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Airports, Highways Packed As Travel Surges For Holiday Weekend; 43 Million Expected To Drive This Holiday Weekend As Gas Prices Surge; At Least 2 Presumed Dead, 20 Missing After Mudslide In Japan; Vaccination Disparities Raise Concerns As Delta Variant Spreads; Two House Republicans Vote for 1/6 Select Committee; Rising Violence Against Jews Blamed on COVID Lockdowns; IT Cosmetics Founder On Learning to Believe In Yourself. Aired 8-9a ET
Aired July 03, 2021 - 08:00 ET
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JACQUELINE HOWARD, CNN HEALTH REPORTER: And then you can make a marinate yourself, using your own herbs. Basil, sage, thyme, oregano and rosemary. Also, choose leaner meats. There is fewer HCAs. So instead of burgers or broths try chicken, fish, grass fed steak.
Avoid overcooking or burning the meat on the outside, that's when cancer causing chemicals are released. Those black char marks might look good, but they're what you want to avoid. So, flip your meat frequently.
Finally, grill up some veggies too. They're good for you and there are no cancer-causing chemicals released.
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BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks so much. Thanks so much to Jacqueline Howard for that report. The next hour of NEW DAY starts right now.
CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to your NEW DAY and your new weekend. This Saturday, July 3rd. I'm Christi Paul.
SANCHEZ: And I'm Boris Sanchez. Thank you so much for waking up with us. Christi, always a pleasure to be with you.
PAUL: So good to have you here, Boris. So, let's talk about what's happening.
SANCHEZ: Yes, Americans are on the move. And not just by pandemic era standards of travel. Experts are predicting the amount of people traveling by air or highway for the Fourth of July, is going to rival Independence Day weekends pre-COVID.
PAUL: Yes, health officials have a warning, though. If you're not vaccinated, it's just too early to declare freedom from the pandemic. They say, they're particularly worried about the coronavirus variant known as Delta, and the impact on parts of the country that are still lagging in vaccinations.
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DR. VIVEK MURTHY, U.S. SURGEON GENERAL: We have other parts of our country where the vaccination rate is below 30 percent. And it is the latter group that I'm most worried about, especially as we approach this holiday weekend. If you are vaccinated, you were actually at low risk of getting sick.
But if you are not vaccinated, and if you're going to be traveling and seeing others from various households, gathering indoors, and if you're not masked, then there's a significant risk that the virus will continue to spread.
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SANCHEZ: There is no doubt the United States has made a lot of progress in the past year and millions are ready to make the most of it. Let's go to CNN's Polo Sandoval. He is tracking the travel rush from New York. Polo, what do we know about just how many people are going to be out and about this weekend?
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, Boris, good morning to you. Not only have we reached pre-pandemic numbers, but in some cases, we've even exceeded pre-pandemic travel figures.
Now, when it comes to the number of people that have been processed at TSA checkpoints, the TSA reporting that what we saw on Thursday was 3 percent higher than what we saw in 2019. And when you hear from travel experts, they say, this trend is only going to hold throughout the summer.
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SANDOVAL (voice-over): By now most Americans who plan to travel this holiday weekend may have already braved the Fourth of July frenzy on the roads.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it's going to be pretty busy and congested. Yes, that's why I didn't want to wait and leave any later than today.
SANDOVAL (voice-over): Or at some of the nation's airports, many of which seem to be bursting at the seams on Friday. AAA expecting nearly 48 million people will have traveled either by road or by air by the time this Fourth of July weekend comes to a close, most of them - some 43 million opted to drive to and from their destinations according to Andrew Gross from AAA.
ANDREW GROSS, AAA: The biggest difference probably the number of people traveling by car and there are a number of factors figuring into that. International travel is still down. Cruising has not picked back up yet. And people may generally feel little more comfortable traveling by car. You can decide when you're going to leave, where you're going to stop. And maybe not everybody in the family is vaccinated yet. SANDOVAL (voice-over): Gross expects rising fuel prices likely aren't keeping families from a long overdue post pandemic getaway. It won't come cheap, though, with the cost of a gallon of gas averaging $3.12 nationally, the highest in seven years.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: $11, I'm at 2.5 gallons.
SANDOVAL (voice-over): Experts say not only a summer demand to blame, but a shortage of fuel truck drivers that has left some service stations empty.
Flying this weekend, you want to adhere to your air crews' instructions or face paying some hefty fines. The Federal Aviation Administration has received over 3,000 reports of unruly passengers this year alone. Majority of incidents related to noncompliance of the federal mandate requiring mask wearing on flights.
Hoping to address people who don't listen to crew instructions, the agency rolled out a video message for those who should know better from those who do.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They'll go jail if they keep doing that stuff.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That is so unsafe.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They should know better if they're like adults.
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SANDOVAL: So much needed finger wagging from some of the younger passengers out there now. In terms of some of the other challenges for airlines is dealing with fewer planes that are essentially - that have fewer workers out there. So one of the ways that they're trying to compensate, American Airlines, they cut their flights by about 1 percent, not only because of weather, but also because of staffing issues.
Southwest Airlines too, Boris, they are expected to - at least they're asking some of their flight attendants that if they're able to work this Fourth of July to do so, that way they can cancel less flights.
PAUL: Alrighty, Polo Sandoval, thank you so much.
SANCHEZ: Thanks Polo.
SANDOVAL: Thanks Christi.
PAUL: So a record number of you are also expected to hit the road this holiday weekend. According to AAA, more than 43 million people are expected to drive this Fourth of July weekend, so be safe out there first and foremost. But they're looking to fill up - I'm sure your tank as well. You will see some of the highest gas prices in nearly seven years.
[08:05:00] There are reports that some stations are already running out of gas as well. And it's not because of a lack of fuel, rather a shortage of truck drivers, causing delivery disruptions at some gas stations.
Tom Kloza is with us now. He's the Global Head of Energy Analysis for the Oil Price Information Service that tracks prices for AAA. Tom, it's good to have you back with us. Thank you so much for making time.
So as I understand, the national tanker truck carriers industry, it's an industry that - a trade group says between 20 and 25 percent of tank trucks in the fleet are parked because of lack of qualified drivers. What happened to those drivers?
TOM KLOZA, PUBLISHER, OIL PRICES INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICE: Well, they didn't have a job after COVID. I mean, COVID cut demand for gasoline and demand for the trucks that moved the gasoline by about 40 or 50 percent for a long period of time.
And that's a tough job, and they move to other places. They might be driving for Amazon or somebody else. But they have not come back. And even if they wanted to come back earlier this year, they have to be trained. You or I don't want to get behind the wheel of a tanker truck. So it's an issue.
The one thing I would tell people is try not to be apoplectic. Try not to be angry, like a lot of our fellow citizens are on the airlines. You see a bad (ph) pump, it's going to be an annoyance. You'll be able to go to the next station or the station after that. And the worst thing would be to have panic and hoarding, then we'd see Colonial Pipeline all over again with the what I'd call the guzzle gate.
PAUL: And we should point out this is not the Colonial Pipeline issue. This is not like that, nor will the effect of it be, is that true?
KLOZA: That's absolutely true. Right now, the supply system is working fine with the exception of that last mile or 50 miles. Refineries have a little bit of extra gasoline in their pocket to ship. And the one overriding concern is the price of crude. I think we may see an $80 price for crude oil, which we haven't seen in seven years. And, I would have thought that maybe a couple of years ago or months ago that $100 barrel crude was kind of a fancy of the lunatic fringe, but it could happen.
There's a lot of speculative money that's coming into oil futures. A little bit later this month, they're going to trade mini futures. And all of those kids that traded GameStop and AMC and things like that, they might turn crude oil trading into a meme. So we've got some things to worry about. But if we stay calm, I think we'll be fine.
PAUL: OK. But it would not be unusual, just for people who are traveling this weekend, to give them a heads up that there are gas stations they may go to and there will be no fuel. Is that correct as well?
KLOZA: Yes. I think it will be unusual. It'll be rare. We have about 150,000, gasoline fueling sites. I think the number that might not have gasoline for hours as opposed to days would be single numbers, or maybe in the teens. So don't get too excited, don't panic. It's not toilet paper. You don't need to hoard it, and we'll be OK.
PAUL: Very, very good point. So let's talk about the price there. $3.25 to $3.50 a gallon nationally, $4 in California and out West, they're really feeling it. How long do you expect prices like that to hover?
KLOZA: I think prices are going to stay high in July and August. Your reporter mentioned 3 percent higher demand, I believe, than 2019, and that's what we're all wondering about. We're still through the first six months of this year, running about 10 percent behind normal gasoline demand numbers. So there is like an expectation that leisure driving, vacation driving is going to pump it up.
But there's also the possibility that during the week driving, commuting is not going to be what it was. So think we're OK. This month, we do have to worry about the very, very high demand, and maybe a little panic here and there. Next month, we have to worry about hurricanes. We've already had five named storms and that could impact supply.
And through the rest of the year we have to worry about OPEC Plus. OPEC Plus is acting like the most seasoned discipline gymnast, and they're not usually like that. They're usually very, very sloppy.
Now, there are some sort of fissures in the kind of cartel strength right now, that indicate that maybe they'll be less disciplined in 2022. But for now, they've got their act together.
PAUL: Real quickly. You mentioned the hurricanes. We're watching Elsa, what's the calculus there for that weather event?
KLOZA: OK. Elsa is passing my house in Southwest Florida, so I've got a little bit of a vested interest there. Studying them - most hurricanes - indeed, almost all hurricanes that hit the U.S., destroys some demand. It's the very rare hurricane that destroys supply. But we saw that with Katrina, obviously, we saw that with Gustav and Ike, and we certainly saw with Hurricane Harvey in 2017, inundating Houston.
July hurricanes tend to almost always just impact demand and suppress demand. It's August that we worry about. So, I think we're OK for now. But an act of hurricane season in August could really turn a dial up on prices.
And by the way, a typical family, because of how little they use last year in terms of the summer gasoline, and how much they're using this year at the - and at these prices, they're paying $125 or $150 more a month than they were last year. So, it does hit disposable income somewhat.
PAUL: No doubt no doubt. Tom, I hope that your home is OK with this one and with any others that might be coming up the pike this year so far. Tom Kloza, we appreciate your insight. Thank you for being with us.
KLOZA: Thanks, Christi. Nice to be here.
SANCHEZ: We want to pivot quickly to the situation in Japan where right now emergency crews are still searching for at least 20 people that have gone missing after a powerful mudslide in the City of Atami, swept away homes and caused major destruction. Two people are presumed dead. More than 2,800 homes still without power.
CNN's Selina Wang is in Tokyo this morning. Selina, just watching this video is difficult, but what is the latest news?
SELINA WANG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Boris, police and firefighters have been searching for hour since this devastating mudslide swept through Atami City this morning. We just spoke to the police, and they said the search is still ongoing at night.
The rain, in fact, continues to pour. At least to have - are presumed dead and 20 people are still missing. And that video is just horrific. You can see the destruction of homes, a huge amount of debris, infrastructure being engulfed in the mudslide. The mudslide is knocking down and crushing everything in its path. You can even see a few people running for their lives in the video.
Now, unfortunately, local officials say that there's more rain expected. There could even be more mudslides. They've issued evacuation order for about 20,000 households in Atami City. And residents right now, Boris, are shocked and devastated. Thousands of households are still out of power.
Now, Atami City is about 60 miles Southwest of Tokyo. It is a beautiful seaside resort area. An the area that was hit by the mudslide has hot springs, residential areas, shopping streets and even a famous shrine. And we are right now in the middle of Japan's annual rainy season. Japan's Pacific Coast has been hit by torrential rain which is what triggered this disaster.
Now, Japan is used to these floods and landslides that come with the season. And back in 2018. More than 200 people died from catastrophic floods. But, Boris, the number of landslides in Japan is increasing. I spoke to a seismologist who said that global warming is increasing the frequency of torrential rain, which can lead to these devastating landslides. Boris.
SANCHEZ: We anticipate the numbers - the final numbers will be much worse. Selina Wang, we know you'll be watching it for us from Tokyo. Thank you so much.
The Delta variant is now in all 50 states and spreading rapidly. Coming up, why health officials say people who have not gotten vaccinated should be concerned about this strain of COVID-19.
PAUL: Also, anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe, and coronavirus lockdown measures are being blamed for it. We're taking a look ahead this hour.
SANCHEZ: We are 18 minutes past the hour. The highly transmissible Delta variant, now spreading in all 50 states, is preying on communities with the lowest vaccination rates. Dr. Rachel Levine says that if you are unvaccinated, you are extremely vulnerable. Listen.
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DR. RACHEL LEVINE, U.S. SECRETARY ASSISTANT FOR HEALTH: We are concerned about the spread of the Delta variant. The Delta variant has been shown to be more transmissible, more contagious than previous variants. People who are vaccinated are protected against this Delta variant and they're extremely unlikely to get sick, and it's virtually impossible for them to require hospitalizations.
For people who are unvaccinated, the Delta variant poses a threat. So, in areas that have low vaccination rates, those communities and counties and states are vulnerable.
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SANCHEZ: Experts warn that the spread of the Delta variant may make it even harder to reach herd immunity. Delta now accounts for over 25 percent of new COVID cases in the United States. And the CDC says it is still on track to become the most dominant strain of the virus circulating.
PAUL: And listen to this, coronavirus cases and deaths are surging in Russia as the Delta strain spreads there. The country reported 697 new fatalities and that set a new daily high for the fifth consecutive day in a row.
SANCHEZ: Now, officials are urging people to vaccinate quickly. CNN's Matthew Chance reports from Moscow on the worsening conditions.
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MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Russia is ending a week of record coronavirus infections as the new Delta strain spreads across the country. As state media reports, the main Russian vaccine Sputnik V is less effective against Delta than against other variants.
Infection rates and death figures have been running at record levels for much of the week. Officials say Moscow and St. Petersburg, the country's two biggest cities, are the worst affected, with infection rates there up to three times higher than the national figure according to the head of the Russian health watchdog.
Despite the COVID surge, the Kremlin is rejecting any talk of a new lockdown, and instead is urging Russians to vaccinate quickly to protect themselves. Earlier this week, strict new rules were put in place, making it mandatory for Russians with jobs that involve working with the public like in restaurants and shops and transport business, to get vaccinated by mid-July or face dismissal.
Russians have been hesitant when it comes to vaccination. According to the Russian president, only about 15 percent of the population have been vaccinated so far. Matthew Chance, CNN, Moscow.
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SANCHEZ: Matthew, thank you so much for that report.
PAUL: So what is the likelihood, Kevin McCarthy will put any Republicans on the select commission that's investigating the Capitol riots, we're going to ask our political panel. They have a lot to say about it.
PAUL: 25 minutes past the hour right now and just to House Republicans crossed party lines this week to vote for Select Committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection.
SANCHEZ: Yes, Speaker Nancy Pelosi chose one of them to serve on the committee and now all eyes are on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to see who he might nominate. Let's go to Capitol Hill and CNN is Daniella Diaz. Daniella, how are Republicans responding to the potential of being chosen by McCarthy for this committee?
DANIELLA DIAZ, CNN CONGRESSIONAL REPORTER: Boris, Christi, most Republicans don't want to touch this House Select Committee with a 10- foot pole. They want nothing to do with this. They think it's going to be politically damaging for them ahead of the midterms.
And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is actually in charge of appointing Republicans to this panel, but it's unclear whether he will at all. He actually issued a blanket threat to freshmen House Republicans this week saying that if they are appointed to this committee, he will strip them of his committee - of their committee assignments.
But that did not stop Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who actually voted to support this panel with Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, from joining this panel, being appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi herself. When Minority Leader McCarthy was asked about this, he expressed shock. Take a listen to what he said this week at his press conference.
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REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-CA): I don't know in history where someone would go get their committee assignments from the speaker and expect them to have them come from the conference as well.
I was shocked that she would accept something from Speaker Pelosi. It would seem to me is since I didn't hear from her, maybe she's closer to her than us. I don't know.
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DIAZ: You know, most republicans don't want to be associated with this committee at all, especially after hearing what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said about it. And even the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump in January for inciting the insurrection, they don't want - most of them don't want anything to do with this, either.
However, there are two conservative Republicans who have expressed interest in joining this panel. The names you probably wouldn't expect - Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, two conservative firebrands who are Trump allies. But in the end, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has final say over whoever Minority Leader McCarthy appoints to this panel.
So bottom line here is it's unclear whether McCarthy will even appoint anyone at all or it's unclear who he will appoint. He's not giving any hints on this. Boris, Christi.
SANCHEZ: We'll be watching to see how he approaches the next steps. Daniella Diaz, thank you so much.
Joining us now to share their thoughts is Republican Strategist and CNN Political Commentator Alice Stewart, and CNN Political Analyst, Alexandra Rojas. She's also the Executive Director of Justice Democrats. Thank you both for joining us this morning.
Alice, let's start with you. And the report we just got from Daniella on Liz Cheney, McCarthy asked if she had effectively left the Republican conference? He said he was shocked that she accepted the spot without telling him. I wonder how you would answer that question. Is there still a place for Cheney in the GOP?
ALICE STEWART, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: There, absolutely, is a place for her, because she wants to get to the truth of what happened on January 6th. And I think it's important that we look at how this happened and the role and the responsibility anyone had in the insurrection at the Capitol. And she's been quite clear on that.
I think it's in the GOP's best interest to appoint people and select people to join in this investigation or this commission that Pelosi is putting together. I don't expect it to be Marjorie Taylor Greene or Matt Gaetz.
I see people along the lines of Elise Stefanik, and possibly Jim Jordan. They would tow the party line, in essence, in terms of they have gone along for the last several months in sowing doubt in the outcome of the election. And they certainly would take the party line or the - in terms of how they want to frame the January 6th insurrection, they would do that well.
And I think it's important to help and be of assistance in this panel. But at the same time, McCarthy and the rest of the GOP needs to put the focus and the attention on taking it to the democrats and Joe Biden for failure at the border and for the economy, and issues that the Biden administration is failing on. It's really important for the GOP to do that and let this investigation go on, but at the same time, shift the focus to the Biden administration.
SANCHEZ: Alexandra, I would ask you for a moment to try on a different pair of shoes. If you were Kevin McCarthy, under pressure from a base that still adores the former president, what Republicans would you nominate to serve on this committee?
ALEXANDRA ROJAS, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, I mean, to be quite frank, I don't think it matters who McCarthy appoints to the commission. And if I'm McCarthy, I'm actually nervous about what this committee is going to look into for the phone call that I had with the former president on January 6th, itself.
So I think if we're serious about finding out the truth about what happened, which is the ultimate responsibility of the Democrats who are in power right now, and obviously, other elected officials, but we know where the GOP currently stands beholden to Trump, it just does not make sense to appoint people to the fact finding committee who have repeatedly leaned into the big lie.
There's all the incentive in the world for McCarthy to delay, to distract, and whoever he appoints, which is why Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Matt Gaetz, I'm sure, are chomping at the bit.
But treating, I think, any of the GOP besides maybe Liz Cheney, and Kinzinger as a serious partner at this point is insanity. And we need to stay focused on the commission. It's the purpose of the commission itself, which is to understand why the worst attack on the Capitol happened since the war of 1812 happened. And there has not been any indication that there are serious inquiries or curiosity on the part of the GOP to actually find this out. Instead, what it what it sounds like is they would prefer to pivot.
And already so much time has passed since this has happened. The least Congress can do is try to get to the bottom of it, and I think that's where Pelosi said, should be at versus negotiating with McCarthy, or taking seriously who he appoints.
SANCHEZ: I want to pivot the conversation to something I saw in Surfside, Florida this week. I was reporting from there. And one of the only positive things that we saw emerge from that tragedy was something that President Biden pointed out when he was there - bipartisanship.
He was side by side with a Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been extremely critical of him, a Trump acolyte - both of these men praising each other. Alice, at this point, does it take a tragedy for politicians to come together to help people?
STEWART: I certainly hope not. But it seems as though the good thing, if there is something out of this, is people are working together on this. And you and CNN team has done a tremendous job of telling the news, but also sharing the personal stories there. And seeing Governor DeSantis and President Biden working together and getting all of the assets on the ground, it's important.
And whenever there is a tragedy, and the President goes there, they're there to show empathy and compassion to the victims, but also to reassure the officials and the first responders that any federal assets they need will be available, and that's what needs to happen.
And anytime there is a national tragedy or national disaster, it does remind us that we are all Americans, we are all on the same team, we're all working together, and it's encouraging to see that. And we certainly join in, in the prayers and thoughts for the families and those that are still missing. But coming together and partisanship aside, this is an issue of Americans helping Americans.
SANCHEZ: I appreciate the sentiment, Alice. Though, I do wonder about the insurrection, because to me, January 6th is also a tragedy, and it makes me wonder why some Republicans are not eager to get answers about that.
STEWART: Well, the difference is that one was an act of no - one had anything to do with what happened at the condo collapse in Florida. This was an accident. The difference between that and the insurrection - that was calculated, that was planned. There are people held responsible and that was political.
So it's important that we do come together and find out who is responsible for the insurrection. And it is - it was political in its origin, it was political, and it's carrying out and it needs to not be political in the investigation of it, because this was an attack on our democracy. Not just on the building itself, but the election process and trying to stop the certification of the election. That shouldn't happen.
And that that is a situation where Republicans and Democrats should come together and making sure that the people that are responsible are held accountable, and that it doesn't happen again.
SANCHEZ: Agreed. Alexandra, I do want to ask about that bipartisanship, because though we saw it in South Florida, it's not translating when it comes to Biden's legislative agenda. How aggressively do you think he's going to move forward if he doesn't get enough Republicans on board for things like infrastructure and police reform?
ROJAS: Well, I mean, we can see that. I think that there's been this obsession and I completely understand and empathize with this notion of bipartisanship and wanting to come together, especially in a hyper polarized climate.
But we have to live in the reality of the day to day world. Like, even before we got on, you guys were talking about what's happening due to the effects of climate change, and just the extreme severity of weather increasing. We've already seen the degradation of America's infrastructure and what grade that we get by not doing anything continuing to kick the can down the road, and not necessarily being able to say, except when there's a tragedy, except when we lose American life, except when a Black or Brown man or woman is killed on the street, that's when we express strategy or say prayer.
So I think it's already - we were already in July, we're getting towards the end of the legislative calendar to be able to move on critical issues, whether it's the infrastructure fund, like you said, whether it's the voting rights, which we've just seen, another gutting from a very partisan, Supreme Court.
So President Biden has to use the bully pulpit, so do Democrats, even though we've got a slim majority in the Senate, to demonstrate that we are doing everything we possibly can to stop this from happening.
So I think that President Biden is - Democrats, in a lot of cases, are saying they want the end result, right. We want to protect our democracy. We want police killings of unarmed Black and Brown women to stop.
But we're not necessarily - the will of what it takes to get there is always gummed up by bipartisanship, which is not reflective of the reality of what millions of Americans are going through, whether it's the impacts of climate change, or more of these types of stuff or police brutality.
So I think the Biden Administration, and Democrats are continually need to step up the pressure and move a lot quicker and not wait for Republicans.
SANCHEZ: Alice Stewart, Alexandra Rojas, thank you ladies. Appreciate your time.
STEWART: Thank you, Happy Fourth.
PAUL: So it's quick programming note for you. We hope that you'll be with us tomorrow. CNN has a star studded Fourth of July special for you. Here is a preview.
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ANNOUNCER: July 4th.
DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: Let's get ready.
ANNOUNCER: America is open. It's time to celebrate.
DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Full on fireworks.
ANNOUNCER: With coast to coast performances from Bebe Rexha, Billy Ray Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas, Blues Traveler, Brad Paisley, Chicago, Flo Rida, Foreigner, Ne-Yo, Nelly, REO Speedwagon, Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Susanna Hoffs, The Beach Boys, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Trisha Yearwood, and more. LEMON: It's going to be amazing.
ANNOUNCER: Join Don Lemon, Dana Bash, Victor Blackwell and Ana Cabrera for, "The Fourth in America," live July 4th at 7:00 on CNN.
BASH: You don't want to miss it.
PAUL: So according to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. are near historic levels right now.
SANCHEZ: Yes. But hate attacks against Jewish communities are also rising around the globe, CNN's Melissa Bell explains.
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MELISSA BELL, CNN PARIS CORRESPONDENT: It is nine out of 10 European Jews who say that anti-Semitism is rising in their country, that's according to European Commission survey.
And when we decided to look into that, what we found was not the usual cyclical outburst of anti-Semitism linked to what was happening in the Middle East, but something far older, and far more European.
BELL (voice-over): Elie Rosen knows all about where hate can lead. His grandparents survived the Holocaust. They always warned him to keep his head down because there might be more to come. Last August, they were proved right.
Rosen was targeted along with his synagogue in the Austrian City of Graz. Its walls made from the bricks of the synagogue destroyed in 1938, defaced.
ELIE ROSEN, ATTACK VICTIM: After this attack, those warnings of my grandparents had kind of flashback. And this made me very, very sorry and brought tears into my heart and on my face.
BELL (voice-over): few days later, just outside the synagogue, Rosen was chased by a man wielding a baseball bat, but managed to get back into his car just in time.
ROSEN: Certainly, I was scared of being physically attacked. It's a dimension that's different than being verbal attack, which I'm used to because anti-Semitism has arisen within the last year.
BELL (voice-over): In 2020, anti-Semitic incidents in Austria reached their highest level, since the country began keeping records 19 years ago. And in Germany, incidents rose as much as 30 percent according to a German watchdog.
Much of the rise in both countries is being blamed on harsh COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Protesters demonstrating against the restrictions held times depicting forced vaccination by Jews. And two people in Berlin were shouted out by a man who they believed blamed Jews for the pandemic.
KATHARINA VON SCHNURBEIN, EUROPEAN COMMISSION ANTISEMITISM COORDINATOR: I think that anti-Semitic conspiracy myths have been there for centuries. And in fact, whenever there is a pandemic, they have come to the fore again.
BELL (voice-over): Across Europe anti-Semitic attacks have been rising for years. From a deadly standoff in 2015 at a kosher supermarket in Paris to Vienna where four people were killed in a rampage outside the Stadttempel Synagogue last year. And then there is the desecration of Jewish graves, like these in eastern France.
In Brussels Rabbi Albert Guigui now wears a baseball cap when he goes out to hide his very identity.
ALBERT GUIGUI, CHIEF RABBI, BRUSSELS (via translator): Of course, I wear a yarmulke at home, he says, but outside I prefer to cover my head less conspicuously. It's not healthy, he explains, to live in an atmosphere of fear and where you feel hunted. I think that as well as being vigilant, we must tackle the evil at the root of the problem, and that is about being different.
BELL (voice-over): The Holocaust killed an estimated 6 million Jews in Europe. But as living memory gives way to feeding footage, so denial grows and hate speech returns. As well as the tension around COVID lockdowns, the violence between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East in May also drove hate towards Jews across Europe, like here in Berlin or in Brussels, where the chants spoke of ancient battles between Jews and Muslims.
CROWD: Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.
BENJAMIN WARD, DEPUTY DIRECTOR: You do see a cyclical increase in expressions of anti-Semitism and alternative Semitic violence linked to events in the Middle East. But if we look more broadly at the phenomenon of anti-Semitism in Europe, we see that it's much older and also much wider, and it's really a European issue.
BELL (voice-over): The hate is also spreading online according to Human Rights Watch. Horrific cartoons like this one, depicting Jews with a big hook nose. Or this one in France of a conspiracy theory blaming Jews for the pandemic, and shared, he says, mistakenly by a candidate in recent regional elections.
The European Commission has a deal with tech companies to remove offensive content within 24 hours, but only once it's been alerted.
BELL (on camera): This is the memorial in the very heart of Vienna to the 65,000 Austrian Jews who were deported during World War II, most did not survive. It's a reminder of where words and conspiracy theories can lead. But it's also a reminder of Europe's own very violent, homegrown history of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitism that has never quite disappeared.
BELL (voice-over): Prayers continue to be heard all over Europe, from the center of Paris, to the old Stadttempel Synagogue in Vienna.
Elie Rosen says that his grandparents approach of keeping a low profile after the Holocaust was understandable, but ultimately misguided. European Jews keeping their heads down, he says, has not prevented anti-Semitism from rearing its head once again.
ROSEN: Contrary to my grandparents, I will tell my son or I would tell young Jewish people to be proud of being Jewish.
BELL: The pandemic has fueled the return of hate speech to Europe 80 years after the Holocaust began, just a lifetime before Europe begins to forget precisely what the world had vowed it never would. Melissa Bell, CNN, Paris.
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PAUL: So you're resetting during this pandemic. I know it's given us a chance to figure out who we are and what we really want. Well, the creator of IT Cosmetics, Jamie Kern Lima got really candid with me about her first reset years ago. Listen to this.
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JAMIE KERN LIMA, FOUNDER, IT COSMETICS: I did a lot of things wrong building a company, as an entrepreneur, for my living room, but one of the things I did right was I really learned how to get still and how to hear - hear that that gut feeling.
I think it's really this big critical inflection point for a lot of people on their own journeys right now, because they did have that that time of getting still and realizing that maybe the life they're living and how they're feeling their day and what they're doing in their job and everything else isn't maybe necessarily aligned with that feeling of authenticity and a truth of who they are.
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PAUL: She launched a book, "Believe IT" during the pandemic. It wasn't planned that way, but rather than fearing it, she reset again.
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LIMA: I think it ended up being really serendipitous launching a book about how do you overcome self-doubt and how do you learn to tune in and hear your own intuition and then trust it, and sort of launch that in a time where people are feeling so much uncertainty.
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PAUL: So I asked her how do you know when that little voice or feeling is from our gut, and not from our ego or self-doubt or the noise of other people's opinions? (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
LIMA: I think that our intuition is a muscle - it's like a muscle that we build over time. I believe that we all have a knowing or an intuition. For me, when I pray it's how I hear God is through my intuition. For example, when I look back at building IT Cosmetics, right, I started it in my living room and for three years, faced hundreds of noes.
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PAUL: One instance was when a potential investor told her he loved the products, but he was going to pass on investing in the company.
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LIMA: --said to me, and he was - he wanted me to be really honest, and I said, yes, please. And he said, I just don't think women will buy makeup from someone who looks like you with your body and your weight.
And I remember just that feeling, of course, a lifetime of body doubt - and I cried in my car and all those things. But I remember when he said those words to me, I had this gut feeling that said, he's wrong. I think it's one of the most important things that we can do as human beings.
Learning to hear that and feel that is the biggest step toward fulfillment. There's parents out there that will be so busy, so you might have to hide in the bathroom, and close the door or go out in the car and close the door. Right? And just take - or in the closet - five minutes and just sit there and try to hear your own thoughts.
And it'll be imperfect for a long time and you'll feel like you're doing it wrong for a long time and you'll feel like you start going through your own to-do list in your head, all the things, but it takes practice.
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PAUL: She is such a light, and by the way, she donates 100 percent of the proceeds of her book to charity. So thank you to Jamie Kern Lima. We'll be right back.