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hi there. you're watching cnn on this monday afternoon. i'm brooke baldwin. thanks for being with me. we are now less than 24 hours away from the second impeachment trial of former president donald trump. we're getting some new details this afternoon on exactly how this thing will proceed. a source tells cnn that senate majority leader chuck schumer and minority leader mitch mcconnell are closing in on an agreement that would give each side up to 16 hours to present their cases. a final decision hasn't been made yet as to whether witnesses will be called, so stand by for that. also, as for the president himself, the former president, his legal team just unveiled a bit what have their strategy will be, accusing the democrats of, quote, political theater. house managers just responded to that filing this brief saying this, quote, the evidence of president trump's conduct is overwhelming. he has no valid excuse or defense for his actions, and his efforts to escape accountability
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are entirely unavailing. cnn's jessica dean is live on capitol hill for us. jessica, another little nugget we've learned i know is that, you know, they will have to obviously because of covid, there will be covid precautions in place for the trial starting tomorrow that senators may not be at their desks during the entire time but look ahead to these next few days, what do you know about how this second impeachment trial will go? >> well, brooke, we're getting more details as today goes on and just, for example, we know that the house impeachment managers were just over on the senate side kind of looking around, during around the area where they are going to make their case later this week so developments keep coming out. as you mentioned we do know according to sources that senate majority leader chuck schumer and senator minority leader mitch mcconnell are finalizing their deal which will lay out how this trial is going to go forward, and we're going to get more details on that likely later today, but here's what we know as of right now. the very latest on this is that
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that deal is expected to read out that tuesday, tomorrow, they will argue the constitutionality of him people trial yet again. remember, they did that not too long ago, but this will be up to four hours of debate on that and then wednesday they will have up to 16 hours per side for those arguments, and one more thing to note. we're still waiting to see if witnesses will be called. we're being told that mcconnell and schumer will put in there that if impeachment managers want to call witnesses, they will allow for debate and a vote on that. now you mentioned, too, this is all happening as we're continuing to deal with the covid pandemic, and that's a very real thing here at the u.s. capitol, social distancing in place and masks in place, and that is going to affect just physically how they go through this trial. remember, the senate floor is just not a giant place so we know that they won't be at their desks for entire time. remember for the first impeachment trial about a year ago, that was the thing. they all had to be at their
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desks for that required amount of time. no looking at their phones, that sort of thing. this time they will be allowed to go off to different areas close to the senate floor so they won't all be jammed in there together, that they will be able to watch on a television monitor or go out to another area as well, and we're also learning more about these pre-trial briefings, brooke, that came in just this afternoon. we had one from trump's defense. they are going to argue that he -- that this is unconstitutional and that he was using metaphors when he said things like fight like hell and then the house impeachment managers hague out their case saying there's simply no defense for his actions and he's responsible for what happened heroic the deadly insurrection on january 6th and that they will lay that all out using things like video to piece it all together. >> the fight like hell point, that's what i want to get to with my next guest. thanks so much for giving us the late land for the next two days. with me now cnn presidential historian doug brinkley and
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legal analyst elliott williams, a former federal prosecutor and let me read this, elliott. trump's lawyers wright this. despite the house managers' charges against mr. trump, his statements cannot and could not reasonably be interpreted as a call to immediate violence or a call for a violent overthrowing of the united states government, but let's just remind everyone this is what the former president said. >> we fight like hell and if you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country any more. to that end trump's lawyers you heard are arguing that that was not meant to be taken literally, elliott. how? >> look, sure, brooke. they have an entire section in their brief which they released today about the word fight, and they are fixating on just that speech as if the totality of president trump's conduct was limited to the 11 or 12 or however many minutes he was speaking that day. look, going back to december 19th the president was tweeting
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about be there, be wild while his vice president's life was in danger in the united states house -- on the floor of the senate, the president was tweeting at mike perns calling him a coward or talking about how he needed to show courage, so this is a parent of conduct frankly stretching back to july when the president. united states first said on "fox news sunday" on july 19th he wasn't going to accept the results of the election so, yes, we can quibble about what the dictionary definition of the word fight means or the fact that the president of the united states engaged in a sustained effort to put people at risk. it's almost like saying, look, i spoke for a whole half hour but you're just fixating on that one little insurrectionist sentence in the middle of it and it's far bigger than that and you can construe the word fight in the context of the bigger body of the president's context of inciting that conduct that we saw that day. >> got another legal question and, doug, i'll come to you and then elliott. trump's lawyers and some republicans are arguing that
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it's unconstitutional to try a former president, but then you have, you know, one of washington's leading constitutional arguments claiming that argument is illogical. he's close tom, many prominent republicans including the likes of ted cruz. do you think his opinion could provide cover for some republican senators to convict? >> i don't think so because -- because of that vote where 45 of them have already said they would likely not -- >> the rand paul vote. >> look, judges in normal cases and senators here like to not be able to reach the facts of a case, and this prevents them from having to reach the facts of the case. they can sort of wash their hands and say this is unconstitutional. we don't need to address the president's cop duct. the president's cop duct on its face was unlawful. >> doug brinkley, do you think this trial is just as much about making the case to the american public as it is to senators, you know, like really make americans question trump's influence not just on the republican party but
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on american politics in general? >> i do, brooke, and i think the democratic party had no choice but to go forward with this impeachment trial. the i mean, the great poet robert frost used to say the only way out is through. the idea that we just say bye to donald trump and let him get away with this ill thinking that he did from the election onward are it -- it just doesn't fly, so i think the democrats are going to have to go after trump, put the evidence out there. the world is going to be watching on television, and at the very least it reminds me, brooke, of when dwight eisenhower went after the in 1945 to the holocaust sites, the death camps, and when he first saw one he wired george marshall and said document it, document, it document it where people say it wasn't really that bad or it wasn't real. so that's what the democrats are doing.
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at the very least they are creating an historic record that scholars, journalist, historians will be able to use like a 9/11 commission report type of thing to advance the story forward. >> such an important point you just made. this is also how this impeachment will be different than the last, elliott. you know, we are getting some sense of how the impeachment managers plan to handle this, and when you especially -- when they are looking at the lessons that they learned from trump's last impeachment, the managers are going to be leaning heavily on video to doug's point. you know, this is the first time the video is going to be used sort of more in totality, not bits and pieces what have happened to various members on january 6th but jumps, you know, stringing it together to real form this compelling story of what happened on insurrection day. how effective do you think that will be? >> you know, brooke, it's very rare in any proceed willing in, court, in impeachment, where we haven't had that many of them where all the evidence you need
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to convict an individual is on report. lord knows if when i was a prosecutor if i had this much evidence when i was a prosecutor, it simply just doesn't happen. yes, witnesses would be wonderful. there are many, many compelling witnesses, including ones inside the white house or the military who could help fill and round out this case, but just look at what we have, again, from the vistd president giving the speech, all of the tweets, the president saying to walk back to the capitol, countless statements of people on -- they are record as scene of the crime saying, you know, our president sent us here and -- and there's even some folks in "the washington post" having said today that we went home when the president told us to go home, so, yes, witnesses would be great. witnesses are very compelling. they are human and also there's something incredibly human about watching the seat of democracy being put under siege on video and we've all seen it and lived it and reliving it will be an incredible way to make this case. >> doug, big picture, last question. here we have this impeachment
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trial of a former president happening at the crime scene with jurors who were victims themselves. how unprecedented is this? >> unbelievably unprecedented. we're living in strange and weird times right now, but that started when donald trump started the birther conspiracy. he began using twitter which he's not allowed to use and started creating hoaxes. trump will be known in history for two things, maybe three. the lack of proper leadership through covid-19, the big lie that the election was rigged when it actually was an incredible free and fair election in 2020 and thirdly for causing the insurrection of january 6th. the evidence is already there, but this is not a court of law. this is politics playing out in washington and as an american you have to be proud that we're at least at this stage now where we can put the evidence together
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at the scene of the crime. it's a big epic moment in u.s. history and i think everybody is going to be watching. >> it all begins tomorrow. doug and elliott, thank you both so much. >> thanks, brooke. as far as covid is concerned, as vaccination rates rise, new concerns today about the spread of covid variants and the strength of vaccines to fight them. plus, president president biden targeting child poverty. will it have republican support? and the psychology of qanon? embraced by congress but very few americans support the movement show why do seeming lit same people believe the conspiracy theories and how do you bring qanon members back to reality? we'll talk to a member of a cult. i'm brooke baldwin. we'll be right back.
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we're pack. i'm cnn's brooke baldwin. the first sitting member of congress has died from covid. texas republican congressman ron wright passed away sunday. he tested positive two and a half weeks ago and has also been battling cancer. he was 67. congressman wright's death is a reminder that the pandemic is still raging and that now is not the time for people to let their
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guards down. the contagious variant first detect in the uk has spread the to at least 33 states. one health expert saying the u.s. is, quote, in the eye of the hurricane, but there is hope on the horizon. the country is averaging half the new daily cases it was seeing in mid-january. sunday's total new cases, the lost in three months. nearly 10 is about of the population has received at least one vaccine shot, and teachers in some public school districts are finally agreeing on how to safely reopen classrooms. nick watt is our cnn national correspondent and has this report from los angeles. >> reporter: the lowest daily case count in the u.s. since early november was just logged sunday. numbers in the hospital also falling fast, but still higher than the summer surge and -- >> the continued proliferation of variants remains of great concern and is a threat that could reverse the recent trend -- positive trends we are
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seeing. >> nearly 700 cases of the more contagious variant first found in the uk now detected here and doubling roughly every ten days, according to a new study that's not yet peer reviewed. >>i think we have to assume that there are maybe tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of those variants. >> reporter: meantime nearly 10% of the u.s. population has now had at least one dose of vaccine. >> the encouraging news is that the vaccines that we're currently distributing right now are quite effective against that particular variant. less so against the -- against the south african. >> reporter: in fact south africa just paused its rollout of the oxford/astrazeneca vaccine after a study found it offers little protection against mild hand moderate illness caused by that variant. >> if we allow the virus to continue spread and mutating, we may well find ourselves in a place where the vaccines no
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longer work at all. >> reporter: so a negative test before you're allowed on even a domestic flight might become mandatory. >> there's an active conversation. what i can tell you it will be guided by data, by medicine and the input of the people who actually have to care they how the. >> reporter: chicago and its teachers union reached a tentative agreement to get back into the classroom this week. new york city now plans to bring back tens of thousands of middle schoolers end of the month. >> i think it's time for schools to reopen safely, safely. you have to have fewer people in the class root you have to have ventilation systems that have been reworked. >> reporter: detailed cdc guidance on that and more is expected wednesday. and the cdc says more data is emerging to suggest you can safely reopen schools if you do the right thing and that really speaks to a problem that officials have experienced throughout. you're fighting a brand new
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virus. you're trying to figure out how to fight the pandemic while you're in a pandemic. similar situation with that astrazeneca vaccines. the makers say that they believe it will protect against severe disease. they just haven't had the chance to test it yet. brooke? >> we need more than believing. nick watt, thank you. dr. rod davidson is an emergency room physician and is the executive director of the committee to protect medicare. he's fresh off his eight-hour shift there in the car parked for everyone watching and wondering and we'll have are a chat and then you can be on your way home. dr. davidson, as you heard from nick there, there is some real hope here. let's start with the positive. vaccine administration does seem to be hitting a stride now. hospitalizations and deaths are down. are we officially turning a corner? >> well, we certainly are going in the direction now that as he said the numbers right now compared to the december surge are significantly higher. we're going the right direction.
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we have to continue it. the presence of the variants popping up in many places is definitely concerning. i think not to beat the drum even more but very to keep doing the simple things like wearing masks and socially distancing. super bowl parties are concerning, the celebration from the streets in tampa are concerning. so we really have to be diligent as we're ramping up the vaccines, 2 million a day. these are critical numbers. these are bench marked we had hoped for and we're getting to, but there's a long way to go yet. >> but to your point on the vinl lance because, yes, we've been reporting on various variants but a we're hearing now there's a more contagious variant, the one identified here in the uk here in the u.s. and rapidly spreading and all of us wondering, all right, we're trying to stay away from covid getting us and now you have a really contagious variant of covid, what doey we do? do we need to double snatching what do you suggest? >> yeah. i would double mask. i think to still be diligent about only going out when you
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have, to avoiding large groups, avoiding groups of people that are not in your direct home and really the honest answer is we haven't been sequencing these viruses to know where thee variants have been all along. we started doing that more and more over the last few week and we're now finding that the variants are here. they very well have been here all along or at least for longer than we know so some of the vaccine studies happened in the setting of having the variants around so i think there's h.o.p.e. hope. i don't think the variants have just emerged and there are likely other variants in the u.s. that are more contagious that are a part of the mix of what we call covid here in the u.s. that we'll continue to find but be hopeful. those vaccines work and we just need to keep getting those in people's arms. i am feeling good on that. the but today is that south africa has paused its astrazeneca rollout because they found it offers minimal protection against the variant there in south africa. how can scientists change that?
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can they improve the vaccine? >> well, they can, i mean, the beauty of the mrna vaccines is they take a sequence of the genetic code of the virus so if they get the sequence of that variant we know back in january they got the sequence. within a few weeks they were already putting it into vaccines that they were starting to test so i think moderna is already working on different vaccines. we do this with influenza. every four different years we have four types of influnza and this may become a reality that we get a booster with different variants protecting us at different times and this is hopeful, part of the new vaccine process that has become so fast and so effective that i think should offer all of us hope. >> dr. davidson, thank you so much. >> thanks, brooke. president biden's $1.9 trillion covid relief plan is facing a critical week here.
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a key part of president biden's $1.9 trillion covid relief plan is set to be unveiled today. house democrats want to give millions of families up to $3,600 for each child under 6 years of age and $3,000 for older kids which, big picture, could make a major didn't in child poverty in this country, but we are also seeing the democrats divided over who should get stimulus checks and whether they should raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. the white house is making it clear today where president biden stands on the minimum wage issue. >> the president remains firmly committed to raising the minimum wage to $15. that's why he put it in his first legislative proposal, and he doesn't -- he believes that any american who is working a full-time job trying to make ends meet should not be at the poverty level.
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>> we start at the white house with our cnn senior white house correspondent phil mattingly. phil, where are democrats on this? >> reporter: so, this is the hard part and that might come as a surprise given the fact that democrats have been very unified over the course of the last three weeks as they have made the choice to move forward on this package without republican support, really without significant negotiations with republicans, but the reality is now they have to put pen to paper. now they have to make the hard decisions on the actual drafting of the policy and, brooke, senior administration officials tell me they are working hand in glove with the democrats on capitol hill as they draft this legislation, but there are a couple of key priorities that are a matter of dispute inside the democratic caucus. you mentioned the $15 minimum wage. just on friday the president said he didn't believe it would make it through senate rules and that is a distinct possibility, but there's another issue as well. there likely aren't 50 democratic votes in the united states senate for that proposal. joe manchin the west virginia senator saying he's opposed to the $15 minimum wage, wants it to be a little bit lower and the income thresholds in terms of
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the direct payments, stimulus checks. democrats very divided on that. the president making it clear he's willing to negotiate the targeting and other democrats don't want to negotiate. it's how they thread that needle. given how bare the majorities are in the house and senate that will determine what this $1.9 trillion covid package looks like if and when it gets to the president's desk. >> we'll continue to follow the needle-three-daying and with me now senior editor for tlantik ron brownstein and cnn political analyst and white house reporter for "the wall street journal" sabrina sediqqi. sabrina you heard phil. democrats are back and forth over the key details of the relief bill, minimum wage, income threshold for stimulus payments. how much of a problem is this ultimately for president biden if democrats are not united? >> well, i think it will be very important for democrats to are main unit, especially as the white house moves closer to
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passing a covid relief package through the reconciliation process, of course, which would allow them to pass a bill with a simple majority vote and given a 50-50 split in the senate and the likelihood that any really significant spending package is going to be opposed by republicans they really don't have a lot of margin for error in terms of losing support among democrats. now the white house has said all along that they are open to more targeted relief and my understanding based on my conversations with officials in the biden administration is that even though they are open to that targeted relief there are core components that simply have to be in this bill, and i think they have placed a lot of emphasis on funding for vaccine distribution, more funding for state and local officials as well as funding to reopen schools and then, of course, stimulus checks even as there is some internal debate within the party over the income threshold and eligibility, so i think
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those are things that the white house sees as a big component of this bill. the question is what will the final number look like? will it have enough support not just to pass but to pass the muster of doing it through reconciliation? >> janet yellen, ron, tells cnn the bigger risk to the economy is actually not going big enough but at the end of the day americans i think they don't care as much how this thing gets through. they just want it through, right? they are struggling ant wand to know when they will be getting help. when do you think people at home will start to get relief? >> well, i think the time frame that they have been talking about through reconciliation is march, certainly before the unemployment benefits expire in mid-march. phil had it right. the big picture, brooke, is all of the senate democrats have basically signalled their ascent to using this reconciliation process that allows you to pats bill with majority rule, and that is a big change from 2009
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when democrats spent weeks and weeks in negotiation with republicans trying to peel off three republican votes to break a filibuster on barack obama's stimulus plan and that of course required them to roll back the size of the package and to this day there are democrats who believe that that contributed to their big losses in 2020 because it wasn't big enough for people to feel immediately, so -- >> and that is very fresh on their minds, right, ron? that's fresh on their minds. >> yeah, with 2022 approaching, and, look, in a 50-50 senate there's an effective veto for every senator and very often that will mean joe manchin and kyrstin sinema. the minimum wage may also be subject to parliamentary restrictions is unclear, but the fact that democrats are willing to do this is both striking and i think also raises the larger question which is if they are willing to go to majority rule for this, their top priority, why are they going to let republican fundamentalist yours
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continue against other things like immigration reform and that question will get sharper as the congress unfolds. >> to underscore the top of your answer, march, roughly the timeline if you're sitting there at home wondering about how to put more food on the table. march is what they are aiming for. sabrina, on schools, president biden talked about reopening schools, acknowledged that specifically children and women are suffering the longer the schools stay closed but that doesn't change the fact that teachers and unions in some districts are fighting school reopenings. how does president biden get teachers and students back in the classroom? >> well, this is certainly emerging as a challenge across the country because as you point out you have seen an impasse among some local officials and teachers unions about how to get children back in classrooms, teachers and students we should point out. it was interesting that cdc director dr. walenski said based
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on the data they have and the research, the cdc or imher impression was that -- vaccinating teachers is not a prorequisite to opening schools so that's going to be a key question here. she emphasize there still needs to be other mitigation measures such as masking and distancing, but what is it really going to take for teachers to be comfortable re-entering the classroom and what is going tonight roast white house in, you know, mediating that process? know think that they have so far genre emphasized once again that this is all the more reason why they need to pass this coronavirus relief package which includes funding to help schools reopen and implement all the mitigation measures that the cdc says will be necessary to reopen schools but certainly the clock is ticking and i think's a lot of frustration among a lot of parents across the country that their children are not back in school so it's interesting to see what role the white house plays in trying to resolve that dispute. >> so much of this. the success of the biden
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administration is really predicated pont success of things going back to normal, going back to school, schools reopening, people feeling safe and having jobs again so this all matters massively for joe biden and this administration. we we are going to leave t.ron and sabrina, thank you so much for that conversation. we'll continue it another day. coming up, some of qanon's conspiracy theories are being heard from members of congress to your neighbors, family, friends. how do you change the mind of someone who believes the lies? we'll talk to a leading expert on cults and mind control next. ♪ ♪ charlotte! charl! every day can be extraordinary with rich, how great is it that we get to tell everybody creamy, delicious fage total yogurt. how liberty mutual customizes your car insurance every day can be extraordinary with rich, so you only pay for what you need? i mean it... uh-oh, sorry... oh... what? i'm an emu! no, buddy! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty, liberty, liberty, liberty. ♪
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former president donald trump's senate impeachment trial
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starts in less than 24 hours and the deadly insurrection of the u.s. capitol has put qanon xhirsy theories front and center and this one woman who got so wrapped up in qanon, videos of her ranting against masks and pandemic precautions went viral, she told cnn this morning it is a cult. >> i really became all consumed in the qanon conspiracy theories because of a mix of fear, anxiety, depression, you know, uncertainty, inconsistency with the information coming out about the pandemic. i felt terrified. i went and i did a ptsd and trauma program which was really ultimately what i was dealing with and i was exacerbating the situation and some previous trauma andy motional stuff that, you know, i failed to deal with in my life, and i had to make the conscious choice to go and get help in that, and i invested myself into that program. i continue to go to therapy and slowly but surely, you know,
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work to rebuild my life back, and i wrote a book about it and -- and, you know, i -- i was real committed to helping other people escape from this because i really believe that it's a cult. it operates like a cult in every single way, and people don't realize that they are being consumed by qanon until it's too late. >> let's start right there. steven hasan joins me now, a former member of the cult and the author of the book "the cult of trump and combating cult mind scroll." welcome. >> thank you so much, brooke. >> you just heard that former qanon member melissa calling qanon a cult. you have personal experience. do you think it is a cult? >> i do. i think it's an authoritarian cult indeed. >> tell me how. what are the signs? >> so deceptive recruitment, controlling people's behavior, information, thoughts and emotions to make people
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dependent and obedient, disconnecting their ability to reality test, installing phobias in their minds that the -- that the -- that the enemy is here and the only hope is to follow the grand leader, and essentially there really is a difference between ethical groups and unethical groups, and the process of helping people to reality test is best done through family members and friends who know the person personally. >> we'll come back to your point on reality in a second but on the one hand some of these qanon believers are becoming disillusioned after they saw biden actually being sworn in, right? but then, on the other hand, you have the marjorie taylor greenes of the world, member of congress, you know, hasn't been denounced very loudly by republicans. under president bush ear she said she backed away from conspiracy theories, but if you are a fervent, you know, qanon
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believer, what does that tell you? >> it tells me that she is not really out of the qanon orbit and indoctrination. she's doing it for political purposes to back away. i like that that message from her might help some people involved with qanon start questioning, but the bottom line is a real process has to happen of educating people about what is brainwashing and mind control. hem people go back in time to when they first heard of the group and to pick apart what got to them. >> what do you do that, steench? i mean it's quite obvious for some of us who live in reality. the sky is up, the sky is blue period, but for some of these folks, it's easy for people to watching saying these people are crazy, shrug it off, but it's really what they believe but how do you yank them out of it and
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into reality? >> so, brooke, part of the problem is our devices and if you're in a cult and all you're hearing is cult messaging and you're not hearing other things it's very hard to get someone to take that step back into reality test, so always the formula for me when -- when i'm asked how do you know if you're under mind control, you need to take a total break from whatever group you're involved with, like no contact for several days, a week is even better. walk in the woods, listen to music you used to love to listen to, reconnect with family and friends, and part of the problem is the dynamic that happened when people get into a destructive cult where they try to recruit their families so intensely that they cut off contact or the family tries to
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arguably talk them out which only propels them in. so the family hand friends need to be educated strategically about how to ask questions from a curious yet concerned posture that's actually going to develop rapport and trust again and empower the person to take a step back, learn about brainwashing and mind control, reconsider how they got into this rabbit hole and realize there's hope. people like mysy. was in the moon cult for two and a half years. i needed help getting out, but i was so glad my family made the effort to help me, brooke. >> and you got out, and you have the hope and now you're helping others. i have so many more questions but i am out of time. we will talk again. thank you so much, sir. i really do appreciate it. >> thank you. >> i just believe that this is something we need to be talking about. how about this, award winning actor stanley tucci now part of the cnn theme, and he's living all of our food and
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constant in stanley tucci's life. >> my mom was an incredible cook. is an incredible cook. >> born in new york to italian-american parents, tucci spent a year grow ing up in florence. >> it was the start of a life-long love affair with italy. >> when tucci first became an actor, he was often casts a mobster. >> i want to make bail and get out in time for my racketball. >> appearing in 100 films and tv shows. tucci has filled his roles with humor. >> you kind of look like a stripper. >> mom? >> a high-end stripper for governors or athletes. >> drama. >> no adults allowed. >> and big-budget action. >> >> the hunger games! >> is this a turning point in your career?orial debut starred
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tucci and food. two italian-american brothers struggle running a restaurant while cooking family recipes. >> secret recipe. >> not much has changed. >> i'm on the hunt for the perfect timbalo, a dish i'm obsessed with. >> food is an important part of many of tucci's films. >> it turned out to be julia. >> he played julia childs' husband in 2009. >> what is it that you really like to do? >> eat. >> the same year, tucci's real wife, kate, died from breast cancer. >> all right, everyone. gerd your loins. >> but he found love again when his co-star in "the daughter wears prada," emily blunt, introduced him to her sister.
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>> this is where we met. >> the two shared a love of cooking and cookbooks along with viral quarantine cocktails. >> what are you going to make me? >> family, friends and food, a theme of tucci's life. >> i think it's time to feed the film crew. >> and his new show. >> i'm going to make them one of my favorites. >> how jealous are we? tune in, the all-new series stanley tucci premiers sunday night at 9:00 only here on cnn. right now, senate leaders are close -- forgive me. let's listen in to chuck schumer. >> the department of commerce, department of labor and office of management and budget. at the same time, committees will continue pressing the work of addressing the covid crisis. last week, in the early hours of friday morning, the senate passed a budget resolution that will pave the way for president biden's american rescue plan.
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as promised, the senate held an open, bipartisan and vigorous amendment process. several bipartisan amendments passed with overwhelming majorities and were added to the resolution. the fact that the debate went all night and only concluded at around 5:30 in the morning is a testament to the vigor of the amendment process, which again i note was bipartisan. the first amendment, in fact, a very important one, by the senator from arizona, miss sichlt nema and senator from mississippi, mr. wicker, helped our restaurant industry, and it was bipartisan. now, our senate committees have instructions to begin crafting legislation to rescue our country from covid-19, to speed vaccination distribution, provide a lifeline to small businesses, help schools reopen safely, save the jobs of teachers, firefighters and other public employees, and support every american who is struggling
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to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. this important, historic work will give hundreds of millions of americans the relief they need. while getting our country back to normal as quickly as possible. now on impeachment. tomorrow, the second impeachment trial of donald j. trump will commence. only the fourth trial of a president or former president in american history, and the first trial for any public official that has been impeached twice. for the information of the senate, the republican leader and i, in consultation with both the house managers and former president trump's lawyers, have agreed to a bipartisan resolution to discuss the structure and timing of the impending trial. let me say that again. all parties have agreed to a structure that will ensure a
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fair and honest senate impeachment trial of the former president. each side will have ample time to make their arguments, 16 hours over two days for the house managers, the same for the former president's counsel. if managers decide they want witnesses, there will be a vote on that, which is the option they requested in regard to witnesses. the trial will also accommodate a request from the former president's counsel to pause the trial during the sabbath. the trial will break on friday afternoon before sundown and will not resume until sunday afternoon. as in previous trials, there will be equal time for senators' questions and for closing arguments, and an opportunity for the senate to hold deliberations, if it so chooses, and then we will vote on the article of impeachment. and if the former president is convicted, we will proceed to a
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vote on whether he is qualified to enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the united states. the structure we have agreed to is eminently fair. it will allow for the trial to achieve its purpose, truth and accountability. that's what trials are designed to do, to arrive at the truth of the matter and render a verdict. and following the despicable attack on january 6th, there must, there must be truth and accountability if we are going to move forward, heal and bring our country together once again. sweeping something as momentous as this under the rug brings no healing whatsoever. let's be clear about that. now, as the trial begins, the forces aligned with the former president are prepared to argue that the trial itself is
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unconstitutional, because donald trump is no longer in office. relying on a fringe legal theory that has broundly debunked by constitutional scholars from across the political spectrum. just yesterday, another very prominent, conservative republican constitutional lawyer, chuck cooper, wrote in "the wall street journal" that republicans are dead wrong if they think an impeachment trial of a former president is unconstitutional. here is what he wrote. quote, given that the constitution permits the senate to impose the penalty of permanent disqualification only on former office holders, it defies logic to suggest that the senate is prohibited from trying and convicting former office holders. the senators who supported mr. paul's motion should reconsider their view and judge the former president's misconduct on th


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