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he did not attend honors for john mccain or president bush, either. "ac 360" with anderson begins right now. and good evening. public viewing is now underway as erin mentioned on the capitol steps for the late congressman and civil rights icon john lewis. people paying respects lining up for a socially distant glimpse of the flag draped coffin honoring a man that could live forever on moral power alone. he lived long enough in his remarkable life to see a lot including the sad reality of socially distant memorial services for so many others the last six months. we'll have more on congressman lewis' life and legacy tonight. we'll begin with the president who fails to lead on coronavirus and fails to accept responsibility for its spread even as the virus reaches right into the oval office. national security advisor robert o'bryan testing positive said to be showing what are december described as mild symptoms. no doubt causing concern among the senior foreign officials he
met with unmasked not socially distanced on a recent trip to europe or staffers and reporters accompanying him. the president barely mentioned ocho bri o'bryan today and didn't mention the 13 players and coaches on major league baseball miami marlins tested positive for the minnesota vikings infection control officer also tested positive. let that sink in for a moment. the infection control officer. the president had nothing to say about google giving employees the option to work from home until june of next year or that his friend and staunch supporter hermann cane that attended the rally in tulsa is hospitalized for three weeks and is still in the hospital now on oxygen. nor, most of all, did this self-or tdained wartime preside say we as a country are about to endure the 150,000th covid death. none of these real world items cross the president's lips or mind. instead today on a trip to north
carolina he repeated the same familiar lines from a word he inhabits and has from the beginning. >> the united states is conducting over 52 million tests, more than all of europe put together times two. nobody is even close. through our relentless efforts, we've completely rebuilt our stockpile, which the previous administration depleted and did not fill, anything we need, we send them immediately. we are totally full. we have everything we need. we get it to the states immediately and get it to the governors, the relationship with the governors is very good. >> keeping them honest, we're hearing and debunking for what he said for months now. states do not have everything they need and they do not get it immediately. the stockpile whether he's referring to ventilators or ppe was never empty except for test kits that did not exist because the virus did not exist and if it had been empty, why did this president allow it to be empty
for three years of his administration. that said, the president still has not fully used the defense production act to make companies produce enough of anything. for testing, we're doing more because the disease is out of control in so many places in this country, which is driven demand through the roof. now, we've seen people waiting in cars all day day after day to get swabbed. we reported on two-week waits to get results back from major commercial labs that makes those tests meaningless and reported on states now forced to limit testing, which the president said back in march anyone, anyone could get. >> anybody that needs a test can have a test. they're all set. they have them out there. in addition to that, they are making millions more as we speak, but as of right now and yesterday, anybody that needs a test, that's the important thing. the tests are all perfect. like the letter was perfect. >> notice the health and human services secretary there nodding
away about that? that was march 6th when only 14 people had died. wasn't through then. isn't true now. nearly 150,000 american lives later the president is still bragging about testing and not being honesting and not questioning the need about testing and telling screaming none masked socially distant supporters ordered testing slowed down. nothing about something the president promised last tuesday, likely assuming we'd forget about it by now. >> we are in the process of developing a strategy that's going to be very, very powerful. >> very, very powerful he said. perhaps like a super hero, its power is invisibility because there is no sign of it today, six days and 5,000 american lives since. no national strategy. the federal government is sending supplies and personnel to some of the worst-hit areas but no strategy from this white house, not a new one is promised and definitely not an old one
and deaths are only climbing. a dose of reality you might think would get any president's full attention, especially a self-proclaimed war-time president one. instead, here is how he spent this weekend and so many others over the weeks and months that so many americans have been dying, first by the dozens and then by the hundreds and thousands every single day. he did however back out of throwing out the first pitch at a yankee game next month because of his quote strong focus on the pandemic. just moments ago, "the new york times" reported he had not been invited to throw out the pitch in the first place. more now on all this from kaitlan collins at the white house. with the national security advisor testing positive for the virus, what is the white house saying president o'bryan last saw each other? >> they aren't answering our questions about that. all we know is that the president said today he has not seen robert o'bryan lately, he said that raises questions because it wasn't that long ago that the press secretary told us they see each other sometimes
twice a day and o'bryan is on half a dozen calls with the president. so it's unclear what we do know, though, anderson is that o'bryan was last here last thursday. he was seen on the white house grounds then. we're told that he abruptly left after receiving a phone call. it's not clear if that phone call was about his diagnosis but larry cud low, another top aid today said he believed it was because o'bryan's daughter had tested positive for coronavirus so they were trying to do a contact tracing that way but another shocking thing, anderson, we learned today reporting this out, o'bryan never told his staff formally that he tested positive for coronavirus. several of the top staffers said they found out today from reports in the media that their boss tested positive for covid-19 and some people in the west wing were even surprised to learn about the diagnosis, which is notable given that he mostly works out of his office in the west wing not too far from the chief of staff's office and not to ultimately not far from the oval office. >> and is the president still
essentially in this biological bunker where everybody who comes to him has to be tested or i mean, is that still happening or people around him still wearing masks? >> people in the west wing are not wearing masks. at a meeting back there a few weeks ago, i went back there. i was the only one wearing a mask. you don't often see staffers wearing a mask. you see a few more today. larry kudlow is one he speaks with reporters, he doesn't normally wear one and today he was wearing one improperly but said it because he said we were. you saw staffers getting on the plane with the president today wearing one. their defense for this for so long is they don't need to wear masks because they get tested every day. robert o'bryan gets tested every day and he's tested positive because he came into contact who had also tested positive. it does raise the question about that and robert o'bryan is someone who is around a lot of people in the west wing senior aids and so it does raise concerns for them about their
exposure but it really remains to be seen if it changes any of the practices going forward in the west wing. >> yeah, kaitlan collins, thanks. let's get political and medical perspective from "the new york times" white house correspondent and cnn political analyst maggie haberman and medical school professor william, the author of "a family guide to covid." maggie, there certainly has been a shift how the president is approaching the pandemic or there has been lately. today instead of talking about the 150,000 dead in this country or out lying a strategy to fight, he boelasted about the tests and encouraged governors to open up the states. is the plan continue everything going great while so many people are continuing to die? is there actually going to be some sort of a new plan? >> look, anderson, i think you hit on what the issue is, the white house in many respects is treating this, at least in terms of how the president approaches
it as a messaging challenge, not as a public health challenge in something they need to have addressed specifics of. they are treating him almost like a speaks mokesman, he goes and talks about the positive news. part of that is a reflection of the fact that the president's advisors within the white house recognize that if he does not start turning around the perception of him on the coronavirus with voters, that he is very likely to lose the election. so that is a shift. but a, how long he can sustain it and b, how honest he's being with people are two open questions. >> right. clearly, that's why he's started briefing people about the coronavirus again. the scientists are not briefing. he's -- >> correct. >> the face of this which given the fact he's not going to briefings is just kind of stunning to me that the scientists are still silenced on this. maggie, "the washington post" reported the reason the president has been able to rise to the challenge of dealing with this is because of a quote
almost pathological unwillingness to admit error and positive feedback loop of the assessment and data of fox news and a pension for magical thinking that prevented him from fully engaging with the pandemi pandemic. none of there is new but stuff we've known before but it is remarkable that you've reported on numerous times all those individual things. it's remarkable that nothing has changed in this pandemic. you would think if anything can lodge the president from those patterns, it would be this. >> well, i think, anderson, it's missing and that was a really well done story by ashley parker and phil rucker. there was one in that paragraph that's missing which is the president's inability to see anything other than whether it impacts him or not and so when it started impacting him in his mind, was when his supporters started seeing covid cases spreading in red states. before that, the white house had been basically limiting this to
a blue state problem and i think the president does have more agency than some of that might suggest. i think the president likes to try to see if he can convince people of his version of reality. it's not just that he believes he can. i think he wants to see if he can do it in most of these cases so i do think they're absolutely right, all of these factors are why he's uniquely unable to meet this moment. >> professor, what en it comes testing, the president is bragging about the number of tests the u.s. has done. if it takes two weeks to get a test or a week to get a test, doesn't that basically render the tests meaningless? >> there is a lot of issues with testing. first of all, in the united states today only the worried are tested. we know that we're missing about 90%, ten times as many people are actually infected as are being tested. the reason we know that is we've done tests that say how many people have been infected and the numbers are ten times more
than recorded. let do a little math here. 60,000 people a day are reported to be infected. that means 600,000 a day are actually infected. if you're infect infectious foro ten days, that means every day 5 to 6,000 people are walking around infecting you in this country. that is an epidemic out of control. i'm not surprised the president's security advisor was infected if there are 3 to 6 million people walking around, breathing out this virus every day. we've got to get this under the control. now, testing is one part of it. the testing has to have action. it has to be action. when you point out that if you get a test result and have to wait five, ten or two or three days, it not really axbctionabl. you can't take the action which is isolate that infected person. and then, we don't have the mechanisms to isolate those
infected people even if we do find them and we certainly don't have an effective way to contact trace those people who have been infected. so testing, as faulty as it is, even if perfect would be a problem being as imperfect as it is, it just magnifies the problem and no matter how many tests you say you're doing, you look at the number of people being infected today and it's obviously not worked. >> maggie, do you know in the white house, may anybody that c into contact with the president, are they tested every time, every day before they come in contact with the president? >> people who are going to be in close contact with the president are tested before they are around him, which i assume is -- but again, we don't know is how they found that robert o'bryan tested positive. obviously, nobody wants anybody to be sick but i'll say the white house made it a real
concerted effort to keep that quiet. we have been chasing it this weekend, as well, as other reporters and they didn't go public with it until today. contrast that with how they treated the spokeswoman being tested positive and they released that pretty quickly. this is important to actually let people know what is going on and to allow people to have confidence in their government. that is not going to add to it when you have people getting sick and the white house is trying to do damage control. >> professor, just in terms of testing, we talked to bill gates on the town hall last week who he talked about he was a little bit more optimistic about better therapeutics by the end of the year, better diagnostics, better testing and then ultimately in the new year, waves of vaccines in various stages. i'm wondering if you share that slight optimism, i think he was
saying he was more of tim misted kennedy -- optimistic than a month ago, do you see improvements in testing possible by then? >> yes, in fact, let me firstth improvements in testing possible by then? >> yes, in fact, let me first make a comment. this virus is aresols. the white house is not big with small spaces, that's what you don't want somebody breathing out this virus in that space. that's something to think about. now, with respect to optimism, i just wrote a story today about a new test that's been approved in india. it's a test for the virus. it takes about 30 minutes to do. it very cheapperhaps less than five cents to produce and 50% accurate in 30 minutes. they don't assume if you're negative, they do a pcr test on everybody else. it takes half of the population and identifies them right away while they're present and then
can put those people under control. we have a test that's got an emergency use authorization like that in the u.s. which i wish we would use the same way the indians as a prescreen at least find the people you can find with that test and then look for the others. so that is something we could do tomorrow if we wanted. we have the approval for those tests, we've got the tests. we can find about half the people right away. i don't know why we're not doing it. >> professor, appreciate it. more on that to come, no doubt. maggie haberman, thanks for your reporting. florida's governor under fire as coronavirus burns through the state. he was so keen to reopen. the latest plus the mayor of miami beach has plenty to say about what is going on there. also, as we mentioned, remembering congressman john lewis and battles he fought to make this a more perfect union. n that gives me cash back on everything. that's ebates. i get cash back on electronics, travel, clothes. you're talking about ebates. i can't stop talking about rakuten. pretty good deal - peter
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the president's outlook on the pandemic and tonight taking 1 148,000 lives. they blame many deaths on states reopening too soon and the president's urging we might add he was back at it today. >> i really do believe a lot of the governors should be opening upstates that are not opening and we'll see what happens with them. a lot will have to do with the fact that therapeutically, you can have great answers. >> no governor has been more enthose yas tie enthusiastic about reopening. miami beach mayor that blames the governor, what they are going through and the governor, what he's been up to. what's the latest in florida, randi? >> reporter: anderson, more than 8800 cases here in florida and 77 deaths under 6,000 deaths in the state and since reopening on may 4 th, the switeven-day aver
has jumped 1500%. still about 9,000 people hospitalized in the state. we have less than 19% of our icu beds left statewide and dozens of hospitals say they are without any icu beds. in miami-dade, hardest hit, they are actually now converting regular beds, regular hospital rooms to icu beds. meanwhile, though, anderson, skills are still set to reopen next month. the governor has been on board with that. the florida department of health reporting that in the last eight days, we've seen a 34% increase in children who have tested positive and a 23% increase in children who have been hospitalized. overall, anderson, more than 31,000 children testing positive in this state and as you know, five minors have died. >> and florida obviously was supposed to host a home opener tonight. the miami marlins game was called off. how many players now are infected?
>> reporter: well, epsn says 13 players and coaches have tested positive for the virus. that the t that is the miami marlins. the game was supposed to be tonight and cancelled the game for tomorrow night. meanwhile, the new york yankees and philadelphia phillies game was also cancelled because the marlins played in philadelphia so they had to cancel that, as well. i don't know if you recall, the governor at one point said he thought all of major league baseball could play their games here in florida. he thought there could be fans in june and july. so he's always had this rosie outlook on this state. he said the hospitalizations are stabilizing and we have a low mortality rate, but he also talks a lot about testing at th. meanwhile, we're confirming 100 cases at a facility outside orlando. half the residents practically tested positive. 56 residents tested positive and 30 staff members. certainly doesn't sound like
things are fully under control there and of course, the testing here getting results still takes weeks and those contact tracers, anderson, in many communities that need them most very hard to find. >> yeah. randi, thank you. the mayor of miami beach wrote to the governor criticizing him and his administration for the surge in cases in his care ya. quote, a large part of the blame falls on an unprepared contact tracing operation. thanks for being with us. sorry it's under these circumstances. governor desantis said you got a lot of people in your profession how florida would be like new york. florida is over taken new york in the number of cases, nearly surpassing california. do you point to the governor's decisions on this? >> well, i think certainly when it comes to the contact tracing i do. because in dade county, miami-dade county in florida,
the department of health who works for the governor does the local health. there is no health departments in a county or city, they are all reporting to the governor and the cdc said we don't open up unless you have a good contact tracing. they quoted core state responsibility and it was the first thing they mentioned as the state responsibility we have found, we learned and we had to coax it out of the local health department folks the level of connection they were making with the people that tested positive was obscenely low, as low as 7% sometimes and if you think about what a contact tracer does and they're not giving that information to somebody who has tested positive then you could understand why there would be this spread of disease unconstraint -- >> let me understand. in some cases, contact tracers in miami-dade county were only able to reach 7% of the contacts of people who were infected?
>> yeah, you know, i sit on a call in the mornings with mayor suarez for miami and we're like a study group and ask department of health employees what is going on. we have been getting high percentages and then we started to really test it and question it and then about two weeks ago, we learned 17% on a particularly big day were all the number of people that had been connected with. and then we said 83% never got a call from the department of health telling them to quarantine and telling them to go to who else might have been contacted to finding close contacts. in new york, anderson, they literally call you up. they offer you a hotel room. they get you your groceries and call you every day to make sure you're quarantining. here we're not calling or reaching over 80% of the people and we just got the number on friday over the last two weeks, the average was 18% of connections of people who had tested positive. you have to call your positive and that's the last thing you heard from the state of florida.
>> that's incredible. that's not contact tracing. that's completely -- >> it's not effective contact tracing. >> i wouldn't say useless but it awful. is it a manpower issue? >> well, there is a couple things. number one, the cdc lays it out and there are standards, industry standards. you're supposed to have 30 for every 100,000 people. we should have had 800 here in dade county when we started. we sheltered in place, people lost their jobs. it was terrible. they lost their businesses. we got out with very little virus in our community and then it just started to go up so rapidly and now, we think we know why, which is nobody was doing what they were supposed to do, which is sort of amazing given the fact there are so many unemployed in florida right now you would think you could find 800 people to do this job that takes a few days of training.
>> when -- you know, do you see your area returning to a stay-at-home order? would that become necessary do you think? >> you know, goodness. you know, so many people don't want to do that for the obvious economic repercussions but we see the virus slowing down in terms of its trajectory upward. right now it's hovering at a level that's multiples of where it was when he last sheltered in place. right now, think of it this way, every day 150 to 200 people are hospitalized in our county. 20, 30 of them will die. half of them will be in icu for two weeks. we are sort of beginning to normalize something that should never be normalized and i don't know whatever we're going to do to lower the virus, if we don't have contact tracing to at least stop it and cabinet it and control its surging, we're going to -- it's going to become the ground hog day for us where we're just going to do whatever we can to destroy the economy, lower the virus and end upcoming
right back. this is really malpractice from the state. >> malpractice. wow. there was concern in last week in california on who is making decisions amongst officials whether state or county or local public health officials. i know you said it the governor's folks who are responsible for the contact tracing. in miami beach, do you have the power to make decisions that could affect the health of your citizens or does that pretty much fall to the state? >> well, in florida what we've been doing is local cities or counties have been making decisions. we were the first city to shelter in place in florida, the first city to require masks along with the city of miami around the same time. so we really have been trying to be ahead of it and we're the last city to reopen. we didn't feel comfortable given the amount of gathering that happens in a city like ours where hospitality city and you can understand why. we don't have any health officials here. so i don't mind making these
decisions. i think they're important decisions but i wish we had a health department that reported to us and i don't know that the state department of health and certainly the cdc is providing absolutely no direction of great help right now. >> wow. mayor, i appreciate your time. thank you very much. >> thanks, anderson. just ahead, a milestone day in the hunt for coronavirus vaccine. the details about the first mask trial of the vaccine praised by dr. anthony fauci and the first person to receive it when we continue. verizon knows how to build unlimited right. you start with the network j.d. power has named the most awarded for network quality 25 times in a row. this network is one less thing i have to worry about. then, give people more plans to mix and match, so you only pay for what you need. that is so cool! include the best in entertainment, and offer it all starting at $35. with the iphone everyone wants. iphone 11 pro on us, when you buy one. because everyone deserves the best. this is unlimited built right.
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just a short time ago dr. anthony fauci talked about the first coronavirus vaccine trial. he's cautiously optimistic we'll have a vaccine that works. his words. the vaccine was developed by mo dern that and the national agency of health, about 30,000 will participate in the phase three trial by receiving the vaccine or placebo, not just among health officials, participating in the trials, as well. senior medical correspondent spoke with the first person to receive the vaccine why this milestone is so important to her. >> i'm dawn baker. we have breaking news. >> don baker usually delivers the news. but monday morning this television anchor in savannah, georgia made news, made history as the first person in the united states to participate in a phase three clinical trial for
a vaccine. >> it's exciting to me that i can be part of saving lives eventually instead of being scared and praying. >> reporter: after her injection, study leader paul bradley called moderna, the company that makes the vaccine. >> i have amazing news. we dosed the first patient. >> reporter: the national institutes of health is collaborating on the trial. dr. anthony fauci marked the day on a call with the media. >> i can tell you the first one was at 6:45 this morning in savannah, georgia. indeed, we're participating today in the launching of a truly historic event in vaccines. >> reporter: there are 90 study sites and phase three trials are underway for four other vaccines, three in china and one in the united kingdom. scientists hope that results of moderna's trial will be clear in a few months and a vaccine on the ma r crket by the end of th year or next if the vaccine is
proven safe and effective which is not a given. >> let me explain how the moderna vaccine trial works. this is the vaccine and about 15,000 people nationwide will get injected with this during the clinical trial. now, this looks similar to the vaccine but actually it a pla sew bow. it doesn't do anything. after, doctors will compare who gets sick with covid-19 and who doesn't. doctors are recruiting subjects where they are most likely to get covid so they can see if the vaccine truly works. >> we want people who are going to be exposed out there in the community, living their lives whether they're a health care worker, where unfortunately we get exposed frequently, maybe working in a grocery store, but we want people that are unfortunately at risk. >> reporter: that's why doctors are recruiting heavily among the african american and latino
communities where covid rates are high but it's a challenge because the communities have been abused in medical research. >> very suspicious. maybe, since i was at least voted to come forward right now, that might change that. >> reporter: coming forward to play a part in ending a pandemic that has brought the world to its knees. you are the first person in the united states to get a shot in a phase three covid trial. what does that feel like? >> it is very exciting. i'm very anxious about it. i just hope they are really, really good results. i know a lot of people are doing a lot of different vaccine trials and things are going on, but i feel so proud to be here. >> elizabeth joins us. phase three is a big step. how much confidence is there this will work? >> reporter: now, as dr. fauci said, he and others are cautiously optimistic because
anderson, they tried to vaccine out in dozens of people in earlier trials, and what they found is they got a good immune response. they looked at the patient's blood. it looked good. good antibodies that theoretically and i stress the word theoretically should fight off covid-19, but now, this is the real world, they are going to vaccinate these people. put them out into the world and see if it works. this, anderson, is the real test. >> yeah. elizabeth cohen, thanks very much. a friend and colleague of john lewis joins us. democratic james clyburn on the legacy of lewis and president trump's refusal to visit to pay respects to him at the capital today. this has been... it's unexplainable. these last three months, i have been wondering about the future in many ways. i'm not the only one going through this. some of my dearest friends, their businesses are still closed. there's always peaks and valleys. even through this pandemic, we're all in a valley at this moment.
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civil rights icon and former georgia congressman john lewis lies in state at the u.s. capital this moment and said he would not be paying respects there says donald trump. the casket will be there today and tomorrow. vice president pence and his wife karen visited and made time to pay respects to a man who gave his body and blood to the civil rights movement and attacked as a freedom writer in the '60s his skull was broken in 1965 while trying to cross the pettis bridge because he would give anything his own life to
defeat race sis systism. his courage and willingness to face violence and not strike back was extraordinary. he told margers he helped organize in washington in 1963 that change cannot wait. >> let there be patience and wait. we do not want our freedom but we want to be free now. [ applause ] >> we are tired of being beaten by policemen. we're tired of seeing our people locked up in jail over and over again. how long can we be patient? we want our freedom and we want it now. >> earlier i spoke with a friend and colleague of john lewis, majority whip james claiborne
congressman clyburn, i'm sorry for the wills of your friend and long-time colleague. you met, i think, back in 1960. colleagues for decades obviously on capitol hill. as you were honoring congressman lewis at the rotunda, i'm wondering what was going through your mind and through your heart? >> well, you know, i don't remember much about what was going on there today. i spent a lot of time in the last several days reflecting on my relationship with john lewis and the goals to be set out for ourselves back in 1960 when we were 20 something year olds getting organized and of course, the last conversation we had in person conversation was on the floor of the house when we started comparing what was going
on with black lives matter today, comparing that with what is going on with us back in 1960. and we had -- we were both -- we didn't want to see this very successful effort that is taking place today that black lives matter get derailed the way our efforts got derailed back in 1960. we were doing great things. desegregating schools. we were doing stuff. all of a sudden, we woke up one morning and there was this big headline, burn, baby burn. and it destroyed our movement. john spoke out against defund the police and so did i because we felt that kind of slogan could do for black lives matter what it did for us back in 1960.
>> yeah, he would go places where he knew the likelihood of violence was great and violence where he would get hurt and yet, he went anyway and he in the face of being beaten he didn't strike back, which is something i think it is just hard to imagine being able to do that time and time again. >> well, you can if it becomes you. most of us, it was just a tactic. with john, it was just a way of life. he bought into it. he believed in living by the scripture. i tell everybody one of my favorite verses of the bible is michael 68 doing justice love and mercy and walking humbly. it must be john says well, because if there is anybody that ever lived out michael 68 it was john lewis.
he believed in doing it justly and mercifully and humble as anybody i ever met. >> president trump said today he won't be paying respects to congressman lewis as he lies in state at the capitol. we don't know if the lewis family asked him not to come. i know the vice president and his wife are scheduled to go. i'm wondering what that says to you, if anything. >> well, you know, i don't know if i can learn anything new about this president. you know, you don't have to come leary here to pay respects. he tweets about everything else. tweet about the life and legacy of john lewis but words, you know, if i might rely on scripture again, john was a minister and i'm a son of one, and scripture means a lot to me. so it's not the words that matter. it's your deeds. so i don't pay a lot of attention to what anybody really says. let me see what you are doing,
and this president has demonstrated time and time again that he has very low regards for people of color. it's just that simple. if you don't rent your apartment to a person of color, if you go out and try to organize judicial activities against innocent people of color, if you look in a camera and refer to an african american woman as a dog, this man has a very low regard for people of color. and so, i'm not too sure that anybody is surprised that he would not have enough regard for john lewis to at least tweet out respect if you don't show up. >> congressman clyburn, sorry we're talking in these circumstances but appreciate your time and sorry for the lose of your friend and this
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we began the evening of news of covid infections in major league baseball. cnn sports obtained details of a letter from roger goo zell announcing the cancellation of all preseason games. writing, the nfl in 2020 will not look like other years. he called the adjustments necessary to reduce risks for everyone involved. i don't know why we have to keep learning the same lesson. the virus spares nobody in any context. you're going to see people getting sick, wherever they gather, even if they take precautions. and this is troubling for us with sports. so many of us are so relieved for that little taste of normal. but what does it mean for schools.
what does it mean for people to go back to places of work for fall. if they do? >> that's what we have to start thinking about, and hopefully it raises an urgency about it. that's what we're going to do tonight. we're going to look at what happened in austin. this is a bizarre set of circumstances at this blm protest. you have a protester walking with an ak-47. known to do that, actually. what happened? why was he shot and killed? was it reasonable? even understand your ground. and why are the people who are responsible for shooting at him not in jail? this is a rorschach test for where we are in the movement, we'll take it on tonight. >> i'll see you a couple minutes from now. up next, william barr ace opening remarks for his congressional testimony tomorrow, what he says about the russia investigation. his relationship with the president when we come back. hot! hot!
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a preview of what appears to be a combative opening statement from attorney general william barr. he duals allegations about president trump's ties to russia bogus, while defending himself and his independence from the president. he calls the nightly protests in portland, oregon an assault on the government of the united states. he lashes out at the media and city government for blaming the federal government's reaction. last week, portland's mayor was
on 360. the response significantly escalated in what was already an intense situation. we'll see more of his testimony tomorrow, you can watch all of it starting at 10:00 a.m. right here on cnn. tonight you get chris cuomo and cuomo prime time. >> i'll take it. i am chris cuomo. welcome to prime time. if you want schools to open, if you want to get some control of the pandemic. the key is the we. you must do what you can. you have to think about you and your family, think about your community. and push your local leaders. i frame it this way because help is not coming from on high. proof? there's no plan for better testing. i hear you all over this country saying you can't get results fast enough. i know. there's no plan for it to get better. there's no plan to help us reopen