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unbeatable internet made to do anything so you can do anything. ♪ good morning. welcome to your "new day." rime boris sanchez. >> and i'm amara walker.
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former president trump again calling for a special master to intervene after a judge unseals documents regarding the search of his mar-a-lago home. the latest in this legal battle and what we're learning about those classified government secrets. plus, friday free fall, stocks plummeting after fed chair jerome powell promises, quote, forceful and rapid action to try and tame inflation. he says to expect more quick pain ahead. also, cnn rides along with the so-called water police in california. their creative ways to keep homeowners from wasting water amid the devastating drought. and we're going to introduce you to a very special 17-year-old, soaring into the record books after flying solo around the world. he'll join us live. "new day" starts right now.
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hello, everyone. good morning. and a warm welcome to your "new day." it is saturday, august 27th. hello there boris. >> good morning, amara. great to be with you as always. up first, we start with donald trump renewing his call for a special master to review documents from the search of his mar-a-lago residence. trump filed a response last night to a judge's request for more information but he did not explain what local a special master would play, as for the affidavit, authorizing the search of his residence, he says, it raises more questions than answers. >> we are learning new details from that affidavit. the heavily redacted document reveals that classified material found at the residence includes some of the country's most sensitive secrets. according to the filing, the fbi said the search in mar-a-lago would likely find evidence of obstruction. also said authorities have
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probable cause to believe that classified national security materials were taken to uninsured locations at the at the former president's estate. and that the fbi found 184 classified documents in the 15 boxes retrieved in january. a legal brief explaining the redactions in the affidavit also raises concerns about possible threats to potential witnesses. >> let's get more now on what exactly we're learning from the affidavit with cnn justice correspondent jessica schneider. >> reporter: startling new details about the hundreds of pages of documents former president trump kept at mar-a-lago for months. as the national archives tried to get them back. >> the top secret stuff and compartmental can get people killed. it is completely alarming. >> reporter: the unsealed affidavit reveal 14 of the 15 boxes contain classified information. 184 unique documents in all.
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67 marked confidential, 92 marked secret and 25 marked top secret. prosecutors said of most significant concern is that highly classified records were unfoldered, enter mixed with other records and otherwise unproperly identified. plus some documents had hcs markings, particularly alarming to intelligence experts. >> the hcs stuff basically means there's information in those boxes in the basement of mar-a-lago that pertain to or come from human sources. usually get imprisoned in a place like russia and other societies they're simply executed. that type of information is just incredibly sensitive. >> reporter: the justice department redacting pages from the affidavit in order to protect witness information and other key details from the ongoing criminal investigation into classified material at mar-a-lago. in particular, prosecutors writing in the legal memo to the judge information in the affidavit could be used to
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identify many if not all of these witnesses. if witness identities are exposed they could be subjected to harms including rehallretali intimidation or harassment. >> at the end of the day, it's probably a net plus for the government. the judge has found that they have excised all information that would compromise methods and sources that the justice department would be concerned about. but left unredact said an email that kevin corcoran sent to the national archives in may claiming trump had the authority to keep the papers at his florida home after he left office. saying trump had absolute authority to declassify documents. and presidential actions involving classified doubts are not subject to sanctions. there was possible cause to believe that national documents that contain ndi or national defense information or that subject to record retention requirements currently remain at
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mar-a-lago. and there's probable cause to believe that evidence of obstruction will be found. >> what is a good explain for why anybody, certainly a former president included in that group would be have stuff stored in a basement. >> just about half of that is redacted. that's because the justice department's criminal investigation into the access is still moving forward. prosecutors have revealed they're looking into violations of espionage act, concealment of government records and also obstruction. the next question is will anyone ultimately be charged and if so, who. jessica schneider, cnn, washington. >> jessica, thank you so much. let's dig deeper with cnn law enforcement analyst peter licata. he's a former fbi supervisory special agent. peter, we're grateful to have your expertise this morning. when you go over this affidavit, does any of this read to you the way that the former president is describing it like a fishi
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expedition or witch hunt? >> good morning. no, it doesn't, when you look at the portions of the affidavit that aren't much but telling it wasn't just a random search of any and all boxes that may or may not be classified. it was a specific number. 184 documents broken down into 62 confidential, 92 secret, and 27 top secret documents. and moreover, it was a specific location that was addressed in that affidavit which was the foyer inside the residence. again, very specific to what was being searched for. and for the location of which witnesses reported that information was. >> so, a lot of the affidavit, as you noted, is pretty heavily redacted. what kind of specifics can you glean about the details about the documents that they knew about? material that was marked no
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foreign, or fisa or others? >> right. it's key to understand what those caveats mean. those are -- so, a document can be classified, but what is, it's compartme compartmentalization, who is allowed to see it. no forn, that's releasing to no foreign government or no f forn-rel. fisa, information intelligence that's gleaned from basically wiretaps of foreign operatives in and around the united states. and then what was mentioned in that news piece from jessica is the hcs which is protecting human confidential sources, throughout the world. that's really important. former fbi agents, we rely on human sources. we protected them. we protected the information they were providing us and we protect third identity so they
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would not be persecuted, found, executed, murdered or arrested in that foreign country where they were releasing that information. >> so what would it mean if a foreign adversary, say, china or russia, has a plant, someone that has access to mar-a-lago and could easily grab some of these documents from a hallway? what kind of danger could the united states and its intelligence apparatus be in? >> it's the potential of what's in that information, so what do those documents actually say? it's always a danger, that's why the information is classified to begin with, confidential to top secret, somebody important enough, that information is significantly sensitive. then you put the caveats like no forn or special intelligence which is where the information is derived from. very important, again, who knows what's on the documents. the caveats are important enough
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that we want to protect the information from foreign operatives. >> sure. and what about a reasonable explanation? is it possible that trump has a good reason for holding on to these documents the way that he did? >> no. not unless he had prior approval. and moreover, a proper storage facility within mar-a-lago, we call it a scif, basically a securitied compartment where you can store classified information. or even talk about classified information. so, really, no politician has a need in this case, especially a former politician, to have these documents on their possession or in a not carted storage facility or tupperware box at all. >> peter, this caught my eye in the affidavit, apparently, there were all sorts of handwritten notes, detriteis paperwork
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mingled in with classified information, what did you make of that? >> let's just say that is not the way classified documents are supposed to be stored. it seems like it was just things taken from specific rooms somewhere within the white house or somewhere where the trump administration had access packing up the white house to move stuff to mar-a-lago. and it was just a hodgepodge of no diligence. about taking things without actually examining them, looking at them and making sure they were stored properly. or asking if we could remove them to have them stored properly. >> so, we learned that the fbi told the court the search would likely find evidence of obstruction. but it appears that all of that actual evidence remains redacted in the affidavit. how do you read that? >> well, there's probably a good chance in this case, they're actually protecting a witness or witnesses or in this case a government source. the hcs -- the human
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confidential source or witness that is reporting about this, not only reporting about the documents, but the potential for things that would relate to obstruction. so it's just a matter of protecting the witnesses. now if this ever did go to trial, if there was ever decided there would be an indictment passed down and a trial would take place. then those witnesses would be revealed in a court of law but not until that time. >> peter licata, we appreciate your insight. >> my pleasure. still ahead, friday free fall. stocks plunging after fed chair jerome powell said americans can expect more economic pain as the government works to tamp down inflation. his blunt message to investors and the vest of the country, next. plus, a hopeful sign of where we are in the coronavirus pandemic. what the cdc expects when it comes to both deaths and new infections over the coming weeks. plus, cracking down on water
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wasters. meet the so-called water police patrolling the streets of california and handing out real penalties to people violating water restrictions.
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the dow plunged more than 1,000 points yesterday after federal reserve chair jerome powell vowed that the central bank will continue to fight inflation. and he warned americans we should expect more economic pain. >> powell went on to say the federal reserve would continue its historic pace of interest rate hikes for the foreseeable future and that it would likely result in some weakening of the u.s. economy and labor market. >> reducing inflation is likely to require a sustained period of below trend growth. moreover, there will very likely be some softening of labor market conditions. while higher interest rates, slower growth and softer labor market conditions will bring down inflation, they will also
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bring some pain to households and businesses. these are the unfortunate costs of reducing inflation. but a failure to restore price stability would mean far greater pain. >> the federal reserve will decide how much to increase interest rates again when they meet next month on september 20th and 21st. new this morning, governor kathy hochul is requesting that president biden take executive action to allow migrant as arriving in new york from texas to receive work permits. >> officials say that as of this week, more than 7,000 migrants are seeking asylum in new york is city, including at least 1100 children. cnn's polo sandoval spoke with one migrant family who traveled across ten countries just to be here. they say they are ready for work. >> reporter: to get nearly an idea of what many of the people stepping off these border busses in new york city have experienced, just look at the
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images they're willing to share. this video taken by valles and his partner gonzalez earlier this summer. the young venezuelan couple kept a video diary during their two-month ten-country journey from lima, peru to new york city. they carried only a few belongings on their backs and occasionally their 6 and 9-year-old as they trekked through the infamous darian gap linking central and south america. it's a path where for many ends in tragedy but not this family. during the rest of their journey north they swaddled their dog max, still a puppy at times like a baby to sneak him on to buses and hotels, fearing they would be separated.
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but the actual blood, sweat and tears were all worth it for this moment, as they recount, the day they waded across the rio grande, and on to u.s. soil for the first time, officially requesting asylum, after a brief stop in texas it was on to a bus and three-day drive to new york city where they wait for their asylum cases to be heard. what was your first impression of new york? anabel tells me reality set in once they reached the urban jungle that is their new home. as much as they want to start earning a living they can't. you see, they're among the thousands of recently arrived migrants who have to petition for a work permit after submitting asylum applications. it's a process that's taken up to a year according to new york city leaders. this man says he hopes the
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government can help him be a better provider for his family. but more than anything else, he's pleading for the federal government to free his hand of the red tape that's keeping him from working legally. >> most of the families i've spoken, to they want to get to work. they don't want to stay in shelters. they want to contribute to the society. >> reporter: an immigrant himself calls for fast solution. >> immigration act vo kits across the country are calling on the federal government to make it easier and make it quicker for asylum seekers to obtain their work permit. that's part of the biggest obstacle. >> reporter: the family says they won't risk their asylum cases by working off the books. they'll have to depend on the city's already strained shelter system to get the green light to start living their american dream. polo sandoval, cnn, new york. abortion will now be out of reach for millions of women, as
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a positive trend in the covid pandemic. >> the centers for disease control and prevention predicting the number of daily covid-19 deaths will dlin to dec bin to decline in the next few weeks. experts say that figure is likely going down. the number of new covid infections is also dropping. >> there are fewer than 100,000 new cases a day for the first time since may. meanwhile, the fda is expected to authorize pfizer's updated covid-19 booster. one that protects against the
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newest omicron variant on or before september 1st. moderna also submitted an application this week to the fda for emergency use authorization of yits upits omicron booster. >> the numbers have dwindled. >> cnn's medical correspondent elizabeth cohen has more. >> boris, amara, pfizer says it will need 2% of team who had covid and take paxlovid experienced rebound. but certainly, we've heard story after story of people who have had rebound and it really makes you wonder if that 2% is right. let's take a look at the latest study. this is a big study from the national institutes of health said people with covid-19, take paxlovid and reexperienced rebound. 5.4% in the study experienced rebound within the month. that's certainly higher than 2%.
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in many ways anecdotally, seems high per. president biden, had covid-19, took paxlovid. so did his wife-d anthony fauci, stephen colbert, doctors that you see often on cnn, they both experience reed bound after taking pass low individual. one of the reasons people say this could be happening is you only take paxlovid for five days. now, the fda has asked for more studies. perhaps people need to take it for longer. now, having said that, there are some people who really could benefit from paxlovid even if they do get rebound it could be worth the risk. so the people who benefit the most from paxlovid, people who are 65 and older, people who are immune compromised and people with underlying conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. now, there's no question there are people who benefitted from paxlovid. for example, there was an
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israeli study that looked at elderly people and compared people who took paxlovid and those who didn't. what they found, without paxlovid, people were four times more likely to end up in the hospital with covid-19. so the bottom line if you're at high risk of becoming severely ill with covid-19, then paxlovid might be worth the risk of having rebound. rebound might be okay if indeed the drug saves your life. for people who are young and healthy it might not be worth the risk of getting rebound. ak, boris. >> thank you. president biden met with local officials at the white house to mark women's equality day. >> they discussed actions to protect women's access to abortions and reproductive health care. president biden said the fate of abortion rights lies in the hands of voters now. >> the court got roe in nearly 50 years, congress in my view
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should codify roe for once and for all. right now, we're a shorthandful of votes to pass it in the house. in the senate, we're short. the only way to make it happen is if the american people make it happen in november. >> notably, president biden's comments come as another round of abortion trigger laws go in effect. >> nearly half of all states have nearly banned or restricted abortions or expected to do so. cnn's tom foreman takes a look at some of those called trigger laws. >> reporter: texas has a tough new coat of the west. abortions are now outlawed at the moment of conception with no exceptions with pregnancies that come from rape or incest. a doctor can perform an abortion but only if a mother will die or seriously impaired. in some cases, providing an
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abortion can be first degree felony and penalty for that life in prison. >> 50 years ago, in 1972, abortion was just as illegal in texas as it is today. >> reporter: tennessee going a similar direction. >> we expect it to be followed. >> reporter: with limited starting at fertilization, no ceptions for rape or incest. and doctors, same rule, only to save a mother's life or prevent serious medical issues a standard some critics find hopelessly vague. >> law will make doctors second guess their medical treatment or expertise in choosing a treatment plan or risk a felony or criminal conviction. >> reporter: and then there is idaho. rape or incest can legally justify an abortion under the new law there, if it is reported to the police. but for doctors, the only legal excuse for abortion is to save the mother's life. any abortion done to prevent injury or illness to the
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pregnant patient could wind up in charges against the doctor. that distinction moved a federal judge to put that part of idaho's law on hold. since federal law says emergency room care must also consider protecting a patient's health, even if she is not in mortal danger. it's all evidence of the rapid pace at which many red states are seeking to implement new laws against abortion, stiffen the laws they already have and impose the harshest penalties on those who still think and act as if abortion is a nationwide right. >> thanks to tom foreman for that report. a crackdown in california. the state suffering from an extreme drought and now officials are scouring neighborhoods for people violating strict water restrictions. take a close look at the device that could force the biggest culprits to cut back, when we come back. our smart sleepers get 28 minutes morere restful sleep pr night. don't miss our labor
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>> when it's in our face and the sprinklers are going on at noon on a wednesday, it's an easy target for us. >> reporter: a sunny day in southern california likely means someone is violating drought restrictions. >> this street in particular was very, very green two months ago. >> reporter: here in northern los angeles county, residents are only allowed to water one day a week. and only eight minutes per each set of sprinklers. so the lass virginas looking for those breaking rules. a little runoff there. >> and runoff there, yeah. >> reporter: we rode along with kasun gilmore as he looked for water where it shouldn't be. he and his team. with outdoor water capturing up to 70% of usage, lass virginias said it could have a huge impact. the water gets water from the state water runoff which pipes water from the southern sierra
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mountains to southern california. but the snow pack, 4% of normal at the end of the winter. las virginias only getting 5% of water supply this year. >> we're having to supplement the water that we have been getting from the state water project with this water that you see behind us which is considered our storage account. >> reporter: sure. sometimes, they find those abusing the rules, sometimes, thousands of dollars. >> we have a lot of celebrities. we have a lot of musicians and athletes. >> reporter: out the affluent territory is home to a-listers with deep pockets some of whom use far more water. kevin hart, dwyane wade and according to the los angeles times, kourtney kardashian as well as sister kim. >> those specific celebrities have been working very closely with the district. they want to do the right thing in order to achieve the much more efficient water usage. >> reporter: the water district has learned for some, losing
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water has more impact than losing money. >> it really gets the attention of people ignoring the drought. >> reporter: after a customer uses more than 150% of their water allocation for a time they'll be in line to get a simple but effective flow restrictor installed. >> this normally gets 25 to 30 gallons a minute. with a restrictor, your sink works fine. your shower works ogg. your irrigation will not work. >> reporter: here's water flowing normally. and here it is with the restrictor. >> it's not meant to be punitive. it's meant to tell people this drought is incredibly serious and what we need you to do is do your part. >> reporter: cnn reached out to the stars mentioned and have yet to hear back. however, dwyane wade and his wife gabriela union told "the new york times" they have taken drastic steps to abide by the water guidelines. overall, the municipal water
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district says about 7% of its customers are in line to get a flow restrictor if the usage doesn't go down but they make sure those customers get ample warning before that happens. stephanie elam, cnn, los angeles. >> stephanie, thank you for that. it is a journey that spans 52 countries and five continents. up next, we're going to speak to the 17-year-old pilot who just landed in the guinness book of world records and how breaking records is a family affair. under pressure this is the man you turn to. this is your difference maker. go kick the ball to mommy. hah, you see that? he's a natural. i just need a little bit more. you're making all the difference out there kid.
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this week, 17-year-old mack rutherford became the youngest person to fly solo around the world. during the trek, matt flew an ultra light aircraft to 52 countries across five continents. he landed in sophia, bulgaria,
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right where his journey began. guess what, we're in for a treat because mack rutherford joins me for this aachievement. it's great to see you. it's been a few days now for the record-breaking trip to settle in. when you took off in march, did you really believe you'd be able to fly soso alo around the worl? >> well, it's been quite difficult to imagine. the thing is with this trip, i took it very step-by-step. i wasn't thinking over months. i was thinking about tomorrow i will be in crete. that's how i approached it but there were definitely many points in my trip where it was difficult to imagine finishing the journey. >> tell me about the moments. there were some hairy situations
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that you encountered one that forced you to sleep on a runway on an uninhabited island. what happened. >> yeah, so when i was flying from japan to the u.s., i had to do a canal flight, i couldn't fly through russia. so i took off from japan ten hours later, i flew over -- well, i flew over the pacific ocean. ten hours later i arrived at ache which is a tiny island in the north pacific. it was quite dark. low clouds. was raining. so the weather wasn't too nice. but i managed to land. and further on, i saw a small church. pulled up next to it and stayed there for the night. there was nowhere to stay. that was a special experience, very different to anything i saw before.
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the next day i went on and it was a very nice time and carried on with my journey. >> you're incredibly brave. i'm sure i would have given up within the first few minutes because i'm just a horrible flier. mack, you're makieing history, you're just 17 years old but you made history when you were 15 because you were the youngest pilot in the world when you got your license. also talking about, being a family affair, your sister is the youngest one to fly solo around the world. i understand she was giving you advice or while on route. how did that work out? and what did she tell you? >> yeah, she finished her trip around the world. the youngest woman to do so. and when i -- i thought that was an amazing idea, and i would try to do something similar. basically, in my yjourney aroun the world, she would help give me individual advice.
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but also give me advice for just general routes. her biggest piece of advice is don't get yourself in a situation you that can't get yourself out of again. so if there's a valley, say, make sure you can always turn around, i don't know, if the clouds get bad or something like that. just no situation where you're stuck. always have wiggle room. that is the most important advice. >> yeah, i'll take that life in general for me in general. look, you've accomplished >> so actually in the near future, back to school. so school starts in about a week's time. so, not much time to rest at all. and just going to have to try to catch up as much as possible because i've missed quite a bit of school in my five-month journey. >> yeah, i bet. what's your favorite subject, quickly? >> because i go to school in the
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uk, i only do three subjects. so history, biology, economics. i'm honestly not sure what my favorite subject is. i chose all three subjects because i like them. they all have their good qualities. >> fantastic. mack, great to see you on the ground and in one piece and smiling. thank you for talking with us and congratulations mack r ruth rutherford. thanks. >> thank you very much. speaking of flying, cancellations have caused chaos at airports across the country auz summer. up next, cnn is look at how united airlines is draddressing the problem.
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♪ we are just days away from the labor day travel rush, and it appears the summer of travel pain is not over yet. monday, marked one of the worst days for flight cancellation in months. >> yeah. those cancellations are often caused by staffing shortages, and they've made flying just a nightmare this summer. cnn's pete muntean sat down with the ceo of united airlines for an exclusive look at how they're attacking this issue. >> reporter: another week of air travel pain across the counsel a tri is turning up airlines to fix it. this past monday alone, more than 1,400 flights were cancelled nationwide, the fourth highest of the summer. both southwest and american airlines delayed more than 40% of all their flights. >> our flight was cancelled.
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yesterday. now we're back again today. it was cancelled this morning. and now woe're back again. >> reporter: united ceo scott kirby said hiring has made its pandemic recovery quicker than others. since the start of this year, united hired 1,500 new pilots in hopes of alleviating staffing shortages and cancelled flights. in total, u.s. airlines cancelled more than 44,000 flights since june. >> all airlines are not created equal. >> reporter: kirby put some of the blame back on the federal government. last week, the federal aviation administration said a shortage of air traffic controllers delayed flights into newark, jfk and laguardia but up to two hours. >> frankly the biggest challenge is not the airlines themselves, the infrastructure around aviation that hasn't caught up. >> united had 5,000 cancellations this summer. what do you say to somebody who
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does see this as an airline issue rather than some other cause. >> well, first i would say we're doing everything we can to get the airline running reliably. we know that's the most thing -- it's our number one priority. the faa says you can't land airplanes at the airplane, you'll have delays. >> reporter: pete buttigieg says air traffic controllers does not account for many this summer. the level of disruption americans have experienced this summer is unacceptable and is telling airlines to review their customer service commitments to passengers. >> i'm calling on the airlines to step up their game before we have to do even more. >> reporter: for united, that starts with training that focuses on quality, something i got to try in a boeing 737 simulator. >> nice. >> you feel that was hard? >> no, that's good. >> our growth plan, the most aggressive growth plan of any airline in the history of aviation is really the driver behind the need for our pilots.
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>> reporter: with the labor day travel rush around the corner, united airlines is expecting big numbers, 2.6 million passengers on united airlines alone. two big tips if you're traveling. one, ditch the checked bag and carry on, that leaves you more flexibility. and two, ditch the connections from your itinerary and fly nonstop. more connections only opens you up to more opportunities for delays and cancellations. pete muntean, cnn, denver international airport. >> yeah. but if your flight is cancelled and the only flight available is to connect, then you don't have a choice how to do that. it's been heck of a year with traveling. yeah, i don't ever check in my bags if i don't have to, right? any way, this morning parts of the gulf coast are bracing for some potentially dangerous flooding in the coming days. >> cnn meteorologist allison chinchar is standing by at the cnn weather center. allison, where are we going to see the most rain? >> unfortunately a lot of places
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that have seen too much rain in the last week. flood warnings still in effect across portions of mississippi and louisiana. now most of that isn't necessarily from the rain coming down now but it's from the rivers, the creeks and the streams because those things take time to crest and peak. take, for example, the pearl river in jackson, still cur currently at moderate flood stage. it is expected to crest late monday into early tuesday assuming you don't get any more rain from what we have now. they had plenty. from now up to this point since last sunday, widespread areas of six inches but we had several spots that picked up, eight, nine, ten inches of rain and now we're going to add more on top of it. the bulk of the heaviest rain will be over towards areas of florida, but you'll notice right here, all along the gulf coast region, you could still pick up an additional one to two inches. no, that number alone isn't likely to cause major problems. when you have that saturated ground, it's just going to
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exacerbate a lot of the on going flooding concerns. you still have a flood threat for all of these areas you see in green along the gulf coast. another area is going to be into the midwest where not only do we have the chance for flooding, guys, we also have the potential for some strong to severe thunderstorms including some damaging winds. >> yikes. allison chinchar, thank you so much. your next hour of "new day" starts right now. ♪ good morning, everyone, and welcome to your new day. i'm amara walker. >> i'm boris sanchez. former president trump again is calling for a special master to intervene after a judge unseals documents about the search of his mar-a-lago home. we have the latest in his legal battle and what we're learning act those classified government secrets he was keeping. president biden lays out his plan to forgive billions of dollars in student loans. why some say the plan is a good start but doesn't go far enough. also, stocks pluet


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