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in voting 'yes' on 19. tonight, the outrage in louisville, after a kentucky grand jury indicts one of three officers in the breonna taylor case, but not in her death. demonstrators in the streets. kentucky deploying the national guard, the mayor issuing a 72-hour curfew. breonna taylor was killed by police executing a warrant on her home. her boyfriend firing a shot, claiming they never identified themselves. police firing dozens of rounds. the state a.g. saying two officers were justified, since her boyfriend shot first. the heated exchange on capitol hill today between dr. anthony fauci and senator rand paul on coronavirus here in the u.s. dr. fauci telling senator paul, "you are not listening." and a reality check here tonight. what the nation's top scientists are now saying about a potential vaccine in the u.s. when it could be first available and how long it would take to
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get to most americans. and just in tonight, the governor now testing positive after his wife first came down with the virus. the race for 2020. cindy mccain endorsing joe biden. and explaining why she made the choice. amid the new abc news/"washington post" poll, what it shows in two key battlegrounds. a very tight race. the image from the president's rally in pennsylvania. and tonight, linsey davis asking vice president pence what kind of message it sends, packed rallies, thousands without masks. how the vice president answers. the powerful tribute to the late supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg. 100 of her former clerks on the courthouse steps as her casket arrives. chief justice john roberts and his powerful words today. former president bill clinton, who appointed ginsburg, and secretary clinton, who has acknowledged in recent days in her role encouraging her husband to pick ginsburg, paying their respects. the news out of california tonight. the governor issuing a new
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executive order, banning the sale of new gas-fueled cars in 15 years. and we remember a hall of fame football star right here tonight. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. we have a lot to get to. that solemn tribute to justice ruth bader ginsburg. what the chief justice john roberts said today. and that tense exchange on capitol hill involving dr. anthony fauci. but we begin tonight with the fierce reaction in louisville at this hour, after the grand jury's decision in the death of breonna taylor, indicting one of three officers, but not in her death. breonna taylor, a louisville emt, was shot dead after officers serving a warrant opened fire. a grand jury weighing charges against the three officers on the scene, indicting one of them. not in her death, indicting the officer on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first
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degree, against now former officer brett hankison for shooting into taylor's apartment, charged because of the bullets that threatened neighboring tenants. tonight, the lawyer for taylor's family calling the decision outrageous and offensive. you can see protesters there in the streets. the national guard is standing by. there is a curfew in place for the next 72 hours. and abc's alex perez now leading us off from louisville. >> reporter: tonight, outraged protesters taking to the streets of louisville after a grand jury indicted one of the three officers involved in the fatal shooting of breonna taylor. but not in her death. >> i'm very, very sad. very, very mad. >> reporter: police detaining multiple demonstrators. that now former officer, brett hankison, charged with allegedly endangering neighbors in breonna's apartment complex after he violated department policy, opening fire without a clear aim or shot. >> detective hankison fired his weapon ten times, including from an outside sliding glass door
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and through a bedroom window. >> reporter: hankison indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. none of the charges are connected to breonna's death. the grand jury finding the two other officers involved in the botched march 13th raid, detective myles cosgrove, who shot 16 times, and sergeant john mattingly, who shot six times, were justified in firing their weapons. >> the sequence of events from march 13th had to be pieced together through ballistics evidence, 911 calls, police radio traffic and interviews. >> reporter: breonna's boyfriend kenneth walker says he fired a warning shot from his legally owned gun because police did not announce themselves when they barged in that night, executing a search warrant. but the attorney general saying a civilian witness told investigators officers did knock and identify themselves. >> when officers were unable to get anyone to answer or open the door to apartment four, the decision was made to breach the
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door. >> reporter: mattingly, the only officer to enter the apartment, saw breonna and walker. >> he says that the male was holding a gun, arms extended in a shooting stance. sergeant mattingly saw the man's gun fire, heard a boom and immediately knew he was shot. >> reporter: that's when, authorities say, the officers opened fire, killing breonna. >> our investigation showed and the grand jury agreed that mattingly and cosgrove were justified in their return of deadly fire after having been fired upon by kenneth walker. >> reporter: he said his investigation did not examine how that warrant was obtained. the grand jury decision, demonstrators say, not enough. many overcome with emotion hearing the news today. >> in my heart, it doesn't feel like there's any justice for breonna and that's because they never brought up any murder charges. >> reporter: breonna's family attorney in a statement calling today's decision "offensive" and
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"another example of no accountability for the genocide of persons of color by white police officers." this comes more than 24 hours after mattingly sent an email to lmpd personnel obtained by abc affiliate whas, writing, "i know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night. it's sad how the good guys are demonized and criminals are canonized." tonight, the kentucky governor activating the national guard in louisville and an evening curfew in place. >> all right, so, let's get to alex perez with us from louisville tonight. and alex, i know there's late reaction just coming in from president trump tonight and word from joe biden? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, david. late today, the president, president trump saying -- he was praising the attorney general here of kentucky. and vice president joe biden calling on protesters to remain nonviolent. now, much of downtown louisville right now looks like this, completely boarded up. authorities here bracing for whatever is to come. david? >> all right, alex perez leading us off tonight. alex, thank you. the other officers named in the
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the breonna taylor case still face a police department inquiry and an fbi investigation. so, we do have one more question on this tonight. let's bring in our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas live in washington. and pierre, what are you learning tonight about the federal investigation? >> reporter: david, the fbi told us today they're investigating all aspects of breonna taylor's case, that agents are consulting with the justice department's civil rights division. one thing that the fbi is looking at is whether the search warrant that brought police to taylor's home was legal. there are allegations that one of the officers gave false information to the court concerning whether the postal service was seeing suspicious packages coming to the home. so, david, the postal service has said to a local outlet that there was no evidence of that. lots of questions about whether the civil rights of taylor were violated. david? >> all right, more to come in the case. pierre, thank you. we're going to turn now to the tense hearing on the hill today involving the back and forth between dr. anthony fauci and senator rand paul. at one point, dr. fauci telling the senator, "you're not listening."
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and tonight here, the nation's top scientists with a reality check of sorts. how soon there could be a potential vaccine here in the u.s. and then how long it would take before all americans would have access to it. mary bruce up on the hill tonight. >> reporter: as the nation marks a horrific milestone, 200,000 killed by the coronavirus, today, the head of the cdc dr. robert redfield with a stark reality check. >> a majority of our nation, more than 90% of the population, remains susceptible. >> reporter: on capitol hill, the nation's top health experts trying to convince americans to take a vaccine when one becomes available. saying they themselves will. >> i certainly would take that vaccine. >> i would have no hesitancy to recommend to my family. >> reporter: but a growing number of americans are skeptical, as the president sends mixed messages on the virus and amid growing concerns that his administration is putting politics ahead of science. today, the head of the fda insisting they can be trusted. >> our thorough review processes
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and science will guide our decisions. fda will not permit any pressure from anyone to change that. i will fight for science. >> reporter: but even in today's hearing, the scientists faced pushback. republican senator rand paul trying to discredit anthony fauci, questioning why new york has beaten back the virus. >> they are looking at the guidelines that we have put together from the task force of the four or five things of masks, social distancing, outdoors more than indoors, avoiding crowds and washing hands. >> or they've developed enough community immunity that they're no longer having the pandemic because they have enough immunity in new york city to actually stop. >> i challenge that, senator. >> i'm afraid -- >> please, sir, i would like to be able to do this because this happens with senator rand all the time. you are not listening to what the director of the cdc said, that in new york, it's about 22%. if you believe 22% is herd immunity, i believe you're alone in that. >> reporter: the president has said a vaccine will be ready as
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early as next month, just before election day. >> we're on track to deliver and distribute the vaccine in a very, very safe and effective manner. we think we can start sometime in october. >> reporter: trump even taking on his own cdc director last week, when redfield predicted americans won't be able to take advantage of a vaccine until mid 2021. >> i think he made a mistake when he said that. it's just incorrect information. >> reporter: today, he was asked if he's under political pressure. >> so, did you get any political pushback for saying what you said? >> i stand by trying to present the data and the science as i see it and i will continue to do that. >> reporter: redfield agrees with the president that a vaccine could be authorized by november, but is making it clear it would not be widely available then. >> i think that's going to take us april, may, june, possibly july to get the entire american public completely vaccinated. >> reporter: and fauci warning even then, covid isn't going to
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just disappear. >> the vaccine availability will go a giant step to controlling the infection, but you're not going to completely eradicate or eliminate it. >> tense moments on the hill today. let's get right to mary bruce on the hill tonight, because mary, there is also new developing involving a fourth potential vaccine, of course, this one from johnson & johnson, which is now starting its final stage of trial. and i know if this vaccine is approved, this one actually would be different? >> reporter: david, unlike the others, this vaccine would be just one shot. the others would require two doses. the company tells us this means they could treat twice as many americans. it is now entering these final trials and the first batch could become available early next year. david? >> all right, mary bruce. great to have you again tonight. now to the race for 2020 this evening and a major endorsement today for joe biden. cindy mccain, a republican, of course, senator john mccain's widow. on why she stepped across party lines to endorse biden. and tonight here, the new abc
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news/"washington post" polls in two key battleground states showing a very tight race. president trump tweeting out this picture of his massive rally in pennsylvania overnight, where he mocked joe biden for wearing a mask. our linsey davis today asking vice president pence what kind of message that sends, thousands packed together, few with masks. here's our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: joe biden got a front page boost in battleground state arizona today, where our new abc news/"washington post" poll has the race essentially tied. the president leading by one point among likely voters. now biden has the endorsement of cindy mccain, a republican and the widow of john mccain. and on "gma," she made a direct appeal to women. >> i'm hoping that i can convince suburban women who are kind of on the fence about things to come with me on this and join team biden and vote a man in who would be not only a marvelous president, but who shows the character, the
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integrity, the values and the wherewithal to be president. >> reporter: biden today warned that women's rights hang in the balance in the battle over replacing ruth bader ginsburg on the supreme court. >> what's going to happen is, women's rights as it relates to everything from medical health care, is going to be gone. women will be able to be charged more than men for same procedures again. pregnancy will be a pre-existing condition again. >> reporter: biden also turned to covid-19, urging people to wear masks, warning that without them, the death toll could go even higher. >> wear a mask. they estimate that would save about -- close to 89,000, 90,000 people. >> reporter: for his part, the president, speaking before yet another big crowd last night, mocked biden for wearing masks. >> he feels good about the mask. i wonder, in the debate, it'll be him and i on the stage. is he going to walk in with a mask?
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>> reporter: linsey davis today asked vice president pence why the campaign is defying public health recommendations with these big rallies. >> so, i want to show you a picture. i don't know how well you can see that. but this is a picture that president trump tweeted out, you've probably seen it, the rally last night in pennsylvania. thousands of people packed closely together. hardly any social distancing, very few masks. as again, head of the coronavirus task force, when your recommendation is for people, americans to stay away from large gatherings, how do you justify scenes like this? >> well, the recommendations of the coronavirus task force from early on have been state specific. we've trusted governors in our states and, most importantly, we've trusted the american people. >> the governor of nevada urged the president not to have the indoor rally there and he said that, quote, the president was putting countless lives in danger. >> well, we're in an election year and not surprisingly, some politics is being played. we can trust the american people
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to make the right decisions. >> linsey davis with the vice president. let's get right to jon karl again tonight. and jon, you showed our new poll there, the race virtually tied in arizona. the president ahead by one point among likely voters. let's look at florida tonight, as well, where president trump leads joe biden among likely voters 51% to 47%. and jon, florida is always a key battleground. >> reporter: florida, david, is a state that donald trump almost certainly must win if he's to get re-elected. that's why his campaign is spending more money in florida than any other state. joe biden could plausibly lose florida and still win the election, but that would mean a very close race and potentially a very long election night that could stretch on for days and days. >> yes. >> reporter: david? >> we are all preparing. jon, thank you. we're going to move on now to the solemn tribute at the supreme court today for the late justice ruth bader ginsburg. more than 100 of her former law clerks lining the steps, serving as honorary pallbearers. her flag-draped coffin carried
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inside, where family and fellow justices heard chief justice john roberts praised her for moving our nation closer to equal justice under the law. former president bill clinton and secretary clinton. the former president nominating ginsburg, of course. and hillary clinton acknowledging in recent days her role in encouraging her husband to select ginsburg. and the signal from the conservative chief justice on the tone set by justice ginsburg and what she did for her country. terry moran has long covered the court. >> reporter: at the supreme court this morning, a tableau of honor and grief. justice ruth bader ginsburg's former law clerks arrayed across the sunlit plaza, her honorary pallbearers, as she returned one final time to the court she served so long. members of the supreme court police force carried the casket up the stairs into the great hall, followed by her family. all her colleagues and former justice anthony kennedy gathering for the traditional jewish ceremony. ♪
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>> reporter: then chief justice john roberts spoke briefly and simply of his longtime colleague and unlikely pop icon, "the notorious rbg." >> it has been said that ruth wanted to be an opera virtuoso, but became a rock star instead. >> reporter: the chief justice speaking for the court and the country. >> of course she will live on in what she did to improve the law and the lives of all of us. and yet, still, ruth is gone and we grieve. >> reporter: then the casket was carried outside, to the top of those long stairs, for the public to pay their final respects. former president bill clinton, who appointed ginsburg to the court, along with hillary clinton, who encouraged him to make that nomination, joining the mourners. across the street, in the capitol, the battle over ginsburg's replacement is raging, with republicans all but certain to seat a new trump justice before the election. senate minority leader chuck schumer lashing out at them. >> they are fighting to reverse judge ginsburg's legacy, not honor it. all their speeches of praise
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rung totally hollow. >> reporter: and president trump today declaring that he wants his nominee confirmed quickly and the conservative majority solidified in case the election results are disputed. >> i think this will end up in the supreme court, and i think it's very important that we have nine justices. >> reporter: and among the first big cases on the docket here, whether the affordable care act, obamacare, should be struck down in its entirety, leaving 130 million americans without guaranteed access to health care. president trump supports that effort. he pledges to protect those americans. he says he's got a plan for it. he said that a year ago, david, and there's no sign of it yet. >> and we can still see that line of mourners right there behind you. terry, thanks for that today. when we come back here tonight, just in this evening, the governor testing positive for coronavirus. his wife already testing positive.
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lining up outside the supreme court, parents bringing their children. some holding flowers and pictures. others dressed as superwoman. 3-year-old lucille wilson and 2-year-old frankie frezzell dressed as justice ginsburg. it was just a year ago, in this polarized country, justice ginsburg expressed a hope for a return to bipartisanship in supreme court confirmations. acknowledging the temperature in the country and saying at the court, quote, "collegiality is very important. we couldn't do the job the constitution assigns to us unless we worked well together." and tonight, justice ginsburg on how she wanted to be remembered -- >> as someone who did the best she could with whatever talent she had to make things a little better for people less fortunate. >> justice ginsburg in her own words. i'm david muir.
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. a grand jury in kentucky reach a decision in the breonna taylor case. a former police officer has been charged but not in her death. he faces three endangerment charges for firing into a neighboring apartment. protesters filled the street of louisville expressing their disappointme disappointment. in some instances, the protests turned violent with periodic clashes with police. the grand jury's decision hit home for kentucky's attorney general. >> certainly understand the pain that has been brought about by the tragic loss of miss taylor. i understand that as a black man, how painful this is. and i've seen that pain on miss palmer's face. i've seen that pain in the community. >> good evening. thank you for joining us

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