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Explosions Rock Kyiv As War In Ukraine Looms Over G7 Summit; Biden Faces Frustration Back Home Over Rising Prices; Zelenskyy To Ask For More Help In Virtual Address To Summit; G7 Leaders To Focus On Ukraine, Global Economic Challenges; Protests Erupt Nationwide Following Supreme Court Overturning Roe; Supreme Court Overturns Roe V. Wade; States Move To Effectively Ban Abortion After Roe Reversal; Appeals Court Temporarily Halts FDA Ban On Juul Products In U.S.; Grandmother Fatally Struck By Car Fleeing Police, Four Others Injured; Suspected Shooter At WeatherTech Facility Was A Temporary Employee; Crowds March For Oslo Pride In Defiance Of Deadly Shooting; Oslo Police Investigate Deadly Shooting At Gay Bar As Possible Terrorist Attack; Oslo Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder, Terrorist Acts; Oslo Pride Parade Canceled Following Shooting At Gay Bar; Norway's Prime Minister Expresses Solidarity With LGBTQIA And Muslim Communities; U.S. Faith Community Remains Deeply Divided After Roe Overturned. Aired 6-7a ET
Aired June 26, 2022 - 06:00 ET
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BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: Buenos dias. Good morning and welcome to your NEW DAY. I'm Boris Sanchez.
CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Christi Paul. Breaking overnight, explosions are rocking Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv. Our (ph) crew (ph) there (ph) say Russian missile strikes hit an apartment building setting it on fire. We are live at the scene for you.
SANCHEZ: And protesters hitting the streets across the United States in the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe versus Wade. We have a look at demonstrations from coast to coast.
PAUL: Also employees are voting to unionize at workplaces across the country. What that mean for you employers and workers' rights.
SANCHEZ: We're so grateful to have you this Sunday, June 26th. Thanks for starting your week with us. A bittersweet morning here at CNN. It's Christi's last day with us.
PAUL: I didn't preread that. Yes. Yes, after nine years. Thank you so much.
SANCHEZ: Yes. Of course.
PAUL: I'm so glad that you are here finally.
SANCHEZ: I'm thrilled to be here with you to send you off the right way. We're going to have a lot more about that and give her a great farewell in the next couple of hours.
PAUL: Oh, well, thank you so much.
SANCHEZ: Of course.
PAUL: I appreciate that. Of course, we want to get to what is really on your mind the beginning -- we want to begin with the war in Ukraine, of course, because there are some news there looming over this meeting of G7 leaders in Europe. The explosions rocked the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv this morning. This is as the summit was just getting underway. Now, the Ukrainian Air Force says between four and six missiles were launched at Kyiv using Russian strategic bombers.
SANCHEZ: President Biden is going to try to keep U.S. allies united against Russia, even as he faces anger and frustration back home over inflation. The rising cost of gas and food and fears of a recession. He and other world leaders are going to look for ways to punish Russia while also managing a global economy that has become unstable.
PAUL: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to ask for more sanctions against Russia and more military aid for Ukraine when he addresses the summit virtually. His appeal is happening as G7 leaders are expected to discuss ways to end the war, even as this fighting is grinding on.
SANCHEZ: We have team coverage of this developing story. CNN White House reporter Kevin Liptak has been tracking President Biden's meetings with G7 leaders. But let's begin with Salma Abdelaziz. She's live for us in Kyiv at the scene of one of those explosions. Salma, what are you seeing this morning?
SALMA ABDELAZIZ, CNN REPORTER: An absolutely horrifying attack right on the heart of Kyiv. At about 6:30 local time, multiple rockets struck this residential area, just behind me here. Now police have pushed us back, as you can see. But earlier we were able to go to the scene to film there. I know we have those pictures for you of that nine-story apartment building just torn open by this attack, the top story apartment completely devastated, turned into nothing but rebar and rubble.
Dozens of rescue workers, of course, were on the scene to try to pull people out from under the destruction of their own homes. One woman we saw pulled out had been under the rubble for five hours before they were able to put her into an ambulance, get her to hospital. Local officials saying there are several others wounded and there could potentially be one person killed. We also met on the scene the local mayor, Vitali Klitschko. This is what he had to say. Take a listen.
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MAYOR VITALI KLITSCHKO, KYIV, UKRAINE: It is live from Russia. They are fighting against military. We, in our hometown, destroyed 220 apartment buildings, where live civilians. They attack capital of Ukraine, attack in Ukraine. This is a senseless war. And we have to do everything to stop this war because thousands and thousands unguilty people, civilians died. (END VIDEO CLIP)
ABDELAZIZ: I'm sorry. Sorry. Among the people -- I'm so sorry -- there is a very chaotic scene here as well, because some residents are trying to get back into their home and police are not allowing it. Among the wounded is a 7-year-old girl so this is exactly what's so concerning for the residents of Kyiv. For weeks now they've had relative calm, relative stability, but all of that, of course, now shattered. And as you can see it is really a tense scene, Boris and Christi.
PAUL: All right. Salma, we appreciate it so much. Thank you.
We want to bring in Kevin Liptak. He is following the president. The president, of course, this morning having a conversation with the German chancellor. What is happening there, Kevin?
KEVIN LIPTAK, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: Yes, Christi, this is really a war time summit.
And there are other items on the agenda like China and climate change but it is the war in Ukraine that is dominating, and this question of how to sustain pressure on Russia amid this global economic insecurity. And we did see the president sit down with the German chancellor Olaf Scholz earlier. He said that we have to stay together.
Now when you talk to American and European officials, they really describe the goals of this summit as twofold. One, to find new ways to punish Russia for its invasion. And we've already heard this morning that the U.S. and other G7 leaders plan to ban gold imports. And gold is the second largest export from Russia, so U.S. officials really hope that this can make further dents on Russia's economy.
The second objective is to try and mitigate some of these after effects that the war is having. Things like skyrocketing prices of oil and gas. They really want to talk and come up with ways to dampen those effects and bring down those prices as this war grinds on.
Now, Victor -- Boris and Christi, it was only three months ago that the president was last in Europe, the mood is so different now. It is a much more somber situation. The war in Ukraine has become this grinding conflict of attrition. These leaders are facing serious political troubles because of the spike in prices. And so one thing that they're going to have to discuss is what the next phase of this war looks like. And they will hear from the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tomorrow.
But one thing they'll have to discuss is do they nudge him into more robust negotiations with Russia? Do they even nudge him towards concessions? There is no indication that Zelenskyy is ready to go that direction yet but is certainly at the front of mind for these leaders as they prepare to sit down for the next two days here in the Bavarian Alps in Germany.
PAUL: Kevin Liptak, Salma Abdelaziz, we appreciate it so much. Thank you.
So let's talk about what's happening outside the Supreme Court this weekend and really in cities across the country. Protesters are rallying against the court overturning the landmark Roe versus Wade decision.
SANCHEZ: For many, it has been an outpouring of anger and disbelief as more than two dozen states have indicated they could ban or restrict abortion.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Abortion bans are illegitimate. Forced motherhood is illegitimate.
SANCHEZ (voice-over): From Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, and cities in between, abortion rights protesters continue to voice their anguish, following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court eliminating the federal constitutional right to abortion.
LAINE PEHTA, PROTESTER: I'm angry, I'm fired up. The fight is not over. People did this fight 50 years ago. I guess it is our turn to take the fight up again. It may take us 50 years, but we'll get back.
SANCHEZ: There were also small gatherings of people celebrating the ruling.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Millions of lives will be saved by this decision.
SANCHEZ: In Iowa, Cedar Rapids police say a pedestrian was injured by a truck while trying to legally cross the street in front of the federal courthouse during Friday evening's protests.
ALEXIS RUSSELL, WITNESSED TRUCK INCIDENT: I look over, I see people trying to push the truck back. And I just instantly got mad and ran over and tried to stop the truck.
SANCHEZ: Video of the incident shows a truck appearing to push through a group of protesters, with one person falling to the ground after making contact with the vehicle.
In Providence, Rhode Island, state Democratic Senate candidate Jennifer Rourke was punched in the face by an off duty police officer and GOP opponent at an abortion rights rally at the State House on Friday night. Rourke telling CNN in a statement, the incident, which was caught on video, shows what appears to be Rourke stepping into an altercation at the protest, and almost immediately afterwards getting punched in the face by Jeann Lugo. Lugo turning himself in to the Rhode Island state police on Saturday. CNN reaching out to the Providence Fraternal Order of Police to ask about possible legal representation for Lugo, though we have not heard back as of Saturday night.
In Phoenix, law enforcement used tear gas late Friday to disperse a crowd of abortion right supporters after they repeatedly pounded on the glass doors of the state Senate building, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesperson Bart Graves told CNN.
In Eugene, Oregon, 10 people were arrested Friday night, during a demonstration dubbed a night of rage in response to the ruling. That's according to a release from Eugene police.
In Greenville, South Carolina, at least six people were arrested Saturday, at a protest that was attended by hundreds of people in downtown, according to a news released by the Greenville police department. Video taken by Emily Porter shows the moment police detained several demonstrators in downtown Greenville at the rally. An officer is also seen yelling at protesters to get back. Although another officer tells protesters who are jeering the police, we are not on either side.
In Washington, D.C., U.S. Capitol Police arrested two people Saturday afternoon for the destruction of property after they were accused of -- quote -- "throwing paint over the fence by the U.S. Supreme Court," according to U.S. Capitol Police.
SANCHEZ: Let's bring in CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer to dig deeper on the political implications of this decision. Julian, good morning. Always great to see you. President Biden --
JULIAN ZELIZER, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Good morning.
SANCHEZ: -- wants Congress to guarantee abortion rights nationally. What can Democrats realistically achieve?
ZELIZER: It's going to be very difficult. Although, Senator Manchin has indicated support for some kind of legislative fix they don't have the votes in the Senate. Republicans are not going to compromise on this issue, and because of the filibuster, I don't think there is a lot of legislative leeway. So executive power will be what Biden has at his disposal. And I'm not sure how much he can do with that in the coming year.
SANCHEZ: And you pointed out the filibuster, the White House on specifically that issue has been hesitant to try to change the rules of the Senate. Should that approach change?
ZELIZER: Well, many Democratic critics of the administration say, yes. They have said yes on other issues. Voting rights, gun rights, because the reality is with a filibuster, and a majority of this sort, even a majority that is a little bigger, you just can't move legislation. It is a super majority, upper chamber at this point. Not by design, but because of this filibuster process. And I don't think Democrats have much room unless that process is eliminated.
SANCHEZ: So, Julian, you pointed out that this decision by the Supreme Court highlights the legacy of the Trump administration. Soon after the decision was announced, the Trump campaign sent an email trying to fund-raise off of it. How do you think Trump is going to use this to his advantage as we anticipate that he's probably going to run for president again?
ZELIZER: Well, it is interesting. There have been some stories about his concern with this. That he worries that this might energize Democrats to mobilize, to come out to vote. But it is one of his biggest legacies, the creation of a 6-3 court is something, I'm sure we will hear a lot about, and as Trump re-enters the political arena, and we're all expecting him to run again, he's going to boast about this. Because for everything the creation of that 6-3 court is very important to the Republican coalition and it is going to energize evangelical conservatives, for example, to come out and support him again. So I think politically this might really strengthen his standing within the GOP, he delivered something other Republicans were unable to do.
SANCHEZ: And his ultimate sway over the Supreme Court as you noted making this 6-3 dynamic on the court is something that Republicans have been working toward for decades. It is the culmination of more than a generation of work. Do you foresee Democrats having to piece together that kind of long-term strategy to step up and match that effort on the conservative side?
ZELIZER: Well, they need to look at it. Conservatives have been working on this since 1980s, ranging from creating organizations like the federalist society to a hard ball approach in the Senate, to making sure that nominations were favorable to Republicans. If Democrats don't do this, and work year to year, they're just going to see more reversals of basic social rights as we have just seen with the elimination of Roe v. Wade.
And so I know there are Democrats who are looking at this model and trying to replicate it. And I think it is going to be important because Republicans right now are really benefiting from what they have been doing for decades, not just for years.
SANCHEZ: You mentioned the way that nominees are processed and confirmed as justices. I'm wondering what you think of Senator Susan Collins saying that she felt misled by Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh as nominees to the Supreme Court saying that they were OK with Roe versus Wade being precedent, and then as justices overturning what had been 50 years of law.
ZELIZER: Well, I'm not sure why she was so surprised. Ronald Reagan used to say, trust but verify, and it doesn't seem that she really verified it. I think as the nominations were happening, many people were clear these were not going to be justices favorable to Roe or to reproductive rights as they have been established since the '70s. So I think she's going to have a lot of critics asking, why do you even, you know, believe that, or why did you have such conviction that this would be true? And now the results are right in front of her.
SANCHEZ: I found this interesting from Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri. He says that he thinks the Roe decision is going to drive more Americans to move to states that align more closely with their political views, but he wasn't subtle in pointing out that that could help Republicans pick up more Electoral College votes.
What do you make of his argument?
ZELIZER: Maybe. I mean, we are now having a sorting of states according to social policy and this more than many others might cause people to reconsider where they move. I'm not sure Senator Hawley is correct in that this will be a mass exodus to red states. I think a lot of Democrats would think the reverse, that people would want to live in a more cosmopolitan pluralistic environment.
So we'll see. All these political predictions could go both ways, but it is connecting decisions in Washington to the kind of life Americans want. And these decisions are becoming more pertinent with each court ruling from guns to abortion.
SANCHEZ: And potentially more decisions that upend what have been deemed established constitutional rights according to that concurring opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas. Julian Zelizer, we got to leave it there. Always appreciate your time.
ZELIZER: Thank you.
PAUL: Still ahead, there is a show of solidarity and defiance. How people are responding after that deadly shooting outside a gay bar in Norway.
And across the U.S., a lot of companies are seeing a renewed push by employees to create unions. What is fuelling this movement and how could it change the workforce?
Also, from retail to big tech, corporate America is speaking out against the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Excuse me. We'll tell you what some places are doing to help their employees.
PAUL: Twenty minutes past the hour. We want to give you a look at some of the top stories we're following this morning. The U.S. Appeals Court temporarily delaying the government's ban on Juul cigarette products while the company prepares to defend the safety of its inventory, so the company can avoid major harm to its business. The appeal comes a day after the FDA ordered Juul Labs, Inc. to remove products from store shelves after issuing marketing denial orders for its vaping devices and amid a buildup of concern the products are encouraging dangerous smoking habits among underage users.
SANCHEZ: Some sad news to show you out of New York. A grandmother is dead and four others including an 8-year-old child are injured after a car that was fleeing police Saturday night hit them. NYPD officers were approaching a vehicle because of mismatched plates, and they suspected that the occupants of the vehicle were smoking marijuana when the car sped off. Right now one person is in custody in connection with the incident, but charges have yet to be filed. The names of those victims have not been yet released. PAUL: And there's a man is in custody after a deadly shooting at a WeatherTech facility in Bolingbrook, Illinois. The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Charles McKnight Jr., who was apparently a temporary employee. Yesterday, he allegedly robbed two co-workers at gunpoint before pulling out a handgun and shooting three of his co- workers. Officials say one of the victims has died, another is in critical condition and a third has already been released from the hospital.
So there was a remarkable show of solidarity in Norway. Crowds of people marching for Oslo's Pride Day and this is happening as the event was being called off after a deadly mass shooting at a gay bar just the night before.
SANCHEZ: Demonstrators waved Pride flags and chanted defiant slogans in support of the gay community. CNN's Michael Holmes takes us there.
MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Police in Norway are calling a deadly shooting outside a gay nightclub in Oslo a terrorist attack. A gunman open fire overnight, Friday, killing two people and injuring 22 others, three of them critically.
MARCUS NYBAKKEN, WITNESS (through translator): There were many who cried, who screamed, injured people screamed, people were upset, and people were lying on the floor inside because they were very scared.
HOLMES: Police arrested the suspect within minutes and charged him with murder, attempted murder, and terrorist acts.
CHRISTIAN HATLO, OSLO PROSECUTOR: He's a Norwegian citizen, originally from Iran. He's known to the police but not for big things. Some convictions for smaller things, compared to what we faced today.
HOLMES: The acting chief of Norway's Police Security Service said they had been aware of the man since 2015, when they became concerned he was becoming radicalized, and was part of an extreme Islamist network. The country's terror threat level has been raised from moderate to an extraordinary threat situation. And police who normally are not armed in Norway have taken up weapons temporarily in the aftermath of the attack, which also forced organizers to cancel the city's Gay Pride Parade.
INGER KRISTIN HAUGSEVJE, HEAD OF OSLO PRIDE (through translator): We are shaken and have been advised by police to cancel today's events. We take the police's advice and recommendations seriously. And are encouraging people not to gather in central Oslo.
HOLMES: Meanwhile, Norway's prime minister is expressing his solidarity with the queer community and speaking directly to Muslims in the wake of the attack.
JONAS GAHR STORE, NORWEGIAN PRIME MINISTER: I heard that many Muslims in our country are also scared and in despair. It is our common responsibility to make it clear no one other than the person or the people behind the attack is responsible for it. Let there be no doubt, we are a community, we are a diverse and strong community, and we will never be threatened or give up our values.
HOLMES: Michael Holmes, CNN, Atlanta.
SANCHEZ: Thanks for that report, Michael.
For many Americans, their feelings toward abortion are strongly tied to their religious beliefs. But there may be a conflict between faith and those beliefs. We'll speak to an expert next.
PAUL: Well, for the first time in almost 50 years, Americans are living in a country where abortion is not considered a constitutional right.
SANCHEZ: And while many people of faith welcome the ruling, for others the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe versus Wade was not a cause for celebration. In fact, many religious communities still remain deeply divided on the issue of abortion access.
Let's dig deeper now with CNN religious commentator Father Edward Beck. Father, great to have you on as always. Appreciate you getting up bright and early for us. A lot of Catholic leaders embrace the court's ruling, but that isn't in line with the entire community. It is not a monolith, right?
REV. EDWARD BECK, CNN RELIGION COMMENTATOR: Yes, Boris. I think the question is becoming, does criminalizing abortion promote this culture of life that so many people of faith are hoping to instill? And, of course, the Catholic Church teaches the cherishing of human life from conception to natural death.
But what is happening is we're seeing a lot of anger and resentment toward people of faith. And there's division even within faith communities of what is the best way to promote this culture of life. Is it criminalizing abortion? Is it appealing to people's moral and ethical development, understanding? So, where do people of faith see their leadership really being most effective here? And what should we be about as a community of people of faith?
PAUL: Well, and has a division within the church and other religious communities regarding how they feel about abortion? There are people who believe in abortion rights who are sitting in the pews this morning.
BECK: Yes, that's true. And in fact, as you know, Christi 61 percent of the country believes that abortion should be legal. And in my own denomination, 56 percent of Roman Catholics believe that abortion should be legal. And that doesn't mean they're pro-abortion, but they believe that there should be a choice. So, you're right. People sitting in the pews are not necessarily in accord with what the hierarchy of those specific institutions may be promoting. And that's where the conflict is.
I think the conversation really has to be about what does it mean to promote a culture of life? If we believe in the dignity of human life from conception to natural death, well, then do we follow a consistent ethic of life then? Does that mean capital punishment? Does it mean immigration? Doesn't mean rights of the poor? Does it mean paid family leave? All of these are life issues too.
And I think some people in the pews are thinking that we're focusing on one issue, an important one, abortion, but really, not at all focusing on other important life issues.
SANCHEZ: Father, do you think there's more that could be done by members of the faith community who's support abortion access to try to bridge that gap or at least create more understanding between two sides that can be passionately opposed?
BECK: I think it really is about conversation. I think that a lot of times people say that people of faith don't make a good argument for why they take their position. So, if you believe that the fetus is a human life, so there's not just one heartbeat now, there's two heartbeats. So, if there's two heartbeats, there's two human lives. And yes, a woman is right to her body is one issue, but does that other life also have some rights?
And I think that we have not really focused even as a faith community on what does it mean to say yes, a woman has rights, and yet this individual child, this fetus, also has a life, this other heartbeat. And to have that conversation about what do we really believe about human life? When do we really believe it begins? Why is it sacred? Is human life God-given? I mean, people are not clear or I think unanimous about those kinds of perspectives.
SANCHEZ: Difficult questions to answer. No doubt faith plays a factor one way or the other. Father Edward Beck, I always appreciate your time, sir.
BECK: Thank you both.
PAUL: Father Beck, thank you.
BECK: Thank you.
SANCHEZ: A quick programming note, in the new CNN film "CITIZEN ASHE," directors Rex Miller and Sam Pollard explore the enduring legacy of tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.
PAUL: Those close to him describe the key events that really shaped his quiet determination to "use what he had to do, what he could. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Arthur decided that he didn't have to say a word but his racket had to talk.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Beautiful serve.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Another ace, 14. Ace slides it over to win the game.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, my, look at that.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I wish to crash Arthur Ashe.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, gosh.
ARTHUR ASHE, TENNIS PLAYER: '68 was a sensational period because I went two months without losing a match any place.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Arthur Ashe wins a tremendous victory.
ASHE: You only play as well as your confidence leads you. If you are very confident, you can do anything. I can hit the ball backwards if I'm confident.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
PAUL: Watch "CITIZEN ASH" when it premieres tonight at 9:00 right here on CNN.
So, workers pushing for better treatment. Up next, a look at what's behind the national labor movement that has employees at major companies moving to unionize. And how will it affect jobs?
PAUL: Today's workforce is really unique. I mean upended by COVID and its effect on the economy, there are a lot of workers who are reevaluating their roles in the world. And that may be why we're seeing unions making a comeback. No more big-name companies. We're talking about Amazon, Starbucks, Apple.
They're seeing employees trying to unionize and in a lot of cases, they're trying to stop them. Jason Greer is with us now, a labor consultant and former field examiner with the NLRB. Jason, it's so good to have you with us. Thank you for being here.
JASON GREER, FOUNDER AND CEO, GREER CONSULTING: Hey, thank you for having me.
PAUL: So, I'm wondering, since we mentioned COVID, do you think that that was the ultimate juggernaut to all of this? I mean, we're talking about a great resignation, but is it really a great reevaluation or reset of people's values? GREER: 100 percent you said it perfectly. I think it was the great
reset, from the perspective that people had an opportunity to actually be at home, they, you know, consider their own mortality, but more importantly, they considered, if I'm going to give 12 to 16 hours a day, not going to be with my family, I'm not going to be with my friends, to an employer. There's something that I want out of this. In a lot of cases, it's I want to be heard, I want to be seen, but I also want people treatment.
PAUL: So, how are companies receiving that?
GREER: You know, it's a mixture. There are some companies that have been incredibly open to it, to the idea that they have to change what the times. You have other employers who want to go status quo, they want to do a business as usual. But what we're finding is that those companies that are really prising this idea that these employees should be happy that they get paychecks, those are the ones that are currently being unionized.
PAUL: So, is there a risk to unionization for employees?
GREER: You know, that's a wonderful question. I think there's pros and cons. You know, what I generally tell employees is this. You can organize a union, you can do all those things under the National Labor Relations Act, you have that right. But also understand that the organizing side is sort of the easier side. The other aspect of it is getting the contract. And it has to be the type of contract that you feel like you can live with.
So, I think there's pros and cons to everything. But ultimately, if we could get employers and employees to the point where they can work together -- but in order to work together, you know, employers have to meet employees halfway in terms of what they're looking for.
PAUL: So, when we're talking about a group within a company who's trying to organize, I'm wondering what is the key to successfully doing that? Who's done it well? Have you seen anybody that's done it well? Let's put it that way.
GREER: There are there are a number of companies. In terms of organizing, you can look back at the United Auto Workers from the 70s in the 80s, if not before that, in terms of the relationship that they had with automotive companies. I think what we're seeing though, overall, look, millennials and Gen Z's are at a point where they are legitimately the best educated, they are some of the brightest generational wonders that we've ever seen. But I think on the other side of the fact is that they are the first generation that will have less money than their parents.
So, when we talk about organizations that have done it well, I don't know that we've ever seen anything like this before. So, the proof in the pudding will be what looks like five to 10 years from now?
PAUL: Well, I think that probably people at home who are sitting here thinking, you know, I got out of the workforce because I was unhappy with my job. And now I want to get back in or there are people who are in a job and they want to make a shift. What does this mean for them? What is the impact?
GREER: It's -- actually, it's wonderful impact and I'm going to tell you why. This is the day in age in which employers are basically begging employees to come to work because I don't care if you're in California, I don't care if you're in Milwaukee, you will see (INAUDIBLE). But more importantly, you have organizations that are saying we cannot continue to run our operations with this limited number of employees.
So, I think what employees as a whole were finding is that it's sort of the employees market. But there's an added caveat here. It's the employees market, but you in many ways have the ability to dictate what you want, what you're willing to tolerate, but more importantly, what you need from an organization.
PAUL: It is -- it is a unique time, no way around it.
PAUL: Jason Greer, it is such a pleasure to have you here. Thank you for getting up early for us.
GREER: Hey, thank you so much for having me. It's a pleasure.
PAUL: Of course.
SANCHEZ: Still to come this morning, corporate America is responding to the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade how some major companies are assisting employees in states that are restricting access to abortions.
PAUL: 47 minutes past the hour. And the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade is prompting several corporate giants now to respond. So far, companies like Yelp, Nike, and Warner Brothers Discovery, the parent company of CNN, have vowed to pay for travel expenses for women seeking abortions in states that outlaw the procedure.
Let's bring in chief media correspondent and host of "RELIABLE SOURCES," Brian Stelter. Good morning, Brian. What more can you tell us about the corporate reaction that's been swift?
BRIAN STELTER, CNN CHIEF MEDIA CORRESPONDENT (on camera): Yes. I've counted dozens of companies that have now joined this. This really is this movement of sorts to say we will provide support if you need to travel to a different state for reproductive care. And the list is interesting, a number of big banks, number of big media companies, like Comcast and Disney's and Netflix's, the American Express, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs. So, a lot of big companies, especially blue-chip companies are
basically adding this to health care for employees. It's a really interesting move and it's emblematic of what we've seen with corporate America in recent years taking stands on public policy positions. You might actually suggest that it might make employees feel even more in need of their employer. There's some really interesting dynamics here.
Here, for example, is what Yelp's CEO said to employees taking a strong stance saying this ruling puts women's health in jeopardy, denies them their human rights, and threatens to dismantle the progress we've made toward gender equality in the workplaces since Roe. Business leaders must step up to support the health and safety of their employees.
So, that's the position a lot of these companies are taking,. Like I said, dozens of them are making these announcements. However, lots of other employers have not, big names like Walmart have not. So, this is yet another dividing line now in the post war world, what companies provide, what kind of health care to employees?
PAUL: Well, and the dividing line is also within the states. I mean, there are companies that have headquarters or offices in Republican- controlled states where there could be some real roadblocks here. So, do you know if states are going to be able to get in the way of corporate assistance for employees?
STELTER: Right, that's definitely going to be part of the story now. And we're very much at the beginning, not at the end here. Providing that support for travel expenses, even if the employer doesn't exactly know why the person is traveling to another state, but that offer could make companies a target for lawmakers in some of these red states.
We've seen for example, in Florida, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis very willing and able to use government power against corporations like Disney. Disney beeing a key example in the last few months. Here's this morning's Washington Post front pages where I think signals where we're heading more broadly. The headline says after a Roe, a GOP push to go further,r referring to lawmakers mapping next battles in states and Congress. These are Republican lawmakers, mostly on the local and state level, and grassroots activists envisioning a national ban or actions against abortion pills, or limits to travel, or all of the above. Certainly, that momentum, then those Republican lawmakers feeling emboldened is a big part of the story and just the beginning. I think this is now a months and years-long story.
Let me just pick it though and say one thing. Christi, if I were designing the front page, it would say congratulations. We all just heard the top of the hour it's your last day here. I just wanted to say thank you because you've contributed so much to CNN. You've made us better. You've made CNN better. You made HLN better. And I know my Sunday morning is never going to be quite the same. So, congratulations. PAUL: Brian, I could say the same thing about you. You do make
everything better here. Thank you so much. That means -- that means so much. And I love, you know, our laughs. We've gotten to have some nice little side moments with Brian that elevate the show sometimes when it's really tough. So, Brian, take good care of yourself and that beautiful family. And thank you.
STELTER: Thanks so much, you guys.
PAUL: Thank you.
SANCHEZ: Brian, thank you. Of course, don't forget to watch Brian later this morning on "RELIABLE SOURCES" starting at 11:00 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN.
Some history to tell you about in the Bronx. The Houston Astros brought baseball's best team back down to earth silencing the Yankees like no other team has 70 years. The sports update next.
SANCHEZ: So, Wimbledon starts tomorrow in London, but Coco Gauff has more on her mind and preparing to take the court.
PAUL: Yes, she's 18 years old. And she opened up about her fears for the future after the Supreme Court's decision on Friday to overturn Roe v Wade. Carolyn Manno has more on this now. Good morning, Carolyn.
CAROLYN MANNO, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Good morning to you both. You know, Coco Gauf has really embraced the opportunity to participate in the national dialogue. I mean, she's spoken very candidly about social justice and gun violence, voting rights. And when asked about Roe yesterday, the teenage tennis star said it really left her feeling disappointed.
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COCO GAUFF, TENNIS STAR: To see that -- that decision be reversed. And I just -- you know, I just think that history repeating itself and I feel like I mean, at least from my reading and researching because I do like history, I just feel like just having this decision reversed. It feels like -- feel like we're almost going backwards.
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MANNO: Now, Serena Williams, who is typically a little bit more methodical in her approach said yesterday that she wasn't ready to share her thoughts on the topic just yet. Serena and Coco both played their opening round matches on Tuesday at Wimbledon and all eyes are on Serena Williams. This will be the first time the 40-year-old played since Wimbledon of last year. She's been dealing with injury but says she feels good. Coco Gauff fresh off her best Grand Slam performance yet as runner up at the French Open. Elsewhere, the Houston Astros teamed up to throw the fourth no hitter
in the majors this season shutting down the Yankees in New York Christian heavier was electric for Houston, 13 strikeouts and seven innings, his best game in the majors against the league's best team. Hector Neris to go over in the eighth handing it over to Ryan Presley to close out history. You know the Yankees only been no-hit twice since 1952. And both times it was against the Astros.
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RYAN PRESSLE, PITCHER, HOUSTON ASTROS: I couldn't be happier for Javier and Maldy, and Hector, and everybody. I mean it's just -- it was awesome. Especially to do it in New York, it's the best feeling in the world.
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MANNO: Sydney McLaughlin won two Olympic golds last year and she's getting even better, if you can believe it. The 22-year-old leaving the competition in the dust at the U.S. championships yesterday, finishing the 400 meter hurdles finishing in 51.4 seconds, smashing the world record that she said in Tokyo by almost a full half-second. In fact, McLaughlin now has the three fastest times ever in that race. Nobody coming close.
And a beautiful moments to leave you with this morning. The Chicago White Sox fulfilling a young fan's dream. This is 7-year-old Beau Dowling fulfilling his ultimate wish of running the bases. He was diagnosed with cancer as a toddler, battled through really difficult treatment plans, stem cell transplant, several rounds of chemo. And he was actually diagnosed with another form of cancer more recently. He had surgery earlier this month.
So, on Saturday, he gladly picked up all the high fives, all the low fives from both the White Sox and the Orioles as he came across home plate. It's such a classic move there from the White Sox as well to make the wish of one brave young fan come true. It's so sweet. He had a really nice looking swing there too. I don't know if you caught that in the video, Christi and Boris, but he is special all around. That's for sure.
PAUL: No doubt about it. That was really sweet. And those are the moments that, you know, the whole family will never forget. Carolyn Manno, thank you so much. The next hour is NEW DAY starts right now.
It is Sunday. Good morning to you.