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covid vaccinations here in the u.s. let's go to our chief white house correspondent kaitlyn collins. this is a life and death moment in the pandemic. what is the administration saying tonight? >> well, they're making a concerted effort to try to get the messaging more clearly stated to americans who are understandably confused by that new cdc guidance. they needed to wear a mask indoors in certain places in the u.s. where you are seeing cases rising. that is something the cdc director in a briefing tonight talked about, the casing going up, hospitalizations as well going up as they are lamenting the fact that there are still 90 million americans who are eligible to get vaccinated who still haven't made the choice to do so. with the delta variant fuelling outbreaks nationwide, president biden is hitting a key vaccine goal tonight, almost one month late. >> i would say it's a significant step that we have hit 70%. >> 70% of adults in the u.s. have now received at least one
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shot, a milestone biden hoped to reach by july 4th. the u.s. reported over 800,0 0 new shots were administered yesterday, making it the fifth straight day with over 700,000 shots in arms, still far from peak levels. amid a renewed push to get more people vaccinated, the pandemic is once again consuming biden's agenda. >> we're not going back to the shutdowns of march of 2020. we're not going back to the economy shutting down. we have made too much progress. >> reporter: after getting briefed today, the president will give a speech on the pandemic tomorrow and meet with a top science adviser on wednesday to prepare for future pandemics. with hospitalizations increasing, the cdc director is warning of how contagious the delta variant can be. >> if you get sick with the delta variant, we estimate that you could infect five other unvaccinated people, more than twice as many as the original
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strain. >> reporter: less than 1% of those who are fully vaccinated have experienced a break-through infection, according to an analysis by the kaiser family foundation. senator lindsey graham ahounsing he is one of them, adding, quote, i am very glad i was vaccinated. not everyone is taking the cdc's mask advice. >> there will be no restrictions and no mandates in the state of florida. >> reporter: today bill de blasio urged vaccinated new yorkers to wear masks inside but stopped short of issuing a new minnesota date. >> we thought that was the right balance. still want to respect the fact that vaccination does give you different opportunities and rights than unvaccinated people. >> reporter: right now five states are accounting for nearly half of all new covid-19 cases. meanwhile, a federal freeze on evictions expired over the weekend, putting millions at risk as infections are spiking nationwide. the white house says a supreme
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court ruling has prevented them from extending it, but made one last appeal to the cdc yesterday, which was denied. >> i think what you are seeing is a president who is just trying to do everything that he can in his power. >> reporter: democrats didn't have the votes to get an extension passed last week, but progressives are turning up the heat on nancy pelosi. >> we have to really just call a spade a spade. we cannot in good faith blame the republican party when house democrats have the majority. >> reporter: and, wolf, after senator lindsey graham tested positive despite being fully vaccinated, we are learning he spent a portion of the weekend on joe manchin's houseboat here in washington. not just senator graham and manchin, but there were several others on that boat as well. several of their offices are putting out statements and following cdc guidance which now says if you are fully vaccinated and around someone who tests positive, you still need to get tested within 3 to 5 days of
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that contact. these instances of break-through cases are rare for fully vaccinated people, but clearly, wolf, they're happening across the country and even here in washington tonight. >> i thought it was significant that senator lindsey graham said in a statement, i am very glad i was vaccinated because without vaccination i am certain i would not feel as well as i do now. my symptoms would be far worse. bottom line, he's recommending everyone go get vaccinated. kit thank you very, very much. now to new york city as the first epicenter of the pandemic battles a new rise of covid cases now. let's go to jason carol in new york. the largest city in the country is breaking with other big metro areas, stopping short of the new mask mandate. what is the latest? >> reporter: yeah, wolf. stopping short. and a number of the mayor's critics are asking why stopping short of a mask mandate given that the city is seeing an uptick in cases in the city. the mayor is urging people who
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are going inside restaurants, bars, clubs, grocery stores, whatever the place may be, public places, to wear masks inside. but, again, not issuing a mandate. the mayor when freshed on that issue said a couple of things. he said he's following the science and ta data, providing the safe guidance that the cdc gave last week. but, again, no mandate. and, so, some people are wondering, how is this going to affect businesses going forward? already we have heard from equinox basically saying that going forward all of their members must provide proof of a vaccination before entry. so that's going to be for all equinoxes and soul cycles going forward. we checked with the restaurant behind me, cafeteria, very popular spot here in new york city, asked the owners here how their policy might be affected given what the mayor has now recommended. >> i think it's a great
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approach. ultimately, you know, as we have all been saying, new york is a resilient city. i think it's important that everybody take part and do, you know, whatever is needed to try to, you know, e raid cat as much as we can, this virus. if it's just a short little step back in wearing a mask for a little bit longer indoors or any part where there is a high level amount of people, i think we should do it. i think it's important. we should try to do as much as we can to save our city and save our businesses. >> reporter: it is also noted that the mayor said that in terms of today's perspective, everything they're doing going forward will be vaccine centric. new york's governor also held a briefing today. he also encouraged all businesses going forward, he says, look, what they should try to do is adopt some sort of vaccine admission policy. wolf? >> jason, thank you very much. let's discuss all this and more with the former director of the
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centers for disease control and prevention. thank you so much for joining us. just about a month late the u.s. now has hit the goal of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. this level of vaccination wasn't enough to stop the delta variant from taking off. but will it be enough, do you believe, to stop the next variant? >> well, it's clear that the virus is upping its game, and we need to up our game. delta is doubly infectious, we need to double down on layers of protection. that means vaccination and masking. wolf, you were just talking about senator lindsey graham who had symptoms. he was vaccinated. he exposed other people. good example of why it makes sense to wear a mask when the virus is spreading widely, because other people could get sick and they could spread the infection to others. the vaccine is working.
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i think people need to understand break-through doesn't mean that, you know, the dam is broken. they, in fact, if you look at more than 160 million people vaccinated, less than 1 in 100,000 of those people have died from covid. and those individuals who have had severe breakthrough infections we need to understand more that may be people with kidney transplants or other health problems that put them at higher risk, they may need a different approach to be protected more effectively. but our vaccines are working. delta, however, is upping the bar. and we're going to need to vaccinate many more people and have layered protection, especially, wolf, to keep our schools open. that is what has me most worried. schools are opening now. and if we don't vaccinate, mask up and have layered protection, the risk is that some won't open or some that open will close. and getting our kids learning in
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person is crucially important. >> on sunday, doctor, we did see the fifth day in a row that more than 700,000 shots in arms here in the u.s. that's an increase. but is it enough to ease your concerns about vaccine hesitancy? about 90 million americans still have not received one shot. 90 million who are eleligible. >> that's 90 million people who are avoidably susceptible to getting killed by covid or getting long covid and ill for weeks, months or maybe even years. so, no, it is not enough. we need to ramp up vaccination more. we need to mask up, especially where the virus is spreading widely. we could do this. but it does require that we up our game. the virus has changed and adapted. we need to change and adapt also. >> i'm curious what you think about this third shot, this booster shot. we now see that the experts in
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israel, the u.k., germany, they're taking steps to give people at risk, especially those over 60 with underlying health conditions who are fully vaccinated five or six months ago a third shot. should the u.s. be doing the same thing right now? >> we don't have the data we need to make that decision. we need to know who is getting severe break-through infections and if there is a group that looks like they need a third shot, for example, i think kidney transplant recipients. there is good data that they aren't well protected with two shots, and a third shot might help them. that's different, wolf, from a booster after 6 to 12 months if there is waning immunity. i don't think we have seen data to convince that that is necessary. but for some groups that have underlying conditions that aren't responding as well as nearly everyone else to the vaccine, such as people with a kidney transplant, that's a group i expect will see some new recommendations on in the coming weeks. >> we'll see what happens here
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in the u.s. in the coming weeks. thanks as usual for joining us. just ahead, the devastating aftermath of january 6th as a third police officer who responded to the riot up on capitol hill dies by suicide. this comes as a republican senator is now brazenly pouring fuel on a january 6th conspiracy theory involving the fbi. you are going to hear it for yourself. stay with us. that help unleash your energy. loaded with b vitamins... ...and other key essential nutrients... ...it's a tasty way to conquer your day. try centrum multi gummies. now with a new look. when you earn a degree with university of phoenix, we support you with career coaching for life, including personal branding, resume building and more. that's our promise to you. that's career services for life. learn more at phoenix.edu. you need an ecolab scientific clean here.
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jessica snyder is here with us in "the situation room." what are you learning? >> just another difficult day for the police department here in washington d.c. he was a member of the emergency response team for the special operations division in fact, the police department confirms he was found in his home last thursday. he is the third officer now who has died by suicide after responding to the cap itol attack. it is unclear if he was facing any trauma from january 6th. a lot of the officers have spoken out about the trauma of that day and the mental health toll it has taken. in fact, an officer who has been very outspoken worked with him at the police department. he issued a lengthy statement. i'll read it for you. he says i worked with him for a number of years.
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gun they are was the most professional police officer i ever worked with in my entire career. i have always felt that way. he was incredibly meticulous, detail oriented. incredibly reserved, quiet and soft-spoken but very positive. he was loved by everyone. there is no one loved by everyone. most are not loved by some. he was literally that guy who everyone loved. for me, the takeaway is so much more needs to be done about the conversation around mental health. not just in our profession. we need to take away the stigma of talking about these issues. it should not be deemed a weakness. if anything, it's a strength. so a lot of people talking about the mental health aspect of this and how it does need to be addressed. the metropolitan police department issued a statement saying the department is grieving. the officer had been with the department, wolf, since 2003. >> my deepest, deepest
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condolences to the family. amidst all of this, as you know, jessica, some republicans are actually continuing to down play what happened on january 6th on capitol hill. some are even fuelling these conspiracy theories out there. "the washington post," as you know, has obtained video of republican senator ron johnson of wisconsin throwing out some new idea involving the fbi, what it knew, didn't know about january 6th. what about that? >> yeah. this is video from just this past weekend that was uncovered by "the washington post." in it, senator ron johnson is suggesting that the fbi had more knowledge and details about the january 6th capital attack than they actually had. senator johnson has floated these wild conspiracy theories repeatedly, but this takes it a step farther. in this clip, he references the kidnapping plot against michigan governor gretchen whitmer and
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the fact that some of the defendants in that case saying the fbi even trapped them. he compares it to what happened on january 6th. here he is. >> are you watching this happen in michigan? okay. so you think that the fbi had infiltrated michigan? >> and to be clear here, wolf, despite what senator johnson said, there is no credible evidence that the fbi had any detailed evidence about exactly what would unfold at the capitol. and there is no allegation that the fbi even played any role in this attack. and really the senator report here, it did pin some blame on the fbi for not taking those
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online messages that suggests there would be violence at the capitol seriously. but of course that is a far cry from the false allegations that senator johnson is making in this video. >> good point, jessica. thank you very much. jessica snyder reporting. let's get some more on this. former washington, d.c. police chief charles ramsey is joining us, former cia counter terrorism professional phil mudd is with us as well. phil, at one point in your career, you were sent over to work over at the fbi. what goes through your mind hearing this latest statement from republican senator ron johnson? >> boy, we used to be in a place where the democrats attacked law enforcement and the military and we're attacked by the republicans for doing that, including after the vietnam war. now republicans attack law enforcement and villify the people protecting the congress. let me give you one fact from an intelligence officer. there is a small group of people in michigan, one state, a small group of people conspireing to
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attack the governor in a violent attack. that's obviously a crime. in washington, d.c., on january 6th and before january 6th, there were thousands of people converging to hear the president speak at a political rally. and you are telling me the intelligence about a small group is the same as the intelligence you might acquire about a political rally for a u.s. politician? you have got to be kidding me. ignorance is bliss. he doesn't know what he's talking about. >> we learned, very sadly, of this suicide of this police officer. you heard that emotional tribute from the police officer. how hard is it to hear that yet another officer has taken his own life since responding to the january 6th attack? >> well, first, wolf, let me offer my condolences to that officer's family and also to the men and women of the pd. i think officer hit the nail on
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the head when he talked about mental health. a lot of people don't realize that police officers take their own lives at a much higher rate than just about any other profession. and yet, you know, our ability to give them the kind of mental health support and services that they need is still lacking in many jurisdictions. i'm not saying that's the case in washington, but it is the case in many jurisdictions where because of the stigma associated with mental health, officers are reluctant to come forward. suck it up and keep moving on. but these things take their toll over time and unfortunately, this officer, who is assigned to ert and special operations division, which is one of the units assigned to protect the president and vice president, visiting dignitaries and the like and also it is my understanding he suffered a tragic loss of his 15-year-old son a few years ago. all these things combined can lead to tragic outcomes. >> yeah.
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we don't know, phil, why the officer took his life. but clearly these police officers have dealt with enormous trauma, both from the january 6th attack and the aftermath all these months since then, haven't they? >> they have. i think we have forgotten that this isn't about politics. it is about mental health. we read about what officers deal with. that is somebody murdered, going to the house of a family that lost a kid to drunken driving, going to see child abuse, watching domestic abuse. they deal with this every day. and then you have to go into a situation where mental health is not only ignored. as this case where we saw in response to the testimony on capitol hill, it's mocked. we have an olympic athlete who separates herself from the games. in this case we have officers that are mocked. and then we get this. you draw the conclusion, wolf. i have drawn my own. >> but your message to those
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police officers who are still struggling right now? >> well, seek help. but i think it is incumbent upon police departments and leadership to make this just a routine almost like a physical, a mental health checkup. remove the stigma. when we went to a period of time during my time as commissioner, we had eight officers killed in the line of duty within an eight-year period. five of them died within nine months. we had to partner with the university of pennsylvania behavioral health to provide the counseling and services that officers needed. i needed it myself and went through counseling along with my command staff. you have to take these steps in order to show officers it's okay to not be okay. and we really do need to emphasize that, to make sure that they have the right balance and can perform their duties and live a long healthy life. >> thank you. phil mudd, thanks to you as
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well. coming up, the u.s. senate is moving toward a vote on the newly formed infrastructure bill. i'll ask bernie sanders about its chances and the push among progressives. stay with us.
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tonight the u.s. senate is bracing for a final battle over a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill. a floor vote could happen within days after weeks of intense negotiations. let's go to our congressional correspondent jessica dean. jessica, what are the chances this bill can get passed? >> well, wolf, in the senate things are looking pretty good. we're seeing things progress. although, pretty slowly.
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of course they worked all throughout the weekend to get that finalized in the last few minutes. we did see the first bipartisan for this amendment passed. what we're looking at right now is a lot of legislating. they have to have unanimous consent to be brought to the floor. there is a lot of behind the scenes negotiating about which amendments will be brought forth and how they will be voted on. we will see that play out at least for the next day or so as they make their way through this. this is a question of timing, how quickly this can wrap up. chuck schumer has said he wants to see it done by the end of the week. it remains to be seen if they can move that quickly. again, this is an over $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill taking a peek at what's inside of it and top lines. broadbad $65 billion, power in infras infrastructure, $73 billion, bridges and roads getting $110 billion, training $66 billion, clean water $55 billion. so, again, a lot of this hard
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infrastructure is in this bill. it's looking good on the senate side. the question is what will happen in the house. they want to see a reconciliation bill which would have a lot of democratic priorities in it, that that gets put forth before they're willing to vote on this. that's one of the questions. >> jessica, thank you very much. let's discuss this and more with the senate budget committee chairman, bernie sanders. senator, thanks as usual for joining us. the senate is starting to consider various amendments to this $1 trillion infrastructure bill. but you only have a handful of days before the senate recess. how do you get this done? >> by working very hard and working long hours. my hope and expectation is that this hard infrastructure bipartisan bill will get done by the end of the week, and then we will immediately turn to what we call the reconciliation bill, a bill which i think will have a
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positive impact on working families. and that will deal with issues of extending the child tax credit, that $300 a month check for working families for their kids, which has cut childhood poverty in america by 61%. we'll reform in a very comprehensive care. child care. we will expand medicare to cover dental care, eye glasses, hearing aids. we will have the united states to have paid family and medical leave. we're going to put a whole lot of money into affordable housing. and of course in the midst of this horrible climate crisis that we face, we will begin the process of transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel. and when we do all of those things, wolf, we will create millions of good paying jobs. >> you say, senator, there could be no infrastructure bill. that's the $1 trillion plus bill without a reconciliation bill.
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that's another 3$3.5 trillion. but can moderate democrats trust progressives to deliver the votes for infrastructure? and can you trust the moderates to back that $3.5 trillion deal that you want? this is really complicated. >> it is. it is extremely complicated. and we look forward to the white house playing an active role in terms of making sure that we have the votes that we need to pass reconciliation. unlike, obviously, the bipartisan bill, the reconciliation bill which has really transformed. it begins to address the reality that for decades, congress has paid a whole lot of attention to the rich and the powerful in campaign contributors and ignored the needs of the working class in this country. having said that and demanding the wealthy start paying their fair share, we won't get any support. we have 0 democratic votes to spare. but at the end of the day, the house and the senate will have to come together to do something which is overwhelmingly popular
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among working families. people are sick and tired of seeing the rich get richer and everybody else struggling. they want action and we're going to give them what i think is long overdue. >> are you worried, senator, that the house speaker nancy pelosi will bow to pressure from moderate democrats to decouple the infrastructure deal from the $3.5 trillion spending bill. >> speaker pelosi has been very strong. but she understands that it is the imperative that we pass them both, that we cannot go forward with just the bipartisan bill. look, to be very honest with you, wolf, i'm a former mayor, so i know a little about roads and bridges and sidewalks and all that stuff. it is terribly important. we have an enormous amount of work in that area. but human infrastructure, the needs of working families and our children and our elderly, that's actually more important. so both of these bills have got to go forward together. and when we do that, we will
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create many, many good paying jobs. and one of the things i'm really excited about is we go forward in transforming our energy system and trying to reverse climate change. we're going to create a civilian climate core which will provide hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs for young people and give them the opportunity to lead the effort in trying to save this planet. so there is just a lot that we have to do. now is the time to do it. and i will tell you that you have a lot of special interested drug companies. we will lower the costs of the prescription drugs. the health care industry, the fossil fuel industry. you name it, the big money interests will try to defeat us. but it is important that we hang in there together and that we pass this bill. >> see what happens this week and in the coming weeks. thanks as usual for joining us. >> thank you. just ahead, it is reopening day for many schools in the covid hot spot of georgia. i'll ask the atlanta mayor how
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it's back to school time in the covid hot spot of georgia. let's talk about the challenges for the students, the teachers, the officials as the delta variant hammers areas with low vaccination rates. joining us now the mayor of atlanta. mayor, thank you so much for joining us. as you know better than i do, some of the atlanta area schools are back in session. some of them today. others later in the week. some next week. how do you plan to keep kids, staff and teachers safe as so many students are actually too young to be vaccinated? >> well, thank you for having me, wolf. let me be clear, i don't have purview over our schools as the mayor. we are a separate entity. but thankfully there will be a
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mask requirement for our kids. i have also signed an executive order requiring mask mandates in the city of atlanta. atlanta in the state of georgia still had some of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. in georgia we are about 46% fully vaccinated. the city of atlanta is a little better at about 49%. and the cdc has designated us as an area of high transmission. so it is important that we have a mask mandate in our city. and thankfully, we are on one accord with our school superintendent who is also required a mask mandate in atlanta public schools. >> yeah. i want to show our viewers that map of the vast majority of georgia, including your city of atlanta in bright red indicating a high level of community transmission. yet, your governor, brian kemp, says he will not issue any mask mandates or lockdowns. i know you are requiring masks in atlanta.
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but just how difficult is it to change the course of this pandemic with a message at the state level contradicts your message? >> well, it is the reason that we are so low in vaccinations and transmission is still so high. this is not a political issue. it is not a partisan issue. we are looking at data and metrics, and that's what our decision is based upon. so not only is the government not requiring a mask mandate, he's doubling down on his position that somehow there is something wrong with our mask mandate in the city of atlanta. and this is nothing new. i have been embattled with this governor before. as you recall, he filed a lawsuit against the city of atlanta and me personally when i last instituted a mask mandate. it is my hope that we won't go down that path again. and i would just simply ask that he look at the science. this is about keeping people alive. i have four children.
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two of whom are not vaccine eligible. one who has severe asthma. so this is a great concern not just for people with underlying health conditions, but our children who are going back to school and even in the metro area there are some school systems that are making masks optional. but it is still a concern for parents and teachers throughout this state. >> yeah. such a serious problem, this delta variant. the mayor, good luck to you. good luck to everyone in atlanta right now. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. coming up, calls are growing right now for the house minority leader kevin mccarthy to resign. the off color comments he made that are causing outrage up on capitol hill. that's coming up next.
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some capitol hill lawmakers are now calling for the house minority leader, kevin mccarthy, to resign after an off color remark he made. should he become the speaker of the house? >> i want you to watch nancy pelosi hand me that gavel. it'll be hard not to hit we are with it, but i will bang it down. mia, as a former republican congresswoman, does it bother you to see the gop leader in the house making jokes like this, rallying attacks on the house speaker, especially when she was actually threatened back on
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january 6th? >> of course it does. i think any time anybody makes any threat of another member of congress or anybody, it's definitely alarming. i honestly believe that those two, there is a genuine dislike. nancy pelosi called kevin mccarthy a moron. they need to stop acting like high schoolers and really just start acting like legislators. there are some people that really need their leadership right now. and for these leaders to go out and just say what they're saying is, i think, childish and uncalled for. and inappropriate. >> this relationship, van, between pelosi and mccarthy seems to be at an all-time low. i have covered congress for a long time. pelosi publically called mccarthy a moron because of his position on masks and covid just last week. how badly, van, have things
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deteriorated? >> quite badly. it is really a shame. i mean, kevin mccarthy knows better. those of us who know him when he's not playing to the cheap seats and trying to court donald trump and doing all this weird stuff he's doing because he is so interested in becoming speaker of the house even if he destroys the house in the process and destroying the democratic process in the getting done, you look at the fact that all these addictions are going to happen now because they were isn't able to get stuff done. this playing has real consequences for real people when glove ea governing isn't h >> we learned of a third suicide of a police officer that responded to the january 6th attack up on capitol hill. we don't know why this police officer took his life but is this all a reminder that there were, obviously, real world implications to all the
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political rhetoric that's thrown around out there? >> hands down, absolutely. any time a person who is -- who has a mplatform says something, they have to be careful because there are implications. wolf, i knew these people, and there are specific members, there are specific police officers right now capitol hill police officers that i have no doubt would have given their lives to make sure that i was safe. these are people with children, with wives, with one wife, with children and they really just want to do their job and we have to understand that there is a human aspect behind this. they -- it's just really upsetting to me that we, that members of congress don't really take that into consideration. they need to start acting like adults and understand there is so much more that they need to do. >> what's your take, van?
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>> you know, i think heroes should be embraced. i think they should be celebrated. i think they should be hugged and held and healed. when you go through something like that and half the country doesn't come to your side, i mean, look at people who are veterans, who lose their way. you know, these are people who, you know, have one of the worst experiences of their lives being broadcast on global television and to have half the country possibly saying what you went through you didn't go through, it doesn't help with the healing. it's really sad. >> very sad, indeed. van, mia, thank you very much. we'll have more news just ahead including gymnast simone biles set to return to the olympics for one final event. what team usa is saying. that's next. ♪ ♪ ♪
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gymnast simone biles will compete in the balance beam final in a few hours, this after biles withdraw from the competition siting mental health concerns. christine brennan is joining us live from tokyo. what are you learning about why biles feels like she can safely return to the competition for this balance beam final? >> well, wolf, this is going to be a huge event and a huge moment at these olympic games by far and she feels comfortable in the air or more comfortable anyway, she believes that the twisties, getting lost in the air, she believes that she has conquered that, hopes that continues to be the case. the balance beam, though, wolf, it's 4 inches up there, several feet in the air.
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for mere mortals like you and i, i mean, it's almost impossible just to stand on it and she will be flipping and doing all these routines and turning around on and it there is great risk, but she thinks she's got it. she thinks she's ready and what a lovely punctuation mark for the end of the olympics and the world will probably be holding its breath. >> i'll be among them. i'll watch every second of that. one of the most unexpected story of the olympic games is how biles decision to step back opened up doors for her fellow usa gymnasts to bring home medal of their own. tell us about that. >> yes, well, suni lee of course was the all around champion, the fifth straight american woman to win that prestigious title, wolf . the most significant in gymnastics. so it shows the depth of the americans that simone biles could be out of the competition
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and her teammates lee comes in and wins it, and then jade carey won in the floor exercise last night, early morning in the u.s. and another great performance, a gold medal, as well. so it shows the depth of the u.s. women's gymnastics team. it shows just how strong they are and of course, their biggest cheerleader in the stands simone biles will finally leave the stands and come back to the floor a week, literally a week after she left and of course, the drama began after we heard her story about her struggles with mental health. >> what will you be looking for in the next week as these games continue and finally wrap up? >> you know, wolf, the issue of protesting, athletes protesting. ravin saunders won the shot put silver medal and did a protest on the medal stand. the u.s. olympic committee is defending her saying it was okay. officially it against their rules to do anything on the medal podium, even though she
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crossed her arms and asked for oppressed people. that was saunders from the united states. we'll see who wins that battle, the ioc or u.s. >> we shall see. thank you very, very much and to our viewers, thanks very much for watching. "erin burnett outfront" starts right now. "out front "next, florida and texas leading the nation in covid responsible for one in three cases as republican governors run for reelection and fight cdc guidelines. plus, another officer that responded to the capitol riot died by suicide. the third officer on duty on january 6th to take his own life. >> a single mother of three is about to be evicted if the white house and congress don't act. she's one of millions across the country that are in danger. can they be helped? let's go "outfront". good evening. i'm kate bolduan in for erin

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