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british tabloids hit back after an explosive royal interview. >> this is a two-hour trash-a-thon of our royal family. >> he's protecting his family. he wants to keep the press from hounding them. this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." tuesday, march 9th. 6:00 here in the north. this is a morning where it just blows your mind to think about what we've been through. one year ago this morning, one year ago, 22 deaths from coronavirus, 22. all the signs were there and one year ago this morning dr. sanjay gupta came on "new day" and said this is a pandemic. think about everything that's happened since then. more than half a million deaths. but this morning there are so many positive signs. an average of 2.2 million people a day are getting vaccinated. the cdc released new guidelines
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for fully vaccinated programs. the cdc says it is safe to they say vaccinated grandparents can safely visit unvaccinated grandchildren. the cdc is still cautioning against travel, although that may change as more people get shots. >> that's all such welcome news, but experts warn coronavirus variants could still trigger another deadly surge especially as states relax guidelines. texas is set to end its statewide mask mandate tomorrow. a final vote in the house on president biden's $1.9 trillion relief bill is expected tomorrow morning. it will bring critical dollars to millions of struggling americans. the president will out the the measure when he delivers his first primetime address to the nation on thursday. so we begin with cnn's dan simon live in houston with the latest on the pandemic. good morning, dan. >> reporter: well, good morning, alisyn. that's right.
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beginning tomorrow that mask mandate will end here in texas. and businesses can open at full capacity, that as we finally get that guidance from the cdc on what the fully vaccinated can do. >> we are starting to turn a corner. >> reporter: for the more than 31 million americans fully vaccinated some new guidance from the cdc. now the fully vaccinated can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors, no masks or social distancing required. they can also have indoor visits with low risk unvaccinated individuals from a single household without masks or social distancing. >> if grandparents have been vaccinated, they can visit their daughter and her family even if they have not been vaccinated. >> reporter: and if exposed to someone who is covid-19 positive, fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to kwaurn tee if they're asymptomatic but travel is so discouraged so is hanging out in large crowds and wearing masks and physically distancing in public is strongly encouraged
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even if you're fully vaccinated. >> waiting to get a haircut or see the dentist, you can do that, but it's not an all clear. we're not done yet. covid isn't done with us. the variants are still a risk. >> reporter: while coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations are on the decline, new infections in the united states are plateauing at high levels. this, as some states are rolling back restrictions. here in texas, the statewide mask mandate ends tomorrow and businesses can operate again at full capacity. >> people are celebrating and their hands on when the virus is still saying i'm here. and i got you. let's not lose sight of the fact people are going to get the virus and people are going to die. >> reporter: even with around 2.2 million coronavirus vaccines now administered daily in the u.s., dr. anthony fauci sending this message to local and state leaders. >> get your citizens to get
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vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available and encourage them not to pull back on public health measures prematurely. >> reporter: and remember, fully vaccinated means two weeks after the pfizer moderna dose or two weeks after the one johnson & johnson dose. remember the texas government telling people not to wear masks tomorrow, they don't need to wear masks, that said, most businesses here in houston and elsewhere will still require patrons to wear them. john, back to you. >> dan simon, thanks very much. joining us now dr. peter hotez with texas children's hospital. thank you for being with us. look, what a year it's been since sanjay came on the show and said this is a pandemic. and this morning we are dealing with these new cdc guidelines telling vaccinated people it's safe to go hang out indoors with other vaccinated people. telling vaccinated grandparents it's safe enough to go visit
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your unvaccinated grandchildren. what's your take on the cdc guidelines, the good, the bad and the ugly. >> i think, john, they're cautious and cautious for a good reason because we still don't have all of the information we need to go any further at this point. so, i think it's really important to stress this is why the cdc is calling them interim guidelines. they're interim because we don't know where we're heading with the b.1.1.7 variant in the uk. there's still quite a lot of transmission going on in the united states number one. number two, we don't know the full performance features of these vaccines in terms of interrupting asymptomatic transmission. the numbers and data coming out of israel, for instance, look really promising for the pfizer biontech vaccine. i think the idea behind this, this is version 1.0, 1.0 is saying, yes, now if you're fully
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vaccinated, grandparents and parents can visit their kids and both little kids and adult kids and meet with them in a home. if everybody also everybody is vaccinated you can meet with friends in a single indoor area. so these are really welcome, but they're still holding off on restrictions in terms of travel, in terms of restaurants. and you know, i can't fault them for that. but this will change. i think in a month or two months you may see even more liberalization coming up soon. >> dr. hotez, help me with the math. so, we are currently vaccinated about 2.2 million americans a day. is that right? it's not just the vaccines. >> shots in arms. >> okay. and there's about, as of yesterday, 50,000 cases of coronavirus a day. so, i mean, aren't the vaccines outrunning the new variants, you know? isn't this just all going in the
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right direction? >> sort of. remember, we've only vaccinated only 18% of the u.s. population has gotten a single dose of the vaccines. some places like texas it's even less than that, around 15%. other states like new mexico are at 25% and that's only a single dose which has a modest performance in terms of protective ability. so we still have a long ways to go. remember the real number. the real number is we have to give about half a billion immu si nations to fully vaccinate the american people. we're far from that. point two, 50,000 new cases a day, that's an underestimate of number of three to four. we were talking about those numbers back in the summer. so we have just gotten so astonishing high levels of transmission and now it's down to a roar but it's still quite a
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bit. we still have a long ways to go before we can really breathe a sigh of relief. the good news is we are going to get there. we're going to fully vaccinate the american people by the summer. and we'll likely interrupt virus transmission by the summer. so life will look a lot different. but with these new variants on the rise, we have to be really cautious. >> you're at ground zero. you're our man on the scene where there's the greatest tension. you have the governor lifting the mask mandates, businesses can open at 100% and new information overnight i understand about the b.1.1.7 variant, this is the extremely transmissible version that was seen in the uk. so, what are you seeing and what are your concerns there? >> so, john, both were transmissible and higher lethality according to the uk government although it's not been peer reviewed. it looks pretty compelling. they put it up on their website.
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i've been talking on and off with real public health heroes our physician who heads the houston health department and he's been seeing a lot more b.1.1.7 variant in the waste water and yesterday mayor turner announced 31 out of the 39 waste water samples have b.1.1.7 variant. that coupled with the fact that the positivity rate in houston is creeping up from 11 to 13 or so percent may not sound like a big difference but that in the context of the b.1.1.7 variant really gives me pause for concern. this is not a time to relax the restrictions. you know, people -- it's really interesting what you see going around here in houston. people don't want to go into stores where people -- where not everyone is masked. we finally got used to the fact that if we know we can walk into a grocery store or supermarket or a place of business and know that everybody is masked, people think of it as a safe space and now that's out the window.
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i think this is actually going to hurt business in addition to being a very unsound public health measure. >> yeah. self preservation appears to be a strong impulse regardless of when we see people throwing masks into a dumpster. dr. hotez, thank you very much. always great to talk to you. >> thank you. always good to talk to you. >> president joe biden set to make his first primetime address to the nation on thursday night. the speech will mark a year since the pandemic shut down much of the country. and cnn's jeremy diamond is live at the white house with more. what do we expect, jeremy? >> reporter: good morning, alisyn. that's right, president biden expected to deliver this first primetime address of his presidency on thursday and of course he will be discussing the coronavirus pandemic. this address will mark one year since the world health organization officially declared covid-19 a global pandemic. it also comes a year after we saw another president deliver a primetime address from the oval office. that was president trump who then announced those travel restrictions to europe and really started to take a much
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more serious concerned approach to the coronavirus after weeks of down playing it. and really it is remarkable to see what has happened in that year. 29 plus million americans who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, more than 525,000 americans have died from this virus. so you can expect president biden to talk not only about the toll of this pandemic over the last year, the sacrifices that the american people have endured, but also to look forward at a time when 92 plus million coronavirus vaccine doses have already been administered and more shots expected on the way. you can also expect the president to look forward towards approaching the end of this pandemic but always, always, as he does with the reminder that we are not yet there and that those coronavirus mitigation measures need to remain in place. you can also expect the president to out the what we expect to be the passage of this $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation. that is expected to pass the
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house today in time to reach the president's desk for signature before he addresses the nation tomorrow night. alisyn? >> so jeremy, i'm not sure that you're aware of kate bennett's reporting overnight, but we understand that the first dog, the first and second dog, there can't be two first dogs, have been sent back to delaware because major, the younger of the two dogs. >> yes, the rescue dog. >> some kind of aggressive incident. so the german shepherds are gone there. the president loved these dogs. >> reporter: yeah. this is going to be difficult for the president to adjust to because he is so used to having these dogs around. it was just a few weeks ago where we saw the president and the first lady on the lawn just behind me and they were strolling around with both of the dogs off leash here on the white house grounds. clearly there were some issues, though, with some aggression issues apparently with major, including one incident involving a member of white house security. i believe it was a biting incident, if i'm recalling kate
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bennett's reporting accurately. but clearly that was a problem and he is back to delaware. we don't really know how long that's going to be for, if that's a temporary solution or perhaps something more permanent. >> the first lady said she was trying to get the dogs settled and it was hard to get them settled to their new environment, so maybe this is temporary, but we will stay on it. >> for now it's a major problem. >> jeremy, thank you. >> she made me do it over there. over there. >> john, come on. >> i see. there's nobody sitting over there. thank you, jeremy, very much. so from subsidized child care to support for the elderly, the coronavirus relief bill will have a major impact. >> you're a champ. >> oh my gosh, for millions of americans. more of this next. >> she did. she sent me a text and said it was a major problem. so i only pay for what i need. 'cause i do things a bit differently. wet teddy bears! wetet teddy bears here! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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♪ we expect the house of representatives to vote on
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president biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill by tomorrow. a senior democratic aide tells cnn that it's taking longer than expected but that there are now no hangups to this legislation. joining us now, cnn's chief business correspondent christine romans and anna palmer the founder of punchbowl news. ladies, great to see you. >> good morning. >> christine, what can americans expect? >> this is life changing especially for low income working americans here. by some analysis the tax policy center says people who make 30 to $40,000 a year are going to see a 20% after-tax pay increase. i did back of the envelope math for you here. you look at say a family of two, two parents, two kids, they're going to get $5,600 in stimulus checks and get $6,000 in this child tax credit. that's going to be sort of the top line return for this family of two. look at a single mom. when you add in the stimulus
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check and you add in money for $3,000 for the year for her kid, that's $5,800, that's not even counting in reform to the earned income tax more money to the lowest working americans. this is really a historic, life changing event for especially a low income worker here. it really is using covid legislation to try to address income inequality in a way that we have never really even seen before. and there's so much here, you guys. it is a sprawling bill. jen psaki, the president's spokesperson, said this is the most important progressive legislation in history. of course, conservatives say this is the most important progressive legislation in history and they say that not as a compliment. so this is clearly a very big deal that you'll feel in so many ways, much beyond the stimulus checks. >> i was reading "the washington post," there are things in there like support for black farmers who badly needed it for so long. >> yes, $5 billion. >> talk a little more about what this means for middle and lower
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income people, christine. because, you know, with all the tax cuts we've had, we're talking about a benefit to this income bracket that was in the hundreds of dollars. now you're talking about -- >> thousands. >> yeah. so talk to me about the difference there about the real feel as it were. >> so the real feel here and also this legislation tasks the treasury department with finding a mechanism, sorry for the terrible process words, find a mechanism to get the money to you all every single month. not just seeing the money in the tax code after a year, but getting money regularly for the next year into people's pockets so they can pay their bills. there's also here there are tax breaks for childcare, for elder care. there's a stimulus check for the -- if you have an elderly parent or grandparent who lives with you and they're a dependent, that person -- you're going to get $1,400 check in that person's name, too. this is really about putting money in the pockets of poor working americans so that we can try to address this income
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inequality that has been so revealed by covid. i haven't seen an effort like this when you look at the child tax credit beyond the stimulus checks gets a lot of attention that's going to millions and millions of americans, but the earned income tax credit and the other provisions to try to specifically target inequality, very new. >> anna, on the politics of it, there's a lot to dive into. but let's quickly dispense with one of the criticisms i hear popping up now on maga media as well as senator tom cotton that this is all a travesty because inmates, like the tsarnaev brothers will get a payment. where was he when inmates got payments during president trump's two coronavirus relief packages, which they also got? so this is a new complaint that has cropped up by republicans, but what else do we need to know about the politics here? >> i mean, this is a widely
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popular bill across the country with republicans and democrats. obviously in washington it's one of those issues where you're not going to see republicans support it, even though they have supported many of the provisions that are in this package. democrats either maybe plussed up some of them, increased the amount that is going to some of the different provisions and some of the stickier, thornier issues around state and local funding they put in there. but the real issue you see is republicans trying to draw a line in the sand about how this pirates tag is too large or try to find specific issues like the one that you mentioned that they're going to try to criticize about this covid relief package despite the fact that it is wildly popular and certainly something that democrats are going to count on running on in 2022 when they look at where is the economy. this is one of those issues where they think this could really help juice up the economy and help those struggling families and people that christine was just speaking
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about. >> if you want to get a sense of what bizarre-o world looks like go to west virginia where the republican governor is criticizing democratic senator joe manchin for getting in the way of some of the money that he wanted as a governor there. gives you a sense of how out there in the country it might be received differently than in washington, d.c. anna, i want to get one question about what this may portend for the future, though. if no republicans were on board for this covid relief, right, which is something many of them were in favor of last year, what does it mean going forward? why should democrats or the white house assume they'll ever get any republican votes for pretty much anything, including infrastructure? >> yeah. this is the top of punchbowl news a.m. newsletter is us looking at infrastructure which is expected to be the next big legislative issue that this white house, although they aren't publicly saying it yet, is going to try to take on. and to your point, where will the republicans -- are they going to be kind of real brokers in this? and are you going to see susan collins try to make some kind of
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a deal here. joe manchin said he doesn't want it to just start off as a democrat-only reconciliation package. but i have a hard time seeing republicans really coming to the negotiating table in the long-term. they've clearly decided that their biggest strength together and one of the only things they agree on is they want to be opposed to it. democrats are far. it will be very interesting to see the posture of what mitch mcconnell, the leader in the senate, how does he approach infrastructure? this is something that's really difficult. john boehner, a lot of republicans tried to do this in the past and infrastructure is a lot more complicated than i think people are actually thinking about when it comes to getting something across the finish line. >> anna, christine, thank you both very much for all of that information. so, it's been more than a day since meghan markle and prince harry's bomb shell interview and still no response from the royal family. we have a live report on what's happening in london next.
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♪ all right. live pictures of buckingham
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palace. pictures, but you can't hear anything. it's silent. the palace silent this morning after the stunning claims made by prince harry and meghan ma markle. their interview aired in britain last night. max foster has new reporting what's going on behind the scenes. max, what have you learned? >> reporter: we're, live at windsor castle where the queen is based. she'll have to have final say on any statement, but of course prince charles will play it into and prince william and all of the aides around them. it's a complicated process and complicated severe allegations made against the institution and individuals within it. so, it's playing out. there's a huge amount of media coverage, of course, on this. they are not giving any briefing whatsoever, as you say, there hasn't been a statement so far. i've been trying to research as best i can, speak to the people involved in various discussions around this. i think the impression i'm getting is that they simply will not be rushed.
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and i think this is about the media pressure, the speculation around the documentary, and the rumors and innuendo particularly from the british press. >> reporter: this morning, the royal family in crisis, that according to the british tabloids. with headlines like so sad it's come to this. worst royal crisis in 85 years. and palace in turmoil over meghan's racism claims. >> did you leave the country because of racism? >> it was a large part of it. >> reporter: the duchess of sussex's estranged dismissing saying in a television interview this morning he does not think the royal family is racist. >> i don't think the british royal family are racist at all. i don't think the british are racist. >> reporter: as the fallout continues after prince harry and
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meghan, duchess of sussex level bomb shell allegations against two of britain's most recognized institutions, the royal family and the press. a deluge of stories meghan revealing she had thoughts of suicide and the allegations of dysfunction and racism in the palace. >> i didn't want to be alive anymore. and that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. >> reporter: one paper calls the interview self-serving. another nicknames the couple's rift with the royal family megs isle. on television, reactions ranged from shock to dismay. >> this is a two-hour trash-a-thon of our royal family, of monarchy. >> reporter: many rushing to the couple's defense, calling out the uk tabloids, including
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hillary clinton. >> the fact she did not get more support, that the reaction was, you know, let's just paper it over and pretend that it didn't happen or it will go away, just keep your head down. well, you know, this young woman was not about to keep her head down. >> reporter: the u.s., largely more empathetic, with even a show of support from the white house. >> for anyone to come forward and speak about their own struggles with mental health and tell their own personal story, that takes courage. that's certainly something the president believes. >> reporter: but the insidious undercurrent of racism, perhaps the most damning claim inhis mother's interview with martin ba here is. >> what i was seeing history repeat itself or far more dangerous because you add race in. >> reporter: one of the most jaw-dropping accounts with the interview with oprah winfrey, unnamed members of the royal family were worried about the skin color that harry and meghan's son.
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had they only felt they had the family support, they would have gladly stayed. the very tabloids that harry and meghan say drove their mental health to the brink, swift to get the splashy headlines. the daily mail, harry twists the knife. and what have they done? >> so max, we see the headlines there in the tabloid press. any sense yet of what the british public now that the interview has aired over there what they think of this? >> reporter: well, i think there's definitely a divide between the u.s. and the uk. i think that there's much more support behind the sussex's in the u.s. than there is in the uk. people more cynical about their reasons for doing this and the performance, as they see, in it. that's being reflected in the snap polls already. british papers, mixed view and others focussed on the palace crisis, the turmoil behind the palace walls as they try to figure things out. i have to say, i don't know how they're getting those stories because the palace just aren't
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briefing anything on this. it's just this impression that they will not be bounced into response. but that does suggest at the same time they will be responding in some way. >> max, i remember when harry and meghan got engaged. and i went over there and had this wonderful assignment and got to report on the optimism, the feeling in britain that this would usher in a new era, that they were going to modernize the monarchy. and i mean, were we hallucinating? was that all in the media's imagination? because it seems like it fell apart so quickly. now hearing their side it seems like within moments, you know, before and after their marriage that that just was never the plan. >> reporter: i think if you take everything away, all of the detail that we've been talking about over the last week really, that's the tragedy here, isn't it? that was a genuinely hopeful moment. everyone was on side of that. it was a very exciting moment.
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the entire royal family was signed up to it, the entire common wealth, the u.s., a huge, amazing moment. and it was positive all around because the duchess was so brilliant at her job, but also she brought in a whole new audience really for the monarchy. so this is a castle, 1,000 years old. the british monarchy is 1,000 years old. the queen is currently in it. that's 1,000 year story and this was a massive update to the story, became relevant to many more people, of course. i think what's going to be very interesting today, if i'm honest, is the diaries, as far as i'm aware haven't been cancelled. prince charles and camilla have engagements today. i can't give you details about them because there are security implications about that. but it's going to be interesting, i think, a big test to see whether or not we see charles and camilla out today. they are very much the focus of the storm right now. they'll be huge amounts of media there, i'm sure. will they say anything? probably not. but i think the optics of them
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going about their business continuing despite this storm around the oprah interview will be very telling. >> look, if they don't say anything, pretending nothing is happening, that in itself speaks volumes and may illustrate the problem here, if in fact, you think there is a problem. you've been doing terrific reporting. you keep working it even though no information is coming outs. thank you. one of the former aides accusing governor cuomo of inappropriate behavior, speaking out on camera for the first time. what she has to say. the brand new interview next. we use fresh, clean ingredients... to make a masterpiece. order our new pepperoni and four cheese flatbread pizzas for delivery or pickup today. panera. dry, distressed skin that struggles? new aveeno® restorative skin therapy. with our highest concentration of prebiotic oat intensely moisturizes over time to improve skin's resilience. aveeno® healthy. it's our nature™.
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♪ i started to crumble as -- i really hated myself. i believed that i was a loser because i couldn't hack it there. i believed that i had been given a shot, and i, you know, couldn't survive. and i didn't want to be alive. >> that's ana liss, a former staffer to new york governor
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andrew cuomo and tells cnn affiliate that cuomo asked her if she had a boyfriend, called her sweetheart and kissed her hand when she got up from her desk. cnn's shimon prokupecz joins us with more. what else is happening? >> reporter: yeah, alisyn. she is one of five women that have so far come forward to claim of either inappropriate behavior by the governor. she also claims there was a toxic, retaliatory-type of workplace there in the governor's office. and that she is coming forward because she wants to stand with the women who have so far come forward. she also says she wants to encourage other women to share their story. take a listen to what else she said. >> are there more women out there? >> yeah. >> how do you know? >> we fatalk to each other. and i decided that i would fall on the sword.
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i'm not going to speak for any other women's experiences. i just know that there were activities that happened that if the public knew about it they would be really shocked and appalled. >> reporter: alisyn, when she first came forward over the weekend to "the wall street journal," the governor did respond. he said he meant -- he did not -- he never meant to make anyone feel unwelcome in any way. alisyn? >> let's talk about the investigation. so new york's attorney general has now named these two lawyers to lead the investigation into the governor's behavior. so what do we know about these lawyers? >> reporter: right. so these are two lawyers very well known here in new york. one of them is ann clark. now, she is an expert in employment law. she also has represented people in sexual harassment cases. very well known and respected.
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the other individual is a man by the name of joon kim. he also is very well known here in new york. he was former u.s. attorney actually in the southern district of new york here in manhattan. he replaced preet bharara ultimately fired by the former president. also interestingly, alisyn, is joon kim was once involved in a different investigation involving the governor which wentz nowhere but what happened was the southern district of new york was looking into a disbanded anti-corruption commission the governor put together and suddenly disbanded it. that investigation went nowhere. certainly joon kim has some familiarity with the people in the governor's office, so that is going to be interesting. now, keep in mind, this commission, this team that the attorney general here, the state attorney general latitia james, put together will have subpoena power and be able to bring people in and they're going to look at all of this. at the end of their investigation, it's expected
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they're going to file a report. alisyn? >> thank you very much for the latest. so, jury selection in the derek chauvin murder trial begins this morning. a live report of what all this means from minneapolis next. ♪ smooth driving pays off. saving is easy when you're in good hands. allstate. click or call for a quote today.
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primatene mist. breathe easy again. after a day's delay, jury selection expected to begin this morning in the trial of the former minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of george floyd. cnn's omar jimenez live at the courthouse in minneapolis. omar, what can we expect? >> reporter: well, john, after what was supposed to be a full day one of jury selection, it's now actually supposed to get under way later this morning at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. basically this all centers on whether a third degree murder charge should be reinstated or not. it was filed in the initial criminal complaint last june. then in october, judge peter cay hill in this case dropped that third degree murder charge. then this past friday, the minnesota court of appeals ruled that the district court here should at the very least reconsider reinstating it based on a recent case precedent.
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and so, we haven't made any progress on that front. but the reason that translates to jury selection is because prosecutors don't want to move forward with the process until that matter is resolved. they went back to the court of appeals yesterday asking to delay jury selection until there's a decision made on that third degree murder charge. so, moving forward, where we are basically is judge peter cay hill in this district case says, well, we're going to move forward any way until we hear from the court of appeals. so that's why there is this big delay. now as a reminder what derek chauvin is actually charged with second degree unintentional murder and second degree manslaughter both of which he pleaded not guilty to but the first of which carries a maximum penalty of up to 40 years in prison. it's unclear how this day one delay of sorts might throw off the entire timeline. and of course we'll still keep an eye on the appeals process, but for now, jury selection, when it's supposed to begin
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later this morning, is supposed to go until up to march 26th, with opening statements beginning no earlier than march 29th. alisyn? >> omar, thank you very much for explaining all of that. so republicans in the critical swing state of georgia passing sweeping legislation to restrict voter access, including a crackdown on who is eligible to vote by mail. cnn's martin savidge is live in atlanta with more. so what happened, martin? >> reporter: good morning, alisyn. we started talking about senate bill 241 yesterday as you remember. it has been passed by the senate. it does away with what's called no-excuse absentee ballot voting in georgia. in the 2020 presidential election, just about anybody who wanted to get an absentee ballot could, presuming you're of voting age. a lot of people did. about a quarter of the votes cast in 2020 were by absentee. now the restrictions are much more severe under this legislation. you have to be 65 or older, have to have some kind of physical
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disability or you're simply going to be out of town when the election is held and on top you have to provide an id in order to get or get your absentee ballot and finally a number of other changes requiring a court order to extend polling hours and get this, the legislature would have the authority to temporarily block emergency voting rules changes. that would mean they could have the power to overrule the secretary of state in georgia which normally oversees elections. so those are the big changes here. it goes to the house now and still has to move through the process there. that's georgia. >> okay. tell us about iowa because the governor there also signed a bill yesterday. what does that do? >> reporter: right. significant changes there. beginning with early voting, for instance, there used to be -- you could have 29 days of early voting in iowa. not anymore. been reduced to 20. the number of hours that the polls will be open on election day in iowa have been cut by one. the polls used to close at 9:00
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p.m. now they will close at 8:00 p.m. in addition, there are two, there have been changes tightening up the restrictions when it comes to absentee ballots and also means authorities and officials can't just mass mail out the absentee bail outrequest. people would have to request an absentee ballot form and would require these ballots be returned by the close of polling day. there have been a grace period where absentee ballots have several days after that point. as you point out here, alisyn n both cases it's republicans driving these changes, saying they need to reinstall the integrity of the system. democrats say that there was no issues of fraud in either state of any significant amount. they simply say it's republicans changing the rules because they didn't like the outcome of 2020. and those most impacted likely to be voters of color. alisyn? >> thank you for this reporting. we need to keep an eye on it everyday because so many states are trying to do the very same
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thing and we appreciate you bringing this to our attention, martin. thank you. >> reporter: you're welcome. a new report blames china for on going genocide against the uyghur people. china rejects the claims. so we have a live report for you next. ♪ comfort in the extreme. the lincoln family of luxury out here, you're a landowner, comfort in the extreme. a gardener, a landscaper and a hunter. that's why you need versatile, durable kubota equipment. instantly clear evy day congestion with vicks sinex saline nasal mist. for drug free relief that works fast. vicks sinex. instantly clear everyday congestion.
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at statements from the chinese government, reports from news organizations like cnn and eyewitness testimonies. they've come to the conclusion that this adds up to the fact that chinese-state policy meets the definitions of genocide laid out by the united nations 1948 convention. and they highlight in the report these state policy. they say, government mandated home stays, that's where more than 1 million communist party officials have been put in the homes of uighurs and other ethnic minorities without any choice from them. the mass entournament a round up of up to 2 million ethnic minorities in internment camps. mass birth policy, uyghur children to state-run facilities. such as destroying uyghur cemeteries and the selective targeting of intellectuals and community leaders. a lot of this we have already
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been hearing. i personally heard from survives of some of these policies. now the chinese government, it insists its programs there are aimed at eradicating terrorism and poverty alleviation and insist there's no human rights abuses whatsoever in the entire province. listen to the foreign minister of china. >> translator: the claim that there's genocide could not be more preposterous. it's just a rumor, fabricated with ulterior motives and thorough lie. over the past four decades and more the uyghur population has more than doubled from 5.5 million to over 12 million. >> reporter: that's right. more than -- the population has grown, but look at the birthrate over three years when the peak of the mass internment program. it has plunged by almost half. and we've gotten reporting that says, yeah, there were 80,000 fewer babies in 2017, this is from the government, because of
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their family planning policies two very contrasting narratives here and one of them sounds very, very sinister, john, alisyn? >> will they be held responsible for this action in ivan watson, thank you very much. "new day" continues right now. the cdc offering long-awaiting guidance for the fully vaccinated. >> you can visit unvaccinated people one household and if they're at low risk of having severe covid-19. there is still a small risk that vaccinated people could become infected. our focus continues to be on the american rescue plan, getting it across the finish line. did you leave the country because of racism? >> it was a large part of it. >> this is going to resonate with people of color in britain. >> meghan's background as a biracial woman presented a lot of opportunities. and the royal family


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