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Biden Meets With World Leaders At G20 Summit; World Leaders Tackle Global Economy, Health In First G20 Session; FDA Grant EUA To Pfizer's Vaccine For Children 5 To 11; Outspoken GOP Trump Critic Rep. Kinzinger Won't Seek Re-Election; Biden Tested On World Stage As His Agenda Stalls Back Home; Biden's Campaign Promise To Slash Drug Prices Cut From Bill. Aired 7-8a ET
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AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning to you. It's Saturday, October 30th. Welcome to your NEW DAY. I'm Amara Walker in for Christi Paul.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, Amara. I'm Boris Sanchez. The big story we're following this morning: President Biden meeting with world leaders at the G20 Summit in Rome. CNN's Wolf Blitzer is live there for us at the summit. Good morning, Wolf. Certainly, a major moment for President Biden on the world stage.
WOLF BLITZER, CNN HOST: Yes, certainly, it's a major moment, not only for him, but the other world leaders who have gathered here in Rome as well. The president stepped onto the world stage guise of being with global leaders on issues ranging from the economy to the fight against COVID-19. The President arrived at the G20 Summit earlier. Today, he was greeted by the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Italian authorities say security has been ramped up for this summit in anticipation of protests. More than 5,000 police forces will be deployed. They already have been deployed, we're told, in pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area will be restricted to residents and people with authorization to enter the area.
After posing for the traditional family photo, President Biden and other leaders met with first responders. The President took selfies with some of those frontline workers combating the COVID pandemic is certainly a top item on the agenda for this historic summit. Also, today, the President plans to focus in on the languishing Iran nuclear talks, advocating also for a global minimum tax and addressing concerns about rising energy prices. All this comes as the President's agenda back home remains in limbo. Our Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins is here in Rome with us watching all of this unfold. The President's agenda, Kaitlan, today is pretty significant. These are really important meetings.
KAITLAN COLLINS, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: They are. They're very important. And it's also important that this is the first time that the President has had this large of a summit with world leaders since he has taken office. They had the G7 summit, of course, a lot smaller than this one. And you saw the President interacting with world leaders earlier and now behind the scenes is when they get down to what they want to actually accomplish and trying to make some concrete steps while they are here.
One of those, of course, is the global minimum tax. That has really been when you ask White House officials, what is the President's biggest takeaway from the G20? When it's something that's maybe not a tangible outcome, developing relationships, pushing his priorities, this is one of the actual concrete developments. And this is having these world leaders about 80 to 90 percent of the world's GDP endorsed this global minimum tax. It's aimed -- like Apple and others that trend of using, pushing their profits essentially offshore. So, they can do it in areas where there are more favorable tax rates.
And so, that is a big one that is coming out of this. Of course, the question of whether or not that is something where you see tangible results of that at home is still a big one. And then this afternoon, the President is going to go into a room behind closed doors with the leaders of Germany, the United Kingdom, and France to have what officials are describing as a "no B.S. conversation about Iran," because they have not had a chance to have a very critical talk about that and where they are going to go and what their strategy is going to be as Iran is aggressively ramping up their nuclear program. So, some very big conversations ahead of President Biden today.
BLITZER: It certainly is that global minimum tax supposedly is going to raise hundreds of billions of dollars and prevent a lot of these offshore, sort of tax havens from developing standby for a moment. How is the world reacting to President Biden's trip overseas and his attempt to try to re-establish the US as a global leader and a truly reliable partner? Let's go to CNN's Senior International Correspondent Ben Wedeman, he's also in Rome, watching all of this unfold. Ben, what do you anticipate?
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, just the feeling we're getting certainly, for instance, this is the Italian daily La Repubblica, which says that the G20 is a race against time. Also, one of its editorials is saying that in light of the growing number of extreme weather events in the world, family photos, the groups of the leaders standing together really is no longer enough to deal with the climate crisis and the other, many other challenges facing the world.
As far as the -- how people see the role of President Biden and perhaps re-establishing U.S. leadership, there's a good deal of skepticism. The U.S. isn't in the same position it was say 20 years ago, and increasingly the divisions within the United States, indeed some might say, the paralysis of domestic politics is hobbling the ability of the United States to act decisively on the world stage and even though there was a lot of optimism at the end of the Trump administration, that somehow the U.S. would restore its position.
As a global leader, the track record so far is, shall we say, spotty, the messy U.S. pull out of - from Afghanistan. The botched submarine deal between the U.S. and Australia which caused a rupture in relations with France really are beginning to seep in the idea that perhaps the U.S. isn't as reliable as it was before. And of course, unlike when the G21st began in the last, in the 1990s, you have the U.S. as an economic power receding in terms of total numbers, compared to China. China's a much bigger power than it used to be, and given the style of politics or leadership, there China seems to know where it's going, and how to get there. The U.S. however, increasingly distracted by too many problems at home, Wolf.
BLITZER: Yes. All right, important point. Indeed, Ben Wedeman, reporting for us. Ben, thank you very much. For more on the G20 Summit, what can we expect? Let's discuss with CNN Political and National Security Analyst, David Sanger. He's joining us along with CNN Global Affairs Analyst Kim Dozier, Jim Scuitto, of course, is with us as well. And Jim, let me get your thoughts, first of all up, on this, this report now that we're getting that they've, for all practical purposes worked out a deal on this minimum global tax.
JIM SCUITTO, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: This might be the biggest deliverable at this conference, where you have concrete action, actual agreement. Of course, the negotiations for this, as with many summits took place prior and this is really inking the deal. But -- but it has enormous consequences globally, because this is, you know, it's a bit of a shell game with corporate profits that many American companies do as well.
You spread your revenue around and therefore pay little to no tax back in your, in your home country. And this is one that aligns with President Biden's own domestic agenda, where he wants to set a minimum corporate tax at home as well to be consistent with this international plan. As you mentioned, there's a big bottom line to this, this could raise many hundreds of billions of dollars, not just for the U.S. and other countries, and that's significant. It's a big deal. On other questions here that they're going to be discussing open question as to whether you come away with a deliverable.
It's still open, do they make a commitment, for instance, to reduce emissions? When they discuss Iran? There's no B.S. conversation, as you've been describing? Do they decide on the next step, because really, no one on either side of the Atlantic is positive about where these talks may go? So, it may be that the more likely outcome is a harder and even harder line on Iran, perhaps more sanctions, as opposed to some sort of re-entry into negotiations.
BLITZER: I want David Sanger to weigh in on this also, right now. David, you've been doing a lot of reporting on the stalled effort to revive the Iran nuclear agreement. What's the latest? What are you hearing?
DAVID SANGER, CNN POLITICAL AND NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: Well, Jim's got it exactly right. This is not going in that in a good place. And the reason for that seems to be threefold. First, the new Iranian government that has come in which we thought we just sort of pick up where the previous one was, and continue to negotiate the deal, seems not to be as focused on getting sanctions relief, as I think many of the administration expected. Second, they are continuing to produce nuclear material at a pretty
high rate. So, they've managed to turn the pressure back on the United States, Germany, Britain, France, all the original negotiators of the deal. And the third is that there is new pressure from Israel, which periodically has threatened military action. And now, it's sort of back saying, look, if this doesn't go anywhere, we're not going to allow them to be get as close to the bomb as they are. And the British themselves said publicly the other day, Wolf, that they are -- that the Iranians are probably closer to the ability to make a bomb than they've been in a point since the 2015 deal came together.
BLITZER: Yes, this is a huge issue here at the G20 Summit. Kim Dozier, what about U.S. credibility at this summit right now, I know you've been doing a lot of reporting on this as well, sort of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the diplomatic rift that developed with France, a key U.S. ally in the European Union. What are you hearing?
KIM DOZIER, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS ANALYST: Well, European officials are skeptical. They say Biden is the best that they've got in terms of a global leader. But he really dented their confidence, especially with first the Afghan pull out, not consulting them enough. And then, they really didn't like the way the U.S. handled it. They felt that the U.S. left a lot of their people that they'd worked with on the ground behind, and then with this us deal with Australia that left France out of the information loop I understand that White House officials actually told senior E.U. officials we know we screwed up, but we're still sort of learning as we're doing. Give us more time. And once senior official I spoke to said, look, we'll believe that once, maybe twice, but not a third time.
BLITZER: Yes. You know, it's interesting, Kaitlan, when the President very bluntly said that the U.S. deal with Australia, and the UK was handled, he said in a clumsy way, he assumed France was on board knew what was going on. In effect, what he's doing is he's criticizing some of his own national security and foreign policy advisors.
COLLINS: And that would have been such a good follow up question for the President. Because what he said about that was he admitted it was clumsy, he said that it could have been handled better. He talked about the level of communication, because that was one of the biggest French complaints in the wake of that, was that they no one told them that this is what was happening. And they had their suspicions, obviously, this is a deal that they had struck with Australia to buy these diesel-powered submarines.
Of course, then the U.S. and the U.K. formed a new deal with Australia to give them nuclear powered submarines, effectively cutting France out and cutting off their multibillion-dollar deal. The President said that he thought France was better informed of the deal that the U.S. and the United, and the U.K. were making with Australia.
That's interesting, because of course, they had just met at the G7, we're talking about four or five months ago, this summer, where he met with all of these world leaders. And so, the idea that something this big, a deal that is worth tens of billions of dollars. And of course, as part of their larger strategy to combat China. The fact that that could go unmentioned to the French president is kind of remarkable.
SCUITTO: If I could play Devil's Advocate for a moment on that deal. That deal may be strategically right. But the execution was bad in terms of a forum, informing an ally of the deal, because at the end of the day, this is Australia, aligning itself firmly with the U.S. against a more aggressive China. China was, was putting enormous pressure on Australia since threatening to reduce exports, because this is just the way China operates.
And seeing that, they, they made this pact with the U.S., which does remember the U.S. and China not just an economic competition here, but in terms of military power in that region, and to have Australia on their side as part of this security umbrella is in that competition, a good outcome for the U.S. The trouble is, they didn't keep their friend informed of the shift that they were making.
BLITZER: You know, David Sanger, as we watch all of this unfold, and it's very, very significant, what's going to happen here, and then what's going to happen Monday and Tuesday when the President is in Scotland dealing on this, on this climate summit. There is so much at stake right now, globally, internationally, right?
SANGER: There is. On the climate summit, obviously, the President had hoped to be coming with a package that he could explain that Congress had approved, or we have the deal together. And that's not quite where he is. And I think there are going to be a lot of doubts about whether the United States is willing to put its money where President Biden has been declaring that the nation's intent is. But I think the broader question is, is sort of twofold.
One, the question of leadership that you brought up before both the sub deal and the way that we left Afghanistan. Again, as Jim said, not the decision, but the way we did it, I think is called into question, many of these issues. But I think the bigger question, too, is that as the president tries to rally the world, in a competition between democracy and autocracy, clearly with China and to a lesser degree Russia in mind, he's got to make the case that democracies can get their act together, that we have an appealing model.
And, you know, the Russians and the Chinese has spent a lot of time running tape from January 6th. They spent a lot of time showing the chaos and inability of the United States to sort of get back into its groove. And that's the big competition here. And interesting to see whether or not he goes back to that theme over the next few days.
BLITZER: And Kim, you know, it's interesting a hovering over this summit as well, are the increasing tensions between the U.S. and China right now involving Taiwan enormous concern right now about the future of Taiwan. And it's an issue that would have been directly discussed here at the G20 Summit, but President Xi of China decided to stay home.
DOZIER: Absolutely, with China sitting this one out or at least sending a lower-level delegation, it means you don't have those opportunities for the leaders to meet in person and dissolve or work on some of these tensions. It also highlights that China and Russia have been working on a sort of alternative strategic influence pact that governs how things happen in the Middle East, Afghanistan, et cetera and it doesn't bode well also for the success of cop 26 because China is the major emitter, and while it's made some pledges to reduce emissions by 2060. Right now, it's ramping up coal production. So, there also can't be any face to face arm twisting over that.
BLITZER: Yes, there's a lot going on right now. And we're watching it all unfold. Kim Dozier thanks very much. David Sanger, thanks to you. Jim Scuitto, Kaitlan Collins, they're going to stick around and watch all of this unfold with me. As President Biden meets with these world leaders here in Rome, there's also major news when it comes to the investigation into the January 6th insurrection for that and a lot more. Let's go back to Boris and Amara. Guys.
SANCHEZ: Wolf, thank you. We'll be checking in with you throughout the morning, but let's get the details on that report you just mentioned. We are learning that in the middle of the January 6th insurrection. One of former President Trump's attorneys sent an e-mail to an aide for then Vice President Mike Pence, blaming Pence for the violence that took place that day, because he refused to overturn Trump's election loss.
WALKER: Now, this is new reporting from the Washington Post about what happened during the capital attack and the intense pressure. The former president's team put on Pence to block the election certification. Now, the post says as Pence hid from the rioters, some of them were chanting, "Hang Mike Pence." One of his top aides sent an e-mail to Trump Attorney John Eastman describing the attack as a siege. Eastman wrote back, "The Siege is because you and your boss did not do what was necessary to allow this to be aired in a public way so that the American people can see for themselves what happened."
SANCHEZ: Eastman has confirmed the content of the e-mails, but he denies that he was blaming pence for the violence. He tells the Washington Post that Trump's team was right to exhaust "every legal means to challenge the election results." This sheds new light on video captured by a Democratic activist this week though. In it, Eastman boasts of the importance of his now famous memo that outlines a scheme that would subvert the Constitution and throw out an election. And now he blames pence for not carrying out that plan. Listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All your legal reasoning is totally solid.
JOHN EASTMAN, TRUMP ATTORNEY: Yes, yes, there's no question but --
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: maybe like, you know, just supported in the border like why do you think that Mike Pence didn't do it?
EASTMAN: Well, because Mike Pence is an establishment guy at the end of the day. And all of the establishment Republicans in D.C. bought into this very myopic view that Trump was destroying the Republican Party.
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SANCHEZ: We should point out that when he's not on hidden camera, Eastman has expressed slightly different views and it's very important to point out yet again, there is not now nor has there ever been any credible proof of widespread election fraud or even irregularities. We'll continue to follow this story for you throughout the morning, of course.
WALKER: Quite sad that we have to keep repeating that. No election fraud, right? All right. Still ahead, no widespread, I should say. Still ahead, as early as next week, children ages five to 11 could receive the COVID vaccine after a major decision by the FDA but convincing parents to have their little ones get the shot right away may be easier said than done.
SANCHEZ: Plus, Republican congressman and a key Trump critic, Adam Kinzinger, says he is not running for re-election. Former President Trump's reaction to the news: "Two down, eight to go." We'll explain what that means, coming up.
SANCHEZ: Some good news for parents with young children. The Food and Drug Administration has now granted emergency use authorization of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids five to 11 years old. If the CDC director greenlights their recommendation next week, 28 million kids could start getting the shots as early as Wednesday. Joining us now is Dr. Susanna Hills, she's a Pediatric Airway Surgeon for Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Hills, good morning, and thank you for sharing part of your weekend with us. I want to play for you a sound bite from Dr. William Gruber, of Pfizer, he spoke with CNN on this news of the FDA authorization. Listen to this.
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DR. WILLIAM GRUBER, PFIZER: Ability to vaccinate children frees them up to attend school with reduced risk of outbreaks that limit in person learning. I think for many children, school is a safe space, as well as obviously the important role that it plays in their education so, and for many children actually placed where they get meals. So, this has really a profound effect beyond the important prevention of COVID-19.
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SANCHEZ: Doctor, how significant could this be in the grand scheme of things in fighting the spread of COVID long term?
DR. SUSANNAH HILLS, PEDIATRIC AIRWAY SURGEON FOR COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER: This is really a huge deal, Boris. Our children have really been impacted by this pandemic, we have had over 6.3 million kids get infected with this virus, over 8,000 have ended up in the hospital or nearly 700 has died from this disease. So, it's been a huge deal for our case. And not to mention the, the developmental and psychosocial impacts endemic has had over the past year. So, it's really a huge step forward when we can get this vaccine available for the five to 11-year-old.
And I think it's really going to help us not only give our kids the same opportunity for protection that adults have had for nearly a year, but it's going to help us get control of this pandemic in this country. I don't see how we're going to get control of this pandemic without protecting this population. Kids make up 22 percent of our population in the U.S. and that's showing up in our infection numbers 25 percent of infections right now are in kinds. So, this is a huge deal?
SANCHEZ: So, it could get approval on Tuesday. And that means potentially shots in arms by Wednesday. However, you have to have buy in from parents and I want to share with you some polling from Kaiser showing that a majority of parents say they won't get their kids vaccinated right away. 33 percent say they are going to wait and see, from your perspective, what would you say to parents that are hesitant right now?
HILLS: Yes, you know, we expect parents have questions and concerns. It's good for parents to be wanting more information. And what I would urge is that parents go ahead and get the information they need now, so that they can feel confident making their decision about getting their child vaccinated. This is the moment to do this. On our kids, like I was just saying have been severely impacted by this virus, we now have a tool of vaccine that's really effective.
The clinical trial data for the Pfizer vaccine in this age group showed it was 91 percent effective in preventing symptomatic disease. That's really incredible efficacy for this virus. We know it works, there were zero significant side effects, other than the mild side effects you'd expect from any vaccine in this age group in the clinical trials. So, now is the time for parents to move forward, particularly since we're entering the holiday season.
And I just want to remind everybody, last year, right after the holiday season, that was the moment when we thought the biggest surge we've seen yet throughout this entire pandemic, in cases. January 8th was our highest daily base rate, and that we've seen throughout this pandemic. So, really, in order to prevent that from happening again this year, we're about to enter the holiday season, let's give our kids a chance for a healthy holiday season and give them the opportunity to get this vaccine
SANCHEZ: A very important point so that we don't repeat that surge that we saw at the beginning of the year. Dr. Susannah Hills, thank you so much for the time.
HILLS: Thanks, Boris. WALKER: All right, still to come. Congressman Adam Kinzinger of
Illinois, a vocal and sometimes rare Trump critic within the Republican Party says he is not seeking re-election. What that means for the future of the GOP? Next.
BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT (on camera): A key member of the committee investigating the January 6th insurrection and one of former President Trump's most outspoken critics in the Republican Party says he will not seek reelection next fall.
Here's Congressman Adam Kinzinger's parting message.
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REP. ADAM KINZINGER (R-IL): We've allowed leaders to reach power, selling the false premise. That strength comes from degrading others. As a country, we fall in for those lies and now we face a poisoned country filled with outrage blinding our ability to achieve real strength.
It has become increasingly obvious to me that as a country, we must unplug from the mistruths we've been fed.
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SANCHEZ (voice-over): Kinzinger is the second of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump former President Trump, who has since announced he's leaving Congress.
POLITICO White House reporter Daniel Lippman joins us now to discuss a tumultuous week in Washington.
SANCHEZ (on camera): Daniel, Kinzinger didn't rule out running for office again, potentially running for a different office.
President Trump has made clear that he's out for vengeance in a statement, gloating two down, eight to go, in reference to the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him.
In your mind, does Kinzinger have a political future? How would you rate the odds of him potentially returning to Congress someday?
DANIEL LIPPMAN, WHITE HOUSE REPORTER, POLITICO: Well, I don't know if he's going to return to Congress. But he definitely has a future as a statewide political candidate in Illinois, since he both gets Republicans and also moderate Democrats who appreciate that he stood up to former President Trump, and many Republicans did not.
He is a form a military veteran. And so, he really takes that oath to the Constitution seriously, and he would be a pretty good candidate for statewide office because he gets both those factions. You look at Maryland and Massachusetts that would be in that same vein. SANCHEZ: And Daniel, CNN is reporting that the January 6th committee is losing patience with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and they're considering taking steps to force his cooperation, not ruling out potentially holding him in contempt.
How would you rate the committee's chances of getting cooperation from Meadows? Or do you think this probe is just going to wind up in long legal battles?
LIPPMAN: I think that, you know, they don't have the best chance of getting cooperation because Meadows is still close to Trump. And Trump is telling his people to fight this to the end.
And, you know, Meadows is a key witness. He was there on January 6th with Trump as his chief of staff. And Meadows does not want to piss off loyal Trump supporters because, you know, he has a think tank that he needs to raise money from. And, you know, he doesn't want to get on the bad side of Trump given that Meadows might want to play in the next Trump campaign or work in the next Trump administration if there is one. And so, that's why he does not want to be helping a Democratic-led committee.
SANCHEZ: Let's pivot quickly to President Biden in Rome at the G20 Summit. He arrived there without the House voting on his legislative agenda, and Democratic infighting continuing.
Things obviously haven't completely fallen apart yet, but we've seen two self-imposed deadlines come and go, and now there's hope that something will get passed by December 3rd when we have the debt ceiling and the potential for the government to run out of money.
SANCHEZ: What do you think the events of this week have cost the Biden presidency? Has it hurt him among other world leaders?
LIPPMAN: I think, you know, world leaders look at America. And they, they know that it's a messy place. Democracy is not easy. It's not like China, where the leader can say, this is what we're going to do. And so, because Republicans are not on board with this agenda, they have to work it amongst themselves.
But I think Biden comes into those climate talks with the promise of $500 billion in climate change investment. And so, that helps this case. But I think there -- you know, if you look at the individual components of that package, they're broadly popular.
But obviously he wishes he would have gotten reconciliation passed by then. But he has a party that's kind of a big tent. And so, you're not going to -- you can't push back the G20 and the climate talks for him to get his full agenda passed. But I think he -- the White House feels pretty good about where they are right now.
SANCHEZ: All right, we got to leave the conversation there. Daniel Lippman, always great to see you. Thank you.
LIPPMAN: Thank you, Boris.
SANCHEZ: Of course.
AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR (on camera): And be sure to watch this week's all-new episode of "THIS IS LIFE" with Lisa Ling. In this episode, Lisa unpacks, the origins of so-called militias in America, and the dramatic emergence of armed movements as a domestic threat in the wake of January 6th. Here is a preview.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: If 9/11 was this generational event, where the greatest threats to the United States were coming from abroad, January 6th was the beginning of a different era where the greatest threat to American national security right now is the divisiveness between Americans.
LISA LING, CNN HOST: So many of these militia members will say that they have a right to rise up against a tyrannical government.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They believe they do. But as we saw from the number of arrests that came out of January 6th, you do not have the right to an armed insurrection against the U.S. government.
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WALKER (voice-over): And be sure to watch the CNN original series, "THIS IS LIFE". It airs tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. Only on CNN.
The President making major concessions when it comes to his Bill Back Better plan this week. Among them, mixing provisions on prescription drug pricing. We're going to bring you the real-world impacts on this move, next.
SANCHEZ: President Biden's economic agenda is stalled in Congress, and that's having some real-world consequences. The latest framework for Biden's plan leaves out provisions that would allow the government to negotiate prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.
WALKER (on camera): And for many Americans, this means continuing to pay more for life-saving medicines.
Let's go now to CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich, who spoke with one woman who is now rationing her insulin as a result of the soaring prices.
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DONNA MILLER, CAN'T AFFORD PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE: All this is insulin.
VANESSA YURKEVICH, CNN DIGITAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Donna Miller has been on insulin for her diabetes for nearly two decades.
MILLER: This long term, this is short term. Breakfast, lunch, dinner --
YURKEVICH: Her dosages, prescriptions, and monitoring. Routine and like clockwork. Until she got a bill for $3,000.
MILLER: Well, I can't say what my emotion was on, TV. But I couldn't believe it. I mean, it's unbelievable.
YURKEVICH: The two insulin drugs, she says, cost her $100 a month through Medicare, skyrocketed to $1,000 a month.
MILLER: I can't afford it.
YURKEVICH: This week, President Biden failed to reach an agreement on lowering prescription drug prices in his economic package, which would have allowed Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies.
JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: No one got everything they wanted, including me.
YURKEVICH: But an issue, critical to the 18 million Americans who can't afford their prescription medication.
TRICIA NEUMAN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION: It's been an issue for honestly, for decades, there's a real risk that it could be, you know, many, many years before they're able to come back to the table and do something about it.
YURKEVICH: Leaving Americans like Miller taking drastic measures.
YURKEVICH (on camera): Why have you had to change your dosage?
MILLER: Because that helps you stretch your insulin out.
YURKEVICH (voice-over): And the majority of voters across party lines support the government negotiating with drug companies, disagreeing with industry claims it could affect funding for drug research.
MILLER: What I hoped that I could be confident in, is that people from all sides of the political party understand that this is not a Democrat issue, and it's not a Republican issue. It's a people issue.
My friend just gave me this because her aunt no longer needed them.
YURKEVICH (on camera): Without that pile from your friend, though --
MILLER: Then I'm going to have to buy insulin. I'm got so grateful I got that.
YURKEVICH (voice-over): With this, Miller says she has enough insulin to last her through the end of the year but spends her days looking for discount programs to bring down costs.
YURKEVICH (on camera): Without this insulin. What would happen to you?
MILLER: I probably die. I'm telling you -- I mean, I'm so sure that insulin is a life-sustaining drug. You will die.
YURKEVICH (voice-over): Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, Germantown, Pennsylvania.
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SANCHEZ: Thanks to Vanessa for the report.
Still ahead, a big night for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves pitchers dominating on the mound in game three of the World Series. Coy Wire walks us through the highlights next.
WALKER: The Braves, flirted with World Series history and a dominating win over the Astros.
SANCHEZ: And Atlanta, now just two wins away from taking the World Series. Coy Wire is live from the Braves home ballpark. Coy, an electric emotional night in Atlanta.
COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT (on camera): No doubt, Boris. Good morning to you. And Amara, this place was rocking especially the battery here behind me, a sea of people. The first World Series here in Atlanta since 1999. You could argue though that the emotion was at its highest before the game.
WIRE (voice-over): An emotional tribute to the late great Braves legend Hank Aaron, the Hall of Famer and civil rights giant who died earlier this year. His wife of 48-years, Billye, in tears from the roaring ovation in her husband's honor, including from Astros manager, Dusty Baker, who began his career with Atlanta, signed by none other than Hank Aaron.
Hank Jr. joined by family thrown out that ceremonial first pitch game on. And the Braves making Hammer and Hank proud. Austin Riley getting Atlanta on the board first with the RBI double off the Astros rookie Luis Garcia, and the third. It was the only run Atlanta's own rookie fireballer Ian Anderson would need.
The 23-year-old was untouchable last night. A no-hitter to five innings, the longest no-hit bid by a rookie in the fall classic since 1912. You know he had eyes on maybe just getting that second no-hitter ever in World Series history. But it wasn't meant to be.
Manager Brian Snitker pulling Anderson after the 76 pitches, handshakes, high fives all around the dugout. Atlanta's bullpen stellar, but they just weren't able to keep the no-hitter alive after holding the Astros hitless for two more innings.
Pinch hitter Aledmys Diaz gets one to drop just inches in front of Eddie Rosario's glove to start the eight. The high pop-up off Tyler Matzek, causing just enough confusion landing in the perfect spot. So, just like that the no-hitter is done but the Braves relievers didn't crack, keeping arguably the best lineup in the league from scoring all night long. Braves win 2-0 and taking a 2-1 series lead.
After the game, Anderson spoke about being pulled with a shot at history.
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IAN ANDERSON, GAME THREE STARTER, ATLANTA BRAVES: Obviously, you want -- you want the chance to compete, and then, especially on the biggest stage like this is, but yes, I knew he wasn't going to budge.
TYLER MATZEK, RELIEF PITCHER, ATLANTA BRAVES: Luke Jackson didn't know, mentor didn't know. And then, when I -- after I got done with my inning, they went up and said, hey, did you know you give up the first hit? And I said, yes, I did know like I paid attention.
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WIRE (on camera): Well, it's a fun team. They are great to watch. This team -- they were -- they were losing record at the All-Star break. But they turn into one of the hottest teams in baseball. They're perfect six and no at home in the postseason, here in Atlanta.
If things continue, they could be chance by the end of the weekend. Game Four tonight, former President Donald Trump expected to attend.
SANCHEZ: A huge game. Coy Wire, thanks for walking us through that. Great to see you.
WALKER: Thank you, Coy.
SANCHEZ: The mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast are getting hit hard by heavy rain this weekend. And the National Weather Service says it could cause some of the worst coastal flooding we've seen in decades.
What you can expect, next.
WALKER: Heavy flooding in the Mid-Atlantic is expected to continue throughout the day as rain moves northeast. Now, the National Weather Service is calling it "the worst" coastal flooding in nearly two decades for the affected areas.
SANCHEZ: Let's get straight to meteorologist Allison Chinchar. She is live in the CNN Weather Center. Allison, what are you seeing in the forecast?
ALLISON CHINCHAR, CNN METEOROLOGIST (on camera): Right. Still some very windy conditions and a lot more rain still in the forecast. Especially for the Northeast because that's where the system is moving. Had very gusty winds out there and it's taking all of that water from the Atlantic Ocean and pushing it inland, which is why we have still so many areas under coastal flood warnings for up to two to four feet of inundation.
A lot of these warnings will still linger for at least the next several hours, some all the way through the evening timeframe tonight. Looking at all of these river gauges that we have out here, you have over a dozen of them at moderate flood stage now. One of them still lingering at major flooding stage. Keeping in mind, several of these actually broke record high crests overnight last night when a lot of these areas peaked with their water.
Here is a look at the system now, still churning. You can see the spins of that low-pressure system, but it's still bringing rain to the Mid-Atlantic and even into the Northeast.
Look at all of the heavy rain especially late this afternoon that really starts to surge into areas of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, even portions of Maine as we go through the afternoon and evening hours tonight.
Even by late Sunday, you still have a few lingering showers across a lot of these areas. Now, widespread going forward most areas likely only to pick up about another one to three inches of rain, but you will get a couple of pockets here where you get some of those heavier bands, so four or five, even six inches of rain, while isolated is not out of the question.
Winds have also been a big factor too. Take a look at some of these wind gusts, almost 70 miles per hour in Tuckerton, New Jersey in the last 24 hours. Atlantic City, New Jersey topping out at 60 miles per hour.
Even Greenwich, Connecticut, 55 miles per hour. We still expect windy conditions, especially along the coastal regions here basically from Portland, Maine, all the way down towards New York.
The real key timeline, Amara and Boris, is really going to be late this afternoon and continuing through the evening hours, and then finally we'll start to see a lot of this begin to die back down.
WALKER: All right, thanks for keeping us posted. Allison Chinchar, thank you.
And your next hour of NEW DAY starts right now.