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people. and to not be compassionate. the end of grief is peace, compassion, and then action. action grounded in compassion. >> i did not know that that broader history and meaning of the word shalom, learning something this morning. father beck, one struggle i imagine is that fewer people are going to church, to temple, to worship these days. like with many institutions, right, folks are retreating over time. and i wonder how you as people of faith breakthrough that to get the message through, right, as people come less often to hear that message. >> yeah, well, you know, jim, there is no supply chain shortage of love and compassion. and i think that when we're trying to say to people, you have a social responsibility, if you do gather, you know, christian churches, many are gathering this evening. and some are still not requiring
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vaccination, which i disagree with. i think for part of caring from one another, the dictum of jesus is love one another, show compassion, show mercy to each other, sending the message is that if we want to act like jesus in these kind of times, we take care of each other. if we gather in celebration, we have to do so safely, comfortably, and we have to give to one another that gift of peace. and part of that is health. and feeling like we're gathering in a healthy environment. and so i really hope as people gather in celebration, to celebrate the birth of christ, who was about mercy, and compassion, and love of one another, that we keep that in mind. it is not about us. i don't think there is a reason to say i'm not going to get vaccinated today, you know, maybe a health reason, but then you can't come to church. you have a responsibility to one another.
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>> father edward beck, rabbi ann brener, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you, both. >> thank you. and "new day" continues right now. good friday morning to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. it is friday, december 24th. merry christmas eve. i'm erica hill with jim sciutto. john and brianna are off this morning. well, time running out for holiday shoppers. i'm looking at you, jim. there is a bigger can concern for many this morning. and the reality is it is this omicron surge. it has now grounded hundreds of flights. carriers struggling with a shortage of flight crews and operation staff, airlines asking the cdc to shorten the isolation period for workers who have been exposed to covid. just part of what they think could help deal with that staffing shortage.
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if this sounds familiar, it should. the cdc just made a similar concession for healthcare workers, saying those who test positive but are asymptomatic can now return to work after seven days with a negative test instead of ten. >> that's some of the good news out there on omicron. omicron has now pushed covid numbers, new infections higher than the peak of the delta variant last summer. the average daily average of new cases topping 1 82,000. in washington, d.c., covid cases have broken the previous record, they have seen a 400% increase over the last seven days. this is the more critical number here. that is hospitalizations. and so far there has not been a big jump in hospitalizations. it means people are not getting seriously ill in large numbers, we'll be watching the data to see if it stays that way. another dose of good news. another weapon in the covid fighting arsenal. the fda approved a second antiviral covid pill, this one
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from merck, designed to keep people from getting seriously ill and ending up in the hospital. let's talk to about what is happening with all those flights, cnn aviation correspondent pete muntean live at reagan national airport. cancellations, 3% to 9%. that could cause some problems during busy travel times. >> reporter: no doubt, jim. especially given the fact that millions of people are still traveling even in spite of the omicron variant. airlines are now saying that is causing problems, these uptick in cases is leading to staffing shortages at airlines, which is leading to cancellations of flights. look at the latest numbers from flight aware. about 169 cancellations at united airlines today so far. 124 at delta airlines and according to a memo we obtained from united airlines, united says this is impacting its flight crews and operational staff at the airline. this is what it says in a statement. we have unfortunately had to cancel some flights and are notifying impacted customers in
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advance of coming to the airport. united says we're sorry for the disruption and working hard to rebook as many people as possible and get them on their way for the holidays. this is come as we have seen long lines at airports across country. in fact, yesterday, was to be one of the busiest days of the holiday travel season and the tsa says it screened 2.19 million people just yesterday. that's the highest number we have seen since the monday after thanksgiving. and the highest number we have seen on this long stretch of busy days at airports, nearly 2 million people or more for a week straight and the tsa projects it will screen another 20 million people in airports across the country between now and january 3rd. that's when everybody begins coming home all at once, jim. >> people muntean, thanks so much for keeping track of it all. let's take a closer look at the covid situation on the ground. two doctors battling this recent surge in cases in their respective cities.
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dr. eric is an emergency room physician in new york city. and in washington, d.c., dr. james philips is assistant professor of emergency medicine at george washington university hospital. good to have both of you with us. we're seeing a sharp increase in cases not just nationally, but in both of your cities respectively. up over 100% in new york city. i have to say, this struck me, up 386% in washington, d.c. and dr. philips you say you're seeing firsthand this in the waiting room, in the emergency room, waiting area, people are there longer, you don't have the staff to care for folks. >> yeah, good morning. that's absolutely right. what wear seeing is not just an unprecedented upward slope in the new cases that are happening in cities along the northeastern seaboard including washington, d.c. but compounding that we're seeing a real lack of staff. we have entered into what i think will be called the great nursing shortage of 2021.
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while we have this increase in patients and many of whom are less sick than perhaps they would have been if they had delta, the problem is the wait times are higher. not just for covid patients, but for people with non-covid reasons why they came to the emergency department. so it is compounding our problems, making patients angry and leading to patients leaving without being seen, which can be very detrimental to their health. >> one silver lining in this, so far, is that hospitalizations have not jumped in line with new infections. we have a graph we can put on the screen that compares the two numbers, but the seven-day average of new coronavirus infections as compared to 14-day average of new coronavirus hospitalizations, there are the new infections, compare that to the new hospitalizations, it is ticking up, but not jumping like you're seeing with new infections. do you see hope in that in terms of omicron's seriousness, and
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also the potential burden on hospital and hospital staff? >> yeah, i think that's a really good point to make, we're in a much different position than we were one year ago, we didn't have the protection of the vaccine to really blunt the seriousness of what it meant to have a covid diagnosis. we are seeing though the case rates in new york are exponential, still less than 1 in 5 patients in one of our hospitals is a covid patient. that's a very different position going into the new year than we were a year ago. >> in washington, mayor bowser told us yesterday on "new day" that really there is a significant increase among 25 to 34-year-olds, that age group in washington, d.c. vaccine mandates for indoor gatherings, bars, restaurants, have been announced. those will go into effect in two weeks. how much of a difference do you think the measures will make? >> remains to be seen. i don't blame the current surge
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that we see in washington, d.c. on the temporary relief of the mask mandate we had recently. i think that it is a perfect storm where that happened to occur during a time where a new variant has emerged and as people are gathering. i think that it is absolutely right anecdotally in my last few shifts in the emergency department, the overwhelming majority of patients are young. here in washington, d.c., we have done a great job of vaccinating. 86% of our people over the age of 65 are vaccinated. almost 70% of our total population is vaccinated. it is those who are having breakthrough cases and those who chose not to get vaccinated or were unable that we're really worried about and most of those patients that we have seen so far are going home. let's keep our fingers crossed that that trend continues. >> the numbers, they're not, you know, minorly different. the difference between the percentage of people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated are dramatic and you hope that breaks through.
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you look at how folks are reacting to omicron, the president, health officials saying keep your holiday plans if you're vaccinated. that's different from last year. you also see a signal like snorksn new york, a major public gathering, do you think that's a good idea? >> i think that we have to find a balance between the complete corruption of life we saw in 2020 and new year's eve is traditionally outdoors, that makes it low risk. there is a vaccine requirement to be in the crowd. i think the smart kind of measures to make sure we're continuing on with life, continuing to not allow this virus to paralyze us is our -- are smart because we really are, i think, weighing the risks and benefits and i don't think this event is going to be a super spreader event. i think a lot of the things we're seeing spread are really kind of close contact with people that we know. >> yeah. >> dr. eric, dr. james, thank
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you for joining us this morning, thank you for all you're doing on a daily basis and over the holidays to help care for so many. appreciate it. >> thank you for having us. a virginia man who documented his battle with covid-19 while hospitalized for a month is urging americans to take a different road than he initially did. begging them to get vaccinated. take a listen. this is when he joined us from his hospital bed in august. >> the easiest thing is getting covid. the hardest thing is finding a bed, finding oxygen, trying to breathe like a fish in water. i'm so sorry i made the mistake to not get vaccinated. vaccinations are so important. and i can do better as a parent, as a human. >> travis campbell is now back
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home with his family. they have all been vaccinated. he said he plans to get a booster shot as soon as he is eligible and travis joins us again this morning. good to see you there at home, smiling. much better than seeing you in a hospital bed, travis. >> yeah, it is great to be on this side and those that watched our videos know that i was referring to the earthly side than the spiritual side. so it is phenomenal and it is tough to watch those videos. i still have yet watched those videos. it immediately brings tears to my eyes. but thank you. >> we're happy to have you back. we're happy to see you doing much better. hard to watch those videos, but your message has been so important. i know that since you got out of the hospital, this is your mission now, right? you want to share your story with as many people as possible. you have a unique voice here. what has the reaction been? >> it has been great.
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it has been supportive. my family, my friends, local community, and then now, you know, we have opinion on the world news a couple of times and with you all and it is just been amazing, but, yeah, it is a high priority to reach out to american and human population to explain what we went through and what i went through and experiencing what i'm still experiencing with all the symptoms and everything. and to let people understand that there is a value to life that you need to evaluate some of your decisions because if you get to the covid as i did, and spend all the time in the hospital, not only do you take a risk of dying and not only do you take a risk of financially ruining your family, but the extended problems that your body is going to have such as organ
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failures, heart failure, lung damage, and you're going to continue to fight it. so it is not a virus. that's what i'm trying to get out to everybody. it is not like the stomach bug where you go back to work in three days. it is a virus that stays with you. it is damaging. therefore, i'm trying to get the message out to people that it is very important that we get vaccinated and, you know, it is time to celebrate the pills that was recently approved for pfizer and the one yesterday, and, man, how awesome is that? >> it is remarkable as we heard from so many doctors, especially to have these two tools. but we hear in the same breath in no way are they a replacement for the vaccine. there are a number of people who decided not to get the vaccine, because they said i had covid, i had the antibodies. you chose to get vaccinated. why? >> absolutely.
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and that was our exact mentality that we had it prior and our antibodies was good and so it is sort of -- referring back to the stomach bug, once you have it, you're not going to have it again. that's not true one, with covid. second reason we got vaccinated is because that's our duty as americans. and humans. to make sure that we're contributing and protecting our family and that's what i did not do. and, you know, i definitely regret that. so preparing for our future strains of the covid-19 and doing our part with the vaccinations was a very, very easy decision, based on what i went through in the hospital. i knew as soon as i got out, that was one of my main goals was to get vaccinated and i'm very thankful today to tell you that we are fully vaccinated as a family. >> which is great news. i know when you spoke with
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brianna last, you were really concerned you may not be there for your daughter, to walk her down the aisle. you are here this morning. you posted on facebook, this christmas means so much to me this year, more than it did when i was a kid. how does it feel this morning to sit here, to talk about it, to talk about how you feel, how much better you're doing now to know you're here for your family? >> it feels great. it feels great. i'm thankful. i have high expectations for this christmas season personally. because of everything i went through, a lftot of the family still haven't seen since i was in the hospital. but really looking forward to that. it does mean so much more than the tree, the gifts, the food. and it is just such a reward. definitely difficult battle to try to get to this day. but it means so much.
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being around family and friends and understanding the gift is not the one that is right. the gift is being able to breathe. being able to stay above ground. and enjoy your family, your friends, and, you know, prepare, and so it is definitely a special holiday for me. >> it is beautiful to hear you say all that. i'm wondering, is there a message you have for folks who may be concerned moving forward? maybe deciding to get the vaccine. if you're having a conversation with someone one on one, what do you say? >> first of all, i'm going to respect some of their decisions. but i would tell you, based on what i've been through, that i made the decision to get vaccinated because i would prefer thousands of doctors, scientists, nurses, to work on a side effect if i was to have which, one i did not, none of our family did, than eight of my
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best friends carrying my body for my wife. that i went through, i planned my funeral. and that's okay. i'm not telling you that as a -- i'm telling you that's how far we went through the situation. and i would never want anybody to experience that in any way. absolutely not. i would also tell you that if you choose not to vaccinate, ensure you're doing the vitamins, ensure you're doing antibody tests and hopefully you'll find some research. i will tell you, your children, when they went to school, they got vaccinated. and they couldn't go to school unless they got vaccinated. i'm a firm believer in it. i support it 100%. if it would have prevented me from going to the hospital, of which the studies now show that vaccinations, 88% of people that are vaccinated are not hospitalized and the ones that are hospitalized, 90% are
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unvaxxed. and so that's a huge staggering number. >> it is. >> so hopefully this holiday season we can really rally together and make some huge decisions to do our part and get vaccinated. >> well, you're certainly doing you're part. you're right, the vaccines are doing what they were designed to do, prevent severe illness and death, ideally keep you out of the hospital and keep you here, firmly planted on the ground, in this world. travis campbell, merry christmas. great to see you this morning. >> merry christmas. thank you so much. coming up, ex-officer kim potter found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of daunte wright. just ahead, daunte wright's mother joins us live. plus, a tsa agent leapt into action to save a baby's life at the airport. really worth watching this. first, nasa ready to launch its most powerful space telescope ever. even more powerful than hubbell. more on the fascinating discoveries that could lead to
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all right, want to hear this story. nasa's biggest and most powerful space telescope ever is poised for liftoff on what better day, christmas day. costs $10 billion. the james webb space telescope could help us understand the origins of the universe and answer key questions. so the thing about this, i think for framing, this helped me a lot, this -- it is not only looks great distances, right, but it also looks through time. it looks back as far as 13 billion years because of its capabilities. tell us the importance of that in terms of understanding the universe. >> it is 100 times more powerful
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than the hubbell space telescope, it has brought all this revelation, yes. it is a time machine, jim. it looks back and captures the light, shortly after the big bang and that's over 13 billion years ago, that that light in the formation of the first galaxy has been traveling to us. and then it is going to look at stars in our own galaxy, the milky way. and we know we identified planets that go around the stars with hubbell. now we're going to be able to focus in on those planets, and determine the can chemical composition of that atmosphere and see if it is a similar habitable atmosphere to our own. >> that was going to be my next question. the portion of this that is
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about looking for other life, in the universe, or other places where life could be. >> well, that's exactly right. that's what we're doing right now on mars, getting samples to see if there are building blocks of life. we're going to have those samples returned. we're doing this with other planets as well. we have got a mission going to venus right now to do the same thing. so this is an exciting time for not only america but also for planet earth and this is an international mission. europeans and the canadians are our partners on this mission. >> hubbell, of course, was revolutionary in our understanding of the universe for scientists, but also for average people, right? because you and i -- well, you're in the an average person, but people like me, i got to see stuff far away and in this -- in
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this enormous detail that showed you the beauty and the extent, the extent of things, i wonder, can you describe to folks at home, beyond the scientific discoveries there, what they're going to be able to see and how they're going to be able to enjoy this. >> you're going to be seeing the birth of a star, a long time ago, you're going to be seeing the formation of a galaxy. you're going to be opening up to us and understanding of what this universe is. what is our place in it. how did we come to where we are, who are we? it is going to open up a whole new encyclopedia of information of who we are. >> perbefore we go, you're the administrator of nasa, this telescope is going to look far
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farther than any human being could dream of traveling, right. but does man and woman, does human space travel matter as much in all this? is that still in your view an important part, a central part of nasa's mission? my gut is i want to see folks go as far as they can. is that an essential part of space exploration going forward? >> well, that's just a part of it. it is one thing for a robot, a machine, to examine something. it is another thing for the human being to real time make human decisions about what we're looking at. and what we are trying to do is to understand who we are, how do we fit into this great cosmos. isn't it interesting at christmas that we're talking about this, looking up in the stars at the very beginning of
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time, and, a high risk operation. there are 344 things that could go wrong if any one of them on this telescope, but we're very confident. >> the star played a role on christmas day, as i remember. if you ever need someone to join folks on one of those trips up there, just, you know, call me up. i'm always game. >> we're taking applicants for nasa astronauts. >> all right, i'll be filling mine in during the break. bill nelson, thank you for coming on. we wish you a very merry christmas. >> thank you, jim. as you know, jury has found a former police officer guilty of manslaughter. two counts in daunte wright's deadly shooting. wright's mother speaks out on the verdict live on this broadcast next. also more on the cdc's new rules for healthcare workers who test positive for covid. what is changing. we've been waiting all year to come together.
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former minnesota police officer kimberly potter has been found guilty on two counts of manslaughter for the killing of daunte wright. she said she mistook her gun for a taser during a traffic stop in april. supporters of daunte wright and his family celebrated outside the courthouse upon hearing the news. joining me now is daunte wright's mother and benjamin crump, the attorney representing daunte wright's family. katie, i know you said you felt every single emotion you could
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imagine as the verdict was read. i'm wondering this morning how or what are you feeling? >> good morning. still, it is still -- i'm in shock, disbelief. i am, again, just every single emotion still. we're still trying to decompress and just have so many emotions still as of today. >> i'm sure a number of people reached out to you since this verdict was read. what are you hearing from folks, from supporters, from your son's friends, from your family? >> we're receiving so many messages from supporters. they're leaving congratulations, i know this doesn't feel like a win, but it is a victory to actually be able to have, you
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know, our day in court and to be able to have two guilty verdicts. this is a win. even though daunte won't be coming home. so so much support, so much love. >> there has been a fair amount of discussion about accountability versus justice. where do you stand this morning? >> i'm still going to always stand on accountability. i think, again, justice would be daunte being home. justice would be no more names being yelled at our streets and until that happens and we don't have to fight anymore, that's when true justice will be. but right now, we're going to accept accountability and we're thankful for that. >> minnesota attorney general keith ellison had a strong statement following the verdict yesterday. i want to play that in case folks haven't seen it. >> accountability is not justice. justice is restoration. justice would be restoring
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daunte to life and making the wright family whole again. justice is beyond the reach we have in this life for daunte. but accountability is an important step. critical necessary step on the road to justice for us all. >> benjamin crump echoes those comments, what we heard from katie. you have been on this road to justice for some time now in a number of different cases. what do you see the impact of this verdict being? >> i think it is profound, erica, it is on the same level as the verdict that we saw in the killing of george floyd as well as ahmaud arbery. you know, in 2021 it is historical year in our quest for racial justice in america when we see three for three, that people who killed unarmed black
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people unjustly being held accountable. it really is about not just a victory for accountability for daunte wright's family, but it is a victory for america and our quest for equal justice under the law. >> katie what do you want people to know about daunte? >> daunte was my son. he had a smile that would light up the room. he was a father. he was -- he had his whole life ahead of him. and he was taken to soon and we weren't able to see what he was going to become, and we were left with memories, but they were amazing memories. >> and what will you tell his son? >> that his dad is a part of history. his name will won't be forgotten and that he loved him. >> really appreciate you both joining us this morning. sentencing is still to come as we know.
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what would you like to see happen in that case, benjamin crump, in terms of the sentencing? >> well, erica, in the same courthouse in minneapolis about -- there was a black police officer, officer muhammad lure who shot and killed an unarmed white woman and his arguments were parallel to kim potter's. he said i'm sorry, i didn't mean it, he cried, he said i was trying to protect my fellow officer from being killed in the dark of night, and yet his argument was not accepted. he was convicted and sentenced to 12 years. over and above the ten-year recommendation. so what we believe is this is a chance to see if the family of daunte wright, when the roles are reversed, and it is a white policeman that killed an unarmed young black man, will we get an
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equal sentence. we still wait to see if it is equal justice in the sentencing, not just in the conviction. >> katie, do you think you will see equal justice in terms of that sentencing? >> i'm optimistic. again, you know, no amount of time is going to be justice for us. but i am -- i'm optimistic that they're going to do the right thing and give her a fair sentence. >> katie brian, benjamin crump, really appreciate you both joining us this morning. thank you. >> thank you. still ahead, holiday travel turbulence on this christmas eve. flights grounded because of covid. and a new turn in donald trump's continuing fight to keep white house documents secret. could the supreme court end up deciding?
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he is an ent by trade, but in his spare time this first responder feeds the hungry. handing out his own home cooked meals to the homeless of new york city. cnn's brynn gingras tells us how he's going beyond the call of duty. >> hi! my name is chris! i'm an ent with the fire department! >> reporter: when chris greets someone, he's hoping for a smile. that's really it. >> they could be in their worst
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time, their worst element, but putting a smile on somebody's face could change the world around. >> reporter: so twice a year, around the holidays, booter makes home cooked meals. >> mashed potatoes. >> reporter: packs them up, along with a wrapped gift. and drives around looking for people who could use a little something extra. >> here is hat and gloves and a fork and knife. i always had a heart for people, i did. but i think the pandemic made me really realize how thankful we should be. >> reporter: in the early days of the pandemic, the veteran new york city emt sent months away from his family because of covid-19. he worked long shifts providing medical care in queens, one of the hardest hit areas in the city. >> 75% of the people in my station were out with covid. we were depleted by so much. the fact that i was healthy the
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whole entire time made me realize that there must be a reason why i'm still healthy to this day and not sick. so i could stand up and help do more. >> reporter: he says buying a cup of coffee for a stranger turned into buying a meal, which turned into making many meals for those in need. it is now his own little tradition. >> hopefully this can teach people to learn to be more careful with one another. hello, lieutenant. >> reporter: his colleagues aren't surprised by his acts of warmth and generoussgenerosity. they say it is thanks to chris many of them made it through the toughest days of the pandemic. >> people like chris come along and talk you off the ledge. they remind you why you're here and without people like chris, a lot of us would have retired or quit. he keeps us going. >> reporter: for booter, why he puts in this extra effort on his own time, at his own risk, all by himself -- >> there you go. merry christmas! >> reporter: -- again, it is simple. >> i like making people happy.
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i just -- that's more important. once i see other people happy, i'm happy. i don't see them happy, i'm not happy. >> when you see a smile -- >> i cry. >> reporter: brynn gingras, cnn, new york. >> i love the man. >> i know. >> makes you smile. a reason to smile. >> and inspire us all to do a little something extra. thanks to brynn for that story. here's a look at what else you can watch out for today.
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will lift travel restrictions for eight southern african countries put in place after the omicron variant was first identified in south africa. the restrictions had come under increased scrutiny as the omicron variant became the predominant one in new cases here in the u.s. and around the world. biden said tuesday he was considering whether to lift those restrictions. we'll have much more on that at the top of the hour. it will take effect december 31st at midnight. the holiday weekend, primetime to catch up on those new or maybe recent tv shows and movies you may have missed. bill carter joining us now to share some of his top picks. good to see you. merry christmas eve. so i am behind on everything. this is timely and important for all of us let's kick things off with the movies. what should we be watching? >> well, i picked some movies i think would be available this weekend, and i wanted to start with the ricardos.
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i really enjoyed this. i thought it was a fun and interesting look at really a landmark television show. a lot of people thought nicole kidman can never pull off being lucy. a lot of expectation that wouldn't work. but aaron sorkin's writing and her performance, they're great. it is a lot of fun. i thoroughly enjoyed it. it would be great holiday viewing, i think. >> get back, i got to say, i see that on your list, bill. just selfishly i like that selection. i've been watching it. i find it -- it is powerful. you also feel like you're in the room. the video quality is so high. you're a fly on the wall. >> it is spectacular in that way. it is about the creative process there are moments where you think not much is happening, but it is the beatles and they're talking and you see them exchanging ideas and i found it gripping. as a fan of them as a little kid, it gave you insight into how this amazing thing happened that this group of friends from
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a neighborhood, basically in one town in england, made this spectacular cultural work. >> yeah, i was telling erica in the break, you see them coming up, you see mccartney presenting the idea of get back and they're, like, oh, my god, that's a good song. you got to watch it. >> it comes together. it is spectacular. >> i love watching how things come together th. this is a good one. i know my son will be all in on that one. we have the ricardos, i'm dying to see. get back. what else should be on our list? >> well, the movie that people will obviously look for at oscar time is called "the power of the dog". not a great holiday movie, kind of grim, but on everybody's holiday best list. people huh dive in. it is available on netflix. it is long, very atmospheric, very ominous. but very spectacularly presented, new zealand, but supposed to be montana, but it is a strange and erie movie.
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>> are there ones happier to watch? >> there is a movie called -- i've been to belfast, and it deals with the troubles in belfast. it is a very warm family story, it is really can kenneth branagh's memoir of growing up in belfast. i found it moving and uplifting despite the trouble you see of what is going on in that era, in that very troubled city. >> i do love uplifting, especially this time of year. what about any other tv shows. i'm behind on everything. help me catch up so i can have a conversation. >> i love great mysteries. mayor of east harlem is an interesting story. it is an intricate and unusually satisfying in that you don't see
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where it is going, but when it is done, you say that hangs together and that's a rare thing. i think people will enjoy that. >> the new normal, of course, a lot of movies are available streaming and in theaters. and there is the health component to watching it in theaters. are any of the movies ones where you say you want to see it in the theater to get the full experience? >> i went to west side story in the theater and i was glad i did. it is reimagined in a very spectacular way. and some of the numbers are so great on a big screen. and spielberg's direction is fantastic in this film. it is a really great reimagining of it. not a remake. i thought it was so entertaining, so i think if you want to take a risk and go to a theater, that's one you should try. >> well, we had a few on the list. i'm behind too, erica. so, bill, thank you so much for the ideas. we'll try to get through our homework as much as possible.
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>> enjoy. have a great weekend. merry christmas. time for the good stuff. i like good stuff. a rookie tsa officer saved the life of an infant at an airport security checkpoint. look at the effort she went through. jumping over the conveyor belt there, a young mother realizing her 2-month-old son cannot breathe. that officer grabbed the baby, doing the infant heimlich maneuver, if you ever have taken a course for cpr, that's not an easy thing to do, morales joined the tsa a few months ago, her old job, she was an emt for decades. >> there you go. >> skills that always come in handy, it is great. perfect good stuff. more people are heading to the airport. jim, good stuff. sharing the screen with you this morning, my friend. over the last few months. i hope you have a nice break ahead. >> you too. to all the folks watching, please enjoy the holidays. we really wish you the best and healthy christmas. the christmas eve coverage continues next.
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good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. merry christmas eve to all you've who celebrate it. thank you for being with me. however, it is beginning to look a little bit more like christmas 2020 right now. covid cases across the country are on the rise, driven by the omicron variant. and the spike is forcing airlines to cancel today hundreds of flights due to staffing shortages. the average number of new daily infections topping 182,000. that's higher than last summer. washington, d.c. saw a 386% increase in new cases over the last week. right here in new york, we're shattering records for new daily cases with a 34% increase in infections i


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