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Preliminary Report on Uvalde Shooting to Be Released This Morning; NYT: Right-Wing Lawyer Pitched Trump on "Martial Law" Plan to Subvert Election; Biden Returns from Middle East to Face Long List of Challenges; Inflation Hits Highest Level In 40+ Years, Driven By Gas Prices; Airlines Struggle To Keep Up with Air Travel Surge. Aired 7-8a ET

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CAROLYN MANNO, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: And lastly for you this morning, A.J. Dillon is ready for training camp. Nobody is safe. The 250-pound running back, not even the mascot at a celebrity softball game in Kenosha, Kristin and Boris. This is the Oklahoma drill. I think somebody might need to get that king fish an ice bath.


MANNO: But it's really hard to believe. Honestly, NFL teams start reporting to training camp tomorrow, you guys. I mean, the hall of fame game less than three weeks away. The regular season is 53 days away.

And if that's any indication players are ready to go if they're taking mascots down.

SANCHEZ: Can't wait. Clearly itching to get back on the field.

Carolyn Manno, thank you so much.

SANCHEZ: The next hour of NEW DAY starts right now.

Good morning and welcome to your NEWDAY. I'm Boris Sanchez.


We are expecting a new report out of Uvalde, Texas, today, detailing the failed police response to the gunman storming an elementary school killing nearly two dozen people. What we're anticipating from the report and who may be held accountable.

SANCHEZ: Plus, the January 6 Committee will hold another public hearing on Thursday. This one focusing on what former President Trump was doing as violence unfolded at the Capitol. We're going to dig deeper into what and who we can expect to see this week.

FISHER: And it turns out that just getting to your summer vacation destination could have a lot to do with where you travel from. We have a look at the worst cities for flight cancellations.


FISHER: Good morning. It is Sunday, July 17. Thank you so much for waking up with us.

And, Boris, it's good to be back with you for hour two.

SANCHEZ: Kristin, great to have you. Thanks so much for being with us.

Plenty to get to this morning. We begin with a search for answers in the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Just a few hours from now the families of shooting victims will get the preliminary findings of a report, an investigation put together by a Texas House Committee.

FISHER: Yeah, 19 children and 2 teachers were killed in the massacre. The committee will also present the families with surveillance video of the school shooting which was leaked to a Texas newspaper and published this week.

CNN's Rosa Flores joins us now from Uvalde.

And, Rosa, such an important day for the families of the victims. Do we have any word what will come out today?

ROSA FLORES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, Kristin, according to a source close to the committee, this report will be fact-finding in nature. It will have a chronological time line of events. It will include a law enforcement manifest. It will clarify previous accounts of what happened.

But overall what this report is expected to show, according to the source, was that on that ill-fated day on May 24, the law enforcement response failures were vast. They were broad. They were bigger than one person. They were bigger than one agency, but included multiple law enforcement agencies.

Look, this committee has been interviewing witnesses for the past few weeks according to this source. These include law enforcement officials from various agencies. School administrators, teachers, custodians, a P.E. coach as well and all of their testimony will be included in this report and it will quote directly from their sworn testimony.

Now, the families are expected to get a copy today. They're expected to get a copy with no audio.

Now, according to the source, the 77 minutes of hallway video that was leaked to "The Austin American-Statesmen" last week, that's going to be the exact video that these families will be receiving, but again, without audio.

Now, the families are expected to have a private meeting with committee members and at that time is when the media will be getting a copy of the report. And, Kristin and Boris, we've been covering this for weeks now. There are so many unanswered questions about what happened especially why those officers were in the hallway so visibly in that hallway video and didn't go in to save these children. We're going to have to see if that answer is in the report.

FISHER: Yeah, hopefully, these families get some answers today. Rosa Flores, thank you so much.

SANCHEZ: So, in the last hour, I got a chance to speak with former Philadelphia police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. He shared his perspective. More questions after today's report but he believes an important conversation about policing in the United States.


Here's some of that conversation.


CHARLES RAMSEY, FORMER PHILADELPHIA POLICE COMMISSIONER: This is going to be a very negative report. Obviously, we've seen the video. There's nothing good coming out of the video. There's nothing good coming out of this entire incident.

So, it's going to be highly critical. But I also agree if that's accurate, and I believe it is accurate, that it goes beyond just Chief Arredondo. I mean, the failure was at multiple levels.

When you go through active trainer shooting one of the first things they tell you, you don't wait for a supervisor. You don't wait for someone to tell you what you do. You take immediate action. The officers failed to do that.

The mayors of these cities are going to face a terrible set of choices that they're going to have to make, Uvalde for an example. I mean, how in the world can the people of Uvalde have any faith in that police department at all? I just don't see it.

And so, how do you change that? How do you fix it? Do you just blow it up? You just, you know, get rid of everyone, start over again with a brand-new department? I don't nope the answer to that. That's going to be a local jurisdictional answer that's going to have to -- the mayor is going to have to come up with.

But these are tough choices, because this is so massive a failure that it's shaking the confidence in people not just in Uvalde but all those jurisdictions around and has shaken confidence in policing in general and people need to understand that's not how police are trained. That is not how police respond.


FISHER: Well, there are new revelations this morning on former President Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election. A newly surfaced memo obtained by "The New York Times" shows conservative lawyer William Olson giving Trump legal advice that even he admitted would draw comparisons to martial law.

SANCHEZ: CNN's Katelyn Polantz has more on this and the extreme measures Trump was willing to go to in order to stay in power.


KATELYN POLANTZ, CNN SENIOR CRIME AND JUSTICE REPORTER: "The New York Times" made public a memo yesterday from a lawyer that now shows us a little bit more about the advice Donald Trump was getting after the election in 2020 in late December.

So this memo that "The New York Times" made public is from a lawyer named William Olson. We haven't heard a lot about him in the past. He was among the fringe right-wing attorneys who were giving Trump advice and he discloses that he and Donald Trump spoke on Christmas Day and then in this memo tells Donald Trump that the lawyers Trump had around him in the administration, in the Justice Department, in the White House counsel's office, those people were not serving his interests well enough and that Trump needed to take control and give some orders.

Some of the recommendations that Olson made at that time, this was December 28, 2020, were -- he says this is what must be done. You should replace the White House counsel. He then tells Trump that he should order the Justice Department to file a lawsuit that would challenge the election result, what voters had decided for the presidency. And then he says if Trump doesn't -- can't get that through, he should fire the DOJ leadership, get other people in place to help him.

And then he tells Trump when we are also working on what else you can do, we can look into other powers of the presidency, and he writes the media will call this martial law, but that is fake news.

And so that is the advice from William Olson to Donald Trump and, of course, Trump does follow up on some of these things just a few days later. We see Trump again looking into potentially replacing his attorney general with someone who is sympathetic to these ideas -- Boris and Kristin.

SANCHEZ: Katelyn Polantz, thank you so much for walking us through that.

Let's dig deeper with CNN legal analyst, Ambassador Norm Eisen.

Ambassador, grateful to have your perspective this morning.

What do you make of this attorney, William Olson, another fringe character counseling the president at this very delicate time? What did you make of all of this?

NORM EISEN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Boris and Kristin, thanks for having me back.

This new letter and the revelations it contains and the evidence that the president was listening to this and taking it seriously shows us yet again how close we came to an even worse crisis in our democracy in January of 2021. The January 6 Committee has called it an attempted coup.

And it's not too much to say if Donald Trump had followed through even more, we know he did some follow through, if he followed through even more, it would have been the most severe crisis, internal crisis, in the history of the modern presidency.

SANCHEZ: It would have made the Saturday night massacre during the Nixon era look like small potatoes, right? He was essentially telling him to fire everybody until he found someone to do what he wanted.


EISEN: And, he explicitly references the Saturday night massacre. The White House lawyers, the DOJ leadership, ultimately were successful, Boris, in resisting this but it was a very close thing. This most severe crisis that we faced could have been even worse. It's so important to think how close we came.

So, thankfully, cooler heads prevailed over that of the president and Mr. Olson.

SANCHEZ: So in an op-ed for CNN, you write that the January 6 committee should focus on how, quote, the conspiracy they have ably articulated has not ended. Explain what you mean.

EISEN: Well, on January 6, we saw the big lie trigger violence in the United States capitol but the big lie is still burning strong across our country, Boris. We have over 100 candidates who are election deniers. They don't accept the truth, the facts of what happened in 2020.

And many of them have indicated that if presented with the same opportunities again that we can't rely on them peacefully transitioning power, if you look at what they've said. There's hundreds of bills driven by the big lie and state legislatures across the country. The committee has referred to this over and over again that the harm continues, the danger continues.

And I wrote for CNN because I think we need to focus as a democracy on this existential threat. It's from the top to the bottom of the ballot from coast to coast.

SANCHEZ: Sir, how do you expect this will play into Thursday's hearing in prime time?

EISEN: Well, I do think that in Thursday's hearing, we will get the culmination of the big lie campaign to overturn the election and that will take the form of Donald Trump's 187 minutes of action and inaction, Boris, it's often referred to as a period of inaction.

But we now know that he shared that mob's murderous intent to hang Mike Pence. According to the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, and that he acted on that with the tweet a little after 2:00 during that period, putting Mike Pence in further danger, pointing him out. I think we'll go in-depth, minute by minute.

I think this committee has shown they're very adept using a mix of live witnesses and video testimony. And I expect we'll have further blockbuster surprises as characterized all seven of the prior hearings.

SANCHEZ: And, Ambassador, speaking of witnesses, the committee has now subpoenaed the Secret Service. Remember, the agency was accused of deleting text messages from January 6 and the day before. You've implied that that deletion might fit into accusations that Trump and his allies have tampered with witnesses.

EISEN: Boris, we'll need to see how the facts develop. The committee is intensely pursuing this now. And that's a good thing. They've issued a subpoena to the Secret Service.

You know, what we saw with Cassidy Hutchinson is a very familiar pattern that we've seen over and over again with Donald Trump in the past. Before you testify, he grooms you with these messages like the messages Cassidy Hutchinson got before she testified implicit threats, and then if you don't go along with what he wants, it's a good cop/bad cop. Comes down to Trump and those around him come down on you like a ton of bricks.

We know that some in the Secret Service were part of the whisper campaign against her after she testified. So we'll need to -- now we hear documents that could corroborate what happened on January 6 may or may not be missing. There's a dispute about whether they're missing or not.

So let's see if there's further evidence of obstruction or not. The committee is on it. I think we'll get some answers.

SANCHEZ: Prime time on Thursday night, a huge moment for the January 6 committee. Ambassador Norm Eisen, I appreciate you spending part of your Sunday morning with us. Thanks.

EISEN: Thank you.

FISHER: Still ahead this hour, President Biden returns home from his overseas trip and turns his focus to the challenges here at home. Is his domestic agenda in jeopardy and what does it mean for Democrats heading into the midterms?

SANCHEZ: Plus, from groceries to gas to home prices it feels like the price of everything is going up. We're going to hear from an expert about how best to budget your money to fight inflation.


FISHER: And it's been a summer full of travel headaches. Ahead, we're going to tell you the best and worse airports to fly out of and which cities are seeing the most cancellations.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) FISHER: President Joe Biden returned from his trip to the Middle East overnight to confront a slew of challenges here at home. The president also faces criticism about his meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and that controversial fist bump seen around the world.


REPORTER: Do you regret the fist bump, Mr. President?

JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Why don't you guys talk about something that matters? I'm happy to answer questions that matter.


SANCHEZ: It's not just reporters talking about the fist bump. Here is a tweet from Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff. Quote: If we ever needed a visual reminder of the continuing grip oil rich autocrats have on U.S. foreign policy on the Middle East, we got it today.


One fist bump is worth a thousand words.

CNN White House reporter Jasmine Wright joins us now live.

Jasmine, the president has a lot on his agenda. What is the priority for the administration? What do they believe is the most pressing problem right now?

JASMINE WRIGHT, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: Yes, Boris. Well, let's just say the president wakes up in D.C. this morning and he has a long to-do list. He spent last week really outlining his vision for the U.S.'s relationship to the Middle East, and now he's going to be expected to put out fires burning here at home.

And there are a number of them. And that includes his domestic agenda after West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin really torpedoed part of it saying he wouldn't at this moment support combating climate provisions and raising taxes on the wealthy, two things that were long negotiated over on the Hill.

But that also includes things like how the president is going to continue to try to protect access to abortion care. Of course, any fallout from the Saudi trip and, of course, dealing with those sky high inflation numbers that only grew worse while he was abroad.

Now yesterday when coming back to the White House the president said he hoped they would go down and would know in just a few weeks but, of course, there is no shortage of problems here for this White House. Now on the domestic front while abroad the president said after Joe Manchin did what he did he would do everything in his power executively to try to combat climate change, one of his long-term promises as he is president. Now, folks are going to be expecting to hear more about what exactly

those executive actions could be. Now, also the president is really pushing Congress to pick up things Joe Manchin says that he will support which is letting Medicare negotiate drug prices and also trying to shore up the Affordable Care Act, really trying to push a skinnier bill.

Now, he gave Congress a deadline. He wants to see them do that by August well in advance of when folks go to the ballot in November for the mid-term election, something this White House is really trying to figure out how they save -- Boris, Kristin.

SANCHEZ: Jasmine Wright from the White House, thank you so much.

So this is one of the key U.S. Senate races to watch in the mid-term elections. It's in Georgia where Republicans are worried after a string of gaffes by their candidate Herschel Walker. They're concerned about whether he is up to the challenge from Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock.

FISHER: Yeah. The Georgia race could determine control of the U.S. Senate. That's why it's so critical.

And CNN reporter Kristin Holmes has more on what's at stake and why Republicans are so worried.


KRISTEN HOLMES, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In battleground Georgia, growing concerns about Herschel Walker's candidate performance amid a series of verbal stumbles. From his views on climate change --

HERSCHEL WALKER (R), GEORGIA SENATE CANDIDATE: Since we don't control the air, our good air decide to float over to China's bad air. So when China gets our good air, their bad air got to move. So it moves on to our good airspace. Now we have to clean that back up.

HOLMES: To gun legislation.

REPORTER: Do you support new gun laws in the wake of this Texas shooting?

WALKER: What I'd like to do see it and everything and stuff. I'd like to see it and everything.

HOLMES: Miscues like those plus a recent disclosure he fathered three children he had not spoken about publicly sparking questions about Walker's ability to defeat Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in one of the Republican Party's best opportunities to flip a Senate seat.

STEPHEN FOWLER, REPORTER, GEORGIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING: Georgia's Senate seat this November is yet again probably going to be the deciding factor in control of the U.S. Senate and with a volatile national environment for Democrats, Raphael Warnock defending his seat could end up being the decisive 50th seat for Democrats or Republicans.

AD ANNOUNCER: It's Herschel Walker versus the truth.

HOLMES: Walker's re-election campaign has aggressively questioned the GOP nominee's preparedness for office in several recent television ads.

AD ANNOUNCER: Is Herschel Walker really ready to represent Georgia?

WALKER: Hello there.

HOLMES: Walker's campaign now signaling a reset. This week announcing the addition of several top Republican operatives less than two months after the former football star easily clinched the Republican nomination boosted by the endorsement of former President Trump.

DONALD TRUMP, FORMER PRESIDENT: Herschel has been one of the greatest athletes in America, and I know he will go down, also, as one of the greatest senators in America.

SEN. RAPHAEL WARNOCK (D-GA): Well, hello, Atlanta, Georgia.

HOLMES: But Warnock is facing his own challenges.

FOWLER: Some of the things we're seeing nationally, issues with inflation and gas prices and the pessimism about the direction of Joe Biden as president is trickling down into Georgia voters, even ones that are Democrats, even ones that may like Raphael Warnock.


There's also this feeling that Joe Biden and Raphael Warnock are tied to the hip, that Republicans are trying to push.

HOLMES: That's a message outside groups supporting walker are reinforcing on TV.

AD ANNOUNCER: Tell Senator Warnock to start voting against reckless spending to stop inflation.

HOLMES: A recent Quinnipiac poll shows while just 33 percent of Georgia voters approve of Biden's job performance a significantly larger share, 49 percent, approve of the job Warnock is doing.

Warnock also outpacing Walker in fund-raising hauling in more than $17 million during the second quarter of 2022, compared to roughly $6 million for his GOP rival.


FISHER: And that was CNN's Kristen Holmes reporting.

Still ahead, record inflation has many Americans dipping into their savings and putting extra charges on their credit cards. But these high prices aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

So, up next we're going to have a look at what you can do now to save and try to weather this inflation storm.



FISHER: Even after a better than expected unemployment report this month and strong retail sales reported in June, the number that hits our wallets the hardest continues to rise, inflation. Now hitting a 41-year high of 9.1 percent, and it could mean another massive rate hike ahead.

So at a time like this where every dollar counts what should you be doing with your money?

Well, Wendy de la Rosa is going to help us try to answer that. She is an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

Wendy, good morning.


FISHER: So what should people be doing with their money to try to weather this sky high inflation that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon?

DE LA ROSA: You know, I don't want to state the obvious here but aside from cutting expenses and investing in high yield I-bonds which are currently generating 9.6 percent, the number one thing people can do is try to increase their earnings power either by asking for a raise or getting back into the labor market.

And while this might seem obvious, two-thirds of employees don't ask for a raise on any begin year. And when you do ask for a raise the likelihood of getting one is roughly 70 percent.

And so even if you're at a place where you've already tried to ask for a raise, maybe you've gotten denied for whatever reason, we're in one of the tightest labor markets we've ever seen where there's two job openings for every one single person looking for a job.

So, now is the time to brush off that resume, go back into the labor market and see what you can get.

FISHER: That's a great point. It sounds so simple, ask for a raise. But, you know, for so many of us, it is pretty uncomfortable to ask for a raise but now would be a good time to do it.

So, what about credit card debt, Wendy? I mean, any tips on what people can do to try to bring that down?

DE LA ROSA: So now is the time to tackle high interest debt like credit card debt and I have three tips for people. If you're like most people, you probably got a credit card many years ago when you were younger, your profile probably didn't look as good as now and so, you were automatically placed into a high interest rate credit card.

As your credit profile improves, your credit card companies don't reduce your interest rate unless you ask.

So now is the time to call that number on the back of your credit card, the 1-800 number and ask for an interest rate decrease given the improvement in your credit profile. That's tip number one.

FISHER: Okay. Let's hear tips two and three.

DE LA ROSA: Well, tip number two would be while you're at it, also ask your credit card company to change your credit card due date. Your due date is typically based on some random date based on when you applied for credit, when you were the most liquidity constrained, they can change that.

Based on your income profile, change the date so it matches your income, the 1st, the 15th, the 30th, whatever works best for you.

And the last tip is once you have that monthly due date that works for you, because credit card interest is compounded on a daily basis and just in the last three months interest rates on credit cards have increased upwards of 60 basis points, you want to pay off your credit card as frequently as possible.

So even if you are paying down $200 a month or $100 a month, break that up into weekly payments so that you can reduce the amount of interest you end up paying on that high interest debt.

FISHER: So, Wendy, you are asking people to ask for a raise, to call their credit card companies, but to do all this, I mean, it takes time, right?

And so you have an idea that I love. You say people need to be taking a financial health day. What do you mean by that?

DE LA ROSA: Well, we have to recognize talking about finances is uncomfortable. We are more likely to talk about our sex lives than we are to talk about our financial situation with our friends. It's a dire situation.

And, also, it's uncomfortable and so we all are working, taking care of our families, our children, et cetera. Getting our financial house in order always seems to fall to the bottom of our to-do list.

And so I tell people love yourself enough to take a financial health day. All of these things take time and we all know what we need to do by and large to get our financial house in order. We just need the time.


So go on your calendar right now, block out next Friday and say, today I'm going to love myself enough to get my financial house in order.

FISHER: No more procrastinating. I could use some of that advice. One more thing before you go, Wendy, the housing market. I mean, it is

-- it is really tough right now. Interest rates roughly doubling over the last year or so.

What's your advice for people who are trying to buy a house right now?

DE LA ROSA: Well, you know, the trends are really mixed here. There is less competition in the market as people are getting priced out and there's more inventory.

However, it is still more expensive to buy the same house today than it was 12 months ago because of the doubling of mortgage rates as you just mentioned.

I will say this is the time for potential home buyers to get aggressive, not just with their potential lenders. If you are not getting at least five different lender quotes, you are leaving money on the table.

This was done by a study showing that you can get the best mortgage rates by asking around and negotiating with at least five different lenders before you signed and you can negotiate not just your interest rate but all other terms on that document whether it's lender fees, et cetera.

And one of the things I think sometimes, because our minds are so beautiful, we look at numbers and we say the difference between a 5.5 percent interest rate and a 5.75 percent interest rate is not that much.

I'll go with lender A. That 25 basis point difference can account for upwards of $20,000 in increased interest on a $400,000 mortgage.

FISHER: Yeah, it may not look like much on paper but it actually translates to some huge savings.

Wendy De La Rosa, thank you so much. You've given great advice. I've even taken notes here.

So, we appreciate all your tips and tricks.

DE LA ROSA: Thank you so much, Kristin. Always a pleasure.

FISHER: You bet.

BORIS SANCHEZ, CNN ANCHOR: So this summer travel season has quickly turned into a nightmare as cancellations and delays are impacting airports across the country.

Up next, we're going to give you a look at which ones are being hit the hardest.

NEW DAY continues in a moment.



FISHER: Checking this morning's top stories.

Officials say, six people are confirmed dead in a 21 vehicle pileup on a Montana highway. At least two of the victims were reportedly children and a warning some of this video may be quite graphic.

Highway patrol blames a massive dust storm for suddenly reducing visibility on the road Friday. Witnesses say the dust storm was fast and fierce making it impossible to see within seconds.

You can see some of the cars were absolutely crushed. The road was closed for several hours but has since been reopened.

SANCHEZ: The U.S. Navy punishing more than 20 sailors in that July 2020 fire that destroyed the "USS Bonhomme Richard." the most serious actions focused on the leadership of the warship and the fire response team.

The ship's former commanding and executive officers both received letters of reprimand and pay forfeitures. The fire forced the Navy ultimately to scrap the billion-dollar ship.

FISHER: And panic on the Las Vegas Strip last night after false reports of an active shooter. According to police someone threw a rock at a glass door at the MGM Grand Hotel and the sound of the breaking glass is what caused people to think that shots were being fired and flee the area.

One person suffered a minor injury trying to run away. The person who broke the glass was taken into custody and charged.

SANCHEZ: This summer is shaping up to be something of an air- mageddon, a lot of vacation plans ruined because of cancellations and delays at airports around the world and, of course, here in the United States.

FISHER: Air-mageddon, is that what we're calling it? I like it.

CNN's Pete Muntean takes a look at the airports where you're most likely to be impacted by air-mageddon.


PETE MUNTEAN, CNN AVIATION CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): With storms threatening already jammed U.S. airports, the summer of travel pain could get even worse this weekend. New data shows airlines have canceled 30,000 flights nationwide since Memorial Day.

A Flight Aware analysis for CNN shows Newark topping the charts, where 8 percent of all flights have been canceled.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Eight percent is pretty high.

MARYANN FITZPATRICK, TRAVELER: Newark is the worst. MUNTEAN: Florida airports take three of the top ten spots for flight

delays. A third of all flights from Orlando have been delayed this summer.

KATHLEEN BANGS, FLIGHT AWARE SPOKESWOMAN: The pain is not spread out evenly. Some airports have much bigger problems than others.

MUNTEAN: This new breakdown comes as passengers are packing planes at levels not seen since before the pandemic. But short staffed airlines say the federal government is also short staffed at air travel control facilities.

SCOTT KIRBY, CEO, UNITED AIRLINES: New York, Newark, and Florida really are air traffic control challenges. There's different issues at some other airlines but those two places are really struggling.

MUNTEAN: The FAA puts blame back on airline staffing issues as well as bad weather and heavy air traffic.

At its round the clock command center in Virginia, the FAA showed us how Florida air space can become clogged with flights like a travel jam on a highway.

JOHN LUCIA, NATIONAL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT OFFICER, FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: If you have a couple thunderstorms right over the center of the state, now you have limitations on where you can go.


Especially in summer time, if you want to get there on time, try to get there before lunch.

MUNTEAN: Airlines argued $50 billion in pandemic aid would make them ready for this rebound.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tells CNN he's seeing improvements but still expects airlines to do better.

PETE BUTTIGIEG, TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY: Look, we are counting on airlines to deliver for passengers and to be able to service the tickets that they sell.


MUNTEAN (on camera): United Airlines says problems at Newark are so bad simply because there are too many flights scheduled here that the airport can handle. United is scaling back its own summer flying schedule here.

The problems go beyond Newark, LaGuardia, Reagan National, Raleigh and Cleveland round out the top five for cancellations since Memorial Day -- Kristin, Boris.

SANCHEZ: Pete Muntean loves a portmanteau.

There's dangerous heat that's impacting more than 30 million Americans. Where we're seeing triple digit temperatures, next.



FISHER: We are following developments in northern Greece where right now officials say that at least eight people killed when a Ukrainian cargo plane crashed. Officials say it was bringing Serbian military equipment to Bangladesh with a planned stop in Jordan.

SANCHEZ: Engine failure is believed to be the likely the cause of the crash and there's an investigation underway right now at the site where the plane went down. So far, though, they have not yet recovered the plane's data recorder.

So, the heat wave sweeping Spain has caused dozens of deaths since beginning a week ago.

FISHER: Yeah. The health ministry says as many as 237 people have died and more deaths are expected as temperatures continue to rise across a large part of the country.

The unusually high temperatures have led to dozens of wildfires across Spain, France, Portugal. Firefighters in those three countries have battled the fires all week and thousands have been forced from the homes. It really has been unrelenting.

So, let's bring in CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar.

I mean, Allison, this has been going on for quite some time. How much longer is this heat wave expected to last?

ALLISON CHINCHAR, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Right. Well, at least in a short term, a couple more days before a one-daybreak and comes back. And that's the concern for a lot of the firefighters that are out there because they are trying to do what they can to contain the already ongoing fires. The heat is not helping.

You have 80 active fires in Spain and Portugal alone, let alone across areas of France and Croatia, where they're also dealing with dozens of wildfires. The heat not helping at all.

Take a look at Madrid. Now, yes, temperatures are back up into the triple digits by Wednesday, back into the 90s, but then they're right back up again into the triple digits by Wednesday.

Paris looking at several days of triple digits temperatures, even London forecast 100 on Monday, 101 on Tuesday.

Keep in mind, 101 is actually their all-time record for the entire country, which is why they had a red warning for the excessive heat over the next couple days, just trying to emphasize how likely this heat wave is for extreme temperatures.

And 80 percent chance of reaching that record temperature and the risk of heat illness also begins to increases when you reached those temperatures.

We have heat in the U.S. and expected to spread from the central U.S. over towards the eastern region in the coming days. So you're going to start to see more triple digits temps in the cities in a few days.

SANCHEZ: Allison Chinchar, thank you so much.


SANCHEZ: To Sweden now where a doggie playdate looked like a weird "Office" holiday party. The entire awkward interaction was caught on video.

FISHER: Yeah. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): What happens when you put a bunch of introverted dogs together?

Take a look.

It's worse than the "Office Christmas Party" before the liquor flows. Standing apart. All of them avoiding eye contact.

One of the owners described it as like a pasture of cows at a dog park in Sweden.

This Swedish couple shot the video that went viral.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We found the group that was for introverted dogs and we thought it was perfect for Keila (ph) because she --

MOOS: Keila she is selective about other canines and has had one best friend, this wiener dog. Instead of introverted -- Sophia and Timmy (ph) prefer calm. The meet-up lasted an hour. The video shows the waning moments when they had enough of each other. Dogs thinking this could have been an email.

The couple found the group of calm dogs.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Some place for different kind of doggies.

MOOS: Doesn't seem introverted with you two.


MOOS: At the meet-up, mooches planted like statues. Two of the introverts passed like ships in the night. Though Keila might be the life of the party with her owners, she preferred catching bugs in her eye than the other introverts.

Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


FISHER: I didn't know that introverted dogs were a thing, Boris.


FISHER: Thank you so much for joining us this morning.


SANCHEZ: And they got to get the alcohol flowing at these dog parties earlier.

FISHER: You got to loosen them up, right?

SANCHEZ: Yeah, yeah.

Hey, before we go, we want to leave you with a note about something on CNN tonight. W. Kamau Bell is exploring a different side of Appalachia, where a significant and largely unknown population of Black Americans who have called it home since the time of conquistadors.


Watch this.


W. KAMAU BELL, CNN HOST: Are these people all from this community?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are all from here. There are still young people here.

BELL: Look around, this shower is packed with young Appalachians to support the young people. They are making it a point to stay and build their lives here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You now, it's easy for some people say, why don't you just leave? It is not always an option.

BELL: It's not free to leave. It's not free to start your life somewhere else.


BELL: I think the other thing about the gathering is people outside of the area of the world wouldn't know there would be a racial mix like this when gathering in Appalachia.


BELL: We have all shades of black and all shades of white folks.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is not just like white folks. They have different backgrounds and experiences.


SANCHEZ: "UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA" airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. Eastern, only on CNN.