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>> chris, thank you for sharing. we are thinking about you from your family here at cnn to you and the cuomo family, thinking about you. thanks for being with me. i'm brooke baldwin. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. a snowstorm couldn't stop school picture day for vice president biden and the brand-new congress sworn in today. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the world lead divers called off as the search for airasia flight 8501 and the 123 souls still missing stalls yet again. but now cnn has new details, showing that the pilots missed a key briefing on dangerous flying conditions. they were headed right into. could that have contributed to the crash? our pop culture lead. it could be a contender for that tiny little golden statuette.
but "selma" was charged by critics to taking too much lightning in rewriting the relationship between martin luther king and others. they could have draped in olympic gold. instead, two u.s. skiers one just a teenager die in an avalanche of snow and rocks doing what they loved, how the story of these young men poised for victory became instead a tragedy. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. that closing bell. we begin today with the money lead. and stocks sliding down a fiscal hill. the dow taking another dip falling off more than 130 points. that's a bit of a rebound. the dow was down nearly 200 points a couple of hours ago. this after it plummeted 330 points monday. criminal cristina alesci is in new york. oil prices keep on dropping and
the dow right along with them. >> reporter: that's right. it's fallen too far and too fast causing a little bit of a shock to the system. there are three main systems why this is very bad. major oil companies the most directly compacted. their stocks have been down with it. oil is seen as a gauge of economic activity. it's used in everything from manufacturing to transportation to construction. so when demand is week investors start to get nervous that economic activity isn't where it needs to be. also lower oil could cause instability in places like russia places that rely on oil revenue for most of their economic activity and revenue. those are the three main reasons. and there may be some more pain to come here jake. one of the indications is that investors are actually shifting
their money into safer investments like bonds. and that doesn't bode well for stocks going forward. >> cristina alesci thank you so much. to our national lead so many people across the country waking up this morning and not wanting to leave the house. it's technically been winter for two weeks already. but today it really felt like it. windchills in the midwest so cold that they actually could kill and freeze any exposed skin, according to the national weather service. folks were detoured from their christmas returns instead raiding hardware stores for shovels and salt and tools needed to fight as many as 15 inches of snow in some places before retreating inside, taking shelter from subzero temperatures. this morning in and around chicago where 5 to 7 inches of snow piled up, the city dispatched more than 300 snowplows to clear the streets. in the mid-atlantic temperatures barely cracked 20 degrees making for a slow slippery and dangerous commute
in philadelphia in new york and right here in washington, d.c. where reportedly some anchors had to ditch their cars by the side of the road. chad myers is manning the radar in the cnn severe weather center. for some places in the midwest, arctic chill doesn't even glimpse how cold it is and how cold it's going to get, right? >> it's not past me that it's january. i understand. you didn't get stuck in the snow did you? >> it was a cnn anchor in washington. >> have you ever listened to the anchors that we have? we have berman and tapper and lemon. we should not be stuck in the snow. it's going to get colder in new york. the windchill factor in chicago today where over 100 planes were canceled.
we are up to 4 below right now. even into international falls and minneapolis, you have to give the people working the gate maybe getting your bags or directing traffic, you have to give them a break in this kind of weather. it was brutal today. new york for thursday morning, you will get down to 8. 8 will be the temperature and the windchill will be about 8 below. chicago, you're 30 degrees below normal right now. you just didn't warm up at all. and our windchills are going to be 30 to 50 below all across the midwest. the high tomorrow in minneapolis for millions of people there will be minus 4. and the wind's going to blow. the cold air makes its way all the way down to the gulf coast, goes down to new orleans, to atlanta. here in atlanta, we will be below freezing for 40 hours or more. there will be pipes blasting all over the place because the insulation isn't that good here. frigid conditions across the northeast for the next four to five days.
be ready for it. make sure you take care the pets check on the elderly and make sure you don't exert yourself too much. >> chad myers in the cnn severe weather center thank you so much. turning to our world lead and more bad weather in a different part of the world adding to the wait for families whose loved ones have still to be found. today, search-and-rescue teams looking for bodies from airasia flight 8501 called off the search early because of monsoon strength rains and winds. investigators say they have spotted several large pieces of debris and have extended the search area to the east. but progress is you can answer krushuatingly slow. 123 people remain unaccounted for. only 19 have been identified, given names so far. surely adding to the grief these families must feel new information comes that the pilots of the fated jet missed a chance to talk with meteorologists about the dangerous conditions they were
about to fly right into. cnn aviation correspondent rene marsh has the latest details. >> cnn is told that this is the weather report that the pilots did not pick up themselves. cnn is told that airasia staff did not pick up this report with the details about the weather conditions at all of the airports along their flight path including storm clouds that stretch up as high as 48,000 feet. now, that revelation has sparked policy change at airasia and indonesia's overall aviation system. new video from one of the two american ships searching for airasia flight 8501. they're among more than 40 vessels, 20 helicopters and 97 divers deployed to the search zone. >> translator: the "uss fort worth" detected sonar of two metal objects but we still need to confirm if this is part of the plane. >> reporter: one object about 56 feet long, the other, 14 feet.
elsewhere, a life vest. safety cards and bodies recovered, a total 39 of the 162 people on board pulled from the java sea. muslim religious leaders on a search helicopter pray for the victims. indonesia's military chief now offering to take families to the crash zone for some closure. >> translator: i will prepare hercules and ships either tomorrow or anytime. i'll offer my help to the families of the victims. >> reporter: today, monsoons rainy weather hampered the underwater search for the plane's black boxes. the boxes have locater pingers that can be detected with sensors. but every day, the batteries come closer to running out. fresh batteries were installed just last year. they will fade in another three weeks. this document obtained by cnn
shows the official government weather report forecasting conditions the pilots would encounter. indonesian government officials tell cnn there's no indication airasia staff picked up a hard copy potentially a missed opportunity to discuss the report with the agency. >> i'm not necessarily seeing these things as any indication of negligence on the carrier's part, on the crew's part. it depends. we don't know exactly what whether information, what weather data the crew didn't allegedly see and how relevant it is to what happened. >> reporter: the airline says the pilots got the documents electronically but since the crash, indonesia now requires pilots to do face-to-face briefing with flight operations officers about conditions on the flight path. airasia also now requires a face-to-face weather briefing between pilots and the government weather agency. airasia's handling of the weather information is now being
investigated by aviation authorities there in indonesia. they expect the results of that investigation to come in another one to two weeks. essentially, did they do things properly did they have all the access to the information they needed before taking off. >> and what needs to be done so this doesn't happen again. rene marsh thank you so much. i want to david molko who is live in surabaya, indonesia. divers were told earlier today to stand down. are conditions going to cooperate? will they be able to get back into the water? >> reporter: just about an hour till first light here in surabaya we're going into day 11 of the search-and-rescue effort. seems like we talk about this every day at this time. on monday no visibility monday no visibility tuesday, they couldn't even get divers into the water. so coming up on wednesday morning, hoping to do it again. the forecast again, looking better but they've been saying that every day. and we know that conditions can change out there in a split
second. we got a good look at the weather conditions from the "uss sampson," the destroyer out there, getting a good look at the american search effort. choppy seas, hazy visibility. other news the other us asset in the region the "uss fort worth" picking up some objects on its sonar. they can't confirm any of these objects. seven large ones now. until they can get either divers or cameras in the water, jake? >> david molko live in surabaya, indonesia, thank you so much. he's the handsome son of a wealthy hedge fund founder who is suspected of murdering his own father and staging it to look like a suicide and now police are calling him the prime suspect in a fire that burned down a rival hedge fund manager's hamptons home. that story next. eal? you know i'm real! at discover, we're always here to
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but now their team and the ski racing community is in mourning after the lives of ronnie berlack and bryce astle were tragically cut short in an avalanche on the austrian alps. 20-year-old berlack and 19-year-old astle were part of a group of six ski racers when the accident happened. their teammates said they tried everything to rescue their friends but the two ended up buried beneath about ten feet of snow. it took search teams 13 hours to find them because neither had on gear designed to send out signals in the event of an accident. rachel nichols is live in new york. there were avalanche warnings in the area before these guys hit the slopes. do we have any idea if they knew that? >> reporter: we'll never know that for sure. but there was a lot of information available out there. these conditions had been going on for a few days. there were warnings on tv on the radio, signs around various ski slopes. in fact there have been some minor incidents already at other
neighboring slopes. but as we've heard from other skiers in the last 24 hours, when you're an elite skier, you hear these things over and over from time to time and you do unfortunately start to become a little numb to just how dangerous the conditions are and what you are doing out there. that really also applies to where these skiers were. remember they went off the marked path off the place you and i would normally ski and back into the more wild ungroomed area. and they were more susceptible there to the shifting snows. again, that's something that a lot of elite skiers do. but it is dangerous. and when they were buried under the snow it took about 60 search and rescuers to find them. >> the u.s. ski team is involved in a world cup event in nearby croatia today. how are they managing just 24 hours after this disaster happened? >> reporter: yeah, it's really devastating. the skiers were all given the option not to participate. most of them did wanting to do it in honor of these two young
skiers. you see the american flag at half mast. they had a moment of silence for the skiers before the event. a lot of the american skiers were wearing black armbands. obviously very difficult. their head coach isn't even there at the event. he flew back to austria to be with this younger developmental team. the u.s. team has this minor league squad, it's a developmental team. and the head coach flew back to austria to be with them. it's been incredibly difficult for these young guys many of them who were there when the incident happened. they say they've gotten great support from neighboring countries, others in the ski community. but there's no way to deal wit. >> rachel thank you so much. it is a half mile tall as steep as the side of a skyscraper and it is as smooth as a sidewalk. take a look at how steep we're talking about. and yet somehow some way two men
are nerve-rackingly close to climbing the dome wall of yosemite's el capitan rock formation. it's called the hardest rock in the world. the rock climbers decided to take on the nearly impossible feat. no one's ever climbed the wall without using ropes and bolts to climb the wall. those ropes are in the picture to catch them if they fall. they hope to reach the top by thursday but say the climb could stretch into the weekend. turning to the buried lead, a princeton graduate who ran in the upper crust part of new york city's socialite circles, walked into a courtroom in designer duds to face charges in the murder of his own father. sources say thomas gilbert jr. killed his dad because he was ticked off that his wealthy parents were preparing to reduce his allowance. today we learned gilbert may be under investigation for another
crime, a police source tells the "associated press" gilbert is suspected of burning down a hamptons mansion owned by the friend of a family turned rival. alison kosik is live in new york with details on this case which can only be called bizarre. talking about a guy who seemed to have had everything going for him. >> reporter: seems to have had. his hangout was the hamptons which is considered a playground for the rich. but here's the thing, his parents supported him financially and that may have been his undoing. police say it was murder staged like suicide of a millionaire by his own son. 30-year-old thomas gilbert jr. has been charged with murdering his hedge fund founding father thomas gilbert sr. with a bullet to the head. he did not enter a plea when appearing in court on monday. today new details are surfacing about gilbert jr.'s past run-ins with the law. police won't say if they have a
motive in the murder yet but know gilbert jr.'s parents were supporting him financially. the violence unfolding here late sunday at thomas sr.'s upscale manhattan apartment. police say tommy arrived and quickly asked his mother to get him something to eat. >> she went to get some food for jr. about 15 minutes after that she had a bad feeling and decided to return. she got back to the apartment about 15 minutes later and she found sr. on the floor with a bullet hole in his head. >> reporter: police found the gun on gilbert's chest, making it look like a suicide, but a search of tommy jr.'s apartment suggested otherwise. >> we have a shell casing envelope with the serial number of the gun that was recovered at the crime scene. substantial amount of physical evidence to use. >> reporter: police also found indications of a fraud operation at his apartment. prosecutors allege gilbert jr. has a skimming device and 21
blank credit cards, adding 22 charges of forgery to the murder and gun charges. this wasn't gilbert jr.'s first encounter with the law. he was arrested in september for violating a protective order filed by another hedge fund player, peter n. smith. the smith family home in the hamptons later burned to the ground in a case that's being investigated for arson. tommy gilbert's one-time girlfriend told the "new york post," he was a loner, but murderer? this was the last thing in a million years that i thought he could do she said. and tommy may have been preparing to follow in his father's footsteps. last may he filed with the s.e.c. to raise money for his own hedge fund. the firm representing tommy gilbert declined cnn's request to comment on the case. jake? >> i'll bet they did. alison kosik, thank you so much. coming up next it wasn't exactly an overwhelming vote of confidence. john boehner will remain speaker of the house.
but with so many in his own party voting against him, are his problems just beginning? the former navy s.e.a.l. who says he killed osama bin laden is now under criminal investigation. could he face charges for speaking out? he'll join me live next with his side of the story. ♪ music ♪ ...the getaway vehicle! for all the confidence you need. td ameritrade. you got this.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. our politics lead now, the 114th congress is officially in session with republicans in control of both the house and the senate for the first time since 2006. they say their first order of business will be passing the keystone pipeline legislation which this afternoon the white house said president obama will not sign into law. most americans are not expecting much to change in washington. a new cnn poll released this morning says 47% believe nothing will get done with this new congress. congressman john boehner fought off a challenge from tea party republicans or the folks boehner likes to call "the hell no" caucus. dana bash is live on capitol
hill. take a look at this snippet of vice president biden greeting the new senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and his family. >> he said grandpa, can i talk to a democrat? >> lots of hugs and smiles. an undertone of harsh division. >> reporter: absolutely. but i'm glad we played that. in the hallway, maybe you can see a little bit behind me this building is filled with family, with friends. this is very much the first day of school feel whereas somebody said to me passing by everybody starts with an "a." and that's definitely the atmosphere. what you just played is also noteworthy because the irony is if there is a deal to be done on big issues it might be those two very men, the vice
president, joe biden, and mitch mcconnell because they've done so in the past i believe three times when things have been incredibly intense. the two of them have come together and formed a deal. so that was maybe a foreshadowing. who knows? >> speaker boehner squashed his opposition being reelected house speaker. he's had trouble controlling house republicans to say the least. are they more rebellious now than they were for instance in the government shutdown? >> reporter: perhaps in some ways. at the end of the day, there were 24 republicans who actively voted against john boehner. one republican abstained. so there were 25 effectively against him. and that was double what we saw two years ago when 12 republicans voted against him for house speaker. the difference is there are more republicans now. it's a historic high 246, highest republican majority since 1928, i believe. so to answer that question yes,
they probably do feel the ability to be more rebellious when they're trying to make the point that they don't think that the leadership has gone the way they want it not so much because of his ideals but because of the process. they don't feel like many of these conservatives feel like their voices have been heard. having said that as i said the speaker has kind of more room to lose some of his republicans and still be able to get things done because his majority is so big. it was definitely not a welcome bit of drama for their house republican leadership, to say the least. they came out of the house chamber and they were breathing a sigh of relief. they would much rather have a discussion about a unified message, a unified republican caucus. so they're glad that that moment of unwanted drama is behind them jake. >> dana bash 24 votes against limb doesn't sound like a lot, but 29 votes, and there would have been real trouble.
thank you so much. this is the most diverse congress in american history, more than 100 women in the house and senate for the first time ever. 33 hispanics, 12 asian americans and 46 black members. three of whom for the first time since just after the civil war are republicans. athena jones has this report. >> reporter: congressman elect will hurr arriving on capitol hill for orientation, the first black republican ever sent to congress. >> my parents moved to san antonio in 1970. there are houses they weren't allowed to get because of the color of their skin. now they have a son who's in congress. >> reporter: hurd joins mia love the first black republican woman ever elected to congress. love a mormon first made a splash at the republican national convention in 2012. and again on election night
2014. >> many of the naysayers out there said that utah would never elect a black republican lds woman to congress. >> reporter: and it isn't just hurd and love, south carolina's appointed senator tim scott was elected to that slot in november's gop landslide making him the first black senator from the south. expanding its appeal with minority voters is key to winning the presidency in 2016 and beyond. will this new crop of black republicans attract more black voters to the gop, after all, these candidates ran on conservative platforms in red states. >> we need the right tools to fix health care and obamacare is not the right tool. >> reporter: we took a closer look at the numbers in south carolina where scott and lindsey graham a white republican senator up for reelection, were both on the ballot.
>> 6% of african-americans voted for lindsey graham, the white republican. 10% of african-americans in south carolina voting for tim scott, the black republican. that tells me that having a black republican on the ballot gets a handful of votes. >> reporter: so in the end, all three candidates won by attracting support from white voters a fact not lost on scott. >> people are aligning their votes with their values and they're voting for candidates who are simply not of their own complexion. >> reporter: analysts say the gop will have to shift on policy matters to appeal to more blacks. but that's not the focus for these gop freshmen. they say they're looking beyond race. >> all of the issues we face in this country, they're not black or white issues. they're not gender-specific. they're people issues. >> to me this is a victory for the voters in texas and the voters in my district that have gotten beyond skin color. >> reporter: athena jones, cnn, washington. >> when all is said and done about the record-setting diversity of this congress we should point out that it is still more than 80% male and 80%
white, not quite reflective of the diversity of this great snags. in other national news robert o'neal killed osama bin laden. but now he could be disciplined for talking about that. a former member of the navy's elite seale team 6, o'neal was one of the special operations forces that raided bin laden's compound in abbottabad, pakistan. allegedly revealing classified information during interviews. they're not specifying publicly what he may have revealed or when he may have revealed it. but we should mention, oe neal did speak with "the lead" in november wells other media. joining me live from dallas is robert o'neal. thanks for being here.
do you think you did anything wrong here? some of your critics say this is why navy s.e.a.l.s aren't supposed to come forward and talk publicly. >> thanks for having me. it's great to be back. no, i don't think i did anything wrong. there are things that are classified that i agreed not to speak about. and i haven't and i won't. the stuff i did now, it took me a few years to decide. i talked about a few things navy s.e.a.l.s do get in helicopters, navy s.e.a.l.s do go to houses full of terrorists and we capture and kill them. i talked about that with some of my teammates. >> do you have any idea what classified information you're a alleged to have disclosed? >> no. i first heard about the investigation into the merit of a complaint from one in the navy. i haven't been contacted about anybody. but if the call comes, i'm willing to take it. >> the obama administration has sent people to prison for revealing classified information.
are you at all worried? >> no, i'm knott worried. it concerns me that someone is investigating potential wrongdoing. i think it's a story that's very important for closure for 9/11 families and it's also important for american history. >> a lot of your defenders say the obama administration shared a lot of information about the o.b.l. raid to be self-serving most notably perhaps cooperating with the filmmakers of "zero dark thirty." does that bother you, considering this investigation? >> that doesn't bother me. it didn't bother me the night we found out some information had been leaked. we were still in our uniforms when the name, s.e.a.l. team 6 came out. as far as the obama administration taking credit for it they authorized the mission. so they should take their part of the credit as should everyone involved all the way back to the american people the first responders at ground zero.
>> do you think that the purpose of the ncis investigation and also the possible punishment for your fellow s.e.a.l. who wrote the book "no easy day" under the pen name mark owen is this to discourage other s.e.a.l.s from coming forward and talking about their experiences? >> it could be. it has to be a difficult job investigating, trying to figure out what is and isn't classified. it would surprise a lot of people to find that most stuff isn't classified that you think is. i wish that -- there's been two guys from the mission that spoke about the mission. and i don't want to be part of a place where we treat our heroes like villains and then we treat our villains like victims. i think the author of "no easy day" got on a helicopter and risked his life, as did i. >> do you feel like you're being
treated like a villain or a victim? >> no. i would just hate to see that happen. >> others in the s.e.a.l. community have argued no one person can take credit for killing bin laden. some say it violates the s.e.a.l. ethos to talk about classified missions. what do you say when you hear that? >> i respect all their opinions on what they think as far as the ethos and as far as taking credit, i'm not taking credit. i wanted to tell my part of a very important mission. that was my part of the mission. there were so many other moving parts involved, all i wanted to do was let the people of america know and for the families of the 9/11 victims to know what happened. >> thanks, robert. in our pop culture lead today, a hollywood director under fire for taking creative license with one of the most defining moments in u.s. history and one critic is saying "selma"
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i'm jake tapper. our pop culture lead makers of the movie "selma" which tells the story of the legendary civil rights march, are being criticized for taking some creative license with that historical event. the producers gild is snubbing the film's creator where its list of award nominees after critics went after the filmmaker filmmaker's twisted history. the relationship between dr. martin luther king jr. and president lyndon b. johnson. >> in the south, there have been thousands of racially motivated murders. we need your help. >> dr. king this thing is going to have to wait. >> it cannot wait. >> the film tells the story of protests and grassroots activists who helped lead the way to the voting rights act of 1965. former white house staffers from that era say the movie doesn't portray lbj inaccurately. the film's director ava
duvernay said she wasn't interested in doing a, quote, white savior movie, but wanted to do a movie centered on the people. the president of the african-american film critics association and presidential historian douglas brinkley join me to sort this out. millions of americans will see the film and believe that's what actually happened. do you think the filmmakers who make historical movies have more of a responsibility to be accurate? >> jake i think that this film doesn't pretend to be a documentary. it's simply a cinematic experience that offers entertainment and also a look at events that led up to the selma march which were very key to the civil rights movement. i think that it's unfair to burden this film with those sets of expectations because it's a movie, at the end of the day.
>> doug, what do you think the practical effect is when those who make historical films get some details wrong for the sake of drama? what's the big deal? >> well, really, all the movies do that. there's inaccuracies and compression in any movie claiming to be about history. but someone like in the film "saving private ryan" and others this movie could have used somebody looking at the script a little bit more. i love "selma." i think it's a brilliant film. and the atmospherics are great. but when you boil down to that king/johnson part of the film, it's a distortion and not a helpful one. >> what is the truth as opposed to what the film captures douglas? >> the truth is on the johnson tapes where lyndon johnson is talking to martin luther king. we can hear it and you can play it on your show. and he's urging king to do a selma, that we need it and even saying that civil rights act is
not going to be my biggest achievement, the voting rights act. i think there's a tension that could have been built between king and johnson. but the movie makes johnson seem like george wallace lite instead of someone who was an integral player in the selma drama. but i don't think people should not see the film for that. it's a marvelous film. and it's just a portrayal of johnson that's very awkward. you can't blame lyndon johnson's followers and people that worked in the white house to saying that wasn't lyndon johnson on civil rights. it would only be human for them to protest a little bit. >> i've heard some supporters of the film say that critics and historians are missing the point. this is what selma looked like and felt like from the ground level, not from the corridors of power. is that what you think? >> absolutely. absolutely. this film is unfortunately as relevant today in examining critical issues that impact
african-americans and other disenfranchised people as it was in the 1960s. so again, having seen the film twice, i didn't walk away from either experience thinking anything differently of lbj. he was a busy man who had a lot of things on his plate. i didn't get from the actor's performance any type of negativity or any type of bad impression. so i'm not even sure where all of this is coming from, to be honest with you. but i would encourage people to go and see "selma." it's certainly a film that i think is going to encourage people in this country to finally start having some real and honest talk about race and race relations. that hopefully will be the outcome of this film. >> doug people criticizing it a lot of them are people who used to work for lyndon johnson or historians. one johnson aide went to "the washington post" and said that
selma was lbj's idea. that's a little much isn't it? >> that's a little much. look, martin luther king deserves all the credit. he brought the fight to alabama, whether it's the montgomery busboy situation or the fight in birmingham this is king's movie and king's show. i think the controversy is it makes lbj seem like the one that's putting the fbi in the early '60s on king when it was bobby kennedy, the attorney general who did it. we're in a tough field in history looking for factual accuracy. seems to me with so much at stake in a wonderful film like this that some of that could have been corrected. you could go online and read 100 historical accuracies in the film. it's a hollywood movie. nobody's expecting it to be accurate. but it's in my view blaming lyndon johnson for having a kind of bigoted attitude that he never had. and it certainly didn't have when he supported the civil
rights act of 1957 and he deserves a lot of credit johnson, for selma. and andrew young has said exactly what i'm saying. >> gill robertson, douglas brinkley, thank you both. wolf blitzer is here with a preview of "the situation room." today you're examining north korea's military threats and you have the state department's spokeswoman there. >> marie harf is joining us. a lot going on involving the aftermath of the sony pictures hacking. the u.s. responding sanctions, other steps as well. this is a very, very tense korean peninsula. 30,000 american troops right along the dmz. we're watching it closely. and we'll talk about what's going on in iraq. u.s. troops not combat troops, but there are u.s. troops. they could potentially be in combat given what isis is up to. we'll get into that with her as well.
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financial noise financial noise welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. our money lead now. a sneak peek into your future. right now, some of the most innovative gadgets to take over your life are on a showroom floor. the international consumer electronics show in las vegas, to be specific the same convention that debuted cds and camcorders in 1981 or the vcr
made popular by this convention in 1970. today's new technology revolves around the internet. samuel burke joins us live from las vegas. samuel, show me the future. >> reporter: jake here every object every action every movement is subject to some type of connectivity. even your golf swing is subject to this motion sensor. there's actually a big emphasis on cyber security as well. some companies even think the selfie might be the key to your safety. right now in las vegas, the bright lights and high-dollar tables look at the different because at the annual consumer electronics show it's less about showgirls and more about show gadgets flaunting their curves. it offers a sneak peek at the must-have gadgets soon to flood the market with innovations on display from more than 140 countries, the excitement is inescapable.
even if you wanted to record your getaway attempt, high-flying technology isn't far behind. this is the type of drone that you do want following you around. you just let it take off and then it uses this wristband to follow you around right, left up down and record everything you're doing even across the las vegas desert. back inside, tech companies are betting not just on a full house but on a smart one. >> smartphones are really becoming our remote controls for the world. and so why not use them to control our homes? it's working with these existing technologies and figuring out better ways they can talk together. >> reporter: right now, your house can communicate with you from the moment you wake up and activate your i-kettle brewing system. >> no other i.p. camera has this much computation power -- >> reporter: when you leave your house, you can use this camera to detect and follow intruders. and when you get home you can
turn on this energy-saving fan. or -- >> seamlessly control into eight bulbs for smart lighting and surround sound in any room. >> reporter: you can even use these lightbulbs to play music. like any other showroom in vegas, security is also a top priority here. >> how many of you went to see a great sony movie this holiday? >> reporter: not just for sales but for safety. >> that's what a lot of security experts are concern about, the fact that we're opening up not just our computers and our phones but our entire homes to hackers. >> reporter: and companies are lining up to help us face that risk with several new concepts. one of the apps that's caught our attention is called one you. and it allows you to replace your password with a selfie. there's a lot of money to be made here. but introducing big new ideas is still a gamble with customers.
>> these companies really want this future because this is a whole new line of products they can sell. they're still trying to convince consumers they want those products. so that is a bit of the challenge there. >> reporter: and, jake, anybody who watches "the lead" knows you're cnn's biggest baseball fan. this product, 150 bucks measures your swing, lets you compare yourself to some of your favorite pro players. i'll bring this one back home for you. >> i'm afraid of what it will tell me. samuel burke in las vegas, thank you so much. appreciate it. apple may have been on to something when people complained about those new iphone 6 plus phones bending in their pockets. now it has the exclusive rights to flexible technology. apple was granted 28 licenses that could mean a new bendable phone from apple one day with a flexible screen battery and circuit board. and it has technology to rival google glass, the company says. it calls it life stream.
recordings could mean raw video facial recognition or even pupil dilation. in the words of captain kirk it has let us boldly go where no one's gone before. the hubble telescope has given us images of space we could only dream of before and now that the galaxy's pre-eminent paparazzo is turning a quarter century old, nasa decided to revisit some of its new technology. this is a picture of the pillars of creation. three giant columns of gas lit up by a cluster of stars. it's from 1995. amazing and iconic it found its way onto t-shirts and movies. all of nasa's technological arsenal used to take new photos of the pillars, the results are something to behold nasa says there are even newborn stars
hiding in the hues of those columns. make sure to follow me on twitter. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. i now turn you over to wolf blitzer. he's next door in "the situation room." happening now, search setbacks bad weather slows the effort to recover wreckage and bodies from airasia flight 8501. but the teams make some new finds and are now ready to head out again. underwater danger zero visibility powerful currents and razor sharp metal, divers face extraordinary risks if they can get into the water at all. isis stalled? the terror group claims more success in a brand-new video. and the pentagon gives a very different assessment of the situation on the ground. and a cnn exclusive, a visit to what may be the hideout of north korea's elite cyber attack unit. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."