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we're beginning with chaos in the skies during what may be the busiest weekend so far this year for air travel. according to the flight tracking website flight aware more than 900 flights were canceled on sunday alone across the u.s. since friday there have been more than 3,000 flight cancellations. >> so the airlines are blaming weather problems and ongoing staff shortages, in particular a shortage of pilots, so can travelers expect more of this as we enter the peak summer travel season? cnn's aviation correspondent pete muntean is live at reagan national airport. a lot of unhappy travelers this morning, pete. >> reporter: no doubt, john. in fact, a lot of people probably still trying to get home even today after traveling this weekend. these new numbers are huge, but the cause of this really is not. we were reporting over and over again that airlines got a lot smaller over the pandemic and that has led to these massive flight crew shortages. the deck of cards really comes
tumbling down when summer weather strikes. there was bad weather on the east coast on thursday and friday. look at the cancellation numbers, more than 1700 flights canceled on thursday, more than 1400 on friday. airlines really tried to play catch up over the weekend but weren't all that successful. 800 flight cancellations saturday, more than 900 on sunday. you know, this really impacted some of the major hubs on the east coast, charlotte and laguardia. i want you to listen now to one laguardia passenger who had her flight canceled not only once on saturday, but again on sunday. here is what she said. >> we left north carolina on sunday, came to new york, we were supposed to go back to north carolina yesterday and got delayed and we got on the plane, went out on the tarmac, sat on the plane for four hours. four hours before they took us back to the terminal. they told us to go to gate 11,
gate 11 was 400 people trying to rebook a flight. >> reporter: so many people have been traveling for the father's day weekend. probably one of the biggest travel weekends we have seen since the start of the pandemic. the tsa screened 2.44 million people at airports across the country on friday. that's the highest number we have seen since last thanksgiving, almost hard to believe that we are in in position now. this has come from a really stern warning from pete buttigieg to airlines saying to get their schedule acts together, especially with the july 4th travel period on the horizon. >> there doesn't seem to be any slack there, pete. any one problem sets off this cascade of events and it's the travelers and passengers who seem to suffer. pete muntean, thanks so much. as americans are growing increasingly nervous over the economy the white house is trying to reassure them when it comes to inflation.
>> well, i expect the economy to slow, but i don't think a recession is at all inevitable. >> a recession is not inevitable. the president really wants to have a steady and stable recovery. >> not only is a recession not inevitable, but i think that a lot of people are underestimating those strengths and the resilience of the american economy. >> all right. joining us now is cnn chief business correspondent christine romans. i ask would they tell us if they thought it was coming? >> well, no one really knows, we will never know for sure until it's here to be quite honest and what the white house is trying to do is be on message about what can be done and what they've already done about the economy and inflation in particular. let's talk about the moves that they have been taking. they relaxed fuel blend standards back in april for the summer in a hope to keep more oil, gasoline on the market. there was a historic emergency oil supply, that was, by the way, that release, that was a global release of oil, so that
was the white house working with all of our allies to try to get more oil out there. so that's something they're releasing a million barrels a day for six months. there's also some student loan forgiveness, $25 billion of student loan forgiveness, the most recent for for-profit college students who were basically defrauded when they signed up for college and for those student loans. those are things that they have already done. there's more on student loans potentially out there, the white house considering whether to do more student loan forgiveness. there's talk of a gas tax holiday, experts think that's more of a gimmick but it would put money in drivers pockets. there was talk of tartsed gas rebates but trouble with how you would implement something like that. an oil company surtax, you would probably have to have congress do that as well. but still talking about some way of capturing some of those record profits for the oil companies. and potentially pausing china tariffs. that is something that janet
yellen the treasury secretary said was still under consideration. strategically pausing some of those china tariffs that could help inflation at least on the margin. these are all things that they're talking about. and the president still continues to talk about this putin price hike, too, as well. if you look at the -- right here is where you have the invasion of ukraine, look at oil prices since then. so the white house still continues to point to big international factors that are also driving inflation that are out of the hands of the administration, you guys. >> maybe we're hoping that they're right, this isn't inevitable, but we're preparing in case it is. thank you so much for that. so the next public hearing for the january 6 committee is tomorrow. until now one of the central themes in these hearings has been the pressure campaign on former vice president mike pence to unilaterally overturn the election. in an exclusive interview with cnn congressman adam schiff who was a key committee member said
trying to talk to pence is still on the table. >> we're not taking anything off the table in terms of witnesses who have not yet testified. we would still, i think, like to have several high-profile people come before our committee. >> so mike pence is a possibility still? >> certainly a possibility. we are not excluding anyone or anything at this point. >> here with me "early start" anchor and attorney at law laura jarrett. so you're saying there is a chance. >> i think he didn't want to concede any ground in that interview. he doesn't -- schiff doesn't want to look like they're willing to give up on the vp, the former vp. they said they wanted to talk to him, but they didn't serve him with a subpoena. so the question is at this current stage, at this late date, do they really need him to prove their case? on the one hand you could say he's central to this entire thing, he is the man ott the receiving end of all of this pressure campaign, but we have now heard from multiple people within trump and pence's orbit, but specifically greg jacobs last week, his counsel, who testified in detail about all
the research they did on this issue to try to figure out was there any ground at all, any leg to stand on, and of course there was not, but they looked at it. and also the former president is still out there saying pence did the wrong thing. so it's not as if that's in dispute, everyone knows how the former president feels about this. so what do they get out of going through a lengthy protracted process potentially a legal battle to try to get the former vp? i don't know. and the practical considerations here even putting aside the legal thing is they're running out of time. the midterms are coming up in november, they only have the public's attention for so long. they really only get one shot at this. >> this seems to be as much a political question for mike pence as a legal one because i don't think there is any dispute mike pence knows what went on, in conversations between donald trump and mike pence, mike pence knows what was said to him. if he wanted to come forward and tell people what exactly was said, he could, right? >> he could, but as you
mentioned, he's still trying to at least it seems preserve an opportunity for his own political future. we've seen him out there, who knows what he will end up trying to do for the next election, whether or not he would try to run against his former boss, i don't know, but i think injecting himself into this process right now, he may not see it in his interest if he's already been able to get his story out there through surrogates, like greg jacobs, like others, who know his position, who can speak to the fact that he was frustrated, that he didn't get a call from the former president in the time when he's there under siege. he's able to sort of get out his message and get out i think what he would say through others without putting himself into the firestorm. >> a subpoena, would mike pence be able to refuse it on legal grounds and say that the conversation between a president and vice president are privileged? >> no. he could try to resist it, but a duly issued subpoena i don't think he has any strong grounds, he certainly doesn't have
attorney/client privilege. he could try to make some sort of presidential communications privilege but is that the kind of protracted legal battle that the committee wants to engage in when they really laid out their case and this is not a disputed issue. the pressure that trump put on pence, no one is calling that into question, neither one of them is even calling it into question. >> counselor, very nice to see you this morning. thank you very much. >> of course. we do have some new cnn reporting, republican impeachment backers are wrestling with their own political survival after south carolina's tom rice one of the ten house republicans who voted to impeach trump lost his primary to a trump-backed challenger russell fry. let's bring in capitol hill reporter melanie zanona and editor at large chris sill lizza, speaking to how hard a note this was a lot of these folks aren't running again but for those who are they're taking an interesting tack. we think a liz cheney but that's not the strategy that so many are pursuing.
>> i think tom rice's loss is raising questions about whether you can cross trump and survive in today's republican party. there is some evidence that it's possible, david valadao, he voted to impeach, it looks like he's poised to edge out a far right challenger but he did not have to go against someone endorsed by donald trump, he kept his head down and unlike rice who was vocal about his criticism of the president and was facing a trump-backed challenger so the remaining impeachment republicans are taking notice and they have deployed a keep your head down strategy, keeping the select committee on january 6 at arm's length. of course liz cheney is the notable exception to that but even her first two campaign ads were solely focused on local issues. >> yeah, it just feels like if you are on this list after tom rice, you've got to be really nervous. he didn't just lose, he got pummeled. he lost by 25 points, an
incumbent republican who i'll note, mel has reported on this, what's so important to note is these are not unconservative people. >> sure. >> tom rice is, you know, heritage foundation score very high, even his trump score is in the 90s. it's the one vote that matters. liz cheney, she is a rino. i mean, look at liz cheney's record. liz cheney prior to january 6, prior to donald trump, you don't get into republican leadership like liz cheney was, third ranking republican, by being a moderate within the party. that's not how it works. >> but if you are going to buck donald trump, whether that's voting for impeachment which is the ultimate sin i think as he sees it or just be a critic like nancy mace, it seems like the key is to totally focus on your district, hyper local. >> exactly. nancy mace didn't vote for impeachment but was very vocal in her criticism of trump after
january 6, she had other problems that were problematic in trump's eyes but since then she went down to trump tower and recorded a saying i was one of his early supporters and i support all of his policies and trying to focus on the issues. >> if you voted to impeach you are not running on it. >> oh, gosh, no. >> you knew at the time that you weren't maybe going to do this because this was going to put your political future in jeopardy. >> the fact that out of the ten four have already retired under various circumstances but i will tell you that none of them made that decision without considering their chances at reelection, which took a hit. it seems to me that if you voted to impeach donald trump and we've got august 2nd we've got three of them on the ballot, including dan newhouse in washington state. liz cheney, you look at the tom rice thing, keeping your head
down, keeping it local, you have to do something. you can't just wait, we saw that with tom rice. you have to trying to do something but i would not be optimistic. if you're liz cheney, i think liz cheney has made her peace with the fact that she's unlikely to come back to congress. her being on the committee, the january 6 committee, her prominence on that committee, what she said during the three public hearings we had, you know, i think she's looking at the future, whether that's a presidential race. she's looking at a different republican party than the current republican party because in the current republican party we're debating what percentage of the vote is liz cheney going to lose by not is liz cheney going to lose. >> it's fascinating especially this group text that they are all on. a group text with the impeachment ten. melanie zanona and chris, thank you so much. a preliminary report on the investigation of the uvalde, texas, school massacre hampered by a lack of cooperation. we will have a live report next.
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getting answers. >> reporter: it really is, john. when you think about these hearings that the house committee has been holding it's all been behind closed doors, they've been holding executive sessions where school officials, police officials have all come in to what they say testify, but it's all being done outside the public view so we have no idea what is going on here, what happened still. so many facts of what transpired are still unknown. what we're now being told is that the committee may have the results of this investigation that they're doing perhaps in mid-july. we'll see if that's actually the case because they still have a lot of work to do. there are still other witnesses that need to testify. it wasn't even entirely clear until friday really whether or not the uvalde police department, officers from that department, were going to come forward voluntarily. when you think about everything that has transpired here after the shooting and how the officials here have withheld
information, have not been forthcoming, it's certainly very concerning and it's certainly very troubling and we're still seeing that pattern here continue. media requests for information that we have all filed, every news organization has filed, has been denied. the city has hired a lawyer, a law firm, to deal with this and has made basically every excuse to the attorney general here in this state as to why information should not be released. of course, there are investigations under way here by the texas rangers and by other state officials, but also the da. she at one point claimed that she's conducting her own investigation and that's why information shouldn't be released. we still don't have really any word from her if she is, in fact, conducting an investigation. so, john, as you said, there's still so many questions here that need to be answered. hopefully by mid-july we will have some answers here from the committee. we don't know exactly what they're going to release, if they're going to release
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republican at the texas republican convention, they yelled at him, seemed to follow him and appeared to clash with staff. >> eye patch mccain. >> crenshaw is a staunch conservative, but you can see some people there upset about the fact that he is supporting a $40 billion aid package to ukraine and supported extended background checks for 18 to 21 year olds who want to buy ar-15-style weapons. >> also happening over the weekend congressman adam kinzinger said he received a mail threat against him and his family, warning that he will be executed for his participation in the january 6 committee and saying that his wife and child will be joining him in hell. joining us now is former republican congressman francis rooney. what do you think as you are looking at this? let's talk specifically at this
moment involving dan crenshaw and also this threatening letter against adam kinzinger. >> well, i've seen these people up close and personal. after i wrote the op-ed after the election that the republicans needed to accept the results and move on i got six death threats aunt one of them even included my daughter. so these people won't stop at anything. they're maniacs. these are the people that accosted crenshaw, who is about as conservative as any republican there is, show just unhinged they are. >> congressman, how big of a section of the party do you believe it is, particularly in texas? >> i think it's pretty big. you guys -- reporting figures in the 50% or plus range that adhere to trump and deny the election. as long as that persists the
republican party of reagan doesn't exist. >> what does this mean? >> this is the party of trump. >> this is the party of trump. what does this mean for the republican party when you have the texas republican party platform defining homosexuality as an abnormal lifestyle choice, which it's important to note this is new, right? this is not something that was part of the 2018 or the 2020 plat platforms. >> [ inaudible ] -- more issues to -- around by to be on the wrong side of history and the current state of our globalized, civilized world. at the end of the day mutations have happened in parties before, the republicans were born out of the fractures that [ inaudible ] -- represent -- the republican party pro business, pro trade around the
world and stability are going to have to find a new home somehow. right now they're becoming no party affiliations. >> so the direction, in terms of the direction, if this is something as brianna points out that's new in the texas republican party, what does it tell you about the direction the party is going in nationwide? >> well, yeah, i mean, it seems to be that there's a base of people that are vocal, they are fanatics in my opinion and fairly lawless, that will do anything to defend trump and to defend the -- the chaos that they have justified like january 6 and they will do anything. so we have to move on. as a businessperson and a se conservative republican who believes that ronald reagan and people like that led our country very well, we need to move on. somehow or another find a new home, whether it's a new party or stay as a no party
affiliation and, you know, support people who -- >> i want to listen to a moment involving senator john cornyn. you mentioned, of course, berman, crenshaw and sort of what he was getting because of his support for some gun legislation. this is some of what cornyn got. [ crowd boos ] >> do you worry that something like that endangers bipartisan agreement on -- on guns? >> oh, yeah. i think it absolutely blocks it. somehow or another the nra and those like-minded people have a lockdown on the republican base and everybody is scared to death to do anything about it. the whole thing is totally off the walls. it was george bush who said if
congress could pass an extension of the assault weapons ban he would be happy to sign it. both ronald reagan and richard nixon embraced limits on handguns and saturday night specials. and the nra used to have a hunter safety organization not a political force. [ inaudible ]. >> yeah, obviously we are in the middle of discussions on capitol hill, we will have to see. cornyn is running point for republicans so we will see if that affects things. former congressman francis rooney, thank you so much for being with us. a critical week for nasa's plan to put astronauts back on the moon, a live report on the artemis moon mission next. and russia trying to exploit political divisions in the midterm elections. plus -- ♪ >> stars light up the stage at cnn's inaugural juneteenth
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it is a big week for nasa and its teams behind the artemis 1 moon anything. after three attempted he her sal's in april came and went the effort to launch the mega moon rocket is expected to pick up speed again today and cnn's kristin fisher is here with the very latest. >> brianna, this is a very important, very expensive rocket because this is the rocket that's designed to return american astronauts to the moon and land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon, hopefully by around 2025. this is also the ride that nasa has been working on since it retired the space shuttle fleet
way back in 2011. so this is a long time coming and what we're going to see today, hopefully, is the final test for this rocket before it's actually launched into space. they call it the wet dress rehearsal and the reason it's called wet is because they're actually going to be filling this rocket is liquid propellant, it's highly flammable, they found leaks and other problems during the last three attempts. so this is a fourth attempt and essentially what they're going to do is simulate everything but the actual launch. they do the whole countdown and get to just about nine seconds and that's when they stop. so they had to -- with these three previous scaled attempts, had to pull the rocket back. they just rolled it back out to the launch pad at the kennedy space center and if all goes according to plan we could see the first launch of this rocket at the end of august or beginning of september. that would be artemis i, then we would get artemis ii which would
be the first crewed mission. and then artemis iii would be the artemis equivalent of apollo 11, that would be when you would actually see american boots back on the surface of the moon. one of the other things that's so amazing about this rocket is it's so massive. we have not seen anything this big since the saturn v rocket back in the 60s and 70s which of course brought the apollo astronauts to the moon. if you are down on the florida space coast, i'm hoping i get to see it because this is what they call one of those bone rattling launches. it's so big you can feel it move your whole body. >> we don't call it mega for nothing. what is the point here? what are they trying to achieve? it's obviously to exciting to think of being back on the moon, but what is the goal here? >> the goal is to get americans back on the surface of the moon and a lot of people say, you know, hey, why do we have to do
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hall of fame golfer greg norman the ceo and commissioner of the controversial saudi arabia-backed liv golf league is responding to this comment bob costas made to us last week here on "new day." >> what do you think of the controversy and how mickelson responded to it yesterday? >> well, he's trying to smooth things out, but this is blood money. there's no two ways around it, it's blood money. >> yeah, look, i'm disappointed people go down that path quite honestly. if they want to look at it in that prism then why does the pga tour have 23 sponsors within the pga tour doing 40 plus billion dollars worth of business with saudi arabia? will jay moynihan go to each and every one of those ceos of the 23 companies that are investing into saudi arabia and suspend them? and ban them?
their hypocrisy in all this it's so loud, it's deafening. >> joining us now "washington post" columnist and cnn political analyst josh rogin. what do you go to that, josh? he says it's hypocritical. >> this is just the latest effort by greg norman to do what we call sports washing which is to take money from a brutal regime and use it to legitimize that regime in the eyes of his fans and the world. the basic argument is the i am rubber you are glue defense which is most often found on school yards by 5 year olds. i'm not the only one that took blood money. >> is he wrong? is there something different between what he's doing which is this entire saudi-backed league versus sponsors who have business in saudi arabia? >> yes. >> why? >> to be clear, taking blood money is always wrong so it doesn't justify people doing business with odious regimes but he's taking specific money for a
specific program of sports watching which is mohammed bin salman's efforts to buy off sports franchises in order to distract people from his crimes like the murder of jamal khashoggi, the execution of gays which is ongoing. so it's one thing to do business with a regime that commits atrocities it's another thing to take a specific project that's meant for a specific sports watching effort and to endorse it because what greg norman is getting paid for is not just organizing a golf league it's getting paid for doing these press conferences, saying, oh, everyone is doing it, what's the big deal? it is a big deal. it's an escalation of the white washing of the saudi atrocities and an escalation of the payment that he's getting to participate. >> josh, how would you assess the difference between though greg norman handles these questions or in that case dodges the question and phil mickelson who, look, he received a lot of criticism for how he responded
to questions from journalists but he did answer them. he did talk about his empathy for the victims, the families of the victims of 9/11. >> right. well, what phil mickelson said according to reports about the new book coming out is that the saudis are scary mfors, impairing it down because this is a family show, but we're doing business because we're trying to get leverage over the pga. that's honest at least. at least he's being honest about his motivations, a lot more than for greg norman to say there's nothing to see here. this is going to be good for saudi arabia, knots the good for saudi arabia it's good for mohammed bin salman. for the rest of the saudi a variance it makes their situation worse. at least phil mickelson is being up front about the transactional nature of his sports watching for his own ends but that doesn't make it right. in the end it's not as if you can, you know, when you have a grievance with your boss you can just go to the most evil dictator to get him to outbid your boss. it's not like if i was unhappy
at the "washington post" i would go to kim jong-un and say do you want to purchase my services? it's not right, it's not honorable, it's not just but at least it's a more transparent line of explanation than greg norman is willing to offer. >> the thing norman tries to hang his hat on is he says golf is a force for good. >> right. >> what do you say to that? >> you are more of a golf fan than i am. i don't know what the factual basis for that is. what he's trying to convince us of is that if the saudis are allowed to buy up golf then it will be good -- it will have a reforming effect on saudi arabia which is the exact opposite of what we're seeing. the abuses are going up, the repression is going up, every indication shows that the richer and more powerful mbs gets and the more he's able to purchase elites, to purchase westerners, to put them in his pocket and then deploy them to push his propaganda, it actually makes it much harder for the activists, the dissidents and the suffering and that's the real problem with
what greg norman is saying here. by pointing at the pga and this guy and that guy he's distracting us from the suffering of the victims. those people are not taking saudi money, those people are being crushed by the saudi regime and their voices are the ones that need to be elevated not the voices of greg norman and phil mickelson because they are the ones undergoing great suffering at the hands of mohammed bin salman and his thuggish regime. >> what do you think of how the biden administration, how they have answered questions about the president's trip to saudi arabia and whether he would meet one-on-one with mohammed bin salman, what he's been promised prior to the trip? >> you know, i think their line of, oh, well, maybe we will see mohammed bin salman because he might be at the meeting is pretty disingenuous actually because of course everybody knows that president biden has been avoiding the meeting with mohammed bin salman for a year and a half and now he's folding because he wants the oil.
i don't think that's a good decision pragmatically because i think that enforces all the wrong behaviors. at least the white house should be honest about it. if they want to say they're folding because we need the oil and human rights will have to take a back seat at least that would be honest but they're trying to say we're just going to the meeting and, you know, if he shows up, he shows up, which everybody knows is nonsense. i also think if they did make that argument we need to trade oil for human rights that's also bad policy because in the end we are not going to see an improvement in their oil purchases that's going to really make a difference on inflation, but we are going to see a real damage to the cause of promoting human rights and the biden administration says that they have human rights entered foreign policy but when push comes to shove human rights always gets the short shrift. i think biden those that and he's embarrassed with folding and he seems mealy mouthed about it but when he gets there there will be no doubt he's going hat in hand to beg a brutal dictator
for oil and turning a blind eye to the human rights abuse of that dictator. if you think that's good, that's fine, i happen to think that's terrible. >> josh, always great to have you. a turning point for so many american families as the cdc green lights vaccines for younger children. dr. sanjay gupta is going to be here with more on this missing piece of the covid puzzle. americans cutting back on travel and dining out in what could be a new troubling sign for the economy. a monster was attacking but the team remained calm. because with miro, they could problem solve together, and find the answer that was right under their nose. or... his nose.
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>> reporter: trin brothers dean and luke are typical 2 year olds, they like to climb, try to outrun their parents and dig in the dirt. but their lives started out as anything but typical. weighing just two pounds each when they were born. >> they had respiratory issues and they had a brain bleed and some other health issues so they were being fed through a tube and then one of them was still on oxygen when they came home. >> just watching the kids struggle and fight for their lives in the hospital and hooked up to machines is just something you never want to see your children go through. >> dthey spent nearly six month in the hospital before they were able to welcome them home, that was december 2019. >> then we found out about the pandemic and it was really scary. really, really scary. we couldn't let people in our house, friends, family couldn't come and meet the boys, they had
to quarantine, they had to wear a mask, they had to test. >> reporter: physically, socially, looking down ever since the early days of the pandemic in an effort to protect their children. >> we can't control a lot when it comes to their health but we can control exposing them to the coronavirus. >> reporter: for them the decision is easy, they're going to be at the front of the line for the covid-19 vaccine for little dean and luke. >> this is going to hopefully help ease things into a more normal state we hope. >> reporter: but only 18% of parents with children under the age of 5 feel the same way. 27% of parents say no way and about half of parents fall? in between. one of the biggest reasons for hesitation is that kids aren't very likely to get sick or die from coronavirus, which is absolutely true if you compare rates to adults, but what if you just look at kids all by themselves? since the beginning of the pandemic more than 480 children under the age of 5 have died
from covid and over 1,500 children and teens under the age of 18 overall. >> when you compare covid to other risks that children face, whether it's influenza or other infectious diseases, covid can be quite serious. and so the right comparison isn't the child versus the elderly person, the right comparison is how does covid compare to other risks for which we vaccinate and in that context it's really not a close call. >> reporter: to get more context, before vaccines in the 1960s approximately 440 adults and children died every year from measles, 39 people from mumps, 17 from rue bella and yet we routinely vaccinate against all these diseases. they are called vaccine-preventable deaths, one of the biggest triumphs of modern public health. it's also true dean and luke were born with preexisting conditions place k them at greater risk for severe covid
and as many as 62% of all kids hospitalized with covid had an underlying condition, but those underlying conditions are also widespread. 200,000 children with diabetes, 6 million with asthma and 14 million children with obesity. another concern of many parents is that the mrna covid-19 vaccines are new. also true. so far, though, nearly 600 million mrna covid-19 vaccine shots have been administered in the united states and side effects have been rare. for john and jenna getting their boys vaccinated won't just be a relief, but a chance to live a life they felt was passing them by. >> we were at my sister's house recently for their cousin's birthday and they wanted to go inside and play in the playroom and we're trying to tell our kids no but they don't understand it's hard for us, hard for them, hard for our family. we've missed a lot of family holidays. >> yeah.
the last six, eight months folks have been straddling, doing things, so we've been more detached from them because we've still been in the same bubble waiting for the boys to be able to get vaccinated. >> reporter: dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. ♪ good morning, everyone, welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world, it is monday, june 20th. i'm john berman with brianna keilar. new signs of trouble for the u.s. economy. evidence that americans are starting to pull back on things like travel and dining out at restaurants. rising prices and concerns about a souring economy appear to be taking a toll on household spending decisions while consumer spending has held strong even with inflation at historic highs, the new data suggests that the