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hello and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world. you are watching "cnn newsroom." and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, the u.s. testing czar admits coronavirus results are taking too long as several states struggle with outbreaks. millions of americans could get another stimulus check soon
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at white house and senate republicans near a stimulus deal. we will tell you what else is in that plan. and racial justice protests in portland stretch into another night while federal agents' presence is legal, their actions there may not be. we'll take a look. good to have you with us. the united states is zeroing in on testing as the coronavirus accelerates in many parts of the country. 23 states reported an increase in new cases in the past week, compared to the previous week. that is according to john hopkins university. the data also shows the five-day average of new cases is trending up. with more than 4.2 million people infected, the u.s. has
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more than 1/4 of the world's 16 million confirmed cases of covid-19. the trump administration says it is working to get the hot spot states under control, but testing is still an issue. the u.s. official overseeing testing conceded sunday to cnn that turnaround times are still too long. >> we are never going to be happy with testing until we get turnaround times within 24 hours, and i would be happy with point of care testing everywhere. we are not there yet. we are doing everything we can to do that. >> and florida is one state struggling to contain the virus. it's second only to california in the number of cases. florida's health department reported more than 9,000 new cases sunday and 77 additional deaths. now, this marks the 23rd day this month that the state has reported more than 9,000 new cases in a single day.
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well, nowhere in the united states are there more people confirmed to have the coronavirus right now than in california. hospitalizations have risen and the state's seven-day average of new cases has sharply increased over last week. 36 counties are now on the state's watch list and have been ordered to close many of their indoor operations. cnn's paul vercammen reports the economic toll of the pandemic is getting worse in los angeles. >> reporter: a yelp study said that 60% of the restaurants in america are not going to reopen in the covid-19 pandemic, and one of the casualties, a sensational bombshell in los angeles, the faceless restaurant behind me with garlands of praise from the critics. a michelin star. the celebrity chef saying he and his wife are closing down. they just can't survive under the very narrow business margins in this pandemic.
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other restaurant owners in los angeles also singing the blues. dustin lancaster owned 13 restaurants and bars. three of them, including crawford's in burbank, now closed. lancaster had to lay off 250 employees at one point. he says that the most he's brought 30% back. this is something that haunts him at night. >> if you were to drive down a sunset boulevard or a melrose, four out of five might not be there. that collateral damage is almost incomprehensible. for someone who operates so many, to lose something that you worked so hard for, to know that that won't be there, even though we're open to the community and employing some people, it's not sustainable, and if i think about losing something like that and losing those employees, it's almost too overwhelming for me to actually, you know, lay in bed at night and process without breaking down just from the
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sheer weight of it. >> reporter: the restauranteurs here in los angeles want everybody to pay tennessee to a $120 billion relief bill working its way through congress. the aim of this bill is to prevent further restaurant closures and keep those workers employed. reporting from los angeles, i'm paul vercammen. now back to you. >> thanks for that. and texas reported 153 new fatalities sunday, bringing the overall total to more than 5,000 people killed. that is according to the texas health department. and you can see how widespread the numbers of infections are with this map. nearly 400,000 people infected overall. the mayor of austin says local communities need to be given more control. >> what's happening right now in south texas, in the rio grande valley, is horrible to watch. they're making forced choices
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about who gets care in hospitals. they really need to be able to make rules and orders that convey the message to their community that they really have to be vigilant about masking and distancing. and their inability to be able to have that order locally confuses the message. >> and earlier i spoke with kim smith, she is an icu nurse based in corpus christi, texas, and she told me how the last few weeks have affected her and her colleagues. >> i've been nursing for going on 23 years. this this is the most stressed i've ever seen my fellow nurses in my whole career. you know, just emotional impact as well at physical toll. day in and day out, you know, of course they worry about their own safety. we worry about safety of our
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fellow co-workers, our families. trying to keep our patients safe. so, definitely the stress level's higher than i've ever seen it. then you add on to concerns about the, you know, safety fact? how much protection are we getting with our ppe? and just the overall, you know, i -- i have never felt more undervalued as a nurse when i look at the level of protection i've been given. >> icu nurse kim smith talking to me a little earlier. well, brazil now sits on a massive 2.4 million cases, but the number of new cases has decreased over the weekend. that country's president, jair bolsonaro, now says he has tested negative after having the virus for at least two weeks. as nick paton walsh reports, some are accusing the president of crimes against humanity for his handling of the crisis.
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a slight respite to the numbers on sunday, only 24,000, but terrifying numbers, frankly, for a country whose president tested positive for two weeks. a country whose president tested positive for two weeks, despite playing down the severity of the disease, and emerged on saturday morning on twitter to say that he, in fact, tested negative. essentially giving himself a clear bill of health. brandishing like he has done over the last couple of months, particularly during his illness, the medication hydroxychloroquine. now, that's according to doctors and scientists globally useless if you have coronavirus, and possibly even dangerous, yet still he continues to tout it, particularly here in the seat of government, the capital brasilia. the day saturday in which he declared himself negative. he went to a motorcycle shop and
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he talked about how he wouldn't have known he had the coronavirus if he hadn't tested positive. in stark contradiction to his statements that he felt he had a slight fever and backing freedom of speech in the country than essentially the virus sweeping across the country. stark criticism levelled against him, though, from medical professionals who put together a 64-page document that they're sending to the haig, to the international courts there to essentially accuse president jair bolsonaro of crimes against humanity. suggesting that his rhetoric of playing down the disease, his failure of government to act decisively may well have contributed to so many of the deaths still surging here in brazil. a slight respite to those numbers on sunday, only 24,000, but that's after a horrifying week, frankly, where most days saw 50,000 cases. the surge still raging here. nick paton walsh, brasilia, brazil.
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the british government is requiring travellers to quarantine for two weeks. the new travel rule announced over the weekend due to spain's spike in new cases. our atika shubert is at the valencia airport in spain, gauging reaction there. good to see you, atika. so what are people saying about this new quarantine requirement? >> reporter: well, you know, it was a really sudden decision. it happened overnight on saturday, and even caught out britain's transportation secretary who just arrived in spain for his holiday. more than a million british tourists came and visited spain last year. it's a hugely popular destination. so you can imagine just how frustrating it's going to be for a lot of the tourists now here on holiday. take a listen to what two of them told us yesterday in their reaction to the decision. >> if the spike here is quite big, i kind of get it, but if it's only minor then i don't see the point, really, because there are more measures here than in the uk at the moment, really. >> being here almost a week now,
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everyone wears masks everywhere. i feel really safe. >> i'm very disappointed in our own government. >> reporter: spain argues that while it does have a number of outbreaks, it's actually struggling to contain some 200 outbreaks in the country. most of them are isolated to specific regions. most of the country is fine, they say, and spain says it's actually trying to broker some kind of expense for the holiday islands where ibiza and -- wanting to visit spain without fear of being quarantined when they go back. >> we'll see how that quarantine
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works at the other end. atika shubert joining us from valencia airport with reaction. many thanks. well, coronavirus cases in south africa are increasing rapidly with over 11,000 reported sunday. south africa has the highest number of reported cases in africa, and the fifth highest worldwide. cnn's david mckenzie joins me now from johannesburg. so, david, how south africa's medical system coping with this increase in cases? >> reporter: well, certainly they are taking strain, rosemary. i've been speaking to doctors and physicians over the last few days, and here in the province, at least, they say they're managing to cope with the surge of parents, but that's it is a difficult prospect. there are also cases surging now in an adjacent province. so large parts of the country are now seeing the surge since they started to ease the lockdown in the beginning of june. today, rosemary, the schools
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will close, public schools, for at least a month for most students. that's a pretty controversial decision. many people obviously publicly supporting it to try and stop the transmission in the schools. but the official opposition is saying that they could take the government to court because they say it's irrational. so that earlier sort of blanket solidarity within south africa i think is cracking somewhat as the surge strains people's will power. the health minister, rosemary, just a few days ago saying that he's worried that people will have virus fatigue at this point, something that, you know, is an issue across the world. they're urging people still to wear masks, which is mandatory here, keep their distance, because the models that i've seen and that have been published are showing that this surge could last at least in august and certainly could be all the way through september. rosemary? >> yeah. a real concern, but as you say, at least people are wearing
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masks there, and hopefully that will have an impact as we're seeing elsewhere across the globe. many thanks to our david mckenzie joining us from johannesburg. just hours ago, beijing shut down and took possession of a u.s. consulate in china. a live report and reaction from both sides as tensions grow between the two nations. we're back in just a moment with that and more. want to brain better?
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my name is sara and i changed my life with noom. visit and lose the weight for good. hurricane hanna is now a tropical depression after making landfall in southern texas on saturday, but a flash flood emergency remains in some areas, and there are numerous reports of water rescues. fema has approved a federal emergency declaration. and in the pacific, hurricane douglas could become only the third hurricane in modern history to make landfall in hawaii. the governor is urging residents to shelter in place and warnings are in effect for some islands. let's turn now to our meteorologist pedram javaheri. he joins us now. so pedram, this is the last thing that anyone needs in the
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middle of a pandemic. how bad is all of this looking? >> you know, they've got open shelters across the hawaiian islands, rosemary. third consecutive day of records set for coronavirus cases across the hawaiian islands. the last thing you want to see is a hurricane move close to land. the closest of any hurricane to at least impact or get to within approach of honolulu since 1992. that really speaks to the vast nature of the pacific ocean, the hawaiian islands in general and, of course, hurricanes coming within close proximity of this. you look since the satellite era, only two hurricanes have made landfall, rosemary noted, in 1992. douglas, again, passing just north of honolulu at this hour. the concern is depending on the trajectory within the next couple of hours. we are seeing some weakening, which is excellent news. we could see this storm get very close to if not make landfall along kauai. making it the third hurricane to do so. prompted across the region.
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storm surge threat very high. the threat for rip currents on the immediate coast very high and, of course, the torrents of rainfall also going to be extreme here when it comes to the flooding concern across the islands. watch the storm system quickly becomes weaker as it move over cooler waters within the next couple of days. really, if it does make landful, into the early morning hours as it pushes north into kauai and gets into cooler waters and weakens. it is not the rains that are often the most destructive, but it is the storm surge threat already impacting some coastal communities on the north side of the island. rem againsts of hanna and a high probability of another disturbance forming within the next five days. show you what's happening with tropical depression hanna. spawned a couple of tornadoes across texas. still could see some
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thunderstorms. again, when you're talking about 12 inches coming down in some 24 hours across these regions, any additional rainfall is going to lead to significant flooding. the vast majority of it now moving into areas around northern mexico. so we'll watch that in the next couple of days. also watch happening in the atlantic. models suggest this system, very high confidence, given how far out it is, suggest this will move in and around puerto rico and beyond that into areas around turks and caicos and the bahamas. the latter portion of this week into early next week. again, you notice we're at the end of this model run is. it is not a good position to be if you're in the eastern united states. so it is something to follow within the next week, rosemary. >> we appreciate that. great to see you back in the studio. thanks, pedram. well, in the chinese city of chengdu, the u.s. consulate general has officially been shut down. not long ago the american flag
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outside the building was lowered as u.s. diplomats prepared to leave. china ordered them to close the site after washington made a similar move last week. when it forced a chinese consulate in houston to shut down. you recall. both sides have accused each other of endangering national security. and cnn's kristie lu stout joins me now from hong kong. good to see you, kristie. so what more are you learning about this u.s. consulate closing in china and what impact could this potential have between the two nations? >> rosemary, it was at 6:18 in the morning with the american flag at the u.s. consulate in chengdu was lowered, a powerful symbol in this downward spiral in relations between the u.s. and china. now, the consulate there was closed as of 10:00 a.m. this morning. cnn's david culver and his team were there and they encountered and filmed the heavy security presence around the diplomatic compound. in the hours leading up to the closure, staff were seen leaving with boxes, plastic bags, files.
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local residents were also seen around the diplomatic compound waving chinese flags and taking selfies. china's ministry of foreign affairs that confirmed the coalesceure. we' closure. quote, 10:00 a.m. monday, as required by china, the u.s. consulate general in chengdu is closed. relevant chinese authorities then entered through the front entrance and took over the premises. on twitter, the u.s. mission in china released a 39-second rather emotional video about the closure of the consulate there. along with a statement in chinese that translated into english said, today we bid farewell to the u.s. consulate in chengdu. we will miss you forever. in this 39-second video you see a photograph of then u.s. vice president george h.w. bush in chengdu opening up the u.s. consulate back in 1985. the video also goes through a long list of the areas that the
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consulate served and covered, including tibet. of course it was on friday when china's ministry of foreign affairs announced the closure of the u.s. consulate in chengdu in retaliation for u.s. actions, including the closure of the chinese consulate in houston. the state department last week announced that closure in order to, quote, protect american intellectual property rights. the chinese called that, quote, talking nonsense, but as of today, the official closure of the american consulate in chengdu awaits america's response and how this diplomatic tit for tat will move next. rosemary? >> we'll watch for that next move. kristie, as tensions between the u.s. and china escalate, more anti-american sentiment is popping up in china. what are you seeing? >> well, anti-american sentiment has popped up over the years, especially now, given the present friction between the u.s. and china. a lot of anti-american trolling, but it's interesting to note how that is in stark contrast to chinese official remarks.
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there was a lot of nationalist pressure for beijing to hit back hard and to retaliate hard on the back of the chinese consulate in houston. the ordered closure of that by the u.s. state department. but china close not to shut down a high-value or high-profile american consulate or, for example, in shanghai or even here in hong kong, but, rather, the one in chengdu. that is being widely interpreted as a sign of restraint on the chinese side. rosemary? >> interesting. kristie lu stout joining us live from hong kong. many thanks. a second stimulus check is being promised to millions of americans after weeks of deadlocks. senate republicans finally set to reveal new proposed benefits. what is in the rescue package? we'll talk about that on the other side of the break. stay with us. this isn't just a wifi upgrade.
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welcome back, everyone. well, u.s. senate republicans will soon roll out a $1 trillion relief package aimed at helping american workers and businesses impacted by the pandemic. the proposal would not extend the $600 weekly boost to unemployment benefits. instead, it would offer 70% of a worker's wages as antetokounmpoed opposed to a worker's wages. the democrats want $1,200 to every american, $105 billion for schools and another targeted round of forgivable loans. u.s. house speaker nancy pelosi says the republican plan is too complicated. >> let me just say this.
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the reason we had $600 was its simplicity. and figuring out 70% of somebody's wages, people don't all make a salary. maybe they do. they make wages. and they sometimes have it vary. so why don't we just keep it simple? unemployment benefits and the enhancement, which is so essential right now. >> cnn's eleni giokos is here with us now to talk more about this republican plan. good to see you, eleni. so what has been the reaction so far to this new republican relief package? and how complicated will it likely be? i mean, if they're having to calculate 70% of a worker's wages for each and every unemployed person, you're talking about 50 million people unemployed. that is going to be an incredible bureaucrat nightmare, surely. >> i mean, absolutely. you know, trying to figure out, firstly, what the wages would be on a weekly basis when numbers
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oscillate for many americans. you've got to find an average. they don't know you have to look at how you calculate this figure and obviously disbursement. one of the reasons they went with the flat rate initially was because we have so many states dealing with an antiquated system. when you throw in calculations of this nature, it could create bottlenecks and, of course, a very big issue in terms of getting money to people on time. now, even with the flat rate, we saw many americans not getting their enhanced benefit checks on a weekly basis. we've heard many stories of backdated checks that still need to be honored. the republicans have made it clear, however, saying you need to put a cap on the benefit. they're saying it's a disincentive to work. republican, the republicans have been discussing this for almost a week now, and this proposal needs to still be discussed with the democrats. i want you to take a listen to what larry kudlow said yesterday during discussions. he the white house economic adviser. >> it won't stop the assistance.
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it's going to -- it's going to cap the assistance at a level that is consistent with people going back to work. that's what we've said from day one. first of all, state unemployment benefits stay in place. second of all, we will try to cap the benefits at about 70% of wages. >> yeah, so implementation here is going to be absolutely key, but, remember, that time is of the essence. you had millions of americans receiving their last benefit check on saturday. the program comes to an end this weekend and then, of course, you are also worried about the fact that you've got the eviction protections also coming to an end. take a look at the proposals on the table right now. they all make sense. the question is what is the common ground with democrats and who is going to budge? >> yes. i mean, there are a lot of problems, too, aren't there because many of those $1,200 checks went to people who had since passed.
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so they need to clean up a lot of those problems. so eleni giokos, many thanks for that, bringing us up to date on the situation. appreciate. well, the outbreak in the australian state of victoria keeps getting worse. 532 people were diagnosed on sunday, making it australia's worst day of the pandemic so far. six more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. and cnn's anna coren joins me live from hong kong to talk about this. good to see you, anna. the numbers, of course, seem small compared to what we're seeing and hearing in the united states. what is going on in australia's state of victoria with the increased number of cases? >> it's very alarming, certainly for australia, because as we know, they have tackled this extremely aggressively, shutting down national borders, shutting down the borders of victoria, and yet we're seeing this surge in cases.
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yesterday, you know, it was in the 400s. today it's 532. and you mention that death toll, another six deaths in victoria, taking the national death toll to 161. that may seem miniscule compared to other countries around the world, but for australia, this is particular alarming. the victorian premier andrews addressed the media and said there are large outbreaks in more than half a dozen aged care facilities. he said the reason for that is workers are coming into the facilities infected unknowingly and then passing on coronavirus to these elderly residents. and obviously it's this demographic that is at high risk. they are extremely vulnerable. and that was made very clear by victoria's chief health officer professor brett sutton. take a listen to what he had to say.
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>> the residents in these facilities will be people's parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and they are at significant risk of dying. that's an inescapable fact. >> rosemary, i think that really brings it home. i mean, these are the people who are the most vulnerable, and they are making up the majority of people who are infected. so of the premier said even if you have the most mild of symptoms, a sniffle, a scratchy throat, you have to stay home. you cannot go to work. and obviously people are feeling that financial stress. they want to earn a paycheck. they want to do their shift. they don't know how long this pandemic is going to last. but the premier has made it very clear, you're sick, you stay home, and in public, mask-wearing is mandatory. rosemary? >> yeah, some people in some nations have really been reluctant to wear those masks. i know it's happening in australia. certainly here in the u.s. but it is a must. this is the only way, the only weapon we have. anna coren joining us to bring
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us up to date on the situation in australia. many thanks. well, coming up on "cnn newsroom," all weekend long protests in portland marred by violence and clashes with fell agents. we will get a live report on the situation there. right now. we'll do that on the other side of the break. stay with us. so what's going on? i'm a talking dog. the other issue. oh...i'm scratching like crazy. you've got some allergic itch with skin inflammation. apoquel can work on that itch in as little as 4 hours, whether it's a new or chronic problem. and apoquel's treated over 8 million dogs. nice. and...the talking dog thing? is it bothering you? no...itching like a dog is bothering me. until dogs can speak for themselves, you have to. when allergic itch is a problem, ask for apoquel. apoquel is for the control of itch associated with allergic dermatitis and the control of atopic dermatitis in dogs. do not use apoquel in dogs less than 12 months old or those with serious infections. apoquel may increase the chance of developing serious infections and may cause existing parasitic skin infestations or pre-existing cancers to worsen.
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moved to washington, d.c. where he will lie in state in the u.s. capitol. he'll be laid to rest in atlanta which he represented in the congress for more than three decades. well, right now demonstrators are packing the streets of portland, oregon for another night of racial justice protests. >> whose lives matter? >> black lives matter. >> whose lives matter? >> black lives matter. >> activists are calling for racial equality and protesting the presence of federal officers there. it's relatively calm right now. after a weekend marred by violence and clashes between protesters and police, as well as federal agents. u.s. president donald trump sent federal agents into the city, as he put it, to protect federal property. that's not how the protesters feel. cnn's lucy kafanov is in portland right now. she joins us now live. good to see you, lucy. talk to us about the situation there as -- as you're standing there.
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>> reporter: well, i want to apologize to our viewers, your viewers for my voice. we actually just got -- were standing very close to where a round of tear gas was fired off by the federal agents. who are barricaded behind the fence at the federal courthouse billing. this evening playing out like so many others, you know, in the early hours, you see large groups of people coming out to really further the message of racial justice and racial equality here in the united states. nearly two months after the death of george floyd at the hands of minneapolis police officers. families coming out, the so-called wall of moms in their orange t-shirts, pardon me, yellow t-shirts, linking hands, using their bodies to put themselves in between the federal officers and the demonstrators. later on in the evening, the early hours of the evening, the mood tens to shift. the focus becomes a lot more on getting the federal presence out of the streets of portland. we saw demonstrators lobbing fireworks over the fence towards the building.
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then that usually elicits a response from federal agents who come out and use flash bangs and pepper spray to try to disperse the crowd. it becomes this cat and mouse game where the protesters come back. they started chanting "our streets". right now they're chanting, sort of banging on the fence, and then eventually to escalates enough to get the federal agents out. now, yesterday was one of the more intense evenings we've seen here where demonstrators actually managed to pull down the fence behind me. that prompted a very forceful response from the federal agents. they actually left the perimeter of the building, marched down a few blocks to disperse the crowds, and it was briefly declared a riot here, but this evening a lot more calm. back to you. >> all right. our lucy kafanov bringing us that live report from the streets of portland, oregon. many thanks. cnn contributor and former editor of "politico" magazine
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garrett graff joins me now. he is also the author of "raven rock." thank you so much for joining us. >> happy to be here. >> so we are seeing tensions escalate between law enforcement and portland protesters, and you wrote in "the washington post" recently that this federal crackdown is legal and that's the problem here. how is this crackdown legal and how is it within the spirit of the law? >> yeah, so there are a couple of different things at work here. the first is that the way that the federal government is deploying these officers to portland is legal. there -- they have very creatively turned to this little-known statute nope as the 13th -- statue 1315 of the u.s. code that allows for pefederal officers to help with the protection of federal property. so they're effectively being
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deputized to help protect the courthouse in oregon that is the center of these protests. that doesn't necessarily mean that the officers' actions once they are in portland are legal. that there are -- that there is reason to believe that they are violating the spirit of the law at the very least in terms of using this courthouse as a pretext to enforce other laws in the city. but the deployment of the officers, which is controversial, is apparently legal. >> so if this is legal, what does it leave or where does it leave local authorities who don't want these federal agents there? how do they push back? what is the legal argument for doing such a thing? >> yeah, so one of the things that's important to understand about the american model of policing is that policing and law enforcement is always supposed to be handled at the lowest local level possible. that it is largely left up to the local police. the state police come in when the local police can't. and then as a last resort, the
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federal police arrive. and in this instance, this is one of the only a handful of times in modern american history. i mean, you can count on one hand in the last 50 years that the federal government has dispatched officers to a city or region at -- against the wishes of the local government. >> and this racial justice movement has brought mothers and veterans out on the portland streets to show their support for these protesters, along with the city's mayor, and yet they have all been teargassed. we saw that video. have we ever seen anything like this and how big a role does politics and, of course, the upcoming presidential election play in all of this? >> yeah, and i think that that's where you're seeing a lot of the outrage come. which is it appears that this is nothing but a presidential re-election campaign photo op. that the president wants to try
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to paint these cities led by democratic mayors as out of control, under violent siege by anarchist protesters. and that's, frankly, just not the reality on the ground in any of these cities. the residents of portland are baffled at these -- at these images that the federal government is putting out of these protesters because for the most part, most people in portland are going about their daily lives totally normally. and it's not clear if the federal police weren't there in the first place whether there would be any meaningfully -- meaningful protests at all. the federal police seem to be escalating the situation more than they are helping. >> right. and just finally, we have seen video from the streets of portland reminiscent of streets from george orwell's "1984" and we know the president intends to expand this into chicago and other cities. why do you think there is not
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more outrage? >> well, i think that there actually is a fair bit of outrage. i mean, you are seeing a number of different court cases come up. you're seeing other state and local leaders around the country reject this type of operation in their own communities. and i don't think that the federal government -- that the president's re-election campaign may come out ahead at the end of this, but certainly the federal police, the federal law enforcement agencies involved are being deeply harmed. >> garrett graff, thank you so much for joining us. appreciate it. >> happy to any time. and coming up, the final day of england's premier league season brings suspense, celebration and despair. we are live in london. that's next. want to brain better?
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solve the problem themselves. cyril vanier has our story. ♪ >> reporter: with more than 17,000 miles of coastline, south africa has a deep connection with the ocean, however, a 2015 study showed that the rainbow nation is one of the worst plastic polluters on the planet. world-renowned surfer frank solomon has spent most of his life in thee waters. >> i obviously heard people talking about the problem of pollution and the issues that we face, but to see it for myself on my home beach that's traditionally very clean, that was a moment that changed my perception of the moments we are facing. by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by mass, and that just blows my mind ♪ >> reporter: solomon has founded the sentinel ocean alliance in his hometown of hope bay, cape town, to give underprivileged children in the area an opportunity to learn to surf and
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swim whilst teaching them valuable lessons in conservation. >> once we've taught the kids about life saving and surfing, we'll educate them why they need to protect the ocean and the environment and they'll take that with them through life. i think that's the biggest change we can make. >> reporter: solomon is not the only member of the hope bay surfing community looking to tackle the plastic pollution problem. mike and jasper founded a company in 2015 producing bags and accessories made from upcycled materials. >> upcycling is is creating new value through existing waste material through a process of not breaking it down, but reshaping it into something new. >> there is a huge amount of waste and a lot of please materials make their way to the landfill and a lot of these materials actually have very good qualities. >> essentially waste is a lost revenue source. for us there is a huge amount of
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waste material that holds a great value to it. you just have to look at it  through the right lens. >> reporter: this year the south african plastic pact was backed with public backing, working to eradicate plastic waste and pollution in the country. >> one individual can have a huge difference. if every person picked up a plastic bottle in south africa, that would be 50 million bottles every day that wouldn't be on the streets, wouldn't be going into waste, landfill, wouldn't be going into the oceans. >> reporter: with the likes of them spreading the word, there is hope that south africa could turn the tide on its plastic plague. cyril vanier, cnn. well, the last day of the english premier league was, as usual, a nail-baiter, but it was celebration time for aston villa, who managed to hold on for a draw and avoided regulation. relegation. it was also a very good day for manchester united and chelsea. alex thomas is live in london with all the details. he joins us now. good to see you, alex.
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so how did the last day of the premier league play out and what were all the highlights? >> hi, rosemary. that coming two months later than planned because of the coronavirus outbreak. with liverpool having won the title two weeks ago, the race to seal champions league qualification. those teams finishing in top four of the table. that came down to a winner takes all match at the king power stadium in the midlands here in the buck and it was leicester hosting manchester united. no goals until the final 20 minutes of the game. that's where the biting of the nails came down. and finally the deadlock was broken for manchester united by bruno fernandez from the penalty spot after anthony martial had been fouled in the build-up to that. fernandez a signing in january that really transformed manchester united's season. they haven't lost a premier league game since january. the late goal eight minutes into stoppage time really breaking leicester city's hearts. they've been in the top four
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since last august, dropping out of champions league qualification on the final day of the season. and we can see that we take a look at the top half of the premier league table. how it finished with liverpool champions on 99 points followed by manchester city, manchester united, who would have thought they would have finished third when they had quite a slow first half of the season. chelsea winning 2-0 on the final day means they take the final top four spot with leicester dropping to fifth. they'll go into the europa league, the second tier european-wide cup competition along with tottenham hot spur. let's show you what happened at the bottom of the table, rosemary. crucially, aston villa securing their premier league survival with a 1-1 draw. jack grealish was the goal hero for villa. although they did concede very quickly to west ham, 1-1 stays, and bournemouth and watford are going down. >> all right. many thanks to alex thomas. appreciate that. and thank you for joining us. i'm rosemary church. i'll have another hour of news
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