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your "new day." i'm boris sanchez. >> i'm christi paul. under siege. the taliban captures 18 cities now, just in days. it's still aggressively pushing forward. taking a look inside a former u.s. base that is now controlled by the taliban. meantime, here in the united states as the delta variant pushes hospitals to the brink, officials approving a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine for people with immune system issues. we'll break down what you need to know. hackers are targeting schools. they're shutting down phones and wi-fi connections as millions of students rely on virtual learning. why officials are so concerned this is going to get worse. and a changing america. what the results of the latest census tell us about the makeup of the country and why that data is going to have major impacts in cities across the united states .
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we are thrilled to have you with us this saturday, august 14th. still a little bit early, christi. the coffee hasn't completely kicked in yet. >> i give you credit. i don't drink coffee. you never know what you're going to get from me. boris, so good to see you. we begin this hour with some pretty disturbing numbers. the surge in the u.s. covid-19 infections are overwhelming hospitals and communities and the u.s. is now leading the world with the highest rate of new cases so far reporting more than 1.5 million new infections just in august thus far. the cases are primarily in the south. in fact, here's dr. peter hotez. >> this is starting to look really ominous in the south where i am. we're -- now if you look at the rates of transmission in florida
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and louisiana, they're actually probably the highest in the world. that's how badly things have gotten out of hands. >> the skeencenes at the hospit are reminiscent of the early days. they're quickly running out of hospital beds. one hospital in mississippi putting beds in parking spaces setting up a tent in a parking lot. there's a new fallout in afghanistan. the taliban is closing in on kabul and the pentagon is sending more than 3,000 troops there to help evacuate americans caught in that unrest. >> in a speech this morning afghanistan's president saying he's trying to avoid further displacement and instability. the taliban is making full use of american military equipment they seized from afghan forces or that withdrawing american troops left behind. >> they granted our clarissa
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ward exclusive access to a former u.s. base that they now hold and it's raising some really disturbing questions about what america achieved in 20 years of conflict there. >> reporter: this is what remains of the u.s. presence in much of afghanistan. the hollowed out skeletons of sprawling military bases now under the control of the taliban. once there were hundreds of u.s. and nato troops in these provinces. the last americans left a couple of years ago but their memory still lurks, ghost like. it's just so strange to see this, you know? the taliban granted access to cnn along with award winning afghan filmmaker keen to show off the spoils of war. so we're just arriving at another u.s. base and already i can see a large number of
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military vehicles over there. according to the taliban, afghan forces here surrendered three weeks ago when their food ran out leaving weapons, ammunition and more. when the americans were here, were you and your men attacking this base a lot? >> translator: yes. many times we attacked this base when america was here. we did operations. we were using ieds. the americans had their helicopters, tanks on the ground. we resisted very well. >> reporter: now they roam through what's left of the tactical operations center. anything of value will be stripped down and sold. walking through what's left of these american bases, you have to ask yourself, what was it all for? america's great experiment with nation building now vanished into dust. >> translator: it's our belief
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that one day mujahudine will have victory and will come to afghanistan and all over the world. we are not in a hurry. jihad will not end until the last day. >> reporter: it's a chilling admission from a group that claims it wants peace despite continuing a bloody offensive. since the u.s. began its withdrawal in may, the militants have advanced across the country at an alarming rate on the back of american pickup trucks. on the gozney highway we passed base after base all flying the militants' flag. at the end it's bizarre, the days of underground insurgency are over and the taliban is poised to re-establish the very emirate the americans were once
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theer destroy. >> translator: the difference between that taliban and this taliban is that the taliban of 2001 were new and now this taliban is experienced, disciplined. our activities are going well. we are obeying our leaders. >> reporter: a lot of people are concerned that if the taliban takes power again, women's rights will move backwards. how can you guarantee that women's rights will be protected? >> translator: we assure this to people all over the world, especially the people of afghanistan. islam has given rights to everyone equally. women have given their own rights. how much rights islam has given to women, we will give them that much. >> reporter: that is clearly open to interpretation. next to the mosque we find a classroom of young girls but their teacher says they will only receive religious education and will not attend regular
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school. at night i am separated from my male colleagues and sleep in the woman's part of the house with the children. i've been talking to some of the women in this room and i promised that i wouldn't show any of their faces but it's interesting because the taliban talks a lot about how it's changed, girls can go to school now, but i asked if any of these girls will be going to school and i was told, absolutely not. girls don't go to school. when i said why don't girls go to school? they said, taliban says it's bad. here what the taliban says goes. this is now what afghanistan's future looks like. far from what the u.s. once envisioned and what so many afghans dreamed of as the taliban pushes on towards an all but certain victory. my goodness. thank you to clarissa ward for
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that. the biden administration says it couldn't predict the lack of resistance by afghan forces against the taliban onslaught. a pentagon spokesman says afghanistan has not shown the will to fight. >> yeah. president biden meantime has deployed 3,000 u.s. troops to evacuate americans from the embassy there. what does that mean for the administration. what are you hearing from the administration? >> reporter: boris and christi, the president's mind hasn't changed. that's what my colleagues and i have been told over the last few days despite the rapidly deteriorating situation. we haven't heard directly from the president on afghanistan since tuesday but the white house has assured reporters the president is staying abreast of what is happening, the changes of that evacuation -- excuse me, of that withdrawal of the u.s.
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embassy staff. he got briefed on friday and he was being briefed on saturday night. there's no doubt things have moved a little bit quicker than what some of the intelligence field have assessed. take a listen to president biden on july 8th when he was asked if a taliban takeover was inevitable. >> is a taliban takeover of afghanistan now inevitable? >> no, it is not, because you have the afghan troops, they have 300,000 well-equipped, as well-equipped as any army in the world, and an air force against something like 75,000 taliban. it is not -- >> reporter: so at this point it looks like there would be no changes in the u.s.'s strategy
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despite the gains that the taliban has made. the president seems firm in his decision. if anything, the rapid gains have bolstered the president's thinking in ending that u.s. military presence in afghanistan, effectively ending the two decade war. the current thought is all a part of contingency planning. the public polls are with the president. america's withdrawing from afghanistan, but there is a question, christi, about what the impact of president biden's legacy will be if things go worse, if the taliban approaches kabul. officials said from the pentagon that kabul falling was not an imminent threat. >> jasmine wright, thank you so much for the update. we appreciate it. afghanistan's president,
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meanwhile, says he's working to prevent further destruction of the country. and they are continuing their onslaught this morning. lieutenant general mark hurtling is a former commander general of europe and the seventh army. general, thank you so much for being with us. we so appreciate it. i wanted to get your take on the expediency of the taliban because this is striking. did you expect it? did it surprise you? >> christi, i expected it to be fast. i don't think anybody expected it to go as fast as it went with the increasing momentum of the taliban forces. this has just been god smacking in terms of the speed and lightning approach to the takeover of the various provinces and the capitol cities of those provinces. what we've seen is an increased momentum by the taliban and also
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i think you've almost seen a transition from the insurgency. they were floating as the old saying goes among the fish in the sea to almost a conventional fight where they have established the capability that very few people expected them to establish. that's been the biggest surprise. >> that point was spoken to. this is not the same group that you saw in 2001. they have become more experienced. we're not going to go back to the old taliban ways because they're more experienced now. then we had the president using that number of 300,000 afghan forces versus 75,000 taliban forces. do you think those numbers are still accurate? >> i don't think the numbers are accurate for the afghan army.
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that's how many have trained. we have read reports and there is intelligence on some of those forces fading away, becoming ghost soldiers, giving up their arms. experienced -- i experienced a little bit of this in iraq when isis actually took over some of the training bases and the division headquarters of the area that i parted with. make no mistake about it. those forces say why are we fighting? why are we risking our lives? and that becomes the critical issue whenever you have an insurgency that transfers into a takeover of power which the taliban has done. >> we know that we were reporting these 3,000 troops that are going into kabul to help evacuating americans there. you have the unique experience in this because as i understand it, in 2011 you prepared a
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noncombatant evacuation yourself. based on what we're seeing there in afghanistan this morning. what do you think is the outcome? >> the neo that i planned and partly executed, luckily towards the end we didn't have to execute it fully because things tamped down a little bit, but whenever you conduct a neo operation you have to ensure forces are there as a prudent measure to try and stop any kind of violence. i think that's what the 3,000 forces went into kabul international airport to do, car tai international airport. they are there to ensure security for the continued evacuation of americans under safe conditions. now if things turn hot, if things are heated, those three infantry battalions will ensure that the safety and security of americans and afghan citizens
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are at the paramount. there are other things that are happening behind the scenes and our good friend john kirby didn't want to go down this route and claim this was a neo operation. certainly you don't call a neo. you never advertise you're doing that. that will cause terror in the government. you prepare for that behind the scenes. i think that's what some of the u.s. forces are doing both in kabul and doha and as well as in kuwait with a ready brigade from the 82nd airborne division. >> general mark hurtling, your expertise and thoughts are so valuable to us. thank you for being here with us and walking us through it. >> thank you, christi. >> absolutely. so this week three teachers in the same florida school district died from covid.
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psst! psst! all good 20 minutes past the hour now. a small part of the u.s. population is eligible for additional doses of the coronavirus vaccine. yesterday the u.s.cdc voted to recommend a third dose for some people, people who suffer from compromised immune systems, such as organ transplant patients or people taking immune suppressing medications. keep in mind the additional doses aren't yet recommended for the general public. we should point out the authorization refers to the moderna and biontech vaccines.
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still not enough data on the johnson & johnson shot. so as the delta variant surges across the united states, two states, florida and louisiana, have the highest rate of new cases per capita in the country. >> yeah. the rise in cases comes as local leaders in florida push back against governor desantis's mask mandate. leila santiago has more. >> reporter: boris, christi, florida reporting more covid-19 cases in the past week than any other seven-day period in this pandemic. new numbers coming in from the department of health here in florida and they show that florida's reporting 151,000, more than 151,000 new cases over the past week here in florida. and here in broward county the broward teachers union telling us that two teachers as well as a teacher's assistant have died because of covid-19 complications. all three of them unvaccinated as the chairman of the school
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board points out, the school year here hasn't even started yet. >> let's just be honest, when we started covid we had leadership that first didn't even want to acknowledge that it was a real pandemic and that it was deadly. then all of the false information started to spread to make the vaccine suspect then, saying it was warp speed and all these kind of things that put fear and questions in people's mind that they didn't feel comfortable being vaccinated. and now we're paying a deadly consequence for it because people are dying. >> reporter: in a letter to the state education commissioner, the superintendent here in broward county is doubling down saying she prepares to move forward with a mask mandate that does not have an opt out for parents. something the governor said is noncompliant with his executive order that prohibits mask mandates. boris, christi? >> leila, thank you for that report.
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as more students return to the classroom this week, the debate over how to protect kids from covid is intensifying across the country. mask mandates are sparking protests with school officials facing harassment and in some cases even death threats. one man in kentucky was charged with terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct after allegedly telling a local superintendant saying, quote, your f'ing life is over. marty polio, the superintendent of jefferson county public schools is with us to share his story. he was the superintendent that was targeted. marty, good morning. thank you for joining us. what was going through your mind when that was happening? why do you think that man was so angry about masks? >> good morning, boris. thank you for having me on. you know, i think that that was at the point that i realized that -- how intense this debate
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had become. obviously i've known, i've been superintendent throughout this entire pandemic. 18 months of very difficult decisions and i think people felt we had come to the end of it. obviously rising cases throughout the state of kentucky and the country changed that as we started to come back to schools, so i think it really signified for me the politicization of this mask thing and he had education as a. all we want to do is ensure safety to students and staff. >> we should point out you were recognized as the superintendent of the year, is that right? >> thank you, boris. i appreciate it. it was quite an honor. >> it's not like people don't recognize the good work you're doing. it seems like there are a lot of people who are angry, potentially misinformation about the mask issue.
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just a person in a meeting, they agreed. how has your community responded between parents, students and teachers? >> well, i'll say this. we started school on wednesday, first of all, so we've been in school for three days now. very successful three days. been very pleased with what has happened, but i've wanted to make sure i've been in schools to see firsthand the reaction. so obviously it is split between the community and parents. there are many disappointed in the decision. i think overall when i get into schools i see that teachers and staff clearly are behind this for their safety. students, although i think students in the end would rather not be wearing masks, i find we have very little problem with the students whatsoever. they much rather would be in school. we explain to them. there are two reasons we're doing this.
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second, i think very important for us to talk about, is if we want to keep our kids in school the entire year, our goal is 175 days of school, and we need that. we need each and every day of our kids being in school. if we want to do that, masking our students and our staff ensures or at least greatly increases the likelihood that we will remain in school for the entire school year. >> despite the mitigation efforts, as you noted, school started on wednesday. you had 29 positive cases after the first day. two teachers, 21 stew accidents, 200 people had to be guaranteed. what are the numbers? are you positive you can keep it under control? >> that's about the number we have been having classes per day. we've set up an effective plan to provide remote instruction for students who have to
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quarantine. we know this is our reality. we're going to continue to work that. we know there are going to be cases each and every day, but because we're wearing masks we think we are decreasing the amount of cases without a doubt and definitely the amount of students and staff that have to be guaranteed. >> i wonder, superintendent, if you have a message for one of kentucky senators, rand paul. he has refused to wear a mask throughout the pandemic. he was suspended from youtube about making false claims. that kind of leadership directly impacts the people harassing you. if you had a chance to speak with senator paul, what would you say? it's unfortunate -- i've always said this. i really have been an educator for 27 years. been in jefferson county public schools for that amount of time and i have seen, grown over the
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course of time how much politics has come into education unfortunately. wearing masks and getting the vaccines saves lives without a doubt. i'm not going to mix words about the vaccine. we need staff and students vaccinated, those eligible. when we get to under 12 as quickly as possible to get people vaccinated it saves lives and then without a doubt, masking keeps us safe and healthy but as important, not quite as important, it keeps us in school and we need our kids in school. if we go without masks, dramatically increases the likelihood that we may be going back to virtual instruction and our kids need us more than ever right now. >> superintendent, we appreciate you spreading that message and doing the important work that you're doing. thanks for sharing part of your weekend with us. >> thank you, boris. i appreciate you. >> of course. so texas school district wasn't shut down by the
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coronavirus, it was hackers that held it hostage until they were paid millions of dollars. up next, why schools are easy targets for cyber attacks. (piano playing) here we go. ♪ [john legend's i can see clearly now] ♪ ♪
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students and teachers heading back to school in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic have a new problem. ransomware attacks. that's an attack on one texas school district that was so painful administrators had to pay more than half a million to the hackers just to teach again. >> yeah. but the threat is being felt by schools all across the country. cnn's alex marquardt has more. >> reporter: the threat from the hackers was that thousands and teachers personal information would be released. phones, email and wi-fi had all been shut down in this school
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district near san antonio, texas. they felt so much pressure and so vulnerable this month they announced they'd made the painful decision to pay the ransomware attackers, a payment of over half a million of taxpayer dollars, the biggest known payment to an unknown hacking group with the hope they wouldn't do anymore. it's a story becoming all too familiar. baltimore county, maryland, the school buses had stopped. the schools quiet and empty. students at home doing classes online. >> we were the victim of a ransomware cyber attack. >> a catastrophic cyber aware attack which locked up the county's school district before thanksgiving. cindy sexton told us the devastating attack could not have come at a worse time. >> it was chaos. nobody knew what was going on, when we would find out information. >> reporter: classes were
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canceled for three days for 115,000 students at almost 200 schools. thousands of teachers lost access to their lesson plans. students' grades were locked up along with records of special needs students. >> i wouldn't wish ransomware on anyone. anything we can do because it is devastating to everyone. >> reporter: leading the u.s. government's fight is the cybersecurity infrastructure system. because of remote learning, weaker cybersecurity and an invaluable mission. >> the fact that schools may have cyber vulnerabilities that need to be fixed and because of the absolute necessity that schools are up and running, these are significant targets for the criminal groups. >> reporter: classes are canceled so often there's a new expression, cyber days. last year ransomware attacks hit
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almost 1700 schools. this year it's already over 800 and the school year hasn't even started yet. when attackers are expected to pounce. >> it is certainly a fact of life that cybersecurity needs to be a focus now for every school district in this country and certainly both teachers and parents should be focusing on ensuring that their school district, their institution is taking the right steps to reduce their vulnerability to this kind of attack. >> sisa has published resources to respond to attacks on a new site stop in baltimore county their system is not fully restored and spent over $8 million on recovery. cindy sexton hopes others will learn from this. >> you hope it doesn't happen to you until it does. >> reporter: that is the refrain from so many schools, businesses that you don't expect a rans wer
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attack until it does. the goal of the biden administration is now to make those harder targets but with the school year just getting underway on top of covid, schools now need to brace themselves for yet another invisible enemy. cnn, washington. >> alex, thanks for that report. the delta variant of covid-19 is hitting kids especially hard. after the break we'll speak with a doctor in miami about what she's seeing in hospitals there and ask her if she needs more help from the state's governor. we're back after a few minutes. unconventional thinking means we see things differently, so you can focus on what matters most. whether it's ensuring food arrives as fresh as when it departs. being first on the scene, when every second counts. or teaching biology without a lab. we are the leader in 5g. #1 in customer satisfaction. and a partner who includes 5g in every plan, so you get it all. without trade-offs. unconventional thinking. it's better for business.
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citi. in dallas we have zero icu beds left for children. that means if your child's in a car wreck, if your child has a heart -- congenital heart defect and needs an icu bed or if they have covid and need an icu bed, we don't have one. your child will wait for another child to die. >> that grim message coming out of dallas this week, similar to what we're seeing and hearing from children's hospitals in several states with beds filled nearly to capacity. the u.s. surgeon general told cnn this week that it's possible a vaccine for kids under 12 could be authorized for emergency use before the end of the year but ultimately that relief is still far away. here to share her experience is dr. aileen marty from florida
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international university. dr. marty, thank you for coming on with us to share your story. you told cnn last friday that the situation in children's hospitals in florida is absolutely devastating. has anything changed in the last week? where do you see the numbers trending? >> the numbers for all of our hospitals is trending up. we are burning the candle at both ends and it is a devastating situation and it was largely avoidable because one of the things that people have to understand, that if there's any seasonality to this horrible surge, it's because of our behavior. it's not due to some random events of nature. it is our behavior and that includes the behavior of having the vaccine and wearing masks, distancing, and so forth that's driving these numbers. so we have to be very attuned to what we as human beings are
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doing that's causing these incredible numbers. >> yeah. i want to ask you about the covid hospitalization rate in florida. it's more than triple the national average. notably the patients are also younger than before. most of them unvaccinated. why do you think this spike is different than the previous surges? >> number one, the percent of unvaccinated among eligible young people ages 12 to 30 is our lowest percent of vaccination. that's one of the key reasons they are being attacked with such fervor. number two, the delta variant. it's a significant portion. it's still the largest portion of the variants that we are detecting in florida, which is far more aggressive. it gets into cells a lot easier.
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moreover, it can travel from one cell. it can fuse cells together so that it doesn't have to travel extra cellular, which is where we have our best antibody defense. that's another reason for people to get the vaccine. it works best when it's ready to attack before it gets into the first cell. >> doctor, i want to expand on something that you eluded to just a moment ago and play a sound bite from florida's governor ron desantis, something he said this week. listen. >> this is going to be with us for a long time. i hear these politicians say they're going to conquer it and end it. it's not going to be eradicated. >> so desantis talking about coronavirus becoming endemic. he also said earlier this week, quote, this is our covid season hitting on the idea that covid is something that was going to be with us for a long time and
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would likely become seasonal. i'm curious to get your response from the governor, this sort of off-hands approach is something he's relied on over and over during the pandemic. >> well, it's very -- it's very challenging when you consider that what is the psychological effect of saying it's seasonal or what is the psychological effect of saying it's going to be with us. the psychological effect when you do that, it's defeatist. we can't do anything. but that is completely not true. we know that this virus has to be transmitted from one person to the next so the behavior of each person has a tremendous influence on the extent of the pandemic. and you can see that very clearly when you compare state by state in the united states the numbers of people who are in
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hospital on behavbehavior. not physical parameters of the season, but human parameters during the season. >> yeah. so important to repeat that message, that so much of this surge, mostly all of it is preventible. it's simply people that have not been vaccinated so we appreciate you putting out that message. dr. aileen marty, thank you for your time. >> pleasure, boris. the results of the 2020 census came out this week. the results may surprise you. we're going to break them down for you. stay close.
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so the u.s. population is growing. it's getting older and it's becoming more diverse, according to new data gathered by the census bureau and released this week. >> cnn's tom foreman has the details and numbers signature. >> reporter: look at this whopping number, 334 million people in the u.s., that's what the census bureau came up with. growth, slow growth, but still growth. look at the changes, nonhispanic white people are the majority or the pluralitity, by a solid margin in many, many places.
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but there is real movement among different groups out there. for example, look at the growth among hispanic or latino communities, that's quite large. so much so that they're now the largest ethnic group in california and in new mexico. and making real strides in places like texas, too. here's something that was a bit of a surprise. the number of people who said they are some other race. or mixed ethnicity. 50 million people said this. that's a big jump. some of this is real, some of it is really happening. and some is just that the census bureau is allowing people to self-identify that way a little more precisely in the past so it's bumped that number up. but still, a trend worth watching. and all of these trends are being watched. you know why? because these numbers are how you determine your representation in congress. and the moment these numbers came out, people in the political parties on both sides started say be, are we going to
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pick up any new congressional districts like in florida or texas? or are we going to lose some, as there are some other places. and how do we draw the district lines to maximize the impact of our voters. and minimize the impact of the other side's voters. that's where all of these dry numbers turn into real political action with real consequences. >> tom foreman, thank you so much. so, ahead in the next hour of "new day," we're going to get you caught up on the top covid headlines. including who is now approved to get an additional third dose of the vaccine. first, though, now a huge popular food in hawaii. cnn's reporter jacqueline howard tells us what they are. >> a poke bowl contains a raw food drizzled in marinade. starting with the base, choose
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quinoa or rice or leafy greens. you'll usually pick between raw salmon or tofu. all are healthy options, for lean fatty options. when it comes to those toppings adding kem chicago is afermented kagage is a great way to keep health dr. try toed a voluntary fried toppings, creamy dressings and too much soy sauce. but for the most part, poke bowls contain healthy ingredients good for you. one caveat, tuna may contain mercury, and you definitely want to avoid raw fish if you're pregnant.
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