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life. it's unfortunate that charlie has this gervais syndrome, but thank god we've got something now that's working. >> she's doing so great today. . oh, the weather outside is frightful, and the travel -- not so delightful. nearly 95 million people are getting out of town for the holidays and here's what you can expect. severe icing, and we're not talking about just a frosting. powerful thunderstorms, flight delays and mix in some holiday cheer. >> since i'm in charge, obviously, we screwed it up. >> president obama talking about his health care rollout and what he calls his biggest mistake of
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2013, but according to cnn's new poll numbers on the president's performance, that wasn't his only problem this year. >> i don't want him to think that i'm over here trying to be an ambassador and trying to use him, just as his friend. >> dennis rodman back in north korea visiting his personal friend, kim jong-un. is this basketball diplomacy or dangerous stunt or something else? remember, it's daying after he executed his uncle. your "new day" starts right now. good morning, everyone. thanks so much for washging up with us on this saturday morning. i'm pamela brown. >> i'm victor blackwell. 80%. you can probably hear something nasally. if we ignore it, it will go away. i'm victor blackwell. it's the first day of winter, officially.
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>> it is. certainly looking and feeling like it. >> you may be dreaming about white christmas with family, remember what that means. yeah, this is pretty, but also slush and ice and all of the dangers that come with it. it's going to make a travel nightmare to get to the family. >> the best way to sum it up, victor. a ferocious storm slamming nearly 30 states this weekend bringing snow, ice and rain to an area stretching from text up through maine and a threat of thunderstorms and get this, tornadoes through the south. you don't normally see that this time of year. >> if you're headed to the airport, be parent. mo be patient. more than 5.5 million headed there with you. already cancellations across the great plains. >> that's right. not what you want to be dealey with. >> no, ma'am. >> more than 85 million people will be traveling by car to see family and friends. that's more than one in four
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americans and, of course, you will want to use caution on the roads so you don't end up like this right here. icy roads like these in kansas caused multiple accidents. >> we've got 85 million on the roads, 5 million taking planes. what is everybody else taking? a train, maybe. a ferry. who knows. let's look in pi jennifer gray and a look at the forecast. who's getting hit hardest? >> a mess, guys. right now in the center part of the country continuing to push to the east. a threat of severe storms in the south, as you mentioned. very heavy. possibly flooding rains across much of the ohio valley. we also have the possibility for an icy mix across some sections and even heavy snow for folks up to the north. this is different than the last couple of winter storms we've had. this one has a lot of warm air in place. it going to mainly be a rain event, however, we will have the ice threat anywhere from oklahoma city through springfield and we could see additional quarter of an inch of
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ice, maybe even half an inch of ice. you know what that means. possible downed power line, power outages. things like that. so we are going to see that ice component. we're also going to see the severe component, and this is going to be from shreveport through memphis, nashville, in this area for today, could possibly see isolated tornadoes, could see damaging winds as well. that threat shifts to the east going into tomorrow. also, the very heavy rain event. we're going to see a possible five inches of rain through indianapolis, st. louis, even little rock could pick up possibly four to five inches of rain. so tracking this hour by hour, you can see through memphis, jackson, little rock, as we go through 4:00 this afternoon, it's going to continue to push to the east as we go through midnight tonight, and you can see there's mainly rain on the map. not as much snow with this system. most of the snow is going to stay very far to the north, guy, but it going to make a mess for travelers today and tomorrow. >> yeah.
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seeing a little bit of everything out there, it seems. jennifer gray, thank you. president obama wrapped up the year with a wide-ranging news conference. then he left the washington fishbowl for 16 days in the sun. >> something tells me he's ready for a vacation. >> ready to go. >> the first family arrived in hawaii this morning where the president will happily bid adieu to 2013. a difficult year. breanna keeler jo ee ee ee ee e join us. >> reporter: and the president took heat for what was rough 2013. >> it's the most wonderful press conference of the year. right now. >> reporter: president obama closed out 2013 facing a skeptical white house press core. >> has this been the worst year of your presidency? >> were you wrong then because were you not fully ready an not just on these programs but on other programs? >> reporter: the president at
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times appeared combative and at other times conciliatory, acknowledging the biggest foible of a foible-filled year, the rollout of obama care. >> since i'm in charge obviously, we screwed it up. >> reporter: instead of making excuses for the way his signature achievement has been implemented he accepted fault but pushed back against critics in defense of the underlying law. >> having said all that, the bottom line also is that we've got several million people that are going to have health care that works. >> reporter: reporters also hammered the president over his shifting position on the reach of the nsa, and revelations that the agency was collecting information on americans. >> on surveillance you looked the american people in the eye six months ago and said, we've got the right balance. six months later saying, maybe not. >> hold on a second pine thi. i think it's important to note when it comes to the right balance, we have a bunch of
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folks whose job it is to make sure that the american people are protected. >> reporter: the president said he'll consider changes to the nsa while on vacation in hawaii and make decisions on surveillance programs in january. in one flash of frustration the president pushed back against opponents on capitol hill who suggested they will again hold up approving increasing the nation's debt ceiling. the treasury secretary has warned without an increase, the u.s. will run out of money to pay its bills early next year. >> will you negotiate with house republicans on the debt ceiling? >> brianna, you know the answer to this question. no, we're not going to negotiate for congress to pay bills that it has accrued. >> this is a bipartisan deal. >> reporter: obama warned republicans not to squander the glimmer of goodwill from the recent bipartisan budget dheel averts a government shutdown in the new year. >> i can't imagine that having seen this possible daylight breaking when it comes to
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cooperation in congress that folks are thinking actually about plunging us back into the kinds of brinksmanship and governance by crisis that has done us so much harm over the last couple of years. >> reporter: if that wasn't enough to send republicans a message -- >> i've got to assume folks aren't crazy enough to start that thing all over again. >> reporter: some republicans actually share that sentiment with president obama but also say it isn't helpful for him to say that. pamela and victor? >> senior white house correspondent brianna keilar in washington. thank you. still have holiday shopping to do. target offering a 10% ki percen discount to all shoppers today and tomorrow. it wants to apraul jie after 40 million of their customers had credit cards hacked. offering free credit monitoring services and already a lawsuit filed in california on behalf of shoppers who say thieves used their debit card info. four people are in custody
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in last weekend's deadly carjacking and shooting of a young new jersey lawyer and husband. dustin friedland had gone christmas shopping with his wife at the mall when they were ambushed as he was helping his wife get into the suv. police say friedland was shot several times, his wife was not hurt fwop assailants got into their car and drove off. prosecutors are holding a news conference at 9:00 a.m. eastern. just about an hour from now, two astronauts aboard the international space station are set to embark on the first of three emergency space walks. >> expected to spend about 6.5 hours today working 0en a critical fix to one of the station's key operating systems that makes sure that the equipment doesn't get overheated there on the space station. >> like any space walk, this is risky. nasa has taken some macgyver-like steps to keep astronauts safe. john zarrella has the latest on this from miami. hey, john. >> reporter: victor, pam, if you
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ask, nasa officials, what they want for christmas, they'll tell you, a working cooling pump. they'll have to wait until christmas day to see if they've got one. for the international space station astronauts, christmas will be a working holiday. three planned space walks. the first saturday, the last coming christmas morning. 220 miles above the earth, quite literally, high drama. astronauts rick and mike will spend about 20 hours in space removing the 780-pound failed cooling pump and replacing it with a spare. much of the time he will be dangling from the station's robotic arm. two pumps are used to cool the station. the failure of either is considered critical. nasa says it learned a lot from a similar incident back in 2010 that's given them confidence this time. >> i looked around the room today and said, what are people worried about? and really, there was not much to be said. so i think we're ready to go out
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the door on saturday. >> reporter: a valve inside the pump failed over a week ago. complicating matters nasa has to carefully watch the crew's spacesuits. back in july, astronaut lucca's help mitt began mistierly filling with water. scary moments as others raced to get his helmet off. nasa still doesn't completely understand what went wrong. this will be the first walk since. >> all days spent with a lot of water chemists trying to figure this out. we've not yet said it will be fleet-wide. >> reporter: they don't expect the problem to repeat but are taking no chances. water absorbing pads have been installed in helmets and tubing on the station fashioned into snorkels. >> this is your last resort, if water is encroaching your face, similar to happened to lucca the crew member can lean down and use this to breathe to receive fresh oxygen down near his
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midsection. >> reporter: nasa astronauts always make space walks look easy, but the bottom line, navy's agency never wants to send them outside unless there is no other choice. this happens to be one of those times. victor, pam? >> all right, john zarrella in miami. thank you so much, john. hundreds of thousands of people are demanding that a & e end the suspension of one of the stars of "duck dynasty." >> really a talker. find out what he's saying about the suspension now. [ male announcer ] this is george.
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pop in. stand out. support for the suspended star of "duck dynasty" is growing, the reality tv show network a&e, staying quiet. >> more than 200,000 people have signed petitions demanding a&e end phil robertson's suspension, but an a&e executive told cnn the network isn't second guessing its decision and noted that conversations about robertson and the show will continue after the holiday. >> but questions remain about the show's future. cnn entertainment correspondent michelle turn hear more. hey, michelle.
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>> reporter: victor and pamela, the robertson family is presenting a united front releasing a statement in support of phil, the man they call the head of their family. they said in part, "we have had a successful working relationship with a&e but as a family we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. we are in negotiations to see what that means for the future of "duck dynasty." talk about rocking the boat. just a day after a&e suspended the back-woods louisiana star phil robertson from his hit reality show "duck dynasty" for making anti-gay comments, a firestorm erupted. >> this is my big issue -- >> reporter: now at his critics and supporters are lining up getting their ducks in a row, robertson's family addressed this for the first time saying while some of his unfiltered comments were course, his belief, grounded in the teaching of the bible. phil would never incite or encourage hate, but now
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surfacing, a video from 2010 showing robertson in a pennsylvania pulpit preaching morality. >> women with women, men with men -- they committed indecent acts with one another and they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. they're full of murder, envy, hatred. they are ins lit, arrogant, god haters. >> he has the right, of course to say what he likes to say, but a&e made a good decision deciding that those views are not american views. those views do not represent their brand as a network and they pulled him. >> reporter: now coming out of the woodwork, robertson supporters even pledging their support on twitter with the hash tag, stand by phil. ted cruz and former alaska governor sarah palin taking a stand behind the boys from the bayou as well.
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palin saying on herself facebook page, free speech is an endangered species. those intolerance and taking on the "duck dynasty" for voicing his personnel opinion on taking on all of us. >> except for people that disagree with him. it's stunning to me after all of those antics miley cyrus would still be on tv and phil the's one getting kicked off. >> reporter: they say they're fighting the good fight. >> amen. >> reporter: critics say it's an old fight likely to lose in a new world. a&e told cnn they will not have any further comment on this situation, and the network did air a previously scheduled three-hour "duck dynasty" marathon on thursday night. another one is scheduled for this weekend. the new season is also still set to kick off on january 15th, although they say, and now we're talking about a&e, they say phil robertson is suspended from filming, he is expected to appear in the new season's
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initial episodes that have already been shot. victor and pamela, back to you. >> thank you so much. this continues to be a talker. we'll have more on this coming up later in the show to discuss other similar situations with high-profile people and dissecting the decision that a&e made. so -- >> we're going to talk about this one too. this other p.r. night mayor going viral on twitter. the hash tag has just landed yet is exploding. justine, the top p.r. exec. for interactive court. it is a media conglomerate run by billionaire barry diller. yesterday this tweet appeared on the account. going to africa. hope i don't get aids. just kidding. i'm white. then her account went silent, and now the tweet is gone, and the account is gone. there's been a lot of outrage and reaction, as you'd imagine. someone created the website justine sacco.com that links to
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african charity is. where she works currently, no update recently on her employment called the tweet offensive and outrageous and we're still waiting to hear from justine sacco herself. >> curious to hear from her. sounds like she might need her own publicist on this one. >> center. quick break and we'll be back. ♪ [ chicken caws ] [ male announcer ] when your favorite food starts a fight, fight back fast with tums.
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the numbers -- >> 22 after the hour now and we're looking live at the international space station. we've got two astronauts preparing for a space walk that's set to start in, what, 40 minutes from now, pamela? >> uh-huh. about 40 minutes. this is going to last about 6.5 hours. fixing one of the cooling systems onboard the international space station. it's important to note here, remember six months ago another space walk, an italian astronaut nearly drowned from water in his helmet. nasa taking extra precautions making sure that doesn't happen again. >> our executive producer says, this is so flippin' cool. it is. >> whether you're watching or not, this is pretty cool. >> in the near future, you my not ever need to leave the
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comfort of your own home to watch an nfl football game. i mean, we do that now. right? >> yeah. i was going to say. >> apparently there's something new happening. >> here's what new. the fcc took the first steps towards rebealing the unpopular blackout rule. if you don't know, the rule prevents tv stations from airing a game if tickets aren't sold out. >> i remember those days working in jacksonville. the jaguars were up against that every thursday and friday. >> every week. the fcc is considering appealing this rule, getting rid of it altogether. considering it. obviously, the nfl does not want this to happen, but the fcc is saying this rule is outdated. the economics of the nfl have changed. back in the day, obviously, a main revenue stream for the nfl was ticket sales. go to the game, park at the game, buy concessions at the game. it's changed a lot these days. you got broadcasting rights. billions and billions of dollars poured into these networks. the economics have changed. nfl says, wait. we don't want to change this
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rule, because if it ain't broke, don't fix it. it's been in place 40 years. we like the fact that people go to these games and go in record numbers. this year there's only been two games blacked out. you look back at the numbers, 35 years ago, 50% of the games were blacked out. so it's working. basically if you're in a market and don't get a game sold out, you won't be able to see it on television. it helps the nfl's economics. obviously, if they were to take away this rule in certain markets, you talked about tampa, jacksonville, san diego, it hurts the brand. people will see. if i can see it on tv, why go to the game? if i can see it? ah, watch from the comforts of my home. people have the opportunity to view the nfl is other ways. obviously, the red zone channel, direct television, watch online, through twitter feeds. do it through facebook. a lot of ways to do it. so the nfl is saying, listen, it's not broke, don't fix it. leave it the way it is. fcc saying we're getting complaints from tv customers saying we pay tax money. our hard earned tax dollars
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million of theirs customers had debit and credit cards breached. they will not be liable for anyone who use is think info to make purchases. >> and rushing to courthouses in utah last night to get married. hours earlier a federal judge ruled utah's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. the state plans to appeal but did not ask the judge to stay his ruling. that means that aloud these same-sex partners to marry right there on the spot. three, senate democratic leader harry reid is out of the hospital and under orders to rest. reid cheshged in to george washington university hospital friday because he wasn't feeling well. medical tests came back normal. doctors diagnosed reid who is 74 years old, with exhaustion. >> and number four, if you're headed to the airport, you will want to check the status of your flight ahead of time. an ice storm in oklahoma is expected to cause delays and
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cancellations today. today and headed into tomorrow, chicago sees a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, likely snarling flights out of o'hare. on sunday, delays out of major hubs like philadelphia, new york and boston. >> you know what number five is. the nasty winter storm making its way across the u.s. we've got pictures, i believe, from -- we don't have the pictures from oklahoma city? well, let me tell you. it's terrible. this weekend's storm brings everything from ice and snow and sleet, even more record highs of snow. and some record highs in temperature, too. meteorologist jennifer gray is here with your details. jennifer, we're going to hit the 70s here in atlanta. sorry, oklahoma city. >> yes. >> but other people are just suffering. >> yeah. other places are cold. we're very, very warm, and i think more important than even the winter component to think, the severe storms. we're talking about possible tornadoes on the first official day of winter. so we already are seeing showers start to line up anywhere from dallas and that will soon be in
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places like memphis, little rock. yes, we do have that icy component from oklahoma city all wait through st. louis. zoom down on that a little bit. interstates 40, 35, definitely be trouble trying to travel through those today, and even flying out of oklahoma city today. and then already seeing rain in portions of indianapolis, cincinnati, and that continues throughout the day today into tomorrow. so expect delays anywhere from kansas city, chicago, even dallas, guys. >> jennifer gray, we will expect it. thank you. >> all right. so you hear that forecast and are thinking, what about those last-minute gichts i ordered? will they arrive on time? u.p.s. fedex, not to worry. meteorologists are working hard tracking the storm and u.p.s. says they have snow removal equipment ready to go and as long as it's safe, packages will be out for delivery. fedex adds while its confidence your packages will arrive in time, the safety of their employees comes first, of course. i want to show you a daring rescue at a tampa airport. look at this. this is a radar image that shows
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a single engine cessna. you see the bright flash, slamming into a canal bank short of the runway. two tampa police officers on the helicopter patrol ahead the pilot's distress call and rushed to the scene. look at this. you can see one of the officers dragging the pilot away from that crash. it was fiery. the pilot reportedly is in stable condition suffered a few head and leg injuries. tampa's mayor, of course, as many people are, hailing both officers as heroes. >> hmm. unbelievable. >> yeah. quite a week on the money front. >> of course. >> the mega millions jackpot, hoards of people lining up for that mega million jackpot, strong new evidence that the u.s. economy is flying high. >> i spent $15 and i won $3. >> you did better than i did. i didn't win anything. >> and joining us now with this week's top news in business. zain? >> reporter: the dow closed at record highs on wednesday, thursday and friday.
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the big driver, the federal reserve said it could slowly wind down its $85 billion a month. a sign the economy is strong enough to stand on its own. friday, third quarter gdp solidified that, 4.1% pace. the fastest pace since 2011. also a massive credit card breach at target affected 40 million customers. the retailer says the issue has been resolved and customers won't be responsible for any fraudulent charges. google is getting into the robot business. bought boston dynamics makes agile animal-like robots for the defense department. no thought what they'll do with them, but usesed in warehouses or in emergency situations like fires. big changes in the pharmaceutical industry. glaxo myth kline will stop paying due how much it sells.
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and finally, if you didn't win mega millions this past week, still check your ticket. $800 million in lottery prizes go unclaimed every year. many people just throw their tickets away if they don't win the jackpot. that's a wrap of the week on wall street. pamela and victor? >> hmm. $8 $800 million. wow. >> zain, thank you. a look from the international space station. take a look. this is where just about, what, 25 minutes from now we'll see the astronauts venture out for a space walk to fix one of the cooling systems. very important, because the cooling systems keep the equipment on the space station from overheating. >> back in july, there was an italian astronaut who nearly drowned after his helmet filled with water. can you imagine? if you've seen that movie "gravity" imagine if the helmet is filling with water. >> while in space. >> no less. >> so they've added a snorkel and padding. we're talk about that with an astronaut coming up soon, but this is a live shot of the preps at the iss, and we've seen shots
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of mission control. we'll stay on top of this and have more for you throughout the show. >> i just can't get enough of watching them, though. unbelievable. all right. let's go to another big talk. of course, the "duck dynasty" clan, can they recover from a major stum stumble, many are calling it. >> the future of the reality television show is in doubt. you're up early with us. this is "new day saturday."
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welcome back, everybody. taking a live look here in atlanta. >> yes. pretty foggy this morning. that weather coming through oklahoma city. we're good today. 72 degrees. >> can't complain about that, but -- >> tomorrow, it could be a problem here. the busiest airport in the world, atlanta's hartsfield-jackson, we could see delays from that weather in oklahoma city as it moves to atlanta, but let's just enjoy today. >> be in the moment. i've got to travel tomorrow, and i don't want to think about t. let's enjoy today. a new music video paying tribute to "fast and furious" star paul walker. ♪ when shadowed
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way down by the memory of your smile ♪ >> the singer's music video features scenes from one of walker's last movie called "hours." >> video in production before the actor was killed in a fiery car crash last month. zephrin says the song has become a farewell to the star after his death, and all proceeds from the single will go towards walker's charity "reach out worldwide." good news for harry potter fans. a stage play, or just a play, based on the hit series is in the works. i think tyler perry in the word, stage play, i don't know how that happened, but a play. actor j.k. rowling announced this friday. based on harry potter's early years before heading to hogwart. production set to begin next
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year. that's a pet peeve of mine. a stage play. it's a play. >> is it a play, victor? >> yeah, it's a play. the family behind that wildly popular show "duck dynasty" suggests the series may be over. maybe it's done. they say they cannot imagine going forward without phil robertson. >> yeah. a lot of "duck dynasty" fans not happy about the prospect of that happening, a&e suspended robertson for homophobic and racist comments, but robertson isn't the first celebrity to trip on his tongue. here's national correspondent gary tuchman. >> i'm not in to dainty things. >> reporter: "duck dynasty"'s phil robertson certainly isn't the first celebrity whose mouth has gotten him or her in trouble. >> get eway from my wife and baby with the camera! [ bleep ] that is. >> reporter: alec baldwin recently lost a program. >> you know what's going to happen to you, don't you? come on! [ bleep ].
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[ bleep ]. >> reporter: after those comments, baldwin was suspended from his show, and then it was cancelled in what was described as a mutual parting. >> my goodness. >> reporter: celebrity chef paula deen accused of using the n word at times and was sued by a tomorrower employee alleging sexual discrimination. the food network said it would not renew her contract and one by one she lost many sponsorships. she went on the "today" show to apologize and was also defensive. >> i'll tell you what, if there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wished they could take back, if you're out there, please, pick up that stone, and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. please. i want to meet you. i want to meet you. i is what i is, and i'm not
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changing. >> reporter: the lawsuit against deen was ultimately dismissed. shock jock don imus got into hot water after saying this about african-american basketball players. >> rough girls from rutgers. tattoos and hard-core hoes. that's some nappy headed hoes, i'm telling you. >> reporter: imus apologized later but not enough to keep his radio program or an msnbc deal. although he is back on radio and tv today. >> like i was swimming through a flabby armed spanking machine. >> reporter: the man we know as kramer on "seinfeld" saying the n word seven times in over two minutes at an l.a. com buy show. later contrite on the "letterman" show. >> the african-american community make sure this kind of crap doesn't -- just doesn't come about, and i'm sorry that it happened. >> reporter: richards maintained a low pryphile quite some time
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following the incident. few celebrities have been exposed quite like actor mel gibson. not only with anti-semitic and racists outbursts but profane and threatens messages left on his ex-girl friend's e-mail. >> mp disloyal and [ bleep ], such a slut. >> reporter: some can't recover, others do. experts say it comes down to how it's handled. >> the best way to come back from a mishap or words they didn't mean to say or words that fell on the public in the wrong way is to be honest, transparent and truthful about the con next which the words were shared. >> reporter: but not all celebrities heed that advice. >> some are saying you're bipolar. >> wow. what does that mean? >> i guess that you're on two ends of the spectrum? >> wow. and then what? it's what the cure? medicine? make me like them? not going to happen. i'm biwinning. >> winning or not, "duck
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dynasty"'s phil robertson is now the latest member in the celebrity club. gary tuchman, cnn, atlanta. you know, twitter's really been blowing up over this ever since it happened. a lot of people coming to his defense. >> we're going to talk more about this, and we've been talking during the break and during the stories about this. you know, i'm both black and gay, and i saw what he said, and i read it. there was nothing that surprised me. i didn't look at the words and woo weep. what would have been surprising after phil robertson calls himself a bible trumper and we know they've called themselves red necks. if he would have come out and supported gay marriage that would have been the surprise. we'll have the conversation later an a&e. >> let's not forget, this is a reality show. >> yes. you want a reality show, and then the man is real, and then you suspend him. we're going to have that conversation coming up later in the show. >> in the meantime, this made headlines this week. prince william's cutesy nickname for kate middleton.
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we're about to go around the world. let's start in london. oh, who. good day. we say good morning to you a the american cities.
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we go to london, we say good day. all right. 11:48 there in london. live look at the tower bridge. looking atalities cloudy there, overcast. no surprise for london. shoppers rushing around for christmas gifts. let's go to pamela for around the world now. >> and moving to legalize same-sex marriage, uganda is passing a las for homosexuals and people who help them. we have more from london. issa? >> reporter: pamela, the ugandan government passed new anti-gay legislation. now, under the bill, gay men and lesbians could face life in prison in some cases, and anyone who fails to report them could be given jail time. even promoting homosexuality would be a crime. now, the legislation is a setback from that 2009 proposal that called for the death penalty for certain homosexual acts. the bill has already been
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denounced, by activist group glaad calling it one of the worst human rights violation of our time. pamela? >> thank you, issa. over to moscow, russian president vladimir putin issued a pardon for a critic of the russian government from prison. we have more. >> reporter: pamela, khodorkovsky, longtime critic of the kremlin a free man and on german soil. used to be russia's richest man until he crossed vladimir putin. his oil company broken up and thrown in jail on tax evasion and fraud charges. now mr. putin decided to free him on humanitarian grounds. his mother is very sick. now his son it in berlin to see him after ten years of not seeing his own father. his mother told us she wasn't sure she could join because of her health. >> pamela? >> thank you. heading back to london, new
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claims that a british tabloid hacked the phone of kate middleton while dating prince william. details of the intimate conversations. >> reporter: he called kate babykins, a term of affection prince william probably never thought would be haerpd by others let alone read out loud in open court. news of the world hacked kate middleton's phone in 2006. her intimate mails read out at an ongoing trial. several of charged with conspiring to intercept voicemails. the denial charges against them, because of this trial that the world now knows that william is a fan of "hunting with beagles" and that he liked to send kate cheeky text messages. pamela, back to you. >> thank you, erin. victor, back to you. >> nothing wrong with a cheeky text message. >> hmm. >> hmm. hey, dennis rodman, he never fails to surprise. he's in north korea -- again.
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the hall of fame nba player is coaching young basketball players there, part of a plan to bring former nba stars to north korea, but critics are outraged. it may be in part because people think his close personal friendship with north korean leader kim jong-un puts him in a position to negotiate on america's behalf, which so far he's refused to do. the north korean arrested in north korea in november of last year, 2012, sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after found guilty of hostile acts, and attempts to topple the government through religious activities, but rodman says north korea's politics has nothing to do with him. >> i don't want him to think that i'm over here trying to, you know, be a, you know, ambassador and trying to use him as being his friend. all of a sudden i'm starting to talk about politics. that's not going to be that way.
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y'all done with your christmas shopping? most people? i'll tell you, i bought a lot more people gifts this year than i thought i did. you know why? i used my credit card at target. that's why. >> we were decorating the letterman christmas tree, and we're all finished, and my son, we were talking about him earlier, he's 10 years old, and he said, he was very excited. he said, i don't -- i said, you know what? what we need now is a star. and he said, it's just like your show. >> i like dave's show. that didn't sound like me at all. what was that. i'm working through it, y'all. i'm working through it. >> fake it until you make it. >> yeah. i'm faking it. >> mind over matter f. there was
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any doubt that there would be a dance number or two at the oscars next year -- listen, we can put that to rest now. >> here's why. >> yes. >> ellen degeneres has been tapped to host it. ♪ ♪ ooshgs crah, crazy's what the about me ♪ >> the academy of motion pictures released this trailer of ellen dancing through the streets of a movie set. >> as we see, dancing, about 250 other tuxedo-clad men and women, expect to see the trailer in movie theaters after the first of the year, and by the way, the oscars are sunday march 2nd. one of our must-see moments of the day. the moment when an acceptance letter to college arrives at your house. >> yeah. this was extra special for 20-year-old ryan holcombe who
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has down's syndrome. >> it says, congratulations. >> i got -- i got accepted? >> pleased to inform you of your acceptance into the program for the fall of 2014, beginning august 17th, 2014. >> they said, yes? >> they said, yes. what do you say? >> yes! >> oh, god. i have chills. >> they said, yes. they sure did, ryan. he's getting his acceptance letter here to clemson university's life program. that program is for people with intellectual disabilities, aiming to give them a college experience. >> good for clemson university. >> congratulations to ryan, too. >> absolutely. by now you've probably seen jean-claude van damme doing that splip between the two moving trucks. >> in the event you haven't, let's take a look.
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♪ who can say where the road goes ♪ where the day flows ♪ only time ♪ >> that's van damme's commercial right there from volvo trucks. >> and as provided by enya. i love enya. not to be outdone, chuck norris has his own split. >> so hallowed and so gracious is the time. ♪ who can say >> yeah, that's chuck. doing his split between two fighter jets while balancing 11 people standing in the shape of a christmas tree on top of his head. they letter light up with christmas lights. you know that whole line of jokes with chuck norris. he doesn't do push-ups. he pushes the earth down. >> well, so not surprising, i guess, he's involved with this spoof. only a matter of time until this
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happened. the parody of the van damme ad makes use of graphic technology. not surprising there either. >> still funny, though. good job. thanks for staying with us this morning. >> the next hour of your "new day" starts right now. all right. we're looking at rick and mike. they are the two american astronauts who will be conducting a space walk here on the truss of the international space station. starts in about ten minutes. right? >> yeah. this is the first of three emergencies space walks to repair a critical cooling system coming just six months after that terrifying incident on one space walk, one astronaut's helmet filled with water nearly drowning him. >> nasa put in a special water absorbant padding and a snorkel device in to the helmets in case this drowning threat comes back. so as soon as the astronauts
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venture outside, of course, we'll bring that to you live along with play-by-play analysis from veteran astronauts. >> keeping an eye on that. good morning, everyone. we appreciate you waking up with us on this saturday. i'm pam ela brown. >> i'm victor blackwell. it's the first day of winter. >> people in atlanta, we're hitting the 70s. you might be dreaming of a white christmas with family, but it is going to be a nightmare out there on the roads to get to the family. so get ready for the crowds at the airport, too. more than 5.5 million will take to the skies, starting today, and already we're seeing the delays and the cancellations. mostly across the great plains. >> hmm. more than 85 million people will be traveling by car to see family and friends. that is more than one in four
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americans. >> we've got team coverage tracking this latest storm. nick valencia is live in kansas city, missouri, for us. >> and jennifer gray is in the cnn severe weather center, but nick, we're going to start with you. go ahead. >> reporter: good morning, pamela and victor. the worst is yet to come here, but officials here that i've spoken to say they'll be prepared for that storm when it does gechlt t to the nation's midsection. from cars skidding on frozen roads and some flipping over -- to flight delays at the nation's airports, an expected power outages, it's beginning to look a lot like a holiday travel nightmare. here's the wild forecast. ice storm warnings in oklahoma. severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes across the south. heavy snow and flooding in the nation's midsection. who's going to be impacted? more than 94 million americans traveling this week. already dangerous driving conditions this morning in kansas and iowa. >> just try to stop. i mean -- safest, but i
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couldn't -- my car just went out like this. >> reporter: and if you're flying, watch out for possible flight cancellations in the midwest and up to two-hour delays in kansas city, chicago and dallas. with more delays expected up the east coast on sunday. travel experts say it's best to check ahead before leaving home. >> we really recommend that travelers be smart. they plan ahead. they take advantage of smartphone technology, by keeping up-to-date on travel conditions and road kicondition >> reporter: while the weather can be a pain, for football pan fans in green bay, wisconsin, it's provided a $10 an hour job to sweep lambeau field for sunday's game. >> a chance to get out and meet people, get some good exercise and enjoy the cold. >> reporter: and that freezing rain and snow is expected here in kansas city later this afternoon. the cold here in kansas city kind of caught folks by surprise, just a couple of days ago, out grilling in a t-shirt and shorts.
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so welcome to winter. right? pamela and victor? back to you. >> nick, we need to get you earmuffs or a hat or something, because it is -- no. it's freezing there. >> reporter: the beanie doesn't look good on camera. you've got to brave the conditions out here. >> and the earmuffs? we got to deal with it. >> nick valencia. thank you. and by the way, heavy rains are expected across the ohio river valley today. the majority of indiana is under aed florida watch right now, and many across the region are getting those sandbags ready. bracing for the storm. jennifer gray is here whip whit you can expect. not great timing, not at all. a lot of people traveling this weekend, you mentioned, and already seeing a lot of rain from dallas through little rock. even into portions of indiana, illinois. we're also seeing that ice come down in oklahoma city. so it is going to be a mess. especially for interstates 40, 44 and 35. if you are traveling by road,
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also by skies, it's going to be a nightmare around oklahoma city with the ice. rain is a huge story across the country's midsection. the ohio valley seeing a lot of rain this morning, and that's going to continue to track to the east as well. the biggest story in all of this is probably the severe weather. we have a moderate risk of severe weather anywhere from shreveport to jackson, up around little rock, including memphis and then a slight risk including much of the mississippi river valley. that's going to cause possible damaging winds, even isolated tornadoes as we go through the late afternoon today, and then we also have that flooding threat. could see up to five inches of rain for areas like st. louis, indianapolis, even up near detroit. the last couple of systems have mainly had a wintry component to them. this one is mainly a rain event. however, we will have that ice, possible accumulation. quarter inch to half an inch across places like oklahoma city, and then we could see four
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to seven inches of snow through kansas city, des moines, including green bay. guy, just be patient this weekend. take it easy. it should clear out by the end of the day on sunday. that's not the best news, but if you can hold off, i would. >> anything before the 25th. >> yeah. >> it helps. >> exactly. >> jennifer gray, thank you. >> all right. new jersey police may have made a huge break in a carjacking theft that left a young husband and attorney dead. four people are now under arrest in that fatal shooting of dustin friedland. he was gunned down after christmas shopping with his wife at a new jersey mall. this happened last sunday. cnn's alexander field joins us from new york. alexandra, tell us about the suspects? four under arrest? >> reporter: right, victor. initially police said they were looking for two suspects. we now know they have more. later this morning a press conference held by the essex county prosecutors office we'll hear about a case against four people now under arrest. the news of these arrests comes
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less than a week after dustin friedland a 30-year-old attorney from hoboken, new jersey, was shot and killed outside a new jersey mall in an apparent carjacking. police launched a massive search for the suspects following the attack on sunday night. on monday, they found friedland's 2012 silver range rover parked in newark, but there was no sign of the suspects who had driven off in the car. earlier this week, police announced a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that would lead to the arrest, and prosecution of those suspects. people who they described as armed and dangerous. friedland has been out christmas shopping with his wife at the new jersey mall on sunday night. police say he had just helped her in to the car, opening up the door for her. they say he was confronted when he walked back behind the car. there was some kind of struggle, shots were fired, friedland's wife got out of the car and that's when the suspecting drove off in it. pam, victor. >> are we expecting some comments and more information later this morning? >> reporter: absolutely.
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we're going it find out how they have identified these four people now arrested and what kind of evidence has led to these arrests. again, little has been said. we know there was this large search for these suspects fol w following this very heartbreaking crime during the christmas season. no word about the whereabouts of the suspects and police were looking for the two people the wife reported saw getting in to their car and driving off. who the other suspects are, still no information on that. we should have it for you later this morning. >> 9:00 a.m., the press conference. we'll keep you updated. alexandra, thank you. the emergency space walk at the international space station has just gotten under way. >> next, how nasa plans to keep its astronauts safe this time around after a scare earlier this year. these are live pictures courtesy of nasa tv of the international space station. the space walk expected to last 6.5 hours. we've got some experience the
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a live look at the international space station where a space walk has just begun. this is risky but all of them are inherently risky. two astronauts embarked on three emergency space walks just a few minutes ago. this is to repair the international space station. >> and these two astronauts -- rick and mike, two americans. they are embarking on this mission and they're going to try and fix a broken coolant pump over the next several days. this pump prevent equipment from overheerting. it failed last week so it's very important that they fix this as quickly as possible. >> before we take this shot with our guests i want to tell our viewers this is nasa tv. bouncing back between the iss and mission control. look at left just before the fogging on the left side, you can see the astronauts occasionally pop in and out of the screen.
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let's bring our guests in now. rick, and mike are the astronauts. we've got john zarrella, with us, also mike massimino, who joins us to talk us through what's happening. i want to start with you, john. tell us what's happening now. we're just a few minutes in to this. >> yeah, that's it. right now the astronauts have just exited the air lock there and they are going through some preps and check outs. mike massimino knows all about this from the space walks that he's done, and ultimately what's going to happen is on the end of the robotic arm, one of the astronauts, for much of this day. this first day out there while they're working, what they're going to be doing is preparing to change out that whole cooling pump box and put the new one in, but today is just disconnecting wiring and hoses and pumps and electrical connectors so that they can, then, get to that box,
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take it out and put in the new one, which is a spare that's stored outside the international space station. so a lot of work today. just prepping to do the change-out of the bad box with the new pump, and, you know, pam and victor, this is considered one of the top dozen critical items that require immediate attention from nasa, and from the astronauts on the space station, because there are two cooling pumps. you have one go down. puts a lot of stress on that second cooling pump. so this is something they had to get replaced. they tried to do it remotely, to make these valves open and close. couldn't get it to work properly. so they then ultimately to go with this space walk. you'll notice, the astronaut with the red stripe on his suit is the lead astronaut today. rick, and eventually we'll see helmet cam video, and the helmet cam that has number 20 on it is
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this astronaut and the sorry in the all white suit. >> obviously, this mission is inherently risky. mike, i want to go to you now. you know firsthand that the risks that these astronauts face. remember six months ago when that italian astronaut almost drown because of the water that got into this helmet. what is nasa doing, mike, to minimize the risk for these astronauts? >> well first, pamela and victor, thanks for having me on. john, it's good to hear your voice. they've done a couple things. the problem that lucca, the italian astronaut, the problem he had, they're still looking into the actual cause of that, but they know whatever happened to cause the problem is a pump fan assembly that circulates air and water through the spacesuit. that got mixed, and floated, was forced into lucca's helmet area. that's what caused the problem. they removed that pump assembly.
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it's very small. the suit is now perfectly fine is so the suit it good. nasa never takes any chances. sure, replaced the faulty part in that suit and it checks out good, but in case this would happen again, very unlikely, they have an absorbing pad placed in the back of the helmet of each of the astronauts. mike is wearing the suit lucca was wearing last time. about absorb be pad behind his head and something like a snorkel. it's not a snorkel. it's a piece of tubing. in case the astronaut, water gets in there and needs air, he can lean forward and breathe very easily out of this snorkel device. they call is a snorkel but really it just looks like a tube. so those guys are confident in their suits and read to go do their space walks. >> i think we have video of the snorkel. while we get that video up, i want to ask you, mike, what was the water used for? was it used for cooling purposes
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or was it like a tube for drinking water? we know this is 6.5 hours. >> yeah. so for the -- talking about the snorkel itself? >> the water that flooded the suit? >> that flooded the suit. two sources of water in the suit. one a drink bag right in front of you. like a camel back when you're exercising. right in front of you. you want to say hydrated. they're doing today, it's like an athletic event. that's not where the water came from in the case of lucca's problem. you also have two water tanks in your backpack that circulates cooling water. you can get really hot inside a spacesuit. it can be hot outside and you're in like your own little spaceship. no air. nothing can come in or out of that thing. the heat as you're working, you're going to build a big heat load, get really hot unless you can cool yourself. we wear a fancy pair of underwear under those big suits, like fancy long johns called a cooling garment with all these
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tubes in it. the water circulates around your body to keep your heat down. if you don't have the cooling system, you're going to overheat. it's game over. you have to come inside. the water came from the mix of the air and water. a complicated system, but it does miracles that holds the spacesuits we have. that was where the water came from. from the cooling water mixed with the air incorrectly and ended up coming in to the suit. >> john, i want to go back to you quickly. you touched on earlier how serious the shutdown of this coolant pump is, but what happens if the astronauts can't fix it? i mean, that's certainly a possibility. >> well, you know, bottom line is, you have -- it's a backup. a spare, and they're pretty confident the spare's going to work once they get it in there, but they can limp along with the one that they have working right now. and, of course, if god forbid they were to lose two of them, then they would have to rely on the russian -- remember the russian side of the space
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station is totally independent of the u.s. -- well not totally. there are some interreliance. for the most part they could rely on the russians to help them out with cooling system, but -- so they would not evacuate the space station if they lost the second cooling system. you know, as nasa said in the briefing a couple of days ago, they said, look, we're not leaving the space station if that happens. we've got to fix it. figure out a way to fix it. they're pretty confident with the spare, that it will work. we are starting to see some of that helmet cam video. i believe we just saw, notice, number 20, on the bottom right-hand side of the screen, and when you see that, there it is. they put it up there now. that's 18. so that's mike hopkins, and his helmet cam that we're looking at now. again, what they're doing, pam, they're prepping everything. getting ready. checking their equipment. what they need to do the space walk right now. >> i guess they need about 45
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minutes or so positirep before do the space walk. unbelievable video courtesy nasa tv. >> john zarrella and mike massimino, thank you both. >> thank you. target says, sorry. with a 10% discount, and, of course, that's not it. >> not at all. it's also offering customers, after millions of shoppers got credit and debit cards hacked, offering customers a credit monitoring. >> details on that, next. side-by-side, so you get the same coverage,
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22 minutes after the hour. and this weekend, ophiring a 10% discount to every shopper at its stores at target. how bad is this data hack and what could it mean for you? find out now from cnn money correspondent lori siegal in new york. >> reporter: hey pam and victor. 40 million customers affected by this target hack. we wanted to look at what information is available about you on that magnetic strip on the back of your card. take a look at what we found. if you've done holiday shopping
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at target -- you might be wondering what a hacker could learn about you from your credit card. when you swipe, here's what a hacker could learn from the data in that magnetic strip. your name, credit card number. the card's explanati expiratione number on the back. >> all could be used to frach lently use it online. access that by taking just by what's on the strip. >> in the case of the target hack, that data may have been enough to hackers to make a counter ffeit card. to the employee, everything looks normal. >> i just have to log in. i could make a selection here. and then i can do a credit card swipe. it will ask me for the cdv. i can put it in. whatever numbers i want.
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click pay. >> reporter: for the customer, standard. >> you move on. >> reporter: but for the hacker. >> i have access to the entire man strip data on this device and i can get all of this and enough information to actually create a whole different card. >> reporter: the target hack has some saying the u.s. is a little behind the times in terms of secure payments. >> one more secure solution in europe now, a chip and pin system in which the card doesn't actually have a strip. it has a chip within it. every time you use it, you also have to use a pin. >> reporter: according to the federal reserve, credit card fraught in england plummeted 34% in the six years after english banks and merchants implemented chip and pin cards. during a similar experience in france, fraud fell 30%. this holiday season, millions of american shoppers might have been the target. guys, tart put out letter in the
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case this hack, pin numbers weren't affected and said the data obtained was not the three or four digit code on the back, instead, information on that magnetic strip on the back. you count be able to use that for a purchase. >> thank you. and still to come on "new day," if you're traveling, you'll want to stay with us. talking about travel delays from airports slammed by rain were e have your forecast. hundreds of thousands demanding a&e end the suspension of "duck dynasty" star phil robsrob robertson. is the future of his show now in jeopardy? ♪
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hurry in, offers end january 2nd. bottom of the hour now. welcome back. great to you have with us on this saturday morning. i'm pamela brown. >> and i'm victor blackwell. up first, target rolling out a 10% discount for all customers today and tomorrow. the company says it wants to make things right after 40 million of its customers had their credit and debit card information breached. the target ceo says shoppers will not be held financially
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liable for anyone who illegally uses think card info to make purchases. number two, a massachusetts mother and her boyfriend are in jail this as fears mount that the woman's 5-year-old son is dead. jeremiah oliver hasn't been seen in five months. the state only knew he was missing last week. claims of child abuse. a social worker and supervisor have been fired. three in new jersey. prosecutors say police now have four people in custody for a fatal carjacking. 30-year-old dustin friedland was shot point blank in the head last weekend. he and his wife had been holiday shopping at the mall at short hills and ambushed in the parking garage. >> sad story. and at number four if you're headed to the airport this weekend, you will want to check the status of your flight ahead of time. an ice storm in oklahoma is expected to cause delays and cancellations today. tonight and heading into tomorrow, chicago will see a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, which, of course, could
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snarl flights out of o'hare airport. and for sunday, expect major delays for hubs like philadelphia, new york and boston. you know those delays at number five are being caused by a nasty winter storm making its way across the u.s. this weekend's storm will bring everything from the ice to the snow to the sleet, even record highs across the country. meteorologist jennifer gray is here with details of all of it. jennifer, what are we seeing? >> right now the big story is the items rolling into this afternoon, the big story will be the severe storms. already seeing showers firing up from dallas through little rock. we are seeing ice and we've already had reports of about quarter of an inch of ice in parts of oklahoma. you know what happens when we see that. it doesn't take much before we start to seep those power lines go down. we've already seen power outages in oklahoma. so a gold morning for you and definitely dangerous on the roads. moderate risk right in the mississippi river valley from
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shreveport to jackson, little rock, even memphis going through this afternoon. guys, could see isolated tornadoes and damaging winds. something you'll want to pay attention to. >> you don't normally hear about tornadoes this time of year. >> you don't. jennifer, thank you. president obama is trading the cold bluster of washington forral warm hawaiian sun. >> he and his family will spend the next 16 days on oahu. but before he left town he answered questions at a news conference, and reporters had lots of them. >> has this been the worst year of your presidency, when you look at polling, talk to americans, they seem to have lost confidence in you, trust in you. your credibility has take an hit. >> my question is, do you have pe personal regrets? >> a tough year. polls gone up and down but at a low point now, you tack about issues with health care and the website rollout. other issues. how do you expect americans to have confidence and center in this law? >> what do you think has been
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your biggest mistake? >> with respect to health care specifically or generally? >> the whole thing. the fact it's been a tough year. >> cnn's athena jones traveling with the president joins us now from honolulu this morning. we heard the president address healthcare.gov in that press conference. obviously, a tough year punctuated with problems associated with the website. athena, hi. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning. well, the president said that healthcare.gov was at the top of the list when it comes to questions about his biggest mistake of the year. despite his desire to make sure that shopping for health insurance online was a positive experience for consumers. that's not what happened. let's listen to what he had to say. >> the fact is, it didn't happen. in the first month. the first six weeks, in a way that was at all acceptable, and since i'm in charge, obviously, we screwed it up.
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>> now, despite these problems with the healthcare.gov website, the president said that the basic structure of the health care law is working, and he gave us a little headline on numbers. he said that as of three weeks into december, more than half a million people had signed up on healthcare.gov showing that the pace of enrollment on that site is speeding up. >> the president plans to review the parameters of this nsa surveillance. tell us about that. >> reporter: well, the president asked for a review of the national security agency's programs after these revelations from the former nsa contractor edward snowden, that the agency was tracking american's phone calls and even listening in on the calls of world leaders. the rat of that review came out on wednesday. here's what he had to say about that at the press conference. >> i have confidence in the fact that the nsa is not engaging in domestic surveillance or snooping around, but i also
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recognize that as technology has changed and people can start running aga rhythms and programs that map out all of the information that we're downloading on a daily basis into our telephones and our computers, that we may have to refine this further to give people more confidence, and i'm going to be working very hard on doing that and provide more confidence to the international community. >> reporter: now, the president said over the next several weeks he'll be reviewing the 46 recommendations from that review panel and will give a speech in january talking about his plans going forward. back to you, pam, victor. >> athena jones in honolulu. athena, very fortunate assignment there. are you there for the whole 16 days? >> reporter: that's the plan. >> all right. 16 days in hawaii. traveling with the president. enjoy it. that, athena. >> everyone here is freezing. not so bad here, but elsewhere. a story we're following at this hour, two astronauts trying
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to repair the international space station. >> what they're doing to keep them safe embarking on this very risky mission.
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live pictures of the international space station. moments ago nasa started the first of three emergency space walks to repair a broken coolant pump. >> this pump is very important, because it prevents the station and equipment from overheating. nasa is taking an extra safety precaution on today's mission after an italian astronaut nearly drowned back in july when water from his suit leaked in to his helmet. >> speaking of helmet, we're looking at helmet cam from one of the two astronauts doing this. today both astronauts are equipped with a macgyver-type device made of snorkel tubes and pads to prevent a repeat of that event. how dangerous can this space walk be? live from new york, a visiting professor at columbia university. good to have you back with us.
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>> thanks. thanks victor and pamela. good to be with you again. >> mike, you've been on four space walks. tell us what it's like. bring us there on that mission. what it's like for those astronauts right now. obviously, it's risky. >> it is risky, but it is a wonderful opportunity. i mean, they'd rather not be going out to fix something that needs to be replaced on the station. they'd rather have a full working space station. bhut you're out doing a space walk it is a remarkable unique experience. there's really not like it. you step out from the space station, from your spaceship, and now you're in your own little spaceship inside of your spacesuit. the view around you is tremendous but you really have to concentrate on your job. so right now what these guy, doing is concentrating 100% on doing their job, making sure they're safe. working together. talking to the ground and going through each of the steps they need to go through in their procedure to get their space walk done, but it's really, from a personal standpoint for the astronaut, this is really a career highlight that they're
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experiencing, particularly for mike hopkins, because this is his very first space walk. >> you've trained these astronauts and trained for the actual logistics of doing this and fixing this part, but what if something goes wrong? how do you train for the emergency? >> we constantly train -- in fact, when we train to do space walks, a lot of what we're doing is training how to work around problems. you come up with a lot of problems in the training facilities. one, for example, our big pool. the nuell tral buoyancy laboratory, a big pool we practice our space walks in, we commonly across problems when we're doing these procedures in the water, and you learn how to work as a team. you might not get the same exact problem in space, but since you've worked as team with your control team and instructor and flight director with with your space walking partner you know how to work around the problem. just about anything that um cans up, you know how to work through it and hopefully come through with a good resolution. >> it looks like he's
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upside-down right now, but i guess it doesn't matter in space. >> normally upside-down. they've come out of the air lock. been out maybe 30, 40 minutes at this point, and they've checked out their suits. everything is working fine. they've set up their work site, and now are getting to work throughout their procedure. still going through some of the setup phases and then will start preparing the old pump module to come out and the new one to be ready to go in. so they're not going to do that exchange today but they're getting a lot of prep work done in today's space walk. >> they'll be there 6.5 hours today. a long time. >> that's the plan. yeah. you plan these things so they're 6.5 hours and sometimes if things go really well, you come in a little early. if things don't go well, you come in a little late. the target is 6.5 hours and i think these guys are running a little ahead. this is a very strong space walking team out there. rick mastracchio has been six before.
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mike hopkins, first one. but i've been in the pool with him and he is an excellent space walker. i think they're in great hands. >> michael massimino. thanks very much. we'll check back with you in the morning. >> thank you. questions people are talking about and will talk about the next couple of days. was suspending the star of "duck dynasty," or one of the stars, a brilliant p.r. move or a knee-jerk reaction? >> some people are saying both the star and a&e could benefit from all of this. more on this story that everyone seems to be talking about right after this break. stay with us. it's donut friday at the office. and i'm low man on the totem pole. so every friday morning they send me out to get the goods. but what they don't know is that i'm using my citi thankyou card at the coffee shop, so i get 2 times the points. and those points add up fast. so, sure, make me the grunt. 'cause i'll be using those points to help me get to a beach in miami. and allllllll the big shots will be stuck here at the cube farm.
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♪ ♪ the widow of an american teacher killed in libya has a message for her husband's murderers and her words might surprise you. >> 33-year-old ronny smith working at the international school of benghazi, went out for a jog december 5th and was shot to death. >> his four attackers have not been caught, but his widow wants hem to know how she feels and she spoke on "ac 360." >> i honestly do not have anger towards them and i want them to know this. i don't have -- i don't want any revenge. i just really want them to know that i do love them, and i forgive them, and ronny would want this.
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i pray and hope that our son jose will believe this and i pray with all my heart that the attackers, that maybe this incident would call them to know the love and the forgiveness that's found in jesus. i really do. >> and anita sith also wrote an open letter to the libyan people saying that her husband was libya's best friend. a p.r. nightmare. this has gone viral on twitter. have you been on in the last few hours? >> blowing up. >> hash tag has justine landed yet? exploding. here's why. justi just sack -- justine sacco. going to africa, hope i don't get aids, just kidding. i'm white. this appeared. then her account went silent. the tweet is gone, the account is gone. there's been a lot of outrage and reaction, as you'd expect. someone created the website
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justine sacco dotcom, linking to african charities. we haven't got an update on her employment status. the company said the tweet was offensive and outrageous. we're still waiting to hear from justine sacco herself. >> or perhaps her publicist. >> or her new employee. you can hear them laughing in the studio. talking about this and support for the suspended star of "duck dynasty," it is growing. the reality tv show network, a&e is still staying quiet, though. >> more than 200,000 people signed petitions demanding that a&e end phil robertson's suspension. a executive said they are not suspending -- going back on the suspension. they are intending to run re-runs featuring robertson. >> he was suspended indefinitely after "gq" published an
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interview in which he called homosexuality sinful and black people were happy before the civil rights movement. joining us to talk about this, from radio star 94 and david johnson, strategic vision, branding and public relations agency. good to have you both. >> good to be here. >> good to be here. >> let's talk first about the decision to suspend phil robertson. jimmy first to you. why do you think it was so quick? >> well, first of all i want to say about that interview with "gq" magazine, i don't think they told them to read it or they might not have been the interview if the first place. he said what is sinful? the first thing he said, homosexuality. well, murderers, rapist it's, child molesters like, hey, we got the pass this timing. really? don't you their those things are worst? you would think in the good book? i mean -- homosexuality? really, the worst sin you can think of automatically? they knew it would offend a
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great deal's people. nip this in the bud. not have the it go on and on and groups saying get rid of them, but i don't think they realized the backlash they'd get from the fans of "duck dynasty." >> what a following "duck dynasty" has. can't be that surprised by the >> i think we would have been more surprised had he come out in support. >> i wasn't surprised by that. this goes to his brand. david, i want to come to you with this. it priced a lot of people about paula deen is it contradicted her brand. >> let me state i do own a pr agency. if generjustine is watching. this christian person and that's his brand. that's his appeal. that is why the fans are reacting. they are not shocked. a & e should not be shocked. we have seen it.
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there was a pr person from a & e going to the "gq" interview. the three big winners on brands are "duck dynasty," and a & e and "gq." more people are going to be buying that magazine than ever before. >> you touched on paula deen and then mel gibson and don imus. he is a reality tv star. don't people want him to be real? >> to be real. we are seeing with this is the power of social media. if social media wasn't around, we would not be talking about this right now. social media will keep this alive. it is a slow holiday news time. that is all we will talk about for the next weeks. "duck dynasty." >> not to preempt you there, but
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we were talking about this, too, since when do reality tv figures, opinions have to align with the network the show is airing on? there are plenty of controversial shows on. >> i have been working in the business for years and there is a morals clause. you have freedom of speech. you won't get arrested for your comments. not you won't lose your job for your comments. this family is a nice family. phil is a really good man with really good values. i think it is a generational thing that he doesn't realize how these comments hurt a lot of gay people and members who have gay family members. it is like, oh, my gosh. really? we're not that bad of people. it is just a sad situation all the way around. >> does it hurt? i said this over an hour. i'm a black gay man. when i read his comments, i
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wasn't surprised. this is a man who is a bible thumper. they call their culture a red neck culture. i would be surprised if he endorsed gay marriage. >> by looking at your jacket, it may surprise you that i'm gay, too. i don't think they realize that if they met gay people, that gay people would love them because right now, and you probably don't know this, hairy men are very popular in the community. i don't know if he is a duck -- they would love him. >> an otter? with this jacket, i would not be surprised if you are a white house -- let's talk about justine sacco and going to africa. are we surprised if they doesn't lose her job? >> exactly. employers are very concerned about what employees place on facebook and twitter and on anything because you are working
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24/7. you reflect the company. that reflected the company. the other thing and i tell clients all the time, the power of social media. you can delete it, but it never goes away. social media drives narratives, whether it is with justine or "duck dynasty." it is replacing traditional media in some ways. >> she works for barry diller. >> director of communications. >> they represent some of the biggest companies in the world and the idea she would go to africa and say that representing her company. >> it makes you scratch your head. >> it really does. i'm sure she is updating her resume as we are speaking, but that is the problem with social media. it becomes a news story. you tweet something and it is viral. if it is controversial, it is a news story.
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>> she should go to one of the hospitals and visit the kids who have aids and find out it is not funny. there is nothing funny about that whatsoever. she should open her eyes. maybe i should have more heart and compassion for hothers. >> that tweet was making fun of it. >> someone working in public relations also works with crisis communications. they know when you tweet something like that so offensive when it deals with race, that is something you can't recover from. the three things you never can recover from are involving animals or children and race. she is basically now out. >> all right. jimmy alexander. >> we are waiting to hear from her. >> she is one animal away from that being a trifecta. >> we are not taking resumes. >> david johnson and jimmy alexander, thank you for the conversation. more to come after the break. stay with us. >> stick around.
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happens at school. the crowd and teachers are in on it. you see dad is turning red. he is happy to hold those kids. thanks for starting your morning with us. >> and the next hour of "new day" starts right now. and this is what is happening right now. breaking news. live look at the international space station. right now astronauts have begun the first of three emergency space walks to repair a critical cooling system. >> you may remember this. this comes six months after the terrifying incident on a spacewalk where an astronaut's helmet almost filled with water and drowned. >> we will have a live report in just a few minutes along with a little play-by-play and analysis
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from veteran astronaut mike massimino. stay with us for that. >> you cannot get enough of that video. >> it is amazing we can get a live shot from space. >> the helmet cam. good morning. we appreciate you waking up with us on this saturday morning. i'm pamela brown. >> i'm victor blackwell. 8:00 on the east coast. this is "new day saturday." we have more on the spacewalk coming up, but for millions of people across the u.s., this is a rough week of travel. a blast of winter weather this morning. if you are heading to your grandmother's house or cousin, you really don't want to go to, but everybody else is going, you might see plenty of scenes like these. icy roads and slick conditions. >> the icy roads have been dangerous in missouri and kansas. >> with more than 85 million drivers on the roads this holiday, driver slower, use
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caution. make sure everyoe gets to the destination safely. >> our nick valencia has more on this story. the travel is harder for millions of americans. >> reporter: from cars skidding on frozen roads and some flipping over to flight delays and power outages, it is a lot like a holiday travel nightmare. ice storm warnings and possible tornadoes across the south. heavy snow and flooding in the nation's mid section. who will be impacted? more than 94 million americans traveling this week. already dangerous driving conditions this morning in kansas and iowa. >> just tried to stop. i couldn't. my car went out. >> reporter: if you are flying, watch out for possible cancellations in the midwest and
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up to two-hour delays in kansas city, chicago and dallas with more delays up the east coast on sunday. travel experts say it is best to check ahead before leaving home. >> we really recommend that travelers be smart. plan ahead. take advantage of smartphone technology by keeping up to date on travel and road conditions. >> reporter: while the weather can be a pain for million, for some football fans in green bay, wisconsin, it is providing a $10 an hour job for sweeping lambeau field. >> it is good exercise and enjoy the cold. >> all right. nick valencia there. he's put the hat on. excellent. it may not look as cool as you want it to look. it's freezing there. >> it looks good, nick. >> yes. >> reporter: it's cold out here, guys, but it is expected to get colder. we expect single digit
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temperatures this weekend. this winter weather is taking people locally a bit by surprise. a couple of days ago, it was in the 70s and grilling in t-shirt and shorts. and now bundled up. the mid section of the country and tulsa, oklahoma and jennifer gray was talking about arkansas and texas already seeing the severe winter weather. if you are traveling today or anyone i-44, it is tough. >> tough travel day. nick valencia, stay dry. heavy rains are expected across the ohio river valley today. the majority of indiana under a flood watch at this hour. many across the region are getting those sand bags ready bracing for the storm. our jennifer gray is here with what you can expect. what do we need to know, jennifer? >> we had five or six winter
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storms. they all had the wintry component. this is more of a rain event. this will set up. we have the moisture air feeding from the south with the form temperatures from the southeast, it will be the set-up for a potential tornado outbreak. we could see damaging winds. we are seeing ice. as we zoom down to oklahoma city, we see some reports of about .25 of ice and power outages as well. it will be a slow go across 40 and 44 and interstate 35 for the next few hours. slight risk of severe weather across the south. a moderate risk, including shreveport and memphis and little rock through the afternoon today. what we are dealing with the x severe weather set up, we have cold air behind the front. when the two air masses collide,
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it is creating a spring-like system as we go through the next day or so. the he is severe threat shifts to the east. because of this, we will see travel delays in kansas city and chicago and dallas and points in between from one to two hours. sleet and freezing rain as we go through the next day or. two the breakdown for this weekend basically, your weather will be decent if you are in the west. across the country's mid section and eastern seaboard, we will see a lot of showers and storms and even ice and snow for areas to the north, guys. today and tomorrow look like the rough travel days. good news is the closer we get to christmas eve and christmas day, the weather improves a bit. >> we hold off until after the weekend if you can. jennifer gray, thank you. new this morning, arrests in the carjacking and shooting death of that new jersey lawyer
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from last weekend. >> four people now in custody following the attack of the new jersey mall. the couple were just walking to their car. they had presents in their hands and the suspects allegedly went up and shot the attorney in his head. a news conference will be held an hour from now. our cnn's alexandra field is there. she joins us now. she is on the phone because she is there. oh, she is live. i know you have been trying to get to the press conference. tell us more about the arrests. a big break in the case. >> reporter: a very big break in the case. police launched an all-out search for the suspects after the deadly attack happened. they were looking for two people initially. four people have been arrested. the press conference is coming up in an hour. we will learn what role these four people may have played in the death of dustin friedland. police started the search after
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the deadly attack outside the new jersey mall. it is part of the carjacking. police offered a reward of up to $10,000 for anyone with information to provide to lead police to suspects and arrest and prosecution. we learned that police have taken four people into custody. dustin friedland has hd been ou shopping with his wife. he opened the car door for his wife and he walked around the back and confronted. that is when there was a struggle and shots were fired. friedland's wife got out of the car and the suspects took off in it. pam and victor. >> the car? did they find it? >> reporter: that was the first clue. the 2002 range rover turned up hours after the attack. that the time, the police had no signs of the two suspects who
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reportedly taken off in it. we know there are now four suspects part of investigation. victor. >> more details to come throughout the morning. alexandra field, thank you very much. >> the press conference is starts in an hour from now. still to come on "new day." critical repairs in space. two astronauts on an emergency mission at this hour. >> open and latched. >> copy that. >> beautiful day. >> yes, it is. beautiful day for a spacewalk. up next, we will take you there live. smoke? no, i'm good. ♪ [ male announcer ] every time you say no to a cigarette, you celebrate a little win.
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and as we mentioned at the top of the hour, this is the spacewalk being conducted by two nasa astronauts. conducting the first of three
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emergency spacewalks to repair the international space station. they have been out there for just about an hour now. >> we are switching back and forth between the nasa tv and helmet control. ma rick mastracchio and mike hopkins are the astronauts out spacewalking to fix the international space station. john zarrella is following all of the action from miami. john, we have been dipping in and out over the last hour. you have been watching closely. how is it going? >> reporter: they are ahead of the timeline. it is going well. you referenced the issues they had back in july with luca parmitano's suit filling with water. they installed the absorbant pads in the helmets. they have no water in the suits.
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they did glove checks. gloves are good. the picture is from mastracchio's helmet cam. all of those connections, you see there, are called quick disconnects at the pump site they will have to replace. they are just coming back into sunlight now. you can see the sun coming up there. they had been over the pacific ocean and now they are coming into the first sunlight. i'm assuming there is sun over the united states now moving to east coast. a lot of work to do to prepare to remove the faulty pump. they have to do all of the disconnections today. they will do all of that today. all of the prep work. on monday, they will go back out and actually replace the pump itself and then christmas day, they will do a final inspection and check outs and make sure the replacement pump is working. still a lot of work to do today. as you, victor and pamela, were
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saying, they are about an hour in. a bit ahead of the timeline. everything is going well which is good news. >> john zarrella in miami for us. stand by. we want to bring in -- pardon me. we want to bring in mike massimino. he is a professor at columbia university and a former astronaut. give us an idea of what is going through their mind right now? are they thinking, i'm on the international space station and floating over the earth or is it just an intricate inch by inch space they are working at the time? >> victor, it is probably a combination of both. your main focus doing this type of work is on the task at hand. they are thinking mainly about what they are doing at that moment. you really need to focus. kind of like a zen situation. the only thing that matters in the universe is that task at
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hand. if you lose that focus, you could make a mistake and that could lead to a problem. they are really being careful and focusing on their work. every once and a while you take a mental break and look around and appreciate where you are. those are meaningful. those are ones you will remember the rest of your life. it is important to keep your focus and working with the team and these also quick glances of thing earth and universe around you which are just spectacular. >> not many people get to experience what they are experiencing right now. obviously, mike, you have. tell us, obviously, they had that laser-like focus. there are a lot of risks associated with the mission they are on. we talked about the six months ago situation where the astronaut nearly drowned because the water got in his helmet. what else do they have to prepare for this? >> they are looking for the root cause of that problem of why the
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water got into the helmet. they did change out a pump fan assembly in mike hopkins' suit. the suit was ready to go for contingency spacewalks. spacewalks that are not necessarily planned, but do the repair to the international space station. we are prepared for those spacewalks. there are general safety concerns. you want to make sure your tether is in place. you always want to check your buddy's safety tether. you want to be careful with your gloves. they will do glove checks to make sure there is no rips or tears or wear in the glove. they don't want a leak in the suit. the gloves take a lot of work and abuse. i don't want to say abuse, but they are used frequently in the spacewalks. you have an absorption pad in the back of the helmet.
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they want to make sure no water is in the suit. >> mike massimino, thank you for offering your perspective. the astronauts are an hour into a 6.5-hour mission. it seems like now, smooth sailing. >> mike, thanks. the president closes out 2013 with a little rest and relaxation in hawaii. he left washington in his rear-view mirror, but that was after getting the last word. live coverage here on "new day saturday." bars. fancy robes... seems every hotel has something to love... so join the loyalty program that lets you earn free nights in any of them. plus, for a limited time, members can win a free night every day. only at hotels.com no, i'm good. ♪ [ male announcer ] every time you say no to a cigarette, you celebrate a little win. nicorette mini delivers fast craving relief in just 3 minutes. double your chances of quitting with nicorette mini.
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the breaking news. three u.s. service members have been caught in a crossfire when someone started shooting at their aircraft. this happened in south sudan. they were helping evacuate an area to pull out americans from an area of heavy fighting. >> all this during an unraveling situation in south sudan as secretary john kerry has sent an enjoy. we have barbara starr with the latest on the phone. tell us what is happening right now? >> reporter: we just received word from u.s. sources we're speaking to. it is now four u.s. service
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members wounded when their aircraft was coming in for a landing in south sudan at the small airfield. they were there to evacuate u.s. citizens. the fighting here has been brutal. very difficult and violent. there were two u.s. z-22 aircraft coming in for a landing could evacuate american citizens when they took gunfire and four were wounded. we know that the u.s. military planes left and the wounded, according to a u.s. senior official have been taken to nirobi, kenya for treatment. there are still american citizens trying to get out of south sudan in the middle of the growing war. >> barbara, the president
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announced he was sending a few dozen u.s. military members over to south sudan. are these four of that number or are these four outside that number specifically in for this evacuation mission? >> reporter: right. let me explain. you are absolutely right. a couple of days ago, president obama announced that he was sending 45 u.s. troops to the u.s. embassy to help secure the u.s. embassy in south sudan. while that has been going on, the embassy has been running evacuation flights out of the country for american citizens living there that need to get out. it is the u.s. military that's conducting the flights because of the violence and there is no commercial reliable commercial air traffic out of south sudan at the moment. it is very typical in these difficult situations, it is the
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u.s. military that goes in and evacuates americans from these kinds of war zone situations. that is what these troops were doing. they were landing there. they were going to pick up american civilians living in the area and the fighting around there and near the airfield has been very, very tough for the last several days. it has been very hiviolent. they know they were going into a tough situation. when u.s. military aircraft land in these places as they come in for approach, this is when they are most vulnerable. they are low, they are slow as they are trying to land, it is their most vulnerable time. what the u.s. is saying, the aircraft took gunfire from the ground as it was landing and
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four u.s. troops wounded. >> barbara, they will obviously have to go back to the drawing board to figure out how to get the americans out. you mentioned there were thousands there. do we know what contingency plans are in place of a volatile situation? >> reporter: when i refer thousands, i should be clear. thousands of local residents, of course. people living in the midst of the violence trying to get to safety. reports are many of them in large numbers are trying to get to the safety of u.n. compounds. as for the number of americans living in the region where the fighting has been so heavy, we don't have a good number right now. a really solid number. they have been running evacuation flights for the last couple of days. this was scheduled for today. it is not clear how many are left. to give you indication of the
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evacuation rules are, you must get yourself to the airfield. you can take one suitcase and that's it. it is that kind of situation. the aircraft land. they load americans on. one suitcase per person and they take off rapidly. this is what we see in these situations. they want to do everything they can to get the americans out, but the violence is growing and they don't spend a lot of time hanging around on the ground, so to speak. it's that situation that these troops are flying into today when they took the gunfire. >> understandably. we will continue to follow the breaking news. four american troops shot in the south sudan. we will have more from barbara starr throughout the morning. barbara, thank you. . >> reporter: sure. president obama has traded the cold blustery conditions of the washington area for the
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hawaiian sun. >> his family will spend the next 16 days on the island of oahu. before he left, he took questions. >> we have athena jones in hawaii. the president talked about his biggest mistake of 2013. what was his response in. >> reporter: good morning, victor. the poorly handled rollout of healthcare.gov. he said his desire to make sure the shopping for the online exchange was a positive experience for consumer, that is not what happened. let's listen to what he had to say. >> the fact is, it did not happen. in the first month or the first six weeks in a way that was at all acceptable and since i'm in charge, obviously, we screwed it up. >> reporter: now we know that the healthcare.gov web site is
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improving and despite the problems with the web site, the president said the structure of health care law is working. he gave us a look at numbers. more than 500,000 people signed up on healthcare.gov. that is a sign the pace is quickening. victor. >> athena, the president talked about the controversy over nsa snooping, which is the countdown of the stories of 2013. that has to be in the top five. what did he say about it? >> reporter: absolutely one of the biggest stories of the year. the president ordered an independent review of the agency's programs back in august. this is after the revelations after the contractor edward snowden that the agency was tracking the phone calls and listening in on phone calls of foreign leaders. this information angered a lot of people at home and abroad. we got the report from that review on wednesday.
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here is what the president had to say about that report and the 46 recommendations in it. let's listen. >> over the next several weeks, i'm going to assess based on conversations not just with the intelligence community, but others in government and outside of government and how we might apply and incorporate the recommendations and i'm going to make a pretty definitive statement about all of this? january. >> reporter: and so you heard from the president. in addition to rest and relaxation, sun and surf in honolulu, he will review the recommendation and we will hear more with the big decisions coming out in january. pam and victor. >> cnn correspondent athena jones on the road with the president in hawaii for his 16-day vacation. thanks. a missouri mom faces changes
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your new day. >> take a look here. this morning, astronauts rick mastracchio and mike hopkins begin the first of three spacewalks. >> access closed. opened. i'm sorry. opened and latched. >> copy that, rick. >> beautiful day. >> beautiful day. they have quite a view. both men will spend six hours outside the space station to fix a broken coolant pump. the last walk will take make on christmas day. target is saying sorry for a massive security breach on the final weekend before christmas. it is offering a 10% discount to shoppers. this is after hackers accessed the credit and debit card information for 40 million customers. the retail giant is working hard to resolve the problem. it is providing free credit monitoring services. four u.s. troops were
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injured in south sudan in a rescue mission. secretary of state john kerry announced a special envoy to the region to deal with the escalating violence. this week, the u.s. had 45 extra troops to help the people at the embassy from. this is what appeared on the tweet account of justine sacco. going to asfrica. hope i don't get aids. just kidding. i'm white. >> we hope to hear from her. number five, a brutal storm affecting more than 30 states this weekend. in green bay, wisconsin, they are getting so much snow, the packers issued another call for fans to help shovel off the stands before the team plays the pittsburgh steelers tomorrow. a missouri mom is in hot water with the photo of her and her daughter. you cannot see her face here,
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38 after the hour now. a diplomatic spat between the united states and india. this could get a lot uglier. india says the u.s. must drop charges and apologize for the arrest of its deputy counsel in new york. >> and the u.s. marshal strip searched the woman. the woman is accused of lying on her nanny visa application about her pay. she said she was paid well below minimum wage and overworked. >> we have former prosecutor tanya miller. let's start with you, tanya, because you are in studio. india claims that she has
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diplomatic immunity. that is the first thing that pops up. the u.s. says she doesn't. who is right? >> it is interesting, victor, because there is this thing as diplomatic immunity. it belongs to ambassadors and people who are true diplomats. there is some limited immunity for people like this woman who is a counselor employee. however, it typically only protects them in official capacity. it doesn't seem she was in official capacity when she lied on the visa application. that is why the u.s. attorney feels like they are well within their rights to charge her for that act. >> we will have to prove if she was part of the official duties. paul, i want to go to you, now. we have seen the protests in india. they claim she was forced to stripped and cavity searched and it was barbaric. she was afforded courtesies she was not normally given and she
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was strip searched. what do you think? could this have been handled more diplomatically? >> pamela, i spoke to her attorney here in new york yesterday. he very firmly states she was not treated with respect and dignity in the way the arrest was processed. a lot of times in white collar cases like this, the defendant is told in advance through their lawyer that they will be arrested and they are allowed to surrender voluntarily and the process is very different from someone who is sort of rounded up on the street as was done here. i'm a little surprised given the relationship between india and the united states it was handled this way. i think they were rough in the handling. on the other side of the coin here, everybody gets searched before they get put into custody. someone might have a gun or drugs or a knife. eventually you will be searched.
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it sounds she was treated you would not expect from a diplomat from a friendly u.s. ally. >> i want to go to the childhood endangerment case in the st. louis region. a mother who faces charges after topless photo of the mom and daughter appeared on snap chat. the mom's face in the photo is blurred. another daughter took the picture while the mom and daughter were in a hot tub. it has been wildly circulated at the high school that the woman's son attends. listen to the sound bite. >> the issue here is the fact that the daughter was 14 and the mother was very clearly present and involved when the picture was taken. >> i wasn't posing. i was getting out of a tub. i was aware the photo was taken by my 13-year-old daughter. i told her at that second, delete that photo. >> this was a mother who made a very poor choice.
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she did not have any intention this blew up the way it did. it did. she has her poor judgment to blame for that. >> topless photo of her mother and daughter. is this just the charge of child endangerment? >> i really don't think so. i haven't seen the photo. i don't know if there is some history that may be the prosecution is aware of regarding this family. there were some allegations that the daughter had some prior contact with the courts due to engaging in this kind of behavior and taking nude photographs of herself. when you talk about child endangerment, you talk about putting that child in danger. you see this in cases where parents have meth labs in the house with the kids or driving drunk with kids in the car. taking a picture and snap chat? this may be aggressive.
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>> i have to agree with tanya. i was looking at the statute in missouri which basically says you have to engage in an act that causes serious physical injury or serious emotional harm to the child. i'm not so sure what emotional harm will be caused to the child here. the other thing, you know, the statute doesn't say specifically what you can do or can't do in raising a child. frankly, if the child was covered up and the mother was covered up, even if their hands, the coverage is probably more than a bikini on a beach. you know, in the end, i'm not so sure what it amounts to except stupidity on the part of the mother. we would not have enough prisons to handle that. >> sometimes we should. >> yes. >> all right. paul callan and tanya miller. good to have you both. >> thank you. still to come right here on
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2013 has been a long and difficult year for 11-year-old sarah murnaghan. we first brought you her story this spring here on this show. sarah at that time was struggling with cystic fibrosis. her parents were wondering if this was the end for sarah. she was stuck to a breathing tube and in a hospital. >> this is after patients were being granted lungs under donor rules. she started a fight for equal access for donor lungs. >> we have an update from jason carroll. >> reporter: after so much national attention was focus odd sarah, we wanted to see how she
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was doing months after surgery. four months ago, sarah murnaghan could barely move in her hospital bed without help after receiving two lung transplants. the surgery was necessary because she was dying from cystic fibrosis. her goal then was clear. >> i'm not going for easy. i'm just going for possible. >> reporter: this is what possible looks like now. sarah at home in her bedroom doing physical therapy with her mother and her home nurse nearby. >> shoulders back. >> reporter: she is walking, thinking about christmas. >> i asked for a furby. >> reporter: and focusing on how far she has come. >> i was going through was possible. it was possible for me to save
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myself. >> reporter: sarah's family overjoyed by her progress but frustrated. they fought for weeks with kathleen sebelius over the under 12 policy. meanwhile, adults who were less sick were eligible for transplants under the policy. >> what we were trying to say is sarah was being treated unequally as all other kids in her age group. >> reporter: the murnaghans sued along with another family in the same situation. a judge temporarily suspended the policy. the organ procurement and transportation network optn allowed the surgeries until june 2014. then the policy is up for review. now sarah's biggest challenge is not her lungs, which work fine,
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it is her muscles which atrophy and her bones which weakened waiting for transplants. >> we are climbing out of that. she will. she shouldn't have been in that position. she shouldn't have had to go through it. >> reporter: sarah knows she has a long way to go. >> i told myself i can do it and i pushed myself. >> reporter: do you feel like you are getting better every week? every day? >> every day getting a little stronger. >> reporter: and gets a little better one step at a time. since that policy was changed last summer, ten other children like sarah have been approved to receive lung transplants. the murnaghans say what they want is better policy to benefit all children. pam, victor. >> a long way to go, but still moving forward. jason carroll, thank you. >> she is a warrior. >> she is doing great work.
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her mom says she should not be in that position. she is getting stronger every day. 220 miles above earth. that is where two nasa astronauts are hard at work right now at this moment fixing the international space station cooling pump. we will have the latest on their progress and we will talk to a canadian astronaut who knows what it is like to work in zero gravi gravity. christmas spirit is happening around the world. one man in kentucky is adding love to those boxes. one wooden car at a time. kate bouldwin has more. >> reporter: clyde heads to a workshop in his backyard to make magic. >> they are primarily toys with
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wheels. i have cars. i have animals. >> reporter: fogel has been making toys for the program run by the charity and gives gift filled shoe boxes for children around the world. >> i see joy on their faces when they get the boxes. it captures my heart. >> reporter: wood working has always been his hobby. >> i retired and i was diagnosed with a physical impairment. i saw in a catalog a kit to make toys. i have a map in my shop. i have a pin for every country that i know my toys have been. if i get tired doing this, i
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live pictures. this is helmet cam live from space courtesy of nasa tv. two astronauts are making repairs to the international space station. >> an emergency mission to fix the broken coolant pump. the pump failed last week. the support for the suspended star of "duck dynasty" is growing. more than 200,000 people have signed petitions demanding that a & e end the suspension. note the conversation about robertson and the family will continue after the holiday. a & e will continue to air "duck dynasty." he was suspended after he made comments calling homosexuality
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sinful and he claimed that black people were happy before the civil rights movement. every once and a while, technology may not save your life, but ruin it. >> take for example the facebook updates that you decide not to post. guess what? facebook is watching. >> a couple of facebook insiders say the social media site collects the information you did not think was out there. "slate" magazine, says facebook knows what you typed even if you decide to delete it. the company collects to learn more about its users. this practice is covered under the data use policy. >> so many people put so much about their personal lives on facebook. what else do you need to know? what else do you need facebook? if you need privacy browsing online, you can have that, too,
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courtesy of the eyebloc. there is now a device for sale for you have have in your home. the eyebloc is a piece of plastic you slide over your camera. >> it is sad you live in a world where you need this. >> i think they would also have the person who would say isn't it sad there are cameras everywhere that we have to think about an eyebloc. i never considered somebody was watching me from the top of my ipad. >> have you heard about this? the google glass. if you wink, that can take a picture. it has a study to allow users to wink and take a picture. some are not happy with this. we like to know when people are taking a picture of us. others are arguing you can capture a moment quicker than you have to reach in the pocket and fumble around for your
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smartphone to take the picture. >> i'll pass on all that. the google glass is a cool idea. i just don't see many people wanting to walk around with them. >> it is a little bit futu futureistic for me. >> thanks for staying with us. we have more ahead on "new day saturday" which starts right now. >> keep it here. good morning. great to have you with us. i'm pamela brown. >> i'm victor blackwell. 9:00 on the east coast. 6:00 on the east coast. this is "new day saturday." we have an out of this world view. literally. >> beautiful day. >> you guys are coming up over the west part of africa. >> copy. >> astronauts are trying to fix
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a broken coolant pump at the international space station. >> rick mastracchio and mike hopkins are the two astronauts on board working more than 200 miles above earth. >> today's spacewalk is the first of three to take place over the next several days, including christmas day. how dangerous is a spacewalk? >> that is the big question. this is a risky mission. astronaut and former commander of the international space station chris hatfield. what is it like when you step outside the space station? what is going through the astronauts' minds right now? >> good morning. it is of two minds, really. one is you are so focused on the job they have to do. they are doing a critical repair of the space station. part of you, one half of your brain, is all engaged with the
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menutia of the item. the little girl or boy is dealing with the beauty. the clip coming across africa that you showed. you cross the entire continent of africa in a few minutes and it is laid out like you have never seen. it is the difference of being inside your house and hanging off a cliff. it is really distracting place to work. >> they have to have laser-like focus. >> in movies like "gravity," i have spoken with people who know about space and space exploration. they have concerns about the accuracy about the movie. there were concerns about space junk or space debris causing problems. is that a real concern out there? >> of course. there are a lot of concerns. one of them is to have a
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puncture of the spacecraft or space suit when you are outside. there is a sand blasting of particles from the universe. they pepper the space station all the time. naturally some of them will hit the suit. you are worried about it. the station has a layer of armor and the suit has a protective layer of cloth and other materials. it is not foremost in your mind. gravi gravity, the visuals of gravity -- if you want to see what it is like, they did a wonderful job. the technical detail -- the visuals, if you want to see what it is like to be on a spacewalk, there is never been a movie that shows it as clearly as "gravity" does. >> you have become a bit of a space superstar after singing
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and performing there from the iss. what do you hope you and your unique approach will do to bring people closer to studying this field? what do you think your affect has been here back on earth, i guess? >> i think for people to know what we are doing on the space station is worthwhile or not. first they have to realize it is there and it is active and we have been living there for the last 13 years. it is not just an incredible laboratory with experiments, but an extension of ourselves. by showing the humanity of it and showing what it is like to live there and how that changes our view of the world and what we can learn, it enriches everybody's perspective and everybody make an informed decision about science and exploration. >> we have video of you up on the screen. quick, any interest in public
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office? >> no, no. i'm busy doing what i like to do. there's lots of ways to lead an effective and productive and useful life. i have been working at it so far. i'm plan to continue to do that. >> astronaut chris hadfield, i appreciate you taking time to talk with us. >> nice to talk with you both. thank you. it's the first day of winter, if you didn't know. while you are dreaming of a white christmas with your family, a lot of people will get white stuff and more. if you are heading to your grandmother's house, by road or car, you might see plenty of scenes like this with the icy roads and all those slick conditions. >> yeah, those icy roads are causing problems in kansas and missouri. crashes and overturned trucks there. missouri officials are saying emergency crews have been working all night on the roads. >> more than 85 million people are expected to drive to the
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holiday destination. >> nick valencia joins us from kansas city, missouri with more on the brutal winter storm. nick. >> reporter: good morning, pamela and victor. it has gotten colder in kansas city. 21 degrees. the weather feels like 14 degrees. we have seen light snow flurries through the country's mid section. that is where we will see the brunt of the storm. from cars skidding on frozen roads and some flipping over, to flight delay at the nation's airports and expected power out ages. it is beginning to look like a travel nightmare. thunderstorms and possible tornadoes across the south. heavy snow and flooding in the nation's mid section. who will be impacted? more than 94 million americans traveling this week. already dangerous driving conditions in kansas and iowa. >> just tried to stop.
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i couldn't. my car went out. >> reporter: if you are flying, watch on the for possible flight cancellations in the midwest. after two-hour delays in kansas city, chicago and dallas with more delays up the east coast on sunday. travel experts say it is best to check ahead before leaving home. >> we really recommend that travelers be smart. they plan ahead and take advantage of smartphone technology and keeping up to date on travel conditions and road conditions. >> reporter: while the weather can be a pain for millions around the nation, some football fans in green bay, wisconsin, it is provided a $10 an hour job to sweep lambeau field for sunday's game. >> you get a chance to get out and meet people and get good exercise and enjoy the cold. >> reporter: back here at the kansas city international airport, things are calm behind me. as you see, people bracing for the worst of the storm. we will see freezing rain and snow later this afternoon.
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pamela and victor. >> nick valencia, thank you. >> we want to bring in meteorologist jennifer gray to talk more about the forecast. the storm where nick is is about to hit and leave and go elsewhere? >> it will make a track across the country starting in the west and migrating to the east. where you see the purple, that is where we see the ice. we have seen reports of .25 of ice. we have reports of power outages as well. it will be a slow go across interstate 40, 44 and 35. you can expect airport delays as well. as we go up to the north, still seeing the same pattern, but mainly rain across indianapolis and cincinnati and cleveland. detroit, you are getting rain. this is different. this has a severe component. we could see isolated tornadoes and damaging winds in the afternoon and overnight hours.
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including shreveport and jackson and memphis and little rock and a slight risk of severe weather all the way to louisville and indiana and ohio included in that. this stretches across a large portion of the country. we are talking about ice accumulation. from .25 of an inch to .50 of an inch. things improve late tomorrow night which is good news. >> jennifer gray, thank you. all right. jennifer, thanks. still to come here on "new day," president obama's difficult year. we will look back at 2013. we will speak live with presidential historian douglas brinkley. stay with us. ♪
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12 minutes after the hour now. president obama and his family are arriving in hawaii early this morning for 16 days. he will take a breather from
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what most agree has been a lousy year for him in washington. a notion he shrugs off. a cnn poll bears out his tough poll. the approval rating remains at 41%. all-time low reached last month. that is down 55% from last january. before he left town, the president met with reporters for an end of year news conference. listen. >> has this been the worst year of your presidency? >> i got to tell you, julie, that's not how i think about. it i have now been in office five years. close to five years. was running for president for two years before that and for those of you who have covered me during that time, we have had ups and we have had downs. i think this room has probably recorded at least 15 near-death experiences. >> let's talk to presidential historian douglas brinkley in
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austin, texas. good morning. >> good morning. >> let's talk to numbers. i want to get to specifics in a moment. when a president dips below 50% in job performance and there is evidence that numbers on credibility and other factors have eroded over time, how tough is it to get back above 50%? >> it's very tough. you know they have been showing stories, poll numbers recently of ronald reagan at 60% approval rating. bill clinton, although he was going through impeachment woes at 51%. when you drop all the way to 41%, are yyou are in the baseme. you don't with't want to go in . i think the president has to do a readjustment over the holiday
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season and make '14 better than '13. >> let's go through the specifics on the reason the numbers are eroding. the embarrassing technical problems with healthcare.gov. initially they were annoyance, but the president really needed people to sign up and log on to this web site and was down day after day. how much damage did the web site alone and that fumble do to the president? >> i think as the original damage started at newtown where the president gave the moving speech and pushed for gun control reform and we did not get any. then you circle to the end of the year. the meltdown of the introduction of obamacare. it carries his name with it. it is known as his signature achieveme achievement. the rollout was awful by anybody's is standards is the reason the president is struggling in the polls now. more problematic, he is an
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honest man in my opinion, but a lot of people are distrusting him. he is having sound bites held up and called lies by media outlets. >> it play in the narrative of mistrusting the president of what edward snowden uncovered when he unveiled the nsa spying program. how much about that do to the president? >> it did a lot. there was just a feeling the president wasn't in charge suddenly and somebody working for you. any company or any small business, you have somebody who flees with all of your papers and goods. you have to find out how did this happen? why was he working in the system? it wasn't good news. i think we have a big libertarian movement in the country. it fed into the fire that the obama administration is reading your cell phones and reading your computers. it may be highly exaggerated,
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but this caused a lot of people to worry, including federal judges. it is not okay that the obama administration and the nsa is oversnooping in people's lives. >> there are bright spots. the dow closed at a record high of 16,000 on friday. home prices are up. gas prices are dipping a bit. more jobs in 2013. why aren't these economic numbers lifting the approval ratings? why are these troubles trumping those? >> great question. we are really coming off in a really good year economically as you said. unemployment numbers are as good as can be expected. a feeling of robustness and comeback. the president seems a little dower.
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i watched the press conference on cnn. he seemed beyond rope-a-doping. he did not seem to have fun as president. when you look at greats. theodore roosevelt and ronald reagan and bill clinton, they seem to enjoy being president. barack obama has to get out of acting like woodrow wilson. he has to make it seem like he is having fun and talk about his accomplishments. he is self deprecating. he doesn't know how to put his best foot forward and the media will run with the dark news and not the uplifting news. >> professor and presidential historian douglas brinkley. thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> stay with us. you are watching "new day saturday."
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21 after the hour now. new this morning, four people under arrest in last weekend's fatal carjacking of a young new jersey lawyer. >> this was really sad. he was gunned down in front of his wife after they had gone christmas shopping. we are awaiting a news conference by prosecutors any moment now. >> let's go to alexandra field on the phone from newark with more on the arrests. tell us about the four people that were arrested and how police got to them. >> reporter: victor, we are just waiting for the office of the essex county to hold the press conference. we have just received record from the prosecutor's office that for men have been arrested. they are between the ages of 29 and 33. they were arrested in connection with the death of justin friedland. they are charged with murder and carjacking and possession of a
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weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. a slew of charges. bail has been set at $2 million. we are hearing from investigators that the arrests were made in irvington, new jersey and easton, pennsylvania. these are done made with leads from the public. we are standing by where we will learn more details about how the arrests were made and what led police to the four suspects and which role the four may have played in the fatal carjacking. we cann confirm four men betwee the ages of 29 and 33 will face charges with the murder of dustin friedland. he was fatally shot when he was carjacked at a new jersey mall. police said he just opened the door to his car and helped his wife in the car. he was walking behind the range
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rover when the investigators say he was confronted. there was a struggle. shots were fired. his wife got out of the car and police say two suspects took off in the car. >> alexandra field for us in newark. thank you. much more news still ahead on "new day." the green bay packers field overrun by snow. the team is issuing a plea to the fans. we will have that story and more coming up. stay with us. this is for you.
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welcome back. the green bay packers issuing a plea to fans. help us dig out. green bay has gotten so much snow, the packers need help
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digging out the stadium. you show up at lambeau field and you will be given a shovel and you get $10 an hour. >> you have to pay these people. we have meteorologist jennifer gray joining us now with the forecast. where else are we seeing snow? >> we will see snow anywhere from portions of michigan through areas of illinois and down into portions of kansas or missouri could see snow. .25 to .50 inch of ice accumulated. it is starting to taper off a bit. we are finally seeing the beginning stages of that. oklahoma city, looks like in the next couple of hours, it will push to the east. there is a severe component. isolated tornadoes, damaging winds across the mississippi river valley for today. we will be on the lookout for that. as the storm continues to set up this afternoon, you can see the line of showers stretching from
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memphis to jackson. affecting areas on the east coast tomorrow. guys, that is not all we are watching. temperatures could set records. temperatures in new york city in the 70s today. >> how about us here? atlanta? >> i was going to say. >> the same thing. temperatures in the mid-70s today. after this passes, temperatures should return closer to where we should be this time of year. >> i'm flying from atlanta to new york tomorrow, jennifer. i need to know if i will fly out tomorrow. >> you will have rain. you will not have the snow. the past couple system, a major snow event. this is mainly going to be rain. >> jennifer, thank you. >> we appreciate it. >> now we have pamela's personal forecast. >> i'll be okay tomorrow. >> i got you. maybe others traveling wanted to know that, too. >> that specific route and specific times. we wanted to make sure all 62 62 got what they wanted.
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thank you for watching. we will see you back here at the top of the hour. >> on an all new "your money," christine romans shows you how easy it is for hackers to get a hand on your credit card number especially with all that happened at target. your money starts now. it's not just santa who knows whether you have been naughty or nice, nsa and google and credit card hackers. i'm christine romans. the rollout of healthcare.gov is a fiasco, but this week a federal judge ruled the nsa's bulk collection of phone records is unconstitutional. is the program essential to security or abuse of power? let's look at this from the

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