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you see what it is, they have cars. they have cars parking. it's the weirdest thing. >> he knew it. he knew it and did nothing. it's close to criminal. >> duelling leadership on stage in swing states. president trump leans on his brand. joe biden leans on science as coronavirus cases start a dangerous climb. she was a vice president's top aide on the pandemic task force. now she's endorsing joe biden. her why in her own words. and an intentional effort to disrupt the election. strong words from a federal judge who orders the postal
service to reverse recent changes. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world, this is "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm laura jarrett. it's friday, september 18th. happy friday, everyone. it's 5 a.m. in new york. 46 days until the november election but we start this morning with the labor day dangers of the pandemic. all the experts warned us about now in plain sight. a whopping 30 states adding new cases compared to this time last week. it was just nine states on monday. almost 198,000 americans have now lost their lives. that was the backdrop as joe biden fielded questions from socially distant voters at a cnn drive-in town hall last night relying on science and facts. biden shared some emotional moments with voters when talking about his son beau and empathizing with those who have been hit hardest by this pandemic. he says america is not safe under president trump's leadership and touted his own ability to unify the country.
arlitt saenz has more from pennsylvania. >> reporter: here in pennsylvania joe biden participated in his first cnn town hall since becoming the democratic presidential nominee and he took aim at president trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic calling his actions close to criminal and calling the administration thoroughly irresponsible. now biden also took issue with recent comments from attorney general bill barr who compared the coronavirus lockdowns to slavery. biden said that it was the president's inactions that has jeopardized the freedom of americans. take a listen. >> you lost your freedom because he didn't act. the freedom to go to that ball game, the freedom of your kid to go to school. the freedom to see your mom or dad in the hospital. the freedom just to walk around your neighborhood because of failure to act responsibly. >> reporter: biden also talks about the need for an effective vaccine saying he's going to trust the scientist's decision
and not president trump's word alone. biden also made an appeal to working class voters framing this as a campaign between scranton and park avenue suggesting president trump has prioritized the stock market over working class americans. this was the first of a kind drive-in style town hall. featured some of the most extensive in person live questions joe biden has recently received offering a bit of a preview of what a debate might look like. biden and trump are set to face off in less than two weeks. biden saying he is looking forward to debating the president and offering a different vision for where he would take the country. laura and christine. >> arlitt, thank you so much for that. before labor day warnings were everywhere. take precautions, avoid holiday crowds, stay safe or risk spreading the virus. how did we do? since then the case curve has spiked upward. still, president trump holding another rally with no social distancing, no masks in site. he was in wisconsin where new
cases have almost doubled in two weeks. the president mocked the social distancing at biden's town hall. for trump, it's all about branding. >> by the way, officially this is called a protest, you know that? we no longer call it rallies. we don't use the term rally, okay? rachel knows. we don't call them rallies anymore because, you know, you're not allowed to have a political rally with more than 10 people. you're not allowed to go to church. you're not allowed to talk to anybody. you have to stay in a prison. your home has become your prison. >> these new coronavirus fallout across the country. new york city has delayed monday's start for in school learning. providence college in rhode island switched to online learning. the pandemic is taking a sweeping toll on education with low income students paying the
real price. an analysis of federal data shows 100,000 fewer high school seniors completed financial aid. a fan who attended the kansas city chiefs game tested positive. now people that sat near this fan must quarantine. political interference may be scaring people away. get this, a new poll shows only 51% of americans say they would get a covid vaccination. that's a 21 point drop since may. the surgeon general says the virus can be tamed now. >> look at new york city, they've gone from worst in the world to a less than 1% positivity rate for several weeks ongoing and so it proves we don't need to wait until we get a vaccine or some miracle drug to get this virus under control. we can do it right now.
>> contrary to that message, two people had beaches, concert halls and arcades can open at 50% capacity. parts of texas where hospitalizations are down, most businesses can now increase their capacity to 75%. former top aide to vice president mike pence is accusing president trump of gravely mismanaging the country's response to the pandemic joining the growing list of trump officials who are endorsing joe biden. olivia troy was a homeland security advisor and pence's lead staffer on the task force until she left last month. she says the president failed to protect the american public because he only cares about himself and getting re-elected. >> it was shocking to see the president saying that the virus was a hoax, saying that everything's okay when we know that it's not.
the truth is he doesn't actually care about anyone else but himself. the president said maybe this covid thing is a good thing. i don't like shaking people. i don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people. those disgusting people are the same people that he claims to care about. these are the people that go to his rallies today who have complete faith in who he is. >> her criticism particularly striking because of her role on the coronavirus task force, which was headed -- is headed by pence. he is dismissing her criticism of the president. he's calling her a disgruntled former employee. a federal judge blocking and reversing a wide range of changes at the u.s. postal service that could have delayed the mail ahead of the u.s. election. he accuses dejoy of problems.
he said they have to treat all election mail as first class and reinstall any equipment that was uninstalled if necessary to achieve that. the postal service is exploring the legal option. fbi christopher ray says russia is at it again. actively involved in the disinformation campaign. the director is at odds with the president and top advisers, including the attorney general and the acting homeland security chief but ray is standing by the intelligence. >> reporter: we certainly have seen very active, very active efforts in 2020 by the maligned foreign influence of things. social media, use of proxies, state media, online journals primarily to denigrate vice president biden and what the
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31 minutes past the hour. the labor day dangers now in plain sight. a whopping 30 states adding new cases compared to this time last week. just 9 states on monday. almost 198,000 americans have lost their lives. that was the backdrop as joe biden fielded questions from socially distanced voters at a cnn drive-in town hall event relying on science and facts. biden shared emotional moments with voters when talking about his son beau and empathizing on those hit hardest by the pandemic. he says america is not safe under president trump's leadership and tauted his own ability to unify the country. arlitt saenz has more. >> reporter: laura and christine, here in pennsylvania joe biden participated in his first cnn town hall since becoming the democratic presidential nominee and he took aim at president trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic calling his actions close to criminal and calling
the administration thoroughly irresponsible. now biden also took issue with the recent comments from attorney general bill barr who compared the coronavirus lockdown to slavery. biden said that it was the president's inactions that has jeopardized the freedom of americans. take a listen. >> you lost your freedom because he didn't act. the freedom to go to that ball game. the freedom of your kid to go to school. the freedom to see your mom or dad in the hospital. freedom just to walk around your neighborhood because of failure to act responsibly. >> reporter: biden also talked about the need for an effective vaccine saying he's going to trust the scientists and not president trump alone. biden made an appeal to working class voters framing this as a campaign between scranton and park avenue suggesting president trump has prioritized the stock market over working class americans. this was the first of its kind drive-in style town hall and featured some of the most
extensive in person live questions joe biden has recently received offering a bit of a preview of what a debate might look like. biden and trump are set to face off in less than two weeks. biden saying he is looking forward to debating the president and offering a different vision for where he would take the country. >> thank you for that. before labor day the warnings were everywhere. wear a mask, social distance. avoid large crowds. for goodness sakes, wash your hands. how did we do? since then it's only spiked upwards. the president holding another rally, in contrast to joe biden, with no social distancing and few masks in sight. this time he was in wisconsin where new cases have almost doubled in two weeks. the president mocked the social distancing at biden's town hall. for trump it appears it's all about branding. >> by the way, officially this is called a protest, you know that? we no longer call it rallies.
we don't use the term rally, okay? rachel knows. we don't call them rallies anymore because, you know, you're not allowed to have a political rally of more than 10 people. you're not allowed to go to church. you're not allowed to meet. you're not allowed to talk to anybody. you have to stay in a prison. your home has become your prison. >> there is new coronavirus fallout across the country. new york city has delayed the plans to start in person public school for most students. they find up to 51% of all people are at increased risk of infection. the pandemic is taking a sweeping toll. low income students paying the price. 100 thoirks fewer high school seniors completed financial aid applications. everyone wants to know when a vaccine might be ready, but worries about vaccine safety and political interference in the approval process may be scaring some people away.
a new poll shows 51% of people would get a covid vaccination. that's a 21% drop since may. many say the virus could be tamed right now. >> the tools to stop this virus are already in our communities. look at new york city. they have gone from worst in the world to a less than 1% positivity rate for several weeks on going. it proves we don't need to wait. we can do it right now. >> contrary to that message, two states where many people chose to ignore the warnings and head to beaches over labor day are actually expanding their reopening. in miami-dade county, florida, bowling alleys, movie theaters, arcades can open at 50% capacity. parts of texas where hospitalizations are down, most businesses increase their capacity to 75%. a former top aide to vice
president pence is joining a growing list of former administration officials to endorse joe biden. olivia troy, a former homeland security adviser, pence lead staffer on the white house coronavirus task force up until last month, says the president only cared about winning re-election. >> it was shocking to see the president saying the virus was a hoax, saying that everything's okay when we know that it's not. the truth is, he doesn't actually care about anyone else but himself. the president said maybe this covid thing is a good thing. i don't like shaking hands with people. i don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people. those disgusting people are the same people that he claims to care about. these are the people that go to his rallies today who have complete faith in who he is. >> now pence is dismissing troy's criticism of the president calling her a disgruntled former employee.
a federal judge temporarily blocking and in some case reversing a wide range of u.s. postal policy changes ahead of the election. louis
dejoy is accused of voter disenfranchisement and suppression. the judge ordered all of the changes reversed. >> the judge ordered them to reinstall any equipment that was uninstalled if necessary to make election mail first class. the postal service said it was exploring legal options after this decision. the washington post obtained documents appearing to suggest the white house pressured the postal service in the early days of the pandemic. at one point in april usps leaders gave five face coverings to every household before louis dejoy was postmaster general. critical swing state of
pennsylvania, the state's supreme court extending the deadline of absentee ballots to three days after the election. the court giving election officials the go ahead to add more ballot drop boxes.
the ruling moves pennsylvania into the group of states you see in green there on your screen that accept ballots after the ones -- after election day. the group makes about 60% of electoral votes. it's a big reason we may not know the result on election night. the court removing the green party's candidate from the presidential ballot in pennsylvania. that's a move that could help democrats. some fear that green party candidate would draw critical votes away from joe biden. the ruling clears the way for election officials to send out those ballots. >> bottom line, plan early if you know who you are voting for. the rich are getting richer. a new report from the institute of policy studies shows u.s. billionaires saw their fortunes
skyrocket, $845 billion since march. the highest earners include elon musk, michael bloomberg, oracle ceo larry ellison. the pandemic is super charging america's existing inequalities. we are facing the worst unemployment crisis since the great depression. the country is still down 11.5 million jobs since february. first time unemployment claims are four times higher than the pre-pandemic level. many of the jumps in billionaire's wealth are due to the pandemic. jeff bezos increased $55 billion. the walton family saw their combined net growth jump to $65 billion. there must be policies to help working americans versus the investment class. there are a million voters who have fallen through the cracks. for all the nonbillionaires,
the start of school is forcing families to make a choice. >> whoever catches this gets 100 points. >> reporter: the moment of pure joy during a difficult time for this family of six. >> super challenging to have to juggle everything at the same time all the time. >> reporter: tracy wells is talking about what nearly 25 million parents are experiencing right now, juggling work and remote learning. >> i -- >> reporter: in june wells and her husband made the tough decision for her to go part time so she could be present for her three school-aged girls and toddler son. she expects her kids won't be back in classrooms until 2021. >> i was just like, i cannot maintain this for another six months. it's just too much. it's too intense. >> 40% of working parents have made changes to their employment including 25% who have voluntarily reduced their hours.
15% who have quit entirely. and women between 25 and 44 are almost three times as likely as men to leave the work force in order to take care of children. >> that results in a massive decrease in household income which makes it more difficult for parents and families who are already in a precarious position financially and, by the way, doesn't help very much in an economy that is currently trying to recover from staggering unemployment. >> reporter: but parents who are not looking for new work aren't counted as unemployed. under the c.a.r.e.s. act, parents were eligible for unemployment if they needed to stay home for their children, but that protection expired in july. >> i think costs for day care, it's like another rent. it's like a college tuition. if it was more cost effective, that would be wonderful. >> reporter: but for you it wouldn't be a cost effective option? >> day care would not be a cost
effective option for me. >> reporter: cindy gill lives in a studio apartment with her 8-year-old son cayden in harlem, new york. >> hang on. >> reporter: she's a single mom with no choice but to work. she's remote a few days a week when cayden has virtual learning, but in order to keep her job, she took a 10% pay cut. things are stressful. >> when things kind of reached the boiling point for him in terms of patience and just things that he needed from me, i needed to take like a day off of work or half a day here and there. >> reporter: in just weeks a life line is disappearing for wells. paid family leave that's helped supplement her income runs out. she says she likely can't afford to continue part time without it. >> honestly, it's -- it's hard for me to even go there because i don't think that i could have continued at the same rhythm that i was continuing. >> reporter: vanessa yurkavich,
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overnight the u.k. health secretary did not rule out another lockdown. cnn's scott mcclain is live for us in london. scott, you know, every place is dealing with the same thing. of course here in the u.s. as well, you reopen, you see the spikes in cases, but talk of another lockdown, that can't be well received. >> reporter: certainly not, laura. the situation did not seem nearly as urgent when the virus was showing up in younger people. now it's starting to be seen in older parts of the population and creeping into care homes as well. hospitalizations in the u.k. are doubling every eight days just as the country also faces a shortage of tests despite the fact it is doing more testing than any other european country. more than 1/3 of the tests that they are doing are being set aside for care homes alone. the government has also barred social gatherings of more than six people across england and parts of northeast england. also effectively barred all in-person socializing. if these things can't help tamp
down the virus, the government won't rule out the nuclear option. >> but a national lockdown is the last line of defense. it is -- as we saw in the spring, it is the thing we can do to keep people as safe if that's needed. so we're watching vigilantly but we can see the number of cases accelerate, as you say, and we're prepared to do what it takes, both to protect lives and livelihoods. both are so important. >> reporter: across europe the second wave has eclipsed the first one in daily case counts. w.h.o. says that ought to be a wake-up call, but the second wave has been less deadly. for instance, france is reporting two to three times the number of infections as april but it only has 1/6 of the hospitalizations. laura? >> so interesting. everyone is dealing with this in different ways, but the flu this
fall is going to compound the problem. scott, thanks so much for all of your reporting. the city of baltimore making changes after remote school got off to a rocky start. cnn has reporters covering the pandemic across the country. >> reporter: i'm in new york. a startling revelation from the baltimore public schools ceo. a week and a half in fewer than 2/3 of students have been able to log in every day without interruption for virtual classes. some of the students may not have been accounted for because they were using unofficial log-ins. that's a practice that will be banned moving forward. in response, the city is increasing outreach to families making sure that they have the devices they need in addition to deploying community school coordinators to help students get connected. i'm nick valencia in atlanta. after receiving an onslaught. criticism for allowing college
football to begin but not voting, they are working with state and local election officials to facilitate on campus voting. they're confirming to cnn that they are working with uga staff to work out the situation. >> reporter: i'm erica hill in new york city where the mayor has announced a pandemic response lab. this is going to, according to the mayor, allow for tests to be processed within 24 to 48 hours for new york city health and hospitals. the mayor is saying that by november they should be able to process 20,000 tests a day and this would create 150 jobs. right now about 80% of tests in new york city are coming back within 72 hours or less. thanks to all of our correspondents for those updates on the virus. health officials in michigan are urging people to stay indoors after dark to prevent the spread of a rare and potentially deadly
mosquito-borne virus. a resident was accused of having eee. there are several high risk areas. >> that is so gross. looking to markets around the world right now for this friday edition. asian shares have closed for the week. they are higher there. big jump in the shanghai composite. european shares have opened mixed. futures also mixed here in the u.s. this morning to finish the week. stocks were down thursday. the hard facts the road to economic recovery will be a difficult one. this from fed chief jerome powell. the nasdaq fell 1.3%. ford bringing something new to the historic site in dearborn, michigan. a new plant to build the electric version of the best selling f-150 electric truck. it will invest $700 million and add 300 jobs. production going to start in 2022. changes for rent the runway.
fashion company known for the rental business will discontinue the unlimited membership earlier this year. no longer accepted new members. the move comes as more people work from home which means less need for work wear. last month rent the runway said it was permanently closing down its retail locations. we thought we would leave you this friday morning with an unforgettable father/son moment made possible by a nurse in kentucky. scott sullivan, a terminally ill cancer patient wanted to see his son play one more time. nurse jerry humphrey reached out to a nearby airport and a local dentist offered to fly them. when he spotted his father, he hugged him so tight with all of his mite scott said it's a moment he hopes his son will cherish after he's gone. >> really sad and wonderful at the same time. bitter sweet as they say. friday, everybody. thanks for joining us.
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he knew it and did nothing. it's close to criminal. it's all about his re-election. it should be about the american people. >> this is where he excels. this is where he can directly answer voters' questions one on one. >> we will deliver a safe and effective vaccine before the end of the year. >> he thinks once a vaccine is approved, the pandemic is done. >> we don't need to wait until we get a vaccine or some miracle drug to get this virus under control. we can do it right now. >> covid is going to keep