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>> this is cnn. >> welcome to our viewers doing is in the u.s., and all around the world, you are watching cnn newsroom, i'm rosemary church. just ahead, a major win for u.s. president joe biden, as the inflation reduction act passes the senate. we will look at whether that could give democrats what they are looking for in november's midterms. storming a cease-fire is in effect between israel and militants in gaza, after a weekend of deadly violence.
we will have a live report from southern israel. new rocket strikes near a nuclear power plant, raising fears of a disaster in europe. we're live in ukraine, with the details. >> live from cnn center, this is cnn newsroom, with rosemary church. >> good to have you with us, the u.s. is on track to make its biggest investment to combat the climate crisis in history, after the democrat passed sweeping climate and tax bill officially known as the inflation reduction act, vice president kamala harris cast the deciding vote to break a 5050 tie. >> the are 50, the knees are 50, the senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the bill as amended these past.
>> not a single republican senator voted for the measure, they of course have a much different view of the bill. here is senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. >> american families are crying out for relief, the democrats decided to spend hundreds of billions of dollars of the people's money on a bill that laughs at the people's priorities. leaving americans with higher electric bills, higher utility bills, higher gas prices, and more dependence on foreign countries that don't like us. >> what's inside the bill? a record $370 billion in energy programs, and tax incentives to tackle the climate crisis, it also makes major changes to health policies such as giving medicare the power to negotiate some drug prices. and it imposes a 15% corporate
tax on large companies as one of the ways to fund it all. it's a remarkable turnaround for president joe biden's agenda, which seemed all but dead until recent weeks. we are traveling with the president and filed this report. >> reporter: president biden hailed the senate passing the inflation reduction act as an important part of achieving some of his key priorities for his domestic agenda. the president spent sunday at his vacation home in delaware after testing negative for covid 19 twice over the course of the weekend. he released a statement following that senate vote, saying, today senate democrats sided with american families over special interests, voting to lower the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance, and everyday energy costs and reduce the deficit, while making the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share. the president added if required many compromises, doing important things almost always does. the house should pass this as soon as possible, and i look
forward to signing it into law. the president's reference to compromises acknowledges the long and winding process the democrats have been on to try to get this type of legislation across the finish line. the bill was often pronounced dead multiple times over the course of negotiations that lasted over a year, but democrats have now moved forward a critical piece of the president's agenda, though it's smaller than what the president had initially proposed. it includes historic investments in climate initiatives, healthcare proposals, including allowing medicare to negotiate prescription drugs, drug prices for the first time. there are additional tax measures in here to pay for the measure including a 15% corporate tax rate. the bill still needs to make its way through the house before heading to the president's desk, but president biden is hoping this is something they can talk to voters heading into the midterm elections. additionally the president on monday is it to travel, making his first official trip since
being diagnosed with covid 19 to the state of kentucky, where he will tour the damage after those devastating floods that occurred in the eastern part of the state. the president and first lady will be meeting with the governor and families and victims who have been suffering ever since those floods occurred in the state of kentucky just last week. this will mark the president's first triple official trip traveling since he received those negative covid 19 diagnoses. the president had been cooped up at the white house for 18 days. cnn, traveling with the president in delaware. for more on this i want to bring in cnn senior political analyst david gergen, who served as advisor to four u.s. presidents and joins us now from boston, massachusetts. great to have you with us. >> thank you, it's good to be here. president biden has been juggling a multitude of challenges throughout his administration including inflation. alias prospects have brightened with some significant wins including lower gas prices, a
better jobs report, the american recovery act, the infrastructure investment and jobs act, and now the senate passing the democrats sweeping bill on climate tax and healthcare. as well as the killing of the one of the world's foremost terrorists. could all of this represent a game changer for president biden come the november midterm elections? >> yes, rosemary, as joe biden has been on a roller coaster for the last several months. for much of his political life, he is down, then he's up, then he sharply down, then he comes back up. it's been striking to watch, and it could be a game changer. it's too early to tell for sure. it's always important to remember that when big things happen, especially good news happens, sometimes what happens is not a leading indicator is a lagging indicator, and it takes weeks if not months sometimes for changes in the economic sphere to work their way through the system.
so that the president gets credit for it. usually, when things are brightening for a president economically, it takes 3 to 6 months for the president to realize those assets politically. biden has had a terrible, terrible lead into this, but he's had a terrific run in the last few weeks. but, he's still got high inflation, and the country is still unreconciled, the latest poll, it's too early to get good polling responding to what just happened on this bill, but we did have the last couple days coming up, he went down to 37% approval. that is really, really low. he's got a lot to come back from, but for the democratic party this is a shot of adrenaline. just what they've been looking for, to become more competitive. >> with time running out to less than 100 days to the midterms, what more do the democrats need to do to turn
their prospects around, and you expect abortion rights and gun control to be significant issues for voters? or will it always be high inflation? >> one of the other significant development of the past week has been what happened in kansas, a very red state, very conservative state, yet, by a significant margin, favored abortion rights. i think you're going to see that in other places. the question is, rosemary, not whether people like or don't like, what we know is they like the pro-abortion [ indiscernible. ] what we don't know is if they will get out to vote. that's a good question. there's much, much more to be done, but there are a lot of democrats who tonight are just wiping their brows and saying, thank god, we've got a real shot at this. it's going to get a lot more interesting now. and it will increase the pressure from people around joe biden to make sure he runs for a second term. >> during his cpac speech, former president donald trump marked the january 6th
committee and the testimony given by cassidy hutchinson. this followed some pretty jaw- dropping far right speeches, one even from hungary's leader as well as a spectacle with a victor january 6th writer in a fake prison cell. what is going on with the republican party? >> still held hostage by the radical right. i think the day is coming, you can begin to see a crumbling on the edges of this republican machine that they build, the trump machine, so, i think that there is a possibility now, within three months, that we will be seeing it will be a competitive race for the nomination. if the nomination were held today, it would still be donald trump's, and joe biden's at this point. but as time goes on, trump, especially if it looks like biden can donald trump, i think there will be pressure on the trump side, on trump, and on
people around him to give [ indiscernible. ] to not run again. >> what do you think some republican voters will do in november? those who can't bring themselves to support a party that they no longer recognize, one that prevents a woman from being in charge of her own body, and a party that takes an extreme right view on so many issues? what do they do? how do they vote? >> this is an important question in democracy. the only way you can win sometimes is win the election. is not enough to put up an idea, you've got to get the votes for the whole team. the democrats haven't yet proved they can do that. there is so much more to be done, what this does, it tells democrats you've got a shot and you got a chance to win is in the midterm, but you better go out there and bust your tail or it won't happen. >> good advice. david gergen, thank you as always for talking with us.
a cease-fire between israel and islam and jihad is now in effect in gaza, and appears to be holding at this hour. that truce coming two days after a dramatic escalation in tensions began. when israel launched what it called preemptive strikes on islamic jihad targets. before the cease-fire was announced on sunday, palestinian militants launched rockets toward jerusalem, following israeli airstrikes in gaza overnight. israeli officials say a leader of islamic jihad operations in southern gaza was killed in an airstrike in roth, he was the second militant commander killed in the israeli operation. palestinian officials say at least 44 militants and civilians have been killed, including 15 children. u.s. president joe biden praised the cease-fire and thanked officials for helping to broker it. journalist elliott god can joins us now, live, from southern israel. good to see you. what is the latest on the seat
cease-fire that's in effect? >> reporter: the cease-fire is holding, it officially was meant to come into effect at 11:30 p.m. local time last night, but there were still a handful of rockets fired from the gaza strip toward israel between half past 11 and midnight. since midnight it's been quiet, no more rockets have been fired, 10 hours in it is holding for now, and from israel's perspective it is a case of mission accomplished. senior is really diplomatic officials saying to journalists in the last few minutes that they think they've set back islamic jihad's capabilities decades in his words. islamic jihad was able to fire some 1175 rockets towards israel, but the defense system had a 96% success rate according to the israeli defense forces. one in five of those rockets, roughly, according to israel, was falling short or misfiring and landing inside gaza, which is another reason why the idf says that the majority of
noncombatant casualties over the last 2 1/2 days of fighting were caused by ms. fired rockets sent by islamic jihad. from the militants perspective, they can point to the fact that they show they have a very broad arsenal that they are able to reach toward tel aviv, i had to run into my bomb shelter in tel aviv last night when sirens sounded in this round of fighting. they didn't quite reach jerusalem, which was an objective of theirs, and although they lost their most senior commanders who were killed in israeli airstrikes during this flareup, they will point to the fact that they are still standing, in general, and live to fight another day. the question is when that day will come, and if next time it will involve a much bigger and more powerful militant group in the gaza strip, which sat this round of fighting out. there are other things going on, i can tell you that israel
says the humanitarian goods are once again being allowed into gaza, and there are reports that includes fuel, which was desperately needed especially by the healthcare system in the gaza strip, which had pretty much, which was running incredibly low. humanitarian goods going back to the gaza strip, and if the cease-fire holds they will return to trying to help improve the economic situation of the people of gaza by issuing more work permits, and the like. as i say, the cease-fire holding for now, no one expects it to be final and forever. but for now it's holding. >> elliott god can with that live report, many thanks. iran's foreign minister says his country is serious about a lasting nuclear agreement, as the latest round of talks aimed at reviving the iran nuclear deal continue in vienna. he spoke by phone with the un secretary-general on sunday, and said in a statement, we are
serious about reaching a strong and stable agreement. the negotiations are being followed seriously in vienna, although the outcome of this matter depends on whether the united states wants to make an agreement. iran's foreign minister also said the country is cooperating with the un's nuclear watchdog, but that the agency needs to distance itself from nonconstructive political issues. meantime, russia's chief negotiator in vienna says the talks are moving in the right direction. fears of a nuclear disaster arising in ukraine after explosions shake europe's largest nuclear power plant for a second day. we will go live to ukraine after a short break. ♪ go betty! ♪ let's be more e than our allergies! zezeize the day. with zyrtec.
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it came just a day after an attack that prompted warnings of a nuclear disaster from the un watchdog. russia blames ukraine for the strikes, concerns about the plant have been going since russian forces seized it in march, and ukrainian president latimer zelinski is urging a stronger response from allies, take a listen.>> translator: there is no such nation in the world it can feel safe when a terrorist state fired at a nuclear plant. god for bid something irreparable happens. and no one will stop the wind that will spread the radioactive contamination. therefore, a principled response of the international community to these russian attacks on the nuclear power plant, the largest in europe, is needed now. >> for more we want to bring in nick robinson, who joins us live from ukraine, good to see you. what is the latest on those strikes on the nuclear power plant in zaporizhzhia?
>> reporter: it's a static position at the moment, russia has heavy weapons in place around that nuclear power facility. it is in a town that, or on the edge of the town that russia has taken control of, it is a contested area, and there's no doubt that ukraine is trying to target russian forces. the idea as russia alleges that ukraine is firing at the nuclear power plant don't seem to stand up to any sort of scrutiny. there is real danger, as ukrainian officials say, and as the international inspector general has said as well, there is a real danger that some of the facilities could get damaged if there were an accident, a misfire or something landed off target near the facility that hit, perhaps the spent fuel rod containment area, which allegedly has been hit. is there a real risk of a
massive nuclear meltdown on the fringes of europe? that seems unlikely. is this going to be a contested military site around a sensitive area? yes. that seems to be the reason why the international atomic energy agency are calling to have their inspectors there. it would certainly benefit ukraine if there were independent, international eyes around the nuclear facility who were able to say, yes, russia is placing its heavy armaments dangerously close. but, all the satellite generated intelligence and imagery already support, seems to support that case. >> nick, tell us more about the fighting on the eastern front. what are you learning? >> reporter: is active. this is a very, very active military region. the air raid sirens in the city we are in, we are not at the
front lines here, goes off routinely. you can hear the heavy impact of shelling, i can hear some now that have been going on sporadically, that's many miles, many kilometers away. as you get closer to the front lines, you can hear the heavier shelling, outgoing, and incoming. this is an artillery standoff, military fight that's going on. deeper trenches are being dug, reinforcements are being made, but it's right at the very front line where the real hard work of soldiers in the trenches is happening. deep in the woods at ukraine's eastern front, troops begin. trenches here are lifesavers. >> here where the fighting is fierce, we do our portion of
shelling here, and some of our comrades were injured. >> reporter: the faces of the troops here tell a story that words cannot. this is tough duty. five days at the front, 10 days resting here nearby. they joke about living like hobbits, underground, away from the shelling. when ukrainian officials talk about the rocket system, and the artillery helping hold their line, these are the lines they're talking about, and these are the soldiers with the hard fight to make sure it does hold. he says, we hold the line. it's humid, it's rain, shells hit us all the time but we hold the defense. there is no other way. of course, the shelling gets on your mind. his buddy adding, but, you get used to it. both set on victory, they say.
to get to the very front line, we cross fields littered with russian rockets. all these trees they are telling us, were taken out by shelling. conditions here, very spartan. the russians, less than a mile away. days here when troops can't leave their bunkers. russia outgunned them five times. this is where the next phase of the war will be won or lost in trenches like this that stretch for hundreds of miles. troops like this holding the line against the possible russian advance. we manage, the officer says, we've come here to stop the enemy. we just take it, sit it out, and keep on fighting. and incoming shell punctuates his thought. more weapons, more armor, he says, and it could be us
advancing. when i hear those shells going off and we can hear them going off, as that story was running, you know, we know, that there are soldiers sitting under those front lines in those bunkers taking those incoming shells, and waiting to return fire when they can. out there, it feels very much like the trenches of world war i or world war ii. that's the kind of front line situation here right now. >> all right, nic robertson in ukraine, thank you so much for that report, appreciate it. ukraine's grain exports are picking up steam. on sunday, a cargo ship entered a ukrainian port for the first time since the invasion, and another two ships have left ukraine within the past few hours, carrying around 60,000 tons of agricultural products. this comes after turkey and the united nations helped broker a deal to unlock millions of tons of food supplies, stuck at
ukrainian ports since the war began. amnesty international is responding to criticism over a recent report that accused ukrainian forces of using tactics that endanger civilians. the organization released a statement on sunday saying, it's priority in any conflict is ensuring civilians are protected. while it stands by the findings, it regrets any pain caused in its report, amnesty said ukrainian troops put civilians at risk by setting up military bases in residential areas. it drew swift backlash in ukraine, with president zelinski calling it an attempt to shift blame. ahead of amnesties ukraine office resigned with a statement condemning the report. aybar partisan pair of u.s. senators are calling on the biden administration to designate russia as a state sponsor of terrorism over moscow's invasion of ukraine.
senators tell cnn the designation should be made either by the president or congress, and soon. >> i think the administration should preempt the referendum, the sham referendum that russia is going to hold in early september by designating russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. >> we are pretty polarized in this country, but we were able to pass a resolution urging you to designate russia state- sponsored terrorism because they are. >> senate democrat richard blumenthal and republican lindsey graham, told cnn that mister biden must intensify pressure on russian president vladimir putin while continuing to aid ukraine. china is carrying out more military drills near taiwan. we will have a live report from taipei in just a moment.
>> i'm nic robertson in ukraine, and this is cnn. we are tracking developments in the western pacific where chinese military drills have continued for a fifth day near taiwan. beijing began the drills on thursday after promising taipei would pay a price for hosting u.s. house speaker nancy pelosi. she made the visit despite warnings from mainland china, which considers the self- governing island part of its territory. taiwan's foreign minister says he is concerned, but not afraid. he spoke to cnn just a short time ago. >> china has always been threatening taiwan. for years, and it's getting more serious in the last few years. and its always been that way.
whether speaker pelosi visits taiwan or not, the chinese military threat against taiwan has always been there, and that is the fact that we need to deal with. >> has taiwan's democratic system been in more danger than today? >> i can tell you that taiwan is more resilient than before. look at taiwan these days, china is trying to impose trade sanctions against taiwan, trying to attack taiwan from military or nonmilitary aspect, but life goes on in taiwan. and taiwan shows its resilience. >> should people in taiwan be more worried than they are about china? >> what i can say is that the people in taiwan may worry, if you ask me, i worry a little bit. i worry that china may really launch a war against taiwan. what it is doing right now, it's trying to scare us, and the best way to deal with it to show to china that we are not
scared. >> let's bring in cnn blake from taipei, good to see you again. what is the latest on china's military drills near taiwan, and how much longer are they likely to last? >> that's a good question, i don't think anybody knows the answer. we thought these drills were going to be over yesterday, but they continue today, and we learned about that just a few hours ago, that the people's liberation army continues to conduct drills in the air, and at sea around taiwan. that's according to video post on social media by china's military saying that today's drills are focused on antisubmarine warfare and naval action. during the first four days of the military exercise by china, taiwan's defense ministry says china simulated an attack against the main island of taiwan, involving cyber attacks, a large number of fighter jets and warships operating daily around taiwan
with many entering taiwan's air defense identification zone and some crossing the taiwan strait median line. beijing also launched nearly a dozen ballistic missiles, some of them flying over taiwan for the first time ever, but according to the military experts here, what they are saying as far as the key takeaways from the last several days is that china demonstrated that they can put in a blockade of taiwan, and it doesn't really require a constant naval presence offshore, and that shipping and air traffic can be blocked by just using the simple threat of missiles. while we don't yet know the future, not only of these military drills or just in general of what the future holds for hostilities, in the taiwan strait and around taiwan, it's likely that what we are seeing by china's military, the increased tensions and aggressive maneuvering around taiwan could be the new normal according to chinese state media from now
on. china will conduct regular military drills east of the taiwan strait median line, which is closer to taiwan than it is mainland china. >> blake essig joining us from taipei, many thanks. it is peak season at a popular resort city, known as china's hawaii. this is known for its beaches, but it's also undergoing a severe covid 19 outbreak, some 80,000 tourists are now under lockdown, stranded tourists are required to stay for 7 days and clear five covid 19 tests before leaving. the former head of the u.s. fda says the cdc needs to expand its definition of monkeypox so more people can get tested for the virus. it comes as the fda is considering approving the use of smaller doses of monkeypox vaccines in order to stretch the current supply. earlier, i spoke with a professor of epidemiology at
ucla about vaccine shortages, and how expanding testing could help control the outbreak. >> the issue is, we have two vaccines that are available, and the lives of vaccine, does have a lot of side effects which are difficult to be able to manage when trying to mass administer a vaccine. this vaccine is much more easily tolerated, but the problem is, it's a two dose vaccine, so in order to be able to get enough, the adequate immune response, it needs a lot more. so, why we were not ahead of the game, i can't answer that question. but here we are, we need to be moving as quickly as we can to get as many doses out there, a lot of people who are at risk right now, the sooner we can get people vaccinated the better off we will be. >> right now, the monkeypox
outbreak is almost entirely limited to men who have sex with men, although five cases involving children have been reported, and that's why former fda commissioner doctor scott gottlieb says the cdc needs to broaden its case definition for monkeypox, testing and more segments of the u.s. population, and test more. do you agree with him on that? >> i definitely agree with scott gottlieb. the issue here is, we don't have enough situational awareness to know how many people are infected with monkeypox. it is absolutely true that right now we are seeing the vast majority of cases are in sexual networks of men who have sex with men, but all of these communities are overlapping. there are more cases out there and we will see more cases spilling over into other communities, just as we see more cases occurring. how do we actually learn who is at risk? we need to test. therefore, the more testing is
available, the better it is. doctor gottlieb is correct, we need to expand the clinical case definition so that more people get tested, clinicians actually think to test people when they see an atypical case of a rash illness, and the sooner we do this, the better we are going to be, because we are going to understand what the true burden of infection is, here. albuquerque, new mexico is on edge after the recent killings of four muslim men across the city. police say the murders may be linked. officials are increasing police presence at mosques, and they are calling on the public to help locate a vehicle of interest. cnn camilla banal has details. >> reporter: authorities now have a strong lead, they say they are looking for a specific car, a dark silver sedan, four doors, tinted windows. they believe it could be a
volkswagen either jetta or croissant. there asking the public for help in finding this car, or the person that was driving or owns this car. what authorities are trying to do is connect the dots between these four different cases. they say there are some similarities in terms of where these men were killed, and how they were killed, authorities saying at least three of them were ambushed, and then shot dead. we will start with the latest incident. we know a muslim man was killed, he was from south asia, and that happened late friday night, just before midnight. we also know another, 27 years old from pakistan, worked for the city of espanola, the mayor describing him as a brilliant public servant, he said he was soft-spoken and kind and quick to laugh. he was killed august 1st, in
southeast albuquerque, and also in the same area, 41 years old from pakistan, he went to the same mosque, but he was killed on july 26th, and now authorities are going back to november of 2021, to try to figure out if the killing is also related, because he is also a muslim man from afghanistan, he was killed outside of the business that he ran with his brother, the governor of new mexico saying that there will be justice. here's what she said. >> i am incredibly angry about this situation. every new mexican should stand up and against this kind of hatred. it has no place in this city, and it has no place in our state. >> reporter: the mayor of albuquerque also saying that his community is traumatized, explaining how there are parents who are afraid to take their children to school. numbers of the community who are scared to go out to the grocery store or to get a meal,
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migrants are in custody after landing on or near florida's coast this weekend. in one incident, more than 300 migrants from haiti were rescued after they ran aground off the florida keys. in another incident, the coast guard intercepted and took into custody at least 150 cuban migrants, who landed there. officials said they were still processing the migrants sunday. some asylum-seekers are caught in the middle amid tensions between texas and new york over immigration. dozens of migrants arrived in new york city by bus this past weekend. after texas governor designated new york as a drop off location for migrants as part of his response to u.s. border policies. new york city's mayor claims some migrants are being forced onto buses. cnn asks texas governor greg abbott for comment, and awaits a response. cnn paolo sandoval has more.
>> reporter: leaders in new york city saying they are approaching this recent busing of migrant families from the nation's southern border to the northeast as an opportunity to send a message to the world, and a republican texas governor greg abbott about how these families should be treated, and not as what abbott's critics have described as pawns in a political stunt that has been ongoing since april, when the governor announced that he would be offering some of these migrants that have been processed and released at the border an opportunity to get on the bus, and get a ride to cities like washington dc, and most recently in new york. images taken from over the weekend found these recent arrivals, potential ongoing busing of migrants will certainly add more strain to a homeless shelter system in new york city that is already trying to keep up with demand. mayor eric adams saying 14 migrants arrived on sunday, that added to at least 50 who arrived on the first bus, on
friday, they added to roughly 4000 asylum-seekers of the city has worked to find a home for since may. mayor eric adams saying sunday morning that the city certainly welcoming to these asylum- seekers, but saying that abbott's approach is not just cruel, but also uncoordinated. >> it's really important that the governor of texas is coordinated. they are not letting us know what time the buses are leaving, they are not letting us know what are the needs of the people on the bus, they are not giving us any information, so we are unable to provide the service to people on route. we would like to get that information. there is only around 14 got off, some of them thought they were going to another location and they were forced on that bus. >> mayor adams among other officials who say that some of these recent arrivals have shared with them stories about feeling forced to take up the abbott administration's offer to get on these buses, and get the ride to the northeast. cnn has reached out to governor
abbott's office on sunday, and we are still waiting to hear back. expecting more buses to arrive in new york city, officials announced that they will set up a standalone facility to provide some of these asylum- seekers with things like shelter and food. for some of those migrants, plans were not meant to take him to new york city, they are offering assistance to try to take them through other parts of the country. paolo sandoval, cnn, new york. from sweltering heat to flooding and thunderstorms, tens of millions of americans are facing more extreme weather threats this week. details from cnn whether sender, just ahead. cleaean is good, sanitized is better.
>> closed captioning is brought to you by page publishing, we'll review your manuscript for free. authorities say roads into and out of california's death valley national park are critically damaged, and the park remains closed. that's after a storm on friday caused extreme flooding, stranding hundreds of people. the national park service says dozens of cars were buried under debris at a local resort. it's a similar story in parts of colorado, authorities in denver say more than a dozen people had to be rescued from their vehicles due to heavy rain and flash flooding on
sunday. several roads had to be closed, and drivers were warned to stay off the streets. cnn meteorologist joins me now, and pedro, it is a real concern that these extreme weather conditions are becoming the new normal. >> it's incredible seeing that death valley event, the amount of rainfall they saw, one and half inches, they thought over 60 years in their 100+ years of record-keeping where the entire year didn't bring that much rainfall and they picked that up in about an hour's time on friday morning. across the united states, multibillion-dollar weather disasters so far in 2022, we've had nine of them, eight of them related to some storm events and one related to a drought event. we know the flooding across portions of kentucky would likely, once is tabulated, will be over a $1 billion disaster as well, making it tend so far for the year, the average 7.7 for the last 40 years across the united states, that's the average for the year. we've not had a single tropical system and typically does
account for quite a bit of those numbers. to show you what's happening across the southwest, flooding has been in place, some of this has been beneficial as the monsoons have been in effect, but drought monitor, which had nearly entirely the state of new mexico and arizona under droughts has begun to see some improvement, 90% of the state of arizona versus the 98% coverage for drought across the region. we expect additional rainfall in the coming several days, notice even into next week above average potential for rainfall across the western area of the u.s. where they need to rainfall the most. across the eastern area of the u.s. in particular portions that have been hit, drier weather expected but additionally still seeing rainfall across areas, iowa, wisconsin, minnesota, illinois, significant amounts of comedown, six inches in the span of 24 hours across portions of the state of iowa, causing localized flooding in the region, and we expect the system to push farther toward the east and bringing some additional rainfall and any threat for rainfall across parts of kentucky again, it's a minimal risk, and it was good news but any rainfall at this
point is going to be challenging for folks across the region, and lastly, the northeastern united states, this excessive heat alert for boston, new york, philadelphia, could feel as hot as 105 over the next day or so with excessive heat in store for the northeastern u.s. >> those temperatures, just crazy. thank you so much, pedro, we appreciate it. a long-awaited return home for some west african artifacts, london's museum says it will give back 72 objects, including brass plaques known as bronzes in nigeria, the museum says were forcibly removed from nigeria's city during britain's military incursion 125 years ago. the museum said it was moral and appropriate to return the pieces, since they were taken by force. museum officials in nigeria say they welcome the decision. thank you so much for spending
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