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Georgia Says Fetus Can Be Claimed As Dependent On State Taxes; Uber, Airbnb Says Demand Is Soaring Despite Recessions Fears; Pro Football Hall Of Fame Welcomes Eight Legends; Senate Dems Close To Passing Sweeping Climate, Health Care Bill; Democrats' Bill Revives Biden's Stalled Economic Agenda; Albuquerque Police Look For Connections In Murders Of Four Muslim Men; Suspect In Shooting Deaths Of Four People In Ohio Captured In Kansas; Secret Service Providing Personal Cell Phone Numbers Of Agents To Oversight Entities; At Least 29 Dead, Hundreds Injured As Israel, Militants Trade Fire; Four Children Among Seven Killed In Explosion In Jabaliya, Gaza. Aired 6-7a ET

Aired August 07, 2022 - 06:00   ET



AMARA WALKER, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone. And welcome to your NEW DAY. I'm Amara Walker.

PHIL MATTINGLY, CNN ANCHOR: And I'm Phil Mattingly. Senators pulling an all-nighter on Capitol Hill, as Democrats push toward passage of a sweeping economic and climate bill. We'll take you live to Washington for the latest.

WALKER: Plus, Albuquerque on edge. The FBI investigates the killings of four Muslim men and now authorities are trying to figure out whether the same person could be responsible for their deaths.

MATTINGLY: And the Secret Service faces even more scrutiny over January 6th. We'll have new details about how the personal cell phone numbers of some agents are being handed over to investigators.

Good morning. It is Sunday, August 7th. Thanks for waking up with us.

Amara, I got to be honest. The alarm went off this morning, I was a little bit in pain and then I thought, "Hey, at least I'm not a Capitol Hill reporter right now."

WALKER: I was in pain this morning as well and I was excited to come in because I'm glad to be anchoring with a Capitol Hill insider. Or what do you call yourself? A procedural nerd.

MATTINGLY: Procedural nerd.

WALKER: I should have called you last night to get some study points.

MATTINGLY: It's a technical -- it's a technical term. And that's exactly where we're going to start. Up first, Senate Democrats pulling that all-nighter as they move toward final passage of the sweeping climate and health care bill. Right now senators are nearing their seventh straight hour of considering amendments in a so-called vote-a- rama. We didn't make that term up. That's actually what it is called in the Senate. That marathon process began when the Senate voted to advance the bill with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.


KAMALA HARRIS, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: On this vote, the ayes are 50, the nays are 50, the Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative and the motion to proceed is agreed to. The clerk will report the bill.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Calendar number 464 H.R. 5376, an act to provide for reconciliation -- (END VIDEO CLIP)

WALKER: The bill known as the Inflation Reduction Act includes nearly $370 billion to fight climate change. It also allows Medicare to negotiate some drug prices, that's something drug companies have been fighting for quite some time. It also caps Medicare out of pocket costs at $2,000 and extends Affordable Care Act subsidies and it imposes a 15 percent minimum corporate tax on the largest U.S. companies.

MATTINGLY: CNN's chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and he has been following all of the latest developments. Manu, I miss Capitol Hill every day and working with you every day, I do not miss vote-a-ramas. But these are you expertise area. What is going on right now? What happened overnight as Democrats moved toward potentially passing this soonish?

MANU RAJU, CNN CHIEF CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes. No one likes the vote-a-ramas even the senators themselves. In fact, I'm actually a bit surprise. And I just walked in the Senate chamber to see what the feeling was like among the senators there, and they looked surprisingly awake.

There are members that are up, standing around, chitchatting, mingling. It almost looks like happy hour in the Senate right now, not 6:00 in the morning after they have been voting since 11:00 p.m. -- 11:30 p.m. last night. And we expect hours and hours more of amendments.

What makes this process much different than a typical legislative process is typically senators don't really get a chance to have votes on their amendments because of the rules of the Senate. You need all 100 senators to agree to have a vote. This time because of the budget process that they are using to try to pass this bill along straight party lines, any senator who can offer any amendment he or she wants and there is no limit, so senators can continue to go for hours and hours and hours and offer amendments until they are worn out.

At the moment, they do not appear to be worn out. I expect much more in the way of amendments. Now, this is what is happening in the course of the night, Republicans have tried to change the contours of this bill, go after the bill, try to put Democrats in a difficult spot on issues everything from the number of IRS agents who would be hired under this bill, going after them on issues like energy and immigration, so far Republicans have failed in their efforts to change the bill.

And at the moment, Democrats are keeping their caucus united in line to get this bill approved sometime later today. Speaking on the Senate floor, yesterday, the Republican and Democratic leaders offered their arguments in the picks they plan to make to voters if this bill passes.


SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY), MAJORITY LEADER: This is one of the most comprehensive and impactful bills Congress has seen in decades.


For families struggling to pay the bills, for seniors struggling to pay for medication, for kids struggling with asthma, this bill is for them.

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), MINORITY LEADER: Because of Democrats' historic failure on the economy, the American people have lost their patience. Ninety percent say they are feeling anxious about inflation. But amazingly, Senate Democrats are misreading American people's outrage as a mandate for yet another -- yet another reckless taxing and spending spree.


RAJU: Now, one of the areas in which Republicans could potentially succeed in changing this bill is the provisions to cap the cost of insulin at $35.00. That is a big proposal that is part of this overall effort. Because of the rules, the Republicans can potentially succeed in that. They have yet to challenge that yet. It is unclear when that will happen.

But if Democrats continue to stick together, they will be able to maintain the large outlines of this bill, really keeping this whole bill essentially intact, everything from energy to climate change, dealing with health care, Medicare, these issues still part of the bill as Democrats plan to get this through the Senate in a matter of hours.

WALKER: Hey, Manu, so this marathon session, we're not sure about the timing, right, about when it will end, but at some point the full Senate will be voting on final passage of this bill, and it will get to the House at some point. So we need to go through all of this before it even becomes law or until Biden can sign it into law. Give us a sense, though, of the timing and at what point you expect for it to get to the House.

RAJU: Yes. The House is expected to come back this coming Friday to give final approval of this bill, and they have very narrow margins to get this approved. Only a handful of Democratic defections, they'll be able to afford, the Democratic leadership will, because all Republicans are expected to vote against this.

There are some Democrats in the House who are concerned that it does not deal with the issue of state and local tax deductions. They wanted to increase the amount that people could deduct on state and local tax, particularly in those high tax jurisdictions in the northeast and in the west coast. They have those Democrats still have not drawn a hard line over that specific issue so the expectation is that this bill after more than a year of intense Democratic wrangling could get to the president's desk by the end of next week.

WALKER: Manu, your energy is heroic. Thank you for your heart.

RAJU: It's the coffee.

WALKER: It's the coffee, I'm sure. But the fact you're articulating so clearly is just incredible. Good to see you, Manu. Thank you for that.

All right, so the passage of the Democrats' bill would be a major reversal of fortune for President Biden, right? It revives his stalled agenda and includes the largest investment to fight climate change in U.S. history.

MATTINGLY: Let's bring in CNN White House reporter Kevin Liptak. Kevin, look, you covered every iteration of this proposal from its very, very significant and large initial stages to where we are now. How momentous would passing this be for President Biden?

KEVIN LIPTAK, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: Well, Phil, and you know too, so much of what has included in this bill had been basically left for dead at various points over the past year amid this internal feuding among Democrats. And so this agreement is a hard won agreement and it really is for the president something of a vindication of his approach towards this.

He left room for these negotiations to proceed. He didn't necessarily give in to these calls from Democrats for a little more urgency. And he didn't shy away from compromise. And this bill does include some compromises.

It is less than half the size of the package he originally wanted. It doesn't include some of the social safety net programs that he wanted, even the name is gone, it is not Build Back Better anymore, it has been rebranded into the Inflation Reduction Act. But even this reduced version of the bill is still so significant and Democrats really do hope that it can provide the impression that they're regaining some momentum, heading into the midterms.

When you look at what is included in there, the largest investment for climate, that's something that could galvanize a certain set of Democratic voters, reducing prescription drugs, that's something that, you know, everyone in the country would like to see, particularly older voters. When it comes to sort of the goal of this plan, reducing inflation, I think that could be something of a little bit harder sell. You're not necessarily going to see the effects of that right away, but certainly that will be President Biden's challenge over the coming months is to sell what's included in here and really show that Democrats can lead the country as we head into the midterm elections.

But, of course, President Biden is the first one to admit that he's not always the best salesman on this. And so that is something to keep a very close eye on in the coming months.

WALKER: And, Kevin, I mean, during this momentous time for President Biden's agenda, he's been in isolation due to COVID, right, the last couple of weeks.


I guess it couldn't have come at a worse time. What is the latest on his COVID status?

LIPTAK: Well, it depends how you look at it, it has been a consequential COVID isolation for the president. So I'm not sure he didn't do what he needed to do while he was sort of cooped up here at the White House, but we did learn yesterday morning that the president has at long last tested negative.

Of course, he had that first bout of COVID in July. He first tested positive July 21st. He got better, but then he tested positive again, that rebound infection from the antiviral Paxlovid. But now the president is awaiting results of a second test.

He is scheduled to leave the White House later this morning to go to Rehoboth. He's also planning on Monday to visit storm damage in Kentucky. But, guys, he's been stuck at the White House for 18 days. That's a long time for a president, that really kind of relishes the company of others.

MATTINGLY: Yes, I was talking to a Democratic senator earlier this week that says if this is what quarantine looks like for this president, let's keep him quarantined always. It has been a big few days.


MATTINGLY: Kevin Liptak at the White House, thank you so much, buddy.


MATTINGLY: All right. Joining me now is CNN political commentator Errol Louis, columnist for "New York Magazine" and political anchor for "Spectrum News." Errol, I want to start by taking you back, and I'm not sure if you'll remember this, it's a very long time ago, Tuesday, you were hosting -- co-hosting a Democratic debate for the New York 12th district where one of the questions that really kind of caused a lot of ripples, particularly here in Washington, was you asking the three candidates whether or not they would support President Biden in 2024. The answers, I think, were a little bit jarring to a lot of people and certainly contributed to a very clear narrative the Democrats are starting to move away or very concerned or unsettled about the president's prospects in 2024.

And yet over the course of the last four or five days, you saw the leader of Al Qaeda taken out. You saw gangbuster jobs numbers. You saw major industrial policy legislation pass, the president's cornerstone domestic legislation on the verge of passing. Do you think this week changes that dynamic we saw on Tuesday?

ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Yes. Absolutely, Phil. Rumors of the president's political demise have been greatly exaggerated. He's got a lot of fight in him. He's got a lot of achievements that he can run on.

I mean, the real question is whether the Democrats want to take that record and this extraordinary run of good news that you just listed, and take it into the field, and take it to the voters. You know, there is a real sense of doom and pessimism and it was in fact reflected in our debate.

I was asking what we call a lightning round question. I was asking, "Hey, do you think the president should run for re-election?" I know there have been questioned that have been raised around their age. I thought there would be a routine response from all three of them saying, "Oh, sure, sure, why not." And one of them, Carolyn Maloney, who's the chair of the House Oversight Committee, very powerful committee, very senior Democrat, said she doesn't think he's going to run for re-election.

Now, to some extent, Phil, the president, as you know, sort of set himself up for this by saying in the past that, well, if his health is OK, he'll run for re-election. And you can't leave that kind of a crack in the door or else a lot of ambitious Democrats are going to start getting ideas, which is where we are now.

But make no mistake about it, with inflation coming down, at least in the energy sector, with more reductions to come, if they get this bill passed that will reduce the price of prescription drugs, with this 3.5 percent unemployment, I mean, it is virtually full employment at this point. There are a lot of good things that Democrats can run on. The question is whether or not they're going to pull it together and get out there and actually sell it. They have got a little more than 60 days and they really got to hit the -- hit the ground running.

MATTINGLY: It is one of the great questions, right? If you ask what is different now between December or October, kind of the most circular firing squad moments when it comes to the particular legislation that is on the Senate floor right now, it is that people are falling into line. And I think there is kind of everybody's coalescing around the idea, even if it is not everything they want or maybe a little bit further than they want to go, why is that happening now as opposed to five months ago?

LOUIS: Well, I mean, look, it is happening slowly and I'm not sure it is really happening right now to be honest with you, Phil. I mean, think about all the Democratic surrogates who can and should be out there on the road, at rallies, trying to sell this president, this party and this package.

Where is Bill Clinton? Where is Hillary Clinton? Where is Barack Obama? You know, he's doing film festivals in Martha's Vineyard when he probably ought to be doing rallies, you know, in Arizona and in Wisconsin.

The political operation has really got to get cranked up and I think that's what's really been missing. I think there is also a lot of pessimism, as you know, on Capitol Hill, Phil, because they're trying to buck history. The president's party normally loses a lot of seats, on average 26 seats, in a midterm election. And so, you know, that would mean losing control of the House if even half that number of seats were to flip on the House side.


So I think there is a real sense of pessimism and that has led in turn to a party that can't seem to find its own way, even as all of this good news is coming out of the White House.

MATTINGLY: Yes. It is just -- it's such an interesting dynamic and there is another really, I think, big component here that is different from December or October. And this was also touched on in your debate, which by the way it was a great debate. It was fascinating to watch the different dynamics including Suraj Patel's facial expressions when Carolyn Maloney answered the question about President Biden.

But it was also his view or his kind of approach in framing on the issue of abortion which, I think, was generational in the way that he framed it, but it also is such a key component right now of what Democrats are trying to kind of feel their way through in the lead up to the midterm elections. We saw a huge, huge development in Kansas.

Do you believe that that can be extrapolated out nationally? What are you hearing from Democrats right now about the meaning of what happened in Kansas?

LOUIS: The Democrats I've been talking to are all very much encouraged by it because, for once, it looks like this issue might mobilize Democrats more so than Republicans. You know, all along what the polls have shown and what the outcomes have shown, frankly is that, yes, voters -- certain voters do get excited about the abortion issue, it is just it has been more on the conservative side. Those who wanted to ban abortion were more politically motivated, while Democrats tended to sort of take it for granted and sort of put it in the back burner. And now Kansas shows that that's not necessarily an option.

Before we get too excited about it, though, Phil, you have got to recognize that in Kansas, the key to that victory were the independents, people not registered or particularly holding allegiance to one party or the other. They were the ones who really made the difference.

I don't know if that's going to necessarily play out in the same way from coast to coast. And that's what Democrats have really got to look hard at, whether or not they're going to get a lift from independents and you have to go state by state and figure out if they're a viable and meaningful margin of victory. And until they figure that out, and then figure out how to message to them and then talk to them and then have some good luck all in 60 -- in the next 60 to 90 days, I don't know if it is going to necessarily work that well for them. MATTINGLY: Yes. But other than those 10 things, everything seems to be going great. Errol Louis, as always, a pleasure. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise.

LOUIS: Thanks, Phil.

WALKER: Albuquerque police and the FBI are looking into the murders of four Muslim men for possible connections. Twenty-seven-year-old Muhammed Afzaal Hussain is one of three Muslim men murdered in the past week. Now, he and another man were both members of the same mosque, both from Pakistan, and they were found dead in the same part of town.

Now investigators are looking to see if there are connections between the latest attacks and a fourth murder from November of last year. Police have not said whether they believe one person or multiple suspects carried out the attacks.

MATTINGLY: And overnight, police in Ohio say Stephen Marlow, the suspect wanted in connection with several murders, has been captured. Butler Township Police Chief John Porter says Marlow was taken into custody by officials in Kansas. Authorities didn't provide any additional details regarding his arrest.

Marlow is suspected of shooting and killing four people at multiple sites outside of Dayton, Ohio, on Friday. Officials say a motive is still unclear.

And in an unusual move, the personal cell phone numbers of Secret Service agents have been provided to investigators looking into the January 6th Capitol attack. The agency wouldn't confirm which entities they gave the numbers to, but a spokesman stress third cooperation in multiple ongoing probes. The Secret Service is under new scrutiny after CNN reported the agency had erased text messages from January 5th and January 6th, which the agency said happened during a phone data migration.

WALKER: All right. Still ahead, hostilities between the Israeli military and Islamic jihad are escalating and now the U.N. and others calling for an immediate end to the bloodshed. We're going to go live to Israel in just a few minutes.



MATTINGLY: Officials now say at least one firefighter is dead and 17 others are missing as a massive fire engulfs an oil storage facility in Cuba. This all started Friday after lightning struck an oil storage tank. You can see it right there.

The Cuban Health Ministry says at least 121 people were injured. More than 1,300 have been evacuated from the area. Officials say no fuel has spilled into the ocean. Cuban authorities saying Mexico and Venezuela are sending assistance to help them battle the blaze. WALKER: Those are incredible pictures. Well, since fighting began Friday afternoon, the Palestinian Ministry of Health says at least 29 people have been killed and more than 250 injured in Gaza, following clashes between the Israeli army and Islamic jihad militants. And Israel now says two senior Islamic jihad commanders have been killed.

MATTINGLY: Let's bring in CNN correspondent Hadas Gold. Hadas, give us a sense of what you're seeing on the ground. There has been kind of continuous escalation over the course of the last several days.

HADAS GOLD, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Phil, as we speak right now I've been getting notifications about sirens going off in the areas near the Gaza Strip. And in the last 30 minutes or so we heard ourselves rockets and likely interceptions, at least five of them, just south of us in the town of Ashkelon shortly after we heard fighter jets. And then we got information from the Israeli Defense Forces saying that they were striking Islamic jihad rocket launch posts in the Gaza Strip.

Now, as you noted, the IDF said that since this military operation began on Friday, they have killed what they're essentially calling the top security brass of the Islamic jihad, also adding that they have targeted 140 sites in Gaza. These include things like tunnel and rocket launching sites.


Now, the Israeli Defense Forces also say that more than 650 rockets have been launched from Gaza towards Israeli communities. Most of these have been short-range rockets, but some of them have reached as far as the Tel Aviv area, as well as the Jerusalem area. The IDF says at least 20 percent of them has fallen short in Gaza.

Now, we're hearing some booms right now. These might be rocket interceptions right overhead. We've heard at least three or four just now. I will say that the Palestinian Ministry of Health, as you've noted, have said at least 29 people have killed -- been killed as a result of this violence, more than 250 injured.

We are continuing to hear these booms overhead of interceptions. And I should note we might be hearing a siren here in Ashdod soon. That would indicate that rockets are incoming.

Now, the Palestinian Ministry of Health also says that at least five children have been killed as a result of this violence. One of those children was killed for sure in Israeli air strike. They say that killed one of those top commanders. Four of those children were killed in another explosion that Palestinians initially said was an Israeli air strike. But the Israelis are saying that it was a rocket launch gone bad.

Now, the most important line here is Hamas, because right now Hamas, the militant group that runs Gaza, has not gotten involved. If they do get involved, that will completely change the situation and really escalate the whole scenario here. Phil.

WALKER: Watching it closely. I'll take it. Hadas Gold, thank you very much.

MATTINGLY: Coming up next, we're going to take a closer look at the debate in Indiana, state lawmakers vote to ban nearly all abortions.



PHIL MATTINGLY, CNN SENIOR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Indiana's governor signed a new state law on Friday banning most abortions, making it the first state to pass a new restriction against the procedure since the Supreme Court overturn Roe vs. Wade.

WALKER: State lawmakers had an emotional and at times contentious debate before ultimately voting to pass the measure. CNN's Carlos Suarez has the latest on the new law.


CARLOS SUAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voiceover): Over the chants of protesters, lawmakers in Indiana passed a bill late Friday night that would ban most abortions. The first state to pass such a restrictive law since Roe vs. Wade was overturned this summer. The move drew outrage from Democrats and some Republicans who felt the measure went too far and others who felt it did not.

GREG TAYLOR, INDIANA DEMOCRATIC STATE SENATOR: If you're pro-choice, you can't be happy. I don't know who left here happy. All I know is people need to go out and vote in November.

ELIZABETH ROWRAY, INDIANA REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE: I held my pro-choice views until the false -- first ultrasound that I had at my very planned first thought. And in that instance, when I saw heartbeat, I couldn't believe if I ever felt like it would be OK to kill that child. I switched them that instance.

SUAREZ: The bill was signed into law by the governor minutes after the vote. The law which goes into effect on September 15 provides exceptions for when the life of the mother is at risk and for fatal fetal anomalies up to 20 weeks post-fertilization. It also allows exceptions for some abortions if the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. The vote came days after voters in Kansas overwhelmingly rejected an effort to remove abortion protections from their state constitution.

On Saturday, the White House blasted the vote in Indiana, "Yesterday's vote which Institute's a near total ban in Indiana should be a signal to Americans across the country to make their voices heard. Congress should also act immediately to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe - the only way to secure a woman's right to choose nationally."

Caitlin Bernard, the Indiana OBGYN who provided abortion services for a 10-year-old Ohio rape victim who crossed state lines in June says she worries that even with exceptions, doctors fear they could be prosecuted for providing an emergency procedure to pregnant women. DR. CAITLIN BERNARD, OBSTETRICIAN/GYNECOLOGIST: You know how to save their lives. And yet you're wondering, well, who's going to -- who do I have to check with? Who's going to second guess me? Do I call my lawyer? Do I call the county prosecutor? You know, is this going to go to the state attorney general which we know can be incredibly dangerous for physicians as I've experienced.


SUAREZ (on camera): And Indiana's a business community is already weighing in on this new law. Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly which employs about 10,500 workers in the state says they're going to start looking for talent elsewhere. This as a company announces that it is going to expand its health care coverage for its employees that might seek health care reproductive services out of state. Amara and Phil?

WALKER: All right, Carlos, thank you for your report.

Now, in Georgia, residents can now claim an unborn child as a dependent on their state tax returns -- state tax returns, not federal. Georgia's Department of Revenue says people can claim a fetus with a detectable heartbeat at six weeks of pregnancy as a dependent and get a $3,000 exemption for each fetus the woman is carrying.

Now, this comes after a federal appeals court allowed a six-week abortion ban that was passed in 2019 to go into effect in Georgia in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade ruling. Here now to discuss with us the legal implications is Emory University Law Professor Fred Smith.

I really appreciate you joining us this morning. Look, I'd imagine if a 6-week-old fetus is considered a person by law, then that would open up a whole can of worms about what other rights this fetus could have beyond tax exemptions. First off, I just want to get your reaction to this new state policy.

FRED SMITH, LAW PROFESSOR, EMORY UNIVERSITY: Sure, well, the Georgia law itself expressly states that when it comes to taxes and who one can claim as a dependent, that begins at the moment that an embryo or fetus reaches roughly the six-week mark, so when there's fetal cardiac activity detected. And so, the Georgia Department of Revenue's move then is not surprising in the sense that the law expressly states that they were charged with doing that.

But as you point out, the law also says that when it comes to the tax code more generally, that that's when personhood begins. And as you know, that does raise all kinds of questions. And so, of course, the example that many people think about because of the Texas case where this took place, there's the question about the HOV lane, right?

But I think when people raise that one, what they're ultimately doing is asking kind of where does this end? And those are, we just don't know that yet.

[06:35:55] WALKER: And that Texas case you're referring to just for our viewers who are not aware, it was a woman in Texas. I think she was 34 weeks pregnant. She was driving in the HOV lane, pulled over, told the police officer, hey, there was a second person in this car. You know, he or she is in my belly, but she still have got a ticket. So, again, you know, I feel like we're venturing into territory that, you know, obviously hasn't been tested before.

So, what happens back to the Georgia law if a woman after six weeks gets a miscarriage? Was this even addressed by the state's tax agency? And then of course, what are -- the thoughts ahead was, well, could a woman be charged with fraud then or be investigated for allegedly having an abortion when she didn't?

SMITH: So, under the plain terms of the guidance so far, even if in the unfortunate circumstance that a pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage, the $3,000 deductible would still apply. So, that is to say, there's no exception for that circumstance so long as the pregnancy reaches that point. And if one were -- in the even more unfortunate circumstance of having multiple miscarriages in a year, there will be a deduction for each of those embryos that reached that point in the pregnancy.

So, there's a difference between abortion laws or an anti-abortion law versus a personhood law, right? And do you expect -- because I think there are three states in total now that have personhood laws in their books, whether or not they're enforced is a different story. But you have one in Georgia. I think, Alabama and Arizona, correct me if I'm wrong, are the other two states that have it. But how do you see this playing out when it comes to personhood laws following in potentially other states?

SMITH: Sure. So, because Georgia is one of the first states to have one of these laws, I think people are going to be looking to how it plays out there before they adopt it. The Arizona personhood amendment was declared unconstitutional by federal district court and so that particular provision is on bold. Whereas the Georgia personhood amendment, at least so far, the Federal challenges have failed.

It is important to note, however, that there is a state challenge to this law, not just to this provision, but to the abortion provision as well. And so, it kind of remains to be seen whether or not this law is even in effect next year in 2023 when this tax provision would go into effect.

WALKER: Yes, that's a good point. And it's obviously a preview of seems like a cascading of legal battles to come in various states. Fred Smith, I appreciate you. Thanks so much.

SMITH: Thank you, Amara.

MATTINGLY: And a programming note, don't forget to watch the next episode of "UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA" tonight. W. Kamau Bell highlights the ongoing fight for Asian American representation in the media. Here's a preview.


W. KAMAU BELL, CNN HOST: There has been stories that some people have been mad at Asian people about COVID. Have you heard of it in your school?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, Asian hate? Like when COVID started just started, like a convulsion that like you should like harm Asian people because they think they started it even though they actually didn't.

BELL: How does it make you all feel when you hear these stories?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: American people don't understand how I feel because they've never been through it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I heard about something like those -- like, an old person that was Asian like -- some people were like, hitting her. Like, it makes me feel like I'm also going to be attacked because of it.

BELL: Oh, no, I'm sorry.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It's like, like, if that happens, we're going to be -- we're going to feel fear.

BELL: Of course. So, what can we do? How can we change this? Because that's -- I don't want Asian people to be scared to walk around.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We can stand now for ourselves.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But sometimes standing up for yourself sometimes makes the situation worse.

BELL: Does it help? What if I stand up with you all? Does that help?


BELL: What if me and my friend stand up with you all?


MATTINGLY: It's such a critical issue in this moment as W. Kamau Bell's issues always are. You can watch that tonight at 10:00 p.m. We'll be right back.



WALKER: This just in. Police say at least nine people were injured in a mass shooting overnight in Cincinnati. Investigators say the suspect fired multiple shots into a large crowd in a downtown neighborhood just before two in the morning. An officer shot at the suspect but it's unclear if that individual was hit. The suspect is not in custody. And according to police, the victims were transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.


MATTINGLY: And we just got another indication that the U.S. is starting to recover from the pandemic. The most recent quarterly earnings reports from Airbnb and Uber Share the demand for their services, it's soaring.

WALKER: CNN Business Reporter Nathaniel Meyersohn is here now to explain why. And we know that Uber took a huge hit during the pandemic. So, what's behind this bounce back?

NATHANIEL MEYERSOHN, CNN BUSINESS REPORTER (on camera): Right, Amara. So, it's been a major reversal for Uber. The company said last quarter that 122 million people were using the app. That's up 21 percent from the prior year. So, if you think back to early in the pandemic, Uber's business came to a standstill. People stopped using the app to travel around to go to the airport to go to work. Here we are today, people are using the app again to go to work, to go to the airport, to move around cities. So, that's great news for Uber.

At the same time, its food delivery business has been really strong. People, you know, they love ordering in for delivery from Uber. They're also using the app to order groceries for delivery. So, Ubers business is really clicking on both sides.

We also saw some numbers from Airbnb. The company said that rental bookings were up 24 percent from 2019 pre-pandemic. So, people are, again, they're shifting their spending to discretionary -- to discretionary areas like travel, leisure, entertainment, really trying to get the experiences that they didn't get early in the pandemic when they were at home.

The story is different for lower-income and middle-income consumers right now. It's really a tale of, of two consumers. We see these consumers pulling back their spending. They're not buying as many new TVs or furniture or clothing. They're really focused on paying for the essentials like gas, groceries, and rising rents.

WALKER: Make sense because everything is just so expensive right now to run a household. Nathaniel Meyersohn, thank you so much.

MATTINGLY: What was the moment that brought the NFL is greatest players to tears, also me as I watched it with my 7-year-old son? A Super Bowl champion pays tribute to his son as he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.



WALKER: Eight legends were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend earning a golden ticket to NFL immortality.

MATTINGLY: Coy Wire joins us now. And Coy, you played nine seasons in the NFL. You know more than most about the blood, sweat, and tears it takes just to make it onto the field let alone make it to Canton. COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT (on camera): Yes, it's incredible.

Good morning Amara and Phil. About 23,000 players have played in the NFL in the last century, only 362 have earned that gold jacket. Almost every player in the NFL that will tell you without hesitation that what that which drives them in life is their family and those loved ones who helped them make their dreams reality.

Well, that's why they work hard, they study and focus so hard. And for 49ers great Bryant Young, one of those wise is his son Colby. Bryant and his -- Kristin, his wife, they lost their son to cancer in 2016 when he was just 15 years old.


BRYANT YOUNG, 49ERS LEGEND: Colby sees where things were heading and had questions. He didn't fear death as much as the process of dying. Would it be painful? Would he be remembered? We assured Colby we keep his memory alive and continue speaking his name. On October 11, 2016, God called Colby home. Colby, you live on enough hearts. We always speak your name.


WIRE: Powerful bond that will live on. Another powerful bond that between the Mercury of Phoenix and their teammate, Britney Griner, the team having to play another game just two days after learning and Grinder was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison. The game had huge implications for their season facing the liberty for the eighth and final playoff spot.

New York Sabrina Ionescu becomes the first WNBA player ever with 500 points and 200 rebounds and assists in a season. But shine bright like a diamond. It's Diamond Deshields, even without Griner and there all- stars Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith. Deshields playing her best game of the season, a season-high 25 points and a 76-62 win. The mercury in control of their playoff destiny with just three games to go.

And tee time at Lambeau Field thanks to an adorable little Packers fan.





WIRE: Little Aria pouring spots of pretend tea to players at camp. Mom actually says that the players made her day by stopping for a sip. And Amara, Phil, we can relate to this, right? We have daughters. And anytime your daughter asked you for a sip of that pretend tea, it doesn't matter if you're on an important phone call, if the eggs are burning on the stove, you are stopping to have the sip.

WALKER: I got to see photos of you men doing that with your daughters.

WIRE: You got it.

MATTINGLY: Oh, it happens every morning. And like the one morning where you're like I'm a little busy or on the phone and you say no or you say like hang on one minute, you get the look.

WIRE: The look.

MATTINGLY: The look you didn't think a two or 3-year-old had in them, but basically says I'm going to kill you if you don't drink this tea. Coy, I tell you what. The Packers do a better and preseason than anybody else with the writing of the bikes, the fans, they're so involved. It's awesome to watch.


WIRE: You're so right. That walk, I had the opportunity to go there as a crossover practice during training camp. So, I got to ride the bikes of the fans who were there. It's pretty special stuff. Happy Sunday fun to you all. Pinkies up for all those tea sippers at home.

WALKER: Good to see you, Coy.

MATTINGLY: Coy, thanks so much.

Well, Senators worked throughout the night. And guess what, they're still working as Democrats push a sweeping health care and climate bill toward the finish line.