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♪ breaking this morning, a covid boost for some americans, how the cdc director went against her own advisers to get more shots in arms. bogus, a sham, a so-called audit, and now it's finally done. months and money wasted away in arizona to confirm biden won in november. and the first subpoenas from the house committee investigating the capitol riots, who is on the list and why. it is friday, september 24th. happy friday, everybody. end of the week. it's 5:00 a.m. in new york. thanks for getting an early start with us this morning. i'm christine romans. >> i'm laura jarrett.
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so much to get to. welcome to the viewers in the united states and all around the world. we have reports this morning from capitol hill, haiti he, mexico and germany. but we begin with the big breaking news this morning. the cdc director now recommends vaccine booster shots for front line workers at high risk for covid. we're talking people like teachers, health care workers and others whose jobs put them at risk by expanding who can get a shot, dr. rochelle walensky went against her own vaccine's advisers. the cdc advisers disagreed boosters were needed by these big groups of young healthy people. >> so today boosters for more people can officially begin in the united states. if you're fuzzy on the guidelines, europe not alone. you're not alone. >> i think the problem here is this is a byzantine schedule for who is eligible that is going to be hard to implement. if the guidance is this confusing and requires this many steps and it's hard to assure eligibility, it's going to ultimately create obstacles at the counter to people who already in many cases face
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obstacles getting access to health care. >> so here's what the cdc accepted the recommendations. these recommendations from the fda. boosters for people 65 and older. for residents of long term care facilities who received the pfizer vaccine at least six months ago, and for people 50 to 64 years old with underlying medical conditions. >> also breaking overnight, that sham audit of ballots cast in arizona last november, confirms president biden defeated donald trump. what's worse, after saddling taxpayers with roughly $425,000 in expenses for this partisan project, the draft report commissioned by state senate republicans reveals that president biden won 99 more votes in maricopa county, while former president trump earned 261 fewer votes. >> it cost -- >> that's what it's all for. >> $425,000 and lots of agony for that. experts of both parties have
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been saying for months the results of this phony audit, audit in air quotes, conducted in actual carnival running out front would not be credible. it was run haphazardly by a florida company called cyber ninjas which cnn found had an empty office, no experience auditing elections, and was led by a man who repeated wild conspiracy theories about election fraud. >> now, democrats weren't the only ones pushing back against this review. even arizona republican officials had called it an effort to undermine confidence in our elections. >> the reality is people who are running this, they knew it wasn't the right thing. they knew there was nothing to this. but they did it anyway. and for those people, you know, i say, how can you live with your self? >> cyber ninjas is set to detail its findings in a public presentation to the arizona senate this afternoon. >> okay. so, despite the embarrassing sideshow that was the cyber ninja review, republicans are using the arizona model to pull
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the same stunt in other states. hours after former president trump demanded an audit of the election results in texas, a state he won, a full forensic audit was ordered in four counties. dallas, harris, tarrant and collin. president biden carried three of those counties. similar efforts are underway by republicans in wisconsin and pennsylvania. and in florida, a state trump won, republicans are ordering a third-party examination of counties with larger populations. of course, those counties tend to lean democratic. also breaking overnight, four trump loyalists subpoenaed by the house select committee investigating the january 6 insurrection. all four men asked to submit documents and appear before the committee in the next few weeks. so, expect big legal fight here. our ryan nobles reports from capitol hill. >> reporter: laura and christine, this is a significant move by the january 6 select committee, and it shows where their investigation is headed. they are requesting both private depositions and records from
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four trump loyalists. this is a group of men who had the ear of the former president donald trump and were part of his white house staff and were also people that played a key role in the rally leading up to the insurrection that took place on january 6th. dan scavino, deputy chief of staff. mark meadows was the white house chief of staff at that time. steve bannon who once served as a counsellor to the former president during the early parts of his administration, and was one of the group of people that was rallying people to the white house on january 6th. and then cash patel who was the former chief of staff to the then acting secretary of defense and was working at the pentagon on january 6th. you know, when you read these letters that they have sent to these four men, you get a clear idea of exactly why the committee has asked them to come forward. this is the letter from -- to dan scavino. it says, quote, the select
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committee has reason to believe you have information relevant to understanding important activities that led to and inform the events at the capitol on january 6, 2021, and relevant to former president trump -- communications in the period leading up to and on january 6th. expect a long legal battle before any of them actually come forward, and not only produce the documents requested, but actually sit for an interview with members of the committee. laura and christine? >> ryan nobles, it's going to be very busy. thanks. the arrest warrant for the fiancee of gabby petito, but the charges have nothing to do with her death. healthy habits come in all sizes. like little walks. and, getting screened for colon cancer. that's big because when caught in early stages, it's more treatable. hey, cologuard! hi. i'm noninvasive and i detect altered dna in your stool to find 92% of colon cancers,
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this morning the search is on for brian laundrie and the fbi has now issued a warrant for his arrest. not for the death of his fiancee, gabby petito, whose body, of course, was found in wyoming sunday. this single-count indictment claims laundrie charged more than a thousand dollars on a debit card that did not belong to him at the end of last month. authorities have not said whether that card belonged to petito. >> meantime, a source close to the laundrie family tells cnn brian left his parents' home last tuesday without a cell phone and wallet. that's the last day his parents reported seeing him. the source also saying the parents were concerned he might hurt himself. >> the gabby petito case is highlighting the disparities between cases where the missing person is white and those involving a person of color. as an example, the coroner in lassalle county, illinois, identified a body earlier this
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month as grad student jelani day. he was reporting a month ago. his cause of death remains unknown. his mother has been publicly pleading for more help finding him following the huge wave of interest in gabby petito. >> i'm actually happy. i'm glad that it's getting media attention. it helps us with our investigation. and it also helps bring awareness to other missing people. on our part is we probably need to do a better job on updating people. quarterly, who is still missing? we've got missing people that have been gone for a few months and we don't want them to fall through the cracks either. >> another one who fell through the cracks apparently 24-year-old daniel robinson, a geologist who went missing after leaving a work site in the arizona desert on june 23rd. his father hired an independent investigator and put together a volunteer search team when he felt the police weren't making progress. >> 24 to 48 hours, the first crucial moments, and those
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moments wasn't fulfilled. >> the fbi's list of missing persons included almost 90,000 active cases. 90,000 active cases at the end of 2020. that's in the middle of the pandemic and as you can see, black and native americans makeup double the share of the overall population. to memphis now, as one person was killed in a shooting at a kroger grocery store. gunshots can be heard as people peel away from the store in collierville, tennessee. authorities believe it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. some hid in a freezer moments after the first shots. >> it first started in the deli. and i heard some gunshots. we thought it was balloons popping, so when it kept on going, we said, no, that's gunshot. >> before i actually entered the
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door, a family -- a lady with like four children rushed the door, pushing three in front of her, dragging one behind her, falling on the ground and screaming at the children to just run, just run. >> the victim killed has been identified by family members olivia king. the family is devastated by this senseless act of violence. the "the new york times" reports fbi crime members set for release monday showed murder increased 30% in 2020. that's the biggest spike since the agency started keeping track in 1960. all right. it is always dangerous to trifle with the debt ceiling. it is especially dangerous during a pandemic. the senate is expected to vote monday on continuing government funding and suspending the debt ceiling until after the midterm elections next year. look, this is not about restraining future spending. this is paying bills congress already spent, right.
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this is paying for what congress already spent. a default would damage america's credit, undermine the public health emergency. former treasury secretary larry summers says america doesn't stiff its lenders. >> you can debate how much we should spend, whether how progressive taxes should be, what we should do about the corporate taxes, plenty of stuff that you should debate. but nobody should be debating whether the united states is going to pay its debts. if my kid spends too much on his credit card, we might have a family debate about whether i'm going to pay the bill or whether he's going to pay the bill. but it's not an option for our family to stiff the credit card company. >> yeah, a congressional diamond dash. it's just ridiculous. if congress doesn't raise the debt limit, the treasury department won't have enough money to pay the bills. and then the treasury department has to decide what to pay. that means federal payments to millions will be halted. social security checks could stop for nearly 50 million seniors. troops wouldn't be paid.
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critical monthly child tax credit payments could stop. all kinds of bills would stop. borrowing costs for credit cards, mortgages and cars could spike for millions of consumers. moody's analytics warns a default would wipe out nearly 6 million jobs and raise unemployment to nearly 9%. >> a lot on the line. >> a lot of people assume they're going to figure this out. >> it this is something about leverage. this is about politics, not about not paying the bills. we've gotten to this brink and 80 times they've raised the debt ceiling. >> what if there is an unintended consequence, what if there is an accidental default and there is a ripple effect in global markets that hurts -- hurts everybody and causes some kind of recession? that could happen. don't mess around. >> why do they always let it go so close to the line? >> drives me crazy. still ahead, haitian refugees at the u.s. southern border being taken back to haiti by the thousands. what fate awaits them? cnn is live there next. like mac. who can come to a stop with barely a bobble.
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in del rio, texas, tractors can be seen bulldozing vacated huts after the biden administration made an aggressive push to remove thousands of haitian migrants from a makeshift camp there under the bridge and around it. 3,000 people now remain under that del rio international bridge waiting to be processed. that number down substantially from last weekend. >> so where are all these thousands of people coming from? and where are they going now? cnn is covering both of these angles starting with melissa bell live in port-au-prince, haiti, for us. melissa, good morning. homeland security says there have been 17 repatriation flights to haiti since sunday, with almost 2,000 people.
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but the u.s. special envoy to haiti actually resigned thursday citing the administration's, quote, inhumane decision to deport thousands of haitians. so what exactly is happening when they get to haiti when, in many cases, they haven't been there for years? >> reporter: that's right. they are arriving with a great deal of despair, of anger, of trauma. these are people who spent so many years, many of them in latin america and rebuilt lives, then decided to head north looking for a better life. there is anger, that sort of lottery that wound up taking place under that del rio bridge. some allowed to head into the united states to seek asylum, others put on those planes, often without knowing where it was they were going. have a listen to what one man had to say to us yesterday as he stepped off that plane, and back into the haitian capital for the first time in years. >> translator: all those deportation will make the crisis in haiti even worse than it is
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already. people are going to suffer now. you see all those people being deported to haiti, including women and children. there are no jobs and there is nothing here. what are those people going to do? the crisis is going to get worse. >> reporter: what they are coming back to is worse, essentially, than what they fled, laura. it was mentioned in the letter by the resigning u.s. special envoy that crippling poverty, this is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. the gang life that makes port-au-prince so unbearable and so dangerous. and the political corruption that once again he cited with corrupt political leaders he said working in alliance with those gangs. it gives you an idea of the state of haiti. it's been going on for a long time. it's some of the reasons these people left. they are now coming back to the country that is even worse circumstances with a president assassinated in july, and again, going back to that letter, what was described by the u.s. envoy to haiti as an unelected
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de facto leader and the prime minister who is now in power, laura. >> so important to remember the people who are coming are people who are fleeing from that earthquake that happened years ago. not the one that happened months ago. so we will see what happens going forward. but, melissa, thank you for being there for us. >> yeah, people who haven't been in haiti in years. on the u.s./mexico border, the department of homeland security temporarily suspending use of horse patrols in del rio, texas, after the video showed border patrol agents on horseback charging at haitian migrants. this morning that pathway to cross the border is effectively choked off from both sides. that's where cnn's matt rivers has the story from the mexican side. >> reporter: christine and laura, this time yesterday there were dozens of haitian migrants streaming back and forth across the border here. from here on the mexican side, across to the other side on the u.s. side, there was a rope that was strung between both sides.
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people were following that guideline. now that rope has been cut and things are different. i want to show you the other side of the border now. you can see some haitian migrants over there. those are some of the last haitian migrants that were able to make it from here on the mexico side across to the u.s. at least at this moment. they're going to be allowed to go to that encampment that is in del rio where thousands of haitians remain. but here in mexico that's not going to be the case. basically what ended up happening was on thursday afternoon, about a half dozen or so immigration officials here in mexico, they kind of made a line on this river bank here behind the camera. word got out amongst the haitians that were staying here and there was basically a mini rush toward the border from people that were on the mexico side that wanted to get to the u.s. they pushed past those immigration officials, several dozen people quickly made their way across the river using that guideline. it was then cut, but it was quite the chaotic scene there for a little while. things have calmed down now, in part, and i can show you this because up the river bank here,
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we've seen increased law enforcement presence here. so we talked about this steel wall governor abbott in texas created on the u.s. side to deter migrants. this is kind of a mini version of that. these are migration officials here. it's local police. there's state police here as well. you can see more heavily armed police officers now here basically creating a shield. this means that haitian migrants basically are not able to go to the u.s. via this route any more. it's a long border. they can probably figure out another way to get across if they want to. officially this heavily used route is essentially out of options, which means that these haitian migrants, many of whom came here to mexico, some just for a few hours to charge their phones, to get supplies, things that they couldn't do on the u.s. side because it wasn't easy to charge phones, harder to use the bathroom. easier to do that here in mexico. people who did that are now basically stuck for now, at least, on the mexico side. mexican officials not letting
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them cross, and so they're going to have to do their immigration proceedings or they're going to get deported eventually back to haiti, many of them, here from mexico. this happened very quickly. it was unexpected. many haitian migrants are not happy about this. many want to go back to the united states, but this is the reality of the situation on the border. it can change in basically an instant. christine and laura? >> matt rivers, thanks so much for that, matt. >> thanks, matt. so, what would you do if you were told you were kidnapped from the hospital as a baby? the incredible discovery sent one man on a lifelong search for the truth. the new cnn film, the lost sons, premieres sunday night at 9:00 only on cnn.
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joe biden won in arizona. glad we finally settled that. the draft report from a bogus partisan state ballot review confirms election results that have already been certified. the final report is due today, and it comes at a big cost. time, money, resources, distractions, and faith in elections. all because donald trump couldn't accept losing. >> i call it a show trial. i mean, that's what all these have been up to this point. it's a soviet show trial. a theater show of an attempt to steal an election or, at the very least, to sow significant doubts in our election system. >> it's time for three questions in three minutes. let's bring in cnn legal analyst jennifer rodgers. step back for us. this sham audit, audit in air quotes, done at republicans behest, we knew it was silly from the start. we knew what the result was
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going to be. and it's now completely undermined their own project by finding that biden, of course, won maricopa county. do you see this as sort of an unfortunate one off, the sort of left over of the big lie, or is there actually something more pernicious going on here? we now see other states with the sort of copy cat audits. >> well, that's right, laura. you hit on an interesting point. on the surface it seems like a good thing, right, even with all the partisanship and getting this going. the incapability in partisanship of the audit firm doing it, you still ended up with the correct truthful result. so that seems like a win for election integrity in our democracy. but as you point out, how did we even get here? how did we even get to a place where lawmakers, elected officials in office were permit today go through this sham in the first place? and you do see other states headed down that road. so unfortunately i think it's a mixed bag. hopefully the result here might cause some of those copy cats to
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take note and change direction. >> all right. meadows, scavino, bannon, patel, house officers subpoena trump allies about the january 6 insurrection. the committee wants documents, jennifer, and testimony in the next few weeks. why do these four people matter for this committee? >> so, we know a lot now about what happened on january 6, and some about the planning of the event from the huge criminal investigation that has resulted in charging over 600 people. but the missing piece is and always has been the involvement of the president. what did he know? how involved was he in getting this going, the planning? and on january 6, why did it take so long? what was he doing, and why did he not stop the insurrection earlier with all of the resources he had at his disposal? that's been the missing piece. these four men will know the answers to those questions because they were either intimately involved with him every day like the chief of staff and former chief of staff. they'll know about the planning
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and what he knew in advance, what he was encouraging. or like kash patel, they were at d.o.d. and would have known what was going on behind the scenes on january 6 as he was mulling over the options for trying to stop the insurrection. so this is critical information the committee doesn't yet have. that's why they're important. >> so, jennifer, the biden administration is now taking steps, we know, to release more information on trump's meetings and calls on january 6 to this committee. the white house, as our understanding, is inclined to limit how much it exerts executive privilege. the privilege doesn't protect the commission of a crime. not saying that it happened, but it wouldn't be protected. you know, they are always worried about precedent here and going too far. what do you think the ramifications would be if they just let all this stuff come out? >> it's hard to know and that's why there are some people saying, listen, the president's ability to confer with his advisers to make decisions in emergency situations must not be cabined. you can't say, oh, some day we're going to find out all about what you're saying. the president needs to be free
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to make those decisions. that's why people are objecting. but i think the white house rightly says, we are in uncharted territory here. this is an insurrection. this was an attack on our democracy both by the election, the big lie, and then, of course, by the insurrection. so we need to know the president's involvement in this. it goes to the very crux of his leadership and what he was doing to try to undermine our democracy, potentially. so i think they are right to say we need to get to the bottom of this, and this doesn't mean it's going to be a free for all in terms of knowing what the president is doing from here on out. >> all right, jennifer rodgers, cnn legal analyst, nice to see you bright and early this friday morning. thanks, have a great rest of your day. surprise, surprise, big business is no fan of tax hikes to pay for president biden's remake of the american economy. a chamber of commerce ad blitz against the build back better plan, those are major investments in child care, education and clean energy. in that blitz, the group warns of massive tax hikes to pay for those investments and it's saying it would be a body blow to our economy, complete with
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boxer and all. with the commerce secretary ramon dough is hitting back saying the president's agenda helps business. >> i asked them, you know, what do you need? what would help you to grow and be more productive? and they tell me, better infrastructure, broadband for all americans, worker training. every business is struggling to find workers with the skills they need. so the president puts forward a package which investments in infrastructure, broadband, apprentice ships, worker training. this is good for business. i understand they have issues with the tax increases. that's very fair. so come to the table and help be part of the solution. >> yeah, the tax increase on the table, by the way, is still below where it was prior to those 2017 tax cuts. secretary romando said the ongoing chip shortage, the global chip shortage means higher prices and fewer options for shoppers this holiday season. these chips, of course, are in
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everything. cell phones, cars, laptops, peloton, your coffee maker, that chip shortage in the supply chain headaches hit the auto industry. problems there costing that industry $210 billion this year, nearly twice what consulting firm alex partners estimated in may. a major changing of the guard in europe as germany prepares to elect its next chancellor on sunday. current chancellor angela merkel wanted to stay off the campaign trail. she's now stepping into the fray. cnn's fred pleitgen is live in berlin. fred, what are you watching this weekend? >> reporter: well, first of all, watching a very close campaign going on here. big change coming not just for germany and, of course, also for europe. on the international stage as well, angela merkel one of the best-known leaders in the world, also one of the big partners and strong partners of the united states as well. the interesting thing about this campaign is actually that it is very close. her designated successor, is
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actually trailing in the polls. her party is trailing in the polls. that's because he made some unforced errors. for instance, he was caught laughing on camera while he was visiting the flood-stricken areas in germany. the country had some bad floods in july of this year. another interesting thing is that the candidate from the other major party, the social democrat, he's actually ahead in the polls because he's saying, look, i'm more like angela merkel. he's very calm, very reserved, very soft-spoken. he said he thinks that is what germany wants. the bottom line about this election, guys, this is very important, you cannot win an election any more in this country unless you have a strong green climate agenda. the green party is set for some record gains in this election. in fact, they were ahead in the polls for a very long period of time. german voters want this country to move more towards green economy. in fact, the place where i'm standing right now is, of course, the parliament building in germany. it is home to a climate demonstration right now. where especially younger voters are coming out and essentially
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telling these political parties, you need to act right now. of course, germany big industrial nation. the other interesting thing we're seeing with this election as well, all three of the main candidates, social democrat, christian democrat and green candidate all say germany needs to remain a strong partner in nato and a strong partner to the united states, guys. >> all right. we know you'll be watching all weekend. thank you so much. we'll be right back.
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a court hearing next week could determine the fate of the conservatorship that has controlled britney spears' life and money for more than a decade now. the pop star's tireless fight for her freedom is the subject of a new cnn special report this weekend. here's a preview. >> reporter: britney's struggle in the national spotlight raises important questions, how the legal system and society treat women with mental health issues. >> we do have some examples of men, of male celebrities, who have in paparazzi pictures and cell phone video appeared unhinged. erratic. erratically at times. women are always judged by a higher standard. i think most of us wonder, what would the narrative look like if she wasn't a woman. >> reporter: sylvia is a psychotherapist who specializes in the impact of gender-based violence and posttraumatic
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stress disorder on mental health. >> there is a voyeuristic component to celebrities and especially to this case. so important to keep in mind that this is a person, that this is someone's life, and that the way we treat her actually says something about ourselves, about our society. >> this looks good, really good. "toxic: britney spears' battle for freedom" is reported by our colleagues allison camarada. i know you've been working hard on this. you can't reveal everything about the special. tell us what you can. what surprised you? >> good morning. thank you for having me. listen, i've been covering britney spears' conservatorship for the last two years. but as i was making this cnn special with allison camarada, we learned a lot of things that we didn't before. the great lengths that many of her close friends went to to try to reach her throughout the years since the conservatorship has been put in place for the last 13, and how they haven't
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been successful. that britney essentially has been behind these like imaginary, but very real walls. also talking about the monitoring of her cell phone use, which was really shocking, and that's something that you're going to hear a lot more about. and really those early days right after the conservatorship was put into place, and how and why did she immediately go on the circus tour. we have some people from that moment in her life that are going to be weighing in, and i think it's going to shock you all. >> oh, i'm so excited. the special includes some new interviews you got with actresses mishka, women who know something about being in the spotlight. >> the paparazzi, the pursuit of the tabloid culture in the early 2000s, misha, the it girl on the o.c. she was like the girl that everybody looked up to at the time. myself included. so it was interesting to hear
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her perspective. and then rosie o'donnell was the first talk show host to ever sit down with britney spears on tv. she ended up interviewing britney over a dozen times. and you know, rosie herself weighed in on her own mental health struggles. so you're going to see parallels with other celebrities, you know, but this is bigger than britney. and i think that there are a lot of apologies to go around to a lot of people in this moment of reflection that we're going through. >> there is another hearing in the conservatorship case on wednesday. will it end, is that it? >> well, i'm going to be there in the courtroom, and that is the, you know, major moment that everybody is waiting for. is the judge going to rule on britney's father's petition to terminate the conservatorship? i don't think it's going to be that simple that the judge is going to say, all right, you're done. good-bye. go forth into your life. i think she's going to want to make sure there are financial and mental health checks in place, things set up britney for
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success in the future. but i think it could get heated, contentious. maybe britney herself will be there physically in person in the courtroom this time. she's attended by phone virtually all the times prior. but this is going to be the big one. so if you're in l.a., drive by the l.a. county superior courthouse. you're going to see the free britney movement out there in full effect and see me. >> i'm so glad you're going to be there for us. come back and tell us everything that happens. give us all the good courtroom color. >> i'm not going to drive by. i'm going to let you do that and come back and tell us what happened. nice to see you. >> thanks, guys. >> remember the special report sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern. let's get a check on cnn business to end be the week. a look at markets around the world, asian shares close the week essentially mixed. tokyo up, but hong kong and shanghai down. european futures open, stock markets open lower. futures in the u.s. we're watching are also leaning down. stocks extended their rally thursday. what we did see a rise in first-time jobless claims,
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something to watch there about the job market. dow closed up 506 points. the s&p 500 and the nasdaq closed higher. the best day for the dow since july and the best day for nasdaq in august. jobless claims rose to 323,000. the second increase in a row. i want to see it going the other direction. they went up sharply in louisiana which is seeing the devastating effect of hurricane ida play out in its job market. the white house this week easing travel restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign visitors starting in november. goldman sachs estimates that should restore up to 15% of pre-pandemic tourist spending by the end of the first quarter. and add about 100,000 jobs in travel industries. we've all been there. you get a new device and a new charger. the european union has proposed new rules to make usbc chargers standard on all devices. cell phones, laptops, cameras, speakers. now, these rules are years away but they could be bad news for apple which uses its own lightning port on the iphone.
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>> i for one would like one charger. one for all. >> me, too. >> the panthers beat the texans thursday night football. but lose their biggest star to injury. andy scholes has more in this morning's bleacher report. andy, what happens? >> the panthers are 3-0 since 2015 when they opened the season 14-0 when they went to the super bowl. this was a rough one for the team. ahead for fantasy football owners, christian mccaffery suffering a hamstring injury in the second quarter as he ran out of bounds. ruled out for the rest of the game. and scheduled to undergo an mri. quarterback sam darnold put this one away with the second touchdown run of the night. lost his helmet in the process. but the panthers win that one 24-9. in baseball, the white sox headed back to the major league playoffs the second straight year. they clinch their first american league central crown since 2008. in a 7-2 win in the first game of a double header against the indians. this is the first time in white
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sox 120-year history that they have made the postseason in back to back seasons. definitely an accomplishment worth celebrating. the ryder cup set to kickoff in about two hours in. wisconsin, jordan spieth, and justin thomas going to begin the competition going up against jon rahm and sergio garcia. their teammate brooks koepka tweeted out this picture of him stand being next to his teammate bryson dechambeau who he famously had a spat with for months, saying, caption this. phil mickelson chimed in with who is the handsome guy in the back? didn't he win the pga? guys, ryder cup always so much fun. it's like football meets golf, all the fans in wisconsin going to be rowdy all weekend long. looking forward to tchlts >> all right, sounds good. andy, have a good weekend. >> nice to see you. historic flooding in the north east earlier this month had new york city police officers going beyond the call of duty. wading through the flood waters to make dozens of rescues, remarkable pictures. cnn's jen brynngrass has more.
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>> going to wade through and see if i can find anybody in the cars. >> reporter: this is n.y.p.d. matthew body camera. this shows the night the veteran began frantically searching for anyone who may have been trapped in submerged cars ton a flooded new york city street. >> there's a car there. a car there. a couple of them turned around and floated. >> reporter: he recounted for us the night when the remnants of hurricane ida barreled down on the northeast. >> i've never seen it to where it was that night when we got there and cars were like covered, like to the roof line. >> reporter: he was headed home after his shift. worried for his own family's safety in the storm. but 911 calls started pouring in. >> i got to the point where cars were trapped and people were -- people needed help. i realize we're not -- i'm not going home. we're getting dressed again. we're going back out.
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>> reporter: a call bringing the sergeant and his partner here, a street that cuts through central park. in a normal rain it floods, but machado's never seen it look like this. >> is there anybody left in any of these cars? >> reporter: so, you approach and you see a number of cars under water. what's your first thought? >> my first thought is we're getting wet. we're going to have to make sure there's nobody in them. >> reporter: they trudge through waist-deep water checking each car. >> sarge, i don't know if you can hear me. i can't hear you. we have nobody in the cars. >> luckily everyone had gotten out of the cars, but there was one stranded motorist who was standing on what i thought at the time was a curb, but turned out to be like a 3 1/2 foot high jersey barrier. by that time, the water coming down the ramp here and over the walls creating kind of a current he couldn't fight his way through. >> i'm going to carry you out to where it's not so deep.
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>> i'm here, i'll hold you. >> reporter: machado threw the stranded driver over his shoulder while his partner pushed from behind against the strong current, likely saving the man's life. across new york city that night, n.y.p.d. officers were called to 69 water rescues. >> now the men and women of the new york city police department for their tireless and heroic efforts throughout the night. >> reporter: machado responded to four more calls that night before finally heading home. >> i would hope somebody would do that for my family this they needed it. it's something any, any cop would have done. >> reporter: brynn gingras, cnn, new york. >> amazing. breaking news this morning, iowa senator chuck grassley announcing he will run. it's 4:00 a.m. in iowa, so i'm running. i do that six days a week. i decided i'm running for reelection to do a lot more. >> 88 years old.
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>> 88 years old. running for another term. he was a congressman in iowa. i'm from iowa. when i was a little kid, so that just shows you how long he has been in washington. >> everyone is from iowa. surprise booster covid vaccines overnight. what it means for your third dose. and it turns out that sham audit in arizona was a sham indeed. "new day" picks it up from us and laura jarrett. i'm christine romans. >> have a great weekend, everybody. ed too exclusive. because we only serve those who honorably served. all ranks, all branches, and their families. are we still exclusive? absolutely. and that's exactly why you should join.
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