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preparing for their thanksgiving gatherings because, i mean, we know that lots of families, their strained relations because of the whole, you know, divide over getting vaccinated, not getting vaccinated, but when people say i'm going to be with family or friends, et cetera, whether you're vaccinated or not, what should be the approach? do you find that people are still going to be doing masks indoors, asking questions, what's the etiquette, i should say? >> it's a great question, and it's an etiquette we're creating in realtime. as a doctor, i think about risks in gradations or levels, it's not black and white, so really you're taking a bunch of factors into account. if everyone who is there is vaccinated, you are in the best possible scenario. i still do recommend a rapid test the morning of thanksgiving just because we do see some breakthrough cases, and those can sometimes transmit. if there are going to be some people who are unvaccinated. particularly kids, it's even more important to do that rapid test, and if there are a lot of
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people that are unvaccinated, then i recommend making sure you have windows open, good filtration or maybe even taking the celebration outdoors. thanksgiving is not a day to argue about vaccines. it's a day to enjoy being with your family, but you may be able to listen and overcome some hesitancy to family members, knowing there's no way for them to get vaccinated before thanksgiving at this point. maybe they can get it done before christmas. >> wow. thanksgiving usually a time to relax and be with friends and family, but something tells me it's still going to be a little stressful as a result of all of those dynamics you just pointed out for us. nonetheless, happy thanksgiving to you. >> you too. >> all right. thank you so much, dr. megan ranee. the next hour of the cnn newsroom starts right now. all right. hello, again, everyone, i'm fredricka whitfield. we begin with reaction in the verdict of the kyle rittenhouse trial across the u.s.ment demonstrators gathering in
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several cities overnight. people and police declaring a riot in portland, oregon. they say demonstrators forced open the gate to the county's downtown jail and threw bottles and other objects at police. authorities say demonstrators also caused damage to some city buildings. and in new york, protesters nard throu -- marched through the streets and shut down traffic lanes on the brooklyn bridge. and on friday, a jury acquitting kyle rittenhouse on all charges for killing two people and shooting another during protests it kenosha, wisconsin last year, for the first time since taking the stand in his own defense, we're hearing from rittenhouse him himself. he reacted to the verdict for a taped interview with fox news soon after leaving the courtroom. >> the jury reached the correct verdict, self-defense is not illegal. and i believe they came to the correct verdict, and i'm glad
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that everything went well and it's been a rough journey, but we made it through it. >> cnn's natasha chen is in kenosha, wisconsin, for us. this has been an emotional trial for a lot of people, what are you seeing in kenosha today. >> reporter: well, fred, we are seeing a lot of calm and quiet in kenosha today, and that doesn't mean that they're not really feeling these emotions in private. yesterday we saw a lot of people on the courthouse steps, mostly media, but people perhaps who were supporting rittenhouse with celebratory shouts. people who were among the families of those who were killed really emotional about this verdict. we did hear from those families and their attorneys including the attorneys for gaige grosskreutz, one person who was injured by rittenhouse during the protests that night. part of that statement reads that while today's verdict may mean justice delayed, it will not mean justice denied.
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they're committed to uncovering the truth of that night, and so there's a lot of pain there. then you go on to hear from elected leaders all the way from the district attorney here who talked about this nonbt being t outcome they wanted but asking for people to be peaceful in the expression of their views all the way to elected leaders in texas and california, the california governor, gavin newsom tweeting that this sends a message that you can break the law, carry around weapons built for a military, shoot and kill people, and get away with it, he said. president biden also said that this verdict may make people angry and concerned, himself included, but that there had to be, again, a peaceful expression of views here. we did hear from kyle rittenhouse very briefly in that clip. you showed that was part of a trailer shown on tucker carlson's show on fox news last night. here's what his defense attorney told chris cuomo about having
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cameras following his client. >> i did not approve of that. i threw them out of the room several times. they were -- and i'm not suggesting that fox or some other network, 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: during a press conference that he gave earlier that afternoon, he was saying that his client was emotional and said thank you to him when the verdict was read, but when we asked whether rittenhouse would be speaking publicly, richards said he wasn't sure, and he wasn't in charge of rittenhouse's media. now we know there was at least one camera that was allowed to follow him and get his thoughts after the fact, and we'll see if
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he says anymore, fred! natasha chen, thank you so much in kenosha. in the last hour, i spoke with the father of one of the two men killed by rittenhouse, anthony huber and here's kwhaed to say about the outc-- what he say about the outcome of the trial. >> we're still in shock that this is the outcome, we still can't believe it. >> what were your expectations? >> he should have got about 40 years in prison. that was our expectation. you could tell by the biassed judge that it was going to go that way. >> was there a moment in particular that stands out for you? >> well, i knew something was wrong when they threw out the minor carrying a gun. why throw that out in the middle of the trial. they should have let the jury decide. but he needed that.
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he needed that so he could walk out. he thought he was above the law anyways. you know, that's how it's always been. he got out on bail. he had been a black man, he wouldn't have got out. >> and so now what is the mes message, in your view, what's the message being sent as a result of this verdict, that it was self-defense, kyle rittenhouse felt justified and the jurors felt that he was justified in the killing of your son? >> yeah, we can't say what the jurors were thinking, but they were given specific instructions and parameters by that judge, and they were following his instructions i'm sure. and so they probably couldn't come up with a conviction. i'm just -- we're still in shock here. you know, that guy gets to run free, and he's now a hero, and
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this is my son right here. this is anthony, you know. we lost our son. and there's no justice right now for our family, and there's no closure. and there wasn't going to be justice in that kenosha court with that judge. >> so your most frustrated about the judge, and his composure or behavior in his courtroom. >> yeah, he's an embarrassment to all of kenosha. they are not proud of that judge. i guarantee you. >> all right. that was john huber. it was his son anthony huber, one of two killed by kyle rittenhouse. let's bring in now page paid, a constitutional law and criminal defense attorney. good to see you. so you know, the core of this case was based on whether rittenhouse was defending
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himself, the jurors said, yes, it was self-defense. do you agree with john huber there that, you know, the road was paved once they dropped the charge of being a minor and unlawfully carrying that weapon. >> well, i certainly think dropping that charge helped kyle rittenhouse because at that point, the jury could say, well, you know, the judge has basically dismissed the charge that he was carrying a gun unlawfully. he had a right to be at the protest, he apparently had a right to have an assault rifle at the protest. all with e e need to focus on n was he reasonable in using deadly force when these other people appeared to either confront him or come towards him, and obviously the jury decided that under wisconsin law, which is a little unique here, that he was justified and it was self-defense. >> how do you see this potentially impacting a future cases where the defense will be
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self-defense and you use this as a model, perhaps, for their case? >> well, just like wisconsin law, georgia law where the arbery case is going on has a very similar way to deal with self-defense at a trial. once a dfefendant kyle rittenhouse in this case basically says, look, i shot the guy in self-defense, the burden shifts to the prosecutor to disprove self-defense, so rittenhouse never had to prove he was acting in self-defense. he just had to say he was. and then it was the prosecution's job to disprove it beyond a reasonable doubt. that is really difficult to do. and so states have put these laws on the books to help people like kyle rittenhouse, who are carrying guns, and may be in a situation that they should not be in but still have a right to defend themselves. it's a very difficult standard to meet. >> while you did bring up the georgia case in brunswick, georgia, and the defendant, travis mcmichael was on the
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stand. the prosecutor asked about whether you felt threatened, now, of course, their case is predicated on self-defense as well, and the prosecutor, you know, pressed on did he -- you know, did ahmaud arbery have a weapon, did he point it at you, did he say something, did you feel like your life was in danger, and he essentially said no to all of those things, so how do you see that that kind of defense of self-defense has now been thrown out the window because the defendant is saying his life really was not in jeopardy? >> well, that's certainly one thing to take away from his testimony, but during his direct examination, travis mcmichael did say, look, he was running towards us. he was acting strange. i didn't know what else to do but take the shotgun and point it at him. so look, i mean, i don't think that's self-defense, but that's why the jury is so critically important. and so when you have a jury that is not well-balanced, that is obviously more like the defendant than like the community, you're going to have
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a very reacceptive jury to self-defense arguments like this, and i think that's true in both of these cases. >> the ajury and the studying o the jury was at the core of the defense for kyle rittenhouse. they did a good job of trying to appeal to the jurors. >> that's right. because first you had to have a jury that said it's okay for a 17-year-old to bring an assault rifle to a protest and then basically carry it around and point it at people, and this group of folks said, yeah, that's okay, and if that's okay, then self-defense becomes a legitimate defense at the trial, and that's exactly what happened in the rittenhouse case. >> thank you so much, appreciate you. have a good thanksgiving holiday. >> you too. all right. coming up, where is peng shuai, new details in the disappearance of one of china's biggest stars. and president biden's build back better bill is passed in the house but now faces a battle
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new video into cnn, chinese state media has just released what it says is video of chinese tennis star peng shuai who has not been seen in nearly three weeks, having dinner, however in these images with her coach and friends on saturday. cnn cannot independently verify the video clips or when they were filmed. peng has not been seen since she accuse ds one of china's former leaders of sexual assault. paula hancocks is following the developments for us. what more do we know about the origins of this video and perhaps even a time stamp? >> as you say, we don't know exactly when this video was filmed. it was tweeted out by the global times editor who had also
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previously tweeted to confirm some images of peng shuai that has been taken and another state run journalist had said were posted by the chinese tennis star herself. and it said that those were, in fact, kraccurate. so what he has said, this video clearly shows it was shot on saturday, so within the video itself, we did hear one of the men at the table saying tomorrow, november 20th, someone next to him then corrected him and said november 21st. so in some case it was a fairly clumsy way of confirming that it was the end of november. so what we are seeing certainly on social media is even more questions being asked since this video has been released. and we're hearing from those in the tennis world around the world that they want more proof of the well-being of peng shuai. we have heard from united nations, we have heard the white
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house is concerned. and we've also just recently heard from the world number one novak djokovic talking about his colleague. >> the whole community, tennis community, needs to back her up and her family and make sure that she's safe and sound because if you would have tournaments on the chinese soil without resolving the situation, it would be a little bit strange. >> important to point out just once more, everything we are hearing is from chinese state media, not directly from the tennis star herself. >> all right. paula hancocks, thank you so much for that. joining us right now, congressman jim lang, a democrat from rhode island. and congressman, so good to see you. >> good to be with you.
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>> so i'll get to the olympics in a moment, but first, let me ask you, what do you think is happening with peng shuai. president biden has said he wants verifiable proof of her safety. what, if anything, can the u.s. do here? >> well, these are all disturbing issues and i join with president biden in helping to see concrete proof that peng shuai is okay. this is very disconcerting, and we should all be very troubled, those who care about human rights, and the fact that her safety could be compromised. that's very disturbing. >> the women's tennis association is saying that it's prepared to pull out all of its tournaments from china, and they estimate that they have more than $1 billion tied up in the long-term deal with china. it's like a ten-year deal. so in your view, does this assist in some leverage of demanding more detail about her
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whereabouts and well being. >> i commend the organization for that bold statement, and willing to take that kind of action and the continued world attention, media attention on peng shuai making sure that we get the spotlight of accountability on this issue, and hopefully it pressures the chinese government to produce ve verifiable proof that she's okay. >> president biden says the u.s. is considering a boycott of some sort and congresswoman elise stefanik released a statement this week saying, quoting now, the chinese communist party has consistently demonstrated their blatant disregard for human life and should never have been rewarded with the hosting of the olympic games. i'm proud to stand against the chinese regime reaping the significant diplomatic benefits of hosting this event. i mean, beijing has hosted a summer games, now with the winter games, hosting of the
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winter games interview, is it, you know, appropriate that china is hosting yet another games? >> i don't think it's appropriate that china is once again hosting the olympic games. that's a tremendous honor to host an olympic game, and the fact that china's communist party continues its genocide against the uyghurs, and a continued crack down against the people of tibet and also in hong kong is deeply, deeply concerning. i condemn the actions of the chinese communist party. they should not be rewarded with the games, the olympic and paralympic games, so to that end, the four of us, the cochairs of the olympic and paralympic caucus have introduced a resolution calling for a diplomatic boycott against the olympic and paralympic games
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so that we don't send any u.s. officials to china to honor the chinese government, if you will, or china with the diplomatic presence. >> so talk to me about the punishment or the gain that you see from a diplomatic boycott. think of the athletes that have been training and for these american athletes who have been training, anticipating, readying themselves for the games, only for a diplomatic boycott to be exercised at this point. who do you believe would be punished most greatly here? >> well, we want -- we want our athletes to go to china and compete in the games th. they spent their whole lives preparing for these olympic games, and we don't want to punish our u.s. athletes or have them sidelined in any way. we wanted to go there, and actually compete, kick some butt
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and show the chinese communist party that the united states is still number one. that being said, we don't want to send u.s. officials over there to legitimize china's hosting of the games, you know, government hosts a olympic and paralympic games, they are bringing people from around the world and show off their country and say see how wonderful, you know, we are. well, we don't want the chinese communist party to have that privilege, to have u.s. diplomats there, to be able to show off only the best of what china is without acknowledging and showing the abuses against the uyghurs, again, the fact that there's a crack down against tibet and hong kong. these are serious issues and i condemn them in the strongest possible terms, and the united states is the leader of the free world. and we need to speak out for
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those who can't. >> congressman jim langovin, thank you so much for your time, and happy thanksgiving. >> thank you. happy thanksgiving. >> thank you. coming up president biden's major social spending bill passes the u.s. house but a potential makeover looms in the u.s. senate. how will the final deal help the record high prices across the country? we'll discuss next. don't pta meetings end at 9? -ran late -got lost... what'd you guys talk about? -libraries -maps fine. you can drive to practice this weekend. (laughing) that was easy. what! i mean, i love you guys. the lexus rx: built for modern families. people, with quickbooks live someone else will do your books for you. they'll even pair you with an expert bookkeeper like me, who knows your business. knows... your... business! expert bookkeepers who understand your business. intuit quickbooks live bookkeeping. people everywhere living with type 2 diabetes
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and the passage of the build back better plan, the $1.9 t $1.9 trillion spending plan includes a major expansion of the social safety net, as well as money to address the climate crisis. the bill now heads to the u.s. senate where it faces more challenges, changes and an uncertain future: more now, let's bring in arlette saenz at the white house, what's ahead for the legislation and is the president confident he can get the bill through the senate? >> the president has a lot to celebrate today, and also a lot of hard work stacking up on his plate. the house passed this major 1.9 social safety net spending package but it still needs to make its way through the senate. now, the president has called this a giant step forward to fulfilling some of his campaign promises. if you take a look at what's in the house version of the bill, there are things like universal pre-k, also billions of dollars for climate change initiatives, and then also funding for obamacare subsidies. white house officials
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acknowledge that there is still a long road ahead to get the bill passed in the senate, and changes are expected to be made in order to get all 50 senators on board. that means some of the white house's top priorities like paid family leave may be on the chopping block. but take a listen to president biden as he spoke to the reporters about the state of the bill yesterday. >> the build back better plan now that it's passed the house, when do you expect it to lan d n your desk? >> it's going to take a while to get through the senate, probably after thanksgiving. i will sign it period. >> reporter: there are a number of factors in play in the senate. you have moderates like senator joe manchin, and kyrsten sinema who have concerns about elements of the bill, and senator bernie sanders who has concerns about the state and local tax deductions. the white house insists that the president will be engaging with each of these lawmakers as he's trying to get this bill across the finish line. fred. >> arlette saenz at the white
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house, thank you so much for that. the holiday season is here. and with thanksgiving just days away, many families are struggling. inflation is leading to rising costs in food, and just about everything else, the department of agriculture now says thanksgiving dinner will cost around 5% more this year than it did last year. and that's leading some to turn to alternative means to feed their families, a whole lot more people this year are feeling food insecure. coming to us now from pennsylvania, outside of what's known as the free store, free store founder and second lady of the keystone state, gisele baretto fedderman, and pennsylvania state governor, john fedderman running for u.s. senate in 2022. we're going to talk about your free store. good to see both of you. >> so good to see you again. >> thanks for having us. >> fantastic. gisele, you first, remind people what the free store is all about, who has access to it, how
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does it work. >> sure, so free store 15104 is 9 years old, we're in the country's first free stores, and we provide surplus or donated goods, and that can look like anything from diapers and formula to food, clothing, toys and more. we believe we have to meet those specific needs like food, but we also need to provide joy, so today with the food we had flowers, so there's something beautiful in their table. we try to meet the full needs of a family. >> you just distributed a whole truckload of traders joe food to folks. it's amaze ing. >> everything is free, everyone is welcome. you don't need to provide your taxes or proof. i think those are all dehumanizing steps. you come here to a warm, welcoming place, and we hope to help fill some of your needs. >> so lieutenant governor, you said you also deliver food, so this is a place where people can come, they line up, i mean, in their cars, they get out, they pick what they want, and at the
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same time, am i understanding you literally, that you're also making deliveries? >> i mean, i send him often to pick things up. >> i'm happy to be her gopher for whatever, in this particular case this morning, it's a lot of donated perfectly first quality food from trader joe's sometimes. sometimes it's from costco, from other grocery stores, what gisele has done here is provided an avenue for tremendous surplus food that would otherwise go to waste that would be distributed at no cost to anybody, the families. >> it's about a 100 families an hour, so it comes out to a lot of families. >> it's really to her credit. she recognized a disconnect between, you know, organizations and grocery stores and the retailers with need. she's where it all connects right here. >> so gisele, you say about 100 families an hour, and so are you seeing a sizable increase, you
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know, in the past few days, compared to this time last year. how are you gauging the need? what are you seeing in people, and what they need and how bad the situation has grown. >> sure. i think last year is an unusual year to compare it to. we were at the height of the pandemic, a lot of people employed, i think it's been consistent, around the holidays, i think it's always more challenging, they're looking for that balance, right, they want to be able to feed their families for christmas, but also provide a nice, you know, experience, same thing with thanksgiving. so flowers today were a wonderful touch. but the need is always, it's constant. there definitely has been an increase, but i think the last two years are, you know, they have been growing unfortunately, the need. >> it's getting tougher for so many families across the board. lieutenant governor, you know, rising prices, you know, everyone is experiencing them at the grocery store. and it's hitting everyone very
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hard. so how in general are people in your state handling it as the holidays approach, aside from those coming to your food store, your free store? >> sure. i think the majority of people that i interact with and i have been all across the state in a lot of different rooms from one corner to the other, i think most people are thankful this thanksgiving that compared to a year ago, they're going to be able to see their family, and they will be vaccinated, and we will have an opportunity to come together and remember what we've lost over the course of the pandemic. there's also a lot to be thankful for in terms of what we're able to do now that we're on the other side of the vaccination debate. you think back to where we were a year ago, where no one was vaccinated yet. we weren't sure how successful the vaccine was going to be. you couldn't see your mother, your grandmother without the concern about bringing a deadly virus with you, and a year
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later, so much is better. i think, of course, we're sensitive to the fact that things might be a little more expensive but we're all so very much thankful for the idea that we're able to celebrate thanksgiving together, while acknowledging, you know, nearly 800,000 empty chairs now since this pandemic is beginning. so i'm actually, you know, glad of where we are a year now versus a year ago. >> and first lady gisele, since the nation is experiencing these supply chain issues, so many shortages, there are bare, you know, shelves in some of the stores. are there any particular items that you wish you had more of? i mean, are you at the free store also experiencing some real shortages in certain categories of need? >> we're really lucky here. somehow our needs are met here. we have really generous folks and organizations in pittsburgh that really do an amazing job but i do hear that complaint across the state. that is an issue.
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here somehow we have been protected. >> yeah. and i should say, secondly, but you're number one. you're the number one second lady, gisele, how about that. >> i appreciate you. all right. well, thank you so much, lieutenant governor, and second lady, appreciate what you're doing, and i know people are very grateful all year round, not just at thanksgiving with what it is you're doing with the free store there! thank you so much, great to see you. >> thank you. >> have a great holiday. thank you. coming up, just in time for the busy holiday season, the cdc gives the green light for the covid booster shot for all adults in the u.s. details on the latest guidance straight ahead. ♪ i see them bloom ♪ ♪ for me and you ♪ ♪ and i think to myself ♪ ♪ what a wonderful world ♪ a rich life is about more than just money. that's why at vanguard, you're more than just an investor, you're an owner
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welcome back, health officials in michigan are issuing a nearly universal mask guidance as every county in the state is now a high transmission area. it's not alone in seeing upticks in cases. half of all states are trending in the wrong direction right now, and that makes friday's approval of booster shots for all adults especially key as the country enters a crucial winter. nadia romero is at the vaccination site here in atlanta. nadia, what are you seeing there today? >> reporter: we've seen long license, steady traffic of people trying to get in to viral
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solutions here, this vaccination clinic here in atlanta. behind me, they have two different wings going, two different tents and four different lanes where people can come up and get your covid-19 test, you can get the vaccine and you can get the booster, and as you mentioned, we just received guidance from cdc director dr. rochelle walensky, and we asked the folks here at viral solutions will that make a difference, and they said absolutely. we already saw a big change over the last two weeks with kids ages 5 through 11 coming to get their first round of shots, and now with the booster recommendation, more people were expected today. they already had almost 100 people who preregistered for this clinic, and they're expecting their numbers to go up over the weekend. we spoke with the ceo and founder and asked him about just what they're seeing, especially now as we get closer to the thanksgiving holiday. take a listen. >> so oever the past two weeks, we saw a big surge in the 5 to
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11-year-old population. that was great. a lot of parents bringing their kids in. my kids were the first to get the pediatric vaccine here, and i gave it to them myself. we have seen that. there's a good mix of children coming in and getting vaccinated, and we are seeing a bump in the adult vaccination as well, since the booster recommendation went out yesterday, we did see a bump in the preregistration for the adult booster. >> reporter: and so many people are preparing to travel, gather, be with friends and family because so many of us cancelled those plans or really scaled back our thanksgiving holiday last year. how finally being able to do more of that this time around, and fred, you mentioned the winter wave. we're already seeing in the midwest, places like minnesota, michigan, and wisconsin. also in colorado, the department of defense is sending 20 nurses to one particular hospital to help them out with staffing shortages, and that's what we're seeing in our health care system, staffing shortages, plus covid-19, especially those who are unvaccinated they're needing
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all right. nasa is preparing to launch a
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powerful new space telescope that they hope will answer complex questions about the origins of our galaxy, and the possibility of life on other planets. now, the new cnn film the hunt for planet b provides a revealing look at this historic mission. our christian fisher has a preview. >> the hubble space telescope has been beaming back images transforming our understanding of the universe for more than 30 years. now, its successor a telescope 100 times more powerful is weeks away from launch. the james web scape telescope is designed to answer humanities most existential questions, are we alone in the universe and where did the first light in the cosmos come from. >> i think its greatest discoveries are going to be answers to questions that we have yet to ask or imagine. >> reporter: web's deputy project manager paul geitner was hired by nasa 30 years ago to help fix hubble. >> it was the mechanical version
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of eye surgery, endeavors eleven day fix it mission in space was to install corrective mirrors so the nearsighted and nearly $2 billion hubble space telescope can do what it's supposed to do, see. >> reporter: once in space, web can't be repaired by astronauts, it will be too far away, orbiting the sun at a distance four times further away from the earth than the moon. the telescope is so big, about the size of a tennis kocourt th it can't fit on top of a rocket fully entact. >> we had to design it so it could be folded up and unfold in space. it's the origami observatory. >> reporter: with more than 300 single points of failure, and each one could prove to be fatal to the mission's success. >> we couldn't have built a telescope this big unless we need to, and you need a telescope this big if you want to look at the dimmest, earliest galaxies in the universe. >> a nod to the telescopes
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international partners, europe and canada, but just getting to this launch pad has cost nearly $9 billion more than initially projected, and it's about a decade over due. >> was there ever a moment where you thought, man, i just don't know if this is going to happen. >> there were numerous, existential crises, both technical, and programmatic through the life of the mission, but i guess we're all eternal optimists, and we persevered and made it happen. >> kristen fisher, cnn, washington. >> and be sure to tune in, the all new cnn film, the hunt for planet b premieres tonight at 9:00 p.m. only on cnn. all right, the top ten cnn heroes of 2021 have been announced, and one of whom will be named the cnn hero of the year by you, our viewers. this week, we reintroduced you to cnn hero dr. ayla stanford. >> african-americans were dying at a rate greater than any other
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hello, thank you so much for joining me, i'm fredricka whitfield, we start with the verdict in the kyle rittenhouse trial, strong reactions pouring in from across the country. on friday, a jury acquitting the teenager on all charges for killing two people and shooting another during protests in
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kenosha, wisconsin, last year. that verdict is sparking a lot of unrest in some parts of the country. protesters gathering in several cities across the country overnight in portland, oregon. police declared a riot after they said demonstrators forced over the gate to the county's downtown jail and threw bottles and other objects at police. authorities say demonstrators also caused damage to some city buildings. cnn's natasha chen is in kenosha, wisconsin. we're also hearing from kyle rittenhouse for the first time since the verdict. what more is he saying. >> reporter: he was appearing in a clip of a promotional trailer airing on tucker carlson's news last night. he was wearing the same clothes from when he was in court when the verdict was read. the camera was seemingly following him afterward to get his reaction. during the court process when the jury read the


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