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we have tweeted about it this morning. all proceeds will go to fund research at the dana farber cancer institute which is fantastic by the way, where beans was treated. proceeds will specifically help fund research and treatment for this very rare form of cancer, typically seen infants. so just purchase one of these beanies at and just know andrew and rachel, we're thinking of you today. it is a small thing. it is a really easy website, folks. we've tweeted about it and instagramed about it and a small gesture for them and that little girl. good morning, everyone, it is the top of the hour. i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm jim sciutto. tonight, president biden is set to address the american people from the east room of the white house. it is his first prime time address as president expected to
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honor the more than 529,000 people who have lost their lives to covid-19. and address the sacrifices that americans, that all of us have made during this pandemic while recognizing how it has very much changed our lives. >> that is right. president biden is also expected to tout what just passed and that is his $1.9 trillion covid stimulus package known as the american rescue plan. largely popular with the american people. but it passed only along party lines. there was not a single republican in either chamber that supported the bill. the president will sign it into law tomorrow and then he's going to pennsylvania next week to sell it to the american people. so let's begin at the white house with our john harwood. good morning to you, john. what have you learned in terms of the tone we're going to hear from the president tonight? >> reporter: well, poppy, pretty consistently president biden has struck a very sober tone about
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this pandemic, honoring the sacrifice of people, speaking to -- with empathy toward the economic suffering that people have gone through. and so i think the one-year anniversary provides a moment of reflection as he reaches the half way mark of the first 100 days but he's also able to point toward the sun coming out on this pandemic. that is to say, the acceleration of vaccine administration, the passage of that bill which he pushed through in an enormous victory with democratic votes, $1.9 trillion. it is very quickly going to put a lot of money in the hands of americans, especially provide extra help for low-income americans and more help for small businesses. so this is both a moment of reflection and a moment of being able to look ahead with optimism as he begins the process of trying to sell this bill over the next couple of weeks. before he turns to the next item on his agenda which of course is
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that build back better economic recovery plan, longer time horizon there but this is a moment about the coronavirus pandemic and the imminent solution to that pandemic. >> so, that is the president's plan but as always presidents have to respond to what comes across their plate. and right now you have a real surge at the border of migrants, particularly children. how does president biden plan to respond? >> that is such a key point, jim, about the nature of the presidency. there are things that you plan for and things that you do on your own time and there are things that come at you. and this border crisis, challenge, whatever you want to call it, is one of those things. he has faced, and his border officials have been faced with the challenge of a surge of children coming across the border who they've been having to keep in facilities that are very crowded, longer than they're supposed to. so they're trying to first of all tell people to remain in their home countries, that they
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could apply for asylum in the united states from their home countries rather than making the journey to the border. and then in the more immediate sense, looking for facilities, unused government buildings so they could provide better treatment for these children, lest they get accused of some of the things that donald trump and his administration got accused of, which is holding them in inhumane conditions. they're looking at an unused nasa property in california. so they're scrambling. this is one of the things they hadn't planned on and how they react to it is a very important early test of the competence and administration of the border. >> no question. they do not want to see scenes like under the trump administration. the numbers higher than the peak of the trump administration. john harwood, thank you very much. joining us now, tim masina, former deputy chief of staff under president obama. good to have you on this morning.
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i do want to get to challenges for biden's legislative agenda going forward, but this is a big bill, $1.9 trillion and not just the price tag. because there are a lot of things in here that expand the social safety net in ways that democrats have been pushing for for sometime. put us in context for us, how lasting are the changes and how big in your view. >> it is huge. yesterday 13,000 american airlines employees got an email saying tear up your furlough notes and you're not going to lose your job because of the american rescue plan passed. you have a huge expansion of the childcare tax credit, the democrats have been fighting for for a long time. you have some real investments going forward in things that are incredibly important to the country. and it is why over 75% of americans support this bill. usually, as you know, the more you find out about a bill, the
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less popular it gets. this is holding steady in the high 70s because people understand how badly it is needed and some of the things have been unaddressed for too long. >> you know, jim, you bring up child poverty and this bill through this the child tax credit expansion will literally lift 50% of children out of poverty. we're talking about tens of millions of american children. now, that provision lasts a year. but thes w-- but the democrats want to make it permanent. there was a lot of republican support, differently structured but from mike lee and mitt romney and marco rubio, is that an area where some structure of child support could make this actually lasting? >> absolutely. these things are hard to get rid of once you pass them. and while it is only a year, you could imagine being a member of congress who wanted to vote against the extension of this.
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your right, there are some differences in how people want to move this forward. but my prediction is, poppy, this is not going to go away -- >> jim. >> sincere apologies. the new attorney general is about to speak. merrick garland. please hold on. we'll have a listen. >> first to the executive office for u.s. attorneys and then to the justice management division. and for the past seven weeks, money has ensured that the department continued to work and to honor its proud conditions during the leadership of new administrations. i'm deeply grateful. on january 7th of this year, when the president-elect announced his intention to nominate for me attorney general, i spoke to the american people. on february 22nd, when my senate judiciary committee hearing began, i spoke to the united
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states congress. today i want to speak to you, the more than 115,000 employees of the united states department of justice. now, i had hoped to be standing before more of you today in this great hall. but the circumstances of the ongoing pandemic will not permit it. that, however, is a small disappointment compared to the hardships that many of you have suffered and the additional burdens have you bourne as a consequence of the pandemic. i have to tell you, that when i walked into the door of main justice this morning, it really did feel like i was coming home. i first walked into this building when i was 26 years old. i was here for a job interview. and i was awe-struck. and this is a beautiful hall and a beautiful building. built in the midst of the great
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depression. but it was the idea of justice to which this is a monument that was truly awe-inspiring. everywhere i look, there were serious people pursuing the cause of justice. i left the interview wanting the job badly. the way i'm sure each of you felt after your doj interview, the way we want everyone who interviews at doj to feel. i know that was how i felt every time i came back to interview for another justice department position. and after leaving my first position for private practice, i did come back, many times, to serve in a variety of positions both career and non-career. a long the way, i worked with doj attorneys, agents and staff in every component of the department and across the width
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and breath of this country. altogether i served under five attorneys general, appointed by four presidents. i know that some of you have not stopped -- have plenty more. the department of justice has always -- has also been a large part of the lies of people who are close to me. my younger sister followed me to doj where she served as a career attorney in the civil division. more than 35 of my former law clerks went on to serve at the justice department in both career and non-career positions. many of my closest friends are veterans of the department with both career and non-career service. for all of you and for me, public service is more than a job. it is a calling. all of you have chosen the department of justice over other places where you might have used
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your skills and where you might have earned a higher salary. i am grateful beyond words for your service to this country. all of us are united by our commitment to the will of law and to seeking equal justice under law. we are united by our commitm to protecting our country as our oath says, from all enemies, foreign and domestic. and by our commitment to enforcing our country's laws and to ensuring the civil rights and the civil liberties of our people. the only way we can succeed and retain the trust of the american people is to adhere to the norms that have become part of the dna of every justice department employee since edward levy's stint as the first post watergate attorney general. as i said at the announcement of my nomination, those norms
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require that like cases be treated alike. that there not be one rule for democrats and another for republicans. one rule for friends, and another for foes. one rule for the powerful, and another for the powerless. one rule for the rich, and another for the poor. or different rules, depending upon one's race or ethnicity. at his swearing in, attorney general levy said, quote, if we are to have a government of laws and not of men, then it takes dedicated men and women to accomplish this through their zeal and determination and also through fairness and impartiality. and i know that this department always has had such dedicated men and women, closed quote. i too, know that this department has and always has had such
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dedicated people. i am honored to work with you once again. together, we will show the american people by word and deed that the department of justice pursues equal justice and adheres to the rule of law. thank you. [ applause ] >> the new attorney general of the united states, merrick garland speaking there. a very clear message about a change from the previous administration, talking about adhering to norms. there is not one law for the rich, not one law for the powerful, the rest of us. a notable commentary given some of the criticism levied at his predecessor. >> that is a good point, jim. let's bring in cnn correspondent evan perez and our legal analyst elie honig. evan, i think jim makes an excellent point about the
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contrast there. and i think it is important for everyone to know the history that merrick garland comes with as a young prosecutor at doj when he went and -- to oklahoma city and prosecuted timothy mcveigh and went on to prosecute the bomber for the atlanta olympics in '96 as he takes on his biggest challenge, this new case. >> no, absolutely. and, look, i think for the first time since that era, the justice department is confronting this evil of domestic violent extremism and the fact that it is metastasized, it has grown so much in the last few years. and i think that is going to be job one for merrick garland, the emphasis that the department is going to be facing, be trying to emphasize that idea that we have to combat that while also preserving civil liberties which is a tough thing to do. and then secondly, you also heard him talk about tackling
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the issue of civil rights, which is forefront on the minds of democrats and republicans. i think a lot of republicans that voted against him were concerned about what will happen under the justice department with regard to policing and voting rights. again that is a big, big thing seeing what republican legislatures are doing around the country. and last, to jim's point, it is very important, i think, for the justice department to kind of emphasize that, look, because you're the friend of the president, or the son of a president, it doesn't mean you're going to get a different kind of justice from the justice department. it is an important message which was frankly lost over the last few years. >> yeah. and there will be a test, right, for him in the hunter biden case. elly, you know attorney generals are appointees and politicals influenced them in years past but it is fair to say that bill barr took that to a different level. for instance, interpreting the
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mueller report in favor of the president, someone appointed by the justice department. you're writing a book about this, about barr's tenure as attorney general. i just wonder, what differences do you see here, do you expect to see in early decisions by merrick garland? >> yeah, jim, it looks like night and day. i think merrick garland was signaling it is a new era in the justice department. all this politicization and the mistruths that bill barr gave to the public, he's making clear those are a thing of the past. and what hit home is when merrick garland talked about when he walked back in, he said it felt like coming home again and what is important about that, is first of all, merrick garland, unlike bill barr, grew up at the justice department like i did. he was trained about the importance of doj political independence and integrity and i think that will set merrick garland apart and if he makes good on the speech that he just gave, i think we'll see a very
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different attorney general, a very different justice department. >> great point. thank you so much. good to have you. big day for sure. coming up to the royals, prince william briefly breaking his silence to outright denial g allegations of prince harry and meghan markle but is that how the rest of the u.k. sees it? ♪ ♪ [keyboard typing] ♪ [trumpet] [keyboard typing]
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brother prince harry and sister-in-law meghan, the duchess of sussex, gave an interview to oprah winfrey bringing up a racist comment unidentified by royal family. >> sir, have you spoke tone your brother since the interview? >> i haven't spoken yet but i will do. >> and is the royal family a racist family, sir? >> we're very much not a racist family. >> our colleague selma abdulaziz has been covering this story in london. what is the significance on multiple levels, selma, after the promise from the palace this would be handled privately, what is the significance of what we just heard. >> when the palace put out the statement it was a family matter, if you heard from people of color they said it is not a family matter. this is an institution, it is an institution that represents britain and this is a public debate, a public conversation.
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and prince william has made it that by issuing that comment but i think they will tell you that the journalist missed the point and the -- prince william missed the point. it is not just about the allegation of racism, it is something that needs to be addressed. but we're talking about something larger here. meghan markle repeatedly said in that interview, the system, the firm, the institution. we're talking about micro aggressions and living day-to-day about being a person of color in this country. yesterday i met with the woman who sang at the gospel -- the gospel songs that we heard at the wedding. i met the gospel singer yesterday and i watched this interview three years after she was at the wedding and she told her it made me feel afraid in a way she's never felt before as a woman of color in this country. so now that these issues are out there, everyone here really wants to talk about them. let's tackle this. this is a struggle for equality.
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it will not be fixed in one interview, in one marriage, in one instance. it is a larger struggle and what you'll hear here in the u.k. from people of color. >> selma, thank you for the reporting. right outside of buckingham palace for us. one year to the day after this was officially named a pandemic. we have now have three working highly effective vaccines. something of a medical miracle. does this mean we're officially turning the corner? we hope so. we'll talk about it next. so you only pay for what you need. thank you! hey, hey, no, no limu, no limu! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ (announcer) truecar can help you find the right car and a great price, because truecar knows what people in your area have paid for the car you want and can show you what's a high price, what's a low price, and what's a great price. get your car and a great deal, all from home,
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it is one year to the day since this was actually declared a pandemic. president biden tonight will address the nation. le commemorate the loss and struggles that americans have enduring over the last 12 months and the world has endured. the future, we'll hear positive message from him on that. >> the director of the cdc said that the agency's new guidance for vaccinated americans marked the first step toward a return to pre-pandemic life. imagine that. dr. leana wen joins us now. a former baltimore health commissioner. so great to have you. looking big picture, daily vaccination rate is increasing, the vaccines are showing success, protecting at least
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against hospitalizations and death from the new variants and also the concerns about the drop in new infections plateauing seems not to have bourne out. i wonder, big picture, do you see us turning the corner here as a country a year later? >> well, jim, i definitely think a lot has happened in the last year. and looking back a year ago, i don't think any of us could have imagined the unfathomable suffering and tragedy and i don't think that we could predict the suffering and that we would have three safe highly effective vaccines. i think we as a country were reliant on science and medicine to save the day. we didn't focus on those public health preventative measures. we were waiting for science to deliver it and this time it did. so i do think that we're looking at a much brighter future ahead. but i also am worried. i think that this plateau is real. and with all of the states lifting restrictions, i think there is a good chance that we could see another surge with
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more people dying and i guess the question is what can we do to prevent that from happening now? >> and there are different kinds of restrictions, right. it is one thing to lift a mask mandate or open businesses at 100% capacity, it is another thing moments ago here in new york state, the governor said starting at the beginning of april, people who travel out of the state won't need to quarantine. you have been outspoken questioning why the cdc this week didn't change their travel guidelines. >> that's right. and specifically travel guidelines for vaccinated people. i think we have a very narrow of window to distinguish between vaccinated people and unvaccinated people could do. with regard to travel, i think the cdc could have said unvaccinated people still have to test before they leave and quarantine when they come back. but if you are fully vaccinated, you don't have to do that any more. you still should be wearing a mask when you travel. but here the differences between these two paths depending on
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your vaccination status. and i think that is the key missing opportunity here. because as states are reopening at 100% capacity, we're looking at the ticket back to pre-pandemic life. if everything is open, people will say what the is point. >> vaccination rate, you see on our screen, about 10% have been fully vaccinated and we've approaching 20% that have received at least one shot. have you changed your time line as more and more supply comes on in addition to this third vaccine option with johnson & johnson as to when the majority of the country will be vaccinated now, there have been talk of summertime, can we move that up at all, where do you stand? >> my best prediction at this point given what president biden has said is that we're going to have enough supply for every adult american by the end of may. that is really remarkable and credit to the administration there. but that doesn't mean that people are going to be vaccinated by the end of may.
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i think that probably by june, definitely by july, every american that wants a vaccine could get one. as in you could walk into the pharmacy that day and get one regardless of eligibility. but i'm concerned about vaccine hesitancy and into the fall we won't reach herd immunity and then fall will hit us and that is a major barrier going forward. >> yeah. what are your thoughts, you've been with us, dr. wen, really on this journey, you, dr. sanjay gupta, some of the leading voices on this network since there th -- this was declared a pandemic and you had a baby mi meantime, and i wonder what your thoughts are as we sit here today, one day out -- one year out? >> i mean, i'm filled with so much emotion because we've gone through so much as individuals and as a country. and as a world. and i'm struck in particular by
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how much this pandemic has effected people unequally. and we've seen that this is not a virus that is doing the discriminating. that is our systems that are. and unless we are specifically focused on equity as a goal, we'll just have even worsening of the disparities when it comes to education and health and every aspect. and i think if it is anything that we've taken away from this, it is that we need to redouble our efforts to close these horrific disparities and really focus on equity and fairness. >> yeah. and i think more than half a million american families have suffered the ultimate loss of losing a loved one. i know we have a way to go but thanks very much. according to the united nation world food program, 400,000 children are now at risk of dying in yemen. this is as the six year civil war there rages on.
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learn more at as yemen's six year civil war rages on. 400,000 children are now at risk of dying. that is according to the united nations food program. a heartbreaking investigation shows just how dire the situation really is. the biden administration said it wants to bring an end to this war. which was partially funded by american tax dollars but no longer backing the saudi led coalition who has been fighting houthis. u.s. backing started under the obama administration and escalated under trump.
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>> cnn's investigation has found it has been more than two months since the u.s.-backed saudi blockade has allowed tankers packed with the necessary fuel for food and supplies to areach all of the starving yemen to dock at the crucial port controlled by the houthis. 14 tankers are being held off the saudi coast according to a vessel tracking app, going against the agreement and making the situation on the ground desperate for innocent parents and children suffering as a result. we made a very dangerous trip on a small boat to get inside houthi territory in northern yemen, a place that four foreign journalists have been to show what is at stake. we do want to warn you that some of the images are frankly tough to watch. >> reporter: the derelict coastline of the north of yemen, rusting hulks tell a story of
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war, blockade and devastation. for years the houthi controlled north has been isolated from the outside world. we secretly traveled through the night by boat after our previous reporting here led the government to deny entry. on the road, we get a sense of the humanitarian disaster kept from the outside world. along the roadside, hundreds of stalled food supply trucks with no fuel to move. in a country in the grip of hunger, their cargo stands spoiling in the hot sun. the port is the supply gateway for the rest of the country. it should be bustling with activity because today it is empty. a result of the u.s.-backed saudi blockade. the last tanker to dock here was in december. in the echoing silence, it dawns on us. we are about to witness the terrible impact of this blockade. desperate patients and family
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members trying to get the attention of the victor, the chairman of the hadad hospital. if he signs these papers, they get some financial relief for their treatments and medicines. he doesn't get far before he is stopped again and again. since the yemen war started six years ago, families have been in financial feeble. the fuel blockade has sped that descent into oblivion. this is the mayin hospital for the province and we're surrounded by doctors and nurses. >> is this a normal day? is this busy all of the time? this is not a busy day. >> this is a normal day. >> wow. >> reporter: victor wants to show us some of his critical patients in the feeding center. a 10-year-old girl whose growth has been so stunted by starvation, she can no longer stand. the doctor said every hour of
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every day they are receiving more and more cases of severe malnutrition that are there advanced because the parents can't afford to feed their children, they also can't afford to bring them to the hospital to treat them. the u.n. said pockets are in famine-like conditions but hadad is not considered one of them because it doesn't meet the metrics to declare famine but victor believes it has outpaced the u.n. objections. the saudi blockade is spiking and at the same time this busy hospital is running out of the vital fuel that keeps its generators running which means that baby's who doctors say at two months ways the same as a newborn would die. yemen has been devastated by a civil war which has pitted iran backed houthis against the recognized government and a u.s.-backed saudi led coalition. we're in houthi territory.
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some of whose officials have been designated as terrorists by the u.s. for targeting neighboring saudi arabia. we've been granted a rare interview with a leading houthi official. we must meet in an undisclosed location because his aides say of the threat of assassination. we ask him to respond to allegations they are escalating this war. >> not true at all. the battle is continuing and it hooz not stopped. >> do you trust america to take federal negotiations to bring peace here in yemen. >> trust must come about decisions and so far we have not seen any concrete decisions being made. >> you said you were suspected of terror but three are designated by the u.s. as terrorists. one of your key slogans talked about death to america. how do you see this as pushing forward the negotiations and the possibility of piece in the future. >> when we say death to america,
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they're killers with their bombs and rockets and blockades. they provide logistics and intelligence support and their participation in the battle so who is bigger and greater, the ones who are killing us, or the ones who say death to them. >> reporter: the biden administration has announced it has withdrawn support for the saudi offensive, but it comes after six long years of war. and for the children, dying of hunger, it still hasn't brought peace any quicker. peace and help can't come soon enough. over half of the hospitals in this district are threatened with shutting. this is one of them. they need urgent support and urgent help. you could imagine what it would do to this community if this facility was shut down look at the chaos already here while it is functioning. for years now the u.n. has been warning that famine is coming to yemen. doctors across the north tell us famine has arrived. another hospital witnessing wave after wave of children in the
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red zone, severe malnourishment and improvished mothers desperate to keep children alive are forced to make harrowing choices. >> just to the gept to the hospital, i stopped eating and drinking, not even water, just to get him treated. >> those doctors are keeping track of the numbers spiking beyond what they ever imagined. >> reporter: the doctors are saying in 2020, this population, 23% of the children under five here were severely malnourished, in 2021 they think that number will go over 30%. there is no doubt in his mind, he said, that they here in hathab are in famine. nearly three years ago the u.n. security council condemned the use of starvation as a method of warfare, demanding access to supplies that are necessary for food preparation including water and fuel be kept in tact. here and in other conflicts. that clearly hasn't happened.
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what's more, the world has stopped caring. the u.n. needs almost $4 billion to staunch this trice is. they received less than half that from donors. numbers don't lie. but numbers also don't reflect the full tragedy. this is hassan, 10 months and struggling to breathe, he came into the hospital six days ago. he keeps losing weight. even with the critical care he's receiving. hours after we leave, hassan ali died. one more child in yemen that represents so much more pain. the doctors here are desperate for the world to see and to help. >> wow! the king of saudi arabia did not respond to cnn's request for comment and nema joins us now from cartoon. we do want to tell you there is a satellite delay so bear with
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you. but remarkable reporting. and i want to ask you about the biden administration choosing not to sanction the crown prince bin salman in the murder of jamal khashoggi and if you believe in what you saw on the ground there, that that will simplien boldens saudi actions and is there nor the u.s. can do and has done to stop this? >> absolutely. there is more the u.s. should be doing right now. the message that this sends is an incredibly confused one. especially given the signs, the signals that the biden administration when they were in administration in waiting they were putting out which is is that we'll have a more morally centered foreign policy with regard to ending as they called it the worse humanitarian kries -- crisis in the world. but lander king told us what we show you there in that piece was
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not true, that these ships were not being blockaded by that u.s. backed saudi blockade. that they weren't off the port of jezan on the saudi coast where you could see for yourself that is where the ships are located and the impact of that blockade. it was frankly disappointing to hear that from the u.s. envoy because it raises concerns about the prospects for peace and it seems like the u.s. is placating saudi arabia to get them to the negotiating table. if you are not seen as an honest arbiter, how could you bring peace to this kind of region. >> talk to us about marib as the final safe haven for these displaced people. why is it so important and is that position in danger? >> this is very much, jim, the hidden tragedy in yemen.
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almost every tragedy in yemen is hidden because it is so difficult to get to. but it is the center of the current fighting scene in the coalition between the houthis and it is last safe haven for half a million displaced people and that fighting is encroaching upon them. they're all within the city, the houthis, they will not stop fighting because that is strategic and it is considered to be that last important strong hold, it also gives them access to fuel and the coalition, the saudis we're hearing are demanding that the houthis stop fighting and save those displaced people in order to get access to fuel and these people are essentially trapped between the warring parties but also pawns of the warring parties and at the moment it doesn't seem like the u.s. is effectively able to step and advocate for those displaced people and negotiate for a cease-fire, jim. >> nema, thank you for all of us, for the world for your reporting. that is our nema live for us
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a third-degree murder charge is now back on the table for derek chauvin, the ex-police officer charged in the death of george floyd. that charge carries a potential penalty of up to 25 years in prison and facing a serious
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second-degree murder charge and second-degree manslaughter charge as well. >> that is right. let's go to our colleague omar jiminez from minneapolis this morning. this is the third day of jury selection in this trial. can you explain to all of us why this addition of a third-degree murder charge especially in the case of a former police officer is so significant? >> yeah, so this is significant because one, it gives prosecutors another target to hit. also another opportunity to convict derek chauvin. now when an appeals court ruled that this court needed to at least reconsider reinstating this charge. keith allison who is leading the prosecution team said that we believe the charge of third-degree murder in addition to the manslaughter and felony murder reflects the gravity of the allegations against mr. chauvin. and the difference here became that an appeals court ruled on a separate police officer third-degree murder conviction
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that established a precedent that the judge in this case felt was strong enough to bring this third-degree murder charge back. and then there is this question about whether the trial would be delayed. but because the defense has an avenue to delay this on account of having the new charge added but we heard from the attorney for derek chauvin, eric nelson said the court of appeals has spoken and i'm confident in the decisions this court has made and not seeking to restart this trial which is significant because that now clears the path to move forward with this day three of jury selection and keep things on track for opening statements to start on march 29th. >> omar, thank you for the reporting live there fr minneapolis. and thank you for being -- today. we'll see you back here tomorrow morning. i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm jim sciutto. "newsroom" with kate bolduan starts right after a short break.
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