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Billions doors refused to link was power and recognize new. President one Guido who the administration is recognized as the country's legitimate leader five Houston. Police officers have been shot in an altercation with a suspect while serving a warrant at least one suspect has reportedly died more from NPR's Wade Goodwin. The shooting happened about five pm local time as officers from the narcotics division were serving a warrant. Three of the officers have reportedly been airlifted by helicopter to memorial Hermann hospital. There is as of yet no word on their condition. Although according to what officer on the scene one officer was shot in the face, another in the leg and the third in the arm. Wade goodwin. NPR news. Facebook says it's tightening up its requirements for political ads in the European Union ahead of block wide election scheduled for the spring giant social media company says it's part of the company's efforts to fight misinformation. 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Full Episode: Thursday, June 25, 2020
"Tonight the coronavirus, worsening several states, setting daily records and tonight Texas now hitting pause, it's reopening what Florida's governor said late today and tonight the alarming numbers now out the dire prediction. Just how many Americans could really be infected? Cases tonight surging and more than half the country in Texas, some ICU's at ninety seven percent capacity some patients now being Medevac. Men, telling us he was unable to find help for his parents married sixty eight years. Eighteen members in one family infected at a surprise birthday party tonight, the Texas Governor Dow Taking Action Florida's governor late today what he's saying and that warning from the head of the CDC about the actual number of cases in the US to flight over masks tonight across this country California now requiring them, but in many states where cases are skyrocketing it not mandatory, and now the point some arguing it infringes on their rights, one lawmaker, drawing outrage, using George Floyd's words, saying `I champ breed. President trump traveling to another battleground tonight as dozens of members of his own campaign staff are now in quarantine. Rally in Tulsa. Staff members testing positive after that rally new polling tonight, showing trump trailing Jill Biden now by double digits and Joe Biden tonight calling the president, a child who can't believe this is happening to him Biden, saying no, it's happening to all of us your money. Tonight's the Treasury Department, sending one point four billion in stimulus money to Americans who are no longer alive. Overseas today. Will they block Americans from traveling to Europe as the Eiffel Tower now real sins after the longest closure since World War Two. Zero home the deadly police encounter, young black man stopped police said he was acting suspiciously and resisting then the violent takedown, he can be heard pleading for his life tonight the governor now calling for an investigation. Why did it take so long? And the massive dust cloud, moving it over the US tonight, hazy scenes already in some places including the Orleans reaching several states this weekend all the way to Illinois the concern now if you have asthma or respiratory condition and ginger, Zee with what's behind this and the latest track tonight. EBC. Which David, Muir. Evening it's great to have you with us here at a very busy Thursday night. We begin tonight with the worsening picture. When it comes to the corona virus, we are now getting descriptions from inside hospitals that we have not heard in months. I see US near capacity cases rising in twenty nine states, the governor of Texas. Today forced to put a pause on the. The, reopening their Florida's governor, addressing the spike in that state, they are in a desperate race now to keep the virus from overwhelming hospitals, and look at this tonight, a new record in the number of cases here in the US nearly thirty nine thousand in a single day. We have not seen that before Texas with a record, nearly six thousand new cases and And we're tonight. The Texas Medical Center in Houston. This one hundred percent capacity in its ICU Florida reporting more than five thousand cases for a second straight day, the long lines for testing there, and with the cases skyrocketing the heated debate now over wearing masks, the new study tonight that suggests if the majority of Americans wore them it could save some thirty three. Three thousand lives through the fall, and it's a question, so many of you at home is likely wondered. These are just the cases tested. We're talking about tonight. The head of the warning the actual number of cases in the US could be as many as ten times higher many as dramatic, but still able to spread it. Thomas leading US off tonight from Houston. Tonight a major reversal in one of the four states to open backup Texas now hitting the brakes on the next phase of reopening. The state's governor, refusing to lockdown saying this move is about saving lives and livelihoods declaring statement the last thing we want to do as a state is, go backwards and closed down businesses, but Texas is one of five states reporting a record number of hospitalizations more than forty, three, hundred on Wednesday up a staggering when hundred ninety percent since memorial day one of those patients as betty. Ramos diagnosed with covid nineteen while pregnant in November I was. GonNa head of research or the first thing that came to remind with my baby raise fell severely ill the CDC, now warning that pregnant women may have a higher risk, but luckily she received a plasma treatment at Memorial Hermann Hospital. That may have helped her beat the virus. She had this message for her doctor. He's probably watching this. What what would you tell him? You Save my night. And my baby's night. You know there's probably a lot of women who? Are Pregnant. What would you tell them? Here they don't give. In could much baby. strong for your baby because I feel like that. Kobe will train your body like if you let it. The virus is spreading fast throughout this state. Eighteen, members of the Barbosa family in North Texas after the attended a surprise birthday. Party to my dad's hanging on by a thread there by themselves with no family. You know an assist heartbreaking for the Rigas family outside of Houston. No one has to tell them how deadly. This virus is three members dying in ten days. I was doing everything could to keep my. My parents my father. ally. And it just It wasn't enough. In Houston even helicopters are being used to transport Kobe. Nineteen patients that are critically ill. This life flight chopper sterilized with a robotic device, the staff on board, telling us about these difficult missions patients that we are transporting or some of the sickest of the sick Kobe. Patients that are out there on these patients are on ventilators. They've been paralyzed with medication across the country. Breaking Day in the worst way nearly thirty nine thousand new infections in the past twenty four hours, numbers not seen since the peak of this pandemic and tonight the CDC warning the actual number of corona virus cases, maybe ten times higher than reported our best estimate right now. Is that for every case that we reported? There actually were ten other infections. The CDC estimating, twenty million Americans may have been infected six percent of the country, and that more than ninety percent of the population is still susceptible to the virus around the country, other hotspots still growing with the second day in a row, more than five thousand new cases reported in Florida, the governor now saying he never said when the state would move to the next phase of reopening where where are where we are I. Mean I'm I'm not taking I didn't say we're going to go on to the next phase. You know we've done a a step by step approach. That from Florida today, Tom Yomas with us from Houston Texas tonight and reported there eighteen members of one family to surprise birthday party. Now all have covid nineteen that new number you mentioned their that we learn what authorities believe could be the actual real number of cases in the US, and it just underscores how many might have it now realize it, but who are still able to spread it. That's so true Davis says they got estimate from antibody tests, and they're saying so. Many of these people that are sick were ACM to matt up to eighty percent in some groups. It's while we have to remain vigilant. It's why so many are asking that. We wear these masks that we have an update on that mother that we just heard from the expectant mother as betty raise. She tells us she's doing September David. She's going to have a baby. Baby girl, she's GonNa name her Ari David Grace News, and we are all pulling for that. Mom, thank you, Tom Tom mentioned if masks are not mandatory everywhere of course, including some of the states where they're seeing rapid increase in cases tonight, some are now arguing those masks infringe on their rights in fact, one city councillor using George Floyd words. I can't breathe while he was talking about masks tonight. He's now apologizing calling it insensitive. Here's a victory Kendall. With the virus spreading like wildfire, a battle is raging over one of the key tools used to fight facemasks starting today in Palm Beach, county Florida Musk's or mandatory, but the backlash was swift. The fact of the matter is it's our bodies. Our choice whether we're gonNA wear them. Not Wear them. You guys are overstepping your boundaries one hundred percent. have. Know requiring masks in public. That's a heated anti mass protests like this one in Orange County. Are you allow the government to tell you you have to wear a mask? Engineer Zona were hospitals are treating a record number of Calvin patients a- protest against the new rule in Scottsdale. This council and sparking outrage after he appeared to mock the final words of George Floyd Eric, Garner, the governor, calling it despicable, the counseling later apologizing, but doctors are urging Americans to use masks. Especially, when social distancing is impossible masks, absolutely critical components to really ending this pandemic and more people appear to be wearing them a new ABC News Ipsos, poll shows eighty nine percent of Americans who left their home in the last week. Say they've worn face covering compared to fifty five percent interleague April, but after scenes like these played out across the country, the challenge is getting guests. If all of the rules like at this Miami Beach, hotel, we constantly trying to get everybody order mass. People. They're not interest for much of the country of Patchwork of rules. Just eighteen states now require masks at least for businesses, a new model from the University of Washington suggests that some thirty three thousand lives could be saved by Tober I. If nearly everyone wears a mask. With no statewide mask order in place, it's up to local leaders. Injustice justice afternoon, the city of Miami Emergency Order, requiring masks in public at all times. If you don't wear one, you could face a fine up to five hundred dollars David Tori. Victor Kendall again tonight. Thank you, Victor, meanwhile, president trump is traveling to another battleground tonight as dozens of members of his own campaign staff are now in quarantine after his rally in Tulsa after Tulsa, several staff members testing positive and here's Mary Bruce. President trump battleground with confident today eager to turn the page from Corona virus, even as teases are surging. We've done an incredible historic job, but his rival Joe Biden today warning trump can't ignore the reality of this pandemic. We're going to be dealing with this for a long time. Trump can't wish away. He can bend it to meet his political wishes. There are no Merrill's coming. The former vice president ripped into trump for complaining that more testing reveals a higher infection rate. Here's what I say. Is, a double edged sword thinks finding out more Americans are sick will make him look back. That's what he's worried about. is worried about looking bad fight in using his harshest language yet like a child. Who can't believe this has happened to him. All his whining self pity. This pandemic didn't happen to him. Happened to all of this. and his job is a wine about it. His job is to do something about it to me need trump is facing a health crisis and also an economic one. He is promised a third round of stimulus to help Americans through, but no plan yet and today new questions about how administration handled the last round of Payments Government Accountability Office reporting. The Treasury Department sent checks to more than a million dead people. One point four billion dollars misspent people like Eleanor Burns. More than a year ago, but still received money for son. Jim has been trying to send it back. Government still has not cast the check yet. The president's handling of the pandemic is taking a toll on him. Politically Biden leads in one poll after another including new one showing him up fourteen points nationally. And tonight campaign sources tell us that staffers volunteers who were at the president's Tulsa Rally over the weekend or now working remotely dozens of them now in quarantine, this of course on top of the dozens of secret service personnel at that rally who are also quarantining the president had promised that rally would be state David. Bruce Reporting Tonight Mary, thank you and now to the deadly police encounter just now getting attention, a young black man stopped police, said he was acting suspiciously and resisting and then the violent takedown he can be heard pleading for his life tonight the governor calling for an investigation. Why did it take so long? Here's Pierre Thomas. In the wake of the death of George, fluid who died after a Minneapolis police officer, put his knee on his neck. This controversial police encounter with a young black man in Aurora, Colorado is getting new attention alive, McLean! twenty-three-year-old massage therapists who love playing the violin is dead because of a misunderstanding. It began with this nine one one call last August about a suspicious man walking just after ten pm on a Saturday night. That's. Mcclain returning from buying ice tea at a corner store is wearing a mask. His family says because he often got cold since he's anemic, separate there. They stopped right there. Stop Stop. Stop. Stop Stop you being suspicious in seconds escalates. The officer grabs McLean. overlay golden. William introverts. Goal. Suny surrounded by officers one applies a karate control homes, claiming that McLean allegedly reached one of their guns, McLean pleads saying that he's different, but that he's nonviolent. It? Clearly in pain at one point, he says the phrase now infamous. Authorities restrained McLean later. Paramedics gave him a drug. Ketamine to calm him, thirties say. From cardiac arrest and the ambulance and died days later at a hospital, a coroner declared the men of deaf to be undetermined. Koffler they did. There was no reason to forget. Whose family calling for an investigation, but the prosecutor maintaining there is no case based on the investigation. We did not feel like we can prove any crime beyond a reasonable doubt based on the officers actions. Colorado's governor said today that he's appointed a special prosecutor to investigate. David are here. I know you'll stay on the case. Thank you. We're GONNA turn now to that massive dust cloud moving in over the US. There is concern over asthma and respiratory conditions and chief meteorologist Ginger Zee with the track. The hazy sky today over New Orleans. That's not frog. It's dust, and it's coming from the Sahara in Africa all the way to the US account. It is. Puerto Rico went from those really rude skies to this. When the dust moved in Barbados, you could barely see the sun in Mexico. This guy overtaken by Brown it's called the Saharan Air Layer, and it travels over the Atlantic Ocean every year, but this year it's covering about thirty five hundred miles. The most extensive we've seen since the nineteen seventies for most that'll just mean more brilliant sunrises and sunsets, but for those with breathing issues like asthma. This is a weekend. You'll watch out. And I should clarify that this is not gonNA. Look like a WHO've or a classic store, but it is going to move from south to north. You can see the states being impacted there through the weekend. It hangs out about five to twenty thousand Feet Up David Great to see you overseas tonight. The European Union is considering extending its current ban on us, visitors setting America's surging infection rates at the same time in Paris today symbol of hope their the tower, welcoming back tourists after its longest closure since World War Two NASCAR releasing an image tonight of the news, hanging into stall, assigned a bubble wallace at TALLADEGA WITH NASCAR President Steve. Phelps saying it was real and. and was the only news found during a sweep of nearly seventeen hundred garages at twenty nine tracks felt said they took swift action to defend NASCAR's only fulltime driver. The FBI says the news had been in the garage since October finally tonight. Here America strong. It was nearly three months ago. We showed you some images here. That had us all wondering. Is there any way someone can step in to help? To know they are the young people across this country answering the call after seeing those long food lines at food banks across the nation. It was nearly three months ago. I reported on those images. Farmers forced to discard spoiled food and milk. But we asked. How do we get the food to families who need it? Then the college students starting fondly I telling US weeks ago, they were going to connect farmers. We'd those foodbanks Alex Two cy working the phone. Millions of gallons of free milk, getting milk to communities in need. That Halston to fresh eggs. Dow Away I voted to confirm delivery about of eggs. Zach telling us he has seen the need. David I want to tell you that it's been so powerful to see so many people throughout the country coming together just today in Los Angeles Farm Link delivering thirty. Thousand Pounds of Frothy Cauliflower Mixed Greens. Five food banks across Massachusetts, receiving fifteen thousand pounds of carrots, mixed, green, spinach, and potatoes, and in Arizona tonight forty thousand pounds of potatoes delivered to the White Mountain Apache tribe, and since our first report here tonight we are happy to share that farm link is now delivered four million pounds of food to food banks across twenty eight states, the equivalent of three point five million meals. Including feed the front lines and Y C. Potatoes. They have now delivered more than one hundred, twenty, four thousand free meals and they've helped local restaurants Rehire more than one hundred employees. All with the help of farmers including Doug Hess at Fall River farms and Ashton Idaho donating his potatoes. Structure Remember. aiden Riley Helping Doug We are working today to load these into a trucks. Forty thousand pounds of potatoes donated that day alone and tonight eight and telling us why he's still at it, David. We started farming the goal of keeping families fed during the cope in nineteen pandemic. Who'd insecurity is not going away anytime soon the neither a week. That former Doug telling us. He's grateful for the young health. Farm Lake for helping me move under twenty five thousand. Tonnes of details. It otherwise would have gone to waste the people here in America. Thanks. Young people stepping up. We are grateful and proud.
Full Episode: Friday, June 26, 2020
"From ABC. News World News this week. I'm Chuck Sivertsen in new. York coming up a corona virus warning the next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surgeons that we're seeing the president and Joe Biden on testing. double-edged. Thinks that finding out. More Americans are sick will make him look. Bad. Businesses reopened too weak demand. The renewed outbreak hinders recovery. If it makes consumers less willing to be in crowded places and NASA honors hidden figures, they will now name the agency's headquarters building in Washington, DC after Mary Jackson. The people and events that made headlines when world. News this week continues. A warning this week from Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert about rising corona virus infections, more new cases than at any time since the pandemic began infections rising in twenty nine, States California Florida, Texas and Alabama seeing record new hospitalizations. Florida reporting more than eighty nine hundred new cases, Friday I see US nearing capacity, halting plans to reopen Arizona and Texas that state now shutting down bars again in Scaling Back Restaurant Dining ABC news chief national affairs correspondent Tom Yomas in hard hit Houston, a major reversal in one of the four states to open back up Texas now hitting the brakes on the next phase of reopening. The state's governor refusing to lockdown, saying this move is about saving lives and livelihoods declaring in a statement. The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and closed down businesses, but Texas is one of five states reporting a record number of. More than forty three hundred on Wednesday up a staggering one hundred ninety percent since Memorial Day, one of those patients as betty raise diagnosed with cove, nineteen, while pregnant in November I was putting his. Church, so Christine indicates remind with my baby. Radios fell severely ill. The CDC now warning that pregnant women may have a higher risk, but luckily she received a plasma treatment at Memorial Hermann Hospital that may have helped her beat the virus. She had this message for her doctor. You saved my life. And my baby's nine. The virus is spreading fast throughout this state, infecting eighteen members of the Barbosa family in North Texas after the attended a surprise birthday party for the Rodriguez family outside of Houston. No one has to tell them. How deadly virus is three members dine in ten days in Houston. Even helicopters are being used to transport Cova, nine thousand nine patients that are critically ill across the country numbers not seen since the peak of this pandemic and to CDC warning the actual number of corona virus cases, maybe ten times higher than reported the CDC estimating, twenty million Americans may have infected six percent of the country, and that more than ninety percent of the population is still susceptible to. To the virus around the country hotspot, still growing more than two point four million cases in the US so far and now more young people ending up in the hospital. Here's ABC's Victor. Oquendo in Florida Carson Davis was admitted to the ICU same day. She turned seventeen. Her sister, writing her poor body just didn't have any fight left. She died from complications with the virus. Dr Singh, the rise in younger patients is concerning, and so our sites crowded bars. A recent outbreak now linked to a bar in east. Lansing Michigan, thirty four cases all between the ages of eighteen and twenty three workers are getting sick to like Stephany Flores. A twenty seven year old, who returned to work at A. A bar in Los Angeles and despite her asthma, she didn't wear a mask I was. Literally like this is annoying, elvis, they can have eyebrows invincible. I didn't take it seriously myself. Jimmy Flores a thirty year old from Arizona, just released from the hospital out of for almost fourteen days, and I couldn't read the CDC warns that by July Eighteenth there could be one hundred fifty thousand American deaths from covid nineteen, if communities don't stop the spread, urging people to wear masks and social distance I actually texted Anthony Fauci this question a few weeks ago to be crystal clear, it's not either a mask or six feet apart. It's both and remember that's for everyone else's protection and it may be. Be for your protection as well ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr Jennifer Ashton Ronald Clain. WHO WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EBOLA? Czar says not wearing a mask is like driving drunk I. Hear people say it's my body. It's my choice. It's not your body, your choice to get loaded up a liquor and getting a car and put other people at risk, but many are refusing to put on masks amid a patchwork of rules around the country. Your ABC's Victor Oquendo in Palm Beach, county Florida masks are mandatory, but the backlash was swift California now requiring masks in public after heated anti mass protests in Orange County, are you going to allow the government to tell you you have to wear a mask? Engineer Zona were hospitals are treating a record number of patients of protest against the new mask rule in Scottsdale. This counseling sparking outrage after he appeared to mock the final words of George Floyd and Eric Garner the governor, calling it despicable, the counseling later apologizing, but doctors are urging Americans to use masks especially, when social distancing is impossible, and more people appear to be wearing them a new ABC News. Those poll shows eighty nine percent of Americans. Who left their home in the last week. Say they've worn. Worn a face covering compared to fifty five percent in early April a new model from the University of Washington suggests that some thirty three thousand lives could be saved by Tober I. If nearly everyone wears a mask tables turning in New York once US epicenter. Governor Andrew. CUOMO now issuing a joint travel advisory with other northeast states, people coming in from states that have a high infection rate. Must Quarantine travelers from nine states. He'll be required to isolate for fourteen days upon entry into New York New Jersey and Connecticut Virus often travels by airplane and arrives, and then it spreads, so we thought one of the best things we could do was to See if we can prevent that from happening in our region, Connecticut Governor Ed Lamont told ABC News. It's turned from earlier in the pandemic when people from this part of the country were pariahs in places like Florida today they have a much higher ten times higher infection rate than we do here. Enforcement is on the honor system Aaron Katersky ABC News New York President Trump traveled to three swing states this week starting with a campaign rally in Tulsa Oklahoma the arena less than a third. Third full at least eight advanced team staffers in two secret service agents, they're testing positive corona virus ABC's Terry Moran has more. He bragged that there wouldn't be an empty seat in Tulsa on Saturday night. His first big rally since March second, and the campaign had actually built two big venues for two separate speeches, but in the end the president was a bit of a bust in Tulsa campaign, quickly dismantling one venue that other venue about one third full Tutsis Fire Department saying about sixty two. Two hundred people showed up in an arena that helped nineteen thousand a afterwards. Trump was said to be furious. He Won Oklahoma by thirty six percent. This was evidence that perhaps the president support has taken a hit in recent weeks pulled certainly show that, but more than anything else. People may be wary in the middle of pandemic of showing up at a large indoor event where masks were optional and a lot of people in there were mask lists the president in his speech in fact talked. Talked about the coronavirus downplayed once again at one point he said, blames the US is increasing numbers on increased testing saying he told his team slowdown the testing. His team says he was just kidding the president then heading to Arizona as we hear from ABC's zarin-shahr President Trump, addressing a crowd of thousands in Phoenix, claiming the country is through the worst of the pandemic. We're doing so well after the plague. It's going away. The president referencing the virus with a racial Slur Corona virus, right? kung-fu! That eruption of cheers coming from a jam packed room with no social distancing, and with few exceptions, no masks, the president finishing up in Green, Bay Wisconsin. President trump in battleground Wisconsin eager to turn the page from the corona virus, even as cases are surging. We've done incredible historic job, but his rival Joe Biden warning. Trump can't ignore the reality of this pandemic. We're going to be dealing with this for a long time. Trump can't wish it away. He can bend it to meet his political wishes. There are no miracles coming. The former vice president ripped into trump for complaining that more testing reveals a higher infection rates is what I say. Fasting is a double edged sword. Thanks that finding out that more Americans are sick will make him look bad. That's what he's worried about. is worried about looking bad biden using his harshest language yet. It's like a child. Can't believe this has happened to him. All his wining and self pity. This pandemic didn't happen to him. It happened to all of us. and. His job isn't the wine about it. His job is to do something about the to lead. Trump is facing a health crisis and also an economic want. He has promised a third round of stimulus to help Americans through, but no plan yet and new questions about how his administration handled the last round of payments, the Government Accountability Office reporting the Treasury Department sent checks to more than a million dead people, one point four billion dollars misspent people like eleanor brains, who died and more than a year ago, but still received money for son Jim has been trying to send it back. Government still has not asked the check yet. The president's handling. Handling of the pandemic is taking a toll on him politically by leads in one poll after another including a new one showing him up fourteen points nationally ABC. News Senior Congressional correspondent Mary Bruce in Washington the White House Corona. Virus Task Force held a briefing Friday. It's I in two months, and it had few answers about stopping the current rise in cases, vice-president pence, responding to reported questions on why the President Ignored Tulsa in Phoenix health request not to hold pack rallies and did not insist supporters where masks freedom of speech, and the right to peaceably assembles enshrined in the Constitution the United States. And even health crisis, the American people don't forfeit our constitutional rights. The vice president did not answer how putting more people at risk warranted holding rallies. It could spread the virus Andy Field ABC News Washington earlier this week. The International Monetary, fund, predicting the US economy will shrink eight percent this year, due to corona virus uncertainties, stocks sharply lower on Friday each of the three major indexes down more than two percent and new jobless claims reflecting fears. Fears about covert nineteen. Here's ABC's Aaron Katersky, nearly one point five million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week. As a resurgence in corona virus cases threatens what appeared to be the start of an economic recovery. Some businesses have reopened and rehired, but others are still laying off workers. macy's said it would cut about thirty nine hundred employees in corporate and management positions. macy's trying to offset millions of dollars in lost sales due to the. The pandemic, which macy's chief Jeff Gannett said significantly impacted our business. This is now the fourteenth straight week. Jobless claims remained above one million businesses reopened to weak demand, and the virus brings mixed signals. Hard Hit New York is back but Texas California and Utah are showing record high daily infections, raising fears have setbacks until we can get people on board with the message, wearing masks and social distancing or staying home with their sick we will. Will likely continue to the site of the increase I'm you Dako at the Utah Health Department the renewed outbreak hinders recovery if it makes consumers less willing to be in crowded places, the White House taking at the affordable care act this week in a late night filing the trump administration asked the supreme court to completely strike down the affordable care act also known as Obamacare. Some twenty million Americans gained health insurance under the program started by president. President Obama the justices could hear or arguments in October, raising the possibility that this could play out just ahead of the presidential election, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted in a statement calling it an act active unfathomable cruelty to take this action in the middle of an ongoing pandemic Jordan Phelps ABC News Washington the Justice Department making headlines this week over its involvement in the cases of Michael Flynn and Roger Stone details from ABC News Chief Justice. Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas a victory for the Justice Department an Appellate Court ordering a judge to dismiss the criminal case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn President Trump voicing his approval are very happy about General Flynn. He was treated horribly. He was treated very very horribly by group of very bad people. The court ruling a federal judge overstepped his authority that the executive branch not courts decides which cases to bring or drop bars decision to drop. Drop the case against Flynn brought controversy because Flint pled guilty twice to lying to the FBI in the Russia investigation. Trump tweeting is the reason he terminated Flynn I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the vice president and the FBI, his pled guilty to those lies bar has been under fire accused of helping the president's allies, barring Jeffrey Berman US Attorney for the Southern District of New York who had been investigating Rudy Giuliani the. The president's personal attorney career prosecutors the Justice Department's leadership of playing political games. Roger Stone was treated differently because of politics prosecutor errands Alinsky resigned from the case along with three other prosecutors, testifying by video conference at bars decision to reduce the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone was convicted of witness, tampering lying to Congress was essentially abuse of power. We do not prosecute people based on politics and we don't cut them a break based on politics either. But that wasn't what happened here. Zelinski said his supervisor suggested that the odds were stacked in favor of stone, a longtime friend of the president as Lizzie said he feared he could be fired and I was told the acting us. Attorney was giving stone a break because he was afraid. The president of the United States bar told me that the president was not involved. Did you talk to the president at all about your decision? Regarding recommendations never the House of Representatives passed a police reform bill this week. The world is witnessing the. The birth of a new movement in our country Democratic Representative. Karen Bass of California says the Democratic Bill aims to stop police misconduct by changing police procedures and accountability. Never again. Should the world be subjected to wish witnessing what we saw on the streets in Minneapolis Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio. We have Democrats and Dick cities around our country, saying fund the Police get rid of police departments and makes no sense. The bill has hardly any chance of passing in the Senate and president. Trump says he'll veto. Todd ant ABC News. Final respects this week for an unarmed black man shot outside a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta. ABC's Stevenson Saami was there the prayer and the praise in Atlanta for the Almighty to watch over the soul of Ray Chartres Brooks. To. His Funeral Church that Martin Luther King Junior once pastored, was witnessed by some of the same city leaders who fired the officer who killed him and charged that officer with felony murder, the youngest daughter of Dr King says she understands what it will be like for Brooks as children to grow up without their father radar. Brooks's life matters. And he should have been able to live to enjoy his family and watch. His kids grow up into adults. Brooks was killed June twelfth. You'RE GONNA. After he refused arrest and a D. Y. turned into a police. Shooting police have arrested one of the people they believe. Burn the restaurant down twenty nine year old Natalie White Colorado's governor appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the death of Elijah Mclean here again. ABC's Pierre Thomas in the wake of the death of George. Fluid who died after a Minneapolis police officer, put his knee on his neck. This controversial police encounter with a young black man. In Aurora, Colorado is getting new attention. A larger McLean twenty-three-year-old massage therapists who love playing the violin is dead because of misunderstanding. It began with this nine one one call last August about a suspicious man walking just after ten pm on a Saturday night. Mcclain returning from buying ice tea at a corner store is wearing a mask. His family says because he often got cold since he's anemic, favorite separate there. Hey Stop right there. Stop Stop. Stop. Stop Stop you being suspicious. In seconds it escalates. The officer grabs McLean. introverts. Speak. Suny surrounded by officers pies karate control hold claiming that McLean allegedly reached for one of their guns McLean pleads saying that he's different, but that he's nonviolent. Clearly in pain and one point, he says the phrase now infamous. Authorities restrained McLean and later paramedics gave him a drug ketamine to calm him. Authorities say he suffered from cardiac arrest and the amulet and died days later at a hospital in Georgia. A grand jury has indicted three men for murder in the shooting death of Ahmad are berry, father and son. Greg and Travis McMichael along with William Roddy Brian now formerly charged with nine counts. Counts each this is another positive step and other great step for finding justice for my joy at homes. The appointed prosecutor in this case announces the charges including Malice Murder Felony, murder in February, suspecting armory of a burglary, the men followed him as he was jogging. A video showed the deadly confrontation in which authorities say. Michael fired three shots at Aubrey after a tussle. GETS ABC News Atlanta. A splash mountain makeover at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, the popular ride themed the controversial nineteen. forty-six movies. Song of the south will be recast based on the princess and the frog. Two thousand, nine musical, introducing Disney's first black princess, a Nika Nonni rose played her. It's a great moment to do better and to turn into something. Everybody can celebrate and be proud of the before the move follows an online petition amid worldwide protests for Justice but Disney the parent company of ABC. News says the Splash Mountain. Redo has been in the works since last year coming up. We have a laptop honors for a once hidden NASA pioneer, when World News this week continues for years Mary Jackson flew under the radar at NASA, but she was breaking barriers now posthumously, receiving an exceptional honor, the story from A. B. C.'s David. Muir Mary. W Jackson was born and raised in Hampton Virginia she was an engineer and a pioneer. Da The small group of black women hired mathematicians at NASA helping America win the space race. She was known as one of the human computers at Langley Parole portrayed in the film hidden figures by actress Janelle Monae. If you made. Would, you wish to be an engineer? I would have to out already. Be One Jackson became the first black female engineer at NASA in Nineteen, Fifty Eight. She had to be granted special permission to attend class at the Ben Segregated. Engineering, school I plan on an engineer NASA. But I can't do that without taking them classes at that all white high school. And I can't change the color of my skin. So I have no choice, but to be the first from NASA, a major announcement they will now name the agency's headquarters building in Washington. DC after Mary Jackson. Her daughter Caroline Lewis, saying we are honored. That NASA continues to celebrate the legacy of our mother and grandmother. She was a scientist, humanitarian wife, mother and trailblazer who paved the way for thousands of others to succeed that only at NASA, but throughout this nation, a family, a nation honoring American pioneer hidden no more. And those are the people events. That may world news this week. 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U.S. reports highest single day increase in COVID-19 infections; GOP Rep. Cheney tweets #RealMenWearMasks; Houston area raises alert level citing uncontrolled outbreak; Local Florida lawmakers enforce mask requirements, governor refuses to make requirement state-wide; Pence says the U.S. opening safely and responsibly, even as cases surge in several states; Fauci: U.S. must consider flooding the system with testing; House votes to make DC Nations 51st State, Trump & GOP Senate oppose;
"I'm Don. Lemon and I'm taking on the hard conversations about being black in America real talk and meaningful solutions on my new CNN podcast. Silence is not an option. Listen on Apple, podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. CNN breaking news. Welcome to the lead I'm Jake Tapper? We begin this Friday with breaking news in our health lead to the coronavirus crisis, surging in nearly two thirds of the United States, but you might not know that if you listen to the trump. White House which today minimize the fact that there is a looming disaster in several states, the president and vice president continue to feed the American people lies about. About the state of this pandemic and their administration's failures to rise to the moment, this map tells the story. Thirty two states are battling an increase in cases, eleven states are flat. Only seven states are showing a decline with Dr Anthony Fauci the nation's top infectious diseases expert, warning today that the United States is at a crossroads, and then Americans can choose to be part of the problem. Or part of the solution. Unfortunately president trump and vice president pence seem to be opting to be part of the problem. Trump is refusing of course to set an example and wear a mask in public. He continues to hold rallies with no social distancing rallies that are veritable petri dishes and today at the first coronavirus task force briefing. In two months, the vice president of the United States made statements to the American people that simply do knock square with the facts. Pence insisted that states are opening quote safely and responsibly when the fact is very few states adhered to the white. House's own guidelines for reopening medical data clearly proves that was a mistake. And then Mr Pan said this. Reality is we're in a much better place with the with the efforts president trump mobilized at the federal level. We slow the spread. We flat in the curve. We saved lives. Now it's true that things might be better today than weeks ago. When two thousand Americans were dying from covid nineteen every single day, but the curve. Has Not flattened. The opposite is true. Just look at the chart of new cases yesterday the United States reported more than thirty seven thousand new confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus. That's the highest one day increase ever. And the. Of the curve as you can see on the graph, there is rising again. It had been brought down a little, and then it unflamboyant and is going north. The United States with less than five percent of the world's population has a quarter of the world's deaths. Corona virus official numbers. It did not have to be this way. Look at these charts from the European Union and South Korea that as of now have dealt with the virus effectively especially compared to the united. States, that's what bringing down. The curve looks like that green there. or The pink. There remains no aggressive or effective nationwide surveillance testing and contact tracing program in the United States. And now we're learning. There are divisions within the White House Task Force about how to proceed with the testing program that is in place. To reiterate. The response has not been a success. It has been one of the least successful responses in the entire world. President. Trump's desire for this pandemic to be over does not make it over. In fact, the lies including the projections, we heard today of this false sense of security. These lines could make the pandemic even worse. CNN's Nick Watts starts us off today from California. As we cases rising and we're tracking them very carefully, there may be a tendency among the American people to think that we are. We are back to that place that we were. Two months ago. The reality is we're in a much better place. But yesterday we saw more new cases in this country than ever before as all fifty states are opening up our country again going back to work no mention of the at least eleven states that are now posing or rolling back reopening, we have an exponential rise in many places, and we're not locked down, so it makes me very worried about where we're going to be a month. From now. At noon in Texas, the bars were ordered to close ones more Houston is not recommending people stay home again. Clearly, we opened up too fast too soon in my district and the Rio. Grande Valley we. We had a seven hundred percent increase in just the last thirty days in Texas. There aren't more new cases and more covert nine thousand nine patients in the hospital than ever before my only concern is. Are these restrictions too late? Are they enough and Florida? Day reopening began mid-may. Fewer than one thousand new cases were reported today nearly nine thousand again an all time record high. They just outlawed alcohol consumption bars again. Still no statewide Moscow order but Miami will now find anyone who won't wear one hoping that helps you really don't want to go backwards and do. Some of the openings potentially imposed a stay home horn, but can't discount the option as possible. Meanwhile some of those northeast states hit hard early now, hoping to have kids back into modified classrooms come the full. I can tell you plan. A is the maximum number of kids in schools. Testing must increase say the experts. The white has task force now considering what's called pool testing, you pool the blood of a bunch of people and tested if negative, they're all clear. If positive, then you take time to test everyone individually pooling would give us the capacity to go from a half. A million task today to potentially five million individuals tossed into that per day. Jake more bad news from California. We've just heard again new records for the number of people in the hospital, the number of people in the ICU, the mayor of San Francisco just tweeted this, she says our numbers are still low, but rising rapidly as a result, they are temporarily delaying the reopenings they had planned for Monday and the governor of California is now telling Imperial County, that's rural agricultural. He's telling them. Their numbers are nice so bad. They need to go back to their safer at home order Jake. All Right Nicola. Thank you so much. Let's discuss this with CNN chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta. Sanjay you heard the coronavirus task force today you heard vice president. Pence say the US is in a better place. People should not be upset. The reality is we have the highest number of confirmed cases in one day just yesterday and we know that mortality death is a lagging indicator after rates spike, people die. Yeah I mean that was. kind of a mind, numbing coronavirus briefing there jake I gotTA. Tell you I thought that there was going to be some acknowledgement that things are really as bad they are. There was just a couple of tips to that. I think there was GONNA be some plan some new plan that they were talking about at least in terms of testing or pause in terms of public, health. Health measures in these hotspots so to speak, but there really wasn't. It was more talking about the fact that despite the graph that you're seeing on the screen we're now at the highest number of cases. Since his pandemic began, there was more talk about how things are better than they look and they are not I mean the numbers. Don't lie here all fifty. Fifty states are reopening safely and responsibly. That was one of the first things that was said. That is not true. I don't know if you look at the criteria. Specifically that any state met the criteria for opening, and all of them are talking about reopening before they should. They talked about the fact that we have greatly expanded testing. We're still probably a ten percent of where. Where we need to be, they said it's been forty five days since we started to slow the spread. The spread is not slows as not slow down obviously, if you look at these numbers, the only person that's sort of I think was a talking about this in in a way that sort of reflected more of the reality was Dr. Fauci. Who who acknowledged the fact? On the map you look at are still vulnerable. People are still moving around and we still have to be very very vigilant, so he's as he's as. That's his panicked maybe as I've seen him. Talk about this over the last few months now. It's just mind boggling as you say the idea that they think that they can just lie when the data is right there literally after the worst day for the highest number of new infections. Let's talk about the one truth teller on the stage. There doctor FAUCI. What he he said something about what is not working. Take a listen. It's a paradigm shift because we're dealing with young people people who are going to be symptomatic and people who are getting infected in a community setting, not an outbreak setting. Will you know who do identify isolate and contact traits? Explain that to our viewers. What is he talking about? Wise, it's important. This is a really fundamental point and I've I've talked a lot Dr Chee. I talked to him regularly. Here's the point is the reason you had these gating criteria senior fourteen day downward trend is basically so that you could get to a low enough number of daily cases where you could actually start to contact trace in a meaningful way. You find people who are newly diagnosed your trace their context. People need to be quarantined. That's how you start to extinguish the flame of this pandemic. If you're talking about nearly forty thousand new people getting infected every day. There is no paradigm by which that works you. You don't have enough contact tracers probably in the world to be able to handle the contact tracing that is needed. Jake. This calling people on the phone. This is going to their house and knocking on the door. This is convincing people that they need to quarantine themselves. You can't do that with this many new cases a day. The paradigm shift is that we have to bring the cases down before all. All these other all these other critical measures are going to work. Specifically contact tracing so I think he's really frustrated by this. If the gating criteria had been met all these other basic public health measures would actually have an impact now going from being unmitigated and unmitigated disaster to potentially jake and I and I want to be careful here, but it's going from an unmitigated to potentially uncontainable disaster and that that's what Dr Fao she was referring to. Inside your doctor, fouts really express frustration at the difficulty in conducting the contact tracing which is so central to getting a sense of the virus with individuals refusing to to answer questions when they're when they're called to find out more about who else they've been in contact with so as to prevent the spread of the virus. You get a call from an unknown number. If you know that it's a government number in, are you likely to answer the phone and if you do answer the phone? Are you likely to believe the other person on the other end of the line? And then are you going to actually follow the recommendations of that person's making? They're going to call you. Say Jake. You didn't know this, but you came in contact with somebody for a significant enough time where we think you are now a close contact of someone with covert. Here's what you need to do. You've got to believe many steps in that whole equation, and then by the recommendations in order for. For this to work again, there'd be a lot of people who simply don't listen to those recommendations, but if you're talking about forty thousand new people a day, and you're talking about, let's say each of them has five to six context. It's two hundred thousand to two hundred and fifty thousand people a day. That would need to be contact traced. It's a really really laborious and I think almost impossible task. You're learning that there's a schism on the Corona Virus Task Force on the issue of testing. Tell us more about that. This has been a problem from the start. Jake, as we know the CDC as taken a lot of criticism over their handling of the initial corona virus test, it wasn't a good test that had a flawed reagents which didn't allow it to get a reliable result. We know that now that's that's past history i. think what is fueling some of this division. Now is the fact that you know four months into this. This we still don't have widespread testing that could give these accurate quick results. I mean. We know about the PTR type testing. We know that there's a significant false negative rate with those. There was a Lotta talk a couple of months ago by ambassador burks where she basically said. Now's the time to get a breakthrough in what's called Antigen testing. It's a different type of test. That's kind of the STREP test. Swab the back of your throat. You get a quick result. That was sort of thing that we wanted to have available in every household, really in the country as needed We're nowhere near that. Despite the fact that we're this many months into the pandemic and I think that's causing a lot of frustration on the task force. Why hasn't the CDC and all the various capabilities have been able to to step up to that task? Right Dr Sanjay Gupta. For that reality check which the government which the country needs after all the lies that we heard. From the White House today coming up swinging Amiss Softball The basic yet crucial question president trump could not answer about the twenty twenty election that's next, plus it could change the balance of power the United States is closer than it's been a while to adding another state. Stay with us. When you have fifteen people and the fifteen within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That's a pretty good job. We've done, but we have it so well under control I mean we really have done a very good job. President trump four months ago today, promising the American people that the number of corona virus cases would be close to zero. Right now there have been nearly two point five million corona virus cases in the United States, and so far nearly one hundred twenty five thousand American lives have been lost so kind of the opposite of a very good job. As in. A horrible job. While the President's Corona Virus Taskforce updated the American people for the first time in two months today, president trump was not there. He was off tweeting somewhere about people vandalizing a statue of President Andrew Jackson, and as C. N. N.'s Kayla Collins reports for us now. Vice President Mike Pence for minded Americans what to do to stay safe, but he forgot to mention one very important thing. Wearing a mask. At the First Corona virus taskforce briefing in two months, vice president, Mike. Pence claimed in this moment is different than when he last addressed the nation. This moment in the coronavirus pandemic is different. Than what we saw two months ago, but in the eight weeks since the task force last briefed reporters over seventy thousand more Americans have died from corona virus infections have surged, and the US set a record for daily new cases, all factors, the vice president glossed over today. The reality is we're in a much better place as the health experts offered sobering mornings. This is part of a process that we can be either part of the solution of part of the problem. Hence defended his in President Trump's decision to hold campaign indoors with thousands of supporters and little social, distancing the freedom of speech. The right to peaceably assemble is enshrined in the Constitution of the United! States. and. We have an election coming up this fall. The vice president also ticked off a list of precautions that Americans should take to slow the spread of Corona virus, but he made no mention of wearing a mask. Continue to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands. Avoid touching your face. Disinfect frequently asked by a reporter why mask have become a political issue in part because of the president pence deflected and ignored how CDC guidance recommends wearing a face mask in public. We just believe that what's most important here is that people listen to? The leadership in their state, the leadership in their local community and adhere to that guides president trump didn't attend the briefing or the Task Force meeting beforehand, but as she pointed to Texas as an example, Dr Deborah burks the corona. Virus Response Coordinator refuted a claim that he's made for weeks and said rising positive test rates are cause for concern you can see throughout may after opening their test positively continued to decline as they're testing increased. It was in the last two weeks that we saw this inflection of rising test positively along with rising testing that graph counters the president's misleading claim that the only reason there are more corona virus cases is because there is more corona virus testing. Now Jake even though we have not had a task force briefing in two months, the vice president only took a handful of questions before leaving the room that we had many more for him. As you noted the by the president, himself was not there, of course he was tweeting while this was going on and Jake, we should. The president is now going to have to make his reelection pitch to voters with these surging new cases. Cases and these concerns about what's going to happen in the fall going on in the background, but last night during a Fox News town hall when he was asked what his priorities be if he was reelected to a second term, Jake, he did not answer that and did not answer that question offered no examples of what his priorities would be, and instead turned the question around to talking about John. Bolton who he called a moron. Okay. Thanks much appreciated in just the last hour. Wyoming Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney, the third highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives appeared in a way to possibly be trolling president trump on twitter, posting this picture of her father former Vice President Dick Cheney with the caption Dick Cheney says where mask and she added the Hashtag real men wear masks. Be sure to tune in Sunday night for a CNN special report trump and the law after impeachment, we will examine the president's relationship with the rule of law and the impact on our democracy. That Sunday night at ten PM Eastern only here on CNN less than twenty four hours, bars and restaurants in Texas looked like this. But now Republican Governor Greg Abbott is reversing course. That's next. Internationally today. Calling Texas a hotspot is like calling the sun hotspot, those words from a medical expert, describing the dire situation in Texas right now this afternoon Houston moved to its highest level, which means the outbreak is now quote, severe and uncontrolled yesterday Republican Governor Greg Abbott Paused Texas reopening plans today, Abbott went so far as to reverse some of the reopening orders including closing bars, adding more restrictions for restaurants. CNN's Lucy caffeinate live for us in Houston and Lucy the Houston. Mayor is speaking right now and he. He's announcing some really harrowing data about the infection rates there tell us more. That's right. Jake infection rates in Houston today's three times higher than they worth three months ago. This is raising a lot of alarm. Amongst local officials, the governor pulling back on that reopening plan mandating that bars for example as a few hours ago had just shut their doors again to patrons, restaurants, slashing capacity from seventy five percent to fifty percent outdoor gatherings of hundred people or more, now restricted, but local officials who see the devastating impact on the ground. They say it doesn't go far enough. Take a listen to be Harris County Judge Lena Dalglish. She had some strong words today. Today we find ourselves careening toward a catastrophic and unsustainable situation. Since when did we decide a society that instead of saving a life and preventing the spread of the virus? We would treat human lives. The lives of our neighbors s collateral damage. She's worried that Harris County hospitals could run out of room in less than a week and the Texas Medical Center behind made their ICU filled up yesterday jake. And Lucy the trump administration has said it is now going to keep funding five corona virus testing sites in Texas that a program that was supposed to expire in just a few days. It's mind boggling that the federal funding is getting ramped down. Just as these cases are skyrocketing the the this prompted an outcry in fact from a lot course on both sides of the aisle, including Republican senators, crews and corn, and as a result, the administration pivoted today they will keep funding open for five centers here in Texas, but seven others across the country. Their money is going to be cut off as of June thirtieth Jake. Lucy, thank you so much for that report. Joining us now is Dr Bell Tel the Executive Medical Director of critical care at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston Texas. Dr Patel thanks so much for joining us. Tell us what you're seeing in your hospital and your ICU right now. Separately we're seeing increased volumes across Houston across all ICU on our campuses. You know as we know that about twenty to twenty five percent of all patients who develop a covid nineteen and end up in the hospital. End Up in is years. There is a bit of good news in that. Because we're seeing a younger patient, population get admitted to our hospitals and. Develop covid nineteen disease. We're seeing a little less likelihood to end up in our issues along with we do have some tools our toolbox so to speak to manage early disease, which we think may be decreasing some progression to the ICU regardless right now. We are starting to make sure that we have increased capacity. The volumes as you know are starting to increase and we expect over the next few weeks that we will have a large volumes of patients getting admitted, but having said that you know we've been. been practicing now for few months making sure that we know how to expand our capacity and surge so right now our hospital as well as other hostile systems are developing those surge plans or implementing those search plans to handle the capacity so at this point. I think that over the next week or two we can certainly handle the capacity, but if we don't do something right now to stop the spread to stop the increase Houston We won't be in the same place in a couple of weeks. So the Mayor of Houston just announced that the infection rate is three times higher today in Houston than it was three months ago. What happened? Why do you think this is going on the way it is? And how do you begin to reverse the trend? Before Memorial Day. We really had a good control of infection rates in Houston are positivity rate was around three percent. We had a steady decline in our cases, but I think there was a misunderstanding in that went. Texas started up. I think people assume that was okay to stop practicing. Will we know we needed to do to decrease the virus? So you notice that people stopped wearing their masses as. As commonly as there was during the shutdown, we know that people started going to bars. The bars started opening and so forth so clearly I think we let our guard down, and now you can see the volumes of skyrocketed. We've Today A. WE'VE had a five times. Five Times a fivefold increase. We did three weeks ago so clearly if. We need to control it now because we will be in trouble in a few weeks from now. Officials in Harris. County, where your hospitals located, said today that the capacity for testing and contact tracing is strained. How much harder does that make to make it to contain the outbreak? That, we don't have adequate contact tracing in Houston I know that there's a continued increase over the weeks, but clearly not ready to use contact tracing to contain the virus so now we really need to practice. Will we know we need to? Make sure that we're really limiting our contact with other individuals. We need to make sure as we go from our home to our work that we don't actually do other activities where we expose yourself to other individuals, so you know, limit a takeout, food or restaurants, rather than going sitting in perhaps or making sure that if you're taking public transportation that you are social distancing, but we really need to really make sure that we practice every one of those measures right now, because otherwise Houston's GonNa be in a lot of trouble in a few weeks and it sounds simple. And I think that Judge Hidalgo as well as a judge Barrett I'm sorry. Governor Abbot today put in measures that will help bring that those points to light, but I really think that everyone of us has to take our personal responsibility in making sure that we're not contributing to the spread of this. Because we will see patients in the ICU, we will see mortality increase because the hospitals being able to manage a patients as well as we have doing current. Predictable and not only predictable, but predicted Dr Patel. Thank you so much. Appreciate it. Last call for bars and Florida again as corona viruses coronavirus cases there explode, but that still has not changed governor to Santa's thinking when it comes to mandating that individuals are mask masks in public stay with us. Moments ago, Florida Republican Governor Ronda. Santa's again declined to enforce a statewide mask requirement despite his states skyrocketing infection rates, saying he will quote trust people to make good decisions, unquote instead leaving local leaders to decide for themselves whether or not to mandate the use of masks in public, such as in Hollywood Florida, which issued an emergency order last night, requiring the wearing of masks in public as CNN's Marquez reports for us now reaction to the new restrictions across all party lines. The Sunshine State in a state of crisis, the number of Corona Virus Infections, climbing at alarming rates with Florida, reporting nearly nine thousand new cases, its highest single day today eight. Cities like holywood mandating masks be worn in public even outdoors except when exercising, do think for the safety of everybody, especially with the numbers rising here just do it. You know it selfish not to I think you should be to hear. No matter the circumstance. Severe up. Here right to wear it a lot attributed to give it to someone, and it could kill them. That's. That's. I mean that's like at this point I mean. I can also give someone the common cold I can also someone the flu. Right, Except those baby don't have as high a death-ray. The little. While some see government mass orders as infringing on their rights officials here once confident they had beat the virus, or now scrambling to contain it new infections skyrocketing, Thursday statewide thirteen percent of those tested, came back positive in Osceola county near Orlando Twenty three percent positive for the virus in Lee County, Fort Myers nearly twenty percent positive in Dade, county, Miami, fourteen percent positive, and here in Broward, nearly twelve percent positive all way too high right now are in Florida. We're doing this. You know the the the gating criteria it really you're supposed to be doing downward so as long as you maintain and go downward sure you can keep reporting, but so for now it's. Hollywood paused at the first stage of reopening. Look the mass. Order is a good thing. She says because it protects me my employees and my customers. As wearing a mask has become increasingly political driven largely by the president and his handling of the crisis. Even some supporters are beginning to question his judgment and their vote. You asked me like five months wall. I'm going to sit the definitely trump because he handle everything right. Now. All. Because of the pandemic. And also make life. Mantle on what happened. It's complicated now. Very complicated and while the State may not be ringing the alarm bell. Some cities, some counties are also. Are some parts of the state today. The State of Florida liked has banned the sale of alcohol in all bars across the steak. All Right Miguel. Marquez thank you so much as safe. The trump administration just ask the US Supreme Court to get rid of a policy that seems like it's probably pretty helpful. During a pandemic, especially with millions unemployed. We'll talk about that next. In our politics lead today, the trump administration is asking the US Supreme Court to get rid of the Affordable Care Act Aka Obamacare, even as nearly half a million Americans have turned to obamacare during this pandemic, because they lost their jobs and their health insurance joining us now to discuss. Jeffrey Toobin CNN's chief legal analyst and Abby Philip CNN political correspondent Abbie. Let me start with you. I want to make sure I understand this. The trump administration is trying to get rid of a program that whether you like it or not. It provides health insurance for millions of Americans right now. The president last year this month. Pledge that he would propose an alternative health care proposal to fill the place of obamacare. Is this move to kill Obamacare in the Supreme Court. Is it being accompanied by anything from the White House? Any alternative proposal to help the tens of millions of Americans who are trying to survive pandemic need health insurance. No, it's not and it wasn't actually last year, either when the when the administration claimed that they were GonNa, put out a plan that was actually something as something of a kneejerk reaction to. To the fact that it was so politically unpopular for them to make this move that they said Oh. We're going to put something out and they never did. And in fact, there were never any plans to at the time as we reported so this is just a continuation of that and it's been. It's interesting, because as you pointed out five hundred you know half a million people have I'm sorry. So many people have now used the affordable care act to get health insurance because of the coronavirus in in the White House a statement, they said a global pandemic does not change what Americans know. Obamacare has been an unlawful failure and further illustrates the need to focus on patient care, but you know Jake I. I do think that the coronavirus actually has changed the way people feel about the affordable, Care Act. Act because now, millions of people who before had a job could potentially get health insurance through their jobs are now forced to use the exchanges to get insurance that does change things both politically and practically for the American public, and so even though they're going forward this way I just. I don't see how they can justify it given the dramatic increase in utilization of the affordable care act at this time. And Jeffrey. Solicitor solicitor-general Noel Francisco is arguing that once. OBAMACARE's individual coverage mandate and two other key provisions are invalidated that the remainder of the affordable care act. Obamacare should not be allowed to remain in effect. This is the third time the court is GonNa hear challenge to Obamacare it is a conservative leaning court. Do you think the justices might actually side with President? Trump on this and kill obamacare and if so? When when could this happen? Well the answer is they definitely might do that I mean I have been wrong on predictions about what the Supreme Court will do about Obamacare at least once and I I don't want to be wrong again. This is a conservative court. As you point out and Chief Justice Roberts, who served obamacare in the first case in that five to four decision, you know he did not necessarily commit himself on the precise. That is now before the court and this case will probably be argued. In October at the beginning of the Supreme Court's next term, which is of course days or weeks before the next election now it is possible that the justices could kick it until after the election, and certainly the decision will not come out until after the election is, Abby pointed out the human stakes of this case in terms of people who will lose the ability to get insurance because they have pre conditions, you know people in their twenties who WanNa? Stay on their parent's health insurance, and of course all these people who've lost their jobs and now going to healthcare dot gov the exchanges. Exchanges to try to get insurance. All those people have an incredible state in the outcome of this case and Jake. It does make me wonder whether that is something. The court might consider because the fact that there is no alternative is is a real practical issue and the administration It's one of the reasons frankly why there were many Republicans who did not agree with the president's decision to join into this case because they knew that in the absence of of anything people could be left in the lurch, and that could be a huge problem from a very practical perspective. More than twenty million Americans to be specific. Jeffrey toobin and abby fill up. Thank you so much. Appreciate it Washington DC closer to changing the map, theoretically at least and perhaps even the flag of the United States will explain stay with us. Our national lead today for the first time ever the House of Representatives passed a bill which would make Washington DC The nation's fifty first state, theoretically, the proposed state boundaries would remain the same, but in the middle there you see that thing there, that's that would be the new federal district. In nearly one hundred sided cut out with the White House as the only residence as CNN's Tom. Foreman reports for us now this. Dream could only become reality if Democrats have a very very good election day. You fireworks and patriotic music just in time for Independence Day. Washington DC is closer than ever before to becoming a state. The district Columbia statehood bill. Hr Fifty one is passed a vote in the House of Representatives made it happen and proponents are thrids. For three generations. My family has been denied the rights other. Americans take for granted, but hold on. Supporters of statehood still face a long hard road first because the constitution says DC should be a neutral ground, we're lawmakers from all states can meet and govern. The new proposal would carve out the center of DC for that purpose, but critics aren't swallowing that donut Washington, D. C. Status as the capital of the United States is exactly as our founders intended second the balance of power in nineteen, sixty one passage of the twenty-third amendment gave DC residents their votes in presidential contest, but statehood would give the largely democratic region. Region of voting representative and two senators many Republicans. Really don't want that and many Democrats find their opposition. Really offensive people should not look to us and say that we're to urban black were too liberal, and we have to justify our American. Citizenship Presentation and third demographics when it was pointed out in debate, that Wyoming has fewer residents than DC, Republican Senator Tom Cotton said no kidding. Yeah, but those Wyoming folks are miners, loggers construction workers. Wyoming is a well rounded working class state. If statehood were approved the new states, initials would still be DC for Douglas Commonwealth a salute to Frederick Douglass, former slave, abolitionist and author. Long Way. But the Republican led Senate and the white has vowed to stop this effort in its tracks, meaning those who have literally waited for decades for this to happen, we'll have to wait at least a little bit longer. Because frankly, that is the state of politics in the district Jake. All right Tom Foreman. Thank you so much tune in Sunday morning for state of the Union guests include health and Human Services Secretary. Alex as our president, trump's former national security adviser John, Bolton and South Carolina. Republican Senator Tim Scott. That's at nine am and noon eastern on CNN. Our coverage on CNN continues right now. I will see Sunday morning. Have a great weekend.
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"This CNBC podcast is sponsored by capital group home of American funds. Their long-term approach helps you say I can't find a firm with nearly ninety years of experience navigating market volatility visit capital group DOT com slash market volatility American. Funds Distributors Inc... I! I'm NBC producer Katie Kramer One of the Voice of behind the NBC podcast Squawk Pot in these times of uncertainty, we WANNA. Make sure we're bringing you our listeners as much information as possible as quickly as we can. That's why we're sharing with you now. A CNBC special report markets in turmoil listen. I'm Sarah is on day one hundred, sixty six of the RONA virus crisis. The problem gets worth in Texas. This marks one of that state's busiest days since the crisis began. Not Been Able to control the bread sponge than several states, what a session! It has been stocks, whip sawing back and forth there are concerns lingering about the virus tonight. How cities and states are trying to get the health prices back under control? We'll talk to a teeth, virus tracer, and what we can learn from the states that appeared to be moving forward on a better path. This CNBC special report begins right now. Here's Sara Ason. Good evening we'll begin once again in Texas. Where Corona virus infections are surging prior to June first hospitals in the twenty five counties that make up the southeast region of the state. We're averaging roughly seven hundred emergency room patients Thursday and Thursday. That number hit a new high one thousand Three Hundred Twenty Patients Dr Patel is the director of critical care at Houston's memorial. Hermann hospital she's with us. Live tonight Thank you for taking the time. Describe what the last few days have been like for you. I think the before, June first as you mentioned, we actually were seeing a steady state of covert patients, and we're able to manage them right now. We're since June first. We've seen a steady incline in the number of cases week by week and we are noticing a forty to sixty percent increase in admissions in the hospitals, and we were noticing of about a six percent positivity rate on testing when it was previously three so as we're starting to see this incline, we're preparing and relate a re reengaging the city into making sure that we are actually doing all the things we know we should be doing to decrease these rates of infections. Dr Vouch was just speaking on CNN. He said that places like Texas should be thinking about slowing down. Obviously, the decision is up to the governor. But what would you suggest from your perspective to keep you hospitals like yours from getting overwhelmed? Well I think that we we know that we would lockdown feels like we know what to do so really. If we all practice the same way we are wearing a mask were doing hygiene were only going to stores and in places with that absolutely need to, and we go to those places of business. We really then need to make sure that we are actually all wearing masks and all protecting ourselves, so I think that just by by doing the things we already know the we could actually carry on a normal life or near normal life without actually continued to increase spread, so it's really getting back to the basics. What is the severity level of the patients that you're seeing what have even noticed? You know we have noticed that now that we've gotten used to dealing with this virus in the critical care setting and in the inpatient settings the we actually have some tools in our toolbox so to speak. We have a desire. We may have other therapies that we can actually provide patients, so we are seeing. Rates of decrease rates of patients, needing critical care beds, and and we're seeing decreased length of stay in hospital, so we're advantage in patients, better patients, having better outcomes, but despite that if we're not really monitoring these rates and really putting in interventions to continue to stop the increase, we will then overwhelm our system, and that's really what we don't want. What about the ages of patients and underlying conditions? Obviously, that was a huge part of the hospitalizations that we saw in the New York area few months ago. Yeah we're seeing a broad spectrum of ages. We're seeing some pediatric patients of the ones that tend to get hospitalized still tend to be the patients that are a little bit older have some corporate conditions and the ones who end up in the critical care? Units are generally those patients so but it doesn't mean that you know twenty and thirty year. Olds can't up end up. Up in the hospital we're just wanting to make sure that everyone protects themselves, and if you're really healthy, and you feel like getting the virus isn't going to put you at significant risk for being seriously ill. Just remember the people around us we can. We can start infecting our parents. Are you know our neighbors who have may have those underlying conditions? Put them at risk. and. How much capacity do you have left in the ICU at this point to handle this outbreak? So right now we have adequate capacity We've been preparing We still have a cross city of Houston. It looks like we have at least ten percent more capacity, but We know how to manage this. We know what we need to. How we need to compensate for an increased demand across the across all of our hospitals, so we can manage a currently, but we just WANNA. Make sure that you know four or five weeks from now that we're not in a place where we're going to have to make tough decisions. Dr Patel detects US Open to aggressively in your view. That led to this. I think it's hard to tell. I mean I think our rates started going up after Memorial Day weekend and clearly that may have contributed to the rise, but I think it's even though Texas opened up. It really depends on how we practice day today so and that question. I think we'll. We're continuing on will be able to get more details and try to figure out if that was the reason Scott, certainly contributed, but again it's in really all of our responsibilities. The businesses that are opening making sure that they're actually providing the right types of environments for the customers and the customers to make sure that they're actually putting their health i. Dr, Patel, thank you for taking the time tonight. We wish you're sitting in your hospital system well in this fight. We thank you so much there. One key to containing an outbreak is contact tracing the city of Houston has more than one hundred twenty people tracing at the moment. There led by the health departments health authority. Dr David purse is with US tonight and leading that effort doctor, thank you for joining us a one hundred and twenty sounds low for a city like Houston. Do you have enough people going out and contact tracing identifying who's infected and how many people around them that they interacted with might be exposed. So we're at about. A hundred and twenty now, but we're growing requires training, so we're training classes and groups of fifty at a time, so that number will continue to increase for just one hundred twenty right now, and by the time this is all said and done. We're GONNA. Need believer need a minimum of route? Three hundred remember Houston is a meeting with the Appalachian two point three million people, so there's a lot of work. Why now is this happening that you're Hiram? Houston Texas a lot of these states had months to prepare unlike New York when this virus head why we're in some of these efforts underway. Well, we did have contact racers. These hundred and twenty, our new digital contact rations on top of the nearly one hundred that we already add in place, because these are the ones that are being paid for through the cares, act money. And once we got that we were able to start splitting up and getting folks, and so our neighbors Harris County have done the same thing, and there are a little bit ahead of us, but. It all had to deal with A. You're just the timing of getting people reassigning them in the other diseases continue on as well and so we've got to balance that in the mix. So how successful has your team been? And identifying cases and preventing spread by telling people took quarantine. Essentially, that is what this is about I. Remember reading in the outset of this crisis about South Korea and they were able to trace hundreds of cases to one person at a nightclub. Are you effectively doing this? So. It's different for here. In the United States, they tools with in South Korea that we don't have or we don't have a sophisticated. In South Korea so, what are the problems that we have here in the United States? Is when somebody gets tested and they're tested positive, that becomes a case. We don't have do that case. Investigation talk to a person. Find out you know where they banned and do they've been with? Where they think about infected, and where who they may have infected since their own that to happen. We have really get in touch with that person so before. Kobe when attest was sent off for. Illness say measles or something on those lines. A doctor's Office Bob the game a lot of information, and then the lab would give information as well. Laughter used to give me a straight little information name. A phone number wraps. We didn't go back to the doctor's office. Get the rest of the information to find the person. Well with these open testing centers that we have there is no doctors opposite, and so we're limited with the money and information that's collected at the testing. Generally. There's enough. Information collected when you go to get tested. The lab doesn't always report that to us. You compound that with the fact that we've got to ramp up testing so rapidly a lot of the labs. It used to do something else now doing this, and so we've had real problems were getting accurate and complete information from the labs. And then in addition we call people. Don't answer the phone number that they don't recognize so we're having lots and lots of problems with getting in touch with people in order to be able to do the case investigation as well as the contact tracing because limited information in fact, if people don't answer the phone if it's not a number that they recognize. So, what has to be done to make this? More effective because ultimately all the medical experts we talked to say. This has to happen to contain the spread. And, that's an important instant. Contain so contact tracing the whole gamut testing ace. Gatien contact tracing which then is foul with people changing their behavior. When you talk about that work with moment that all has to happen in order for this to be successful. So the bottom wide is if we can get a hold of folks and let them know that they were a contact known case, they then have to change their behavior, which means they're going to need a quarantine, so you're at work and we get a phone call from the health department, saying that human identifies a close contact rich. All you needed born teen yourself at home for fourteen days. And that's where the rubber meets the road that works generally better in a situation where we're dealing with smaller numbers of people, 'cause we then have the ability to keep up with these speaks people every day and make sure that they are teaching themselves in a situation like we have now we're the Houston. We sometimes two hundred new cases in a day, and if there's five to ten, or maybe you're more contacts per K.. The amount of work to get folks, so the bottom line is reliant people to do what we ask them to do is. We can't hold their hands like we used to. Very quickly David Dr. perse. I wonder how the restaurants and other businesses are affected affected by this to restaurants or or small business retailers have to shutdown. If you contact them and say they've been exposed. To shut down, we contact them and we do the contact tracing. Let's say just your example. There's a employees in a restaurant that test positive will contact the case. They'll toss which co workers they think were meet the WSB close. Close Jax will contact those individuals to be our together will often go to the employer. What's going on and we'll work with them because our goal is not to shutdown stores restaurants. is allow businesses to grow because it has two grown gotta have some broken the. Researchers consequences of that as well. But if there's a critical mass of people who can't come to work because they need to be on abortion than the owner may have considered opposing, but it's not because we're GonNa want them to, but they may win in that situation at earn cutting in. The restaurant or can do something in the meantime they can protect their employees by asking them or telling them or making them wear masks. The whole time that there were so spread virus of one boy who's infected and they wear masks. They're much less likely to spread it over. If you let your voice come to work and not wear masks, you're asking for the rest of your workforce. You get infected. Dr David appreciate the time. We know you're very busy right now. Keep US posted? To another day of wild swings on Wall Street after yesterday's. Sell off. The Dow taking a breather today after meteoric six day run stocks retreating from the recent push higher, but the Nasdaq still managing to hit another record high. It's a long road. It's depending on how you count. Well more than twenty million people displaced in the labor market. It's going to take some time Jay Powell. Highlighting the level of uncertainty at the Fed has about the economic outlook Marcus not having a good morning on this Thursday. Day The ball and ugly close to St shows us. It's very likely that will undercut the lows and get to levels that I've talked about before which are maybe as low as sixteen hundred on the S&P futures up six hundred. We're going to claw back some of the pressure from yesterday. Stocks have given back about half the gains. They had earlier today after an early morning. Comeback stocks are way off their highs stocks rallying a volatile day of trading today, and what has been a down week on Wall Street. And here's how the day ended the Dow ultimately rising one hundred seventy seven points, s and P, five, hundred and the Nasdaq, gaining about one percent or so, but even with today's gains stocks finished off their worst week, since March the Dow off five and a half percent s and p five hundred down about five, but take a look at the small caps the Russell two thousand losing eight percent this week. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, noting this week that the names and amounts of those P P, p loans will not be disclosed setting the information is quote proprietary and confidential? The project on government oversight has filed a freedom of Information Act request to see the names of the loan recipients citing a lack of transparency. Danielle Brian is the executive director of the project on government oversight. She is with us, tonight live Danielle. Why is the administration I holding this information and not releasing when usually the small business administration does loom recipients. That's absolutely right. There is no good explanation for why they'd be doing this. And what's even more outrageous is that this is information that has really been available since nineteen ninety one the idea that government loan recipients, the names of the recipients is somehow proprietary or confidential really. Some of the explanations are giving just not. They're not factual. They're arguing that this is information about salaries for example. One of the data points that's that's to be disclosed. So this is the kind of problem. They came out with a statement and they're not basing their explanation in any way on reality. You could see a situation though where you're a small business that has been a recipient, and you don't want your name out there. I mean there are issues with privacy. Don't want that sort of badge of dishonor that they had to go to government for help. How do you respond to that? While and No one made them except these loans in the first place, but this is this is a case of in fact, she's going to be millions of people who've been accepting these loans, so there's nothing to be suggesting that there's a badge of dishonor. The real problem here is not only that we are in fact, asking for cronyism and patronage and and outright fraud, if we are able to know who is getting the funds, but even more alarmingly, this means that the funds aren't available for those small business and employers who urgently need the money to stay in business. What is your suspicion here with why they're being so has an unfair to release the information. I mean frankly that was the question I. Ask is what they have to. Hi. This is basic information that has been available long before cares act to previous laws that make sure that all governments funds of these nature are made publicly available so to go backwards on something like this makes no sense. This is not just one law that they're violating its actually several laws. They're violating. Well they're going to have to continue to answer for ten. Thank you for your time tonight. We appreciate it Daniel Brian. Thanks for having me. Here's what else is coming up next on. CNBC SPECIAL REPORT! We've heard about this spikes down south and out West next. How the first state the great state of Delaware. Move forward safely. A Hotel Titan in one popular beach town who served as an advisor to the governor shares his insight Nets, plus what the stars are doing to help. Some of this country's hardest hit. And a whole community was in it with us, graduating class of twenty twenty. Before the break our nation on Friday night June twelve. This BC PODCAST is sponsored by capital group home of American funds. Their long-term approach helps. You say I can't find a firm with nearly ninety years of experience navigating market volatility visit capital group DOT, com slash market volatility. American Funds Distributors Inc... Delaware is getting ready for its face to of its reopening Ben Gray joins us now the general manager of the Belmore in Rehoboth Beach. He's also on the Delaware reopening taskforce. then. Thank you for joining US tonight. Beaches are open. This is the high season. How different is it looking this year than previous years? Giving Sarah. Thank you so much for having me on. It is definitely different. Obviously, this is a unprecedented experience that we're all going through right now. I think in our mind were just ready to have visitor. Come back. It is certainly different environment different atmosphere where we're trying to encourage visitors understand is that we are now clean. We are safe. Rehoboth beach is still the nation's summer capital, and we're ready willing and able to accept our visitors again. What booking! As of right now believe it or not. We're pretty strong I. AM sold out tomorrow night so for the first time since the pandemic, I can actually say that we're sold out. Tomorrow or occupancy spiked about twenty percent in twelve hours over the course of your day into today, so the bookings have been strong. We have a lot of questions. A lot of guests concerned about their safety, but we have a lot of parameters in place to make sure that we have a clean safe environment for them to enjoy while they stay with us. Like what what what are you doing specifically to keep them saying? So we have a contact. Let's check in. We have an opportunity for our guests to check in moberly using their device before they come to the hotel. Each door is sealed with a security seal sealed. Knowing that the guest is the only one that's going to be entering that particular room when they arrived. We also have hand sanitizers throughout the building. We have contact with check in as I mentioned at a wide variety of areas throughout the hotel that are cleaned and sanitized every twenty minutes including high touched areas like elevators, the pools we also have increased our staffing in those areas to make sure that social distancing being adhere to. We're looking at pictures of the pool ban. It looks like a small one. I'm sure it gets very crowded in the high season or do you keep it open? We do yes, in actually two polls on property. The pool that you saw on the video. There was the adult bowl so as of right now we are restricted to about thirty percent occupancy for our poll areas, which means that we have sinus. They're indicating that only a certain number of guests are welcome at the pool. At one time, boss have signed on each pool Lounger, indicating that were practising social distancing as much as possible. The second floor pool actually can accommodate a lot more guests, and all of our families tend to go to that one instead. What other questions and and concerns are you hearing from your guests as they make these bookings? Ultimately what they want to know is we're going to keep them safe and that they're going to have an enjoyable time. They want to know if the restaurants are open. They want to know if the retail shops are open because we're known as the culinary coast, and as chairman of southern Delaware Tourism, it's my job to make sure that tourism is encapsulated in our community in a unique and special way, and it's my job is the general manager of. Of the Belle more than SPA as a part of this task force to reinsure our guests, that Delaware is open for business, and then we are at a point in our business community, or we can accept them, and it is safe to travel. Ultimately were reassuring them is that their businesses are open? The restaurants are open. The retail shops are open and of course the hotels, so they're still going to have an enjoyable experience during their summer vacation. What about the SPA which is part of the name I mean hard to think of a way to social distance if you're getting a massage treatment for instance. That's an excellent question Sarah, and that's what a lot of our guests want to know. Our SPA actually for the first time is going to be open on Monday. We have a forty six page manual that are SPA director has created to help us get to the point where we are able to open and welcome our guests back safely per Delaware State Law. All of our guests are required to wear mass in the public spaces, but we have unique ways to. To make it comfortable for them, all of our massage therapists and all of our therapists have been trained to make sure that they know the cove policies, and to make sure that they sanitize hands. The guest sanitize. Their hands were restricted thirty percent occupancy in the SPA. So that's able to maintain social distancing while they can also have a nice relaxing therapeutic experience. We feel like we've been able to accomplish that with the standard operating procedures that we have in place. Ben Gray Good Luck. Good? Coming back thanks for. Business we're ready, thank you so much. Thank you the class of twenty twenty. Maybe the forever known as the Corona. Virus class here's recent graduate Jenny Fuller from Pioneer Valley. High School in Massachusetts in her own words. None of us really knew what it was going to be like. As we started off by having parade, we traveled down to main street, and then we made our way to the drive in our families had to get to the drive in, and they were all parked a car away from each other. We did have to wear a mask and then everyone else besides. The graduate in the families had to remain in their car. We were able to take off our mask. And once it was our turn, we would walk across the stage mega on a flower goodie bag in then our diploma was on the table, each grab one of those I in the class president, so I had or I chose to speech so that was definitely making me nervous. One of the biggest surprise of the night was probably the fireworks that we had in the past year. Other classes did not get fireworks or graduation at the drive in the whole community was in it with us in celebrating in pushing US forward, and it was really really awesome. Tell NBC, she plans to attend American International College in the fall and major in nursing. Socially conscious foods startup every table, launching a new program to give underrepresented Americans, a chance to own and operate their own stores, and it's backed by a major star power. Here's A. D., Roy. Hi Sarah hurled every table is really trying to make it easier for people in low income communities to have better access to farm, fresh and organic meals at fast food prices. It's backed by celebrities such as Kimbal Musk Gwyneth paltrow Maria Shriver Patrick Schwarzenegger and Baron Davis. The company has ten stores most of which are located in South L. as food deserts. They offer better quality than local stores and lower prices than those in more affluent areas. What's every tables next move? Will the company recently raised two and a half million dollars to launch its Social Equity Franchise, program, that would allow for fifty underrepresented minorities from the income neighborhoods to own and operate their own store. Every table will fund the store design and construction with zero percent loan. No money down once. The owner turns a profit. The loan will be repaid CEO Sam polk a one time hedge fund trader says it's not just enough to increase food access. That's why he's turning his focus to the whole system. We're coming to see is a world that is fed up with racial inequality. And class inequality in the way to get out of that is true equity ownership so every table social equity franchise program is not be solution, but as part of the solution. Company keeps prices low by having one central kitchen in south, La that prepares the meals and also has two hundred smart fridge vending machines that companies apartment buildings, even colleges. Every table also launched a subscription meal, delivery, program and Sarah Beyond the food, though pope says venture capital, really waking up to the fact that what really moves the needle is hiring an investment practices. He says he's been getting a lot more calls from investors lately. They've been really heavily impacted by the George, Floyd killing and our energize to do something in response to it back to you. A DVD Roy DD thank you. Here's what's next on the sandy special report. Tonight there paths forward three business owners three stories. And advice for all three from a private equity powerhouse. Their problems and her solutions when this CNBC special report return. The Path forward your business. On the one hundred, sixty, six nine of the global health crisis American businesses are fighting for the paths forward. Many are still struggling. Others have come up with ways to persevere to push through and to find new ways to thrive tonight. Three business owners shared their stories of struggle and their hopes of finding success once again now the path forward your business. Here's Sara. Aisin Immune Welcome back. Everyone are focused on America's independent businesses begins right now before we bring in tonight's owners, I want to introduce our consultant this evening. A leash Sierra is back. She's the founder and CEO Pentagon capital. Good evening leash. Thanks for being here. I, just want to ask you how the week has been going and what you're seeing and hearing from some of the businesses you invest and work on. States have reopened. We'll Sarah thank you so much for having me back. It's a pleasure to be here. It's been a wild ride as you know. Over the last few months. I mean I. The businesses came to almost a complete Halton. They were scrambling for the P. Loans, and then there was the focus on pivoting in adopting new products and new services and new distribution, and now finally I. Think, we're starting to see businesses open up again and people starting to venture out and the focus is. Is really adapting to this new environment, the new health and safety concerns the new focus on digital acceleration, but at the end of the day we are focused on small businesses, and they are so resilient, and they're getting excited about the new opportunities out there, which is great so as we look at the path forward now. I think we're seeing some optimism, and this is really good news. What about demand overall Aleisha? We see the stock market, and even though it took a hit this week down five percent, it's still up about forty percent from the lows for big business. It feels like a very different story than what we're seeing in small business main street. What can you tell us about that? Look. I think that there. There's truth to that and the good thing about the stock market being so far up is that the people that are making angel investments will maybe feel a little bit more comfortable doing that and that money can flow directly into small businesses. The small businesses are still struggling, but they are optimistic, and there's a lot of pent up demand from consumers so I. Think we're seeing things going in the right direction. What sort of technological changes have you seen? As consumers have shifted, their behavior and businesses are adopting toward a new environment. Think the big things that I would highlight on that front is a huge focus on direct to consumer plays and a huge focus on e commerce and content, and making that supplemental to businesses or making that part of core strategy. If it hadn't been before, so those are the big tech things I would say. Aleisha. It's good to have you on board tonight. Let's bring in our first business owner. Jason Smith is the owner of Baby Ben. It's an Alaskan company that sells baby and young child products through specialized vending machines. Jasmine. Good to have you here tonight for I. Tell us a little bit more about your company where these vending machines are and how you've been impacted by this crisis. I will first and foremost. Thank you for having me. Our vending machines are centered in airports, our target market. However, we were working on expanding to some new markets, such as malls amusement parks and large shopping centres and co working spaces prior to Cova, so we are an Alaskan founded in bread company. What have you seen as travel has basically fallen off a cliff in this country? Yes, we're starting to come back, but what? That meant for Your Business. Well! It took a nosedive for a little while I mean. People were staying home. They weren't going anywhere, so there wasn't a reason to come to our machines because nobody was at the airport, so it was, it was rough for a little while. What do you think that with the pickup? we're seeing. Our sales are increasing again. People are starting to venture back out into traveling, and we customize our products to meet the demand of our market, so we're starting to see our sales picks back up and we're seeing people wanting to do business with our machines. Alicia. Jasmine Alicia here I. Love Your Story. I have to say I was so inspired reading about the single mom of twins creating this business solving a personal pain point and I just thought that idea of baby products in a vending machine was so smart I'm sorry to hear about the business going down around airports, but it sounds like things are picking up again. And I thought it was so smart of you to adapt and add products like child masks and. And sanitizers and your vending machines but what I want to talk about now we're going into this new environment where there are so many people that are out of work, and they're looking for new ways to make money I mean these downturns, or when we see a lot of entrepreneurial activity, right, so are you seeing big opportunities now? People are coming to you looking to lease your machines looking to franchise your machines. What are you seeing there? That's exciting. Yeah we're definitely seeing a lot of that. It's it's interesting. I thought people were going to want to shy away from machines during Kobe. Our request for machines have gone up drastically and people are saying exactly what you're saying. It's the flexibility is the safety. It's not having childcare and being able to restock the machine with their family and customize it to the market, so we've definitely seen an upturn in people who are interested in vending in general, especially interested in our machines. And what about new locations? Because before you were in airports? You were looking at malls, but now everybody wants to get outside. They're so tired of being cooped up. Can we put these vending machines near national parks so that people can can go get some fresh air and also have the baby baby products nearby. What can you do there? Yeah, so our machines are able to go outside. They're environmentally friendly. We actually have got a couple inquiry. Some national parks who are machines there. There's also some large parks that you know. Families Frequent quite a bit so there is a demand for machines there as well, and we've been looking at that to you now since people want to go places where they can social distance and be outside and enjoy the weather, so why not have the supplies that they need when they're out camping, you know in addition to whatever products that park might want us to put it in the machine. Jasmine as you talked about the drop off in your business. How many people do you employ and what's happened with employees? Were you able to keep them on board? And keeping them? And what? What is the situation there now? Yeah so we're a small company. So prior to Kobe, we had six people depended a lot on contractors, and then truthfully wants Cova hit. There just wasn't a reason to have that. Many people that we went down to literally to people. And then actually a lot of friends and family, just helping, run the business and helping us with operations in different locations, so as of right now are busy sticking back up so I'm confident. We're going to be able to Rehire. People and actually increased more employees than we had before. My. Other question comes as a mom of two little kids where I would find something like this very very useful I mean. Have you had to rethink the products that go in more hand sanitizer? More whites more products that people need right now as a result of the pandemic. Definitely and honesty everything that goes into our machines I. Tell everybody the story is rooted me being apparent, so I have definitely added mask you definitely. Added Hand Sanitizer more wipes because we want people to move in and have activities out in the community but safe, so we have customers products thinking about just that. Jasmine Sarah and I were talking earlier about the huge opportunities on the technology side. Namely Commerce has been a big theme for so many people. Now you have these physical vending machines, but are you also now taking advantage of ECOMMERCE opportunities? What are you doing there? Yeah, so you know at first we were pretty hardcore vending machine vending machine, but we found that when everybody was hunkered down. That's what you call it up here and they in quarantine. They wanted us to be able to send them products or mailed in products. We've got a lot of request social media, so we started working on an online stores. People can get our products even if they're not Adam machine, so we are working on expanding our online store and offering our products in in the form of boxes and care packages. Jasmine. Thank you so much for joining US tonight. Thank, you for having me and good luck with the business picking back up Jasmine's thank you. The Sandy special report is coming back. Coming up a travel owner in business gridlock. See what this business is doing to turn things around. And Business in the BAYOU. We've I heard from this man when this crisis all started, find out about his path forward coming up. I Our world on day one hundred, sixty, six of the Corona Virus Christ. While, the airline stocks were a big today. It's been a tough run for travel stocks and the entire travel industry. INTERSEX is a charter bus tour company, which had all of its bookings cancelled, and is now working on solutions for reopening Francisco because he is the CO founder, and Vice President of intermix joins US tonight Francisco thanks for joining us I know you have a lot of corporate clients that you do services. For what are the bookings look like? Is it starting to pick up? Well, vegetable. Thank you for having me super excited to share my experience. Yes, now after. Three months of being shutting down then finally, the corporations are starting to call us. I think there are a little bit tired of being inside home. As bringing everyone back home back to the offices now and yet we are getting to start We're getting requests from. DIFFERENT COMPANIES INC so. We're excited to be back on the road. And? How are you operating differently? How do you put in place? Safety Procedures for instance to make the Ryder feel safe. So, we're doing a lot of different things, so first thing is we're sanitizing bus entirely. Then our bus drivers. They were taking their temperature to make sure that they're healthy to get on the road than they're wearing a face mask. All of all of the passengers that are inside the bus. They have to work a face mask. We have extra inside the bus. Bus just in case and a lot of cleaning supplies available for them. Also our employees are not able to touch passengers luggage. We have employees that we have to make sure that you know they're also safe. So another thing that will recommend you for our new clients and and current clients is that we suggested percent capacity joe so that our passengers have that distance between. Each Other. Francisco it's so great to talk to you and I love learning about your company and seeing how it was a family business I can tell that you're very passionate about travel and congratulations, also on the loans secured and the grants that was fantastic. I'm excited to hear the businesses coming back in one thing I did want to ask you about which is really along the theme of what we've been. been talking about tonight is your digital acceleration. Many people would look at bus businesses or charter tours, and not really see a digital component, but it sounds like there's opportunity there for you upgrading the digital reservation system focusing on the online content social media. What are you doing? You're putting out what virtual tours making it easier for the customers from a technology perspective. What? What's the opportunity there for you? So as we realized that you know all of Rage Toward Council we've wanted to stay on top of our clients mind so they were spending a lot of time on social media, so we created a virtual tour and visited. A lot of places on the La area with took a photo of our bus at locations, and we posted the photo every day with a fun fact about that location, and we receive a great engagement with followers, the we actually increased thirty three percent of our follower base and for everyone that wants to check out this place before to check on instagram. Page intermix. Transportation and facebook interim transportation. These places are actually going to be open pretty soon next week in La. So if you're looking to have that south, your social media channels than this. You can check out our peach to to see. These are places that we visited. Well, it seems to make sense because it's. There's a lot of pent up demand for travel now right, so you're. You're throwing out some content. Get people excited and on that note I see Vegas as opening up and I've seen that. The theme parks are opening up and people are eager to get to national parks. What are you doing to capitalize on that demand? Are you working with casinos to get people? They're talking talking to theme parks. How are you taking advantage of that? Pent up demand and these places reopening. Yes so we how long relationships with being part Disney Hollywood? So as they're going to start opening now we are sending our capabilities letting them know what we're doing and how we are implementing these new regulations. We Kobe nineteen so that they feel comfortable. Riding a bus with us so as their starting beating out, then we shirt we. Focus videos of the processes that we're doing so they can share with our clients, and they feel comfortable writing a bus with us, so we are checking with them following up weekly so that when they're ready to get back on the road than the model getting on the phone with them and and finishing up the restoration. Francisco I think I. Heard. You say that you're only operating the buses at fifty percent capacity to comply with the distancing rules I mean. Can you make money with that kind of business? And for how long can you operate that way? So it is a recommendation that we give into to our to our customers, if for any reason one of our costs, and this is one of the benefits of dealing with a small business like ours, you're dealing directly with the owners, so we're pretty flexible with our budgets, so he for some reason one of our customers that before they used to rent one bus, and now because. Because they wanNA feel more comfortable. They need to rent two buses. We're providing the second bus at a discounted rate, and that's just the way of US giving back to our community as we get closer to a to opening day for all kinds of businesses, so we don't make money but we are adapting with this new life style so way for us to giving back is. Providing a discounted rate to the second bus. Francisco can see us. Thank you very much for sharing your story tonight. We appreciate it. Thank you very much for having us. There's more ahead tonight. STAY WITH US Straight ahead very. Very fortunate with PP a business owner, check in. He was having major problems when we spoke to him at the start of the crisis. Now St where this by you? Businessman stands when this CNBC special report continues. Tonight we WANNA. Bring back a business from Baton Rouge. Kerry googly. elmo is the CEO of a t e commerce down Louisiana. He changed his business model during this crisis and has been able to stay afloat by doing so Kerry welcome back to the show. Just bring us up to speed on what you do, your former Nike Exac. You work with them in a number of sportswear companies to make a peril. Tell us about how the businesses changed. The corporate merchandise business and what we do is, we build customized web stores for companies on a just in time on demand basis now ship out of our distribution centers in San Antonio in Chicago and we've been able to put that model together, so it's somewhat of an Amazon, and you will in the corporate logo Merch, world and all centered around technology. And how has that changed through that through the pandemic? Have you made a go at it? Well, it's been very interesting. You know we were on and and again. Thank you so much for having us. We were on some sixty days ago around PP when we we talked about that and incredible community banker Riverbank Tracy Rutledge just amazing Heidi may be close to wait Nashville our CPA firm. We leaned on those organizations and Gus Levy where we were so blessed to get a and retain our. Our team and that was a really big part of it took a lot of the edge off as we were getting into the panic, because course events relative to merchandise Ason and those types of things things people are sitting on their money and thanks have slowed down. We've readjusted our forecast and we feel we feel good. Excuse me where we are today. There's a lot of hard work force. Unless I. Carry. It's nice to talk to you and thank you so much for sharing your story when I learned that you named your. Business after your children, and that you put your life savings into the business I just thought. Of course we're. We're all rooting for you and congratulations on the EP loan, but also I was really impressed that you took the time to kind of double down on technology during this time, and then look at your offerings on the product front and offer p p. p. offerings so that was that was interesting to see that, but what I wanted to talk. Talk to you about tonight is the new environment that we're going into remote work is becoming so much more of the norm now and I would expect that I would present some opportunities for you right because you have these clients, these corporations that have their employees working remotely, and they're trying to figure out ways to keep their employees identifying with the company to reiterate that culture, and maybe they wanna do that with branded merchandise. Is that something that you're seeing or they? Showing demand on these fronts because they want to really instill that in their remote workforce. Tell me about that. Very much, we have somewhat shifted a working virtually. We actually work virtually a huge spar model, ast, commerce, and maintaining that culture I mean. Culture such a popular things these days for all the right reasons and companies, even though with the circuit you know the current circumstances, people are not gonNA stop promoting their brand and people. Maybe you're taking a step back and pressing the pause button a little bit, but it's all about your people right, and we discuss that during the segment and and maintaining your culture, continuing to promote your brands just a different environment, virtual environment and March is a great way to do that. You can do it inefficient cost, control, manner, and we. We feel humbly that that's what we bring to the table. AST cars. And on the merged front. Are you seeing that there is demand in different areas now? So if more people are working from home, they're not getting dressed up as much. Our companies asking to brand yoga mats or Leisurewear. Can you do that for them to? Reach, we sure can I mean it's. You know things have changed and again you mentioned everything from wellness to yoga mats to Leisurewear to technology co branded products to p. p. e. products. You know healthcare and taking care of yourself and from you name it. From sanitizer to mask and is if you told me six months ago, what would we're going to do? As far as civic healthcare merchandise concerns I I would have scratched my head over there today, and we're resourcing that through a lot of different avenues through our supply chain. The key for us is, we can get companies out of the inventory game. Why would you WANNA be in the inventory game I mean. Why would you WANNA be a retailer? If you'RE IN CORPORATE AMERICA? We people out of the retail game and operated just in time onto man logo. CORPORATES HO branded March. Program and platforms from fetch. And and I saw that you also really double down on the technology side and I'm wondering in doing that as a result of the pandemic. Are you actually better position coming out of it? Because that technology focus allows you to scale more so are you thinking now more broadly about the geographic areas where you could expand that maybe didn't seem like it was as big of a possibility when you were. You know working the phones and visiting people door to door. Well pre-coded fifty percent of our revenue we hover right around a two million dollar company were six years old, very young. We have a lot to learn. Learning everyday make mistakes, but we were fifty percents. ECOMMERCE. Technology related in present non grice. Gross sales is concerned. We have shifted that. I will tell you that our goal. In Two thousand and twenty one is to be eighty percent all online. There's always going to be event. Based business, not specific to ECOMMERCE web store platform, and that never goes away, but we will be doing that really only with our ECOMMERCE clients, and we have you know we focused on on technology. and we've been banging. That word focused that I mentioned a lot and really trying to do more business. Resources into a Taylor down. Client fights. Carry goodly I'll now thank you for the update good to see you again. Pleasure, very. Gus On. Thank you so much. 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