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>> it's the final push in push in california ahead of the governor's recall election. could gavin newsom be the second democrat in 20 years to be removed from office? pamela brown in washington. you're live in the cnn newsroom on this sunday. we have breaking news tonight out of north korea. the state run news agency there is reporting that new long rage cruise missiles were tested successfully. cnn's alex marquardt ngjoins me now. what is the significance? >> it is very significant. we are waiting to see if this has been confirmed. we have not heard from the south koreans or the u.s. what we know is entirely coming from north korean state media. they say they have tested a new type of long range cruise
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missile. they say it hit targets around 1500 kilometers away. they say they had been developing the missile over the past two years. in this official announcement from north korean state media, this was no mention of the dictator kim jong-un, whether he was there to see the launch. they say, again, this is state media, quote, this type of missile is yet another effective deterrence for more reliably guaranteeing the security of our state and strongly containing the military maneuvers of the hostile forces against the dprk. we have reached out to the state and the pentagon for comment. we have not yet heard back from them. we should not lose sight of when this happened. this happened over the weekend here when this country was very much focused on commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11. certainly the north korean regime wants the biden administration to pay attention to them and they would certainly
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have it if this launch is confirmed. president biden has in the past back in march said there would be responses if north korea continued to test launch their missiles. back in march they did a test of ballistic missiles. interestingly, pam, we just saw another one of these big military parades out of north korea just a couple days ago just after midnight on thursday. it was seen to be a relatively toned down military parade for the north koreans. it wasn't one that was flaunting this huge long range and short range missiles which we've seen in the past. you can see dictator kim jong-un there, people making note of the fact that he looked skinnier than he has in the past. he did not give a speech at this rally when he has in the past previously, saying that north korea would continue to grow its nuclear arsenal. >> i want to bring in paula hancocks in south korea. this is a planclaim made by the
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state run news agency. how credible are these claims? >> this is how we learn about missiles. if this is from the state run media, then this did happen. certainly it's interesting timing. what we had seen last week was a military parade by north korea, but it was unusual in the fact that it didn't show off the missile capabilities that north korea has, which quite frankly is one of the main reasons they do have these military parades, to show to the rest of the world exactly what their capability is. it was a different kind of military parade. and yet just a few days later over the weekend, according to state run media, you have this missile launch. it is important, though, to point out that this doesn't actually violate any of the united nations' security council resolutions. it's a cruise missile according to state run media. so it's not the kind that is
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going to concern the region too much or concern the united states as much as if it was a ballistic missile, using the technology that is banned by the united nations. but it is something we really haven't seen too much from north korea recently. north korea has been more focused on covid-19. it's been more focused on its food crisis, which it has publicly acknowledged. so we really haven't seen the focus return back to its nuclear and missile capabilities in this same way. it is an interesting development, the fact that it does appear to now be focusing once again on its missile capabilities. nobody believes that over the past 18 months during covid-19 while north korea has shut itself off from the rest of the world, shut its borders that these programs were stalled. there was an expectation that they were continuing to develop their capabilities. in fact, just recently the iaea
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said they believed that the nuclear plant have been restarted, something that 38 north, which focuses on this kind of satellite imagery believed to be the case as well. certainly there was this expectation that even while we weren't hearing too much from north korea when it came to the missile capabilities, that they were continuing to develop their capabilities. >> now north korea claiming the successful laumnch of a new lon range missile. north korea is believed to already have missiles that could reach the u.s. homeland. put this into context for us, the significance of this. >> there is that belief that the missiles that are currently under the north korean arsenal could reach the u.s. homeland in under an hour, which is obviously very troubling. the fact that this is a new missile, we believe in north korea's arsenal is certainly going to be something that is going to concern american officials. this comes on the heels of the
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previous military parade that we were just talking about in which they unveiled a new kind of intercontinental ballistic missile and submarine launched missiles. it comes at a time when the conversations over the development of the weapons program and denuclearization with north korea is completely at a standstill. of course, this was something that president trump had very much tried to do and has since fallen apart. the biden administration has said there has to be some form of diplomacy, but it has to be conditioned on denuclearization. now, that is somewhat separate to the development of these weapons, but it just goes to show that right now in this moment the talks between north korea and the u.s. are at a standstill. in fact, the u.s. special
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representative for north korea is traveling to tokyo this week to have conversations with japanese and south korean cou counterparts. >> we've seen noshrth korea wil do this to get attention of america. thank you so much. on this weekend of 9/11 ceremonies honoring those lost and the sacrifices of that tragedy's heros. a sobering reality check. the covid pandemic claims a larger number of lives every two days. a preventible disease is killing more than 1600 americans per day, largely because millions of people believe masks and vaccines are too great of a sacrifice. the seven-day rolling average is the highest in months. tomorrow, students return to the classroom in new york city, the nation's largest school district. it will be their first in-person learning experience in 18 months. as more schools struggle with
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surging cases, a glimmer of optimism. dr. scott gottlieb predicts vaccines could be available to children 5-11 years old by halloween. in metro atlanta covid outbreaks are forcing ae ing at least sev schools to return to remote learning for now. >> reporter: it's a return to class about 18 months in the making. for the first time since the pandemic interrupted in-person teaching new york's nearly 1 million public school students are physically returning to the classroom. kevin jacobs, who teaches history and coaches soccer at a high school in manhattan, has been anxiously waiting to welcome back his ninth graders. >> it's going to be a change, but i'm excited to see students again. zoom was not a great way to teach. i think for kids it wasn't a great way to learn. >> how are you feeling?
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>> good. >> good! >> reporter: as chancellor, she and her department have been working to reassure parents and staff that schools are as safe as they can be in this pandemic era of teaching. with no student vaccine mandate in place, new york school officials are seeking consent to randomly covid test unvaccinated students on a biweekly basis. >> we're testing our students, 10% of our population every two weeks. and we are also having all of our faculty be vaccinated. i think doing those two things together is going to continue to build that level of protection around students who are not eligible to be vaccinated. >> reporter: new york city public schools are touting their ppe supplies, cleaning procedures and improved ventilation. at least two hepa air purifiers
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in every classroom across the board. starting this week hundreds offing district sites are offering vaccinations to students and staff. about 74% of faculty have received at least one shot. the remainder have until september 27th to get theirs. >> it's not only about coming back to work and getting kid to school. this is a moment about the public safety of the entire community. >> reporter: as students head back to class, inspectors head onto the streets enforcing new york city's new proof of vaccination requirement for indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues, the first such requirement in the country. monday will mark the first day all new york city municipality workers are expected to get vaccinated or subject themselves to weekly covid testing. ahead of that september 27th deadline, an independent arbitrator ruling in favor of a
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local teachers union saying any teachers who choose not to get vaccinated and have a documented religious exemption should be reassigned to a non-classroom environment. >> polo sandoval, thank you so much for bringing us the latest there. now over to tennessee where the rate of covid-19 infections has gone up and up since the delta variant took hold. right now the state's health department says there are more than 3700 people hospitalized with the virus. that's the most since the beginning of the pandemic. hundreds are in the icu and the grave majority are unvaccinated. dr. vallejo joins me now. thank you for making time for us tonight. what are you seeing in your hospital? >> thank you for having me. you described it well. we are seeing a record number of
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hospitalizations and icu admissions in our hospital. we are taking care of more covid patients than we had ever before and we are tired, we are working really hard. >> i mean, the bottom line is, you know, this is code red right now, it seems like, in your hospital gimp whaven what you'r experiencing. tell me how stressed you and your colleagues are now compared to the earlier days of the pandemic. >> we are tired. we've been doing this for 18 months now. as health care workers we have given our all and we want the community and everyone else to be doing their part and getting vaccinated and wearing their m masks. >> tennessee's governor lee just signed an executive order letting parents opt out of mask mandates imposed by local school boards. a few days ago unmasked parents
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heckled a student who voiced support for masks. >> this time last year, my grant mother, -- grandmother who was a former teacher at the rutherford county school system died because somebody wasn't wearing a mask. this is a very -- >> shut up! >> this is a -- >> hey guys, we're here to act professional. >> so this video shows just how resistant so many are to ma masks,ing going so far as to heckle a student talking about his grandmother dying of covid. what is your message to those who are still resistant to wearing masks in schools, for example? >> we just want to keep getting out the message that masks do save lives and that the vaccine
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do save lives and we want to try to really just let people know that we're standing behind the science and we want them to understand that. >> it's not just cadults being impacted. dozens in the hospital in tennessee are children. how do you handle that? >> at my hospital we only have adults, but we are certainly hearing about the pediatric hospitalizations. obviously everyone just wants to keep kids safe. i know that people in my icu have expressed to me wishing they had gotten the vaccine. that's what we want our message to be, is for everyone who can and is eligible to get the vaccine. >> do you think unvaccinated covid patients should be given a lower priority for emergency care and a diminishing supply of hospital beds given what's going on right now and how the
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resources are strained, what do you think about that idea? >> you know, i think that's a slippery slope that we don't want to have to cross. i think we just want to keep taking care of everyone. we want to keep taking good care of all of our patients, but we do want people to get the vaccine. >> thank you for joining us. we appreciate it and thank you for all of your hard work on the front lines fighting this pandemic. >> thank you so much. could california have a new. governor this week? voters are casting ballots ahead of tuesday's recall election. we continue to follow the breaking news north korea says it just tested two new missiles.
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fired new long range cruise missiles. let's bring in democratic congressman rajafrom illinois. these test apparently happened this weekend. how concerned are you after hearing this? >> i'm concerned. i think, first of all, we have to verify this actually happened. secondly, i think that, as you know, these cruise missiles are different than ballistic missiles. the united nations has put sanctions and we have worked with our partners with regard to trying to tamp down developments in the ballistic missile arena and now we have to do the same thing with the cruise missile program. third, we're going to have to work with the chinese government, which has maximum leverage with north korea to do everything possible to first end this cruise missile program and stop with the provocative measures and then perhaps begin
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some type of talks, although we can't rush to have our leader meet with their beloved leader kim jong-un, similar to donald trump's overtures. it has to be very structured and there has to be concrete goals that have to be met before further developments. >> so often as we know historically from north korea, these tests are an attempt to send a message. in this case, it happened over the 20th anniversary of the september 11th attacks. on that note, do you think america is safer today than it was in 2001? >> in some ways, yes. in other ways, probably not. i think with regard to counter tr terrorism, i think our homeland is safer. however, as you know, we have
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new threats on the agenda, including domestic terrorism, which is a big concern for many of us. north korea renmains a big challenge for us, as well as other threat vectors. but this is something that we have to deal with in a concerted way and in a multilateral fashion as well. >> as a congressman on the intelligence committee, what is the national security threat that keeps you up at night, that worries you the most. >> gosh, i think that certainly what's happening in east asia is very worrisome. i think what happens with the chinese communist government is very worrisome, especially them throwing their elbows around in the neighborhood, whether with regard to taiwan or the south china sea or india or hong kong. now we see more volatility introduced to the situation when
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north korea tests their cruise missiles and make these provocative moves that further destabilize the neighborhood. those are the types of threats that really concern me quite a bit. >> and then you have, of course, afghanistan. intelligence officials are predicting that al qaeda could reconstitute in afghanistan in as little as 12 months. how concerned are you about this potential? >> i'm very concerned. they've had long standing ties, al qaeda and the taliban. although the taliban says that they're not going to allow al qaeda to find safe haven there, at least use it as a base to launch attacks against the united states, i think we have to see because they've been known to lie in the past. quite frankly, them naming this
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mr. hakani who's a known terrorist as the interim governor is a bad sign. we've got to see what they do and hold them to their actions. >> you've been critical of the u.s. handling of the exit in afghanistan. i want to play a clip of president biden defending the exit once again yesterday. take a listen. >> 70% of the american people think it was time to get out of afghanistan spending all that money, but the flip of it is they dipldn't like how we got o. in tajikistan we're going to pull a c-130 and allow anybody sympathetic with us to get in the plane. you'd have people hanging in the wheel well. >> do you agree the situation in
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kabul was inevitable as the president was trying to argue there? >> i respectfully disagree. i think the biggest question that folks like myself and others have is we knew about at least 20,000 special immigrant visa applicants for a year since donald trump announced we were going to be withdrawing from afghanistan. i agree 100% with joe biden that the american people want us to withdraw our military presence from afghanistan. but the manner in which we withdrew and brought our afghan allies along matters . those 20,000 could have been evacuated much sooner. quite frankly, we have a lot of people still in afghanistan that we're trying to get out. my office alone is trying to track the cases of 198 individuals that are still in afghanistan and for whom we have not received information from u.s. cis, the state department
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or other authorities. i think that is a big problem for a lot of us right now. >> you say these individuals. are they afghan allies, u.s. citizens? can you give us any more information? >> it's mainly going to be afghan nationals. it's going to be people who are in vulnerable populations, some siv applicants. i was able to get three siv applicants out of the country, thankfully, but that's just not enough. i have another 198 people that i'm responsible for at least trying to get them out. we do still have leverage here and we've got to use it to get these people out expeditiously along with laccomplishing our other goals, which is making sure afghanistan does not become a safe haven for terrorists and we do everything possible to try
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tuesday california voters will decide the fate of governor gavin newsom. millions have already cast mama mail-in ballots. there are two questions on the ballot. should good afternoon newsom be recalled and if so, who should replace him? ron brownstein joins me. let's look at the latest polling that shows 58% of voters would not to want recall newsom right now compared to 39% who would. we know president biden is scheduled to campaign in california for newsom this week. do you think that's risky given his popularity has taken some hits? >> it has, but as you know, this is not a persuasion election.
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this is a turnout election for newsom. what he wants is president biden to come in as the closer. as you mentioned off the top, things are actually looking pretty good for democrats right now. we've got about 33% of the vote in as of friday. right now democrats are really overperforming their registration advantage in this state. in order for republicans to pull thiso off, they have to pull ou a huge turnout on this day to make up for that math problem they have in this very blue state. what newsom has been doing is going out across the state speaking with latino leaders in l.a. county, trying to push people to return their ballots and really make this a high turnout election for democrats to keep him safe. >> ron, i want to go to you. you had this op-ed in "the atlanta" this week where you say
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newsom's campaign strategy targeting the pandemic may offer a road map for democrats next fall. you say, newsom has focused less on selling his accomplishments than on raising alarms that his republican opponents will exacerbate the pandemic by repealing the public health protections such as vaccine and mask mandates he has imposed to fight it. how could the strategy work for democrats in the midterms? >> well, there are two big lessons here. the first and most obvious and striking is the arc of the roll of the covid pandemic in this campaign. it was a gust of discontent in the most conservative parts to have state over newsom's stringent policies on covid last year that allowed this to get on the ballot in the first place. but in the last few weeks he has clearly taken control of this race by leaning into his support for vaccine mandates and putting republicans on the defensive by
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linking them not only to donald trump but also to the governors in texas and florida. there's a very clear message there for democrats that there is no ein effect a silent major of the vaccinated. newsom in the latest polls is winning two-thirds of vaccinated californians. democrats' inclination for 2022 has been to kind of center the coming campaign on what they may be able to pass in congress. i think what newsom is showing is that motivating democrats and even reaching swing voters may be more effective to focus on what republican power, republican control of washington would mean. that's certainly been his message at the state level. >> what do you think about that? do you think newsom's arguments hold water with voters across the country,ing pa iparticularl independents? >> yes. his advisors will tell you that this race comes down to covid, covid, covid.
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that they saw when the delta variant started to take hold in this state, democratic voters really started to freak out about the possibility of a governor larry elder, who says that before his first cup of tea, he would repeal newsom's mandates on vaccines or testing for state employees. a lot of people just really didn't react well to that. in our interview with larry elder, he also said that he didn't think that the science supported young people wearing masks, which we know is completely inaccurate. i think you have a lot of parents around the state in particular who are watching the cases in children rise exponentially who said, okay, actually maybe this could happen and maybe i do feed to participate in this election because i don't want my state going the way of texas and florida. >> you're seeing in some of these states that don't have the mandates, schools are having to
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close because of covid-19 outbreaks and have to go back to remote learning. it's not just the pandemic at play here. newsom is also going after that new texas abortion law as an example of how californians shouldn't want to recall a democrat and replace him with a republican. >> look, traditionally the biggest problem for the president's party in midterm lel elections is that their voters feel less urgency about voting than the side that is out of the white house. it's kind of logical that way. i think newsom is showing very clearly that you can motivate democrats and reach independents by focusing on what republican governance would mean. now, california is a solidly blue state. the playing field is more favorable here for democrats than almost anywhere else, but the basic concept of what you're watching in these last few weeks as he is taking control of this race i think is a template that
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is going to be very relevant for democrats in 2022 both as leaning into mandates. we see republican governors camping out a strong position in defending the rights and choices of the quarter of the company that is unvaccinated, but also more broadly what would republican control of congress mean. in many ways what's really striking is they're doing this not only by linking republicans to trump but to these governors in florida and texas. >> meantime you have the leading challenger, conservative talk show host larry elder taking this cue from the gop playbook talking about election interference, mail-in ballot fraud days before the election. sound familiar? obviously he has laid the groundwork that the results can't be trusted. is that going to be another
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common tactic next november, the big lie living on? >> absolutely. i think that right now larry elder is probably looking at the numbers and seeing that they don't look that great for him. we don't know yet obviously until election night. you're seeing that trump playbook. he talks about potential shenanigans and saying he's going to be ready with lawsuits. the newsom team says they are fully armed and ready with their lawyers. i think we will see the same kinds of battles play out here even though there's no evidence whatsoever to suggest any kind of voter fraud here at this point. >> great conversation. thank you both. >> thank you. >> be sure to join cnn for special coverage of the california governor recall election starting tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. still to come tonight, new details on donald trump's pressure campaign to overturn the presidential election.
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police and members of congress are set to be briefed tomorrow as concerns grow about an upcoming rally at the u.s. capitol. far right groups are set to protest saturday in support of people charged in the january 6th capitol attack, claiming they're political prisoners. this comes as capitol police recommend some officers be punished for conduct related to the insurrection. cnn's susan malveaux is on capitol hill for us. what are you hearing? >> reporter: pam, the u.s. capitol police are recommending disciplinary action for six cases of misconduct for their conduct on january 6th. it started off as internal investigations, 38 of them. of those, they were able to identify 26 officers. of that 26, 20 of them they deemed there was no wrongdoing. this really is a small number of cases here. just to give you some examples, they're talking about three cases of conduct unbecoming of u.s. capitol police.
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one failure to comply with directors, improper remarks and improper dissemination of information. none of these acts were deemed criminal. the justice department will not be pursuing them. you might recall in february there were six officers suspended with pay as these investigations were going on. what might they be addressing here? well, the dozens and dozens of pieces of video evidence as well as anecdotal evidence of january 6th. f for instance, the alleged officer who took a selfie with some of the rioters, another officer who put on a maga hat during that time. that is the kind of things they're talking about. there were 1200 capitol police personnel there on that day, the day of the riots. many of them, as we saw, were beaten, tortured and tasered. they went before congress and testified about their experiences.
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part of the statement reads, the six sustained cases should not diminish the heroic efforts of the united states capitol police officers on january 6th. the bravery and courage exhibited by the vast majority of our employees was inspiring. you might recall as well that five lost their lives that day, one officer who had a stroke and died afterwards, four from suicide. there have been more than 600 people related to the riot that day who have been charged. the big worry now, pam, of course, is saturday another rally. sympathizers of those people who have been arrested at this point, there are going to be a series of meetings of house speaker nancy pelosi and with leadership of capitol police, including possibly getting that fencing back around the building. >> thank you for the latest from capitol hill. the last man to complete the calendar grand slam in tennis
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did it in 1969. tonight was novak djokovic's chance to add his name to the short list of players to pull it off. did he make history?
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with tennis history on the line, in a match that novak djokovic failed to end a 52-year men's grand slam drought, losing to daniil medvedev. from billie jean king center, tell us what happened, carolyn.
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>> reporter: it was certainly a surprising result, pam last i'm not sure many expected. this i wouldn't call it one of the greatest upsets in tennis because medvedev is one of the greatest hard court players in the world and he just moments ago call novak djokovic the greatest player. i think that's why this so difficult to swallow for novak. there was an incredible amount of pressure on him coming into the match and he had a tougher road to the final than daniil medvedev definitely he was able to play with more levity. he played fewer sets. when you were listening to the crowd, they were so squarely in novak djokovic's favor, it was palpable. could you feel the heaviness on him. being the greatest in the world is wonderful but it also comes as something of a burden and he's wanted to defer a lot of that pressure, those questions about what this accomplishment
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would potentially mean, winning every single grand slam in a calendar year and now we know. why it proved to be too much. straight sets surprised a lot of people but daniil medvedev deserved it. he played incredible tennis. >> and let's talk about the women's time. two teenagers coming out of nowhere. >> absolutely, yeah. anybody who got a ticket to this weekend, this entire tournament, has been in for such a treat. we've just seen one remarkable thing after the next. you had a pair of teenagers, prodigies, phenomes, likable stars endearing themselves to not only those in new york but people around the world. these are two young women, leylah fernandez and emma contracted canu. people knew her from wimbledon. she endeared people from there. she ended up taking some time to prioritize her mental health. leylah fernandez comes from
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immigrant parents, she's canadian, and they both showed up with such poise and battled each other and ultimately, raducanu was successful and tens of millions. she is the complete package. hopefully what tennis fans is is a rivalry that will last a long time because leylah fernandez is one talented tennis player as well. the two were introduced on the world stage and they didn't shy away from this moment. it was really special to see. >> they are two tennis stars. that's for sure. all right. thank you for bringing us the latest there. when we come back, i'll speak to a georgia professor who could face disciplinary action for making students wear masks in his classroom. we'll have that story, next. and be sure to join jake tapper as he asks the tough questions about america's longest war. what went wrong in afghanistan? this new special report begins at 9:00.
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i'm pamela brown in washington. you are live in the cnn newsroom on this sunday. we begin with breaking news out of north korea. the state-run news agency reporting the regime has successfully test fired a new type of long range cruise missile. our reporter is in south korea and our correspondent alex is here with me now. let's start with you, paulo. what are you learning there? >> this came earlier this morning local time from state-run media. they say


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