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home as they get hit by the omicron weakness, you've got my blessing to buy all six it's that time can't be too early can't be too late. it's just now. i'd like to say there's always a bull market somewhere. promise to find it just for you here on "mad money.". are you sick of covid? and are we doing it all wrong with this omicron explosion? i'll ask the cdc director. i'm shepard smith. this is "the news" on cnbc new urgency as covid cases explode. officials introducing new measures but no lockdowns. >> we can't close down the city every time a new variant comes up. >> and the new data out that's boosting confidence in one vaccine. senator joe manchin torpedoes president biden's
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signature legislation. democrats say they're outraged. >> this idea that we're going to go back to the table for a bill that he's already had his ink all over makes very little sense. >> the white house now scrambling to salvage something. reporting on three high-profile trials. all of the blockbuster cases now in the hands of the jury andrew yang takes a sledgehammer to the political establishment. >> what we're going to do is actually solve the problems that are literally driving us crazy. >> the former presidential candidate joins us live on his decision to launch a new party hundreds dead after a massive typhoon. a smash and grab robbery breaks into chaos. and "spider-man" shatters box office records live from cnbc, the facts, the truth, "the news with shepard smith. good evening i i've got a confession, i'm sick
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of covid don't get me wrong, i'm sad for the sick and dyeing and frontline workers and medical professionals, you're heroes so grateful for your sacrifices for all of us. i follow all of the rules, every one of them. like so many of you, i'm sick of worrying about covid i'm sick of reading about it, i'm sick of hearing about it, i'm sick of talking about it, and i'm definitely sick of reporting on it every single day. there's too much, too much confusion and it's too political. in a minute i'm going to ask the cdc director, dr. rochelle walensky, if i would be better off getting omicron, since it's clear it will not kill me. i'm triple vaxed, so why not ditch the precautions and move on get it and stay home until it's done with me, why is that wrong? i'll ask her because omicron is casting a long, dark shadow over the holidays as your phone has likely alerted you, omicron is dominant
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3-4 cases are all of a sudden omicron nationwide that's brand-new data. it's taken over as predicted but a whole lot faster than i heard anybody say. now i can go through the restrictions and vaccine developments and the fact big cities are hitting new records because they are but instead, let's hear from dr. rochelle walensky, director of the cdc. doctor, appreciate you so much thank you for your time and tireless efforts for all of us my god, thank you. omicron is in like 46 states and countries. how many people has it killed? >> good evening, shepard things, moving quickly and i know people are concerned. certainly we have had reported deaths of omicron around the world, although there have been a minority of them fewer than we've seen for other variants so far. >> do we know how many >> if i can update, those data continue to come in and not every death has had their virus and variance sequenced. >> but it's not a lot, right
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>> the reports are relatively few. but maybe if i can just back up and tell you where we are right now, and that is data you reported that new out of the cdc is that the omicron variant now predicted to be about 73% of all of the virus that we have sequenced here in the united states and that was, as you know, expected, based on the growth rate of how quickly omicron is transmitted across other countries and around the world we anticipated this number would be about this high at around this time. there's so much you can do now that we didn't have as possible tools against omicron just a year ago and that, of course, includes getting -- wearing your mask in public indoor spaces and we're still encouraging people to do that that continues to be our recommendation but then, of course, to get vaccinated and to get boosted when you're eligible. >> of course and, doctor, i do all of that. i don't ever talk about me on here but i'm getting it from
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everyone i know in the whole country. i'm triple vaxed, i follow all of the rules, and they're all over the place, by the way why shouldn't vaxed-up people like me just live normal and then when you get it, hunker down until it's over explain to me why that's wrong. >> you know, we still are learning a lot there continue to be studies of omicron coming in. we don't know the long-term mastistations of omicron that we've seen with other variants that would be one reason to avoid getting it all together. as well as the fact you could transmit if to other people, other people who are more immunocompromised, older people, family members so we're really not encouraging that as an activity or plan if you can avoid it. >> we're so safe around here, i mean, corporate rules, family rules, we are safe, and yet i know so many people who have it. of all kinds of people in all kinds -- everybody has it. and some people are allowing only vaccinated people to be
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with them for over the holidays but everybody's getting it from everybody. what difference does that matter anymore? does being vaccinated with unvaccinated people really make a difference >> it absolutely does. so here's what i can tell you, our hospitals are largely full of people who are unvaccinated our vaccinated and boosted people are 20 times less likely to die than our unvaccinated people unvaccinated people are dyeing at 20 times the rate of people who are boosted. severe illness, vaccines and boosting prevents severe illness in omicron so it's really important to remember to continue to get vaccinated and continue to get boosted. but all of the data we are seeing is exactly as you say, it may not prevent infection. so what we do really need to do is make sure people who continue to be vaccinated and boosted continue to wear their masks to prevent the infections overall. >> the data shows, doctor, i don't have to tell you this, people are not listening
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i mean, we're setting records in travel people who got vaxed the first time around are not getting the third shots. the numbers are really small whose mind -- whose mind are you going to change? i mean, we're trying -- the definition of insane is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different response. nobody's changing, are they? >> so we are boosting at the rate of about a million a day over 60 million people it's really hard to get those who are most vulnerable to severe disease and death, our older populations or immunocompromised populations, this is really important what we do know about the omicron variant, it's got over 50 mutations and because of those mutations, just being vaccinated with two doses may not be enough. so we really do need people to get boosted in order to increase their protection, especially against severe disease and death as omicron. >> why do you still call two
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shots fully vaxed? i don't mean to have the wrong tone everybody is frustrated, right >> yeah. >> clearly, it takes a booster to be fully vaccinated so why not change the words to match the reality? i don't get it. >> we're examining this definition, of course, but what i want to be very clear about is cdc recommendations right now say that everyone who is over the age of 18, when they become eligible, should get their booster shot six months after their pfizer or moderna shot, two months after their j&j, and that is very clear in our cdc recommendations. >> so you're going to change the words at some point? it seems like reality's changed. >> we will look at the definition but what i will say our recommendations about who should get abooster are very, very clear especially in the context of omicron, get your booster shot. >> you have the hardest job and i'm so thankful, but i have one question i have been wanting to ask for a long time. this happened really fast. you said it would go fast but it's gone faster i think it was dr. fauci by the
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middle of next month it's dominant it's dominant before christmas here's the question, what is our risk of a new variant popping up that just starts killing everybody, you know what i'm saying it's infinitely worse, is that just a crap shoot? is it possible help me understand >> you know, the more virus that circulates, the more possibility for variants to emerge generally variants emerge that are beneficial to the virus, and this one was because it was really very much more transmissible. but your question actually leads me to say exactly what i have been saying, which is we need to decrease the amount of virus out there. we do so by wearing masks, by getting vaccinated, by getting boosted, and then working as we have been very hard to do the same around the world. >> before i go, the plan is for a vacation over the new year's holiday, after being with close quarters with some family over
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christmas, then a group of friends, eight of us, all triple vaxed, we're going to get on a plane and go to a beach and try to have something normal of a life, is that wrong? >> you know, everyone is going to have to make their own decisions and every family is going to have to make their own decisions. what i will say is we know how to do it safely. you have to wear your mask you have to be vaccinated and you have to be boosted in fact, if you're gathering as a family, i would recommend getting tested to make sure for that extra reassurance that people are not gathering when they have a symptomatic infection. if all of those things happen and you continue to do so throughout the holidays, then we're really optimistic that you can do some of the things you want to do safely, but there's a lot ofparameters around that t try to do things safety. >> i like the mask it kept me warm this morning it's cold in new york now. i kind of like it. i don't have chapped lips anymore. i don't mind the mask but i hate covid. i'm done with you. covid be gone, like that
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preacher said, go. thank you, thank you, thank you. and thank you for spreading the good word. i wish more people would listen to you, but it doesn't look like they will. good luck, dr. walensky. >> thank you, we will keep trying thank you so much. that's your covid. there's other news president biden is scheduled to address the nation about it tomorrow about fighting covid in the coming months. a white house official tells nbc news the president is expected to announce new safety measures, no lockdowns but today the press secretary jen psaki reaffirmed plans will not include lockdowns. listen -- >> this is not a speech about locking the country down this is a speech outlining and being direct and clear with the american people about the benefits of being vaccinated, the steps we're going to take to increase access and increase testing, and the risks posed to unvaccinated individuals. >> we will have live coverage here on cnbc tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. eastern. the white house and top democrats say they're not giving up on president biden's build back better plan after senator joe manchin single-handedly derailed the thing
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democrats say he said one thing and did another thing, and they're coming for him hard now. representative pramila jayapal shared with the progressive caucus, the last hour on cnn said you can't trust joe manchin and he will have to answer to the american people. the senator majority leader chuck schumer vowing to still move forward with a vote on social spending package next year he wants him on record house speaker nancy pelosi said she's not deterred at all by senator manchin's announcement. >> this will happen, it must happen, and we'll do it as soon as we can. i have confidence that senator manchin cares about our country, and that at some point very soon we can take up the legislation. >> he's a no sounds pretty definitive in a radio interview yesterday, senator manchin blamed the breakdown and negotiations on the white house staff but he didn't get into details. listen. >> it's not the president, it's the staff. and they drove some things and put things out that were
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absolutely inexcusable they know what it is and that's it. >> we have to fight. if democrats hope to pass the build back better bill without any republican support, they will need all 50 democratic senators, including joe manchin. who's a hard no. nbc saw hhill, this is so crazy unless they do something, this is done. and yet they talk around it like we're done, i don't understand it. >> shep, the bill currently does not have a pulse and democrats are scrambling to find some way, any way, to revive the original project. there is some sort of roadmap joe manchin floated that could potentially include some of these programs on a significant level. that would mean funding them over a ten-yearbasis that is his red line he's not interested in provisions that expire over one or two or three years to lower the sticker price when in reality the actual cost would be much greater there's a path to doing a
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package that includes universal pre-k, health care funding, subsidies for clean energy to combat climate change that are funded democrats have enough money to do that. the question is whether democrats are willing to make the painful sacrifices to win joe manchin's vote because right now he's a congress of one they don't have a path to get this done without him. and there's some ray of hope in last night a party said -- two sources telling nbc news joe manchin spoke to president biden hours after the high profile blowout described as a cord jal call and it's understand the two will speak again they could revive relations after the holiday but tensions have to subside and everybody has to cool their jets before this legitimately can come back together some programs like child credit tax bill and paid leave are certain to be removed from the bill because they don't have the money to get it done one confidante, friend and confidante of joe manchin said
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joe manchin doesn't hold grudges, this will not be about relationships. it will be about policy. >> a lot of them started to sound personal, including joe manchin. >> it did certainly for a while. but the thing about joe manchin, as well as joe biden, based on what we know, they have a tendency not to hold grudges and they have a tendency to get past these things whether they can ultimately come together and get a bill down that can hold the rest of the democratic party together remains to be seen, shep. >> thanks so much. both the stalled build back better bill and omicron rattled wall street, according to our cnbc brethren, first in markets worldwide. the dow plummeted by more than 440 points, well off the session lows the close marked the first three-day losing streak since last month meantime s&p 500 dropped more than 1%, worst day since december 1 cnbc markets correspondent dominic chu is with us now was this a 1-2 punch for the markets, or what are we looking
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at >> it's definitely a 1-2 punch when you talk about policy on the build back better plan has stalled out could be for now dead in the water, along with uncertainty around the omicron and delta variants around covid and what their economic impacts will be. in the end those two measures are what took steam out of the market and they both lead to the same conclusion, which is is there going to be a slowing economy? maybe there will be, given not the lockdowns in the u.s., but slowing activity you mentioned you want to go on vacation other people want to go on vacation they want to stay home and be in the new york city area, broadway shows are going to cancel. i tried to see the rockettes and we got it in just before they canceled the rest of the season. if the economy slows down, that will be a real issue, whether it's build back better or this issue the omicron variant has so many unknowns. goldman sachs economist, their chief economist, basically took down their estimates for u.s. economic growth in the first, second and third quarters of
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next year largely because the build back better plan now looks like it has less of a possibility of becoming law and all of that money that was going to be spent is not going to be spent as much or odds are not there. as a result, shep, take a look at some of the most impacted companies out there. you're talking about oil and gas, exxon, chevron, those kinds of companies travel and leisure names like darden and marriott, those companies got hit the hardest. >> makes sense dom chu, see you monday, thank you. there's big news on another front. we're on deliberation watch tonight for several high-profile and important cases. latest reporting on the blockbuster trials now that the fate of all three women is now in the hands of juries. and a young girl brutally murdered more than 40 years ago. the killer never found oh, but there's new forensics and that may just have allowed police to make an arrest. plus, blackout over. youtube and disney reach a deal. the customer is impacted and how
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we're watching closely three big trials all of them are with a jury now. in california a jury began deliberating in elizabeth holmes' fraud trial. she's facing accusations she lied to investors and patients about her blood testing tech start-up called theranos she could face decades in prison if convicted holmes denied the charges against her. in minnesota a jury is set to decide whether this former police officer, kim potter, is guilty of manslaughter she shot and killed daunte wright during a traffic stop while yelling taser repeatedly more on that in a minute and in new york the jury in ghislaine maxwell's sex trafficking trial began deliberating just hours ago. maxwell, of course, is the ex-girlfriend and longtime, well, associate of the convicted sex offender, the late jeffrey
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epstein. prosecutors say she recruited and groomed underage girls for epstein to sexually abuse. today in closing arguments one prosecutor said ghislaine maxwell was dangerous and a sophisticated preddator who kne exactly what she was doing throughout the trial, four accusers testified against ghislaine maxwell. she described in graphic detail how they say maxwell groomed them and accused her of participating in some of the abuse herself. her lawyers argued she's a scapegoat for accusations against jeffrey epstein. authorities say he killed himself in his prison cell two years ago. one of her lawyers argued today, ghislaine maxwell is an innocent woman, wrongfully accused of crimes she did not commit. ghislaine maxwell pleaded not guilty to all of the charges the jury could decide her fate before christmas day when ghislaine maxwell turns 60 years old. kim potter's manslaughter trial now in the hands of its jury the panel began deliberating after closing arguments today.
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now the ex-cop facing first and second degree manslaughter charges, and for shooting and killing daunte wright during that traffic stop in the minneapolis suburb brooklyn center back in april in his closing arguments, potter's defense attorney called her a peaceful person who pulled her gun out instead of her taser by mistake. >> everybody makes mistakes. nobody's perfect, ladies and gentlemen. and this lady here made a mistake and, my gosh, the mistake is not a crime. >> prosecutors argue that making a mistake does not make someone innocent they say potter's recklessness killed daunte wright and she was highly trained and knew the difference between her gun and taser. >> she made a series of bad choices that led to her shooting and killing daunte wright. this was a colossal screwup. a blunder of epic proportion
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it was precisely the thing she had been warned about for years, and she was trained to prevent it. >> the judge sent the jury home for the night after they deliberated about five hours or so today so we won't have a verdict until at least tomorrow. rent, food, diapers. necessary expenses for many, all. but what happens if you have to choose only one? hear from two families on just how hard it's been to provide for their kids. ot> actor chris noth out of anher project. the decision just made after multiple women accuse the "sex and the city" star of sexual assault.
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saturday 18 dhchannels in all. they were off the service while the two parent companies tried to reach agreement on suss skripgs fees apparently, they worked it out and everything is back to normal still, youtube customers, you get $15 back for your troubles. starbucks report it's will negotiate in good faith with workers in a buffalo, new york, outfit who voted to join a union. that's a first for the coffee chain. since the vote, baristas at starbucks in boston filed for union elections. and workers in buffalo and mesa, arizona, say they're hoping to unionize too. you can add candy canes to the list of christmas items in short supply this season you see, peppermint production dropped about 25% in the u.s. over the past decade on top of that, demand is high, at least higher than the supply chain problem will allow some stores report getting only half of their candy canes ordered. on wall street, the dow down
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433. s&p down 53. nasdaq down 189. an escape from a violent gang. >> when they said the timing was right, they found a way to open the door that was closed and blocked. >> today the new details on how the 12 missionaries held hostage in haiti made it home. they were not set free growing concern over tennis star peng shuai after a new interview in which she appears to walk back accusations of sexual assault against the top chinese official and covid benching players from the field to the ice. players out, games postponed or canceled the playbook going forward, as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news on cnbc [echoing] get a quote today. ♪ we are farmers. bum-pa-dum, bum-bum-bum-bum ♪ when it comes to autism, finding the right words can be tough.
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some of them struggling to afford diapers for their kids. according to the national diaper bank network, only one in three american families cannot afford enough diapers for their infants. as we've reported, americans are facing rising prices on everyday products of all kinds, leaving them with less money for things they need. cnbc's perry russom met with some families to see how hard it can be >> you did it! >> reporter: on the south side of chicago, jessica benitez is poddy training her 2-year-old daughter she started when she was 1 year old. >> i'm poddy training her so i
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like to save diapers >> reporter: she is jessica's second child after she was born, her and her husband emptied their savings account and bought a house it was february 2020 then covid started. >> the money we had in the bank continued to go down and down and we ended up with only $20. >> reporter: did you ever run out of diapers >> i did, during covid and when my husband was not working, we have to like -- if it was diapers or buying food for us. >> reporter: you had to decide between food for your family -- >> or diapers. >> reporter: rationing what they had, caline does not wear diapers during the day j jessica cleans up the accidents. she tried to get her old job back but couldn't. she was at a breaking point. >> i went to my doctor to let her know i wasn't feeling well and that it was a hard moment
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for me. >> diaper need has always been really prevalent across our nation i think that covid brought it to the forefront. >> reporter: alex goode fellow is the executive director of share our spare in chicago a nonprofit handing diapers directly to families in need. >> we saw a 200% change in need. >> reporter: in 2025, the bipartisan bill would allocate $200 million for diapers every year through 2025. there has been no movement on the bill for ten months. >> i think the outlook is pretty steady and dire. >> you did it! >> reporter: alejandra has three children charlie is one and the youngest. he's on the left she also watches her nephew. how low did you get on diapers >> we would have maybe two or three and then we'd be looking
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at stores again. >> reporter: her family's finances stayed the same during the pandemic what changed was the price of diapers. >> people were selling them for like $50 for a small pack and we weren't going to do that. >> reporter: did you feel like you couldn't take care of your children >> yeah. >> reporter: jessica started getting a few diapers from her sister-in-law and her church. >> something is better that were nothing. >> reporter: are you hopeful for the future >> hopefully, hopefully. my husband is working, trying his best i'm trying my best too >> reporter: and we talked to jessica ab jessica cloth diapers, why not use those? first off, she did not know they existed and second off, it's the same as her daughter just wearing underwear. she said she did not want to ask for help, but only when help was offered, she took it she called it a pride problem. shep >> perry russom, thank you.
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i'm shepard smith on cnbc. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news the real-life impact on climate change and the american consumer as the build back better plan appears to unravel the year ahead in medicine and the giant leaps in technology that could have a lasting impact on everything from covid to cancer and a new wave of infections rattling the sports world. in the nhl, more than a quarter of all teams are shut down through at least christmas weekend. the league postponing cross-border games in the days ahead. right now about 10% of all players are in covid protocols in the nba they're calling off five more games because of outbreaks. espn reports some teams are so shorthanded the leagues are allowing them to assign replacement players. and the nfl scheduled an extra game for tonight and moved two to tomorrow after more than 100 players tested positive last week the league just announced it's
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changing the testing protocols now fully vaccinated players who have no symptoms will no longer need to get tested weekly. cnbc business sports reporter and correspondent jabari young is here. jabari, does the nfl have some sort of contingency plan for the playoffs >> yes, shep hope, more hope and more prayer. >> not a strategy. >> it's not a strategy but that's what the contingency plans are. i think with this outbreak over the last week, what we know what these sport teams can do, they can't control who is positive or negative they can't control anything, the virus controls everything. one real plan is as you mentioned increase or strengthen up their protocols a little bit. now you go into virtual meetings only, more mask enforcement, more restrictions that are going to hopefully stop theoutbreak. remember something, shep, the nfl is getting into critical territory because the playoffs start in a little less than a month. they do not want to miss or have
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to postpone playoff games. if you do that, you're lessening the product, the competition gets all of a sudden in jeopardy as you look at the cleveland browns versus las vegas raiders right now, that's a complete mess with a third string quarterback. you don't want to have your playoff games impacted and possibly super bowl impacted over more outbreaks. we will see if the new enhanced protocols they add will do some help. >> let's hope so nba, fans are a lot closer to the players. sometimes that close compared to other leagues anyway are they considering removing some of those big dollar lower seats to try to prevent outbreaks or is that too much money? >> no, absolutely not, because at that point you're messing with that ball-related income and if you do that, you're going to have a fight on your hands between players and owners about how much money will be lost or how many players have to give back right now that's not up for discussion i think they tasted what it's like for 40% of their revenue to be canceled. adam silver came into this year saying $10 billion is what they're projecting
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if they get rid of those lower bowl and courtside suites and they're already suffering in corporate suites because they have not fully returned to arenas, so if you eliminate courtside and lower bowl seats, you're talking about a substantial hit to the revenue and i don't think the nba wants to play with that coming off the year particularly they just came off of. >> money, money, money jabari, have a great week ahead. the year ahead, it's a series we're kicking off tonight. this time medicine in the year ahead. for the remaining days of 2021 will peer around the corner in 2022 and what the future holds for the futures of tech and entertainment. tonight, medicine. this past year we saw pandemic peaks and valleys but no end of covid. vaccines rolled out at a pace the world's never seen and now new research on boosters as cases surge. what can we look forward to in 2022 from medical researchers, scientists and drug companies? with our year ahead in medicine, here's cnbc's senior health and
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science correspondent meg t to ril. >> reporter: with experts predicting the peak in early spring, the pandemic will be with us in 2022. but with it are technologies like delivering "the mandalorian. dr. eric topol points out it's not just for vaccines and we could see other areas of progress next year. >> the potential for universal flu vaccine would be great and also cancer, autoimmune diseases and even heart disease, that's opened up all sorts of things we had not really given high regard to because we had delivery issues >> reporter: and he said other exciting fields of science advanced as well, more under the radar during the pandemic. >> genome editing is the biggest thing that's ever happened in our lifetime in life science, in biotechnology. we're going to see cures for things like sickle cell and many rare diseases that were
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previously there was no approach we will see big triumphs in 2022 and i'm excited about that >> reporter: 2022 is also likely to bring continuing debate over new drugs for alzheimer's disease, which targets plaque buildup in the brain, but so far have shown mixed results several more may make their way to the fda next year but as technology forges ahead, we will be dealing with fallouts from the pandemic. care delayed. >> people put off colonoscopies, mammograms, basic vaccinations, that too will come home to roost. i fear in 2022 we're going to see an upsurge of patients facing illnesses and emergencies that could have been avoided were it not for covid and covid-related limitations on the health care system. >> reporter: a growing mental health crisis, surging opioid overdoses and major burnout among health care workers. >> studies report that half of
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frontline health care workers are considering leaving clinical care because it's just so exhausting and demoralizing right now. >> reporter: and that affects the level of care they can provide, but dr. megan ranney tells us she's hopeful that perhaps the pandemic will inspire some of the folks who left other jobs this year to consider going into medicine next year, shep. >> this pandemic, meg, led to a big shift in digital care. is telemedicine like our thing now forever? >> a lot of people expect and hope it will be in a much bigger way. megan ranney pointed out it really makes care a lot more accessible, a lot more equitable to folks dr. topol was telling us we're seeing a lot more remote monitoring and new digital technologies where you can diagnose things like ear infections or skin rashes at home, perhaps using the help of artificial intelligence. so a lot of this stuff has been advanced through the pandemic and will continue to do so next year. >> meg, you're the best, thank you. we're now hearing the story
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of how a group of missionaries held hostage for two months by a notorious and violent gang in haiti managed to escape their captors. they were not let go the ohio-based missionary organization spokesman said the group of 12 hostages, including a 10-month-old baby and three other children, slipped out a door in the dead of night, even with their guards close by he said they used a mountain as a sort of visual landmark and followed the light of the moon he said they hiked for up to ten miles through rough terrain, woods, thorns, thickets as he describes it, while carrying those small children. >> after a number of hours of walking, day began to dawn and they eventually found somebody to help them make a phone call for help they were finally free >> incredible story. the missionary group says later that day, the u.s. coast guard flew the missionaries to safety in florida actor chris noth is out of
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the cbs drama "the equalizer," effective immediately. that was new this evening. we're told he will appear in one more episode of the tv show since it had already completed production the announcement comes as three women allege they were sexually assaulted by the former "sex and the city" star two of them told "the hollywood reporter" the new reboot of the show triggered painful memories of the incident. following the allegations, noth's talent agency dropped him as a client. the company peloton also pulled his recent ad. the 67-year-old actor denies the accusations and says the encounters were consensual if you can't go left and can't go right, why not just go forward? that's the thinking, he says, behind andrew yang's new political party. so how will it work? we're hear from the former presidential candidate next. senator manchin's no vote on build back better hitting the electric vehicle industry. buit mhtt ig not -- it might be only a short-term setback. we'll hear from phil lebeau on
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concern now growing about the safety of the chinese tennis star peng shuai. in a weekend interview, she walked back the allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a top chinese official with close ties to president xi jinping a newspaper in singapore posted these videos it appears to show her with former chinese basketball star yao ming at a cross-country skiing event in shanghai nbc news was not able to independently verify that footage. when asked about the allegations, she told reporters, "i have never said or written that anyone has sexually assaulted me." adding that, "people may have many misunderstandings." the women's tennis association buys none of that. earlier last month the organization pulled all of its tennis tournaments out of china, including hong kong. the wta said peng's latest
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comments do not address its concerns about her well being. in a statement today writing, we remain steadfast in our call for a full, fair and transparent investigation without censorship into her allegation of sexual assault. as we reported earlier, the build back better bill is on the ropes, and of the potential casualties, expanded incentives to buy an electric vehicle the bill would have rewarded customers up to $12,500 in tax credits for buying evs at unionized plant and up to $7,500 for electric cars and trucks from nonunionized plants many auto experts say it would have given a real boost to the ev industry. so now what? cnbc's phil la low covers autos and airlines for us. there are still incentives for evs, right, phil >> there are, shep for $7,500 are up to $7,500 but that's a federal tax credit you tage on your federal tax return
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for a more limited number of vehicles in the build back better bill, it would have been up to $12,500 and covering a wider range of electric vehicles. >> so the apparent demise of the build back better plan, how does that hurt the growth of evs in your reporting >> if it was in effect, and let's say it went through, it would juice the sales in the near term because you could take that credit at the dealership. in other words, as opposed to saying i will wait until i file my federal tax return and take a $7,500 credit, you can say to the dealer, take that $12,500 off the price. that drops it from 55 to 43,000, or whatever the price might be it makes it more enticing for people to say, yes, i want that electric vehicle. >> might those incentives come back in some other bill in some other way? >> i think there's a good chance of that. i think a lot of people realize these incentives could really make a difference in terms of getting more americans to buy an electric vehicle so you could see it come back
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maybe in a slimmed down build back better bill or different bill all together. >> build back a little bit better. >> yes. >> phil, thank you good to see you. amid growing partisanship in congress and increasingly divided political landscape, is divided. a recent poll shows a majority of americans don't agree fully with either political party. according to an economist, ugov poll from last month, only 18% of those surveyed say they fully agree with republican party politics while 19% said the same for the democratic party former presidential candidate andrew yang said he may have a solution, a whole new party. in october he founded the forward party. the slogan is not left, not right, forward andrew yang joins me now good to see you. i want to talk to you about your new party in a moment. first, before we do that, you spend a lot of time around democratic politics. what did you make of joe manchin's decision >> it was a gut punch to a lot of people, shep, particularly
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the 62 million americans or so who were benefiting from the enhanced child tax credit. it was alleviating poverty for 3.8 million kids those checks are set to end this past december 15th, and now people are unsure if they're going to continue. so it's going to be a tough pill to swallow for a lot of families that have grown to again upon that for things like food, fuel, school supplies and the like. >> back to the forward party now, many tried and failed to break into the established political system from the outside, as you well know. how is your attempt different? >> we can see the dysfunction of the duopoly getting unfortunately more and more clear to millions of americans, shep 62% of americans now want to move on from the duopoly if you're an independent or business person watching this today, imagine you arrived in a marketplace, 62% of people wanted an alternative from the two main providers, wouldn't you
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want to create a new one that's what the forward party is meant to provide, by changing the process itself, so that we have nonpartisan open primaries, coupled with instant runoff voting elections around the country, and then you would see different political party perspectives emerge, which is exactly what we need because right now we have two parties clashing and clashing and leaving us, unfortunately, to political violence and even civil war over time. >> new civil war, let's hope that doesn't happen. your platform does include chefrl idseveral ideas you championed on the campaign trail, ubi, universal income, does this give you a platform to run under in 2024 or what is it? >> we're focused right now on 2022, shep if there are initiatives around the states that could do for more legislators what alaska did for lisa murkowski in 2020 where they shifted from a closed-party
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primary where she had to go through just the republican voters to now the general public and that liberated senator murkowski to be able to vote on principle, on conviction, we have to do the same for a critical mass of legislators around the country right now, and you know this, our political system rewards being extreme and trying to placate 10% to 15% hyper partisans on both sides, as opposed to trying to serve the 51% of the general public. >> we're trying to do it different around here. we'll watch your efforts and report on it thank you for checking in. good to see you. >> happy holidays, shep. >> you too. members of the january 6th committee asking a fellow lawmaker to hand over information related to efforts to overturn the 2021 election. they're requesting an interview with the republican congressman scott perry of pennsylvania. the request marked the first time the committee has publicly asked to interview a sitting member of congress democratic chairman betty thompson said the committee has
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evidence that he -- he's played an important role in efforts to install the former department official jeffrey clark as former acting attorney general and, of course, that never happened. senator perry said he's aware he talked about the plan and false election fraud claims. perry pushed those claims publicly and called for overturning the 2020 results so far, no response. "spider-man" saving the world and maybe even the box office the web slinger's big numbers and why it could mean a shift in what brings people out to the theaters and another smash and grab, this time at a small in texas. it wasn't just the robbery causing chaos this time around we'll pay off your phone up to $1000. you can keep your phone. keep your number. and get your employees connected on the largest and fastest 5g network. plus, we give you $200 in facebook ads on us! so you can reach more customers, create more opportunities, and finish this year strong.
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san francisco police have arrested a suspect in a murder case that's 43 years old in march of 1978, marissa harvey was found dead while visiting
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san francisco. she was just 15 years old then harvey traveled from new york to california to meet up with her newfound biological sister she went to golden gate park and never returned a man found her body nearby the next day at nearby sut row heights park she was reportedly sexually assaulted and died by strangulation but the case went cold for more than 40 years. then in october of last year, san francisco's cold case unit reopened the investigation police say new forensic technologies helped them finally inpoint a suspect. mark stanley personette. police arrested him in suburban denver and took him into custody on thursday. police say they booked the 76-year-old into a local jail on one count of homicide. he's held on no bail and it's unclear whether he's gotten a lawyer san francisco police are encouraging anybody with additional information to come forward, saying in a statement, the department is asking that police review their sexual assault-related cold case homicides involving young women
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to identify any other incidents in which personette may be a suspect. a smash-and-grab robbery in texas sending people in a crowded mall running for safety. cops in austin say they're searching for three people who broke into glass cases at a jewelry store and ran off with some items we don't know exactly what they ran off with the robbery happened on saturday night. our local station kxan obtained this surveillance video from inside the mall, people sprinted through it police say during the chaos somebody reported hearing possible gunshots fired. one witness said a woman yelled, "run, there's a shooter. after investigating, police say they think the noise of the thieves breaking through the hardened glass may have sounded to some people like gunshots the robbery comes after a string of smash-and-grabs on the west coast. your friendly neighborhood "spider-man" swinging to a record box office. over the weekend the movie "spider-man: no way home" raked in $260 million at the north american box office, according
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to com score that's the biggest opening weekend of the year and second-biggest domestic debut of all time, despite the covid surge. in the same company as two other marvel event movies, "avengers: end game" still on top with the opening day weekend and "avengers: infiniti war" rounding out the top three tom holland thanked his fans for the record debut he wrote on instagram, you made this possible. your love and support means the world to me. cnbc's julia borstein. great news for spidey but it wasn't all great at the box office this weekend. >> shep, it was mostly great news at the box office no industry watcher expected such a massive opening for this movie after the epidemic had such a negative impact on the box office
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adam aron is bullish about what this means about returning demand. >> we set a new record thursday, friday, and again saturday to put 7 million guests in a weekend into perspective, we didn't do 7 million tickets in the entire first quarter of 2021, and that tells me movie going at cinemas is back >> while "spider-man" certainly surpassed expectations, del toro's star-studded movie tanked with just $3 million at the box office this comes after steven spielberg's "west side story" opened at just $10.5 million here's how industry experts explain the tale of two movie industries >> in this marketplace today, it's really about bringing in that more youthful audience. a movie like "spider-man" certainly is doing that. more mature viewers will wait a little longer i think to go back to movie theaters so it will be those films that have youth
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appeal that are going to really drive the box office moving forward. >> that does bode well for disney's marvel sequels coming out next year, including ones to "black panther," "thor" and "captain marvel. shep, expect an even greater focus on superheroes going forward. >> they seem to sell julia, thank you. new year's eve less than two weeks away and they're getting times square ready the numbers 2022 arrived in the big apple this morning people can snap a photo with the seven-foot-tall digits until thursday and then they'll be moved to the top of one times square only small groups of essential workers were at last year's celebration. last month the new york city mayor bill de blasio said the new year's celebration this year will return to full capacity, but with everyone providing proof of vaccination or negative test of course, this omicron rise is so fast could change things. the mayor now said the city will make a decision before christmas on whether to hold "the times" square celebration 60 seconds left on a race to
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the finish the cdc reports the omicron covid variant amounts for 75% of recent cases in the united states president biden set to address the nation tomorrow afternoon as covid rapidly spreads. top democrats say they're not giving up on the build back better plan, even though senator joe manchin said he's a hard no. and the white house says president biden has just tested negative for covid after a close contact with an infected staffer. they were apparently on air force one together for approximately 30 minutes on friday and now you know the news of this and mod, december 20th, 2021 i'm shepard smith. follow us on instagram and twitter @nnz on cnbc and listen to the podcast on apple, spotify or your favorite podcast platform
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