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now eligible for booster shots. what health experts are saying what that means for the upcoming holidays arise hospitalizations. now we're hearing from kyle rittenhouse, his attorneys and the families of people he shot. a reaction from all sides and what could happen. and investing instagram, several attorneys say they're looking at impact on children. we're joined by one of them. >> i can't compete with amazon or some other super high volume suppliers. >> the haves and have nots. as major retailers prepare for record-breaking sales this holiday season. mom and pop stores say they are struggling to compete. well, you're waking up to
saturday, november 20th, hopefully without an alarm clock for you. thank you for being with us. we appreciate your company. >> the alarm clock certainly went off for us, didn't it, christi? great to be with you as always. we begin this morning with news on the coronavirus vaccine. 114 million american adults now eligible for a third booster shot. cdc dr. rochelle walensky signing off on the extra dose friday afternoon after the fda authorized a third shot of either moderna or pfizer's vaccine for everyone 18 years and older. >> we should point out u.s. vaccinations were already on the rise. more than 33 million people have received the boosters. and cdc data shows in the past week there's been a 36% boost in vaccinations. that's due in large part, they say, to young children receiving their shots. and we should point out that's more than double the rate from just a month ago. >> let's go straight to cnn national correspondent nadia
romero, live in atlanta at a covid booster clinic this morning. nadia, what's the latest? >> reporter: well, boris and christi, this is valley a day that so many people, health experts and americans are waiting for to get that seal of approval from rochelle walensky, and the booster shot, if you had moderna or pfizer within the past six months. and the clinic just got under way, right, at the top of the hour, 8:00. behind me, you can see that people have lined up through a drive-through. it's all things covid-19, you can get a test, or a shot or a booster. most of or many or getting second dose, preparing for holiday travel. less than a week away, the biggest travel day as well. people are going to be gathering and getting back with family and friends because so many events
were cancelled last year because people were concerned about covid-19. the concern is there. now there's a vaccine and the booster shots that are available to so many americans. and it's not just the winter holidays but dr. sanjay gupta says there's actually data, research, science, backing the boost for the booster. take a listen. >> most of the people ending up in the hospital with covid are the unvaccinated. the next biggest category is people who have received the vaccine, but we do see people who have been boosted getting additional protection from that severe illness so that's what i think is driving this. >> reporter: and we are seeing what some experts are calling a winter wave. so a rise in covid-19 cases happening in the midwest, michigan, wisconsin, in those states where they're seeing it all come together. covid-19, the flu, the cold and other respiratory illnesses we would normally see this time of year. and of course, that means the
concern for after the thanksgiving holiday with an increase in cases of hospitalizations because so many people are going to be gathering. boris, christi. >> nadia romero in atlanta, thank you so much. despite an increase in vaccinations, covid cases are on the rise in hot spots in the country including the south. on thursday, arkansas saw the newest one-day spike in more than six weeks. the daily covid case average has seen a 45% spike in the last week alone. with us is the arkansas second of health dr. jose romero, he's urging people to get vaccinated now. dr. romero, we appreciate you sharing part of your weekend with us. let's run through the numbers briefly. there are 6100 active covid cases in your state, according to state data. more than 78% of those are among the unvaccinated. how bad do you think this surge might get, going into the holidays and times of the year
where people spent their time congregated indoors? how badly do you think this is going to get if you don't get people vaccinated? >> first of all, thank you very much for having me this morning. it is a concern to us. as you said, spending more time inside, spending less time out in the open without a mask. and being exposed more to people is going to lead to greater number of cases. on top of that really is what is driving our concern at this time is that we are entering into influenza season. we know that some states are seeing cases. the confluence of both covid cases and influenza cases could overwhelm the health care systems. we came very dangerously close to overwhelming our bed supply. >> dr. romero, arkansas was notably one of the first states
to expand booster eligibility, even before the cdc and faa authorized it. why was that important and are you seeing it making a difference? >> yes, it was important. and we felt it was important to offer the boosters to everyone. we as you pointed out in your opening piece are seeing a growing number of individuals that have received their primary series getting reinfected and becoming hospitalized. so, we thought it was important to get that out. and we are seeing a significant number of individuals taking advantage of that. as a matter of fact, over 50% of vaccines administered each day are third dose vaccines. >> and, doctor, agency time has passed there is research that indicates that those who are vaccine hesitant have become less so, as they've seen, you know, friends and family who got vaccinated not have any of the adverse results. adverse reactions that have been
spread through misinformation on social media. i'm curious from your perspective, what is the holdout, what are the reasons that you hear as to why some people are still unvaccinated in your state? >> yeah. i think that there's still a significant swath of the population that don't view covid as a significant illness. that they believe it is not as severe as it can be. misinformation is clearly driving that. it's misinformation about the vaccine which is deeply held -- you know, there's no question, it's deeply held beliefs. and it's difficult to overcome them. we are hopeful that we can reach them eventually, but i think that message has to be repeated over and over again. as we said, even if they see their friends and relatives becoming ill and some dying unfortunately, they will not change. >> doctor, some of arkansas' largest school districts have recently dropped mask mandates for students and staff, while
mandates still remain in place in other districts. in your view, is that a wise decision at this point where you're seeing the spikes that you're seeing? >> no. i thank you for asking that question. so, i think the decision to remove mask mandates by some school district is premature. and that's what we need to understand about this virus. what is here today when you make your decision may not be here next week. so, many of these school districts removed their mask mandates when they were at that low, that valley between the summer peak and what may be the beginning of the winter peak. so, we're hopeful that they'll reverse the decisions and put them back in place. because the mitigation is very, very important in controlling the virus while the children get their vaccines. we're seeing an uptake in vaccines. it's low, 3.3% per day, or 5.8 or so with children vaccinated. but we want to get the children
vaccinated as fast as possible. >> dr. jose romero, we appreciate your time and your work. and hopefully, the numbers start trending in a different direction very soon. >> thank you very much. >> thanks. we now turn to the protests overnight across the country after a jury in kenosha, wisconsin, found kyle rittenhouse not guilty in the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of a third. you're looking at the scene outside the barclays center in brooklyn, new york. hundreds gathering to protest the verdict. these demonstrators marched from brooklyn to manhattan, at one point shutting down the brooklyn bridge before ultimately disbursing. >> we want to show you what's happening in portland, oregon, after police declared a riot. after breaking down doors and windows. now this morning, we're hearing from rittenhouse himself. >> the jury reached the correct
verdict. self-defense is not illegal. i believe they came to the correct verdict. and i'm glad that everything went well. it's been a long journey, but we made it through it. >> cnn's natasha chen is there in kenosha. we just saw that video where there have been rallies and protests. have you seen anything there in kenosha that's nearing that? >> reporter: well, christi, no, it's relatively calm. even after the verdict was read yesterday, there was a bit of a crowd gathered on the court steps behind us. but besides a few shouts from people celebrating in support of rittenhouse and the deep emotions of the families of those he had killed, there wasn't much -- any marching or rioting going on here in town. now, you did see that clip just now, a trailer, that actually aired on tucker carlson's show on fox news last night.
that seems to show rittenhouse after the verdict where he was reacting to that. our chris cuomo asked rittenhouse's defense attorney mark richards last night how he felt about cameras following rittenhouse during the process. here's what he said. >> i did not approve of that. i threw them out of the room several times. i don't think a film crew is appropriate. for something like this. but the people who were raising the money to pay for the experts and to pay for the attorneys were trying to raise money. and that was part of it. >> reporter: and, you know, when he gave a press conference earlier in the afternoon, some of us asked him about his client's reaction. i asked also if there was a pivotal moment that he felt was pushing toward the successful outcome for his team. he said it was really about getting rid of the initial defense attorneys. because he felt they were going
after a cause. and that's not something he was willing to do. he said, this was not something he was going to go on a crusade for, for any greater purpose. and that is something that a lot of people are talking about here. what this verdict means. and including the family members of anthony huber, one of the people who was killed. here is huber's great aunt talking about what this means in this political moment. >> you throw that much adulation, turn him into a folk hero of some sort so you can advance your political career, he will be destroyed by the time he's 30. he's going to man-up real quickly and learn to say no. >> reporter: and she also said to our chris cuomo there that, yes there may be a right to self-defense, but that anthony
huber also had a right to his life. so, this is, of course, very difficult and emotional for all parties to process right now. but as far as community reaction, what you saw in brooklyn, in portland, that is certainly not happening here in kenosha. christi and boris. >> natasha chen, thank you so much. we appreciate it. so, president biden -- it's president biden's birthday. and his spending bill passing through the house. a lot of people say, well, that celebration may be short lived in that plan heads to the senate. we'll talk about that. and later, what it takes to save the world's sequoia trees from wildfires. real beauties in nature can't be replaced. purchases on your discover card. ♪ i'm a reporter for the new york times. if you just hold it like this. yeah. ♪
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includes a major expansion of the social safety net, as well as money to address the climate crisis. the bill now heads to the senate where it faces some challenges sand likely some changes, too. >> let's bring in cnn congressional reporter daniella diaz here for us. so, daniella, what is head for this legislation that we know of thus far? >> reporter: christi, boris, now that the house has passed the bill is the first step for the economic bill known as the build back better act that would expand the nation's social safety net. it will go to the senate where it's likely to be pared down because of one senator, senator joe manchin of west virginia who does not want the $1.9 trillion price tag and does not agree with provisions added back in the house version of this bill such as paid leave. so with these provisions, more than $500 billion in climate provisions in the bill.
now, important to keep in mind, this bill would directly help americans as i said expand the nation's social safety net. has money for universal pre-k, child care. funding to combat climate change. expanding the child tax credit. these are things that would directly help americans' social provisions in this country. but he does not want an expensive bill. he has voiced concerns again and again, that he is afraid that this bill will increase inflation in this country. make inflation worse than it already is. but the thing is progressives want more in this bill. of course, there's senate budget chairman bernie sanders who wanted an extension of medicare to be included. wanted more money for climate change. progressives wants it from pared 3.5 trillion to $1.1 trillion. manchin wants less than that. we expect a lot of changes in the next coming weeks but the
bottom line all eye are on senator joe manchin because he's the one senator who has not offered assurances for the bill. and because democrats have not passed what is called budget reconciliation, it needs 51 votes to pass. every single democratic senator needs to get behind this. so, we'll keep all eyes on that. i do want to note that senate majority leader chuck schumer wants to pass this bill before christmas, so the next couple of weeks will be very, very busy here on capitol hill. >> daniella diaz, we appreciate it so much. thank you. let's talk more about this and what is in store with cnn political commentators, congressman charlie dent from pennsylvania, and patti solis doyle. let's start will the built back better act here. patty, i want to start with you, what is the weight, what the
content, what's in the bill on this side. and the passage of it on the other? in other words, does the passage of it do enough to help boost the president's approval rating which is only about 44% right now? >> i think it does. actually, christi. i think the issue has been really in messaging for the democrats. you know, democrats control control. they control the white house. and as we head into the midterm elections, you know, the american people expect them to deliver. and in my view, and i think in the democrats' view they have been delivering. whether it's on the pandemic, 70% of americans are now fully vaccinated. job creation is growing. the bipartisan infrastructure bill, you know, bipartisan is sort of like a dirty word, back in the trump administration. and now the passage in the house
of the build back better bill. and i think most of the conversation has been on intraparty disputes. price tags of these pieces of legislation instead of what's actually in the bill and how it will impact the american people. and i think that if we go into what's in it and how it helps people, i think that, you know, there will be, you know, a change in the president's approval rating. and the american people will start feeling it. >> congressman dent, we know that democrats are reaching out to some republicans in the senate hoping to garner support. do we have any gauge of the level of acceptance to that report? are you seeing something in washington, d.c. that maybe we haven't seen in a long time? i mean, that partisanship is at an all-time high?
>> well, yeah, certainly, partisanship is at an all-time high, they've come to an agreement, frankly, should have passed in august it would be more bipartisan. and they held it up, and made that victory more bittersweet than it ought to have been. on the build back better, this is a totally different exercise. i disagree with patti, i don't think it's going to help the democrats very much because that bill is bloated. i listen to penn morton and the committee on responsible government they say this is going to cost 3.6 to $3.9 trillion. we just received a cbo report a few days ago and there are many gimmicks and i would say dishonest in how they scored this thing. even though there are popular provisions in there. democrats are missing the point.
what's on mind for voters, it's inflation, shortages, border mayhem, they witnessed the afghanistan fee fiasco. and it's $6 trillion on covid. a legislative victory does not translate into a political victory a year later. >> congressman, i want to stay with you for a moment here because i want to show polls as of late that have surprising numbers for people. first of all, the cnn poll back in september showed and asked will republicans have a better chance of winning in 2024 with former president trump or with someone else? this was a poll to republicans, i should point out. republicans polled said, yeah, trump. 49% said someone else. and a more recent poll by the des moines register asked republicans if they were more aligned with former president
trump or the gop. look at these numbers. 26% said trump. 61% said the gop. we know chris christie has already said he would run against president trump. there are questions with ron desantis and what he's doing. how open do you think the door is? is it cracked? is it opened more for potentially another candidate in 2024? >> christi, i think the door is somewhat open, the question is will someone run through it. to my republican friends i say 2020 and 2021 were very good years for republican candidates who were not named donald trump. what part of donald trump's unpopularity aren't they seeing here. and you look at what glenn youngkin just did in virginia. where he clearly disadvtanced himself from donald trump. and republicans shouldn't delude themselves either.
the reason why they're probably going to have a decent year in 2022 is because of president joe biden's sinking approval rating. that's it. now, to the extent they can make the election about biden and the democrats, all the better. to the extent donald trump injects himself into the conversation, that will only hurt republicans. so republicans are better off without donald trump more so than with him by far. >> patti, i want to ask you, even though you're on the other side of this fence. we're seeing a shift, it seems, that is evident between governor desantis in former and the former president. donald trump used to sing his praises. it almost seems as if something has shifted and he is not so solid behind desantis right now. do you think he sees desantis as a threat? >> i think he does. you know, i'm not in the business of advising republicans, but i agree with charlie on this. i think if republicans distance
themselves from trump, they will fare much better. clearly, that's what glenn youngkin did in virginia. and he won. i just don't think that donald trump is going to play ball with that strategy, in terms of national races and local races. i think he very much still has a stronghold on the republican base. i think he still very much wants to be part of that narrative. i think he wants to take credit for any wins that the republicans may make in 2022. i think he wants to run for president again in 2024. so, he will be a huge presence in the midterm elections. and so, while i agree with charlie and his assessment, i just don't think donald trump has bought into it, nor will he. >> congressman charlie dent and patti solis doyle, great to have you here and your voices. we value you so much. thank you. >> thank you, christi.
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attorneys general is launches an investigation into meta, a company formerly known as facebook that focuses on the harms its platform instagram may have on kids. this comes after disturbing allegations from a whistle-blower researchers found that instagram can hurt the body and state of young users. they will look into when are mehta will continue with risks despite knowing of potential harm. one of those attorneys general william tong is here to walk us through the investigation. sir, we're grateful to have you this morning. let's start with the statement put out by the company. they say you have a deep misunderstanding of the facts. they argue that they have led the industry combatting bullying and struggling and eating disorders. they've talked about the steps they've taken to try to mitigate
the exposure to children. what's your response? >> well, my response is they'll have no problem in responding to my investigation in answering our questions. what we know, that the company knows and instagram and facebook cause harm to all of us, but in particular, children and young women and can affect the physical and emotional and mental well-being. so if they are taking steps to protect our kids it's clearly not working. and that's the point of this investigation. >> sir, what documents have you asked for from the company? who are you seeking to tspeak t? >> this is an ongoing investigation so i can't comment on the statements what we learned from whistle-blowers and from the documents and studies that the company knows it causes physical and emotional harm, particularly to young women. there's a study at instagram, for example that demonstrated that young women, for example, who had trouble with body
self-image or eating disorders, that if they typed in hash tags like skinny or thin, that they would get even more images of eating disorders. and content about eating disorders. and that the algorithm pushes, it bombards you with this information and cause nod just bad self-image but depression and self-harm or worse. we're trying to get to the bottom of it. >> there's no disputing that research that you pointed to is out there and shows conclusively the harm it does. however as a parent, as a teenager, you're choosing to download these platforms. you're choosing to be on them, right? >> yes. >> so in some sense, doesn't a parent or a teenager have a point? isn't the consumer ultimately responsible for their own behavior as a personal choice? >> i would strongly disagree with that. i have a 15-year-old, a 13-year-old, and a 10-year-old here in my house right now,
thankfully, they're still asleep. but the parents' worst nightmare is not only that their kids are on devices too much but they're constantly getting bombarded by messages or images that may cause them harm. and i don't think our kids have any choice at all. the way the algorithm works, it gets you engaged and maybe causes you to become addicted to your devices and these platforms. and then it feeds you information and messages and content that draws you in even more. and you don't have any choice, when you're a 15-year-old or a 13-year-old or my 10-year-old, you're defensive against meta, facebook, instagram. they're tremendous resources they have you captive on your screens, on your devices. and they were bombard you with any information that the algorithm chooses to give you. >> not to mention the social influence of seeing friends using it and wanting to fit in,
to feel like you're part of a crowd, a group that you identify with. i think the tobacco industry offers a good analogy here. they sell a product that is addictive, but the harm that's done by cigarettes is eventually evident, the not quite as obvious visually as with social media. i'm curious, you think that the platforms need visible warnings like a pack of cigarettes that outline the harms they cause. >> they need visual warnings but need to do a much better job, being much more aggressive in moderating content, taking down and defending content making sure that the algorithm doesn't prey on my kids, kids across connecticut and kids across the country. in the way that the state came together on the tobacco industry for preying on kids and pushing youth smoking we were able to cut down on youth smoking by 50%. we need to take similar action
now to protect our families and our kids from the dangers of social media. >> i think one of hurdles that there are so many entities bought in and incentivized by their success. you have political campaigns for profit companies, nonprofit companies that benefit from advertising and connecting with users. so, i'm wondering what consideration just the vast economic ecosystem that these companies specifically meta have created, what considerations you have to that when it comes to regulating them? >> yeah, they're extraordinarily powerful. and they have nearly unlimited resources. and they're dominant in our lives. and in the lives of our children which is why state attorneys general are the front lines and, frankly, the last line of defense, in the way that we take on the big pharmaceutical companies and the opioid crisis.
and the way we took on the big tobacco companies at the end of the day. this is a law enforcement action, and the fact that these are public companies, but they are private businesses, right? this is -- we're not talking about government here. we're talking about big corporations. and because they're making so much money, that's what gives us the authority using our consumer protection powers to come in and hold them accountable. >> attorney general william tong, we've got to leave the conversation there. thank you so much for the time. >> thank you, boris. >> stay with cnn. we'll be right back. the tempur-pedic breeze° makes sleep...feel cool.
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>> now, you know, 19, 20 months later, we're still running more than double the food volume from the pre-pandemic period. >> reporter: many food banks are not anticipating the massive distribution lines seen in 2020. but michael flood, ceo of the l.a. regional food bank, says the need could still increase. fuelled by inflation. >> we fill the gaps with food purchases for what we're not seeing in the donated inventory. and that's where we're seeing some struggles. >> reporter: mani flores, executive director of the caring services sees it first hand and says it's not necessarily low income families needs extra food. >> people who are trying to stay current with their mortgage, their rent, their car payment, insurance, tries to get kids to school. >> reporter: people now also
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shops are not expected to fare as well. >> here's cnn's karen cape who has two business owners. >> reporter: she works in alexandria virginia. holiday supply chain concerns have shaped ali kirkpatrick's supply chain for months. >> my suppliers have been sending warners. >> reporter: she is bracing for now a blockbuster holiday outlook will collide with labor and good shortages. >> after kid goes to bed at bath time, i look out. >> reporter: always complicated for small sellers. >> i can't compete with amazon or super high suppliers. i don't buy 20,000 copies avenue eye book.
and i can't negotiate. >> reporter: the gap may seem wider, many retailers have ramped up suppliers. and in a way that beanie baby owner cannot. george is barely opening this retail store in washington, d.c. in 2020. >> literally, two weeks later i had to shut down because of covid. yeah, it was a very strong beginning. >> reporter: george sells a mix of handmade creations adorned with images. she bought what she could early. >> i spent the entire time period from april to now just buying as much inventory as i could get. to make sure that i was well stocked during that time period. and for the holidays. >> reporter: kirkpatrick went to an annex for extra inventory shipping and receiving.
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happy birthday, mr. president. for real. i'm michael smerconish in philadelphia. like so many of us, president joe biden marked the turn of another year with an annual physical which for him took place yesterday at walter reed hospital. but his had historical significance. remember, biden ran by promising transparency on the health issue. and this was his first physical in office as the oldest first term president in u.s. history. now, we have a report on the results, the first extensive update we've received on his medical health since december 2019. dr. kevin o'connor has been working with biden since vice president. says, quote, president biden