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biden's physical will wrap up later this month. that after a president missed a pledge to compete it by the end of january. a spokesperson saying the delay was the result of the busy and evolving travel schedule for the 80-year-old president. this should be on your radar, the end of the tom brady era. in a twitter message this morning the g.o.a.t. says he's retiring for good. he's played 23 seasons in the nfl, seven-time super bowl champion, five-time super bowl mvp, plenty of season records as well. as you take a look at his hardware, the pro football hall of fame tells us take has played in 18% of all super bowl games. thank you for your time today on "inside politics." we'll see you tomorrow. kasie hunt picks up right now. good afternoon. i'm kasie hunt in washington. it is a pivotal day here with
major consequences for all americans. just one hour from now the federal reserve is expected to roll out its eighth straight interest rate hike. experts, executives and the markets all hope it will be one of the smallest yet. just a few blocks away, down at the white house, president biden and house speaker kevin mccarthy will sit down for their first stare-down since mccarthy became speaker over the debt ceiling. if one doesn't blink soon, you can say goodbye to federal elt benefits and hello to a financial meltdown, all courtesy of your representatives on capitol hill. let's start with cnn's matt egan over at the fed. matt, is today the day that jerome powell starts to pump the brakes on these interest rate hikes? >> it certainly looks that way. it would be a big surprise if that didn't happen. fed officials have been dropping hints, strong hints for weeks
now that they do plan to dial back this war on inflation today. the thinking is that the fed goes from a 50 basis point rate hike in deescember to 25 basis point today. wall street is saying that's a slam dunk. investors pricing in a 99% chance of a 25 basis point rate hike in just over an hour. we know fed officials do not like to catch markets off guard. so it does look like that's going to happen. listen, this would be a sign that the fed believes that their tough medicine is working. inflation is still too hot. consumer prices are going up at roughly triple what is considered healthy. sticker shock is a real problem at the grocery store, when you're talking about rent, but inflation is cooling off. so that is giving the fed the cover to potentially slow down the pace of interest rate hikes. two big questions we're hoping to get insight on today is, one, how much higher do fed officials think rates have to go?
and two, how long will they have to stay hot? kasie, the answers to those questions will go a long way to whether or not the fed can pull off a soft landing or if the economy ends up going into a recession. >> so, we're now of course a year into this fight against inflation. what has the real world impact been of these eight rate hikes in a row? >> kasie, the fed is moving at almost unprecedented speed to put out this inflation fire. you have to go back to the early 1980s under paul volcanoker. what does this mean on main street? it means borrowing costs are going to continue to go up. we're talking about car loans,
mortgage rates, credit card rates which are already at record highs. all of those are going higher, and that is painful. hopefully they're not going up at quite the same speed that they have been. the other impact here, of course, is inflation. the fact that inflation is cooling off, of course, is great news for consumers. again, the hope is that they're able to pull this off. they're able to get inflation under control without causing a downturn. >> matt egan, thanks very much for your reporting and kicking us off today. let's now talk about the high-stakes biden/mccarthy meeting. phil mattingly at the white house, always good to see you. what's the goal here? how much substance do you think we'll see in the first meeting, or is this just the beginning of some sort of strange dance? >> reporter: much more the latter than the former. strange being a good description. there's a deadline here, it's not in the near term, this town, congress, the white house tend
to not get anything done until the deadline is right up against it, right at the brink. certainly when lawmakers and officials look towards the june deadline for actual default here, they know there's some time. the time is important, but so, too, is this meeting. in part because it's the first meeting between president biden and speaker mccarthy since kevin mccarthy became the speaker of the house. they need to have a lip. they know each other. they generally say nice things about each other. in terms of an in depth working relationship that could produce outcomes, the debt ceiling being number one among 'them, they ned to establish that relationship going forward. this will be a meeting more about positioning on political policy. the officials on both sides acknowledge this is a necessary step in what will be a multi, multi, maybe several more multi-step process over the next couple months as folks try to stake out their positions to try
to avoid what could be catastrophic economically. >> it absolutely could be. phil, for a lot of our viewers watching at home, this feels like pretty far away, a lot of inside baseball. obviously, you and i cover the ins and house of these political soap operas all the time. let's remind people what's at stake here. this is the first step in building a relationship that will ultimately determine whether or not our economy, frankly, is able to maintain the soft landing we've been seeing or hit something more more difficult. >> i think this is a really good point. this has become a political soap opera. it has become a year or ef remember-other-year battle that gets resolved. eem look at it as a washington thing with no repercussions. the reality is if a deal is not reached to raise the debt ceiling, the consequences are enormous, speaking interest
rates, widespread unemployment, retirement accounts would take a beating, the stock market would crater. i think the validity of the u.s. dollar would come into question, too. also there's an element of the geopolitical essence of things right now where the u.s. and its inability to get the most basic elements of governing done would certainly be reflected in terms of how the world views the country. the consequences are very real here. the dance being played out is something we're all very familiar with. everybody that's involved knows those consequences exist and that's supposed to drive a reso resolution. whether it will, obviously, still to be determined. >> for sure. we've got mitch mcconnell sitting on the sidelines waiting to see how this all plays out before he decides to get involved. that brings us to manu raju on the hill. obviously, manu, we have i don't know how many hours at stakeouts on this topic over the many years. i think for a lot of people -- it wasn't that long ago that president trump was in the white house and republicans were much
more okay with spending more money. they, of course, ran the government, so they actually had to take responsibility for raising the debt ceiling. trump signed three debt limit increases, and the debt increased by nearly $8 trillion. how uncomfortable is this switch back to suddenly being much more interested in fiscal solvency, shall we say? >> reporter: we didn't hear much pushback from republicans during the trump era when it was suspended three separate times. we've seen it a number of times, when a new majority comes in, they try to use this issue as leverage. the republicans are criticizing the spending so far in the biden administration and turning a blind eye to what happened during the trump administration. nevertheless, they see this as a critical point of leverage. most legislation will not be -- that's approved by the house will not get to the president's desk. it will be blocked by the senate, certainly won't get a presidential signature. they have to raise the debt limit which is why they plan to
use this as leverage. in talking to republicans today, they blame the white house for the current situation, and republicans, moderates, on down to conservatives are on the speaker's side on this part of the debate. they say it's time for the white house to negotiate. >> it's part of the democrats' political agenda. joe biden knew when he signed the omnibus bill we were at 99.9% of the debt limit. chose not to include it in the omnibus bill. >> a debt crisis will undermine everything in the federal government that we care about. >> are you comfortable with the idea of a clean debt ceiling increase? could you see yourself supporting one if it comes to default? >> i think this is something that should be seen an opportunity. we have to get our fiscal house in order, we truly do. i think the american people want to see us turn that corner.
>> reporter: that last congress was congressman dan newhouse, one of ten republicans who voted to impeach donald trump, indicating he wouldn't agree to what the white house is calling for, to raise the debt ceiling without anything attached. kasie, things will get much more difficult once republicans have to lay out specifically what they want to cut. they have not done that yet. kevin mccarthy behind closed doors this morning did not detail precisely what he's looking for. that's going to be a much more difficult conversation. for now republicans on the same page and calling for the white house to agree to some sort of fiscal deal in order to raise the debt ceiling. >> those details always what catch people up, when you actually have to cut money and somebody is getting hurt. the politics get tough. manu raju and phil mattingly who had to run, thanks to both of you. minutes ago the fbi completed its search of president biden's home in rehoboth beach, delaware. we're being told that no classified documents were found
there today. it's part of the special counsel investigation into biden's handling of classified material. cnn's jessica schneider joins us to break all of this down. jessica, did the president know this search was happening today? what have we learned? >> he did, kasie, but they didn't alert the public. biden's attorney saying the fbi and dodge had the president's full support and cooperation. the search has wrapped. the personal attorney for the president, bob bower sent out a statement saying the dodj's planned such conducted in coordination and cooperation with the president's attorneys has concluded. the search was conducted from 8:30 a.m. to noon. no documents with classified markings were found. consistent with the process in wilmington, the doj took for further review some materials and handwritten notes that appeared to relate to his time as vice president. remember, we know the doj had also been reviewing handwritten
notes they took after the search about two weeks ago in wilmington. that one lasted about 13 hours, this one less than four. today's search the third search in total. our team throughout this process has learned that so far dozens of classified documents have actually been found as a result of up a these searches. they range from when biden's attorneys initially found materials in november and december and that includes what was taken from biden's wilmington home two weeks ago during the fbi search. the search two weeks ago has only been described by biden's attorneys up to this point as consisting of six items with classification markings on the docks. no exact numbers from them just yet. kasie, notably here, this search today happening the same day that robert herr is starting his role as special counsel. that's according to my colleague paula reid. he'll be overseeing the investigation of the handling of classified documents.
we'll see how it proceeds now they've done this additional search. >> jessica schneider, thank you. let's go now to memphis with less than an hour from now the funeral for tyre nichols will begin. family, friends, white house officials, families of some of the other black men who have been killed by police all attending to honor his life. cnn's ryan young is outside the church where the funeral will be held. ryan, we all witnesses in horror how tyre died. soon we're going to get a chance to learn and hear so much more about how he lived. >> reporter: absolutely. i think that's something we should start to focus on here. tyre nichols lost his life before turning 30. there's a picture on the inside that shows a picture with him and his son. so many people here coming out from the community, and they are talking about the pain they experienced while watching this
video. that goes in three parts. there are people here who love memphis the city, and they also love the idea of this young man and how he, according to his family, was a peaceful young man, and they don't believe that someone should have been attacked that way. i was talking to a woman inside who said she felt like it was her son being hit over and over again as she was getting ready to shed tears and that's why she felt she needed to be here. we've talked to people who have flown from across the country to be here because they felt like they needed to support the family, and they've seen this happen so many other times, they felt like they needed to show some support for the family. all this happening where the city has been hit by a winter storm that has delayed the funeral. it's going to start in about an hour. we know the vice president is going to be here, al sharpton and ben crump will be here as well. the conversation today has been mostly focused about tyre. of course, this police investigation remains open. one woman did stop and talk to me and said, at least this funeral is happening with five
officers fired. there's still so many questions surrounding this community. the difference here is there was not a lot of violent protests and this community gets a chance to come out and mourn and really put the focus on where they want to see things go in the future. kasie. >> you mentioned the police officers that have been fired, and we're learning now that there are more videos of the encounter with police that will be released at some point. what do we know at this point about that? >> reporter: you've got to think about this. this is two separate investigations. you have the tennessee bureau of investigation who is doing the criminal part with the d.a.'s office. you administrative investigations going on inside the police department. there could become a point after they get done with certain parts of this investigation, they can release more parts of this video and audio. clearly, if you listen to the audio and the video together, it's difficult to listen to. when you put all this together, it's very tough for people to watch, and i'm sure there will
be stuff they can put together, so we can start putting all the puzzle pieces together. >> ryan young in memphis, thanks very much for that reporting. prosecutors in the alex murdaugh murder trial unveiling what hey call a critical piece of evidence. it's a video taken from the scene where his wife and son were shot and killed. plus, the college board reveals an a.p. african american studies course that florida's governor has slammed and it did make some changes. what's in? what's out? and what is ron desantis saying now? plus, the g.o.a.t. says goodbye again, we think for real. why tom brady says it is indeed for real this time. so no matttter what the market's doing, he's ready. and that's.s... how you collllect coins. your money never stops working for you with merrill, a bank of america company.
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just a short time ago they played a video in court that could place the defendant at the scene where his wife and son were murdered. that undercuts murdaugh's claim he wasn't there. cnn's randi kaye is covering the trial. what did you learn about this video? >> reporter: kasie, alec murdaugh had been interviewed by investigators, and he told them at least twice that he was not at the kennels at their hunting property earlier in the night around the time of the murders. he said when he went there it was after 10:00, he found the bodies of his wife and son and could 911 about 10:07 p.m. the state promised evidence that would pre fut his alibi. they said it would put him at the scene at the time maggie and paul murdaugh's phones seized all activity, at the time their phones locked for the last time. we got a look at this video in court. it was very telling. it was extracted from paul
murdaugh's iphone by a computer forensics expert. it runs about a minute long. take a look at this and we'll talk about it on the other side. >> what do you hear? >> you hear three different voices in the video. you can tell -- because they're so different, you can tell they're different voices. >> at this time the state is going to publish that video. it is not under seal. >> get up. get up . >> he's got a bird in his mouth.
it's a guinea. >> it's a chicken. >> reporter: prosecutors did not identify alex murdaugh on the video. they did say you can hear the three voices. they know this is the video they think is key to the case. it was video by paul murdaugh of a dog with an injured tale. you can hear the other two voices identified by the state as alex murdaugh and maggie murdaugh. paul and maggie murdaugh are believed to have died about 8:49 p.m. this video was taken at 8:45, between 8:44:45 and 8:45:07. the defense has said since this video was first put out that it would be coming at trial. the defense would say they were there, called it a con viv y'all conversation, a friendly conversation, certainly nothing
threatening in his voice at the time. the problem for the defense is that alec murdaugh said he was not there. he said he took a nap, went to his mother's house, left the property at 9:06 and returned when he called 911 at 10:07. we could see alec murdaugh in court as this was playing, he was crying hard sitting at the defense table. >> we were watching a little bit of that here. randi, we've been told there's a snapchat video. that's different from the one they released today? can you walk us through that? >> reporter: right. the snapchat video was taken at 7:56 p.m. so much earlier in the evening, maybe 50 minutes or so before it's believed they were called and before this video was taken. that's a video that is also apparently on paul murdaugh's phone. we haven't seen it in court yet. we know the state subpoenaed a representative from snapchat and a representative from google to come to court and testify to the
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framework for the course for the african american studies. what the state rejected and took objection with was a framework, a proposed framework that was created in february of last year. as it stands right now, the official course work does not include many of the works and authors that the administration took issue with out of one unit, particularly unit four. let me remind you what the objections were. remember, the florida department of education said it took issue with the inclusion of black queer studies, the movement for black lives, black feminist literary thoughts, the reparation movements. those topics are no longer listed in that same unit, but some of them are still mentioned in this curriculum. they are mentioned as options for students to be able to research and consider researching for the project related to this course. also on that list of things to
possibly research, let's go through that list. it lists several things including black lives matter, origins, impacts and critics, reparations debates, queer life and expression in black communities as well as black conservatism. they even have the role of religion in african american resistance to enslavement. so there are changes that have been made to this course. governor ron desantis was just asked about it in a press conference about an hour ago. he said that they are still reviewing that. the department of education also saying they will let us know if they think this complies with the law. let's back up to what the law is in florida. remember last year they pass add law that basically says a student could not be made to feel they are personally responsible, shouldn't feel guilt, distress or anguish based
on the prior actions of som committed by someone of their race. i also talked to the co-chair for the development of this course. he said, look, revisions to this were always part of the plan. they take into consideration feedback from students and teachers and experts, historians that are engaged in the pilot program, but this he says has nothing to do with the politicians and what the state of florida is objecting to, kasie. >> all right. we'll see about that. leyla santiago. thanks very much for that reporting. let's continue our conversation with nicky taylor, department chair of history at howard university. professor, thank you for being with us today. let's just start with the big picture here. clearly the college board made some adjustments. they decided not to require that certain subjects, black lives matter, reparations be studied,
instead making that optional. why do you think they did that? >> thank you, kasie, for having me, especially on the first day of black history month. it's very unfortunate that we must discuss these changes on this day in particular. i wasn't in the room when the college board decided to make those changes, and i truly hope they were intellectual reasons that they decided to make those changes. i believe that no educator, especially not college educations and college educators should ever bow down to political pressure. the idea that politicians or one governor of one state could dare tell us what content and what curriculum is important for african american studies is just mind-blowing to me, kasie. >> so you have said that this
curriculum is a good idea, quote, unquote. there are critics who look at it and say -- they'll use language -- we've heard desantis talk about how florida is the place where woke goes to die. how do you respond to those critics? >> first of all, i'm an intellectual, as are the people who design the curriculum. i did not design the curriculum, but i have full confidence in the people i know who were a part of it. so that's the first point. the second point is that we're always going to find things that we don't like in a particular topic. american history, for example, we unfortunately have to teach about the ku klux klan. are we not supposed to teach about these things that actually happened in american history just because people don't like it? to be honest, you have to be honest to the history as an
intellectual. it's very anti-inlengthal for anybody to try to erase certain parts of black studies, black culture, black history because they particularly don't like it or think it's controversial to them. there's a whole segment of our community that identify as black queer. moreover, the reparations movement and the black lives matter movement are important social movements in african american life and culture, important social movements that have made important strides. so the idea that one person with a lot of power and a platform can be this critical of this particular a.p. exam -- i did not hear about him criticizing the european history exam, or even the japanese language in culture exam. just this one. it's really interesting, kasie. >> professor nikki taylor, thank you so much for coming on with us to provide some perspective
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touchdowns, wins, playoff wins. his seven super bowl titles are more than any nfl franchise have won. his ten super bowl appearances nearly 20% of the super bowls that have ever been played, every nfl player, kasie, struggles with retirement. nothing compares to playing in the nfl. it's something brady was thinking about even in 2005. listen to his answer in this interview when brady was asked if there's anything that scares him. >> the end of my playing career, big time. when i'm playing football during those seven months out of the year, it's easy. you get up and you come in here -- not that it's easy to work hard, not that it's easy to show up every day and do the job, but you're focused. you've got a goal, something you're trying to accomplish. when that's don't you don't have 80,000 people screaming your name, what's it going to be? >> he went on to say that he
heard about how astronauts get depressed after going to the moon because there's nothing on the planet that could fulfill them the way that did. he leaves the greatest all time. nobody works harder, studies harder. when we played against his teams, kasie, we would try to call a blitz and he'd call it out. i'm the average nfl career southbound 3.5 years. he played 23. most rookies in the nfl this season weren't born yet when tom brady was drafted. so much more than a football player, cultural icon, overlooked, drafted 199th. he set out to prove everyone wrong and inspired a whole bunch of people along the way. >> he sure did prove everybody wrong. no one i'd rather talk to about this than sbidomebody who actua took the field against him. coy wire, thank you. could the air you breathe be
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the state. and this was the scene near san antonio this morning, where ice was weighing down power lines, knocking them into trees. and it's impacting air travel, too. more than 2,000 flight cancellations just today. cnn meteorologist jennifer gray joins us now. jennifer, good to see you. how long is this expected to last? >> well, we're going to see this continue throughout much of the day today, into tonight. we are expecting to see better weather tomorrow, but just think, we've been talking about this for more than 24 hours. granted some of these places have had a brief break in between these rounds of freezing rain and ice, but we're seeing as much as an inch reported in places like austin. you get an inch of an icy glaze over the roadways, it is going to make travel impossible. we're also starting to see a lot of power outages, those tree limbs will start coming down with the weight of that ice on them. and temperatures aren't going to get above freezing. we're looking at 30 degrees this dallas, 31 in austin. so, sitting just below freezing,
those without power, it's going to be a long afternoon and evening. 250,000 people or more without power in texas alone. look at these ice totals. we have about three quarters of an inch in fisher, texas. more than half an inch all across texas, as well as arkansas and look at all of the reports of ice and sleet, really positioned in those areas that we're seeing it come down the hardest. we still have those ice storm warnings in place, winter weather alerts and advisories are still in place and it's still coming down. we should start to see this finally taper off by the time we get into tonight, and then it will gradually move on out and really just turn into a cold rain, casey. and this spills all across the southeast. little rock, memphis, even nashville will still get some of that freezing rain and sleet potentially before it starts to change over to rain. and then the rain will continue throughout the day on thursday into the early evening hours, but still, up to half an inch of ice across some of these places,
still to go, casey, before it's all said and done? >> everybody should be careful out there. jennifer gray, thanks very much for that. now, we know that dirty air isn't good for your health, obviously, but what about your mental health. a new study shows that people living in highly polluted areas are actually at a higher risk for depression and anxiety. cnn's senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins us now for more on this. elizabeth, what's the connection here? >> it's really interesting. as you said, we know that dirty air can be bad for your health, for your lungs, for your heart, for other bodily organs. it sort of makes sense that it can also be bad for your neurological system so what was amazing about this study is that it was huge and it went on for such a long time. let's take a look. it was done in the uk. it followed nearly 400,000 people for 11 years. and they found that those with the worst air quality were 8 to -- had an 8 to 17% higher risk of depression a 9 to 14% higher risk of anxiety.
and this pollution, these are little particles. and they can come from anything from a power plant to a farm, and these particles are so small, that's what really makes them dangerous. they can get past your body's defenses, they can get stuck in your lungs. you can see here, respiratory problems and other things. so, again, in some ways, it does make sense that it could also affect your brain and your neurological system. >> so is there any evidence that exposure to cleaner air might reverse mwhat happens here? >> it's such an interesting question, researchers are looking into that, about whether it would make a difference. unfortunately, a lot of people who live in places with a lot of pollution are pour and they may not be able to move to a place with cleaner air. the authors of this study say, we have to do this right, correctly from the beginning, which is to lower levels of pollutants at the source. >> so important?
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