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advanced nation has made ever. we're going to cult u.s. green house gas emissions by well over a gigaton by 2030 while making it more affordable for consumers to save on their own energy bills with tax credits for things like installing solar panels, weatherizing their homes, lowering energy prices, delivering cleaner air and water for our children and electrifying fleets of school buses, increasing credits for electric vehicles, and addressing legacy pollution. it will incentivize clean energy manufacturing building the solar panels and wind turbines that are growing energy markets of the future which will create good union-paying jobs for american workers and this something that none of us should lose sight of. when i talk to the american people about climate change, i tell them it's about jobs, about workers who will lay thousands of miles of transmission lines
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for a clean, modern power grid. the autoworkers to build the next generation of electric vehicles and electricians who will install a nationwide network of 500,000 vehicle stations to power them throughout the country country. the engineers will design new carbon capture systems, and the construction workers will make them a reality. the farmers who will not only help fight global hunger but use the soil to fight climate change. the communities that revitalize themselves around new industries and opportunities. and because we are taking all these actions, the united states will be able to meet ambitious targets i set in the leaders summit climate back in april, reducing u.s. emissions by 50% to 52% below 2005 levels by 2030. we'll demonstrate to the tworld united states is not only back at the table but hopefully leading by the power of our example.
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i know it hasn't been the case, and that's why my administration is working overtime, to show that our climate commitment is action, not words. on my very first day in office, i took action to return the united states to the paris agreement. since then, our administration has been hard at work on locking clean energy breakthroughs to drive down the cost of technologies that require us to do to achieve net zero emissionings and working with the private sector on the next generation of technologies that will power the clean economy of the future. over the next several days, the united states will be announcing new initiatives to demonstrate our commitment to provide energy solutions across multiple sectors, from agriculture, to oil and gas, combatting deforestation, to tackling hard industries. we're planning for both a short-term sprint toward 2030
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that will keep 1.5 degrees else is yuls within reach, and for a marathon that will take us to the finish line and transform the largest economy of the world into a thriving, innovative, equitable clean-energy engine for a net-zero world. that's why today i'm releasing the u.s. long-term strategy, which presentings a vision of achieving the united states' goal of net zero emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050 and reinforces the critical nature of taking bold action in a decisive decade. we're also going to try to do our part when it comes to helping the rest of the world take action as well. we want to do more to help countries around the world, especially developing countries, accelerate their clean energy transition, address pollution and assure the world we all must share a cleaner, safer, healthier planet we have an
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obligation to help. at the reconciliations in september, announced my administration is working with the congress to quadruple our climate finance support for developing countries by 2024, including significant increases of support for adaptation efforts. this commitment is made possible to each of our collective goals and mobilizing $100 billion annually for climate finance but mobilizing finance at a scale necessary to meet the incredible need is an all-hands-on-deck effort. as other speakers today have mentioned, governments and the private sector and multilateral development banks must also do the work to go from millions to billions to trillions l of the necessary effect of this transition. today i'm also submitting a new adaptation communication laying out how we'll implement the global goal of adaptation as well as announcing our first-ever contribution to the
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adaptation fund. our commitment is about more than just financing. that's a critical piece of it. we're also going to support solutions across the board. in the lead-up to this gathering, the united states joined our g-7 partners to launch a build back better world initiative. we also reconvened a major economies forp up on energy and climate to launch transformative actions and to raise ambition. and together with the european union we're launching a global methane pledge to collectively reduce those emissions, one of the most potent green house gases, by at least 30% by the end of the decade. more than 70 countries have signed up to support rapid reduction of methane pollution, and i encourage every nation to sign on. it's the most simple, effective strategy we have to slow global warming in the near term. my friends, if you're to recognize that a better, more hopeful future of every nation
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has to do its part with ambitious targets to keep 1.5 degrees in reach and specific plans on how to get there, especially the major economies, it's imperative we support developing nations so they can be our partners in this effort. right now, we're still falling short. there's no more time to hang back or sit on the fence or argue amongst ourselves. this is the challenge of our collective lifetimes. the existential threat to human existence as we know it. and every day we delay the cost of inaction increases. so let this be the moment that we answer history's call here in glasgow. let this be the start of a decade of transformative action that preserves our planet and raises the quality of life for people everywhere. we can do this. we just have to make choice to do it. so let's get to work. and thank you. those of us who are responsible
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for much of the deforestation and all the problems we have so far have an overwhelming obligation to the nations who, in fact, have not done it. and we have to help much more than we have thus far. god bless you all, and may god stave planet. thank you. >> all right. i'm kate bolduan. we've been watching president biden declaring that the eyes of history are upon us as he addresses world leaders at the climate summit, calling for action not just words to address the climate crisis our planet is currently experiencing. wolf blitzer, kaitlan collins are in scotland, and bill weir is live in glasgow. wolf, let me ask you first what your reaction to what we just heard from the president. >> i thought it was very significant, very powerful. he did not mince words as far as
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the u.s. is concerned. the u.s. during the biden administration as compared to the trump administration when the u.s. pulled out of the paris climate accords immediately. as the president said on the first day of his administration, the u.s. went back to the paris climate accords. he was very blunt in saying the united states bears an enormous amount of responsibility for what's going on as far as the world's climate is concerned. the u.s. having been one of the great polluters over the years, and he was willing to acknowledge that and take the next steps he thinks are necessary, steps that congress will have to pass but also executive orders that he alone can determine. but he's going to need the cooperation of the rest of the world. he's going to need not only the developing countries to get involved, and they will be requiring norenormous amounts o financial assistance to get the job done from their perspective but the wealthier nations as well. certainly one of the great disappointments as far as the u.s. is concerned is two of the biggest polluters, russia and china, their leaders, putin and
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xi, decided not to attend this conference for whatever reasons, and to president biden, as you know, kate, that's a huge disappointment, because the whole world is going to have to get involved in this project if there's going to be significant success. >> kaitlan, we know that the president laid out kind of what the overarching long-term vision and plan is when it comes to the united states' role in combatting the climate crisis. what are you hearing behind the scenes? this is going to take much more than political speak. this is going to take a lot of political will to get any movement on. >> reporter: right. it's about actually delivering on these promises, not just having these nice remarks at these climate summits. i think the white house is well aware of that. you could hear undertones of that in president biden's speech. that's why we're told what he'll be pushing is not just focusing on the 2050 targets, which so
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many nations have talked about, china setting goals, but the president is saying this is the decade that is going to mat ter most. that is something that was echoed by the british prime minister, boris johnson, earlier today when he was arriving here, saying that the moment is not in 2050, it's not setting this goal, it is what actions we take in this decade, we meaning all the nations gathered at the sumtd, that is going to be the most important. you heard the president saying developed nations owe developing nations a lot here, and they have not done enough, he believes, in the last several decades. kate, what stood out the most in the president's remarks was talking about where the u.s. has been on this and u.s. leadership, saying essentially a reference to his predecessor by saying that the united states is now back at the table, of course was not when former president donald trump was in office, after he exited the paris climate accords. that has been an overarching theme to the president, the g-20, and the president here.
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how quickly these leaders have seen leadership in the united states can swing from one end to the other. that has been a big goal of president biden to restore alliances and trust in the united states. you can understand why some are skeptical given how quickly the priorities of an administration can change and the effect they can have on the world. if you're out of the game for four or five years, potentially eight years depending on a president's term. he was saying they are back and he wants to make sure that the united states is not just about worlds here, it's also about action. >> bill, when it comes to these pledges, what do these pledges look like in real life? what is it going to take to get there, especially when you look at the reality that the president is facing currently, which is $555 billion in this build back better plan that is currently still being dedebatedn capitol hill in terms of the
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u.s. commit at this moment? >> all of that is the grand am biggs of what they originally wanted to do has been watered down so much, that what you have is a bunch of incentives for people to clean up their everyday lives, get a more efficient stove or car. what has been strip aid way thanks to the joe manchins of the world would have the biggest effect, that is incentivizing and punishing giant utility companies to switch away from coal and natural gas to clean renewables, which are now hugely competitive from a price standpoint right there. so he actually changed his language instead of saying we're going to reduce by a certain percentage by 2030 he said we'll reduce it by well over a gigaton of carbon. to put that in perspective, in 2020, despite the covid shutdown, the world emitted 31 tons -- gigatons of carbon. his pledge is in the next less than ten years, 1/30th of the problem will be cut back on.
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meanwhile, china say they will hit peak emissions in the same year. as the united states tries to shade and bend the curve reasonably dramatically, china will still be going up. there are experts who say they could do it sooner if they want, to but that's the rub here. you have democracies that are hugely messy and difficult to get things done who are struggling to meet these promises. you have one-party governments like china, because of a power crunch there, has tripled their coal capacity in recent years. so it could be argued that the fate of life as we know it is in the hands of joe manchin and president xi of china largely. but the whole l of the 30,000 delegates, presidents, prime ministers, even corporations hoping to put a green face on themselves these days is we have to. humanity has no choice but to learn from the unintended
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consequences of the industrial revolution and stop using fuels that burn asap. >> wolf, as bill's getting at when he was talking about china, china and russia not showing up at all. you mentioned it as well. so with that in mind, what do these leaders do? >> because if russia and china are not fundamentally on board and other countries, as well, the saudi leadership deciding not to attend this climate summit here either, and that was a disappointment because of course saudi arabia exportings so much oil. that could be a problem down the road. all of this represents an enormous problem. you have to get the whole world involved. this is an issue that doesn't just focus on the geography of nation states. it focuses in on the entire planet. you need everyone involved. i guess what they're doing now is you have so many other
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countries who are deeply involved in making powerful statements here that maybe that will put the pressure on some of these other countries who are more hesitant, more reluctant to invest and do what needs to be done to deal with this issue, maybe they'll come aboard. but it's an important step, this cop-26 summit here, and i sense there will be some progress emerging, but it will take time, kate. >> good to see you, wolf. kaitlan, bill, thank you so much. so that is the message from joe biden to the rest of the world on what the u.s. is committed to doing to address the climate crisis. as we've mentioned, that's one big part of his domestic agenda, the same domestic agenda still up for debate among his own party back home. progressive democrats are now signaling they will likely support both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the social spending bill that we've been discussing so much. a vote is expected this week. we've said multiple times, though, lauren -- lauren fox
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joining us now -- multiple times a vote is expected this week. what is the latest you're hearing? what's changed? >> reporter: a major breakthrough oemp the weekend, kate, with progressives saying privately think do think they can support both the bipartisan infrastructure bill as well as that bigger social safety net bill. last week when a vote had been planned on or at least tentatively planned on, progressives stood in the way because they felt they did not have the assurances they needed from moderate senators. now, manu raju caught up with joe manchin, a key voice, who says he plans to provide some clarity later today on where everyone stands. now, i think it's very unclear what he means by that, steven, if he's going to come out in support or opposition of some of the programs they're discussing right now. but there was a feeling this morning that everything was moving full steam ahead. now, whether or not that's a deal that can be voted on by the end of the week, a lot of sources i was talking to were saying that was still up in the
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air. but they were saying that they were making a lot of significant progress on a couple of the remaining sticking points. one of them is the issue of prescription drug pricing and trying to give the government a way to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower some prescription drug prices on a small number of drugs. i'm told that over the weekend senator sinema and house speaker nancy pelosi talked about that issue over the telephone and that there is some hope that they might be able to find some kind of agreement on that. again, kate, a lot of moving pieces here as we still are waiting to see whether the house could vote on both the bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and that larger social safety net bill that they're trying to finish up details on. kate? >> more to come. definitely learn more today, joe manchin signaling wherefore he stands. coming up for us, the u.s. supreme court is hearing arguments right now on the texas abortion ban. taking a live look right now at pictures from outside the high court. the battle over abortion rights is next.
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actively engaged. they've been peppering both sides with questions. we're going into the second hour of arguments. crucially here, the conservatives are actually casting some skepticism about the way that texas has structured this law. justice amy coney barrett, the newest justice here, even asked questions to abortion providers to her bewilderment that when and if an abortion provider is sued, under texas law, the abortion provider cannot provide the constitutionality of abortion as it stands right now as a defense. roe v. wade established that abortion is constitutional. later cases said up to viability, 22 to 24 weeks before states can put on restrictions. so that's justice barrett. justice kavanagh asked questions said if texas can pass this law stopping abortions, what's to stop other states from passing laws that might restrict other
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constitutional rights, perhaps gun rights? so a crucial line of questioning from conservatives. it points to the fact they might go to the heart of this texas law and allow these challenges to proceed, which is exactly what the justice department and these abortion providers want. this is a texas law that has sparked outrage across the country. we are seeing protests on both sides. we've been seeing protests in texas for the entire two months this law has been in effect, effectively stopping abortions across the state of texas because the law prohibits providers from performing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually at six weeks often before a woman knows she's pregnant. crucially kate, it's a law that allows the enforcement power to be to private citizens. they're allowed to sue. state officials do not enforce the law. that's led to this two-month challenge, courts unclear about how they can stop this law. that's the big question here at
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the supreme court today. can challengers even move forward here. if the supreme court says yes, the challengers will be able to move forward in their efforts to block this law, kate. this is a case that's been expedited and we're expecting potentially that the supreme court could pretty quickly after these arguments wrap in the next hour or so, could issue a decision maybe in the next few weeks, kate. a lot at stake here. this texas abortion law has affected thousands of women in the state of texas. kate? >> absolutely. jessica, thank you so much for that. joining me for more is cnn chief legal analyst, former federal prosecutor jeffrey toobin. jeffrey, what's your reaction to what you've heard in the courtroom so far? i was listening -- i mean, it's an oral argument. there's a lot of nuance and it gets deep into a legal theory far above my head. what's your reaction to what you've heard so far? >> the one thing i think all nine justices would agree on is
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when justice keagen said we're in a procedural morass here. the procedural setting of this law intentionally is so bizarre and unusual. as jessica said, the issue before the court today is when you have a law like this where the state doesn't enforce the law but individuals anywhere in the 50 states can sue an abortion clinic and say you're violating the law, who do you sue? who is the defendant? what is the procedure for challenging this law? do you sue the judges who are hearing the case? do you sue the court clerks in texas who agree to accept the complaints in this case? it's a very difficult technical problem. and what is interesting to me is that there were examples of some of the conservatives who are generally against abortion rights who were concerned about the structure of the law.
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amy coney barrett asked questions along those lines. brett kavanaugh asked what i think is a very important questions to conservatives and there's an amicus brief from a gun group concerned about this issue, is, okay, texas says anyone in the country can sue an abortion provider. what if new york or california or some liberal state passes a law that says anyone in the whole country can sue a gun manufacturer or a gun dealer for a crime that was committed in new york? is that okay with you, texas? and the lawyer for texas said, yeah, that would be okay. i think conservatives may be very concerned about that. c brett kavanaugh seemed concerned
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about that. that may give the mr. chairmans a chance to win this procedural case. it's important to point out, even if the biden administration and the abortion providers win, b that doesn't mean they will succeed in striking down the law. >> that's exactly right. >> they'll get a ruling on the merits. >> so then talk to me about the mississippi law that's coming before this same court next month. it is, as opposed to what we're talking about with texas, the mississippi law is a direct challenge to the constitutional right to abortion. >> that case is not a procedural morass. that case is very clear, what's gone on. basically, mississippi has said we are prohibiting abortions after the 15th week. roe v. wade and then the casey decision in 1992 said no state can impose an undue burden on the right to abortion before viability, which is around 24 weeks. so this 15-week law that
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mississippi passed and is going to be argued on december 1st, is a clear challenge to roe v. wade. and mississippi has filed a brief with the court saying we think you should simply overturn roe v. wade and allow states to ban abortions, like what we're doing. that case is going to be argued december 1st no matter what. what's somewhat unclear at the moment is the texas case, which limits abortion even more to a six-week approximately of pregnancy, whether there will be a ruling on the merits at the same time, before, after the mississippi case. but the mississippi case is quite clear that that is when the court is going to decide whether roe v. wade is still good law in this country. >> again, as i said, an important moment for this court, what we're seeing today, and those oral arguments coming up in one month today, and a very important moment for this country. good to see you, jeffrey.
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it is the final sprint in the virginia governor race. terry mcauliffe and glen youngkin are making their final push to voters today in what has become a tight race in a state that joe biden won by ten points. let's go there. we're live in richmond, virginia. even for folks who live nowhere near virginia, this is a race people are watching closely. what are you seeing and hearing today? >> reporter: there are national implications at play here. who wins will have a big determine nating factor on how the parties feel going into the 2022 midterms. you hear both candidates speak about that. youngkin tries to electlocalize race, and mcauliffe said this
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could be a test for republicans trying to get back on the map. for youngkin to win, he'll have to get votes all over the commonwealth. he's spoken about this in the western most regions of the state about how critical some of those rural areas will be to his success. listen to what he said about that over the weekend. >> while the polls look pretty good, the polls look pretty good, polls do not win elections. votes do. votes do. we've got to turn out the vote. i will tell you the vote in southwest virginia counts more than any vote in the entire commonwealth of virginia. >> reporter: youngkin, unlike other republicans, recently has been stressing the need for republicans to come out and early vote despite concerns around early voting from trump and others in 2020. you see 1.1 million virginians have cast ballots. you can see it's a fired-up, excited crowd in richmond
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waiting on youngkin's arrival. >> great to see you, dan. thank you. joining me for more is "the new york times" national political correspondent. lisa, what are you watching most closely in virginia since, look, no matter what the outcome, the lesson will still be going into the midterms that it's going to be a tough midterm for democrats? >> that's exactly right. democrats know they're facing what is likely to be a tough election next year. the question is how tough. one thing i'll be watching is turnout. democrats, you know, really mounted historic record-breaking turnouts every year while trump was in office. the question is whether they can still get their voters out in those kinds of numbers or anything short of those numbers that still, you know, sizable turnout. there's a couple reasons that will tell us several things. one, how domestic terrorism dem responding to the first months of the biden administration and
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whether former president donald trump remains the same motivator. that drove democratic voters to the polls while he was in office men's out of office. we don't know how they're responding. >> one of the big issues has been surrounding school. but that encapsulates much more than just school for republican voters. what's going on here? >> so schools and what republicans call parental rights have become this catchall issue for a lot of the red-meat issue, things like rights for transgender students in schools, critical race theory, this academic concept that's not being taught in virginia schools but something that republicans are very concerned about, things like mask mandates in schools and vaccine requirements. we know that this parental rights issue is driving this. it shot up the list of issues that people are concerned about in the race in the past couple weeks. education is much higher right after the economy.
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that's not something you normally see. what we don't know is whether it's swaying independents. the very kind of voters that helped win the state for joe biden, it's having an impact on them. that's one thing we'll be watching tomorrow night. >> looks like joe biden is continuing to take part in events in glasgow, scotland. we'll continue to watch that. also, lisa, while i still have you, talk to me about another governor's race, new jersey. phil murphy has a comfortable lead from what everyone is seeing. but you still think there are some places to watch for possible lessons here for democrats looking ahead. >> totally. these contests are about democratic enthusiasm. where you want to look at new jersey is the suburban areas that really changed over in 2018, places where republican lawmakers lost their seats and were replaced by democrats. if the numbers are high in those a areas, democrats will be feeling good. the voters don't people out because they don't feel motivated by the biden
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administration or don't feel the same sense of urgency, or frankly they're tired of politics and covid and like all of us, that will make democrats nervous as they look into the midterms. >> so then there are also a bunch of mayors races across the country that people are watching closely. you have new york city of course where democrat eric adams is expected to win. beyond that, let's take boston and buffalo where the clash between progressive and more moderate democrats that we've seen already playing out within the democratic party is also playing out here. what should people know about this? >> those are two races to watch if you want to get a sense for how democratic voters are feeling about, you know, the sort of the future of their party. we know in congress you have the progressive wing and the more moderate wing really going head to head for weeks on end about trying to pass these big legislative packages that are really the core of biden's domestic agenda. in buffalo, you have a woman, a democratic socialist, who won in
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the primary. she's now basically being challenged to a rematch by a more moderate candidate who's mounted a write-in campaign. how that plays out will give us a taste of the temperature where democratic voters see their party right now. >> there is a lot to watch for coming up, all happening starting tomorrow. great to see you, lisa. it is election night in america tomorrow. programming note for all of you, cnn's special live coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. eastern. coming up for us still this hour, alec baldwin is speaking out after the tragedy on his movie set. we'll play what the actor says about the shooting. michelob ultra organic seltzer. two flavors bursting onto the scene. they'll make quite a splash. now in watermelon strawberry. and black cherry.
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new this morning, alec baldwin is speaking publicly for the first time since the shooting death of a cinematographer on the set of his new film. law enforcement officials in new mexico are still investigating how what was supposed to be a prop gun was loaded with a live round. cnn's natasha chen joins me now with the latest on this. what is baldwin saying about the tragedy? >> reporter: baldwin on saturday really was with his family, being followed by cameras, pulled over the talk to
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paparazzi. he was careful not to answer any specific questions about the ongoing investigation but did say that the director of photography who was killed, halyna hutchins, was a friend of his. now, "the los angeles times" also had some new reporting yesterday after they did interviews with 14 members of the crew on "rust," including 9 who were actually there the day this incident happened. i want to read you one part of their article that gives a little bit of detail about those final moments before that gun was fired. it said, "so, placing his hand on the colt .45 resolver in this holster, i guess i'm going to take this out, pull it, and go bang." we noted this was a rehearsal and that is what the "l.a. times" article explains as well, that alec baldwin was practicing a cross draw and that the assistant director, dave halls, had handled him a cold gun, or what he thought was a cold gun,
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and that director joel souza also told investigators that he heard the words "cold gun" said on the set. of course this is extremely devastating to everyone, and baldwin in his interaction with paparazzi kind of addressed just how this has affected everyone and how unusual this is in hollywood history, which of course has involved so many shooting scenes like this in so many movies. here's what he's saying to the cameras. >> we were very, very, you know, well-oiled crew shooting a film together, and then this horrible event happened. there are incidental accidents on film sets from time to time, but nothing like this. this is a 1 in a trillion event. >> now, the production company behind "rust" said last week that they were not aware of any official complaints about weapon or prop safety and that that
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safety is their top priority, kate. >> so, so, so tragic. thank you, natasha. appreciate it. also developing right now, we're looking at major travel disruptions for american airlines passengers. those travel disruptions continue. the airline canceled another 250 flights today, bringing the total number of canceled flights since friday to more than 2,000. the airline is blaming bad weather at two hubs and staffing shortages but also says 1,800 flight attendants are returning from pandemic time off starting today. just three weeks ago, southwest airlines canceled thousands of flights citing really similar issues including weather and air traffic control issues. coming up for us, thousands of new york city firefighters on medical leave in an apparent protest against the city's vaccine mandate. the impact on emergency response next.
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developing this morning, the new york city fire department is facing fears of potential staffing it shortages right now amid an apparent protest against the city's vaccine mandate now in effect. let's get more on what's been developing. this has been developing in the last couple days but now the citywide vaccine mandate for municipal employees is in
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effect. what's going on with the city's massive fire department? >> reporter: it's been developing for the last couple weeks or so here but it's really been developing the last couple hours as the city has begun to enforce that vaccination mandate that requires all employees have at least one covid-19 vaccine before showing back up to work today and now according to the latest numbers showing that about 9,000 city employees across the board, that's not just first responders, 9,000 new york city employees have been sent home on unpaid leave so the big question how many of those are actually first responders potentially affecting public safety. the city insists that's not the case and they are able to maintain day-to-day operations but also a disturbing development over the weekend when new york's fire commissioner announced they noticed an excessive amount of sick leave being taken, that the fire commissioner said was linked to anger about this mandate so an allegation that there are firefighters calling in sick in protest. the unions we talked to deny
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that allegation but as we heard from the mayor earlier today they say that any firefighters that are doing that, they could potentially face consequences. >> we know right now firehouses are open, no firehouse closed, response times normal. fire/ems/nypd. this mandate was the right thing to do and the proof is in the pudding. we now see it worked. >> reporter: in terms of a potential impact for public safety, here are the latest vaccination numbers for nypd, nyfd. 80% in compliance. the big question will that 20% that could be sent home on unpaid leave, that will impede response time? they say they do have protocols in place to keep that from happening. >> joining me for more on this is the executive associate dean at the emery school of medicine at grady hospital. good to see you, doctor.
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just your take on kiefwhat is playing out in new york city today which we've seen in other cities which is how do you weigh the risk of an understaffed fire department against the risk of first responders who aren't vaccinated? >> well, this is really complicated. that's what we're seeing. i think we need to have first responders and health care workers and those that are high risk they need to be a vaccinated. we've seen too many die of covid. we've seen police in the last year died more from covid than gunshot wounds. if it's done through a mandate, it has to be done through a mandate but i would encourage them to think about the risk and get vaccinated. it's important for us to end the covid pandemic. >> following the endorsement,
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switching gears but still on vaccines. the cdc vaccine advisers meet tomorrow. what do you expect them to debate and how soon do you think we'll see kids this age getting shots? >> the cdc advisory committee is going to look at the fda recommendations and endorse them or modify them at whatever level is necessary. i think the issue is to look at the efficacy of the vaccines and safety and ensure safety is there. as you know these vaccines are safe and effective but there obviously is a small but real risk of an inflammation of the heart particularly in young men and the risk in 18 to 24 year olds is about 24 cases per million vaccinations so i think the advisory committee is going to look at that and make a recommendation that will go to
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cdc director who will then sign off on that recommendation. you know, i think that as soon as wednesday or thursday we may able to vaccinate kids 5 to 11 years old. >> we heard from the white house this morning that 80% of adults in the u.s. have one shot and 70% are fully vaccinated. it's also worth keeping that in perspective of how far everyone has come. >> i couldn't agree with you more. as i said over and over, we did not have a vaccination program in this country for adults and never rolled out a vaccine as s successfully as this one. it's health care systems and drug stores and the fact that we are where we are, you can look at it as a glass half empty, glass half full, i'm excited. the fact that we went this far and sooner we get higher and higher and more protected against the next wave of covid.
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>> all of 2020 felt glass half empty. let's try it the other way for the rest of 2021. it's good to see you. >> i couldn't agree with you more. >> thank you so much. >> take care. thanks for being with us this hour. i'm kate bolduan. "inside politics" with john king starts right now. hello. welcome to "inside politics." thank you for sharing. a busy new day. defining week for the american president. joe biden is abroad this hour. at home, progress on his agenda is moving but in fits and starts. negotiations over key priority may scramble a plan to vote on everything tomorrow. the supreme court right now hearing the biggest issue of this term. a challenge to a restrictive texas abortion law. a true tossup in blue leaning virginia. who wins the


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