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we have reporting this morning from tehran, london, tokyo and washington. >> and this morning the u.s. has finally hit president biden's goal to have 70% of adults vaccinated against covid-19. one month too late. one month too late for the hundreds of americans who have died during the surge of the delta variant, a surge forcing some cities and states to face facts, moonk them louisiana which has had one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. governor bel edwards has reinstated a mask mandate and space is running out at hospitals. >> there are no more beds left. those 23 patients are a glimpse of what we've been doing the last two weeks while we've been trying to get everybody vaccinated. >> this is having an adverse impact on people's lives today as we speak.
and the least we can do is put a mask on. >> at the same time vaccine demand is rebounding, first shots are up 76% in the last three weeks and shots are happening where they are most needed, up 171% in the eight states with the highest covid case rates. >> this increase in vaccination rates in states that had been lagging is a positive trend. americans are seeing the risk and impact of being unvaccinated and responding with action. and that is what it will take to get us out of this pandemic. >> the white house is also ramping up its focus on covid, one official reiterated to cnn that national vaccine mandate not under consideration. but a senior official is pinning some of the blame on state leaders. look at this, one official says that there are governors in this country who are putting their political interests ahead of public health. support for vaccine mandates is
growing, including from new york governor andrew cuomo. >> i don't believe a mask policy will be enough. i think we'll have to talk about a vaccination policy. private businesses, bars, restaurants, go to a vaccine only admission. i believe that it is in your best interest interests. >> gyms for example need the pandemic to end to survive. equinox just announced that it will require workers and customers to show vaccine proof to ensenter its locations. broadway theater is announcing a vaccine requirement. >> and one of the biggest law firms says that it will deactity have i i.d. badges of all nonvaccinated staff.
kaiser permanente will require all physicians and staff to be vaccinated by the end of september. >> vaccines work, they are effective. and we as a health care delivery system want to model for you what a fully vaccinated team looks like. once this surge is over, there will probably be other variants that come down the pike and we want to be prepared this time. >> denver's mayor the latest to require all city workers to be vaccinated. that is about 10,000 people. san francisco and other bay area counties are reinstating an indoor mask mandate. that means nearly half of california's population of 40 million will now have to wear a mask vaccinated or not. >> and a little bit of good news. at san francisco's cable cars, they are back after being suspended last year because of the pandemic. they will be free all this
month. the january 6 insurrection taking an even greater toll than we knew on the officers who defended the u.s. capitol. cnn has learned two more d.c. met troed police officers who responded to the attack died by suicide in recent days. the department says special operations officer gunther hashida was found dead in his home last thursday and officer kyle defreytag was found dead july 10. that makes a total of four officers who have died by suicide since the riot. >> clearly there is a mental health issue here that we've got to address. it is not just the january 6th sflur insurrection that the officers responded to. obviously that was a very traumatic incident. but it is just the day to day policing and the trauma that they are exposed to a regular basis especially in those cities with high rates of gun violence and so forth.
>> brian sicknick suffered two strokes and died a day after the insurrection. and the rush of simone biles after withdrawing from the all-around competition and three event finals, the star gymnast is competing with the balance beam final. blake essig is live outside the gymnastics site. i got the alert that the balance beam final has begun. what do we know? >> reporter: simone biles' quest for gold is happening. the balance beam final is taking place as we speak right behind me. and of course the eyes of the world will be watching as simone biles arguably the greatest gymnast of all-time returns to the mat after admitting to struggling with mental health issues earlier in the games. she last competed during the women's team final and withdrew herself after stumbling on the vault. she said that she was struggling
with the twisties. as a result she withdrew from an additional four competitions at these games. but fair to say that they have not gone the way anyone thought she would. while she doesn't need to quwin anymore gold medals to cement her legacy, putting her mental health first will likely mean so much more to her legacy. no question that the impact and influence that she's had on people around the world and right here in japan. one young woman waited for several hours in the hottest part of the day just to see biles walk by and wish her well. take a listen. >> i know that she'll give it her all. even if something -- maybe if she loses, in our hearts she still won and she did her best and that is all that matters. >> reporter: and biles isn't the only u.s. gymnast to take part in tonight's balance beam final.
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over a drone attack on a tanker that is blamed on tehran. fred pleitgen is live in tehran. this means essentially hardliners will now be in control of all levels of government. just a stunning moment. >> reporter: yeah, certainly is. it will be a very difficult moment and as you said, it is also going to be a real change here going on in iran's domestic policy but also in its foreign policy as well. things could certainly get a lot more difficult for the biden administration here not just as far as policy toward iran is concerned, but as far as the entire middle east is concerned as well. we saw that event today where supreme leader accepted ebrahim raisi as becoming the new president soon and raisi says iranians don't want to rely on any sort of negotiations with foreign powers, obviously meaning with the united states. they have said that they want to stay in the negotiations to try to he radio strive the iran
nuclear agreement, but as far as foreign policy is concerneds ebrahim raisi has said that iran will be dynamic and very active here in the middle east in places like iraq, syria, in other places as well. and of course that could mean a lot of trouble for the biden administration the next couple years. >> and this deadly drone attack happening on a tanker connected to israel and arabian sea. take a listen to the secretary of state yesterday. >> we've conducted a mthorough review and we're confident iran carried out this attack. it follows a pattern of similar attacks by iran including past incidents with explosive drones. there is no justification for this attack on a peaceful vessel in international waters. >> fred, you have obviously covered iran for years now. how do the iranians handle this under new leadership?
>> reporter: and one of the other things that the secretary of state said, the u.s. is already working with allies to find some sort of common response to all of that. the iranians reacting angrily calling the claims those and those made by israelis as well as baseless, but also saying that there could be massive retaliation if there is some sort of international response to iran. in fact the spokesman for iran's foreign ministry says that those who sow wind will reap a whirlwind meaning that there could be a forceful response by the iranians. that message aimed towards israel because the tanker of course is isz rraeli owned. but also towards the united states. iranians saying that they will stand their ground and they will act independently here in the middle east and act in a very strong way as well going forward especially with the new administration coming in.
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everything he can to help families left in the lurch challenging landlords to hold off evictions for the next 30 days. we get more from phil mattingly at the white house. >> reporter: the white house finds itself right now in a very complicated not just policy position, but also political position. on the latter point, you haven't seen a lot of that at least when it comes to intra-party issues. over the course of president biden's first six months in office. that with the expiration of an eviction moratorium has changed dramatically with house democrats making clear from speaker pelosi on down that they believe the administration needs to extend a long standing cdc eviction moratorium, something that expired on july 31 with the potential to effect millions of homeowners and reprrenters. but the administration has made it clear that they don't intend to extend it and they don't have the legal ability to do so.
>> the president went out of his way to push to the cdc to look even at 0 30 days, even targete to counties with higher infections and the cdc incidinc independently came back and said that they could not find the legal authority. i don't think this means that this president will give up. >> reporter: the white house spent all weekend dealing with this issue going back and forth with democratic leaders on capitol hill and back and forth with rank and file democrats trying to figure out how to address very real concerns from some democrats. they are implementing a series of smaller measures particularly as it pertains to trying to pressure states and localities to implement their own eviction moratoriums. state and local courts to slow down any potential eviction cases. they also have a significant sum of money, more than $40 billion, that is supposed to go out from past covid relief bills to aid some of these homeowners. and the federal government has
kicked that money out. now it is up to the states and localities to actually disperse it. however, when it comes to what they can actually do from a federal policy standpoint, officials make clear despite what they have heard from congressional democrats and the requests to extend the moratorium, they don't believe that they have the legal grounds. the president is going to continue to look for options on that front but right now, they don't see any. guys. >> phil mattingly, thank you for laying all of that out. simone biles just wrapped up, and we have results for you just moments away. it's dry. there's no dry time. makes us wonder why we booked fifteen second ad slots.
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dying by suicide. the metro officers both died within the last month. >> it is the psychological wounds that we need to pay more attention to and have regular mental health checkups for these officers. >> their deaths bring the total number of capitol riot officers who have died by suicide to four. the biden administration is extending a trump era public health rule that allows a swift expulsion of migrants at the u.s./mexico border. more than 940,000 migrants have been expelled under the policy so far. a pair of special election primaries in ohio today, in cleveland a bernie sanders backed progressive faces off against a more establishment candidate. and in columbus, former president trump's endorsement power will be put to the test after it fell flat in texas last week as his faced a crowded field of competitors. another bank is ditching the
controversial overdraft fees. ally alliant is scrapping the fees. overdraft fees are a major sort of revenue for many banks. time for a do-over, results of a failed vote to unionize at an amazon warehouse in alabama should be thrown out according to an official. allegations that amazon may have illegally interfered with the vote. volunteers patrolling a state park beach in south carolina did a double take after an unusual find. a two-headed baby sea turtle. officials say it is the result of a genetic mutation. the special hatchling was released back into the ocean. latest proof that vaccines work coming from the halls of congress. republican senator lindsey graham of south carolina has tested positive for covid. he is vaccinated and he does
have flu-like symptoms. he said it feels like a sinus infection but he is thankful that he has been vaccinated because, quote, without vaccination i'm certain that i would not feel as well as i do now. >> graham was in the senate with a mask on before his positive result came back. west virginia senator joe manchin entertained a small group of senators on his boat over the weekend and graham was in attendance. >> we were outside, okay? we were all -- everybody has been vaccinated. so, you know, i talked to him today and he is fine, he feels good. >> democratic senators have been informed that their weekly caucus lunch will be virtual. no word yet on the gop lunch. senators on the republican leadership team met privately with mitch mcconnell and all but one emerged maskless. meanwhile a very real concern at hospitals across louisiana now. the state health officer expects covid hospitalizations to reach their highest level of the
entire pandemic today. and the biggest hospital in the state is out of beds. nurses there and in other low vaccination states have a message regarding vaccines and the road ahead. >> we have become a very selfish generation and very selfish just group of people sometimes when i hear what others say. so this pandemic and masks and vaccines, this is not about you. and this is not about what always makes you feel good. it is about, you know, the cashier at your local gas station. and it is about your local banker. you know, your neighbor and your cousin's friends. and people that maybe aren't important to but they are important to someone else. >> it is worse because the patients are younger partially, they are a lot younger this
time. it is worse because it got better. for a brief shiny moment, there was a light at the end of the unle and it was getting better. and the nurses like me who became nurses during all of this were starting to see what it was like to be a nirs this normal times and then the numbers started picking back up and respirators came back out and it is like thinking that you walked out of a war and being told that you have to go back in. it just wears you down. >> the nurses are the heros in this battle. after requiring federal employees to get vaccinated, the white house covid adviser sees a growing trend to requiring vaccines. >> we're seeing it in the private sector more and more companies are coming up with systems that are modeled after our system or similar to our system, requiring vaccinations across the board. you are seeing it at yi universities, at health systems. so i think that this requiring of individuals to be vaccinated
in order to come back to work or school is a growing trend. >> and where the vaccine isn't required, more masking is. syracuse university, ohio state university and the university of tennessee now requiring masks indoors on campus. in retail, target and kohl's are set to enforce masks for store workers in high risk areas. at home depot, all associates, contractors and vendors need to wear a mask. >> mcdonald's a requiring a mask for employees and customers in high risk areas. more than 90% of americans are notice living in counties affected by the latest mask guidance. england is launching a new clinical trial today to identify the best timing for pregnant women to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. data from the british government show that no fully vaccinated pregnant women have been hospitalized with covid. the trial will be run across 13 hospitals in england. initial results are expected by
the end of this year. a top republican official in florida is spreading anti-vaccine rit tore rick. a review found that rnc committee member peter is is faman compared it to nazi brown shirts and the mark of the beast. cnn has reached out to him and the rnc for comment but neither has responded. he is one of three officials representing florida in the governing body of the rnc. this morning governor andrew cuomo questioned for 11 hours last month about the sexual assault allegations he is facing. the "new york times" reports the interview with the state attorney general's office took place in cuomo's manhattan office on july 17th. the "times" reports the questioning led to a number of tense moments with the governor challenging the fairness and independence of one of the lead investigators. the interview with cuomo is seen by some as a signal that the investigation could be nearing
its final stages. five miami beach police officers are facing charges of excessive force of two men at a hotel last week. you may find this video disturbing. prosecutors say that it started when dalton hit an officer with his scooter and then fled into the hotel. surveillance and body cam video shows officers kicking him repeatedly slamming his head on to the floor. you can see all of them there. officers tackled the man recording it on his phone. all five officers are charged with first degree misdemeanor battery. it is not going well, that is the grim assessment from a u.s. defense official about efforts by afghan security forces to fight back against the taliban in the weeks since u.s. troops pulled out. nic robertson is in london, he is tracking the latest developments and the taliban advance doesn't come as a big surprise, but it obviously is
very concerning. >> reporter: the speed of it i think has caught the afghan forces by surprise. and that is what we're seeing. the taliban as we know have taken a lot of the sort of country districts. they have not taken control of the provincial capitals. they are attacking three of them. lashkar, kandahar. lashkar seems to be the city where the taliban are making the biggest gains in the moment, have taken a number of the sort of district police districts that make up that city. they have also taken control or had control yesterday of a television channel station, a state run tv channel in the middle of lashkar. what we know from the u.n. humanitarian groups is that civilians are 450iding in their houses of a trade of the
fighting. there are increasing numbers of civilian casualties and deaths. for the d.o.d. as you said, things not going well. that is the picture they paint, an increasing number of taliban attacks, that is certainly what we're seeing in those provincial capitals. u.s. stepping up its drone and fast jet tracking. and also positioning in afghanistan additional helicopter based recovery units to help recover any u.s. pilots that may be forced down inside afghanistan. but the picture at the moment is of intensification of fighting in three provincial capitals and civilian casualties going up. these battles could go on for day, they might go on for weeks or longer. and that is an indication i think of what is to come in afghanistan at the moment. >> yeah, very concerning.
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welcome back. in arkansas, 168 students and three teachers are in quarantine after their first week of school and with the delta variant spreading across the country, health experts say we can expect to see more covid outbreaks in schools this fall. jacqueline howard has more. >> reporter: schools i've talked to take different approaches. some schools are still working with local health departments to develop an outbreak plan. and they realize that they are working down to the wire. but with the delta variant circulating, they are not taking this task lightly. so denver public schools is one that is still developing plans and protocols with their local health officials. metro nashville public schools
say if someone tests positive, their school nurses will conduct contact tracing and make sure people who have been exposed guara quarantine. but there are some elements that all these plans have in common. and if you are a parent, you want to make sure your kid's school does this. most outbreak plans should involve isolating people who have covid, tracking down their contacts who may have been exposed, testing those contacts and then those contacts should quarantine until their test results confirm whether they have covid-19 or not. and along with developing these outbreak plans, some school officials are considering vaccine mandates for their staff and that is to reduce the risk of a potential outbreak. peter mcknight is head of drew charter school in atlanta and he says this should be part of more discussions. >> to my knowledge we have not had public schools or public school systems who have mandated
a vaccine yet. it is certainly something that needs to be on the table as we consider how to keep people safe. >> reporter: and at his school they started dallaclasses last and had an outbreak of nine students and five staff testing positive. >> thank you so much. and governor pritzker of illinois signed new background checks of all gun sales. it also based on community based mental health programs. and police in chicago say they have seen a 63% uptick in shootings compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019. >> too many violent repeat offenders are being released back into the communities. creating a sense of lawlessness and no consequences for their behavior. making for a dangerous
environment. >> it was another weekend of deadly gun violence in america. police are searching for four people in connection a mass shooting in queens, new york that left ten people injured. nine people were shot early sunday morning at a club in columbia, south carolina. and last week, a california mother died after being shot in front of her 6-year-old daughter as she sat in her car. police are calling it a possible case of mistaken identity. police in alaska have been waiting months for death certificates after a cyberattack shutdown the state's online system. the department of health and social services says its vital records system was taken off line in may to prevent further disruption. now those records are being processed by hand. the department says it is doing everything it can to resume normal services but it does not have a time frame. big breaking news, simone biles taking bronze in the olympic balance beam competition finishing behind two chinese
gymnasts. joining us now from tokyo, sports analyst christine brennan and also a "usa today" sports columnist. good to see you. so much anticipation for her comeback. it has been quite a week. how did she look today? >> she did a great job. it was bronze medal performance, it was thought gold or silver, but it it doesn't matter. she got up back on to that beam, exactly a week since she left during the team competition. we've basically lived with her and all of the stops an starts all the way through the week as she talked about the mental health issues and everything that she's been dealing with. and she came back for this one final moment, this incredible punctuation mark, this exclamation point on her olympic games. and she was terrific. she got on the beam, she had one little stop. otherwise perfect. she was terrific.
and that really is all that matters. the fact that there was a bronze medal at the end, she finished third behind two chinese gymnasts, obviously that is the sports story. but the human story here is about simone biles achieving so much more than even we thought she was going to do coming back one last time on the balance beam. >> you are so right, that comeback is so impressive. especially after struggling with the terrifying twisties. and if you will, because we got a small glimpse from the videos that simone biles posted of her struggles, but talk to us about overcoming these mental health concerns. twisties is terrifying. i saw someone describing itting a jumping into a pool without water, that is how it feels. >> exactly. and basically you get lost in the air. for simone biles the greatest gymnast who has ever lived, 24 years old and doing it for a
long time, for her to say she was losing her position in the air, she did not know where she was, not only is that just stunning and of course totally believable and immediately empathize with someone like that, but also the danger there. and we're not talking about a baseball player or football player, a runner, swimmer, having a little trouble with something. i mean, if that happened, that wouldn't be good, but they wouldn't be in danger of injuring themselves severely one would think. in this case because of the high wire act of simone biles' act, she is so good and so strong at things that are so incredibly difficult to do. because of that, the danger was so great and i think that that is of course why she had to make that very smart decision to withdraw and to continue to withdraw from events until she didn't withdraw, she came back with the balance beam. but even then, for those who saw it, for those who will see it, you know, she's jumping, she's
leaping, twisting, turning. and she did it. so she conquered those twisties, she conquered that fear and was able to come through like the champion that she is. >> where does simone biles go from here? she's hinted at retirement before. do you see her competing in 2024? >> that is a tough one. she's 24 years old, so she would be 27. only three years. katie ledecky said i'll keep going until 2024 but it is a different ball game with a gymnast. even if you see the chinese women who got the gold and silver, it is just a different body, it is a younger little tiny body and simone is so strong and so muscular, that is obviously -- it is a different kind of athlete. it will be hard for her to come back. i'll never say never. obviously what we saw today. but i think that it would be difficult. but she'll be around, i'm sure she'll be doing many things in the media.
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good morning to our viewers in the united states and all around the world, i'm john berman with brianna keilar. it is tuesday, august 3rd. the breaking news, high drama. simone biles wins the bronze, and i do mean wins. some victories are not about finishing first, and this is one of them. biles' medal is a victory for awareness about mental health