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fentanyl colored pills in a leg go box. a woman was trying to bring the pills from new jersey. the pills look like candy. prosecutors say fentanyl is to blame for 80% of overdose deaths in new york city and the dea calls these rainbow pills an alarming trend. i'd say so. our coverage continues right now "the situation room." happening now, president biden visits the florida disaster zone as hurricane ian's death toll climbs to 110 people. it was an emotional day for so many residents in hard hit communities like santa bell island finally returning to their devastated homes we should say for the first time. also tonight, a new twist in a moscow assassination mystery. sources tell cnn, the u.s. intelligence community now believes elements within the ukrainian government authorized a car bombing that killed the
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daughter of a prominent russian national els. th there are fears tonight gas prices could once again surge. a key group of oil producing nations are set to slash output by 2 million barrel as day. the biggest cut since the pandemic. welcome to the viewers in the united states and around the world. wolf f bblitzer is off today. i'm pamela brown and you're "the situation room". let's get right to the top story this hour. florida still digging out from hurricane ian one week after the storm tore across the state. our chief white house correspondents are traveling and laeyla santiago and bill weir ae reporting live. kaitlin, what was the president's message for the people of florida? >> reporter: really, pam, that
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it's going to be a long road ahead to recovery and recovery is likely going to cost tens of billions of dollars potentially given the damage that the federal government saw here on the ground as they've been on the ground since this happened with the fema administrator alongside governor ron desantis in the days and aftermath as the scale of the lose of what happened has become clearer with each day as you see more and more and more roads and places down here become accessible. president biden saying the federal government will extend the period they pay for debris removal because that will take a lot of time with some people not able to access and get a look where their homes are including santa bell island. president biden saying after he got that arial tour of the damage and saw the extent of it, that he believes it will take years, not months to rebuild. >> we have a long road ahead of us. rebuilding entire communities from the ground up. i want the people of florida to know you have my commitment and
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america's commitment that we're not going to leave. we have one job. and only one job. and that's to make sure the people of florida get everything that they need to fully thoroughly recover. >> reporter: and pam, you see there over the president's shoulder governor ron desantis and first lady of florida standing next to him. the president saying they put their political differences aside noting they have very different political philosophies. they clashed many times in the past but that is not what they talked about today. instead, he talked about how closely they have worked saying it's been basically lock step since this happened. the many phone calls they had and briefings and moments they had in person today talking about what the recovery efforts here are going to look like. president biden even going as far as to praise governor desantis saying he believes he's done a remarkable job so far but really, the over arching message out of this trip is it is going to take a long time for the people here in florida where the
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death toll only continued to rise to recover and deal with the loss, not just of life, but also of their livelihoods, pam. >> so much to grapple with there. kaitlan collins, thank you. for many residents of the devastated communities there, today was actually the first chance to visit whatever is left of their homes since ian forced them to evacuate. cnn's leyla santiago is on santa bell island for this return. she's joining us now. layla, what did you hear from residents as they surveyed the damage? >> reporter: you know, pam, it was mixed reaction. there was pure relief from those who were preparing for the worst and didn't see it in their home individually and then there was disbelief from those who were coming back to a new reality seeing their belongings just scattered all over the floor determined to rebuild but still trying to figure out exactly how they will move forward. >> we just thought everything
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would be lost. >> reporter: an emotional return for the residents of santa bell island allowed back on the island for the first time to check on their homes and businesses a week after hurricane ian ravaged the area. while many found their homes completely gone, tony and dan shed tears of relief after finding their home still standing. >> we thought we'd come home and the windows were broken and find water and we lived here for switch seven years and we thought it was paradise and we thought we'd come back and find everything gone and we just have to fix our yard. >> reporter: so many neighbors and friends didn't fair as well. >> we know all these people. we lived here with them for switch years. we have get-togethers every other friday at our clubhouse it's like family back here. >> hard to go through. >> reporter: the destruction
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downed power lines, in this case an open bible along debris lined roads. this is west gulf drive one of the main streets and one of the parts residents say was the worst hit areas. you can tell. look behind me. this is a street lined with debris. you can see straight into homes and see personal belongings. look here, you can see this roof sitting on the street. to make the point how powerful this storm was, take a look at this home. residents tell me that this was actually across the street and now you can see straight in what was once a family room, a kitchen no longer here where the equipment and refrigerator partially out the door and not much left to be salvaged. for those who lost everything, the list of needs is only growing. >> it had three feet worth of storm surge. everything is pretty much ruined inside. >> everything including dress sores, beds, everything, ruined in the front yard. >> reporter: steven schultz is
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leaving the island for the first time since ian hit. they rode out the storm at a friend's house but says it's time to go. >> we don't know. >> hopefully we're coming back to a house. >> they remain hopeful. >> everybody works together. everybody cares about each other. we'll be back. >> reporter: we watched everybody drop off water and many came by boat. the causeway, some sort of temporary fix to the bridge that links them to the mainland, the bridge that will allow them to bridge in people and take out people and bring in supplies and bring what they need to salvage what they can from the homes before it's too late and they have to tear them down. pam? >> leyla santiago, thanks for that report. let's get another update from another devastated community by
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ian. bill weir is joining us. what did you find at pine island? >> reporter: well, pam, we went out on one of the last boat lifts. there is a canal, a boat going back and forth. that is our motto checking property and bringing out supplies. we went out with the charity called global empowerment mission in ukraine for six months and came back home to help this. we took a bunch of non-perishables with local captains here and got back in time to see this as a great sign. this is pine island road. it is now reopened to locals. they've used backhaulers and this is huge. there are thousands of people from st. james city in the north and but riding out with these locals, it was heartbreaking. they talked about losing their home entirely.
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our captain had insurance, all of his neighbors did not and are emotionally distraught. they don't want to know what happened. we talked to folks from the aspca. there are first rebounders. i saw them in puerto rico before fema. they get on the ground and make sure people are okay and pets and animals are okay so owners don't have to worry about and stress about animals, the cajun navy said they rescued 250 exotic birds and parrots and two l lemurs. it's a multi speescies efforts. the channel markers are broke o off. for boaters, it's so perilous. you have markers under water and wrecks that can rip the property off your boat. several friends had holes punched into their boats and it will take years to find the boats scattered around here as well. for now, this say huge -- here
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is a fema truck going by. this is a huge sign of hope right here that this main artery can now move supplies and by road, it will much faster to get in, continue to check proof of life, continue to get people the resources they need to start rebuilding. i asked them, i said what do you tell somebody that doesn't understand florida why are you considering rebuilding here, pam? he said this is one of the best fishing spots in the whole world. they love it here and they can't even think about retreat. >> yeah, that's one good reason. all right, cnn bill wer rweir, s so much. did ukrainian officials approve a car bombing that killed a daughter of a prominent russian? we'll get new information from the sources coming up for you. >> plus, a new warning from the u.s. to kim jong-un following a show of force and response to north korea's increasingly aggressive missile launches. we'll be right back. it's an entire trading experience. that pushes you to be even better.
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that comes as kyiv's forces are pushing ahead with advances in the eastern and southern parts of the their country. frederick pleitgen is on the scene for us tonight. >> reporter: ukrainian forces on the move. kyiv says this video shows its soldiers advancing in the east of the country under heavy fire. [ gunshots ]. >> reporter: since taking the strategically important town of limon, ukraine's army says the forces entered one of the few areas that had been under russian control almost completely. residents greeting the troops as they sweep small towns and ukraine's military says it's not only beating russian troops back in the east but in the south as well where kyiv claims russia's defensive front is collapsing in some areas.
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the ukrainian military released this video purporting to show its forces in a major fire fight in the kherson region. dozens of settlements have already been liberated since the russian referendum this week alone ukraine's president said. all this as russia's president vladimir putin this morning moved quickly to sign off on his forces are increasingly losing ground there. putin's spokesperson brushing off concerns about the retreats. certain territories will be taken back he said. we will continue to confer with the population there that wishes to live together with russia. and russia continues to unleash havoc in many regions of ukraine. this is the sound of drones
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hitting. ukraine says several iranian supplied drones like these in an iranian military video hit in the early morning hours causing massive damage to several buildings and wounding at least one person. there was a roaring noise, a piercing sound this man says. i heard the first strike, the second i saw and heard. there was a roar and then boom followed by an explosion. drone and missile strikes so far have shown no signs of halting ukraine's recent advances, though, and kyiv says it will continue to press forward in its quest to expel russian troops from all of its territories. you know, pamela, you were mentioning sources within the u.s. intelligence community are telling cnn the intelligence community believes elements
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within the ukrainian government signed off, authorized the killing of the daughter of that very well-known kremlin prokremlin propaganda alexander dugin. sources are saying the u.s. had absolutely no prior knowledge of the plot and it's unclear whether the president of ukraine signed off on it himself. it was interesting because i was in moscow on august 20th when this killing happened and the ukrainians were quick to deny they had anything to do with it. the russians from get-go had said they believed that the ukrainians were behind it, pamela. >> we're learning in this reporting there were elements within ukraine responsible for this. thanks so much fred pleitgen live from kyiv. let get more from the cnn retired general former nato supreme allied commander. general clark, considering the risk here of russian retaliation was it a mistake for them to
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authorize that assassination. >> well, i can't understand why they would authorize the assassination because it had no operational impact. so it just doesn't make sense. if you were going to try to attack russia, go after putin or someone that has some operational role if you were going to do that. there are assassination squads. there are hit teams on all sides moving. i have no doubt about that. ot there is a lot of stuff going on in the occupied zones of ukraine but this doesn't make sense to me. i can't understand why anyone in ukrainian government would do it unless they did it deliberately to embarrass the ukrainian government. >> that's an interesting theory. so sources tell cnn that the u.s. did not have any knowledge of this plan before hand. what do you think the message should be from the u.s. to ukraine now in the wake of this?
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>> i think the message is clear. i don't think anyone even has to say it to ukraine, they must be severely embarrassed. it absolutely incompatible with the way of what they're trying to do and the values they're projecting and there is no operational sense behind it, either. so it doesn't make sense. i'm sure words have been exchanged behind the scenes on this. >> yeah, there is definitely more reporting to be done on that front. i want to discuss with you ukraine's stunning advances in the east and the south. how is ukraine pulling this off? how significant are these gains in your view? >> oh, i think they're very significant. not only because of the territory they're taking back but because of the impact on public opinion in russia and the demoralization of the russian military. now, what we can't know from here, from publicly available info information how strong are the ukrainian forces and the casualties they're taking and how much further they can go
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before they come nexecute the a. we don't know those things. but it certainly heartening to see advances that they've made. it certainly good in terms of reassuring western donors that the assistance is paying off and it's good in bringing russia to heal and brings the end of the war closer. >> again well westly clark great to have you on. thank you so much for your insight. this just in to cnn, the south korean military says north korea has just fired a ballistic missile towards the east coast of the korean peninsula. i want to bring in salina wang working this story for us from tokyo. what are you learning, salina? >> reporter: pam, that's exactly right. we're learning just on thursday north korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile off the east coast of the korean peninsula. we're getting more details on
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that. this is the first concern since the launch on tuesday that was just the start of north korea and more to come. in response, we've seen this very unified coordinated show of force from the u.s. and south korea. they conducted two joint exercises in less than 24 hours including bombing and missile exercises. the clear message here from the u.s. and its allies is that they had the capability to strike back militariry if necessary. we heard from the u.s. secretary of state if north korea continues down this path, there's going to be more condemnation or isolation and a more stepped up response. now, we did learn from south korea military one of the missiles they fired actually failed after launch and ended up crashing shortly after launch. they are still investigating that case. they say there are no casualties. now, the u.s. has also been conducting joint exercises with japan. prime minister and u.s. president joe biden held a phone call where it was said that this
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is a grave challenge posing not just to japan, north korea poses a challenge to the world, to the region. this is, of course, an extremely frightening moment for the people here in japan because that missile fired on tuesday flew over japan for the first time in five years. people in the northern part of japan, they woke up to sounds of sirens blaring and alerts from the government to take shelter. so the concern here of course, is that this is just the beginning of more and more significant tests to come from north korea, pam. >> we'll continue to monitor this breaking news and bring salina, thank you for that. coming up, georgia republican candidate herschel walker is responding to his son's viral comments calling him a liar after a blockbuster report claimed he paid for a woman's abortion over ten years ago. >> plus, how an independent candidate is closing in on a two timing income bent republican senator in one of america's most
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campaign and then also i think he's talking about his own mental health challenges. so before this ad walker took to friendly territory going on fox news to address the allegations against him. >> it's sort of like everyone is anonymous or everyone is leaking and they want you to confess to something you have no clue about but it just shows how desperate they are right now. they see me as a big threat. >> now, in that same interview he took to actually taking issue with some of the card, the -- he suggested a get well card that is the source that is mentioned in that interview that the h that was signed in that card that the "daily beast" offered is evidence or the woman at the center of the story offered as evidence, he said he doesn't sign his cards that way and again, just trying to refute
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this story. >> and it is interesting because raphael warnock from what i've seen hasn't really seized on this story. he's kind of said look, i haven't really seen it. that's what we saw yesterday, right? i want to ask you about his son, herschel walker's son. he responded to that viral video calling him a liar. >> he's been asked about this but isn't taking on the very serious allegations his son puts forward. he's reiterating he loves him and that he will continue to support him but not addressing the very serious allegations di directly. >> lie after lie after lie. the abortion part drops yesterday. it's literally his handwriting in the card. they say they have receipts, whatever. he gets on twitter and lies about it. okay, i'm done. done. everything has been a lie. don't lie on my mom. don't lie on me. don't lie on the lives you've destroyed and act like you're some moral family man.
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y'all should care about that conservatives. >> i love my son unconditionally and that's the way i've always been. i've always loved him unconditionally but his father is always there for him and i will be for any of my kids and i love them. >> now, walker also in that interview really spoke at length about his faith. we didn't see him today but he will be back out on the trail tomorrow. no doubt he'll have to go before reporters and we'll see if he answers some of these questions in a more robust way. >> we shall see. thanks for bringing us the latest there. independent candidate evan mcmullin is hoping to bring cll one of most unique contests this f fall. >> we have to stand up to the broken politics of division and extremism. >> reporter: he's no longer a republican and never been a democrat but evan mcmullin is
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asking voters from both parties to join his campaign to win a senate seat. as an independent from utah. >> our democracy is at great risk right now and we will decide as a nation over the next two cycles this cycle and the next whether we still are a democracy or whether we're going to head down a road towards authoritarianism. >> reporter: in one of america's most consecutive states, he's going against to grain to challenge mike lee. >> senator from utah. >> reporter: and to take on the entrenched two part. it's one of the unique senate races of the fall after democrats decided to stand down and not field the candidate. >> it's time to break the glass and pull the fire alarm. this election in 2022 and 2024 will be a critical moment for our country. >> reporter: ben mcadams is a former democratic congressman supporting mcmullin. >> we've been calling on
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republicans for many years to put partisanship aside and do what is right for the country and i think this was a time for utah democrats to do the same. >> reporter: as he introduces himself to voters, mcmullin talks about his service as an undercover cia officer. >> my experience in the agency shaped the way i look at our country. >> reporter: and why he left the republican party in protest of donald trump. even mounting an independent presidential campaign in 2016 that leae's allies are using against mcmullin. >> the foolish campaign for president, evan mcmullin is under a mountain of debt. >> reporter: lee who was first elected during the tea party wave of 2010 cast himself as a fighter. >> when government threatens your freedoms, i fight back. every time. >> thank you. >> reporter: his close ties to trump and helping craft a legal strategy to overturn the 2020 election infuriates voters like mayfield. >> power and free and fair
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elections are the bedrock of a functional representative government and i believe in those. and i would expect at a minimum that he act like an adult and he show good faith in the principles he committed to uphold. >> reporter: not all republicans are looking for a new senator and mia love a former republican member of congress who is backing lee questioned whether voters know enough about mcelderr mcmullin. >> he's an unknown and seems like a person that pops up and wants to be an elected official, really wants to get himself to washington somehow. >> reporter: fellow utah senator mitt romney is lee's only republican colleague to not support him telling cnn both are very good friends of mine so i'm not endorsing. the question is how many moderate republicans are willing to join a new coalition mcmullin is seeking to build. >> it is the math. he needs almost all the democrats. he needs most of the
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unafailuated and a chunk of moderates. >> reporter: mcmullin understands the challenges but urges voters to see his allegiance is to utah not a political party. >> i'm not running to be a boot licker for any party or a president of any party. i will work with anybody to get things done for our state and country but at the same time, it's my job to hold them accountable. >> mcmullin tells me he realizes he's not a perfect fit for everyone. some republicans believe he's too liberal. some democrats believe he's too conservative. that's at the root of his c cand candidacy. the question is what would he do if he won? all senators join a side. he tells me he would not caucus with either side. he would not vote for majority leader either. so if there is a balance of power issue, this could be very interesting here. of course, there is still five weeks to go. utah is a republican state but everyone is watching this race without a doubt. he tells me the dividing lines are not republican and democrat
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but those who believe in democracy and those who simply question it. so one of the most interesting races. >> really interesting, great reporting. jeff zeleny, thanks so much. well, just ahead, u.s. gas prices could soon shoot up after a major cut to the global oil supply. plus, new surveillance video appears to capture the final moments of a young iranian protester. (burke) get farmers and you could save money with the safe driver discount just by having a clean driving record for three years. get a whole e lot of something with farmers policy perks. (dririver 3) come on! ♪ we are farmers. bumum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ is that glitter? this table is on its last leg. find just what you need at wayfair! you need this. you're kelly clarkson! a whole new look for a whole lot le. ♪ wayfair, you've got just what i need♪
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barrels per day. brian todd is on the story. what kind of impact will this have an american drivers? >> reporter: they will feel it at the pump for months. the manager of the shell station told us a couple hours ago he was instructeded to raise price more than 2 krenlt ecents per g. growing concerns about the future of gas prices in the u.s. after opec plus a cartel of some of the world's biggest oil producers including russia and saudi arabia decided to cut oil production more than expected by 2 million barrels a day and despite a furry of last-minute pressure by the white house. motorists here in northern virginia kexasperated. >> it doesn't just affect me. it affects the whole world.
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>> reporter: how does a 2 million barrel a day cut in production make prices go up? >>less supply of crude oil, less supply of gasoline equals higher prices. >> reporter: but analysts steven doesn't think this will mean gas will get to the high levels they were at the beginning of the summer. why? >> if the economy continues to fall off a cliff as some analysts on wall street are saying, that will lead to a significant decline in demand. we'll just see oil prices regardless of what opec says fall. >> reporter: we still could see an increase in prices by the end of the month just in time for midterm elections and the worst possible timing for president biden and said the team was disappointed in opec's decision. the president saying i'm concerned. this is three months after the president visited saudi arabia, the biggest player in opec. despite the alleged involvement
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of the leader mohammed ben salman in the murder of khashoggi, biden fist bumped mbs and asked him to increase oil production. instead, saudi arabia did the opposite. >> in the end now, no october, we're seeing he was not able through that trip or through a month's long lobbying campaign of other white house officials >> reporter: the move is also seen as a win for vladimir putin boosting the price of russian oil as the kremlin looks for ways to fund the ukrainian war effort. in the u.s., average gas prices soared to a high of $5.02 in june and ticked back up to 3.82 dollars in the weeks since. democrats concerned gas prices could hurt them at the polls. >> with gas prices every time you fill up and think about it, there is only so much control any american president has over gas prices but voters blame the
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people in charge when gas prices go higher. >> reporter: and there is more pressure tonight on the biden administration to punish saudi arabia for this. democratic congressman ro khanna calling on the white house to retaliate by preventing armed sales to the saudis and cutting off their supplies of aviation parts. it's unclear if the administration will do any of that but the white house is leaving the door open to possibly releasing more supply from these reserves in america in order to maybe ease prices just a little bit. pamela? >> brian todd, thanks for that. let's get more from pramila jayapal the chair of the congressional causecus. congresswoman, what did president biden get out of the fist bump from the saudi crowned prince when the saudi coalition is going ahead. at the time you expressed concern about him going to saudi arabia. >> that's exactly right, pamela. that's what i was going to say.
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i never thought that was a good idea. i thought that we had to get much tougher with the saudis. i didn't think that going on a visit if there was diplomacy to be had perhaps it needed to be had behind the scenes but we do have leverage with the saudis. the saudis do need us. my friend ro khanna is correct that the saudis depend on us for a lot of support but in addition, we have tools within congress in terms of, you know, being able to, for example, repeal sovereign immunity, which the biden white house made -- they didn't specifically say that but there was some mention in their press release about being able to use some of the tools that congress has to for example, repeal sovereign immunity to allow us to punish oil producers who try to manipulate prices for profit and so i think that these are some of the things that we have to look at because it is clear to me that this move was done
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between mbs and putin and others who want to affect it. i don't see how else you can look at this a month before the election? but i also want to say, pamela, the other really important thing i've been saying for a long time since gas prices started going up, this is why we need the transition to clean energy. we do not need to be dependent on these dictators around the world for production of oil. the sooner we make this transition, the better. if you do what republicans are calling for and just open up drilling, let's just be clear that the problem we have now is not that there is not leases out there. there are leases that are not being utilized for a whole host of reasons. that's not a quick -- >> but -- >> answer to it, we need to use our leverage with the saudis. >> you bring up the election. what are the implications for democrats for the midterms with gas prices going up now? >> well, obviously, it's not
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good to have gas prices going up. however, i'm not sure we will see the reaction so immediately. the president is going to release more oil reserves. more barrels from the strategic reserve. it's not good. we don't like october surprises and when the election is this close, i still believe that we have a very good shot of maintaining the house and hopefully expanding the senate but it's close, pamela. we all know that. the idea that putin and vladimir putin and mbs are essentially trying to interfere in our election through these actions using opec is extremely troubling and we should all be concerned about their influence. >> that's how you see it clearly. congresswoman pramila jayapal, thank you very much. >> thank you, pam. coming up, new surveillance video could shed light on the mysterious death of a young iranian protester in tie ran.
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mor morgue of a detention center in tehran. nika's mom spoke out in a bbc persia interview. i was in contact with her until 7:00 p.m. on september 20th. her friend said nika put a story on instagram to show she had burned her head scarf, and she said to her friend she was running away because security agents were after her. that was the last contact from her. according to her, nika's phone was switched off and her social media accounts deactivated. >> translator: at the morgue, they showed a body. they only allowed her mother and her brother to identify the face. they were not allowed to unzip the cover to see the torso. >> reporter: while the circumstances of her death remain unclear, human rights groups have documented the brutal force used against protesters. iranian security forces have dragged unveiled women by their hair with some also reportedly sexually assaulted, according to
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amnesty international. iranian state media released this cctv video that investigators say shows nika going into a building, possibly falling from it later. they say they've arrested eight workers who were there. authorities say there's no evidence the teenager was killed by police. prosecutors say they've launched an investigation into her death. that comes just weeks after masa collapsed and died and morality police custody. her family said doctors told her she had trauma and believe she was beaten to death. police say the 22-year-old died of a heart attack. they deny any wrongdoing, and it's been nearly three weeks since that investigation was announced. at nika's funeral, this mourner cries, today was your birthday. congratulations on your martyrdom. nika shakurami was buried on what would have been her 17th birthday. and pamela, despite this tragic
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news, despite the ongoing government crackdown, today we saw more video emerge from iran, capturing remarkable acts of defiance by fearless young schoolgirls who have now joined in the protests, and in the capital, tehran, pro-government supporters took to the streets in an organized rally, blaming the protests on the enemies of iran as they chanted, "death to israel" and "death to america." pamela. >> thank you so much. and coming up for you tonight, more on hurricane ian's devastating impact. we're going get an update from a key official. and one of florida's hardest-hit communities, the vice mayor of sanibal island joins me in "the situation room." it followed me everywhere. so i consolidated it into a low-rate personal loan from sofi. get a personal loan with no fees, low fixed rates, and borrow up to $ $100k. sofi. get your money right. i'm javi, i'm 31, and i'm a fitness instructor. i saw myself in a photograph. and we were all smiling, and i looked closer,
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also tonight, an exclusive report from ukraine, cnn granted rare access inside newly liberated territory while russian forces flee. a stunning ukrainian counteroffensive. and we'll have more on the political bombshell rocking republican plans to retake the senate. herschel walker is issuing a new denial over reports he paid for a woman's abortion. can his campaign contain the fallout? welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm pamela brown, and you're in i'm pamela brown, and you're in the situation room. -- captions by vitac -- this hour, we're following the urgent rescue and discovery effort exactly one week after hurricane ian made landfall. kaitlan collins is traveling with president biden, who surveyed the damage in florida today. we're going to have more on that in just a moment. but first, let's go cnn's randi kaye in naples. she took an hour-long boat ride


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