in their upcoming public hearings as well as their report. scavino expressed a willingness to discuss the possibility of cooperating before he ultimately defied the subpoena that's what's separates meadows, scavino from the other witnesses. >> another trump ally is facing charges for his refusal to cooperate with the january 6th investigation.
why are the circumstances different, what do we know? >> former president trump's adviser peter navarro sits in that group that we were talking about, ignoring the subpoena, yesterday he was arrested by the fbi at the airport. he becomes the second former trump adviser to be dindicted b the department of justice in the january 6th investigation. he could face legal consequences if convicted of one or both counts one is for failing to produce documents demanded by the january 6th committee and the other failing to show up for his testimony before the house investigators. both carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and up to $100,000 in fines. >> zach cohen, thanks so much. and this quick programming note. go inside the watergate scandal like never before with
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the mass shooting crisis in the united states has americans searching for answers after another community this week was devastated by a deadly massacre. brian todd has more on what experts are saying can be done. >> this is yet another act of violence upon an american city. >> reporter: another news conference. >> we are grieving with you. >> reporter: following another mass shooting in america. four people gunned down inside a
hospital in tulsa, on the heels of the massacre of children and teachers in uvalde, texas on the heels of the murder of 10 people in buffalo. >> the fact that these are happening with such frequency is scary. >> reporter: the news conference in tulsa comes on the same day the buffalo shooter came before court. since the beginning of the year there have been more than 230 mass shootings nationwide. 20 of them just since uvalde with 105 people shot and 17 killed. cnn and the archive define a mass shooting of one that injuries or kills four or more people. >> as americans have we given up and accepted mass shootings as normal? >> that's my fear. i think we've become decent tuesdayed we see it on our nightly news. >> reporter: making the problem
of mass shootings harder to solve analysts say is the fact that the shooters' motives are so varied. in buffalo a young man driven by racial hatred. in uvalde a troubled young man overwhelmed with rage in tulsa, a man upset with the doctor who performed back surgery on him. >> in grievance or disrespect, we talk about violence interrupter skills being talk. i'm not sure that's the answer. >> reporter: it's not just the lives lost, it's the country that suffers, including children who see constant reports of mass killings and have to go through shooter drills at school. >> ptsd, future behavioral health issues, substance use issues. not feeling safe in their own homes and communities and not being able to excel and reach
their full potential. that's a concern. and future generations are going to suffer if we don't fix it now. >> reporter: regarding how to fight the epidemic, the experts we spoke to say it might be better for the u.s. not to focus on repealing the second amendment given how hard that will be politically but instead approach it like a public health crisis and strengthen background checks, red flag laws and safe storage laws, brian todd, cnn washington. in the wake of all of this, president biden made a plea for congress to act. >> my fellow americans, enough. enough. it's time for each of us to do our part. it's time to act. for the children we've lost. the children we can save. for the nation we love. let's hear the call and the cry. let's meet the moment. let us finally do something. >> joining us now is the author of the book "dying of whiteness"
how the politics of racial resentment is killing america's heartland. jonathan metzel. also the director of the department of health and science at vanderbilt university. thank you. good is to see you. >> thank you. >> there are discussions about how to prevent this from happening again and why nothing seems to get done in terms of of an answer for these horrific repeated mass shootings. jeh johnson wrote an op-ed in "the washington post" calling for what he deemed an emmett till moment. here's what he said, saying something graphic is required to awaken the public to the real horror of these repeated tragedies. why must innocent school children for the rick sest of t lives carry the executions of their teachers and classmates while federal and state
lawmakers who elected them are spared. do you think it's going to take something like that to spark real change? what's more horrific than what happened in new town and what happened in uvalde? >> i wish i could say, having st studied this for a long time that there was one thing that could wake people up. certainly as the shootings become more horrific and graphic, even if we don't see the absolute details, i'm torn about that to be honest. what more evidence do you need than elementary school kids killed in their own classrooms. what we see is a reflection of not popular at ttitudes most people agree something should be done and agree what they are, background checks, red flag laws, tracking high risk. the problem isn't about people's atti attitudes.
it's about the gridlock of our political system where there's no mechanism to make change. al throw left to their own devices average people could come to some solution here that could support gun rights on the one hand and do more for gun safety on the other. >> why is it average people don't seem to be able to leverage or influence the politicians who are going to ultimately make the decisions? either change or keep things the same. >> i think -- and this is no mystery to anybody who lives in america right now. even if everyday people i think are able to negotiate, you know, i see your concern, i see why you want a gun, that makes sense to me, why don't you work with me to come up with a solution that works for everybody. i think our political system doesn't work that way. people are elected to congress and to the senate and most important i think put in the judiciary to hold onto a particular position. so many of the judges appointed during the trump era, for example, had very high a-ratings from the nra.
they were actually put in place to hold the line. to block any kind of gun regulation. we see it up to the supreme court who's deciding a catastrophic case about guns in new york right now. that's true up and down the line. people are not putting the political system to navigate, negotiate. there's no reward for compromise, no reward for being a centrist in our system. so in our way the popular opinion, as important as it is, it's secondary to the fact our political system doesn't allow for the kind of horse trading needed right now, that we've seen in other countries that have dealt with this issue. >> that's a very sad commentary. mental illness comes up when talking about mass shootings but you penned a paper in the journal, social science and medicine, last year proposing a five-point agenda for research to study the root causes that goes beyond just the mental
state of these shooters. what more should people be looking at or considering? >> i think the important point here we hear after the mass shootings people -- you know, governor abbott and people saying this is a mental illness problem as if the problem rests in people's brains. it was a series of papers we did at vanderbilt. first we looked at the literature on mental illness and mass shooting we found mental illness is not a great predictor who's going to commit a mass shooting because most people with mental illness are nonviolent they're not going to attack somebody else, let alone shoot somebody else. so it's not a good predictor. we said there were a lot of upstream factors we could be looking at. many shootings happen with warning, people with a history of violence. many shootings happen in social networks. shootings happen more when there's more social instability. things like housing insecurity or poor economic factors. so what we do is we look at all
the larger social structural factors and made a series of recommendations that had to do with investigng in neighbors, information, network safety plans things like that. we thought we could probably cut shootings in half in this country if we looked at the upstream factors as opposed to arguing. it's important to know the psychology of the shooter, of course, but the point we were trying to make is we have 45,000 gun deaths a year in this country, and every day gun violence is patterned and predictable, if we did more to stop everyday gun violence we think there would be a reduction in mass violence also. >> i hear you. you're taulking about looking into the who and what of influencers, looking at what is someone's reasoning for wanting to go in and shoot a bunch of people. one of the things floated is
raising the age limit to purchase an assault-style rifle from legally from 18 to 21. how much of an impact do you think that is going to make? when you do look at some of the common denominators of some of the recent shooters, they may be 18 or close to 18, but then you also look at cases like las vegas, he was nowhere near 18, he was a mature man. or the more recent shooting at a church in california. that again was a mature man so the age limit had nothing do with that. what are your thoughts about a potential stab at the issue, which is raising the age limit for the purchase of assault weapons? >> i absolutely think we should raise the age limit. i think a lot of states, like tennessee where i live, have been doing the opposite thing. lowering the age to 18 where people can basically buy and carry any weapon without a permit. i know there's an example and counterexample for every
single -- there's a mass shooting of every variety because they're happening every day so you can prove or disprove any point really. but i would say if you look at the aggregate level, there is a really disproportionate level of shooting happening by people 25 and younger. that makes sense when you think about it, people 25 and younger, they're just figuring out how to be adults in many ways. it's not like that's a pathology for the most part but they're more likely to be involved in fights, in car accidents, they're more likely to do a bunch of other things. and certainly if you teach college like i do, you know people nearing 21, they're just figuring out how to be grownups. if you look at all gun violence, roughly 40% of the shootings across the country are done by people in the 25 to 17 age bracket. you know, more or less. i think the issue is not just about stopping mass shootings, which is important. it's also there's a lot of gun
death and shooting and victimhood also by people in that lower age bracket. so i think that that kind of regulation. we do that kind of thing all the time. with renting a car or, you know, accutarial tables and insurance companies, all these things. i think looking at age, we haven't done that enough and i'm glad that's part of the conversation right now. >> there may not be one solution but perhaps there are several potential solutions bottom line to chip away at what has become another kind of pandemic or endemic. jonathan metzel, thank you so much. we'll be right back. finally. our honeymoon. it took awhile, but at least we got a great deal on our hotel with kayak. i was afraid we wouldn't go.. with our divorce and.... great vorce guys. yeah...
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>> thanks for having me and thanks for the kind words we're very excited and excited to get our kids vaccinated, we have a 4-year-old we keep feeling like we're just almost there and the goal post moves now i feel confident by june she'll get her first dose and our now 4 1/2 day old we're looking -- counting down the days until november when she can get her first dose. this is a game changer. infections are going to happen but you want it to happen when the kid's been vaccinated. we know that offers parents peace of mind we're through the worst of it. this is the game changer for us and i suspect many families in the country and around the world. >> that's the optimistic view but what if it's not approved? is there that potential and do you brace for that as well? >> it's always possible. that's why we do these analyzes.
i can't say it's for sure, but things are lining up very nicely. at this point i'm all in for hoping we get the outcome we're expecting. >> love the optimism. then there is this mischaracterization out there that covid-19 isn't that dangerous for children. that it's no worse than a flu. are you finding that among families and parents out there who are just still not sold that it's a threat that needs to be taken very seriously? >> yes, i wrote about this in my newsletter. look, it's out there. people will always compare things. flu is the devil we know, and covid has been the devil we've been getting to know so it's irres irresistible. there is a talking point if you work the statistics just right you can make it look just so. we know that covid for children,
more or less for most kids are going to be fine. truly is going to be a low key event but for enough kids it's not close for the deaths we're seeing. i think what happens is some of the people who want things to go back to normal sooner are afraid if they acknowledge that whole truth we won't do things like keep schools open. if you acknowledge the whole truth and take mitigation measures like testing, doing masking where it's necessary we can do the things those folks want to do. if you look at the reality that covid is worse than flu has ever been for kids, that's okay because we can do the things to make the world safe for them in the coming months. >> the cdc announced it would hold a series of meetings in the coming weeks talking about the vaccines for kids and about a new potential vaccine from novavax. what effect could the introduction of yet a fourth covid vaccine do at this stage
of the pandemic? >> a little incremental change. nice to have options. there are people who have variable responses. i have seen patients, for example, who for one reason or another were nonresponders to one form or another and they haven't responded to another one. we're learning about that. i think there are still some holdouts that said the mrna platform is still too new. and novavax is an older technology, that might help a few. i think in general the more we have the better, if for no other reason than let's get the doses out around the world because we still haven't vaccinated the world and the more vaccine we have, the closer we are to the end of the pandemic stage we are. >> thanks very much. and congratulations to you and your family. >> thanks, so much. coming up, 100 days of war and bloodshed in ukraine. president zelenskyy is sure of a
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a white house official says president biden is postponing his meeting with saudi arabia's mohammed bin salman. the meeting with the crown prince is now expected to take place in july after a previous report indicated it could happen as soon as this month. that decision drawing praise from groups such as the 9/11 families united which is urging the president to ensure accountability for the september 11th attacks in any discussions with saudi officials. cnn's alex marquardt explains why there's so much controversy between the two leaders meeting.
>> reporter: fred, president biden came into office having leveled some of the harshest criticism really ever by a u.s. politician at saudi arabia. that was in the wake of the horrific murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. saudi arabia has been a critical american ally for decades. but the relationship has become rocky to say the least. and now sources are telling cnn that the biden administration is working on a trip for him to the middle east to get that relationship back on track. the relationship with saudi arabia is one of the most critical the united states has. but it's now one that has never been more troubled. sources tell cnn the white house is working on patching things up, with a likely meeting in the coming weeks that would see president biden face-to-face with the de facto saudi rural, crown prince mohammed bin salman. >> look, we're getting way ahead of ourselves here. >> reporter: today the parking lot told reporters there are no direct plans to visit saudi arabia. but admitted there is a possibility he will visit the region. a trip to israel is also expected. >> what i want to do is see to
it that we diminish the likelihood that there's a continuation of some of the senseless wars between israel and the arab nations. that's what i'm focused on. >> reporter: these days israel is moving closer to arab countries, including saudi arabia, not warring with them. the biden team's efforts are complicated by biden's past statements about saudi arabia. on the campaign trail he vowed to make saudi arabia a pariah. >> we were not in fact going to sell more weapons to them. we were going to make them pay the price and make them pariah that they are. >> reporter: once in office, the intelligence community accused the crown prince, known as nmbs of orchestrating the murder of
"washington post" columnist jamal khashoggi. >> reporter: is he still a pariah in your eyes? >> look, i'm not going to change my view on human rights but as president of the united states my job is to bring peace if i can. that's what i'm going to try to do. >> reporter: from the time president biden called saudi arabia a pariah, gas prices have risen and russia has started a war in ukraine. iran's nuclear program is surging. saudi forces are fighting iranian-backed rebels in yemen, currently with a fragile truce. and saudi arabia is moving closer to china. all critical topics that biden needs to work on with saudi arabia and its controversial crown prince who is likely to rule for decades to come. the fiance of jamal khashoggi tells cnn that the prospect of a meeting between president biden and mbs is horribly upsetting. she says if it happens biden
will have lost his moral compass and "greatly heightened my grief." this is where the rubber meets the road. president biden is struggling to balance his ideals and principles with the realities of what the u.s. now needs as well as the security and the stability that the u.s. wants to see in the middle east and all around the world. fred? hello again, everyone, thank you so much for joining me. i'm fredericka whitfield in atlanta. we begin this half hour in wisconsin have a deadly shooting left a former judge dead and sources tell cnn the gunman was planning to target several other high ranking government officials including wisconsin governor tony evers and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. former circuit court judge john roemer was gunned down in his home on friday. police say the shooter then shot himself. cnn'