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family - during our best wireless deal of the year... the xfinity black friday sales event. click, call or visit a store today. it is thursday, december 2nd. it's 5:00 a.m. in new york. thanks for getting an early start with us. i'm christine romans. >> and i'm laura jarrett. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. we have report this morning from washington, stockholm, beijing and oxford, michigan. but we begin this morning with the white house. in this delicate balancing act, forced to respond aggressively to a new coronavirus variant that we still know so little about, while at the same time trying to tamp down panic, the
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first case of the omicron variant has now been officially confirmed in california. president biden is expected to speak around 1:30 this afternoon on this new variant. and his winter strategy to fight the virus. cnn has learned that the administration plans to extend the existing federal mask mandate for airplanes, buses, trains and boats through at least march now, a move many experts believe is appropriate until scientists know more about omicron. >> i think the steps that are being taken, being aggressive until we know more, is the right thing to do. you only have one chance to get ahead of a newly-spreading strain of a disease. >> cnn's kaitlan collins starts us off with more on the discovery of this new variant in san francisco and the administration's response. >> reporter: good morning, christine and laura. this is a moment that scientists in the federal government had been bracing for. finding this first omicron
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variant in the united states, in san francisco, an individual who returned from south africa to san francisco started feeling mild symptoms. >> they did the right thing and got tested and reported their travel history. they had received a full dose of the moderna vaccine, but no booster. they had mild symptoms and thankfully have now recovered. >> we ran a very fast molecular test which looks for what we call spike gene drop out. we were able to confirm the detection of omicron within five hours and we had most of the genome within eight hours. >> reporter: of course, they are conducting that aggressive contact tracing for this person, though dr. anthony fauci said so far all of their close contacts had tested negative. and, of course, the broader question is what this means for the united states. the white house, while they are still waiting to get more information about this variant and whether or not the concern over it is justified, says they are encouraging the people who are eligible to get booster shots to get them. that's about 100 million people,
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judging by white house estimates. so that is what dr. anthony fauci is calling on. you will see president biden deliver a speech today saying the same, maybe some new regulations, of course, as they are tightening those testing restrictions for entering the united states, for international travelers. when it comes to those booster shots, dr. anthony fauci said also do not wait for an omicron-specific booster shot. if it ever comes to that and you ever need that, don't wait for that. go ahead and get a regular booster shot now. and, of course, the questions of whether or not there are further restrictions to come, more travel restrictions or the lifting of those travel restrictions remains to be seen. >> kaitlan collins, thank you for that. it is now time for three questions in three minutes. let's bring in dr. chris purnell. doctor, so nice to see you. omicron is here, we knew it was inevitable. the first case in california, somebody fully vaccinated returning from south africa. now that it's here, what are we
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supposed to do with this, especially for people who are fully vaccinated, who have done what they were supposed to do, who have gotten their booster shot? are we supposed to be changing our holiday plans? >> i think the most important thing for everyone to think about is delta is still the predominant strain in the united states. we actually started december in a worse position than i would have wanted us to. we're above 56,000 hospitalizations. we're above 2,000 deaths, and we're well above 100,000 cases. so that's where our concern should be, first and foremost. with the emergence of the omicron variant, what we know is whatever you are already doing at baseline, continue to do that and more. the "and more" is encouraging the vaccinated to get vaccinated, and wearing your mask when you're in public indoor places. >> excuse me. in a town hall with dr. fauci, he said you can travel, be with your family, small group if you're vaccinated, that's fine. he also said we need to be foolish about flooding our health systems with covid tests.
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do you agree with that? >> yes, i do, christine. we're projecting to do a little over a million tests a day. the amount of tests a country should do, no one has a specific number. it's not based on your population size. it's actually based on the level of the epidemic or outbreak in your particular country. so given the burden of coronavirus prevalence that we have, we should be doing even more tests. i want to applaud that improvement, but there is further for us to go. and further genomic sequencing of coronavirus variants. >> it feels like from the very beginning of this we never quite got the testing right and it's still trying to play catch up. doctor, the president is going to announce his covid winter strategy, if you will, today. lots of ideas circulating. many focused on travel, some about new testing requirements. what do you want to see the most? >> i'm been saying this. i wish this was definitely going to happen today, but i don't think it will.
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we need a requirement, a mandate for anyone traveling by air to be vaccinated. whenever we do travel bans, those are reactive measures. if we really want to be proactive, we should require vaccination for air travel and long distance, train and/or bus travel. we need to have a more aggressive testing strategy, testing closer to departure if you're international travel, and a repeat test soon after arrival. that is regardless whether you're an american citizen or not. >> dr. chris purnell, thank you so much, doctor. >> thank you for all of your work on public health. just this week i got an email from my school district you were giving a tutorial on vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds, facts on that. >> excellent. >> thank you. >> this is heart work for me. so thank you. >> thank you, doctor. to michigan now and the 15-year-old suspect accused of that shooting rampage that killed four high school students this week, ethan crumbly is now
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being charged as an adult with terrorism and first degree murder. the prosecutor on the case also not ruling out charges against crumbly's parents. >> with the right of owning a gun comes responsibility. and the responsibility of a gun owner is to securely store that weapon and to keep it out of the hands of somebody who could kill people. and in this case that does not seem to have happened. >> among the victims now, 14-year-old hana st. juliana who died hours before her first high school basketball game. 17-year-old senior madisyn baldwin. she had already been accepted to several colleges. 17-year-old justin schilling, the cocaptain of the bowling team. and 16-year-old tate myre, a star athlete at oxford high school. >> he used to have like this cool smile. you knew he was doing something
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funny. you just look at him, and now i won't be able to see that again. i won't be able to share the new year's with him. >> cnn's alexandre field has the latest on the investigation from oxford, michigan. >> reporter: christine and laura, good morning. the 15-year-old school shooting suspect ethan crumbly has been charged as an adult with a slew of charges, assault weapons related charges, four counts of first degree murder and terrorism. the oakland county prosecutor describing the reason for the terrorism charge this way. >> what about all the children who ran screaming, hiding under desks? what about all the children at home right now who can't eat and can't sleep and can't imagine a world they could ever set foot back in that school? those are victims, too, is and so are their families and the community. the charge of terrorism reflects that. >> reporter: the oakland county sheriff's office is saying no law enforcement agencies were made aware of any threats made
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by the suspect prior to the attack. but they are now combing through a mountain of digital evidence. they are looking at social media posts and they are looking at the suspect's own writings. they say they have recovered a notebook in which he talks about shooting up the school. they say they have also recovered two videos shot on the suspect's cell phone the day before the attack in which he talks about shooting and killing other students. we are also learning that the suspect showed what was called concerning behavior on the morning of the attack and the day before the attack. so much so that his parents were called in for a school meeting on that morning. at this point officials are not describing what that concerning behavior entailed. they are not giving any further details of the meeting either. but the 15-year-old who has been charged as an adult has now been moved from a juvenile facility to the oakland county jail. christine, laura? >> four fatalities now. breaking overnight major league baseball announcing a player lockout. its first wok stoppage since the
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'94 player strike. the collective bargaining agreement between the mlb and players expired at 11:59 last night. commissioner rob man ford said despite the league's best efforts to make a deal, the player's association calls the shutdown a dramatic measure to pressure players into relinquishing rights and benefits. the blockout stops all benefits including the recent flurry of free agency deals. more details on the bleacher report later this hour. coming up next, the secretary of state confronting tensions with russia, a face-to-face meeting getting underway right now. and why it could be a rare goldilocks moment for u.s. companies and american workers. ♪ ♪ this is how we shine... at zales. the diamond store.
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get underway this morning between secretary of state tony blinken and his russian counterpart, foreign minister sergei lavrov, blinken has already warned russia there will be severe consequence if it invades ukraine. meanwhile vladimir putin is suggesting nato and ukraine pose a growing security threat to russia. let's go live to stockholm and bring in cnn's alex marquart. alex, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, laura. that's right, this meeting between the russian and american foreign ministers due to get underway any moment now. it could hardly come at a more tense time between russia and the west with those tens of thousands of russian troops that are amassed all along the border with ukraine. secretary blinken did meet with his ukrainian counterpart earlier today. the ukrainian foreign minister calling on the u.s. and its partners to put together what he called a deterrence package that would make president putin of russia think twice about using military action. laura, that is the word of the day, deterrence. the u.s. and nato spent the last
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two days coming together and getting on the same page when it comes to how best to deter russia from carrying out any sort of military action. secretary blinken saying on wednesday it would be high-impact economic sanctions that have not been used against russia before. now, he didn't offer any sort of detail what those sanctions would look like. when i asked him to what extent he would detail them for foreign minister lavrov in the meeting today he would only say the u.s. would do so at an appropriate time. but they really are hoping that the threat of these sanctions will deter russia from carrying out military action. blinken did say that it is unclear whether russia has made the decision or not to invade ukraine. but what is clear is they have built up the capacity to do so and in short order. what nato is seeing right now is similar to what was seen in 2014 when russia did invade ukraine and as you remember, did annex
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crimea. with things like disinformation campaign. blinken saying over the past 24 hours, there has been a tenfold spike on social media pushing anti-ukrainian propaganda, pushing ukraine as the aggressor in all of this. but blinken making clear there is still time to de-escalate and use what he called a diplomatic off-ramp. laura? >> all right, we'll see where this goes. alex, thank you so much for being there for us. all right. almost two full years into the covid economy and america's top business leaders are, drum roll, please, bullish, really bullish on the u.s. economy. in fact, a survey of executives from the prominent business round table found c.e.o.'s outlook the strongest in the 20-year history of that survey. of course, the omicron factor could change that. companies have managed well, very well through every twist and turn through the pandemic, even with tangled supply chains,
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worker shortages, health weary customers. the covid economy has been a remarkably profitable environment for the big public companies. profits for s&p 500 companies soared 38% in the year-ending in june. according to bloomberg in the past two quarters, companies outside the finance industry posted their biggest profit margins in 70 years. it's why stocks have doubled since the march 2020 crash, the s&p 500 is up 20% this year, even after you can see there that november wobble. if that business round table -- in that business round table survey, nearly half of c.e.o.s surveyed said worker pay is the greatest cost pressure they face right now. profits and profit margins suggest companies are paying people more and they are still making money. it's a rare goldilocks moment, just right for the american worker who has more choices, different priorities and higher pay, and just right for companies managing wealth through an unprecedented covid economy. caveats here, of course.
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inflation eats into those worker gains and goldilocks, well, she's wearing a mask. omicron and delta are racing through millions of unvaccinated people. that is obviously not good for public health, public policy and market certainty. it is impossible to predict what happens next. but where are we right now? the fed chief suspects the economy will grow 5% this year. that's the most robust expansion since the regan administration. >> it seems like this is one of those times where the perception and the reality have not quite matched up. >> it's because we're exhausted from covid and it's because we're paying more for gas still. those are the two things that eat away at some of the other realities. >> the 401(k) to the extent you have one looks okay. >> stocks are reflecting that corporate profitability. all right, still ahead, does roe v. wade stand a chance before this supreme court? hear the justices in their own words next. alex baldwin in his own words about the deadly shooting on the set of his movie.
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wednesday on a mississippi law that tries to ban almost all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. pointed questions from some justices now fueling speculation that the court may be on the brink of overturning roe v. wade. upending 50 years of constitutional law. cnn's jessica schneider has more. >> the reason this issue is hard is that you can't accommodate both interests. you have to pick. that's the fundamental problem. >> reporter: for the supreme court six conservatives, their questioning during two hours of arguments on mississippi's 15 week abortion ban signalling they're inclined to uphold the law. >> if it is an issue about choice, why is 15 weeks not enough time? >> reporter: the chief justice john roberts seemed to be pushing for compromise. let mississippi ban most abortions 15 weeks with limited exceptions, but stops short of completely striking down roe v. wade, the landmark 1972 case
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that established women have a constitutional right to get an abortion. the chief justice emphasizing the importance of precedence. >> if we look at it from today's per spec still, it's going to be a long list of cases that we're going to say were wrongly decided. >> reporter: but the court's other conservatives repeatedly questioned why roe should be upheld when the constitution says nothing about abortion. >> the constitution is neither pro-life nor pro choice on the question of abortion. >> reporter: it is a case that could remake the legal landscape surrounding abortion in the united states. the arguments drew hundreds of protesters on both sides of the emotional debate to the steps of the supreme court. the stakes high as a dozen states have trigger laws on the books that would immediately ban abortions if the court overturns roe. >> will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the constitution and its reading are
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just political acts? >> reporter: the three liberal justices railed against the possibility that conservatives could rule against roe, saying it would call the court's legitimacy into question. >> to overrule under fire in the absence of the most compelling reason, to reexamine a watershed decision would subvert the court's legitimacy beyond any serious question. >> reporter: all sides seem to be bracing for seismic change. >> almost 50 years of the slaughter of innocent babies is too much. we're done. >> i, um, am just full of angst that we could take this huge step backwards. >> reporter: the justices questioning points that the strong possibility that abortion rights will be rolled back by this court, and the impact could be immediate. if the court limits their ruling and simply allows mississippi's 15-week abortion ban to take effect, other states could write similar laws. but if the court overturns roe v. wade completely, abortion
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rights advocates estimate that half of the nation's states would then quickly act to completely ban abortions. jessica schneider, cnn, washington. jessica, thank you for that. the planned parenthood in los angeles hit by a ransomware attack compromising the personal information of about 400,000 patients. planned parenthood said there is no evidence so far it was a targeted attack on planned parenthood or that any patients' information was used for fraud. the group says it is notifying patients whose information was stolen. just ahead, a shake up on the vice president's team. we will tell you who is leaving soon. and alec baldwin tearfully telling his side of the movie set shooting story.
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indication that the victims were specifically targeted. the defense in ghislaine maxwell's sex trafficking trial trying to discredit a key accuser on cross-examination. the woman identified only as jane testified that maxwell helped jeffrey epstein sexually abuse her for years. the maxwell defense lawyer crossed her on statements she gave authorities she wasn't sure maxwell ever touched her. he wanted me to fake beat him up. that testimony coming from one of the two men prosecutors claim helped former empire star jussie smollett stage a hate crime against himself. he told the court he went along with the actor's request because he felt indebted to him. in california, elizabeth holmes on trial for bilking investors. she admitted she tried to kill an expo say in the wall street journal. the media mogul was one of the largest individual investors.
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holmes conceded her attempt to quash the story was a disaster. stepping down as senior adviser to clarkamala harris, ss expected to be the second departure in recent weeks. stacey abrams announcing she'll make another run for governor in georgia. she faces republican governor brian kemp who won a close race against abrams in 2018. she's running because, quote, opportunity in our state shouldn't be determined by zip code, background or access to power. well, for the second time this year, the u.s. government is on the brink of a shutdown. lawmakers are scrambling to put the finishing touches on a stopgap measure before funding runs out friday at midnight. let's bring in cnn congressional reporter daniela diaz live on capitol hill. daniela, good morning. this feels like deja vu. here we go again. anything different this time around? >> reporter: honestly, yes, laura.
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look, the problem here is there's two different scenarios that are happening right now. one obviously more likely to happen than the other. on one hand, republican and democratic leaders cannot agree on a deadline to fund the government through. of course, they don't know if they want to do this. continuing resolution -- excuse me, the stopgap measure through january, february, they cannot agree on that deadline. now, the more likely scenario that's going to play out that we will see happening these next two days that could possibly cause a shutdown through the weekend or through next week is that there is a group of very conservative republican senators that want to force a vote on an amendment to this funding bill that would defund biden's vaccine mandate in the administration that he has signed. so that is something that these republicans are trying to force. of course, these republicans including mike lee of utah, roger marshall of kansas, and even ron johnson of wisconsin. the way they were hoping the
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senate was hoping to pass this stopgap measure is to have a quick vote where all 100 senators would agree to pass the bill, which means it would happen quickly and it woe prevent a shutdown from happening tomorrow night. however, with these senators threatening to block that, it could be possible that there would be a shutdown through the weekend and into next week, which is why that is a likely scenario and it could push the shutdown to possibly happening. however, bottom line here is multiple other republican senators are very optimistic that if there is a shutdown, laura, a big if, it would only be for a short time because really these conservative republicans are just trying to send the message to voters back home they just don't agree with these vaccine mandates even though in the end they'll still be included because democrats have the majority. so bottom line there could be a shutdown, but it wouldn't be for that long. that's a big if, of course, laura. >> always a big if on capitol hill. daniela, thank you. all right, we are two months out from the winter olympics in
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beijing. organizers are striving to stage the perfect games. but the pandemic and politics, of course, are getting in the way. let's bring in cnn's david culver. he is live for us from beijing. good morning, david. >> reporter: hey, christine, good morning to you. it's getting messy on multiple fronts. right now you have obviously this variant that's going around the world. hasn't yet surfaced here within mainland china. but the reality is they have a very, very difficult zero-covid approach policy that they are trying to keep on. and it just doesn't really seem sustainable because you have one outbreak, and that really could just mean one confirmed case of the virus and suddenly you're shutting down apartment complexes that are home to thousands of people. but as we look at these upcoming games, it may be that covid is the least of the big worries. two months before the start of the winter olympic games, a new covid variant is surfacing globally. but beijing is hoping its strict covid defenses will keep omicron
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away. it won't be easy. >> i do think it is cause for concern. this is the last thing that organizers would want. this is just not the big question mark that anyone would want at this moment. >> reporter: while the new variant has not yet been reported within mainland china, there are several confirmed cases in neighboring hong kong. a foreign ministry spokes person saying the omicron variant will pose some challenges, but they are confident the winter olympics will be held smoothly and successfully as scheduled. china already has some of the toughest containment measures in place. mass testing by the tens of millions. strict digital contact tracing, and targeted community lockdowns all part of our daily lives here. >> this is as close as we can get to some of the iconic olympic structures from 2008, repurposed for the winter olympics. but now sealed off in a covid bubble of sorts.
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on top of the health concerns, growing calls for olympic boycotts, as beijing continues to deny widespread allegations of human rights abuses. the women's tennis association suspending tournaments within china as it reiterates calls for chinese tennis star penguin penguin -- peng shuai to be able to speak freely and openly. she accused of top party official of forcing her into sex. >> we are in the early stages of what i think is a full-scale ideological battle that ultimately could culminate the united states and other western nations engaging in a full boycott of the winter games in 2022. >> reporter: but it seems here within china, most folks are unaware of the controversy surrounding these olympic games. instead you get stories like this, filled with olympic merchandise. and folks here shopping, seemingly filled with a lot of excitement and joy. even national pride.
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>> translator: we are very excited. beijing just hosted the 2008 olympic games, and now it's the winter games again. this is truly exhilarating. >> reporter: even with mounting uncertainties, much like 2008, china is expected to put on a spectacular show. question is, will folks watching from the outside be wowed or see it all as a fancy facade covering up an increasingly authoritarian state? getting back to those covid concerns here within mainland china, christine, travel domestically has gotten really difficult. i get tested pretty much every other day just to have a negative test on me when you're getting out and about. if you look at china as a whole being sealed off from the rest of the world, then you've got beijing that is a bubble in and of itself. then within beijing we're talking about the olympic venue. so it's a bubble within a bubble within a bubble. a lot of restrictions in place likely to continue for several weeks leading up to the olympics, christine. >> keep us posted, david. thank you for all your good work there. 41 minutes past the hour. he says he never pulled the
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trigger. alec baldwin's surprising explanation for the fatal shooting on the movie "rust." in his abc interview, the first since the shooting in october, the actor fought back tears as he talked about halyna hutchins when a gun baldwin was holding discharged. >> she was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with and liked by everyone and admired. >> it wasn't in the script for the trigger to be pulled. >> the trigger wasn't pulled. >> you never pulled the trigger? >> no, i would never point the gun at someone and pull the trigger, never. >> baldwin says he has no idea how a live bullet ended up in the gun he used in the scene. laura, i'm wondering -- >> i have so many questions. >> there is an investigation underway. i'm wondering what is the impetus for an interview giving details about the moment that is being investigated by authorities. >> and he has said before that he couldn't talk about it because it was being actively
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investigated, and his own role is being actively investigated. it's interesting he has chose tone sit down, obviously revealing, we want to hear more, but interesting. all right. major league baseball players locked out overnight. what does it mean for fans? and another chance to be a toys r us kid. to all the kisses... ...that led... thisis one. celebrate every kiss, with kay.
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welcome back. major league baseball announces a lock out as players and owners fail to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. andy scholes has it all covered in this morning's bleacher report. andy, this is significant. >> it is, laura. no reason for baseball fans to panic just yet. they have a few months to figure this whole thing out. this does show the state of the relationship between the players and owners. this is the first work stoppage in baseball since the players went on strike back in 1994. so the two sides meeting in irving, texas, ahead of the deadline this week. but according to espn their
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final meeting yesterday lasted just seven minutes before they decided to go their separate ways. at midnight the owners locking out the players. they said it was necessary to make the league's best efforts to make a deal. the players association released a statement saying the shutdown is a dramatic measure and is not required by law. it's the owner's choice. it freezes all business until an agreement is reached. that means no trades, no more free agency signings and no players are allowed inside club facilities siltsd. if you go to or your favorite team's website, you'll notice all images and videos of players have been completely removed. the women's tennis association meanwhile is suspended all tournaments in china and hong kong effective immediately. the wta says the decision was based on the lack of transparency by chinese officials following tennis player peng shuai's charges of sexual assault against the
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senior chinese communist leader. they posted videos of the tennis star but they have serious doubts peng is free, safe and not subject to censorship. they are willing to take a financial loss in order to uphold their principles. >> this is something we can't walk away from. if we walk away from this, we are basically telling the world that not addressing sexual assault with respect and seriousness it requires is okay because it's difficult to do. that's something that we simply cannot happen and it's not what we stand for as an organization. >> all right. to the nba, the bucks playing a thriller with the hornets. miles bridges catches the alley-oop and throws it down over giannis. don't do that to the reigning finals mvp very often. with six seconds left, they drop a great play. tough finish. bucks score by two. giannis had 40 in the game. no time-out for charlotte. bridges nearly wins the game
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from half-court, but the ball rims out. bucks win that one 127-125. finally, college basketball, wisconsin badgers senior brad davidson trying to save a ball from going out of bounds here last night. slams into a georgia tech fan sitting court side. guess what? he was holding his beer. it went flying. guys, the fan there may have lost his beer but he did get a nice hug right there from davis. >> he seems fine. >> makes up for it. >> nice to see you, andy. thank you. let's get a check of cnn business this thursday morning. asian shares closed up mixed here. europe opened lower. in europe stock index futures are leaning up a bit. epic reversal in the stock market yesterday. the bodow fell 400 points. a strong payroll report from adp adding 435,000 jobs in
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september. gridlock over the debt ceiling, looming government shutdown, the fed aggressive fighting inflation which could mean higher interest rates sooner. >> what's in your wallet? >> well, jennifer garner more money in your wallet for one thing. getting an overdraft and non-sufficient fund fees making it the first top ten banks to ditch those fees. and their overdraft protection remains free to transfer money from a savings to checking or free one-day grace period or you could have the bank automatically decline overdraft. no matter which bank you go to, you should do that, automatically decline the overdraft. we know banks pocketed nearly $15.5 billion in overdraft fees in 2019, with renewed scrutiny of the practice in washington. analysts tell us other banks will likely follow capital one's lead or they risk even tougher restrictions from regulators.
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doesn't that commercial bring you back? jeffrey the giraffe trying to make a comeback again. toys r us is opening a store in new jersey's american dream mall. should be opening in mid december. a year after a planned relaunch of its stores failed. the new store will include an ice cream parlor, a multi-level slide, and, of course, rows of toys. it will be the only stand alone location of the iconic brand within the u.s. i want to go to this mall. >> the brand -- it's a huge mall out in jersey. i haven't been -- >> field trip. >> maybe we should have a field trip there. anyway, that company imploded. went through bankruptcy. now you have sort of the stand alone location where they're going to try to make a go at it with the brand. >> if that works. now to this historic moment at the white house. ♪
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♪ >> the first and second families holding a menorah lighting ceremony last night is the first time the holiday has been celebrated at 1600 pennsylvania avenue with the jewish spouse of a president or vice president. and the moment was not lost on second gentleman doug emhoff. >> it's humbling, and it's not lost on me that i stand before you all on behalf of all the jewish families and communities out there across our country. i understand that, and i really appreciate it. >> emhoff said the history of the jewish people is an essential part of who we are as americans. >> 3. 2. 1. >> the holiday season has officially begun. the christmas tree in new york's rockefeller center is all lit up as you can see there. the 79-foot-tall norway spruce
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is decorated with 50,000 l.e.d. lights and topped with a swarovski crystal star. if you can't get enough of holiday decorations, you can catch the lighting of the national tree in washington, d.c., by president biden at 5:30 eastern. >> a trip? >> oh, yeah. >> i'm all into holiday decorations. are you going to take james to the big tree in rockefeller center? >> i think i have to. it's an iconic moment. we didn't go last year. >> i don't love the crowd experience, but it is beautiful. >> yeah. i think we got to. >> thanks for joining us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm laura jarrett. "new day" is next. representing the connection you share. foforever connected. the perfect giftft to give this holiday. exclusively at kay.
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