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hello and a very warm we will come to our viewers join you us in the united states and right around the world. i'm isa soares in london and right here on "cnn newsroom." >> mr. bannon will comply with our investigation or he will face the consequence. >> it's blatant contempt. >> this committee means business and nobody is above the law. >> bannon in contempt. the committee investigating the january 6 insurrection votes in favor of prosecution for trump aide steve bannon.
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bolsonaro under fire. brazil's president will be accused for crimes against humanity over his handling of the pandemic. and battle over climate. u.s. democrats debate on how much to spend on climate change, but some americans are still choosing coal over clean energy. >> announcer: live from london, this is "cnn newsroom" with isa soares. hello, everyone. it is wednesday, october the 20th. and we begin this hour with a milestone in the congressional investigation of the january 6 insurrection. take a listen. >> mr. sheff. >> aye. >> mr. sheff aye. mr. aguilar? >> aye. >> mr. aguilar aye? >> with that, the house select committee unanimously, as you heard there, approved holding donald trump's close ally steve
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bannon in contempt of congress. the full house will vote thursday on referring the charges to the justice department. trump has urged his former aides to reject requests from the committee and bannon has claimed executive privilege. the committee emphatically rejected that argument. >> for folks watching at home this evening, i want you to think about something. what would happen to you if you did what mr. bannon is doing? if you were a material witness in a criminal prosecution or some other lawsuit, it's a shame that mr. bannon has put us in this position, but we won't take no for an answer. no one in this country, no matter how wealthy or how powerful, is above the law. we won't be deterred. we won't be distracted. and we won't be delayed. >> well, a person found liable for contempt of congress could face a fine and one year in
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prison, but the process is rarely used. this is designed to send a message to others under subpoena. ryan nobles reports on what's ahead. >> reporter: the house select committee designed to investigate the january 6 insurrection has formally reported out a criminal contempt referral against steve bannon. the trump ally, who as a podcast host and conservative provocateur, encouraged people to come to washington on january 6, inciting what he called a revolution in the days leading up to that event. the committee, holding a 30-minute meeting on tuesday night where they voted 9-0 and a unanimous vote to refer out this criminal contempt claim, and it was pretty revealing what they talked about in their prepared remarks. the chairman, bennie thompson, and, of course, the vice chair liz cheney, cheney even revealing a bit of their strategy why they are so interested in what steve bannon
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was doing in the days leading up to january 6th. >> mr. bannon's and mr. trump's privilege arguments do, however, appear to reveal one thing. they suggest that president trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of january 6, and this committee will get to the bottom of that. >> reporter: now this begins a legislate i. process here on capitol hill. on thursday, the house has scheduled a vote to report out this referral to the department of justice. it should pass without a problem. it will then be in the hands of the attorney general merrick garland to begin the prosecution phase of this. at the end of this, it is all about the committee trying to get this information from steve bannon. they also are hoping to send a message to the other individuals they would like to cooperate with the committee. they aren't messing around. they will do whatever it takes to get that information. ryan nobles, cnn, on capitol hill. well, of the 11 people the
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committee has subpoenaed, bannon is the only one to defy the call to testify. members of the committee explain the importance of hearing from him to reconstruct the days leading up to january the 6 and to send the message the committee intends to enforce the rule of law. take a listen to this. >> we have to hear from the people who were closest to the former president at the time of january 6th and we're familiar with his thinking and can understand as liz cheney said, things we know publicly from public statements that the president, the former president was aware of these things going on around him. and, you know, made comments himself and failed to take action himself to tell people to stop and go home. >> it is blatant contempt of the congress. we had a subpoena for him to turnover all of his documents on the 7th, and then to come and testify on the 14th, and he literally just blew us off. you know, very few americans would do that.
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the vast majority of people we have subpoenaed or approached have come in and testified. very pfew people would think in such a sneering and divisive and contemptuous way of governmental process like that. but he did. and it's a crime in the district of columbia, punishable by up to 12 months in jail. assuming he's found guilty, of koe course, he has every right to due process. if he's guilty of what we think he's guilty of, there are certain sentencing guidelines and precedence and so on the court will look at. look, the point is not to make him suffer. the point is to get people to testify. >> we are trying to layout a set of facts around the run up to and the day of january 6 so that we can prevent this from ever happening again. our democracy is at stake in this moment when, if people believe that it is okay to try to overturn a free and fair election through the use of political violence, then our
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democracy is at real risk. and so that is a very clear mission and it has been passed by the house of representatives, so we do have the legislative cover for what it is that we're doing. >> meantime, trump's legal team is asking a federal court in washington to stop the national archives from turning over white house records to the select committee. now, the lawyers are asking for a hearing within 21 days on trump's lawsuit over documents from his presidency. more than 45 records that trump wants to keep confidential are set to be turned over on november the 12th unless a judge intervenes. the biden administration has declined to protect the documents through executive privilege. now, u.s. president joe biden heads to his hometown of scranton, pennsylvania, later today as he looks to push for support of his economic agenda. the white house says he'll focus on explaining how it would help working class americans, and that comes, of course, one day after he met with lawmakers
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including moderates and progressives in his own party in a continuing effort to close the deal on the sweeping spending package. now, one source says mr. biden discussed the possible top line price of $1.9 trillion, a figure closer to what senator joe manchin has had in mind. >> we're communicating and negotiating, okay. that's what it's all about. that's what the process is about and we're having good conversations. we're talking and everybody and all the players, and everybody to understand each other's position. and the talks are very good. >> we all feel still even more optimistic about getting to an agreement on a really transformational bill that will fundamentally lift people up with the priorities that the progressive caucus had laid out five months ago. at the end of the day, the idea that we can do these programs, a multitude of programs and actually get them going so that they deliver immediate transformational ben fiefits to
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people is what we're focused on. >> mr. biden told democrats a final bill is likely to exclude tuition-free community college which had been a priority for the white house. and be sure to tune in on thursday. president biden will join anderson cooper for cnn town hall where he'll take questions about his economic agenda. you can catch it right here at 8:00 p.m. in new york, 8:00 a.m. friday in hong kong, only on cnn. well, meanwhile, washington is also trying to unclog the supply chain backlog with hundreds of ships waiting in ports to off load their cargo. right now there are not enough truck drivers to deliver the goods. the american trucking association says the industry short of 80,000 drivers, a 30% spike from before the pandemic. if president biden's infrastructure bill passes, it would expand the potential for cross-country truckers to people as young as 18, lowering the age limit from 21. now, the u.s. oil benchmark,
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w.t.i. hit a seven-year high on tuesday for the fourth consecutive trading day in a row. stoking fears. brent crude as you can see there climbed to $85. its first close above that mark since 2018, october 2018 to be precise. both have fallen slightly since then. americans are also paying more at pump than in the last seven years as gas prices surge more than 5% in september. we'll keep on top of that for you. now, covid booster doses may be available to americans as young as 40 soon. a source tells cnn they are likely recommending lowering the age for pfizer and moderna boosters. this comes amid growing concerns about hospitalizations among fully vaccinated younger people. boosters are already available for those over 65. the centers for disease control and prevention say more than 10 million people have already received a booster shot. the cdc also says the daily pace of new vaccinations has ticked up to above 250,000 for the
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first time in a week. well, here in uk, health officials are urging the government to reimpose covid restrictions to avert a winter crisis. the national health service confederation says mandatory face coverings in crowded places should be reinstated immediately as they fear the health care system could be overwhelmed. it comes as new daily infections and deaths are rising sharply. the british government says it is closely monitoring the surge. now, in the coming hours, a brazilian senate panel will present their report on president jair bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and will call for criminal charges. in a draft report, the panel blames his policies for the deaths of more than 300,000 brazilians, about half of the country's total death toll. the senate has initially called for charges of mass murder, but not long ago dialed that back. here are all the details for you. >> reporter: isa, just late last
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night, the senators behind investigation into president jair bolsonaro's handling of the pandemic decided to drop the recommendation for charges of mass murder and genocide against the president due to lack of consensus. bolsonaro will still have to answer allegations for crime against humanity, incitement to commit crime and charlatanism over his handling of the covid-19 pandemic. and this is according to an explosive draft report that was leaked to cnn by a representative of the brazilian senate's pandemic inquiry. this report blames directly on jair bolsonaro's policy for the death of more than 300,000 brazilians, roughly 50% of the total death toll of coronavirus in the country. and we know that brazil currently has the second highest
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coronavirus death toll in the world. even though right now there is widespread skepticism in brazil whether this report will lead to an effective charge against the president, given that the brazil attorney general in charge of an eventual investigation into bolsonaro's actions is a close ally of bolsonaro himself, the report will forever be a strong stain on bolsonaro's legacy, just as the president is preparing for an electoral campaign in search of a second presidential mandate next year. isa, back to you. >> thank you very much, stefano. that report is coming in five hours or so. the u.n. security council will discuss north korea's late east coast missile test. pyongyang said the missile's new design with advance guidance technology, pictures from state media though as you can see there, a smaller missile than
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previous designs. the white house is urging north korea from refraining from provocation, but they are open to diplomacy from pyongyang. paula hancocks is live in seoul. when you and i spoke yesterday, in fact, you said something stood out. it's not the quantity but the quality of the missiles being launched. what does this missile tell us and what concerns does the u.s. and its allies have here, paula? >> reporter: well, isa, what this shows is that north korea is pushing its weapons capabilities forward. there's no doubt about is that. and this is what the concern that the u.s. and those in the region have. the fact that they are carrying out weapons tests of weapons they haven't used before, it appears, at least. what we are hearing from north korea from this particular one on tuesday, it is a submarine launched ballistic missile which they have before, but this one does appear different. they also claim it was fired
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from a submarine. now, they also claim that about five years ago, but experts doubt it, that that was the case in the past. they have fired them from under water platforms or barges to make it easier. so certainly this was fired from a submarine, that is a significant move forward in their capabilities. very difficult to know for sure, though, from those images that north korea has shared. but what we've seen over the past couple of months, isa, is that they are testing new weapons. we have seen or at least north korea has said they have tested a hypersonic missile, some long-range cruise missiles, antiaircraft weapons, the sort of weaponry they have been showcasing and unveiling in military parades. that's the key there. what they show at the military parades, experts and intelligence agencies know eventually they will want to test to make sure that they work, to show the world that they have that capability and, of course, to give them leverage
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when and if they start to talk to south korea and the united states in any constructive way in the future. so this is the concern at this point that north korea is not necessarily doing as many missile launches as it did in 2017, for example, but the quality and the caliber of these missile launches is higher. it shows that they are testing new capabilities and they are moving their ability further forward, isa. >> paula hancocks, thanks very much, paula. now, a gang in haiti is seeking millions to free the group of missionaries it's holding captive. the latest on what officials are saying about the negotiations. we'll have that next. plus, the indian government is offering compensation to the families of every covid victim in the country, but getting that money won't be easy. we'll explain next.
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now, families and victims of the 2018 school mass shooting parkland, florida, have reached a $25 million settlement with the broward county school district. an attorney for the families says the money will be given to 52 victims, including the
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families of the 17 students and staff who were killed at marjory stoneman douglas high school. the lawsuit accused the school district of negligence. the district admits no wrongdoing as part of the settlement. it comes as nikolas cruz, the alleged shooter, is expected to plead guilty later today according to his attorney. prosecutors have said they want to seek the death penalty. now, america's top diplomat says the biden administration is, quote, relentlessly focused on the kidnapping of 17 missionaries in haiti, most of whom are americans. that message from secretary of state anthony blinken comes as the fbi is helping advise all negotiations after the gang holding the group demanded a $17 million ransom. cnn's matt rivers has more now from port-au-prince. >> reporter: according to the justice minister that i spoke to during the day on tuesday, negotiations are ongoing between the gang 400 mawazo, the group
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the missionaries were working for, christian aid ministries. the negotiation is ongoing with the gang demanding, at least at this point, $1 million per person as a ransom. of course, that would total up to a $17 million total ask. we are told that fbi agents are on the ground here from the united states. they are assisting that ministry and its leadership along with haitian negotiators and the police force here to help assist. but they are not directly communicating with the gang and is, in fact, the ministry itself that is doing the communicating with the advice being given from these law enforcement entities. we are told several calls have taken place between the kidnappers and this ministry group since this abduction took place on saturday afternoon. the justice minister also telling us that it is likely that these hostages are being held somewhere outside of the gang's main area of control, which is the suburb of
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port-au-prince. they are likely being held in a location outside of that area. it's something the justice minister says this gang often does, even moving hostages around from time to time. it has been known to happen. interestingly, the justice minister says that it has been communicated to this gang that there will be severe consequence for the gang if any harm is to come on these kidnapping victims. he said that has not swayed this gang, however, and they are sticking to their demands. a source in haiti security forces tells us that at least as far as they know, the kidnapping victims are in good health at the moment. they seem to not have suffered too bad physical effects from this kidnapping. of course, that is something they're monitoring closely. the source adding in the conversations between the gang and the ministry group, the gang, the representatives from that gang appear calm. matt rivers, cnn, port
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port-au-prince, haiti. now, japan is raising the alert level on the main southern island kyushu after volcanic eruption from mount aso. it spewed ash 500 meters or 11,000 feet into the skies. you can see there are no media reports of casualties and no major damage. the japanese prime minister is asking people to take precautions and follow the latest guidance from the government. geologists say there is no way to predict how much longer the volcano la palma in the canary islands will keep erupting. it's been spewing molten lava for a month now. covering nearly 800 hectares or 200 acres, and destroying about 2,000 buildings. no one has been killed by the volcano, but thousands of people have been forced from their homes. devastating flooding has killed at least 73 people in
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india and 25 in nepal in recent days. army helicopters are helping with rescue ands evacuations in northern india while the pilgrimage has been temporarily halted due to the extreme weather. traumatic images show personnel forming a human chain to help people through the raj mathaiing people through the raging waters. here's pedram javaheri with the weather. >> in 24 hours, it sets the stage for another round of deadly flooding that unfortunately is taking shape across parts of northern and eastern india. we know this is the tail end of the monsoon season. we know typically in late october into november, we see the regression of the monsoons, the withdrawal of the monsoons that push farther toward the south. but the soil here has been so saturated that any additional rainfall yet leads to flooding and any time you're talking about rainfall that is 3, 4,
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even 500 millimeters worth of rains coming down in just 24 hours, that is going to be devastating. and really by comparison, you look at some of these numbers, say, major city across western europe, take london, for example, well known for its rainy conditions, they see a little over 600 millimeters of rainfall every year. but it comes in with rainfall amounts that exceed 540 millimeters in 24 hours. literally almost a london's year worth of rainfall in just one day. and the incredible stark contrast between what's happening on western india where dryer air is locked in place towards eastern india where we have the moisture content through the roof here. we have tropical moisture coming in. monsoonal moisture in place. you look here, the hash lines show you when we expect the monsoons to withdraw out of the this region, and typically where we should be by the latter portion of october is across southern india and we're getting there, but you'll notice where the current position is. it is locked in north towards northeastern india where we have seen some of the heaviest rainfall. isa, this is how it looks in
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this northern region. we do expect 134 good news. we do expect rainfall to reduce in the forecast. improve entirely by the time we get to friday afternoon. notice the south begins to see more rains pick up from wednesday into thursday. so conditions kind of reversing a little and working their way towards the south. isa? >> thanks very much, pedram. now, the indian government is planning to pay about $670 in compensation to the closest relative of every coronavirus victim. that's a total of more than $300 million based on the country's current death toll. but the paperwork required to get the compensation could result in many families losing out on the money. cnn's joins me now from new delhi. talk us through what families are saying. do they feel this goes far enough? >> reporter: good to be with you, isa. it is definitely a step in the right direction. we've spoken to some family members who are claim to avail
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of the compensation. some don't want the money. some others we've spoken to are in desperate need of the money. they lost the sole bread winner. it is not enough to sustain the family through its problems. a goal for a month or two keeping them in place in their homes without making them homeless. but the bigger question here is, is this going to be a logistical nightmare despite the government assuring that families will not lose out on this compensation if they don't have a covid-19 certificate. there will be a redressing grievance committee set up for them to contest their eligibility if they are told they are not eligible for this payout. but here's the problem. according to the u.s.-based center for global development, at least the excess debts india has seen over the last 1 1/2 years through the pandemic could be ten times higher than the official death toll. those are staggering numbers if true. this has been denied by the
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indian government repeatedly here in the country. but for those families who claim that their loved ones died of covid-19 and they don't have those documents to prove it, this could be both an emotional and a logistical nightmare. ment indian government is setting up these committees in all districts, but a lot of families say that they are not aware of the guidelines and this despite the top court that is monitoring the entire compensation program and then approving it earlier this month, stating that all states that will be rolling out this compensation have to make sure that everyone who is entitled to this payout knows about the system, knows about the policies, and the guidelines. according to experts, isa, the process has to be less complicated and more empathetic. isa? >> do keep us posted on any developments on this. thank you very much. good to see you. and coming up right here on the show, the relationship between donald trump and steve bannon, and what role he might have played in the insurrection,
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insurrection unanimously voted to hold former trump aide steve bannon in contempt of congress. a full u.s. house vote is expected on thursday to refer those charges to the justice department. well, the committee is focused on getting bannon's testimony because he's been an outspoken supporter of trump's big lie that the election was stolen. bannon was fired from his white house post in less than a year, but his connection to trump has actually survived. brian todd reports for you. >> reporter: in those tense days after the 2020 election and before january 6th, steve bannon had no formal role at the white house, but according to credible accounts, was a key player in then president trump's efforts to overturn the election results. >> from the moment the polls closed, bannon was busy trying to stir up chaos, trying to cast doubt on the legitimacy of joe biden's election. >> reporter: right after the election, bannon called the results fraudulent. >> biden can only win by cheating. he can only win by stealing trump's victory. we're not going to let it
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happen. >> reporter: on december 30th of last year, according to the book peril by bob woodward and robert costa, bannon was feverishly preparing for january 6 when congress would certify the election results. telling trump, quote, we're going to bury biden on january 6, f-ing bury him. we're going to kill the biden presidency in the crib. in the war ream recently bannon didn't deny saying that. >> because of legitimacy. look at what the illegitimate regime is doing. it killed itself. we told you from the very beginning, just expose it, just expose it, never back down, never give up and this thing will implode. >> reporter: now the house committee investigating january 6th wants information from bannon on what he did just before the insurrection. the committee says on january 5th, bannon was involved in a war room at washington's willard hotel, helping plan trump's stop the steal rally which took place the morning of the attack. on the 5th, bannon said this on
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his podcast. >> all hell is going to break loose tomorrow. just understand this, all hell is going to break loose tomorrow. >> reporter: but there's no evidence bannon was involved in planning any aspect of the actual attack on the capitol, or that he knew it would happen. author joshua green says steve bannon was introduced to donald trump at least a couple of years before trump's 2016 presidential run. bannon was a perfect fit, green says, to be the c.e.o. of that campaign. >> he didn't come from the republican establishment. he didn't have to answer for anybody. he didn't have a background in gop politics. all he wanted to do was come in and burn things down. >> reporter: bannon lasted only about seven months as trump's political adviser in the white house. booted out, authors say, because trump was jealous of the attention bannon was getting. how did bannon win his way back into trump's good graces? >> he became trump's biggest defender and pushed a lot of these conspiracy theories that have gone from the fringes of u.s. politics to the very center of republican politics today. >> reporter: and joshua green believes the bannon/trump
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partnership could be further rekindled in the future even if steve bannon has no formal role in the trump presidential run in 2004. if trump runs, green says, bannon could be trump's proxy promoting conpierspiracy theori and benefit trump. brian todd, cnn, washington. now, fbi has been searching the homes of a russian oligarch with close ties to the kremlin. it is not clear what they are looking for at oleg's home. the activity is connected to a federal investigation out of new york. deripaska says searches are related to, quote, u.s. sanction. the tycoon was sanctioned in 2018 over moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. he was investigated for money laundering, wiretapping, extortion and racketeering, allegations he denies. now, moscow is ordering new
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restrictions at his covid death toll rises. the city's mayor says seniors are especially vulnerable with people over 60 accounting for 86% of covid deaths. cnn's sam kiley joins me now live from moscow. sam, talk us through the measures that are being announced and critically how they are being received here. >> reporter: well, isa, first of all, you wouldn't know that there was a pandemic here in the russian capital. almost nobody is masked. there is very little social distancing. most social events are open. indeed i was at a gallery a few days ago. almost nobody masked there. as a result of this, though, the russians are coping with a death toll, daily death toll that has peaked over a thousand. as a consequence of that, a russian mayor of moscow has imposed for the over 60s, those who have been unvaccinated, those who have not had their
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vaccinations, are now being told they have to stay home for the next four months, isa. on top of that, the people in the companies in the service industry as of january next year will have to have vaccinated 80% of their employees. all of this being local measures to deal with what is now a national problem with less than 50% of the population that's been vaccinated. a great deal of resistance, popular resistance if you like, against the national vaccination campaign. constant exhortations from vladimir putin and others to get vaccinated here. but the uptake has been extremely slow and low. and as a consequence of that, the russians are now seeing these very significant increases in not only the numbers of infection, but particularly the numbers of deaths and particularly people over 60, isa. >> sam kiley for us there in moscow, thanks very much, sam. good to see you. and still ahead right here on cnn, there's a battle over
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funding for climate change in washington, and now we may have an idea why one senator is blocking some of president biden's plans to fight global warming. >> somebody said in order to make sure a flood like this never hits your community again, we need to get rid of coal, what would you say? >> that it's flat again.
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cnn reports. >> our house is ready to fall. >> we're in the car and the car is flooding full of water. >> reporter: flood water submerged people, cars and homes in what was dubbed the thousand year flood. the town in west virginia almost wiped off the map in 2016, and this past summer parts of the state saw more flooding. from raging deadly floods to widespread drought, west virginians over the past few years have faced weather whiplash and scientists predict it will get worse. >> it's rising about a foot an hour. >> reporter: jimmy raider, a retired iraq war veteran survived the deadly 2016 west virginia flooding, but his home did not. five years later he's still rebuilding. in the meantime, he, his wife and three dogs called this camper home. >> it's really tough with my ptsd.
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being in such tight quarters. >> reporter: look around the small west virginia town of clandenan. it's without a school. joe manchin is blocking it. this neighbor lost safe access to their home after the bridge was rusted out. >> someone dialed 911 could not come across this bridge. >> they'd be afraid they couldn't make it. the bridge might collapse. >> reporter: this bridge is connie richards' lifeline to everyday life including medical care. >> you just keep moving along and pray you get to the other side. >> reporter: but even in the face of severe weather and its costly destruction, neither raider nor richard blame climate change. >> i'm not buying into the whole climate change thing. >> reporter: so if somebody said in order to make sure a flood like this never hits your community again, we need to get
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rid of coal, what would you say? >> let it flood again. >> reporter: in the second largest coal-producing state in the nation, climate change is a complicated issue. senator joe manchin, one of the two lawmakers blocking the most aggressive parts of legislation that would drastically curb emissions linked to k4rclimate change is currently ranked the top recipient from coal mining and fossil fuel industry. a coal brokerage company he founded and later put in a blind trust is valued between one and $5 million. will you be okay knowing that west virginia could continue to get hit by severe flooding because we as a country failed to curb greenhouse gases? >> i think the premise is filled with mularkey, i really do. now, again, we're sensitive to the fact that if we're contributing towards climate
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change, you can't blame every undesirable weather event on west virginia coal. we don't have serious droughts here. we don't have serious fires here. we have a little bit of flooding. >> reporter: ordered a state of emergency because there were multiple counties going through droughts, and almost every county in west virginia has seen massive flooding. >> but it's very, very difficult to blame that on coal because, again, we've cleaned up every airborne constituent. >> reporter: senator manchin echoed this monday. >> we have basically cleaned up the environment more than any other time in the history of this world. >> reporter: west virginia university professor nicolas zeg has studied the state and climate change for 11 years. he says breaking through the complexity of the issue feels impossible. >> climate change is so complicated here in west virginia because west virginians perceive it as a direct attack on their livelihoods. but it's also interesting, too,
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that inaction of our business leaders and inaction of our decision makers is also a direct attack on livelihoods. >> reporter: well, there are cheaper energy sources and coal has become quite expensive. this means extremely high electric bills for people in west virginia. now, the woman in the piece who said "let it flood," well, that is an example of the commitment to coal in the face of climate change. she says because historically coal has been a reliable job source, but the reality is the industry itself has been shedding jobs due to automation. it's a dying industry. now, we reached out to senator manchin's office but received no comment. rene marsh, cnn, washington. >> important piece there from rene marsh. just ahead on the show, the new nba season tips off in milwaukee. the bucks get their championship ring before taking the court against the nets. sports is next.
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welcome back. now, facebook has agreed to pay more than $14 million to settle claims that it discriminated against u.s. workers. the justice department filed a lawsuit against the social media
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giant last year for allegedly reserving jobs for foreign workers with temporary visas in 2018. and 2019. facebook was also accused of using recruitment methods to deter u.s. workers from applying to certain positions. the money will pay a civil penalty, and go towards eligible victims of facebook's alleged discrimination. now, the olympic flame has arrived in beijing ahead of next year's winter games. a welcome ceremony was held at the beijing olympic towers. you can see after the flame arrived from greece. the flame left athens monday after several human rights activists disrupted the ceremony with a banner reading, no genocide games. when the games do kickoff, the japanese capital become the first city to host the summer as well as the winter olympics. now, novak djokovic will have to be fully vaccinated if he wants to compete in australian open. and have a shot at breaking the record for grand slam titles. the world number one has not revealed whether he's been
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vaccinated. but australian authorities say all travelers to australia must be fully vaccinated, even athletes, no exceptions. take a listen. >> the government in establishing its borders has said that you will need to be double vaccinated to streets it australia. that is' a universal application, not just tennis players. every visitor to australia will need to be double vaccinated. >> well, djokovic recently told serbian media he doesn't know if he'll go to melbourne and his vaccination status is a private matter and it's inappropriate to ask. last year he said during a facebook chat, he's personally opposed to vaccination. now, basketball is back with the reigning nba champions on the court, plus late inning fireworks at dodger stadium. here's patrick snell with our minute in sports. patrick. >> hi, isa. thanks. a brand-new season in the nba: league celebrating its landmark 70th anniversary, tip off the milwaukee bucks getting their rings and raising the championship banner here.
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greek sensation giannis. the brooklyn nets, 127 points to 104. the reigning world series baseball champs, the l.a. dodgers breathing new life into their national championship series against the atlanta braves, four runs in the 8th inning. braves still 2-1 up in the series, though. and in boston the red sox tasted defeat in front of their own fans tuesday night. they were leading 2-1 until the 8th inning. in the 9th, the astros taking total control to power their way to the 9-2 victory. series now level at two apiece. in uefa champions league, a sell-out penalty, proving the difference in madrid as liverpool win. a penalty, cool as you like as french giants had the same score
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as in paris. with that, isa, it's right back to you. >> thank you very much. now, apparently making it to age 95 isn't that impressive. an aide to queen elizabeth declined being named aulde of the year. they say the queen doesn't meet the relevant criteria. because her queen the majesty says you are as old as you feel. the oldie is keeping the queen on its cover. good on her. and that does it for us. thanks very much for joining. i'm isa soares. early start with christine romans and laura jarrett is next. they'll have more on president biden's economic agenda which includes a new price tag. do stay right here, and i shall see you tomorrow morning. bye-bye.
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it is wednesday, october 20th, 5:00 a.m. in new york. thanks for getting an early start with us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm laura jarrett. welcome to our viewers around the states and around the world. president biden trying to close a sweeping bill to define his legacy. to make it happen he is ready to spend less. dropping priorities like free college and trimming child tax credits. >> democrats are pushing a framework for the deal by the end of the week. they want to iron out all the details and schedule votes on these two big infrastructure bills before the president heads overseas. one source in the meeting with progressives tuesday called it, quote, the most forceful case


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