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Biden To Deliver First Joint Address To Congress Wednesday; Senator Tim Scott To Deliver GOP Response To Biden Address; Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: Biden Has Exceeded Progressives' Expectations; At Least 82 Killed After Oxygen Tanks Explode At Iraq Hospital; U.S. At "Tipping Point" As Vaccine Enthusiasm Dwindles; Los Angeles Dodgers Open Fully Vaccinated Fan Section; CDC: More Than 225 Million Vaccine Doses Administered In The U.S.; Economy Improves As Airlines Rebound; Home Sales Surge. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired April 25, 2021 - 06:00   ET



BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning and welcome to your NEW DAY. I'm Boris Sanchez.


President Biden will give his first joint address to Congress this week to lay out his next legislative priorities. How much can he get through such a closely divided Congress, though?

SANCHEZ: Plus, worrying signs on the vaccine front. New data showing the pace of vaccinations is slowing down. The new incentives being used to get people to take the shot.

PAUL: And signs of life in the U.S. economy as air travel picks up and home prices are surging.

SANCHEZ: Plus, repeat offenders, officials warning that former President Trump's continued lies about the 2020 election could once again lead to violence.

PAUL: We are so grateful to have your company every Sunday morning. Good morning to you, and welcome to NEW DAY. I'm Christi Paul.

SANCHEZ: And I'm Boris Sanchez. Always a pleasure to see you, Christi. Thank you so much for joining us this morning.

This week President Biden is set to reach a hundred days in office. And he'll get to tout what he has done so far and what he still wants to do when he addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time. A new "ABC/Washington Post" poll out this morning shows 52 percent approve of the job he is doing, his handling of the pandemic getting the highest marks, though a majority also want the president to aim for Republican support with major changes to his proposals.

PAUL: Now, the newest item on his to do list is his American Families Plan. In his address he's expected to pitch an infrastructure overhaul as well and there are the tense issues of course of performing gun laws -- reforming rather gun laws and policing. So we know Senator Tim Scott is leading Republicans in negotiations on a police reform bill. He will be delivering the GOP response to President Biden's address as well.

SANCHEZ: Let's get right to the White House and CNN's Jasmine Wright. She joins us now. Jasmine, Biden with a big week ahead he's got this speech on Wednesday and then he's supposed to go out on the road and sell his agenda.

JASMINE WRIGHT, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: That's exactly right. Look, president Biden has a lot to do next week, right, and the White House and the officials there will try to delicately balance trying to tout the accomplishments of his last 90 plus days in office, but also charting a path forward, now that this country wants to turn the corner from this pandemic and is looking to the future.

So on Tuesday we know that he will deliver remarks on COVID. We know that this administration has hit the revised goal of 200 million shots in their first 100 days. So I'm sure that President Biden will talk about that. And on Wednesday is that bit joint address, his first of his presidency before a massive audience. We know it's going to be part of a victory lap talking about what is happening in the last 90 days.

But also looking forward, and that forward part, Boris and Christi, is that American Families Plan, right? What White House officials call human infrastructure. And it goes to things like free pre-k, free community college tuition, paid family leave, investing billions of dollars in training programs, all really investing in that future workforce.

Now White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki laid out that President Biden will talk about that and child care and education. But also he has a few other things on his mind, take a listen.


JEN PSAKI, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Well, he is currently thinking through what priorities he wants to focus on in the joint address, certainly recognizes that this is an opportunity to speak directly to the American people. I also expect on his mind are issues like police reform, health, and his commitment to expanding access to health care.


WRIGHT: So following that joint session address where he will lay out those details of that American Family Plan, he will hit the road really taking that sales pitch across the country starting in Georgia on Thursday. Christi, Boris.

PAUL: All right. Jasmine Wright, we appreciate it so much. Thank you. Good to see you this morning.

So you just heard about the ambitious list of goals that he has. The big overlying question here is how much he can get through Congress.

SANCHEZ: Yes, it's an open question. CNN's Daniella Diaz joins us now from Capitol Hill. Daniella, what can we expect this week on the Hill?

DANIELLA DIAZ, CNN CONGRESSIONAL REPORTER: Boris, Christi, it's going to be a big week on the Hill. There's a lot of legislation that the senator -- especially in the Senate, they're working on to try to, you know, pass bipartisan bills.

First, you have infrastructure. You know, President Joe Biden already laid out what he wants to see in his -- the first part of this infrastructure plan.


We're expected to get more details on what he wants to see in the second part. The first focus on transportation, clean energy. The second is expected to focus more on education, jobs, health care, so we're expecting that.

And then bipartisan negotiations have restarted in the Senate on immigration. You know, Senator Dick Durbin is leading that conversation in the Senate right now. They met -- a bipartisan group of senators met this week to discuss the issue and Senator Dick Durbin told my colleagues there's a long way to go on this.

And then you have police reform legislation where Congresswoman Karen Bass, who spearheaded this through the House, is negotiating on this with Senator Tim Scott, you know, the only black senator in Congress. And they're trying to find a deal -- cut a deal before the year anniversary of George Floyd's death, which is May 25th. So they're working on that.

And it's timely given, you know, that Senator Tim Scott is working on this issue because he's expected to give the Republican response to President Joe Biden's joint address to Congress this -- or address to the joint Congress this week.

You know, Biden will lay out as my colleague Jasmine just said what he want -- what he wants to see in the next year. He's going to tout, you know, his -- the achievements of his administration and Senator Tim Scott has been tasked with the response to that for the Republican Party. So a lot of things going on in Congress this week, Boris and Christi.

SANCHEZ: We'll look forward to that clash of ideas on Wednesday night. Daniella Diaz reporting from Capitol Hill. Thank you so much.

We've got a lot to discuss so let's bring in CNN political commentator, Errol Louis. He's also a political anchor for "Spectrum News." Errol, always a pleasure to have you. Thank you for joining us this morning.

Let's start with this new "ABC News/Washington Post" poll that's out. It shows President Biden's approval rating at 52 percent. According to the poll, that is one of the lowest marks for any president at a hundred days in office since 1945. Gerald Ford and Donald Trump, the only presidents to have hit marks below 50 percent in that period. How do you read those numbers, Errol? ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Good morning, Boris. The way I read them is that partisanship is not gone. The divisiveness that we saw which I guess peaked with the attack on the Capitol on January 6th, that wasn't a one off occasion. There are deep underlying differences. There are political impasses that I think we're going to see reemerge.

It's not a happy country at this point as we come out of this pandemic. There are fundamentally different views about the role that government should play. There's relative unity, according to the polls and elsewhere that we should get through this pandemic.

But almost everything else of consequence, how to restart the economy, what to do about immigration, the proper role of government in spending and taxing of their fundamental differences. And those differences are making themselves heard in this poll and increasingly I think we'll see it felt in Congress as well, Boris.

SANCHEZ: Notably, though, a majority of those polled appear to want some form of bipartisanship because in the same poll only 30 percent want Biden to try and pass legislation without making major changes even if that costs him Republican support only 30 percent.

So as we noted on Wednesday we're going to see this clash of ideas. Potentially a preview of 2024, when Biden addresses Congress joint session for the first time, and Senator Tim Scott gives the Republican rebuttal. What are you going to be watching for from both sides?

LOUIS: I'm going to be watching to see some of the theater that one normally notices in these joint addresses, how much we get from the Republicans as far as sitting on their hands, you know, booing, not clapping, making their displeasure known, and of course that response from Tim Scott is going to be key. Just how much opposition the administration is likely to get.

And by the way, I expect that to be quite high. Republicans know that the pattern is the president's party on average loses 26 seats. Well, that's enough to give the Republicans control of the House. They also know that the president's party in midterms tends to lose an average of four Senate seats. That's enough to give them control of the Senate.

So these are folks who are waiting for their shot and they're looking for issues where they can differ from the president, start to attack the president. They're really just setting up for 2022, and that's what I'm going to be watching to see how eager they are to really turn out any hope of bipartisanship and try and win power back.

SANCHEZ: I'm glad you brought up 2022 and down the road 2024, because it leads to my next question. At a town hall this weekend Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave her assessment of the Biden administration's first hundred days or so. She said that President Biden so far has definitely exceeded expectations that progressives had. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY): I'll be frank, I think a lot of us expected a much more conservative administration.


And so we're in the process of shaping the infrastructure bill, but I think that the infrastructure bill will be a key indicator on if the administration is keeping or raising its ambitions or if that ARP was a one and done situation and that we're going smaller.


SANCHEZ: I can almost hear Kevin McCarthy forwarding that to aides, prepping an ad for 2022. I think Republicans will likely use this infrastructure bill and praise from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a way to paint Biden as a puppet of the far left. How does he regain the middle ground here?

LOUIS: I don't think he is likely to be swayed either way -- either which way. He's been through many of these changes, these midterm changes. He lived through a pretty serious one in 2010 when he and Barack Obama had their agenda brought almost to a complete halt by losing control of the House and the Senate and having a very, very difficult time moving anything through Congress.

So, I think President Biden is doing something that JFK used to talk about. They had an adage in that White House saying, when you see blue sky you aim for it and step on the gas. He sees an opportunity now with this very, very thin majority that he has in Congress to get some things done. The American Rescue Plan was the first. The infrastructure bill will be the second. They're going to try and get stuff done on gun reform and other matters.

They've got to do it right now and the clock is ticking because they have no reason to think that when they wake up in 2023 they're going to have a cooperative Congress. So I think AOC and others they should ask for anything they want right now because this White House understands they've got to do it right now.

SANCHEZ: Errol, so very quickly, Wednesday night is going to be historic for a number of reasons. One of them is behind that President Biden as he gives this speech to a joint session of Congress, there are going to be two women, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris. As we reflect on the first hundred days of this administration, how would you calculate, how would you calibrate her role so far in the administration?

LOUIS: Well, I think, look, Vice President Harris is -- it's going to be a point of pride first of all, first and foremost that symbolic moment. But she's also been given one of the toughest assignments trying to dealing with immigration. So she's -- she's going to be taking quite a lot of flak in the weeks and months ahead. I think on that particular night though hopefully it will be a moment that America comes together. After that, we're right back to the fight, Boris.

SANCHEZ: Right back to the fight. Errol Louis, thanks again for getting up early for us. We appreciate it.

LOUIS: Thank you.

SANCHEZ: And speaking of the vice president be sure to tune in later this morning for Dana Bash's exclusive interview with Vice President Kamala Harris as she nears a hundred days on the job. They're going to talk police reform, gun violence, immigration, as Errol just mentioned. Don't miss it. That's at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Eastern right here on CNN.

PAUL: Listen, we're following breaking news out of Iraq. More than 80 people are dead after an explosion and a fire at a hospital that treats COVID patients. More than 100 other people are injured we understand. This happened in the capital city of Baghdad.

Take a look at some of the video we're getting in here. Officials say oxygen tanks exploded causing this massive blaze. Video shared on social media shows the chaotic scene as firefighters are scrambling to get that fire under control and health care workers obviously they are frantically working to evacuate the patients from the building that's burning.

So Iraq's prime minister is ordering an immediate investigation into the accident but that is what they're seeing there this morning. We will keep you posted as we get more information.

SANCHEZ: Coming up, the Johnson & Johnson vaccines are already going in arms again. Half of U.S. states are getting ready to administer it, but is there enough demand? Do people want it?

PAUL: Also, calls for justice and growing pressure to release body camera footage after deputies shot and killed Andrew Brown, Jr. What the sheriff is saying now regarding that video. That's just ahead. Stay close.



PAUL: Seventeen minutes past the hour right now. As U.S. health officials race to get more COVID-19 vaccinations out there experts are warning we're just a few weeks away, they say, from reaching a tipping point in vaccine enthusiasm.

SANCHEZ: So far, roughly 40 percent of the country has received at least their first dose of the vaccine. Only about 28 percent of the nation is fully vaccinated, meaning it's going to be even harder for the U.S. to reach herd immunity as vaccine hesitancy grows.


PAUL: I want to go to CNN's -- sorry. Go ahead, Boris.

SANCHEZ: That's fine. Let's go to CNN's Evan McMorris-Santoro for more on this. Evan, parts of the country are already seeing fewer people signing up for shots. EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right. I mean, we knew already that there was hesitancy in some areas of the country based on sort of politics and other factors. But now we're seeing it pop up in places like here in New York where -- was the epicenter of the pandemic back at the beginning, back in last year.

I spent yesterday out at one location watching people try to get -- people to get these vaccines, and that's why -- at the same time as experts are saying this vaccine is so good you need to go out there and get it and put this pandemic to bed.


MCMORRIS-SANTORO (voice-over): CDC data says more than 225 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S.

DR. MIKE SAAG, ASSOC. DEAN, GLOBAL HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: This vaccine is our ticket to ride. This is our ticket to freedom. Of returning back to normal life as we knew it before the pandemic.

MCMORRIS-SANTORO: The challenge now is making sure more American adults want to get one. The seven-day rolling average of administered shots is showing a recent dip.


Some administration officials worry it might be a sign that hesitancy is slowing the pace of doses. In New York, around 30 percent of adults are now fully vaccinated. That's a good number. But it's nowhere near what experts estimate is needed for herd immunity.

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES: It's somewhere between 70 and 85 percent of the population where you have a combination of people who are vaccinated and people who have recovered.

MCMORRIS-SANTORO: A new tactic is offering incentives. At the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, get your shot along with a free museum pass for four.

MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO (D), NEW YORK CITY: This is one of the indispensable places in this entire city and that's saying a lot because it's a city full magical places.

ANITA REYES, SITE LEAD, AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: We want to make sure that New Yorkers understand the importance of getting vaccinated, but also that we get people to feel comfortable in the setting.

MCMORRIS-SANTORO: Other vaccine incentives range from free doughnuts to free beer. After the CDC and FDA lifted the pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine there's a hope among health experts that this cautious approach will convince more Americans that getting vaccinated is safe.

DR. HENRY BERNSTEIN, MEMBER, CDC ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON IMMUNIZATION PRACTICES: When that system works as it did in this case, it identifies signals that potentially could be problematic and require further investigation. And so we will be monitoring this going forward.

MCMORRIS-SANTORO: Evan McMorris-Santoro, CNN, New York.


MCMORRIS-SANTORO: So that Johnson & Johnson vaccine mentioned at the end of that piece there that's the big open question because obviously we saw that pause get lifted on Friday. And I spoke to some folks at the American Natural History Museum site yesterday about what they thought that pause might do in terms of affecting this hesitancy.

They say it's too early to tell but they're really hoping that folks don't look at that moment and say, I don't want to get the vaccine now. I'm too nervous about it. They're hoping that they look at that moment and say, wow, people are being very serious about this vaccine, and being very careful about this vaccine, and I should go and get one. Christi.

PAUL: Yes. That is certainly the hope. Evan McMorris-Santoro, good to see you this morning. Thank you.

So as Major League Baseball is getting into full swing here some teams are offering a special incentive to get people back to the ballpark.

SANCHEZ: Yes. The L.A. Dodgers debuting two special sections for fully vaccinated fans at last night's game. CNN's Paul Vercammen has more from the stands.


PAUL VERCAMMEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: So a sign of the times here in the COVID-19 era in California where the positivity rate is just over 1 percent. Look across the way at Dodger Stadium. This is a section that will only allow in fans who have been fully vaccinated. They must prove this.

And if the fans are between 2 years old and 15, they have to show that they recently passed a COVID-19 test. If they were negative, they'll be able to high five each other, they'll be next to each other, they won't be interspersing between seats. And basically the idea is to get these fans in to those sections and they'll feel comfortable standing and sitting around each other.

You're in the vaccinated section. Show us your -- whatever it is that's allowing you in.


VERCAMMEN: Blue band.

DELOZIER: And then we have to have our CDC card and our I.D. I feel safer knowing that everyone around me is vaccinated, just like I am. Not that we're going to be COVID free, but we are going to definitely enjoy our time.

JEFF BARLOWE, BASEBALL FAN: In our section, social distancing is not required because of the vaccine. And so that is -- that is something that kind of makes it feel more normal than people sitting, you know, 20, 30 feet apart from you. So hopefully with this experimental project that they're working on tonight that this might take off and actually encourage folks to go get vaccinated.

VERCAMMEN: As you saw, those seats were on the second level, they were more than $100 a seat. And we're seeing other teams in California emulate this, the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres to name a couple. The Dodgers exploring -- doing this again in the future as they are all experimenting with this idea of a section of vaccinated fans only, no one allowed who hasn't been vaccinated or recently tested negative if they're young for COVID-19.

Reporting from Los Angeles, I'm Paul Vercammen, back to you.


PAUL: Paul, thank you so much. Dr. Saju Mathew with us now. He's a public health specialist and primary care physician in Atlanta. So good to see you, Saju.

So you just heard that reporting from Paul there about this special seating of fully vaccinated baseball fans. I talked with Larry Baer yesterday, the president of the San Francisco Giants, about this. Listen to what his team is doing.


LARRY BAER, CEO, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, PRESIDENT: For socially distant sections, you have to have -- you have to have either a proof of a negative test or a vaccine 14 days out. Then the vaccinated sections you just need the proof of the vaccination.


And, you know, in May we're going up to about 50 percent capacity. Right now we're effectively 25 percent. So this will just allow a lot more people to attend. And, you know, our view is April -- May is going to be better than April. June better than May. And let's get back to a full ballpark here before the end of the season.


PAUL: Obviously this is all part of trying to get us back to some sort of normalcy. Is it Dr. Saju Mathew approved?

DR. SAJU MATHEW, CNN MEDICAL ANALYST: Good morning, Christi. Hey, listen, three strikes you're out, and two shots you're in. I think that overall the analogy or just this whole premise that if you're vaccinated that you'll be safer makes sense to me. We're basically talking about vaccine passports. And I completely agree with that. I think that we have to give people incentives to get vaccinated. If you're vaccinated and you can't do much more than you're already doing it can be very discouraging. I think we can push this analogy to restaurants. I'm a huge Serena Williams fan. I would love to go see her in the U.S. Open. If I know that 10,000 screaming fans are vaccinated, I would feel more comfortable. Now the community transmission is low, then this also makes more sense because a lot of people sitting close to each other will not transmit the virus amongst themselves.

PAUL: I wanted to ask you about something in "The Washington Post" this morning. This interesting article about people who received their first vaccine and then they tested positive to COVID. "The Washington Post" analyzed that from the CDC and here's what they found, that in one week, 470,000 people were vaccinated and 21,000 of those tested positive for COVID after they received their first vaccination.

So I'm going to you for some clarity here because I think some people will hear this and they may interpret it as the numbers -- that these numbers are equating to an ineffectiveness of the vaccine. That's not necessarily the case, though, is it?

MATHEW: Yes, that's right, Christi. Listen, you know, we're all trying to protect ourselves from getting COVID. But unfortunately what can happen is if you make the wrong decision and you're exposed to the virus, and then you're scheduled for the vaccine, you might turn positive not because the vaccine doesn't work but because you're exposed to the virus before you had symptoms and before the vaccine protected you.

Let's also not forget that after that first shot, you have to wait two weeks before you get 80 percent protection and then after the second shot, you've got to wait another two weeks before you get up to 95 percent. Let's also not forget that these vaccines are not 100 percent effective.

The most important thing is to really safeguard yourself, make sure that you're not exposed to the virus. That way you don't get COVID while you're in the process of getting vaccinated.

PAUL: Since we're talking about numbers here, I want to hone in on that 28 percent of people who have been vaccinated thus far. We need, and correct me if I'm wrong here, at least 70 percent of people to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity. What happens, Saju, if we don't hit herd immunity? Is that a real possibility here?

MATHEW: It is a possibility. I've always worried that we're going to hit about 50 percent of the U.S. fully vaccinated and then basically plateau because of vaccine hesitancy or vaccine faith. But I also think that in this conversation of herd immunity we have to include the fact that we're not vaccinating kids yet. Children form a large part of our population, Christi, and until the vaccines are approved and we vaccinate children, we're not really going to be able to get to herd immunity.

PAUL: So with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine back in play right now, I'm wondering what kind of a big difference that could make in the number of vaccinations or do you think that we're going to see, you know, some of those numbers in a few weeks? You know, we have to wait a few weeks to see what numbers are, but that because of that people are going to be avoiding that specific vaccine and where does that put us?

MATHEW: Yes, I'm definitely concerned about that. I've already started talking to my patients. You know, listen, I think that the CDC did a tremendous job in letting all of us know as a community that they take even one case seriously. Remember, this blood clot is a very rare condition. I've seen it one time in my residency. It is fatal. And the risk is slightly higher for women below the age of 50.

So what I would tell my young patients is if you're 29 or 30 years old, and you're a female, if you have the choice of getting Moderna or Pfizer, I would definitely get that. If you're over the age of 50, it's not a concern.

Listen, your chance of getting a blood clot from a birth control pill is significantly higher or your chance of getting a blood clot from COVID in itself is higher. So really, a very rare condition and I think the J&J vaccine back in the mix is a tremendously good idea.


PAUL: All right, Dr. Saju Mathew, it's good to see you today. I hope you had a good vacation. He took just a little bit of time off finally because he's fully vaccinated.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you, Christi.

PAUL: Sure.

SANCHEZ: Seven sheriff's deputies in North Carolina put on leave as questions mount about the deadly shooting of Anthony Brown Jr. Details on how soon we could see body camera footage of the incident next.


SANCHEZ: We have new developments to tell you about in the trial connected to the botched police raid that killed Breonna Taylor. The trial was originally set for this summer in August but now it's being pushed back to 2022 until February. The judge citing a backlog of delayed cases because of the COVID-19 pandemic for her reasons to push back the trial.


PAUL: There's Taylor there, a 26-year-old aspiring nurse. She was shot and killed by Louisville officers in her own home during a botched police raid, again, back in March of 2020. Now, the judge denied a request from the officers' defense team to move that trial out of Louisville due to too much publicity.

SANCHEZ: A motion to release body cam video of the police shooting of a black man in North Carolina last week could be filed in court as early as tomorrow. PAUL: The family of Andrew Brown Jr. with civil rights leaders by

their side made a public plea yesterday for immediate release of the video showing Brown's death. The sheriff now saying he also wants the video released. The family's attorney talked with CNN's Jim Acosta.


BENJAMIN CRUMP, ATTORNEY FOR ANDREW BROWN JR'S FAMILY: What we believe is transparency is essential. It is essential, Jim. Why did the taxpayers pay all this money to retrofit these officers were body cam video if when we needed it most, when it mattered most, they would not let the public see what has transpired.


PAUL: CNN's Natasha Chen brings us the latest developments here.

NATASHA CHEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It is now been more than three days since Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by Pasquotank County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday morning as they were executing a search warrant and an arrest warrant which the sheriff says was issued by an Alcohol and Drug Task Force.

Now, the public has been calling for the release of the body camera footage, including the family of Andrew Brown Jr. And they're comparing this process to the speed at which other jurisdictions around the U.S. have released their body camera footage after similar police use of force cases recently. It seems that other places have released a video much sooner than this county here.

The sheriff and past botanic county here explained on Saturday afternoon that it is not up to him. In a Facebook video that he posted, he explained that it requires a judge to grant the release of that video, and that if he gets the assurance of the state Bureau of Investigation that releasing the video would not hinder the investigation, the county would also formally file a request on Monday to have that video released.

On Monday, we're going to potentially see a number of entities do the same thing. The Elizabeth City Council met in an emergency meeting on Friday to also request for that video to be released. And a number of news organizations including CNN will also formally file for that video to be released.

A lot of questions could potentially be answered by seeing this video. The family discussed that at a press conference Saturday afternoon where we heard from the oldest son of Andrew Brown Jr.


KHALID FEREBEE, SON OF ANDREW BROWN JR.: With all these killings going on, I never expected this to happen so close to home. Like, he left a close and tight family, with each other every day talking to each other every day. And we, my brothers, my sisters, we is what drove him as a person. We is what made him better. And now I got to live every day, my newborn without even getting a

chance to meet him at all. And that's going to hurt me every day. I just want justice.


CHEN: At that press conference, community leaders also referred to the 911 audio that has been publicly released where emergency responders are heard saying that Brown was found with a gunshot wound to the back, which is very concerning, of course, for the family especially when a witness also told CNN that she saw deputies firing at Brown's vehicle as he was allegedly driving away.

So, again, many questions that could potentially be answered and helped by seeing the video which so far, no one has seen, not the family, not city officials and Elizabeth City. And so people are eagerly awaiting those formal filings on Monday. Natasha Chen, CNN, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

SANCHEZ: Natasha, thanks for that report. Up next, new hopeful signs that suggest the U.S. economy is trending toward a comeback. We'll look at what's driving the push.



PAUL: So, the economy is showing some signs of recovery right now. Layoffs are slowing, new unemployment claims hitting a pandemic low.

SANCHEZ: And there are other signs that things are trending up. There are long TSA lines at the airport and bidding wars across the country that are fueling a new housing boom. Here's CNN's Christine Romans with a look at how the economy is moving past the COVID shutdown.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Christi and Boris, signs of a comeback in the economy, vaccinations, warmer weather, and epic stimulus. Great news this week that layoffs are slowing. A lot of work to do but historic government aid is flowing to weather the storm. There are 17 point 4 million people getting some sort of jobless check and stimulus checks are hitting bank accounts now.

The IRS and the Treasury Department sent out another two million stimulus checks last week. That brings the total to 161 million payments worth more than $379 billion. Another sign of recovery, the TSA screened more than 1.1 million travelers Wednesday. American Airlines bringing pilots and flight attendants back on the job and the CEO of Southwest this week said the worst is behind us.


Real Estate is booming. Millions of people are looking for a home and they can't find one. If you do, get ready to pay above asking price. Home prices, hitting records last month, the highest price since the National Association of Realtors started tracking these prices back in 1999. It's a seller's market, not enough homes for the rush of new buyers

and homes are going fast. The typical home sold, get this, in just 18 days in March. That's the shortest on record. Boris and Christi, the recovery is wind in the sails of the Biden administration, as the White House seeks new taxes on the rich to pay for his landmark efforts to remake the American economy.

Widely expected in President Biden's joint session to Congress a plan to double the capital gains rate on people making more than $1 million a year and returning the top tax rate to 39.6 percent from 37 percent. White House spokesman Jen Psaki wouldn't divulge specifics, but said the President will not raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. Christi, Boris?

PAUL: Christina, always good to see you. Thank you. So, President Biden is expected to tout that economic progress in his first address to a joint session of Congress. Join Jake Tapper, Abby Phillip, and Danna Bash for CNN's special live coverage. It starts Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.

SANCHEZ: There are new concerns to share with you from the Justice Department and federal judges following the deadly Capitol insurrection. Could repeated lies about the 2020 election incite Trump supporters to violence again?



SANCHEZ: And then there was X. Friends and family gathered yesterday for an impressive memorial to Rapper DMX.

PAUL: Yes, there were hundreds of fans lining the streets. Look at this. This was in New York, as a monster truck carrying DMX's red casket made its way to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Another Memorial inside the arena that was limited to close friends and family, of course, because of COVID restrictions.

DMX, born Earl Simmons died on April 9th after a heart attack. And that left him on life support for days. He was 50 years old.

SANCHEZ: President Trump's continued promotion of the big lie is complicating matters for the nearly 400 people arrested for storming the Capitol.

PAUL: It's been nearly 100 days since former President Trump left office, and a poll suggest a majority of Republicans still believe the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him. As CNN's Marshall Cohen reports, officials are concerned that could lead to more violence.

MARSHALL COHEN, CNN REPORTER: For us and Christie, the Justice Department and federal judges here in Washington D.C. are worried that former President Donald Trump's continued lies about the 2020 election could incite his supporters yet again to commit violence in the future. This came up a few times this week in some of the cases stemming from

the January 6th Capital insurrection, most of the nearly 400 people facing charges were arrested and released, but a few dozen have been sent to jail before trial, and some of them are trying to get out.

But Trump's most recent comments are making that way more difficult. The rioters were motivated by Trump's false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. And prosecutors are now arguing that the threat hasn't gone away. And that's because Trump keeps lying about the election in TV interviews, speeches, and press releases including a statement Friday that falsely claimed there was large-scale voter fraud.

One federal judge cited Trump's comments in a ruling against releasing one of the rioters who allegedly attacked police officers on the Capitol steps. Another federal judge also pointed out that it's not just Trump who's pushing these false narratives, it's also right-wing media outlets that are still blasting the airwaves with the same disinformation that radicalized many Trump supporters in the first place.

So, Boris and Christi, here's the bottom line. By continuing to lie about the 2020 election, Former President Trump is making life harder for some of his strongest supporters, people who are in jail cells right now because of what they did on January 6th. And the Department of Justice has seized on that to persuade judges that some of these alleged writers are just too dangerous to release while they are awaiting trial. Boris and Christi?

PAUL: Thank you so much. I appreciate it. So, wow, I don't know if you are in the path of the severe storm. There was rain, there were flash floods, there was hail. This is all through parts of the southeast. We're going to tell you what you can expect in the week ahead next.



PAUL: All right, a lot of people I know needed some rain. You're going to see it through several Western States today, if that's where you needed.

SANCHEZ: Yes, but those showers are expected to give way to some pretty severe storms in the next 48 hours. Meteorologist Allison Chinchar is in the CNN Weather Center. Allison, where are you seeing that rain?

ALLISON CHINCHAR, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Right. So, right now, it's really focused out in the western states, which is where we need it the most. But it is going to start to push its way farther off to the east in the coming days. But unfortunately, when it does that, the threat for severe weather is really going to ramp back up as well.

So, let's take a look at least in terms of where the storm is located at the moment. What we're noticing if we push this forward here real quick, is that we've got the storm that's out towards the west. And that's really where most of the rain in the snow is located.

Again, about 80 percent of these western states are under drought conditions, so they need it even though it's not going to be all that much. Again, notice here, you're talking at most about one inch for some of these places, but they'll take it. They need it so they'll take absolutely anything they can get.

These systems, however, as they continue to push off to the east in the coming days, you're going to start to notice, again, more moisture feeding in from the Gulf of Mexico and several other ingredients coming together unfortunately to produce some severe storms, basically stretching from the central portion of Kansas down towards and through San Angelo, Texas.

The main threats here very large hail, potentially a brown golf ball sized or larger, a few tornadoes, and even some damaging winds. Again, this is the focus on Tuesday, but this storm system is going to continue to push off to the east Wednesday and Thursday.

So, you have a lot of other states that are still going to be dealing with some pretty heavy rainfall through the rest of the week. Widespread rainfall totals, Boris and Christi, we're talking two to four inches, but some spots could pick up as much as six to even eight inches of rain through Friday of the upcoming week.

PAUL: All right, Allison Chinchar, thank you for the heads up. And the next hour of your NEW DAY starts right now.

So, good morning to you. Welcome to your NEW DAY on this Sunday. We're always grateful to have you on.