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hello again, everyone, thank you very much for joining me. i'm fredericka whitfield. right now, major moves on capitol hill as the u.s. senate moves closer to passing a landmark climate and economic bill. the white house says they're heartened that the senate parliamentarian has largely approved the democrats' reconciliation package. majority leader chuck schumer says they will begin the formal process of passing the inflation reduction act within hours. cnn's jessica dean is on capitol hill. jessica? >> reporter: hi, fredericka. the senate is now in session. they've made their way through the first of two votes that are
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just in the nomination process, essentially they're to get all 50 senate democrats here. we're looking for them to start this whole process in a matter of hours. the big question mark is when exactly will they do that. we don't quite know. they're waiting on a couple of things. you mentioned the senate parliamentarian. they're using a specialized budget process to move forward. they only need democratic senate support to get it through the senate but in order to use that process they have to make sure, they have to go through the parlia parliamentarian to finish. so they're waiting on a few more rulings from her and also waiting from the congressional budget office on how much some of these provisions will cost and how they will affect the deficit. once they have all that have in place, senate democrats can feel comfortable with a motion to proceed, which is essentially the first vote to kick off what is a very long and tedious
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process to get this across the finish line. once they do that, they would have up to 20 hours of debate on both sides and that's going to set off what's known as a vote-a-rama which is hours and hours of voting on various amendments before they then get to final passage. they could begin this as early as late this afternoon into the early evening. and it could go all the way into the night, into the early morning hours. it's just a question, again, of how quickly or how slowly they move through this process. but here's senate majority leader chuck schumer earlier kind of laying out where they are on all of this. >> now that our meetings with the parliamentarian have largely concluded, we have a bill before us that can win the support of all 50 democrats. i'm happy to report to my colleagues that the bill we presented to the parliamentarian remains largely intact. the bill, when passed, will meet all of our goals.
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fighting climate change, lowering health care costs, closing tax loopholes abused by the wealthy, and reducing the deficit. >> and again, senate republicans are very united against this bill, but fredericka, because democrats are using the specialized process, they don't need the typical 60 votes, they only need their own 50. so it is expected to make its way through. republicans, we anticipate them throwing in a lot of amendments that could be potentially tough votes for democrats in this process. it makes it go on longer. but we do ultimately expect this to pass. the question is when that will be, fredericka. >> all right, jessica dean on capitol hill, keep us posted, thanks so much. so president biden is now testing negative for covid-19 following a rebound case. it caps off a bounceback week for the president which saw victories on key fronts. cnn's arlette saenz is at the white house for us.
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arlette, president biden has not left the white house, you impressed this on us, in 17 days. when will he resume normal activities and what about that scheduled monday trip to kentucky? >> reporter: we're waiting to hear when president biden will officially leave isolation. he tested negative according to his physician yesterday. they say he will continue to isolate until he receives a second negative test. we're still waiting to hear when that test will take place and if it's negative, when he will leave isolation. he is scheduled to travel to kentucky on monday to visit the state's governor and also to tour the area and visit with those families who have been affected by that devastating flooding in the region. but this latest news that the president has tested negative for covid-19 after testing positive just one week ago comes as he's really seen the string of accomplishments that have
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taken place while he has been in isolation. over the course of the past week, starting on monday with the announcement that the u.s. had killed al qaeda terrorist leader al-zawahri, an sewhich president biden oversaw while in isolation. he's seen good economic news with gas prices coming down for 50 days now. also the better than expected jobs report that was released on friday. of course there was also that surprise deal that senator joe manchin and senator chuck schumer hammered out with the senate now heading to vote, held that first procedural vote on the inflation reduction acted. act. we will see when the president emerges from isolation after 17 days in a row at the white house. >> arlette saenz, thanks so much. indiana has become the first state to pass an abortion ban since roe v. wade was overturned. the bill would provide
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exceptions for when the life of the mother is at risk and for fatal fetal anomalies. it would also allow exceptions for some abortions if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. cnn's carlos suarez has the la latest. carlos, what has the reaction been like? >> reporter: fredericka, protesters gathered inside the state capitol last night as lawmakers debated the bill, in fact you could hear them chanting as the vote was taken. the bill, as you can imagine, has drawn plenty of criticism from democratic lawmakers there, but even some republicans who felt the bill went a little too far. but there were other republicans in the statehouse who thought it did not go far enough. the republican governor is the one who called for this special session to get this bill done and he wasted no time in signing it into law last night. in a statement he said, quote, following the overturning of roe, i stated clearly that i would be willing to support
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legislation that made progress in protecting life. in my view this bill accomplishes this goal following its passage in both chambers of the indiana general assembly with a solid majority of support, end quote. the vote comes just days after voters in kansas overwhelmingly rejected an effort there to remove a constitutional protection on abortion. the new near-total ban in indiana is set to take effect on september 15th. >> all right, carlos suarez, thank you very much for that. for more on this i want to bring in now state representative renee pack in indiana. representative pack, so good to see you. first i would like to get your reaction to this new restrictive law. >> thank you very much for having me. it's just been absolutely devastating, this reality that people in indiana are now facing.
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it's a disappointment. there were so many times over the past two weeks where the emotions were just so high, it was sometimes hard to just stay in the chamber. but we've got our answer now, we know for sure that starting september 15th, 2022, iexcept fr few exceptions, abortion will be illegal. >> you spoke out against the ban on the indiana house floor, saying you were standing against further oppression of young girls and women in indiana. what kind of impact do you believe this is going to directly have on women, starting september 15th? >> the impact is going to be felt by all women, even if you're not pregnant, but just that choice that you're no longer going to have have is going to be very impactful and negatively impactful. starting the 15th, those that can and have the means to leave
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the state of indiana and get an abortion will be able to do so. my biggest concern are those that are economically challenged, that don't have the means to travel out of state, maybe get a hotel room for the night. and what will they do? and it just takes us back to the '50s and the '60s. i mean, the '60s were during my lifetime, women were dying or getting death ly ill because thy were using unsafe practices for abortions. that's a big, big fear of mine. >> now, yesterday you certainly got a lot of people's attention too because you shared your own personal experience and how in 1990, you had an abortion while serving in the army. let's just play what it is that you said, then i want to ask you a few other things. >> it is hard to believe that
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the freedom i had in 1990 will not be there for women after september 15th, 2022. and let me mention this. i have served my country in the united states army, regular army. and when i was in fort hood, i made a choice. i was married, i had two children. but i had to make a choice about whether i wanted to continue in the military and give birth to another child or whether i was going to choose my career.
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april. fort hood, texas. the year was 1990. and i made a choice. and let me tell you this. it was not -- after everything i've been through in my life, all the obstacle, all the adversities, after serving, after raising my family, grandchildren, it took me getting to the statehouse for my colleagues to call me a murderer. >> so many things came from that, that you revealed. and, you know, one thing to hear your colleagues call you and women seeking an abortion murderers. tell me what that feels like, colleagues that perhaps you felt like you could work together on so many other types of legislation, and then to hear them call you murderer and to hear other women, you know, state it that way as well.
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>> and, you know, fredericka, that's what keeps us from being able to work together, because it's important that all of us within the house or the senate know that we don't have all the answers. and we're going to have to come together, we're going to have to collaborate. we're going to have to work together. but a particular colleague of mine who, you know, we heard it all week about christianity and loving jesus and all that, and he's supposed to be this type of a minister, and he's the one that spewed those ugly remarks to me and to anybody else, i believe, that is a woman or capable of carrying a child. it was hurtful, but i think it was at that instant, when he called out that word, five, six, seven, times, on the podium that i said, you know what, i'm going to tell my story, i want people to know that these are women that are working hard, they're raising families, they're
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working, they're doing everything they're supposed to do, and me and my sisters, we are not murderers. we just took control of our own bodies and made our own decisions along with our doctor about our medical future. >> so that was a spur of moment thing, for you to say i'm going to reveal this part of my story today. and do you feel like it will help in part, sharing that helps educate some people as to how difficult a decision that is, to be at that juncture? and you expressed and explained how you made a decision. but do you feel like there are just too many who don't understand how emotionally difficult which is when you're at that juncture? >> let me say this first, fredericka.
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we did not -- i love the way kansas handled this. they had a vote where the people, you know, answered, do you want to keep this as a medical option or not. here it was decided upon, and i mentioned this in my speech on the floor yesterday, i don't know what the median ages are there, but i know it's 70% male and most of those heads were bald or gray. and you really feel like you're the ones that need to be making these decisions for everyone else out there. let's take it to the vote in november and let the people decide. but yes, i did, i was not going to say anything about my own experiences, but it got to a point where we have to know, these are our next door neighbors. these are our friends, these are our co-workers. you don't just go out, oh, i think i'm going to have an abortion today. no. it's a thought-out process that
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women should be trusted to handle themselves and not the state house of representatives or the state senate. >> indiana state representative renee pack, thank you so much for being with us today, and sharing your experience, and perhaps opening some eyes. thank you so much. >> thank you. still ahead, the israeli military launching deadly strikes against what it calls islamic jihad targets in gaza and the west bank. we'll have a live report from jerusalem, next. $30. (daughter) i've already told everyone! (cool guy) $30...that's awesome. (mom) it's theheir best unlimited prie ever. (woman)) for $30 a line, i'm switching now. (vo) the network you want. the price you u love. only from verizon. that little leaf brought this old photo to life, i can finally put some names to those faces... it's like i'm back there at 39. ancestry can guide you to family disceries the 1950 census. ("this little light of mine") - [narrator] in the world's poorest places,
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jerusalem. ben, the israelis say the operation was aimed at preaching an attack by militants? >> reporter: yes, that was an attack -- basically this all began yesterday morning when the israelis say two antitank squads belonging to the military wing of islamic jihad were struck near the gaza border. also around the same time, the israelis launched an air strike that killed a senior commander for the military wing of islamic jihad. since we last spoke, fredericka, there have been more volleys of rockets fired out of gaza, intercepted by the israeli iron dome system. and there have been israeli air strikes on gaza as well. at this point the death toll in gaza stands at 17. we just heard that from an official from the palestinian health ministry. among the dead, a 5-year-old girl, two women ages 23 and 79.
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and on the israelis -- and about 125 people injured. on the israeli side, 21 people have been taken to hospital, two of them lightly injured by shrapnel, the rest either injured while running to shelters or treated for panic attacks. now, at this point, the israelis have been really stressing that they are focusing on islamic jihad. they have not targeted any targets related to hamas, which is the de facto ruler of the gaza strip. and the expectation is that as long as israel focuses on islamic jihad and leaves hamas alone, that perhaps this conflict will be somewhat limited. the israelis say it's going to go on for a week. but if it expands, expands specifically to targets relating
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in california, about a thousand people are trapped in death valley national park because of extreme flooding. the park, near the
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california/nevada border, received 1 1/2 inches of rain. that's nearly 75% of all the rain that it would get in a year. the national park service says 500 visitors and 500 staff were unable to exit the park after the flooding. thankfully, no injuries have been reported. meteorologist allison chinchar is live for us in the cnn weather center. allison, it's hard for people to understand, wait a minute, 1 1/2 inches of rain, and flooding takes place, to the extent of mudslides, rock slides, covering up all these cars and inspect i cementing them, nearly. >> you have to remember, this is the desert southwest. the area is not used to this much rain, especially in a short period of time. this is a look at the radar, late thursday night, into friday. you can see that moisture surging up around the furnace creek area where death valley national park is located. you can see all those waves of
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rain coming back and forth into the area. this is some of the video. we don't have a lot of plants with deep roots like in other portions of the country. that soil is a little bit different here. a lot of it just runs right off the surface. it doesn't get absorbed into the ground like it does, say, in louisiana or texas or even the carolinas. again, it takes all of that stuff, it picks up all the debris and pushes it along, makes it essentially more like a mud flow rather than just water freely flowing down some of these areas. the total number was around 1.46 for friday itself. again, you're talking more than two-thirds of the annual rainfall falling in one day. it was the second wettest day in 111 years of record. so, very impressive. it equates to a one in 1,000-year flood event, similar to eastern kentucky. eastern kentucky was far greater amounts of rain but they were both similar in that they were one in a thousand year flood
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events. >> there's more rain today in eastern kentucky. >> yes, there is. unfortunately it's the last thing these folks need, is more rain. yes, we've already had several inches fall across portions of eastern kentucky. all of these boxes you see here, those are flood warnings and flash flood warnings, just because of the amount of moisture that's been able to move through this area the last few hours. the first move has moved back out, the second wave is inching back in. from moorhead to somerset, you've had 2 1/2 inches fall, now more is being added on top of it. that's why these flood watches are in effect, especially given the fact that the ground is already saturated. in a lot of these areas, 1 to 2 inches is all it will take toll trigger additional flooding in these areas. we're in that low period, we'll get another one overnight tonight before another round of rain begins tomorrow morning. this isn't the only area where we have the potential for flooding. the second wave, moving through areas of minnesota, iowa, wisconsin, also bringing a lot of rain. it's going to train in some
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spots. so you'll have areas that will get one round after another. again, leading to pretty high amounts of rain. notice these areas in the yellow and even the red. now you're talking 4 to 6 inches of rain in just that 24 to 48-hour time period. also the potential for the flood threat there. here's what we've got, essentially, fred, two separate areas where we could be dealing with additional flooding in just the next 24 hours. hopefully then maybe we can get a break in the coming days. >> that sure would be nice. allison chinchar, thank you. a texas jury has ordered right wing conspiracy theorist alex jones to pay more than $45 million in punitive damages over his lies about the sandy hook school shooting. although texas law may cap that award at a much lesser amount. this is far from over. jones still faces other defamation lawsuits. cnn's polo sandoval has the latest. polo, this trial has been so emotional for the parents of
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jesse lewis, a 6-year-old little boy who was killed at sandy hook. >> reporter: ten years ago, fred. the $45 million punitive judgment is added to the $4 million the jury awarded as part of the compensatory phase of this civil trial. this defamation case that we have watched unfold. if you've been following it like i have, it really -- there's some very emotional moments that came out of court, including when the family of jesse lewis testified and even faced alex jones, this right wing conspiracy theorist who peddled lies about the sandy hook shooting. i want to take you back to earlier this week when scarlett lewis, jesse's mother, faced jones and told him not just about her family and the families of so many other sandy hook victims have been tormented because of his lies, but the way she described it, that her 6-year-old son's memory was basically tarnished by the lies that he peddled.
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>> my son existed, jesse was real. i am a real mom. there's records of jesse's birth, of me. i mean, i have a history. and there's nothing that you could have found, because it doesn't exist, that i'm deep state. it's just not true. >> reporter: so the fact that the jury found him at least economically liable or at least financially liable, that's certainly one victory for jesse lewis' family. but the other is the fact that his lies that were potentially exposed here, that alex jones' lies were exposed in an open court. now, the next chapter of the story is just when the parents will actually be compensated. texas law capping the amount at about $750,000 per plaintiff, that is far below the $49 million that were awarded yesterday. so it will be interesting to see
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exactly what will come next. alex jones' attorneys have already objected to this decision from the jury. at the same time, when you hear from some of our legal experts, fred, they say what we are likely to see is that the plaintiffs will counterargue that those limits set in texas are unconstitutional for victims, for plaintiffs who are just trying to get justice. we'll have to see how that plays out as those two additional cases that you mentioned, one in texas and one in connecticut, without standing default judgments, those are still on the horizon for alex jones as well. >> polo sandoval, thank you very much. former president donald trump is expected to address the conservative political action conference in texas later on today. he will follow a lineup of republicans including some on the ballot in the november midterms who echo his unfounded claims that the 2020 election was rampant with fraud and stolen, of course it wasn't.
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cnn's kyung lah has more. >> reporter: fresh off a republican primary victory for arizona's governor, kari lake arrives to a hero's welcome at the conservative political action conference in dallas. in her home state, she is leading in every single county, centering her campaign on donald trump's lie about the 2020 election. a position she pledges she will not pivot away from. >> we outvoted the fraud. we didn't listen to what the fake news had to say. the maga movement rose up and voted like their lives depended on it. >> reporter: trump endorsed elections denying candidates won up and down the ballot yesterday. u.s. senate candidate blake masters and secretary of state candidate mark finchem who says he wants to eliminate all voting machines. >> paper ballots, hand counting on one day. we can do that. we used to do it. >> reporter: election experts say that would mean months-long
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counts. 2020 deniers, despite no evidence of widespread fraud, won. and not just in arizona. >> thank you, michigan. >> reporter: but in michigan this week, republican gubernatorial nominee tudor dixon. >> do you believe donald trump won the 2020 election in michigan, yes or no? >> yes. >> reporter: now dixon is dodging that question. >> there were some things that happened in michigan that didn't happen in other states which are very concerning. >> reporter: these wins the latest in the steady advance by those sowing did yo ing distrus elections. >> i believe it was stolen, yeah. i mean, i believe that, umm, there were enough irregularities that we need to do an audit. >> reporter: and then there's michigan's secretary of state candidate who doesn't believe
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the 2020 results. election liars on state ballots show trump's grip on the gop, celebrated by far right propagandist like lindell at cpac. >> everybody is going to go vote these great candidates like kari lake and override the machines. >> they stole the 2020 election. >> reporter: it is relitigating 2020 and also looking ahead to november and beyond. >> they want to rig elections, institutionalize frauder fraught. we're not going to allow it. >> reporter: how important is it for you to talk about 2020 as we look at 2022? >> he won. he won in 2020 hands down across the nation. >> reporter: what does this say about where the republican party is in this country? >> maga. they're with maga. they're with trump. they're trump followers. >> reporter: donald trump is the closing speaker for cpac, even though we've been hearing his talking points from speaker after speaker over this entire convention.
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and while not on the official schedule, kari lake did tweet out that she will be the speaker right before trump. kyung lah, cnn, dallas. the cdc is expected to ease some of its covid-19 guidelines including for schools. we will break down possible changes with an infectious disease epidemiologist after this. want some more? wait till you see me on the downhill. see you at home. enjoy advanced safety at the lexus g golden opportunity sales event.
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all right. the cdc says more than half of the u.s. population lives in a county with a high covid-19 community level. areas where they recommend universal indoor masking. and that as the agency is expected to update its community guidance for covid in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the plans. in a preview obtained by cnn, the agency plans to ease quarantine recommendations for people exposed to the virus and deemphasize the six feet of social distancing. let's parse through some of the
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possible new guidance with jessica rivera, an infectious disease epidemiologist and senior adviser at the pandemic prevention institute. so good to see you. >> you too. >> the six-foot rule has been part of our lives for 2 1/2 years now. why get rid of that now? >> i do think it's important to note that six feet was never a magic number. there was nothing absolutely sure about the virus not being able to transmit beyond six feet or the less than six feet. it was the distance of a respiratory droplet that's spread from a person to another person or in the air. deemphasizing it has some benefit in the sense that it's not a hard rule. but my worry is it will cause people to think that distancing is not something they should prioritize, especially when we talk about people returning to in-person learning and in-person work. >> this expected recommendation also includes -- well, schools,
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adhering to them, kids are going back to school, in some cases a few days from now. how should these school districts approach this? kids, families, they want these kids to be back in school without masks, et cetera. but we still do have a number of cases out there. what are you hoping the cdc might say? >> right. my hope is that we continue to remember that mitigation is always layered, that it's never just one thing, and that to deemphasize one thing doesn't necessarily say that it's no longer a consideration. it's always about doing additive approaches to make sure we are reducing risk, not eliminating it, but making risk as low as possible. the pediatric population, the 5 to 11-year-olds, only 29% is the last average of fully vaccinated in that population. that's very low. because that have low uptick of vaccines, we need to rely on all the other tools in our toolkit which is masking and distancing and practicing proper quarantine and isolation protocols.
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>> this also comes at a time when we're learning some pretty frightening news as it pertains to young people. one study estimated 5 to 10% of children who have covid actually have long covid. other researchers believe the number is more like 26% of kids who have had covid and they may be also suffering the consequences of long covid. so do those numbers surprise you? >> they don't surprise me. and to be honest, i wouldn't be surprised if they changed some more. we're still learning so much about how covid affects us in the long run. we've only been -- i say "only" even though it's been a long time but it's only been a couple of years now. the future of our understanding is still really, really broad. i think that we're going to be learning about how it affects our organs, how it affects our heart, how it affects our senses, how it affects our mental health, et cetera. the best way to protect ourselves from long term
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consequences, from severe illness, is vaccination. when we're talking about the pediatric population, one of the things that concerns me most is this idea that because kids don't have severe illness that it's not something to prioritize. but we have to think about the big picture. long covid can happen in kids. it has been documented. vaccination is just one way to help reduce that risk. >> do you have any concerns about what the next set of recommendations, the messaging that it will send as it pertains to, you know, is covid over? that's what people want to hear, the pandemic is over. are you concerned about how they're crafting these recommendations? >> well, the pandemic isn't over. we can see that just even by the case counts which we know are an undercount because of how poor testing is being reported. that said, i'm very concerned by us kind of shifting our priority from covid, which is a very infectious respiratory disease, and even creating hysteria over monkeypox in the context of in-person learning. we know the risk there is not nearly as high, and that we have
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ways to reduce that risk for this population. my concern is that parents become a little bit too comfortable with transmission. and what we could see if we don't prioritize our layered approach is more schools shutting down. that's why we have to keep in mind it's never just one thing. we have to prioritize all of the tools in our toolkit to make sure schools can continue to stay open and that kids can stay in school. >> we'll leave it there. jessica rivera, thank you so much, always good to see you. this quick programming note. join anderson cooper for a new investigation into what really happened in you've you've uval. next, concern on the safety of old space suits. it's all rigight there in the census. see e where a few details can lead with the 1950 census on ancecestry.
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cnn has learned house speaker nancy pelosi is now back in the u.s. following her trip to asia, including a controversial stop in taiwan. china condemned the trip and has been conducting military drills in the waters surrounding taiwan, an action taiwan said could be seen as a possible simulated attack. china also announced it is suspendsing cooperation with the u.s. on a range of diplomatic issues and china's ambassador is
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rejecting any u.s. condemnation of its military action. in the nation's capitol, a lightning strike near the white house thursday has now claimed the lives of three people. d.c. police confirm the third victim, a 29-year-old male, died from his injuries, police are withholding his identification pending family notification. this comes after authorities said a couple visiting from wisconsin died wednesday after their injury. their niece says that james and donna mueller were celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary. a fourth individual was also struck and critically injured. state police tell cnn ten people, including three children, have died after a house fire in pennsylvania on friday. authorities responded to a fire in a two-story home just before 3:00 a.m. on friday. three adults made it out safely while the ten victims, ranging
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in ages from 5 to 79 years old were found dead inside. and space walks at the international space station have been halted over concerns about the safety of decades old space suits worn by astronauts. nasa calls the need for new space suits critical. here's cnn's kristen fisher. >> reporter: european space agency restaurant mattias, was wrapping up a 7 hour long space walk when he noticed water leaking into his helmet. >> we should accelerate the steps to get him out of the suit. >> reporter: they got him out but it was similar to what happened to an italian astronaut in 2013. >> i feel water on the back of my head. >> reporter: water from the cooling tubes was leaking into his helmet and he almost drowned. >> for a couple of minutes there, maybe more than a couple
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of minutes, i experienced what it's like to be a goldfish in a fishbowl. >> it's a nightmare scenario according to former nasa astronaut, garrett reeseman who was the first spaceman engineer with spacex. >> you can't take the helmet off so you're in a bad space. >> reporter: nasa has stopped all space walks until the faulty space suit is returned to earth later this month for inspection. but even if it's fixed, the underlying problem is these space suits are decades old, and there's not many left. >> that big white space suit has heritage that goes back to apollo, pre-1975. the helmet is the same as the helmet we wore on the apollo suits. >> reporter: nasa knows it's a problem. >> i think it's critical to have a suit that works for everyone.
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>> reporter: nasa is partnering with two commercial companies to develop the next generation space suits but those likely will not be ready until at least 2025. >> nasa has gotten quite good at keeping these old klunkers running. the right thing is to get a new suit, though. and the sooner, the better. >> reporter: kristen fisher, cnn, new york. thank you for joining me today. i'm fredricka whitfield, the cnn "newsroom" continues with jim acosta right after this. spacace's next chapter brout to y you by range recover, go t's next chapter to learn more on the engineering of modern space exploration today
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you are live in the cnn "newsroom," i'm jim acosta in washington. after more than a year of debate and delays, a major part of the biden agenda is on the brink of becoming reality, right now the senators are in the process of passing the inflation reduction act. it was given life by kyrsten sinema this week. if it passes it will be the biggest climate investment in u.s. history and make major changes to health policy. jessica dean is on capitol hill for us. earlier in the week this was about getting kyrsten sinema on board but now senator bernie


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