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they have teamed up with the national atmospheric and oceanic association to fight the global impacts of climate change. and this issue is on the radar for members of congress. a group went over to yosemite national park this week to see firsthand the effects of climate change there. wolf? >> thank you very, very much. and to the viewers, thank you for watching. erin burnett is up next and outfront starts right now. outfront next, new details about pat cipollone's testimony for the january 6th committee today. one committee member said nearly 8 hours behind the closed doors, cipollone provided new information. this comes as the fbi director issues a new warning in an exclusive interview with cnn tonight. plus, the 8-year-old paralyzed from the waist down after a gunman opened fired fire at the fourth of july
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parade. president biden signing executive orders, but is it enough from the members of his own party? good evening. i'm erin burnett. the january 6th committee says it learned from trump former white house counsel today. pat cipollone spending eight hours behind closed doors with the committee. as you can see weeding that marathon session tonight. we know his testimony was taped and we know the committee says it was important. >> mr. cipollone did appear voluntarily and answered a whole variety of questions. he did not contradict the testimony of other witnesses and i think we did learn a few things, which we will be rolling out in years to come. >> have you learned any significant new information from him? >> i think a few things, yes.
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>> the answer is yes and obviously nearly eight hours, that is a lot of time with a crucial witness. that is the january 6th committee. as for the justice department's investigation for that insurrection day, a stark warning from the director, christopher wray. here he is speaking with an exclusive interview. >> there are way too many people in today's world that are taking their very passionately held views and manifesting them through violence. >> so, keep in mind when he says that, the doj has already brought charges against more than 800 people involved in the capitol riot. more than 800 americans! wray says more charges could be coming.
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>> we are going to follow the facts wherever they lead no matter who likes it. >> now one person who the doj has already charges offering to testify before the january 6th committee. the leader of the extremist group the oath keepers that he will testify. he says he will only do so if it is public. he is currently in jail awaiting trial on conspiracy charges. he has pleaded not guilty. we do know quite a bit about his role in the insurrection and his connection to the former president. we know he was at the capitol on january 6th . that is imported at prosecutors say members of the oath keepers had weapons stockpiled. they were keeping that at a hotel nearby. one member of the group testified under oath, saying that on january 6, around 5:00 p.m., rhodes called an individual over the speakerphone and repeatedly implored the individual to tell president trump to call upon
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groups like the oath keepers to forcibly oppose the transfer of power. evan perez is outside of london tonight where he interviewed the fbi director christopher wray and i want to ask you more about that exclusive conversation in a moment but i want to start with this news since we are just wrapping up from the january 6th committee, the nearly 8 hour testimony from white house counsel pat cipollone. what more are you learning about that? >> reporter: erin, one of the things we know about pat cipollone, he is careful and measured. he doesn't say more than he has to and according to everything we have heard today, this is what he did in the committee hearing today. importantly we know other witnesses have said that pat cipollone warned people that some of the things he was witnessing -- and he was there throughout the events in the lead up to january 6th and after, he was warning them there were things that he was witnessing that may have violated the law.
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we expect that he did not contradict some of that witness testimony and we expect we will see some of the recorded testimony that he gave today at future hearings from the committee. an important witness certainly for this investigation. >> as you say, important. >> it doesn't matter if you are upset about the election, upset about a trial, the criminal justice system. >> sorry about that. obviously that was a mistake, evan, but we will get to that in a second because i want to ask you about that! the conversation you had with the fbi director. he told you -- i played the original soundbite and he said they will follow the facts wherever they lead no matter who likes it, which was an interesting dangle. what else did he tell you? >> reporter: yes, that was his response to me asking him if what he was saying, erin, the fact the fbi was devoting so many resources to going after
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everybody who was involved in january 6th. if that included people who were clearly helping to form some of that activity that happened on january 6th. here is what he had to say about the focus on what the fbi is doing here. >> it doesn't matter whether you are upset about an election, upset about a trial, upset about the criminal justice system, upset about any issue. there is a right way to express yourself under the first amendment and violence, destruction of federal property, or in the case of january 6th, those things plus interference with a sacred part of our constitutional process, then we are going to have to act. >> reporter: erin, he was equating frankly what happened on january 6th with this greater phenomenon that he says people seeming to take out whatever frustrations they have, including those against the government, extremist
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groups and so on by carrying out violence. he says the fbi is not going to stop until they get to the bottom of all of this. >> all right, evan, thank you very much for that exclusive conversation with the director. also tonight as part of all of this, trump may be clearing the way, if you can, for his ally steve bannon to testify before the january 6th committee. apparently trump is considering sending a letter to bannon waving executive privilege. keep in mind, he was charged for contempt of congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena. the washington post first broke this story. isaac, i guess you got to look at this with the sense that bannon has long been in trump's inner circle and has made a mockery of this process. why would trump think about doing this now?
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>> well, it is tough to get inside the mind of the former president but there are two reasons. first, bannon is a key ally of trump and it's possible that trump can see him as potentially useful as a witness before the committee if he were to appear live and contest key claims and present mr. trump's case before the american public. second is if this could be useful to bannon himself who as you say faces a trial and contempt congress charges and this could provide them an avenue to say that he is cooperating with the subpoena if there can be an agreement reached before the committee. >> isaac, again, i know i am being skeptical of their motives for obvious reasons. you know, obviously the current resident who controls the white house now has waived executive privilege, which resides with whoever is in the white house. that is joe biden. it's not clear that trump had executive privilege to wave,
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right? >> it is worth emphasizing that this claim of executive privilege is highly disputed. members of the committee have repeatedly said executive privilege was not done properly and there is no executive privilege. mr. bannon was a private citizen at the time of a january 6th, 2021 and there is no proper claim to executive privilege here. >> isaac, thank you very much. we appreciate your reporting. >> thank you. i want to get straight to former u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york. a lot to get through here. i want to start with the reporting isaac just shared. trump is considering waving executive privilege for steve bannon. putting aside for a moment if he had executive privilege to wave, what do you interpret is going on here? what do you think this is about and what would it mean?
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>> erin, first of all, he is thinking about waving something he doesn't have as an initial matter. i don't know what the endgame is , if this is some kind of stunt, if donald trump envisions a scenario where steve bannon will march into the committee and get a piece of his mind and set things straight. first of all, the committee doesn't have to get steve bannon an open and public forum. second, if steve bannon did answer questions from the committee, that would go quite poorly for donald trump because let's remember, bannon was at the hotel in the war room the days leading up to january 6th. >> all right, so it is interesting that trump thinks bannon can help him. there is no other way to see this at this time. no matter how it plays out, he thinks it is in his interest. let's talk about pat cipollone. his former counsel spends nearly 8 hours with the committee today. that is not claiming executive privilege and saying i'm not going to talk to you. it's not. the congresswoman said to wolf blitzer that cipollone gave them new information. she also said this.
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she said cipollone didn't contradict other witnesses, but also didn't necessarily confirm what they said. she said not contradicting is not the same as confirming. there were things he might not have been present for or couldn't recall with precision. what do you make of what we know his testimony today and what she just told wolf about it? >> first of all, erin, eight hours is an attorney when you're talking about questioning a witness . that would probably come out to something in the range of 300 to 400 transcripts pages. that is how much new information we are talking about from pat cipollone. i think it's really interesting that representatives did not contradict prior witnesses. most importantly, cassidy hutchinson had vital testimony last week. several pieces work related the conversation she heard pat cipollone say. she said perhaps he didn't
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backup everything and that could be for exactly the reasons you say, erin. witnesses remember different things. what might have been memorable to a fairly mid-level official leg cassidy hutchinson may not have been something that pat cipollone remembers specifically. you tend to remember conversations you have with higher ranking people rather than lower ranking people, but i think it significant and it suggests cassidy hutchinson have corroborated there was no interdiction from pat cipollone. >> yes. right. as you said, nearly 8 hours from a witness that everyone agrees is a person with a solid reputation who cares deeply about this respected individual. i appreciate your time. let's talk more about evan's interview and conversation with director wray. moments ago he issued a sharp warning about threat of violence in the united states of america in that environment is leading to more resignations
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of officials who oversee elections across the united states including my next guest, who is leaving her job after more than a decade after threats from people who wrongly believe the 2020 election was stolen from trump. leslie hoffman is out front now. she oversees voter registration and administers early voting. leslie, i appreciate you taking the time and being courageous and coming on and putting your face on television talking about this. i know you sent us examples of threats you received and they are vile. in sum, they call you a fraud and a liar and they say you are corrupt. some have gotten so bad, police have been patrolling your neighborhood as a security precaution. leslie, i just got to ask, you have dedicated half your life to overseeing elections. what has this meant to you personally? >> this has been really tough. this is been my community and my home for my entire life. i remember most everybody. we are not a large community.
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we are a medium-size county. it's hard to think that your friends, your counterpart, your party are making these kinds of accusations. >> i mean, it makes it also absurd. just so people understand, your county went 2-1 and yet you've got people accusing you of fraud. what are they saying to you? what is their possible rationale for this belief? >> i don't think there is one. they have -- like i said, he won 2-1. comparing our county, which is the model county for the state, we do great elections here. what about in this county? what about in this state? i tried to explain we do our own elections here but because they believe that it happened elsewhere, it must be happening here and so they want to take control of the elections.
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>> so election workers like you are experiencing the same personal attacks and threats of violence as you are. they are resigning. the truth is, leslie, if not for a handful of great republican elections officials like yourself who stood up for what is right, for the truth, for the elections you held, american democracy could have fallen into chaos. it is still a real risk. how worried are you that less principled people will take these positions, whether it be yours or in other counties and states? >> it is a concern, but what we do is very refined work. not a lot of people know how to do elections. there are so many lost to follow. i still learn something every single day and i've been here for over 10 years. things change and laws change.
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losing institutional knowledge is a concern. it's not something you learn overnight. it's not something you jump in and you just know it. not everybody can do this. there are certifications. it is lifelong learning in this business. >> leslie, i appreciate your time. thank you very much. thank you for talking about this because i know in and of itself, as awful as it is to say , it is a courageous act and i thank you. >> you are very welcome. next, the man suspected of assassinating the former japanese prime minister shooting him with a homemade gun , revealing a motive tonight. this in a country when there was only one that done related death in all of last year. plus, an 8-year-old boy shot and paralyzed in the fourth of july shooting asking to see his twin brother and his dog. president biden tonight talking bigger about abortion. >> this is a moment -- the
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tonight the white house flags at half staff as president biden reacts to the assassination of japanese prime minister shinzo abe . >> i would like to say a few words about the shocking
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killing of my friend, shinzo abe. service to his country and his people was in his bones even after he stepped down for public office. he stayed engaged. he cared deeply and i hold him with great respect. >> investigators are now trying to determine why a 41-year-old japanese man shot and killed abe with a homemade gun. the country has one of the lowest rates of gun violence on the planet with only one shooting death all of last year. will ripley is out front and i do want to warn you because so much of this is on camera, some of the video you see will be disturbing. >> reporter: a campaign speech in central japan, one of many in the long career of former japanese leader shinzo abe, but this would be his last. the longest-serving prime minister and one of japan's most high profile figures laying on the ground shot twice
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, bleeding profusely from wounds in the neck and chest. he would later die after being rushed to the hospital. a team of 20 doctors unable to save him. his alleged attacker, 41-year- old yamagami tetsuya . police say he had a handmade gun and pistol like items in his home. >> the suspect confessed he committed the act as he had a grudge against the a specific organization and believed former prime minister abe was part of this. >> reporter: a shooting like this is almost unthinkable in japan. guns are strictly controlled here. it is a long and complicated process to buy one involving background checks, mental health evaluations, and screenings. it has resulted in one of the lowest crime rate in the world. in japan, there were only 10 shootings last year with only one death. in the united states, that figure exponentially rare.
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according to the gun violence archive, firearms were responsible for 45,000 deaths last year in the united states. keep in mind, japan has 40% of the u.s. population. the u.s. is eclipsing japan with number of guns in the country. in japan, there are 0.3 tons for 100 people. in the u.s., 120 guns. that is more guns than people. this belief on the street in tokyo. a crime most people here only hear about in other countries, not their own. >> it's unbelievable to see an attack like this in japan, which is very safe. it's unbelievable that someone was walking around with a gun like that. >> there are many gun crimes happening abroad but i never imagined it would happen in japan. >> reporter: at the scene of the shooting, mourners laid flowers for the former leader, some shedding tears for the man who is widely admired and at times controversial and one
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whose death weighs heavily in the country unfamiliar with the grief of gun violence. at least 70 japanese police officers are working this investigation, erin. they raided the house of the suspect and found a number of homemade pistol like weapons. the question and the investigation now turns to his motive. deeper into the motive, he gave police a statement but it has not been extraordinarily cooperative. you can say, erin, he has no remorse for what he's done. meanwhile the widow of abe, who i had a chance to meet a number of years ago, she is driving with her husband's body at this hour back to tokyo. >> all right. thank you very much, will ripley. next, a critically injured child in gun violence in america. an 8-year-old shot on the fourth of july regained
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tonight an update in the aftermath of the highland park parade massacre. cooper roberts. you may remember him from last night. he was the 8-year-old boy paralyzed in the shooting. he is off the ventilator and no longer in critical condition. he asked to see his twin brother and his dog when he was briefly conscious before being sedated due to the pain. the parents of the gunmen just obtained a new lawyer who vows they will try to cooperate with the investigation. josh campbell is out front once again in highland park. >> reporter: the first three services were held today for the victims of the july 4th parade shooting in highland park. a memorial for 63-year-old jacki sundheim, a funeral for stephen straus, and a funeral for 78-year-old nicolas toledo. for those recovering from the massacre, healing is a long way
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away. 8-year-old cooper roberts, his twin brother, luke, and his mother, a local superintendent were all injured that day. cooper was struck in the chest and his spinal cord. he is paralyzed from the waist down. >> the parents were so 100% focused at being on cooper's site. she was shot twice in the leg and had several surgeries. she demanded to be discharged so she could be with her son, cooper, who was at a different hospital. >> reporter: cooper was briefly conscious, the first time since he was hospitalized. he has been removed from a ventilator and has been asking to see his brother, luke, and his family dog, george. a family spokesperson said cooper had to be sedated again today because he's in so much pain but doesn't appear to have suffered any brain damage. >> everybody obviously knows it will be a long road with a lot of therapy and treatment and
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potentially more surgeries. then it is going to be a new normal for him moving forward. obviously he won't be able to walk. he was a very active little boy. active in soccer, baseball, loved sports. >> reporter: cooper is the youngest victim on among the dozens injured in the shooting. the traumatized residents of highland park are beginning to reemerge after the shooting that killed seven people and injured at least 30 one more and it devastated an entire community. >> in an event like this, the horror and the pain caused on our community, you try to look clearly as a human being for something moving forward, right? we are concerned about the community. >> reporter: the police chief was at the parade with his family when the gunmen opened fire. >> it went from a beautiful day to complete chaos. noise was bouncing off the buildings. people were pointing in different directions.
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>> reporter: law-enforcement is still investigating the shooting but the barrier tape could come down as early as this weekend and the sidewalks will be opened once again. erin, this has obviously been a very painful week for the community and even after the police vehicles behind me eventually depart, the crime scene tape removed, the scar from this tragedy will long indoor. the community just beginning to lay to rest those that were killed. of course, dozens of others were injured. there is a long road to recovery, erin . >> that story is so hard to hear. josh, thanks so much. this comes as a family of the gunmen continues to insist that he never thought he was capable of doing such a horrific act. here is his father and his uncle, both who lived with the gunmen on and off for years. >> this has taken us by
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complete surprise. three days before the fourth, my wife had asked him hey, do you have plans for the fourth? he said no. >> he is not the type of guy that would do something like this. i can't even believe it. it is out of character. i saw no signs of trouble with him at all. >> all right come out front now is professor at uc irvine who has done extensive studies on the brains of psychopathic killers and is the author of the psychopath inside. jim, i appreciate your time. when you look at this gunmen, do you say you're not surprised by this horrible, horrible act that occurred? tell me why. >> every new minute that comes out about the family points to something that looked pretty predictable and, you know, it is a fairly typical story. different recipes for disaster and creating a mass murderer or
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killer. probably the most likely one has to do with either psychopathy or sociopathy and part of the mix has to do in biological psychology the interaction of nature and nurture, which is between genes and environment. especially early environment. to create a psychopath, that happens between birth and two or three years old. sociopaths are created later during the growth period leading up to 10 or 12 years old. when i first looked at this, it was a 21-year-old man who was kind of a loner. you hear the story all the time. he could look a little strange but there is nothing about being eccentric at all. there is boo radley, but that is different than someone who is genetically susceptible who was then abused very early, or
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who is brought up in a broken family, a family of chaos. now we learn every minute more and more and we find out this whole family was loaded with chaos right from the time he was one or two years old at least. this is the recipe that seems to be percolating. >> so we found out police were called to the home multiple times to settle domestic disputes and i'm talking about obviously when he was young, not his own homicidal and suicidal comments, which his own family called in in 2019. i'm talking about 2010 when he was obviously a child. there was an incident of domestic violence between his parents. when he was a toddler, his mother was accused of leaving him in a hot car for 30 minutes. does any of this stand out to you as possibly relevant in any of this? >> well, you look for
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irresponsibility and when you first hear that he was left inside a hot car, this happens to normal people too. once you start having multiple cases of fighting and substance abuse and irresponsibility, this then it develops the pattern that seems to have been there all along. who knows how much went on and how much this kid was traumatized early on by the parents and by the parenting? you know, most parents and most people will say no, he seems normal. i don't understand this. the more we find out minute by minute that there is a chaotic family, a broken family. this is a very necessary ingredient in many cases where you have criminal behavior. that really start ticking very early on. that brain has been changed.
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if they have the genetics. we don't know if it is genetic, so it's hard to say well, he has this and this is why he has it that the more information you have, you can do brain imaging, genetics, and you find out more about the history and what he did and you start to separate whether he is a sociopath, psychopath, et cetera. >> jim, thank you very much. i appreciate the context and the nuance that you added here. thanks. up next, president biden signing an executive order aimed at protecting abortion access. why some democrats say this isn't enough and ukraine provided with four more rocket systems. will this give ukrainians the firepower that they need to win? i get powerful, effective and safe relief. salonpas. it's good medicine. lemons.
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tonight cnn learning president biden is considering additional steps to protect access to abortion. this comes after he signed an executive order today that he said would fight back against the supreme court's reversal of roe v. wade. >> when you read the decision the court has made clear it will not protect the rights of women. period. this is a moment -- the moment. it is the moment to restore the rights that have been taken
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away from us. >> so come a the president says his order will safeguard access to abortion and contraception, but -- i mean, if it actually did that, it would be going back to roe , right? it's not clear how this order will be enforced and that is the reality, right? it sounds like a lot of words. congress ultimately has control over the issue and democrats are simply saying this is not anywhere close to enough. congresswoman judy chu tweeted this is not enough. up front now, senior reporter edward isaac. isaac, earlier this week you came out with reporting from dozens of democratic sources who you report are frustrated with biden's lack of urgency on this particular issue. one of them called the white house hopeless. another quoted as saying there is no fight. did today's
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announcement change anything? >> another democratic member i spoke to that story said to me the white house does everything right but they do everything late and that is the feeling that today's actions seem to have generated from a lot of democrats. they are happy he did it but there wondering why he didn't do it two weeks ago when the decision came down, or why it wasn't started two months ago when we had the draft decision. one of the announcements today with the president was asking secretary of health and human services to take the next 30 days to produce a report about other possible steps they would take. we are far down the line from more actions being taken here. there is this feeling -- there was a statement from a pro- choice group that said we applied with the president is doing. we want them to do more. we expect they will do more. that is where things are. the other thing you are seeing is a desire to see more of what came out of the president
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today, like when he was talking about the 10-year-old girl in ohio who was raped and couldn't get an abortion. he said this is extremism. 10 years old, that passion is something the democrats need a lot more of. >> we are seeing and now and of course, there is only so much he can do. as you hear the frustration, the president seems to be trying to motivate voters, right? to motivate voters to turn on this perception that it will be a republican sweep in the fall but here is more of what he said today. >> the court now practically bears the women of america to go to the ballot box. i don't think the court or for that matter republicans who for decades have pushed their extreme agenda have a clue about the power of american women, but we are about to find
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out, in my view. >> in his view, i will say, isaac, and a pole is a point in time but the pole this week show that only 5% of americans consider abortion to be their top issue. i would of course raise into question whether you will see masses of women showing up to vote alone. is the passion from the president there translating? >> we will see. it is a long way to november, so we will see what comes up. people do care about it. they are energized about it. they are angry about it. will that go into voting or go into other things as there is a fatalistic view of what voting can do? there is a big desire to see the president leading this charge and say more things like extremism and this is what they need to do. 88% of people say the country is going in the wrong direction. 36% think biden is doing a good job. 36% of people say they want
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republicans in control of congress. >> all right, thank you very much, isaac. i appreciate you sharing your reporting. and next, ukrainians are bracing for russian encounter in the key city. our special report from the ground tonight. and a synchronized head bop that starts with courtship. it is amazing thing that happens on earth. the only place you can see it is now under threat. we will take you there. sorry i'm late! dude, dude, dude... oh boy. your cousin.from boston. [whiff] [water splashes] is it on the green? [goose squawks] i wajust looking for my ball. 19th hole, sam adams summer ale. [goose squawks] (here you go.) (cheers guys!)
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>> the biden administration says it is going to provide ukraine for more highly coveted artillery systems. this is part of a new $400 million security package which comes as russian troops have been making major gains in eastern ukraine. ukrainian troops have been able to push the russians back in kharkiv. >> reporter: in downtown kharkiv, this team of postal workers is gearing up for a trip to the front lines, a village that until recently was occupied by russians. their mission is critical. they have cars full of cash to deliver to ukrainian pensioners who rely on the meager funds to survive. they drive past fields littered with mines, where the older residents have already gathered in the small post office pockmarked by shrapnel. only the most vulnerable people stayed here, says the head of today's operation. during the russian offensive, it was impossible to evacuate these people. we would come here because no one else would help them. bills are counted out and one by one they collect around $100 at the counter.
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their pension for an entire month. 78-year-old has come from nearby. we walked back with her, passed a school that was destroyed. her home also lies in ruin, hit in late march. she burst into tears at the side of it. she says the shelling happened right in front of her. the house started burning, and fell down. i managed to crawl onto the road, she said. 20, 30 minutes, everything was burnt down. she staying with a neighbor but worries what will happen when winter comes. she's a widow whose son died from the chernobyl disaster. i wish it was over for me, she says. when the bombing starts, i don't know where to hide. russian forces occupied much of
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this region have been pushed back by ukrainian troops. fear is growing they will try to come back soon. these ukrainian soldiers claim they are ready. they might be stronger than us in numbers and in weapons, we know that, the soldier says. we are much more motivated, we will be fighting until our last bullet so they don't take our land. >> these ukrainian forces opposition this rocket launcher here among the trees to try to hide it on the edge of this field. this is called a sold old soviet area rocket launcher, much more basic with far less range than the handful of american rocket launchers that have been given to the ukrainian military. this is what these troops have and they tell us there commanders today have given them the coordinates of a russian position inside ukraine to fire on and in a couple moments they will drive this truck with its rockets a short distance away and target the russian position. the launcher rumbles into the middle of the field and fires for rockets in quick succession. black smoke trailing to the sky.
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we move out in case there is a response. the soldiers day is just getting started. alex marquardt, cnn, kharkiv, ukraine. >> thanks there on the ground. next, we take you to one of the last wild beaches on planet earth. this is just one of the amazing things you are going to see. ♪ my name is austin james. as a musician living with diabetes, fingersticks can be real challenge. that's why i use the freestyle libre 2 syst. with a painless, one-second scan
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fairly untouched places on earth and now, the new original series patagonia, life on the edge of the world takes you on a journey to the region, revealing people and places and wildlife that, frankly you will never see anywhere else. take a look. >> this is patagonia. see this land of extremes like never before. what animals and humans, once enemies, now fight together against new challenges. what does it take to live in one of the most wild and isolated places on earth ?
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>> joining me now with a special preview of the patagonia series is bill lear, our chief climate correspondence. the footage here is incredible. we were talking about places we want to go back to on this planet. and i know that you have filmed quite a bit there. so, tell me what you have seen. >> what is stunning about this particular series, it was commissioned originally to have british bbc natural history units, the gold standards, directors of photography. these are all local directors. argentinian, chilean who had incredible access not only with the scientists, but also, they lived there. they have patients to wait for the most magical moments. it takes months to find -- here's an example preaching of this particular mating ritual, something called a redheaded queen. >> courtship can begin. with the water dance.
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the mail makes the first move. the dunk . step two, the synchronized head bob. step three, had turns. the female ends the dance. he'll do. >> it's like bumble, the patagonia bumble. that's hundreds of millions of years of evolution to come up with that. they mate for life.
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now, there's about 900 left because the ponds, the lakes are shrinking because the planet gets warmer. there's also an x essential threat. >> one of the things i remember from patagonia was flamingos. up in the mountains, you are near a glacier and there is flamingos. things you don't expect. there's so much of it because it is so vast but so much is under threat. new maximally different ecosystems, and we are finding things there you would not even think existed. look at the scientists went down to the bottom of a glacier. we are talking 50 stories down at the bottom to study what is called the patagonia and ice dragon. a tiny insect that thrives in these freezing temperatures and was we could figure out the dna of their anti-freeze blood, and use it in our medical technology, who knows what we could discover. of course, their habitat is dripping away, melting away one at a time. this series, if you love to watch these shows as we do with
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the kids, you know, from the mountains to the coast, all that, pedro pascal, the voice of this, i'm so proud of these new directors on the ground. >> beautiful. i like the music, they set -- >> the grievance. someone has to put some hip-hop on that. >> thank you so much. we do hope you will tune in. the all-new cnn original series, patagonia, life on the edge of the world premieres sunday at 9:00 p.m., only here, on cnn. thanks for joining us tonight. ac 360 with anderson starts now. extracted evening. what will be at least two televised hearings next week, the house gender is six committee wrapped up highly anticipated and potentially significant day. more than seven hours starting this morning, former white house counsel pat cipollone and according to committee members, was useful