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9 AM ET: Rafah concern growing, Biden on 'shrinkflation', Marathon record holder dies & more
CNN 5 Things
Feb 12, 2024

Concern is growing as Israeli forces step up attacks on the border city of Rafah in Gaza, as they also rescued two hostages. A bipartisan foreign aid package has passed its first key test. A powerful Nor'easter is set to hit parts of the US. President Joe Biden is hitting out against "shrinkflation.' And, the holder of the marathon world record has died in a car crash.

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Episode Transcript
Faiz Jamil (host)
00:00:01
From CNN. I'm Faiz Jamil with the 5 things you need to know for Monday, February 12th.
00:00:07
Israeli forces say they've rescued two hostages from the city of Rafah in Gaza, where they killed dozens of people in airstrikes overnight. The two men who were saved had been in captivity for 128 days after Hamas kidnaped them during the October 7th terror attack. Israel's military says they're in good medical condition, described the rescue as a covert operation. This comes as the Palestine Red Crescent Society says more than 100 people have died in Rafah after a night of, quote, extremely intense attacks. CNN cannot independently verify the number of casualties on the ground. CNN's Nada Bashir has more.
Nada Bahsir (reporter hit)
00:00:47
Well Faiz, the humanitarian situation seems to be growing, only more desperate enough. This is an area where some 1.3 million people, including an estimated 600,000 children, are now concentrated after fleeing fighting in other parts of Gaza. There is simply no way left for civilians to turn. Palestinian authorities, international aid groups and U.N. humanitarian officials are warning that such an operation in Rafah will not only lead to more suffering, but more civilians being killed.
Faiz Jamil (host)
00:01:17
The Senate was at work this weekend.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (soundbite)
00:01:19
I can't remember the last time the Senate was in session on Super Bowl Sunday. We're going to keep working on this bill until the job is done.
Faiz Jamil (host)
00:01:29
'That "job" Majority Leader Chuck Schumer mentioned, is a more than $95 billion aid package, including for Ukraine and Israel. And it passed a key test with some Republican support, despite opposition from some GOP senators and former President Donald Trump. A final vote on the bill is expected this week, but it may likely face problems passing the Republican-led House.
00:01:54
More than 20 million people are under winter weather alerts as a powerful nor'easter is set to hit the northeast. The storm will begin unleashing snow across the region tonight and into tomorrow. CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar explains what could come next.
Allison Chinchar (meteorologist hit)
00:02:10
The system will continue to move very quickly offshore by Tuesday afternoon, making this a very quick moving system. One thing to note, though, is it will still have plenty of time to dump a tremendous amount of snow. Areas of northeastern Pennsylvania all the way up through coastal Maine could see widespread totals of 4 to 8in, but numerous locations, including portions of upstate New York and western Massachusetts, looking at up to a foot.
Faiz Jamil (host)
00:02:35
Meanwhile, in the south, around 33 million people from Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle and into the Carolinas are at risk of severe thunderstorms and excess rainfall.
President Joe Biden (soundbite)
00:02:47
It's a rip off. Some companies are trying to pull a fast one by shrinking the products a little by little, and hoping you won't notice. Give me a break!
Faiz Jamil (host)
00:02:56
That was President Joe Biden in a video posted on yesterday talking about Shrinkflation, where businesses shrink products without reducing the price. It's another way Biden is trying to show he's on the side of consumers, but his economic messages are struggling to break through with voters. A recent CNN poll says most believe Biden's policies have worsened economic conditions, despite data showing the economy is growing. Speaking on the One Thing podcast, CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich told David Rind why there's that disconnect.
Vanessa Yurkevich (reporter hit)
00:03:30
Consumers are still spending, consumers are still driving the U.S. economy. That's why GDP has been so good. But they're putting money on credit cards. Most Americans carry debt, mortgages, auto loans, credit cards coming up.
Faiz Jamil (host)
00:03:44
A record breaking marathon runner has died in a car accident.
00:03:52
The marathon world record holder has died in a road accident. Kenyan police say 24 year old Kelvin Kiptum was killed in a car crash alongside his coach last night after they lost control, veered off the road and hit a tree. Kiptum set the world record of two hours and 35 seconds at the Chicago Marathon last October, which was ratified only days ago by World Athletics. The organization's president described him as an incredible athlete, leaving an incredible legacy.
00:04:23
That's all for now. Our next episode drops at noon eastern.