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we will continue to monitor this shot for you as we are learning new details about monday's horrifying truck attack in berlin as well as the suspect. moments ago we learned police found fingerprints of the main suspect on the door of the truck. this as new questions surface about just what authorities knew about him prior to this attack. according to investigators' files which were viewed by cnn, anis amri had previously discussed launching an attack in germany and authorities knew it long before monday's killing spree. amri had surfaced during an investigation of an isis linked group. an informant told police that members discussed turning the truck into a giant bomb before plowing it into the crowd and also talked about how to have amri flee the country afterwards. all this information coming of course as the manhunt for him
intensifies across europe. want to to go to erin mcloughlin in berlin for more on these developments. good morning again. >> reporter: good morning. that's right, we are learning new information about 24-year-old tunisian national anis amri, the main suspect behind the german market attack, and his links to the pro-isis recruitment network here in germany. we understand that five senior members of the recruitment network were arrested back in november. cnn had a chance to view the case files, some 345 pages long, in relation to those arrests. the men arrested and charged with terrorism related offenses. according to the file, amri's name came up several times as someone who was interested in launching attacks, ideas that members of this network were, according to the file, supportive of.
they offered at one point to hide him. we are also learning that the group discussed launching a truck attack, loading the truck with a bomb as well as gasoline and driving it into the crowd. so really chilling details there. also, according to the file, we're hearing that at least one senior member of that network allegedly tried to organize logistics for amri to leave the country in 2015 and 2016 and of course, we know in august, according to german officials, he was actually arrested and detained for trying to cross illegally into italy on forged documents. for some reason in that case, the judge taking the decision to release him now. there's this europe-wide manhunt according to the federal prosecutor here in germany, several cities, there were several raids across several cities overnight including a refugee center that he once is believed to have called home. we also understand there were
raids in denmark as well. situation still very much fluid. >> erin mcloughlin, thank you. want to take you live to this press conference that's happening in berlin. let's take a listen in. [ speaking a foreign language ] >> we just lost our translation so if like myself you do not speak german, you likely have a tough time knowing what they are saying. we will try to get that translation back. you can see chancellor merkel of course is standing there at the microphones as well. we will continue to monitor this for you and i believe we do have that translation back. let's try to listen in again. >> translator: -- and also between the federal police
office is very good. we have somebody from that office here all the time. exchange of information is really quickly and whatever has to be done is being done in order to have a successful [ inaudible ]. that's what we have to do and this is the most important task we have so we all focus our work on efficient ways in order to arrest the perpetrator. consequences, conclusions we can draw from the incidents are to be analyzed afterwards. i would like to thank the president of the police office and all the staff of the authorities. today i'm here with interior minister and also the minister of justice in order to get
information about the work in connection with the perpetrator and to get information about his arrest. the work is highly professional of all officers of the federal criminal police office and they work together with the federal, state and also other federal authorities. it is a smooth operation. they work at full speed. we all know that we people hope that we can inform you about the results and that we also find the perpetrator. theoretically we have known for a long time and the minister mentioned it, that we are a target for the islamist
terrorists and if then such an incident happens as the one we had, then there is something else so in every hour we are -- our thoughts are with the victims and also the relatives and we think of everybody in hospitals and we must work as best as possible. we have a seamless operation and we also have that with the authorities of other countries. there have been several attacks in other countries as well and they are very much familiar with the challenges of terrorist attacks. i can say that in the last or in the previous years, we have done all efforts in order to work for
counter terrorism and also, we have observations of the internet and this is why i am confident that during this test we are going through, we will persevere because we have professional staff, professional forces who clarify this situation and we have the values of our state, of the rule of law, democracy on our side and this is why i'm sure we will have good connection within the society of free democratic life. i must say i have been very proud how calm the majority of people responded and i wish everyone best of success to all
of them who work on it. thank you very much. >> so we just heard from chancellor angela merkel, who was saying she believes this is a test, that they are going to pull through. one thing that really stood out in her comments there saying that we have known for some time we are a target for in his words, islamist terrorists, that this is something that of course they have been monitoring, something that has in many ways been expected. she did note there are seamless operations working with the different agencies within germany. she also stressed the relationship with other countries as well as they work to combat terrorism. she said they have been monitoring the internet and she's confident they will persevere in this test, in her words, that they are going through, noting that in her words, democracy is on her side. she went on to say she was proud of the response. not surprisingly offering her thoughts as well for the victims and for their relatives. chancellor angela merkel speaking there. we want to continue to stay on
these attacks in berlin, what we are learning today, because there's a lot to unpack about what we are are learning about the suspect. david rhode is a cnn global affairs analyst and national security investigations editor for reuters. james jeffreys, former u.s. ambassador to iraq and turkey aben eric schmidt is a writer who focuses on terrorism and national security. from what we learned in just the last 24 hours, there's a question 'whether or not german investigators may have botched part of this. because of what we knew, what erin mcloughlin just laid out for us, what they knew of this suspect, anis amri, before monday. was it botched? >> it sounds like there was definitely a huge mistake. it's not clear if a judge made this mistake. he was held in an immigration court. there was an issue about who he actually was and whether they had correct identification for him. he was released. i don't know if law enforcement, the police bear blame for that as well as the judge but that was in august and he was out of
custody. there's new reports from the "new york times" might know more about this, in the "times" he was also known to american officials, he had looked up online how to create sploexplos and other things. >> eric, some of the reporting we saw in the "new york times" about looking up explosives, talking about the no-fly list. what more do we know about that? >> this is all part of the increased cooperation between american law enforcement and intelligence officials and the european counterparts since the attacks in paris and brussels. what sources tell me was as david mentioned, american officials and german officials were aware that amri was researching online how to make bombs, how to make makeshift bombs. he had been in contact with isis over telegram messenger at least once. and he was on an american no-fly list. so the american officials were clearly worried 'him enough that they didn't want him coming here to the united states. to david's point, it's one of
these things we are now seeing in other countries, we see it in the french and belgian cases where law enforcement authorities are frankly overwhelmed by many of these cases. even though they have deep suspicions about some of these people, including amri, apparently they do not have enough manpower really to kind of continue monitoring. they were monitoring him for several months but apparently the evidence didn't rise to the point where they could do more about it. that's going to be obviously the focus of investigations going forward. >> there's also, we are also learning more about them, about trying to deport him and not for the first time either. we are learning about him having been in jail, trying to be deported and he doesn't have the right documentation, they were not going to take it. how are those situations handled and how moving forward, how important is this going to be to see how countries handle this when there may be someone who is not wanted within the borders of one country but no one else is willing to take this person so
they say all right, we will see you later effectively and off he goes? >> that's the tragedy here. i disagree a bit with my two colleagues. this wasn't a set of screw-ups or blunders and it isn't even primarily a problem of resources. it's simply the way the laws and procedures are set out in germany. unless you are caught red-handed, you cannot be incarcerated unless you can overcome dozens of bureaucratic and legal hurdles. you really can't be deported even though there's a red flashing light that you are a danger to this society. this is a basic problem in the german society that gives priority, absolute priority, i know that country well, to not being like the nazis, rather than protecting itself from terrible attacks like this. if that doesn't change they will have a huge internal problem. >> to your point, saying how well you do know germany, how often does something like this happen? >> the german police and the
authorities are actually very good and they share intelligence very well. so a number of attacks as merkel just said have been stopped. people have been monitored. the problem is their ability to act when they have a very dangerous situation, as this guy was in multiple ways as we just heard, since the summer, their hands are tied. >> what changes moving forward, because there is this delicate balance. there's obviously the history in germany to which the country is very sensitive but there's also, we heard chancellor merkel say this just moments ago, there are these freedoms, too, that people need and want and that they of course want to continue. but does something change in the immediate future? >> well, there's a very critical election coming up. chancellor merkel is trying to go for another term in office. the sort of more nationalist right wing new party there has
gained in local elections so this will play out politically. she gave that statement i thought was a very traditional statement. it wasn't any bold statement for a crackdown. donald trump made bold statements about crackdown and it seemed to help him politically here. i think you will see ramifications immediately in this election in terms much how she fares and how her party fares. >> in terms of what we are learning about this recruitment network within germany, that there was talk of planning a prior attack, there was also talk about helping amri be spirited away, should this attack take place, how deep are the tentacles within this organization, do we know, and how far are they reaching if at all beyond germany? >> that's one of the big questions right now, is exactly that, because this preacher was making inroads in the german community, such as tunisia which has produced the largest number
of terrorist fighters who are fighting in syria and iraq and has become an increasing concern. as they lose ground there, it will put pressure on some of those fighters to return home. there's no indication here that amri traveled to syria, but this is the kind of concern you will have not only in germany but throughout europe, is that you will have these cells that have been operating in parallel to the campaign that isis has conducted in iraq and syria that will continue to try to carry out these attacks, but in addition to that, you will also see some of these fighters trying to return to their home countries both in europe and in north africa. these countries are now bracing for this. this is the kind of thing i think both american officials are watching closely here in washington as well as officials in europe now, sadly, as we have seen with this latest tragedy. >> appreciate you all being with us today. thank you. still to come, enrollment for obamacare is surging just as donald trump prepares to take office.
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we are back with breaking news on the investigation into russian hackers poe lententiall meddling into the u.s. election. crowdstrike says the breach of the democratic national committee has been traced to russian military intelligence. cnn's barbara starr is at the pentagon with more details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. why is this so significant?
well, this cybersecurity firm crowdstrike had also worked for the democrats looking into this hacking and it is a company that has some familiarity with russian patterns of cyberactivity. they have now concluded based on everything they know that it is indeed most likely russian military intelligence was behind the hack into the democrats. what they are also saying is that it is a very similar pattern of activity that was seen previously with russian cyberattacks against ukraine military forces, allowing the russians to learn a great deal about where ukrainian forces were moving around and what they were up to. so where we are is this firm crowdstrike now says there is this pattern that they are able to tie to russian military intelligence being behind the hack into the democrats. it goes along with everything that the u.s. government is indicating. u.s. intelligence officials have been saying for some time now they can trace the activity to
the highest levels of the russian government, if not vladimir putin himself, and u.s. officials have also said the pattern of activity against the democrats appears to be so sophisticated, it is really only two entities in the russian government working for russian intelligence that would be capable of doing this kind of thing. it's on par with the u.s. national security agency, the most sophisticated in the u.s. government in cyberactivity. so all indications are, all roads are pointing to moscow. erica? >> barbara starr, thank you. there is just a little over a month left to sign up for obamacare. despite donald trump's vow to repeal that law, the white house says enrollment this year is surging. 6.4 million people have signed up for health insurance. 400,000 more than at a similar point last year. it's unclear, though, what will happen if and when republicans do repeal the affordable care
act. here's what donald trump said on cbs last month. >> there's going to be a period if you repeal it and before you replace it when millions of people could lose -- >> we are going to do it simultaneously. it will be just fine. we are not going to have like a two-day period. we're not going to have a two-year period where there's nothing. it will be repealed and replaced. >> to discuss, we are joined by heidi przybyla from "usa today" and julian zelizer, historian and professor at princeton university. last hour, one of our guests compared obamacare to jenga. it's not the kind of thing you can take apart. if you pull out one piece, the rest of it falls apart. that i know is the concern, especially if you are going to repeal it and as we heard from donald trump, have something in place ready to go right away. is there a sense republicans are taking a second look now at how this would need to be done? >> possibly. i saw a news report even that some republicans are talking now
potentially about not removing that funding stream because that is the one thing that's easiest to do is just to get rid of the taxes and the funding stream for obamacare but if you do that, that's where the jenga comparison comes in, because there is really not -- this is really not hard to understand the way that this system works to cover more people, you have to have more people in the system paying into it. once you remove that funding stream by definition, a lot of people are going to lose their health care. we look at the popularity of obamacare, it is very much along partisan lines in terms of whether you like it or you don't, but when you ask the question about some of the core principles, the core pillars of obamacare like nondiscrimination for pre-existing conditions, covering your adult children, those things are very popular. again, you are talking about the public wanting to maintain the things that are costliest, but then the easiest thing for
republicans to do is to remove the funding stream and you can't square that. >> there's also the issue, a gallup poll found several different groups of trump supporters are actually disproportionately obama enrollees. how much of that is a consideration for the president-elect? >> it's going to be very important. some of the biggest enrollments are coming in states that donald trump just won such as florida and pennsylvania. one of the things republicans have learned since the 1950s that when they try to take away government programs, real ones rather than just attacking government, there's often a blowback. i think this could be a big issue not just for voters, but for the legislators who represent them. it's different to say i want to get rid of aca and repeal it than it is to say i'm taking away the benefits of 6.4 million people. >> to that point, who has more to lose here? there's a lot of talk about the legacy of the affordable care act for president obama, but then for those who are leading the charge to repeal it, and
hopefully replace it with something else, who has more to lose in this equation? >> politically, i still think president obama has more to lose. this is his signature piece of legislation. the threat to this legislation is paramount concern to him and to many democrats and if it's eliminated successfully, that would be a huge blow to him and even if there's political payback for the republicans because of that, i think in some ways he would suffer the greatest as well as those who lose their benefits, of course. >> part of the issue for all americans whether they are buying their insurance through the affordable care act or not, is the fact that health care costs are rising across the board. has there been any discussion, could there perhaps be a bipartisan effort to look at ways to bring those costs down rather than looking at separate systems? >> well, you would hope this would give way to some kind of
third wave because republicans have been trying to repeal and replace obamacare for years now, ever since it was essentially put into effect, and the fact that here we are now where they control all the levers of power and we still don't have a replacement would lead to some kind of third way but i have to disagree a little bit with julian just because i think even though short-term, yes, obama takes the biggest political hit, if they pull this back without a comparable measure that also has broad coverage, if you look at the non-gop trump voters in states, the white working class voters who carried trump over the finish line, these are the people who are going to be most hurt and i really do think there will be hell to pay for republicans across the board in 2018 when these folks wake up and realize that they are actually losing their health care and that there's not something there to replace it or that whatever replaces it is prohibitively expensive. so i do think that hopefully this will lead to some kind of
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good morning. i'm erica hill in for carol costello. thanks for joining us. north carolina lawmakers failed to repeal the state's controversial bathroom bill and are now under fire from all sides. the naacp just chiming in condemning that state's decision, saying it is quote, shameful and a disgrace to north carolina. here's what north carolina's governor-elect, roy cooper, had to say last night. >> the legislature had a chance to do the right thing for north carolina and they failed. i'm disappointed that we have yet to remove the stain on the reputation of our great state that is around this country and around the world. >> cnn's nick valencia is following this story for us and joins us from raleigh. this was not at all how folks expected things to play out yesterday. >> reporter: not at all. good morning. there was a lot of posturing on both sides.
republicans and democrats alike. the day started out very hopeful for state democrats. they believed they had brokered a deal to clear a path for full repeal of hb 2. that's not what they got. they got a bill presented to them with caveats and that was not satisfactory to the state democrats. we knew the day was going to have a lot of drama just by the way it started out. a house representative stood up in protest to say that the special session should be found as unconstitutional. and anything that was done yesterday should be null and void. shortly after that protest on the house floor, i caught up with the representative. i wanted to see what the reasoning was behind your protest. >> i said exactly what i meant. >> it was just a protest, you don't think this is constitutional? >> it absolutely is not. >> reporter: and the response, did that change your mind at all? >> he just said he thought the rules were fine which i agree. the rules are fine. but we are here unconstitutionally. >> reporter: are you planning on voting no, then, against the
repeal? >> i plan on voting no on anything that's done here because it's all unconstitutional. >> reporter: by now, everyone knows just how detrimental hb 2 has been to the economy. an estimated $650 million lost with entertainers like bruce springsteen pulling out. the ncaa canceling events. the nba pulling out an all-star game. for republicans we spoke to, the ardent supporters of hb 2, it's not just an economic issue but also a moral one. they told me they did not want to be told by democrats how to vote and when to vote. ultimately this is, yes, about politics but it is about people, especially those in the lgbtq community. after that vote, after the legislature adjourned, i caught up with activist candis cox. >> i was at least optimistic that we would make some headway. in sitting in both the senate and the house and listening to a lot of the arguments that have been going back and forth and the proposals, it appears that they called the special session
to call all of the world in to watch and then make a mockery. that's how it feels. that's how i feel right now. >> reporter: the legislature is closed for the year. they are expect ted to reconven january 11th. there is no guarantee house bill 2 will be on the agenda. lawmakers tell me last night was the best chance they had at repealing the so-called bathroom bill. >> nick valencia, thank you. donald trump's former campaign manager kellyanne conway is now taking her talents to the white house. conway we are learning will serve as counselor to the president. this morning she is hard at work laying out donald trump's take on this latest string of terror attacks. >> he's promising to end the war on isis quickly. what will you do that we are not doing now that will be so decidedly conclusive and quick? >> in addition to what i have already said several times which is stronger, better vetting
policies, not looking the other way when there's evidence of terrorism and wrongdoing, in addition, getting our allies more involved. donald trump is constantly criticized here and elsewhere as oh, my god, look, he doesn't even have the evidence yet and he's saying that it's isis. he's been right every single time. he's not saying it to be right. he's saying it to remind us that the world is a dangerous place and anybody who accepts this as a quote new normal is just not -- they are giving it -- >> this as donald trump continues to build his administration. we expect to soon hear who will serve as deputy secretary of state as well as press secretary. couple other cabinet positions remain open. cnn senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny joins me from palm beach, florida, where the president-elect is spending the christmas holiday. any sense that we may learn some of those things in the coming days given the holiday? >> reporter: well, there is a potential chance for a couple more staff announcements today, i'm told. white house press secretary, as
you said, is one of those positions that may be announced as well as a couple other staff positions. i do not expect any cabinet appointments but that's always possible. donald trump certainly has shown he's unpredictable. he is working today at mar-a-lago but then he's going to really spend a few days with his family over the christmas weekend here. but there are two positions in the cabinet that donald trump has not yet filled t veterans affairs secretary as you said, of course, that's a central theme of his campaign and he is leaning toward a couple finalists, and also the ag secretary. department of agriculture secretary. those are the two main cabinet positions. but those staff positions in the west wing also so important. tapping kellyanne conway as the counselor to the president is going to pave the way, i'm told, for more staff announcements including communications director, press secretary, but having kellyanne conway at the helm there is a sign that she is going to have a big stamp on the
communications strategy, is going to be the face of the administration as we saw on "new day" this morning, largely as she was during the campaign. i can't recall any other presidential campaign in the five i have covered where the campaign manager has been so visible. you can expect that kellyanne conway will continue to do that, defending donald trump, protecting his brand and legacy and explaining some of his positions to the american people. >> and we will be watching her do that and hopefully speaking to her as well. good to see you. thank you. in terms of the position of press secretary, whoever takes that job will of course play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between donald trump and the press corps he has routinely vilified. among the leading contenders, sean spicer, jason miller and fox news host kimberly guilfoyle. we are joined by host of "reliable sources" brian stelter. this is sort of unlike other
press secretaries given how open and honest donald trump has been about how he feels about the press and members of the media. but this is such an important position and especially now. what is it that he's looking for in a press secretary? >> this person is a very public face of an incoming administration. think about robert gibbs eight years ago behind the white house podium, now josh earnest is the press secretary. every day defending president obama's policies. it looks like sean spicer is the favorite for this job. we are expecting the announcement this week, could come later today. spicer has been the press secretary and chief strategist of the republican national committee for quite some time. very well known among reporters and viewers for his many appearances. i have would to wonder sometimes if they have been trying out for these jobs on television because we know trump watches so much cable news, he's paying a lot of attention to who he sees on tv. we have seen that in his other choices as well. crowley, mcfarland, carson, these are cable news regulars he has brought into his
administration. spicer, the favorite for press secretary. jason miller, likely contender for communications director. thinking about long-term strategy. you mentioned kimberly guilfoyle. reports this week she's been making a play for one of these jobs or some sort of communications role with trump, maybe not press secretary but something that would be in the mix. she's a co-host on "the five" and has been very supportive of trump publicly. for now she's still on fox. they haven't sidelined her while she's been trying out for this job. >> how could this press secretary potentially be different than what we have seen in the past? we already heard there is talk of perhaps doing away with the daily white house press briefing that. would be a big change. we know talking to the press is not donald trump's favorite thing to do. i think that's probably putting it mildly. so how do we anticipate access even changing? >> it's been about 148 days since trump held a full-fledged press conference. rows of seats, a podium in the center, a long question and
answer session. he's had a couple of moments like yesterday where he will briefly answer questions from reporters that are shouted to him. he's done a couple of interviews. but you're right, he has rarely been speaking with the press since he was elected and the that goes back to july. he says now in january there will be that press conference setting but clearly, they will be playing by a different rule book, whether it's spicer, miller, others working with him on his press strategy. ultimately it's donald trump doing what he fooeels is right y to day. i was talking to josh earnest about this. he said what's most important in this job is knowing where the president's head is at all times. we will hear that interview on sunday on "reliable sources" because you have to know where the president's head is at. with donald trump that can be very difficult. >> or not. just go to the twitter feed. maybe that gives you a sense. >> his own best press secretary. >> look forward to seeing that interview. brian, thank you. stay with us. we'll be right back. i just want to find a used car without getting ripped off. start at the new carfax.com show me used trucks with one owner.
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sglp a u.n. security council vote on a draft resolution demanding that israel halt all settlement activity in the palestinian territory is in flux. president-elect donald trump is speaking out about the resolution saying this. quote, the resolution being considered at the united nations security council regarding israel should be vetoed. as the united states has long maintained, peace between the israelis and palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties and not through the imposition of terms by the united nations. this puts israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all israelis. cnn's oren lieberman joins us from jerusalem and elise labatt
is in washington. the resolution was expected to be voted on today. now it's been postponed. why? >> well, there's a lot of drama going on this morning. that vote was supposed to take place at 3:00 and we understand from several u.s. officials that the u.s. was really going to have a dramatic development either in abstention, not using its veto as it has in the past, or even voting yes. that vote was expected to pass. now, in addition, secretary of state john kerry was supposed to have a speech before that vote laying out the u.s. vision for the middle east peace process after all those months of efforts to try and get a peace deal unsuccessfully. now we understand that that vote has been on hold. western officials telling me that the egyptians who put forth the resolution have put it on hold because of pressure from the israelis. so now not only is that vote on hold, the kerry speech is on
hold while the arab league meets this afternoon to review the text. there could be a new text, we don't know what that will say, but now it's unclear how the u.s. is going to vote. but that vote on calling settlements illegal, calling on israelis to stop all settlement construction certainly on hold for the time being. >> it's on hold, unclear as you pointed out how the u.s. would weigh in. is there a sense that moving forward, if in fact it does come up again, if it does come back on the table, would it be approved now? >> we have to see what the resolution will say. if the egyptians have held the resolution because of pressure from the israelis, it would stand to reason that maybe the egyptians will go back to the arab league, say look, is there any way we can soften this, which would make i think the case for the u.s. to vote stronger, and they could get together, say we don't like this pressure and can harden the text which would make it more difficult for the u.s. to vote.
certainly, this is all in the context of the next administration coming in, how a president trump would deal with israel. we understand he has appointed an ambassador, david friedman, who considers settlements legal, who has talked about expanding them. it's really not in a vacuum. there's a lot of context behind it. >> what's the reaction in israel? >> reporter: well, the israeli government has been working furiously to either ensure a u.s. veto or at this point as we just learned putting pressure on the egyptians to pull this vote, to hold it or delay it. the question now is, how long will that delay be. it's very conceivable it could be a quick meeting with the arab league, then in a few hours we could see this go to vote again or it could be delayed days or weeks. no doubt israel takes this vote and draft resolution very very seriously, lobbying the u.s. government and president barack obama very seriously from this morning to cast his veto. we saw netanyahu tweet about it and have seen other israeli ministers and politicians make
statements about it. that has been the focus of the efforts. israel fully expects every other member of the security council will vote for this draft resolution. that's because back in 2011, the last time there was an anti-settlement draft resolution, everyone did vote for it. it was only the u.s. that stopped it with a veto. that's why israel has focused its efforts on trying to get the u.s. to veto this resolution as we have learned, it doesn't look like that was possible. now the question, what will come out of the arab league meeting and the draft resolution from the egyptians. >> that is what we will be watching. thank you both. still to come, a heat wave at the north pole? the details about that turbulent change ahead.
well, not like this. the high today could be 50 degrees above the normal average for this time of year. meteorologist jennifer gray is here with more. i first saw that and thought this must be a misprint. 50 degrees higher. but it's not. >> it's not. it takes a lot to wrap your head around it. i did the same thing. i said you have got to be kidding me. but temperatures are supposed to reach right around freezing for the high temperature today so that is 50 degrees above average. so that arctic air that's normally bubbled up around the north pole is actually shifting really far south, impacting portions of siberia, russia and one of the reasons is because we have had a huge storm system impacting greenland so it's basically pushed all of this cold air out and south, so the north pole, 31 degrees today. in fact, look at these other temperatures compared. fairbanks, alaska, 13 below zero today and the north pole, 31.
so quite a bit warmer. look at this. this is from november. this is the north pole and they have been running about ten degrees celsius warmer than normal. from october 27th to november 17th, the antarctic has also been running above normal, so it's not just the north pole but both poles have been running way above normal. look at this. this is sea ice. we have had a major loss of sea ice in the north pole over the last couple of years, so there's a lot of concern because with this loss of sea ice, temperatures are just going to get warmer because when you have a nice sea pack, then we get a lot of sunlight reflected so it stays colder. when you lose that sea ice, temperatures just continue to warm. >> jennifer, appreciate it. thank you. oklahoma's football coach is speaking out for the first time since video was released of a star player punch ag woman more than two years ago. coy wire has more in this
morning's bleacher report. good morning. >> good morning. coach bob stoops and other oklahoma administrators have faced a lot of criticism for the punishment they handed their star player, joe mixon, for this incident after they saw this video back in 2014. it shows a woman shoving and slapping mixon but what happened next, we wouldn't show. mixon went on to punch the woman so hard it broke her nose, cheekbone and fractured her jaw and orbital bone near her eye. she needed to have her jaw wired shut. >> two and a half years later it's fair to say it isn't enough. that's positive in that that's the way things have gone in the last two and a half years that really, the only thing that's ever acceptable anymore is dismissal. >> the problem here that a lot of people have is missixon was dismissed. he served 100 hours of community service, was suspended from the team his freshman year but most players their first year red-shirt anyway.
he stayed on scholarship. the female student has a lawsuit pending against mixon. let's move on to duke head coach mike krzyzewski not wasting time announcing punishment for grayson allen, who said he has been suspended indefinitely after he tripped an opponent last night. this is his third time in the past year he's intentionally tripped someone. then he went on after the technical foul was given to throw this temper tantrum. he's team captain and coach k said that's unacceptable, saying that allen did apologize to the person he tripped and the opposing coach. finally, let's have some fun. steve smith getting into the christmas spirit dressed up as an elf for yesterday's news conference. his team playing their arch rivals, the steelers, on christmas day. don't expect a lot of holly jolly holiday spirit in this one. >> going to be joy.
not a lot of peace. >> huge game between the steelers and ravens, winner likely getting a playoff spot, loser likely eliminated. >> the real winner was that outfit. coy, thank you. thanks to you for being with us. i'm erica hill. "at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts after a quick break. in everything that matters? coming in first place... introducing the all-new 2017 ford super duty. the only high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy body heavy duty pick-up. it takes first place in every measure of tough: best-in-class towing. best-in-class payload. best-in-class horsepower. and best-in-class torque. winner, winner, chicken dinner. this is the next level. this is the all-new ford super duty.
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