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this is cnn breaking news. the u.s. president joe biden, finally, has one of his sweeping domestic agenda in place. scoring a major win in congress with the final passage of his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. >> on this vote, the yeas are 228 and the nays are 206. the motion is adopted. >> after the vote, mr. biden released a statement calling it a monumental step forward as a nation. now, getting the bills through
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the house was, of course, an uphill struggle and passage uncertain shortly before the vote was held. but late-night arm twisting by the president got enough democrats onboard to make it happen. cnn's jessica dean has the details. >> reporter: big news out of the u.s. house of representatives tonight as the bipartisan infrastructure bill makes it out of the house and is now headed to president biden's desk for his signature. so, a major part of his legislative agenda getting done. house democrats getting that done with 13 house republicans joining them in that vote. we did see six progressives who voted against this. but the bottom line is the bipartisan infrastructure bill will now become law. and it's a big victory for president biden, who was really hoping and had to end up calling and trying to push this over the finish line multiple times. but really, today when it really came down to it. we started the day with --
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expected morning votes and -- and something that would be rather quick, and it did not turn out that way. just hours and hours of negotiations kind of dragging on as various factions of the party wanted different things. a handful of house moderates holding out for a cbo score on the build back better act. and then, the congressional black caucus offering a compromise idea to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and a procedural vote on the build back better act. well, progressives balked at that at the beginning but in the end, everybody came around with moderates offering -- offering up a statement committing to voting for the build back better act by november 15th. and then, progressives, the chairwoman of the progressives saying the bulk of them would vote for this, which is what ended up happening and that is how they were able to get to those magic numbers and get this bill to president biden. so, that heads to his desk to become law. as for the build back better act, it now has to pass the house. it will then go to the senate, where expected a ton of changes will be made.
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we know that a number of senators, including senator joe manchin and senator kyrsten sinema, but not just limited to them. also, senator bernie sanders and others want changes made to this. so, expect that to be, also, a long, drawn-out process before it makes its way back to the house side. jessica dean, cnn capitol hill. now, i mentioned earlier the statement president biden released right after the vote touting the achievementm. i want ra to the read rtor part of it. quote, the bill will create millions of jobs, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity, and puts us on a path to win the economic competition for the 21st century. now, friday's vote was preceded by intense negotiations that went late, late into the night. but after moderate and progressive democrats reached a deal on the president's social safety net bill, both sides declared victory as they pr prepared to vote. have a listen. >> tonight, we have reached an historic agreement that marks a major victory for our country, for pragmatic problem solving, for bipartisan governing, and
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most importantly, for helping countless families across america. finally, with tonight's vote, we plan to hold any minute, we are sending the once-in-a-century bipartisan infrastructure bill to the president's desk. separately, we -- we have also reached an agreement to move forward on a common sense build back better reconciliation bill assuming congressional budget office fiscal analysis is consistent with the white house financial numbers we received last night. >> our colleagues have committed that they will all vote for the rule tonight on the build back better act. and they have also committed that no later that november 15th, they will also deliver the votes to pass build back better act, which for us has been a transformative bill. a bill that will actually address racial justice. that will ensure that we are providing universal pre-k, childcare, that we are ensuring that we address healthcare costs and cap costs across the country. that we, finally, finally, take
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on big pharma and cap the costs of prescription drugs. that we address the situation for our immigrant families across the country. and importantly, that we take on climate change with real, mean meaningful carbon reductions. let's take a closer look at what is in this bipartisan infrastructure package. it comes with a $1.2 trillion price tag. 110 billion of that earmarked for tiks fixing up roads and bridges. it also includes $66 billion to overhaul passenger and freight rail. 55 billion goes towards upgrading water infrastructure. and 65 billion will be spent on improving broadband internet access. political analyst peter matthews teaches political science at cypress college, joins me now from los angeles. and thanks for doing so. weeks and weeks of negotiations. democrats, finally, delivering for president biden.
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how big of a win was it for him, politically? >> it was very big and indispensable after the losses in virginia and the lower turnout for democrats in new jersey. but the main thing is that he got the hard infrastructure. that is eat one that builds roads and bridges and broadband. tu things people can see, feel, and touch. got that through. but now, human infrastructure, including afterschool programs, getting the elderly to be helped in their homes. um, and having money for education. other kinds of things that are really important and also electric cars. so two different things. your hard infrastructure and more social spending that is coming up in the future. and the two different factions of the democratic party -- processives and the moderates were able to get together and finally say vote for this now, and that one later. november 15th. >> so where does that leave the build back better act? the one that progressives so want and fought to vote on at the same time?
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what -- what -- what now for that? >> i think they are going to move forward. the question is how large will it be? don't forget, it started off with $6 trillion request. was brought down to 3.5 trillion that president biden pushed. they couldn't even get that. they got 1.75 trillion right now in the books and if progressives can agree to that, at least some major accomplishments like two years of free community college will probably be dropped from that one. some was dropped. some of it was kept and the idea of what's kept is going to really help expand social spending to help make people's lives better and allow american women to go back to work, for example, with help in the home with childcare and elder care, those kind of things, et cetera. the question is how much? >> there is a lot in there that's very popular with the public. both, in build back better but also the infrastructure bill. it's -- it's going to be good for the country. it's going to be jobs, investment, structural improvements as we said. yet, it was so hard to get it over the line. what -- what does the process
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and talking about build back better as well but what does the process, the fractious almost chaotic process say about politics in the u.s. right now? >> it's certainly fractured and it's -- it's not smooth enough to where the majority which is the people can get pushed through. like you said, the 3.5 trillion version of it was supported by at least 60% of the american public. even republicans support -- half of them supported it but the problem is that some people, like senator -- senator sinema and senator manchin were more with moderate democrats, they have their own constituencies and so the pharmaceutical companies and other companies like coal mine companies that are pulling them different directions than the progressives so it's very difficult to get the democratic party to unite on common ground because they have different interests and different sponsors in the party. take aoc, for example, compared to manchin and that's the problem right there. that has to be worked out and i think nancy pelosi is doing a fine dance to get it done right now. >> it was obviously very important politically. it's an important bill for the country. there is no doubt about that.
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but it was important politically for the president in terms of the -- the midterms that are coming up. 2022. what damage, if any, did the democrats do to themselves with the infighting that rocky road so far and the rocky road likely ahead? it makes the party look a little splintered, doesn't it? what are voters going to think? >> it certainly does. it has damaged the party because don't forget, these plans are to have been passed way back in the beginning of the year. it's been nine months and they have been haggling with different factions and the president couldn't even get them to unite for so long, for nine months. we have seen ineffective leadership so the democrats have to do this today and they have to go further and get the second part done, the build back better act, which is also the bigger part of it and that has to be done as well because the progressives want to put them both together at the same time. dent get it but now they can do it just a couple weeks apart. and it will help the party if they can unite and pass that second part of it as well. >> and -- and did, you know, the midterms aren't far away but they are.
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got a bit of time. i mean, is this going to help him, the president, in terms of going into that -- that election? >> it certainly will help him and the momentum will be there and then he is also got to deal with covid because that's going to be around for a while, as well. and you can see with the mandates that is coming across, some people are protesting it. like 25% of americans don't want the vaccination at all. he's got those kind of problems to overcome as well to show he is an effective leader and it's a very tough situation. multiple challenges at the same time which very few presidents find this many at one time. >> peter matthews, i really appreciate it. thanks for the analysis. >> thank you, michael. just a day after the uk authorized merck's anti-covid pill for treatment of some cases of the coronavirus, pfizer says it has a better one. the company says interim results of a trial showed that it was 89% effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths. a study found the merck pill was
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50% effective. unlike the vaccine, those pills would be given to people who are already infected and it keeps them out of hospital. pfizer says it will apply for emergency-use authorization in the u.s. as early as this month. europe is in the grip of a new covid surge, and health officials there say infections, hospitalizations, and deaths will rise for at least two more weeks. hungary reporting more than 6,800 new cases friday. that's more than double the number from the middle of last week. five other countries have reported record numbers of new cases this week. but in italy, the government says its new green pass is keeping infections lower than in many other european countries. the pass requires people to be vaccinated, or prove that they've had a recent-negative test to enter places, like stadiums, cinemas, workplaces, and other sites. for more on the covid crisis
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in europe, joining me now live from london. good to see you. these are some dire warnings we have herd heard from the w.h.o. but the numbers in many countries seem to bear out their concerns. >> absolutely, michael. we are seeing some stark figures and the alarm bells really being sounded by the world health organization. the w.h.o. saying that europe now is at the epicenter of the pandemic, once again. a really troubling warning from the w.h.o. for many governments across europe. they have as you mentioned warned that cases, hospital admissions, and more worryingly, icu admissions will continue to rise over the next few weeks. so, that is a serious concern for many countries across europe where we have seen those rising cases. and a lot of questions are now being raised as to what needs to be done. what measures need to be put in place by governments to make sure these countries don't fall into the same sort of pressure that we saw in previous months of the pandemic. particularly, last winter where the healthcare sector across the continent was really struggling. now, what we have heard from the
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w.h.o. in response to these figures and response to these records being broken in numerous countries is that two key factors need to be put into consideration. the first, whether or not governments need to bring into force these measures that were previously in place. those stricter coronavirus measures, including mandatory mask wearing, social distancing, and perhaps even closing some facilities akin to a lockdown perhaps. and we have seen that in some regions. re russia, of course, most recently having to put into place those really strict measures but what we have also heard from the w.h.o. is there needs to be an acceleration of that vaccine drive. more emphasis or encouraging more people to get the vaccine as they have, obviously, highlighted that there is a varying degree of vaccine uptake across europe. and this is really the problem here. we are seeing some countries doing quite well in getting much of their adult population vaccinated. but other countries, really struggling to tackle vaccine hesitancy, particularly in eastern europe. as you mention, some countries
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have had success with varying kinds of vaccine health passes. we ever seen that in france and that's most recently been extended into the next summer where that will mean citizens will have to prove they have had the vaccine to access recreational activities like going to the theater or cinema or traveling a long distance on a train within the country. in italy, slightly tougher measures there. that vaccine green pass. those work in both the public sector and private sector have to prove they have had the vaccine or could face some hefty penalties, even suspension without pay. so there is a real push there to get the vaccine, to get -- for people to get that job. just to ensure governments are in the best possible place to tackle the pandemic, particularly as we head into the winter months. and particularly, as governments try to tackle the spread of the highly-transmissible delta variant. michael? >> yeah, just having gotten back from france, myself, the -- the -- the pass there is required in many, many places. you are just not going to get in. so seems to have some effect. good to see you there in london.
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still to come here on the program. rebel forces in ethiopia uniting for a common cause to remove the prime minister from power. coming up, where the year-long conflict goes from here. also, dramatic testimony in the trial of kyle rittenhouse. what the fiancee of one of the men killed had to say. that's when we come back. how long does credit repair take? i don't know, like 10 years. what? are you insane? what's a good credit score? go. 600. maybe if you're trying to pay thousands extra in interest rates. cut the confusion, get started with a free credit evaluation at
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♪ welcome back. the united nations security council is calling for an immediate cease-fire in ethiopia as joint rebel fighters advance on the capital. tigrayan forces have aligned themselves with eight other
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opposition groups in an attempt to remove prime minister abiy a ahmed from power. a move his government is calling a publicity stunt. now, with the situation growing more volatile, the u.s. state department is now warning americans to leave the country as soon as possible. cnn's david mackenzie is following the story for us from johannesburg. joins me now, live. so, a call from the government for veterans to rejoin the military. but at the same time, they are telling the people to remain calm about the situation. quite a contrast. >> reporter: michael, it is a contrast. and you have had several moves by the government this week as rebels came further out or at least when it comes to the tdf, further out of their normal zone of operation, and closer to the capital shocking many. that fighting appears to be ongoing. but it's very difficult to ascertain exactly where the various armed groups and the military are. but that is a call coming from the ethiopian military. also, announced on state tv that
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all adults under the age of 55 who are veterans should voluntarily come and join the fight, again. including, officers under the age of 65. there was also the announcement of sweeping state of emergency, michael, this week, which means that they can, as a government, round up people without due process and also gives them further security powers outside of the norm. so, it shows this hbeen taken very seriously by the government. despite the fact that they are repeatedly saying that the reporting on this has been alarmist. not under any kind of imminent threat. i think that prime minister abiy is certainly at his most vulnerable that he's been in just over a year of this conflict. michael. >> yeah, you got government forces sort of engaged with the tdf. what happens next? >> what happens next is
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difficult to predict. there was surprise, as i said, that the tdf moved relatively rapidly to an area about 300 kilometers or 2 -- 200-odd miles from the capital. there is also their unlikely alliance announced in september with a different rebel group called the ola. that is operating further south. that alliance is as much as a political threat to abiy as it is a military one. and you had those groups, supporters, representatives, i should say, of groups in ethiopia getting together on friday in washington, d.c. to sign up to an alliance. now, some of those groups are very powerful. others of them, according to analysts, don't have much sway in ethiopia. the government, as you said, is calling it a political stunt. but i think what it means is that the regional politics of ethiopia is squeezing abiy and
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there may be very little room for him to maneuver right now. but he certainly is digging in, and promising to fight. michael. >> all right. david mackenzie, thanks so much. david. now, one person is dead and dozens more injured after protestors clashed with riot police in iraq's capital baghdad. night video shows riot police trying to protect the entrance to the green zone amid angry demonstrations. the heavily guarded green zone houses government offices and western embassies of course. parties supported by iran-backed militias have been protesting after losing parliamentary seats in last month's elections. german authorities reportedly believe a diplomat found dead outside moscow's embassy in berlin was a secret agent for russia's fsb intelligence service. according to a magazine, the 35-year-old fell from an upper floor of the russian embassy building but how he fell is
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still not clear. the russian embassy didn't agree to an autopsy, and the man's diplomatic immunity meant that germany could not carry out an investigation. russian officials say the diplomat's death was a tragic accident. and speculation by western media about the incident is, quote, absolutely incorrect. a chart-topping brazilian singer has died in a plane crash. officials say the latin-grammy winner was on her way to a concert at the time. four other people died in the crash. now, the state's police chief say it's too early to determine the cause of the accident but a brazilian electric company says the plane hit one of its power cables before the crash. mendoza was only 26 years old. she survived by her 1-year-old son. thanks for watching "cnn newsroom." if you are an international viewer, "african voices" change makers is next. if you are here with me in the
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welcome back. we have this just in to us here at cnn. at least eight people have died at the astro world music festival. this is in houston, texas. what caused the deaths, not immediately known. authorities say the crowd did surge shortly after 9:00 p.m. local time. at least 17 people taken to the hospital. 11 of whom, apparently, were in cardiac arrest. scores of other people were injured. the second night of the concert has unsurprisingly been cancelled. stay with cnn as we follow this still-developing story.
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returning now to our top story. a major piece of u.s. president joe biden's agenda, finally, passed. going to show you pictures there of capitol hill where just a short-few hours ago, the house approved a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. giving mr. biden a major and much-needed win. cnn's jessica dean spoke to our phil mattingly right after the legislation was passed. >> reporter: these various sides were really at odds with each other and trust, that issue is something we have come back to again and again as this has moved through both the senate and -- and also the house and all of the various machinations. you have to think that with them moving forward and progressives buying in, moderates giving them what most of them found acceptable. we did see, as i mentioned, some progressive democrats voting against this. a handful of them. um, but -- but you have to think that this is -- this is a way forward and now they turn their
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eyes, of course, to the build back better act. which those moderates have committed to voting on by november 15th. and they are waiting on that cbo score. that's going to take some time to get back. um, but that's certainly what progressives want to see and you can bet that's what house speaker nancy pelosi and house leadership wants to see. i mean, phil, they were in and out all day. people in and out of their office. we waited outside her office for hours today and saw various members, various caucuses going in to -- to really plead their case. and really trying to thread the needle from all these, um, various pieces of the democratic caucus. so, of course, they are hoping that they can now move forward and get this second part of president biden's agenda passed. >> more good news for president biden came friday in the latest u.s. jobs report. more than half a million jobs added in october. and the unemployment rate fell to levels not seen in a year and a half. cnn chief white house correspondent, kaitlan collins, with the details.
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>> amid all the democratic infighting on capitol hill, president biden did get some good news on friday when the labor department released its october jobs report. revealing that the u.s. economy had added 531,000 jobs that month. of course, the highest number that the economy has seen in several months and it also came with some revisions for those jobs report in september and august. of course, those were months that had been especially low. many believed due to the coronavirus pandemic. but they have actually been revised upward by about 200,000. so, bringing that average up and delivering more good news for this white house that is trying to dig its way out of this post-pandemic economy. something that president biden made clear in his remarks on the jobs report. not only tying it to that economic agenda that he is trying to get passed through capitol hill. but also, the america -- the american rescue plan that he pa passed earlier-this year. saying it is proof that is working and also proof the u.s. is picking its way out of the latest coronavirus surge.
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as white house officials saying they were confident it would bounce back and they are not over focusing on any one month in the jobs report. but looking at the broader picture. this jobs report also showed that the unemployment rate dropped to 4.6%. of course, that is from 4.8% but also much further from that 6% level we had been seeing previously. though, it did show the labor participation rate did not change much. it was essentially flat from september to october. that is a number that, of course, employers are watching closely. hoping that this is a number that picks up. kaitlan collins, cnn the white house. a witness testified friday that a man kyle rittenhouse shot and killed last year during protests in wisconsin was asking to be shot. a former marine described the man as acting, quote, very belligerently but he didn't think he was a threat. the man's fiancee also testified friday. she described visiting the scene after her boyfriend had been shot and collapsing when she saw his blood on the ground.
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the prosecution could rest its case as early as next week. it's still unclear if rittenhouse will, himself, take the stand. and it was an emotional day in court as the murder trial of three white men accused of killing ahmaud arbery, a black jogger in south georgia last year got underway. jurors were shown body-camera footage of arbery's last moments. prosecutors say he was tracked down by the men, cornered, and fatally shot based on assumptions. arbery's mother broke down in tears watching the scene unfold. she says it was the first time she had seen the video. a defense attorney for gregory and travis mcmichael say they were conducting a citizen's arrest. saying travis shot arbery in self-defense. the trial will resume monday morning. u.s. secretary of state has chosen two diplomats to lead the investigation into the strange health incidents collectively known as havana syndrome. they have sickened dozens of
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diplomats, spies, and troops around the world. but the u.s. government still doesn't know what or who is causing it. cnn's kylie atwood with that story. >> reporter: secretary of state tony blinken announced that two career foreign service officers, senior officials here at the state department, are going to be taking over the department's handling of the havana syndrome incidents that have been occurring to u.s. diplomats and u.s. intelligence officials around the world. now, margaret wahara is going to be the one in charge of the care for the diplomats who were affected by these mysterious illnesses. and then, there is another official, jonathan moore, who is going to be in charge of the overall task force. he is going to be working with the interagency effort, particularly in looking into what is causing these incidents and who is causing these incidents? now, secretary tony blinken said today that he has heard the
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crit criticism, that he has heard from department officials who have wanted to hear more from leadership about what they are doing to help look into these incidents. to provide support to the dipl diplomats who are affected and his announcement today is part of that effort. he's also met with some of the officials who have been impacted by havana syndrome. most recently, on his trip to colombia. just last month. and he said that when you meet with these officials, you can't help but be personally affected by what they are going through. citing the physical and psychological impacts that these incidents have had on u.s. diplomats. headaches, depression, and the like. citing some of those specific things that he has heard from diplomats. now, when it comes to the investigation as to what is causing these mysterious illnesses, the secretary committed that the biden administration is not going to spare any resources when it comes to their investigation. that they are going to continue
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pursuing what is causing these incidents, and who is to blame for these incidents. and we heard just earlier-this week from adam schiff -- that's the top democrat on the house intelligence committee -- and he said that the u.s. is marginally closer to finding out the answers to those questions. but still, a lot of questions about what is causing these incidents. kylie atwood, cnn the state department. activists in glasgow demand more action against climate change. why they say the many pledges made so far at cop 26 just aren't enough. we'll be right back. and rescued his nose. with up to 50% more lotion puffs bring soothing softness and relief. a nose in need deserves puffsfs indeed.
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too little, too late. that's how many climate activists are responding to the pledges made so far at cop-26. they marched through the streets of glasgow on friday, and plan to do so in even larger numbers today. among them, greta thunberg who called the climate summit a failure. >> this is no longer the climate conference. this is now a global north greenwash festival. a two-week long celebration of business as usual and blah, blah, blah. >> cnn's phil black was amid the
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protests yesterday. joins me now, live, from glasgow. so, halfway through cop 26. plenty of anger from the youth feeling unheard by world leaders. what's your sense of how it's all going? >> reporter: well, michael, this is the point where the negotiating teams usually take stock on the progress they have been making behind closed doors on some of the key issues. analysts say this has been a really interesting cop because it started in a positive way. we had some big separate international agreements announced, like 100 countries pledging to end deforestation by the end of the century. these are largely negotiated end -- end of the decade, i should say -- these are largely negotiated in advance. they are separate to the process so they can impact the mood here. but not the key issues that will ultimately determine if this is a success or failure. like, are individual countries pledging to do enough to cut imis iemissions and ensure the world doesn't warm beyond 1.5 degrees on average by the end of the
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century and the short answer is no, nowhere near enough. crucially, some big polluting countries like china, brazil, australia. they have got some good long-term ambitions. but in the short-term, there is nothing to back it up. so therefore, their pledges are simply viewed as not credible. unachievable. the other big issue here is still money. rich countries are still trying to work out how to come up with $100 billion a year to honor a very longstanding promise to help poor or developing countries adapt and grow within the warming world that was created by those rich industrialized countries in the first place. and now, for the first time, you have also got some of the more vulnerable countries also demanding loss and damages payments. essentially, reparations for the hardship and suffering they say they are already enduring because of climate change. that's all really important because it goes to issues of trust and justice and solidarity. all of these sorts of things which are really vital in terms of getting to a good result.
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if you take all of this into -- into consideration, you have to say it still looks pretty likely that the outcome at the end of this conference is going to fall far short of what the science says is necessary to really get a handle on this. and so, that is why you have the swedish activist greta thunberg yesterday, before all of those young, concerned people saying this is a failure. a greenwashing exercise. it's not good enough. she and the tens of thousands who will be marching in glasgow today want far more drastic action, not just incremental progress that doesn't really shift far beyond what is essentially the status quo. m michael. >> yep, still a lot of self-interest and as greta says, blah, blah, blah. phil black there in glasgow covering all of it for us. appreciate it. thank you. and we will take a quick break. when we come back, a scandal in the contrricket world. a top team in england dealing with the fallout of allegations of racism. we will have details, coming up.
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it is an aside but the great mlk said that you have a moral obligation to object to unjust rules. and rules that make no sense. >> green bay packers' quarterback aaron rodgers there paraphrasing the late civil rights icon, martin luther king jr., as he discussed a controversy rocking u.s. football. the former mvp confirming that
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he's tested positive for covid, despite saying in august he was, quote, immunized. but he now admits he is unvaccinated, and didn't get a shot because of an allergy. rogers denied he is anti-vaccine, and said that the nfl knew he was unvaccinated. rogers said that his decision was to seek alternative treatments. >> i realize i'm in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now. so before my final nail gets put in my cancel-culture casket, i think i'd like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself right now. i'm not, you know, some sort of anti-vax, flat earther. i am somebody who is a critical thinker. you guys know me. i march to the beat of my own drum. >> rogers claims a league doctor told him it is, quote, impossible for a vaccinated person to get covid or spread
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covid, unquote. but a source from the league denied that. now, in england, the yorkshire county cricket club is being rocked by a controversy that has already cost three team officials their jobs. the club facing backlash over their handling of allegations of racism and bullying towards a former player. cnn's don riddell with the details. >> reporter: one of the top county cricket teams in england is reeling from the backlash of a racism scandal and the fallout is pretty significant. yorkshire's chairman has resigned and two board members of the club followed suit after an emergency board meeting on friday. and another board member is set to resign in the near future. this follows a tumultuous week in which many of the top sponsors have abandoned the club which was also banned from hosting international test matches. here is the backstory. the 30-year-old former cricket player, azeem rafiq played the majority of his career at yorkshire between 2008 and 2018
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and last september, he detailed what he described as institutional racism that he experienced while he was at the club. dreading every second of his career with a teammate using a racially offensive term linked to his pakistani heritage. at one point, he says he was even close to suicide. yorkshire launched a formal investigation carried out by a law firm, and they received the findings in august this year. after a long delay, they were ordered to release the findings which concluded rafiq had been the victim of racial harassment and bullying with seven of the 43 allegations upheld. but they said there had been insufficient evidence to conclude the club was institutionally racist and that no one would face disciplinary action. they said quote, there is no conduct or action taken by any of its employees, players, or executives that warrants disciplinary action. however, in the last few days, it has emerged that a former england international and teammate of rafiq, gary balance, regularly used a racist term
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about his pakistani heritage towards him. that was dismissed by the investigation as, quote, friendly and good-natured banter. the england and wales contradict board have suspended yorkshire from heading international matches and as he stepped down on friday, yorkshire's chairman apologized unreservedly to rafiq. this is far from over, though. rafiq is set to give evidence to a parliamentary select committee later-this month. more sordid details are likely to emerge. back to you. >> don riddell, thanks. and thank you for watching "cnn newsroom." i'm michael holmes. do stick around, though, my colleague kim brunhuber will have more news for you in just a moment. air wick air wick scented oils are infused with natural essential oils
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