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♪ ♪ oh, what a voice. thank you so much for making us part of your christmas morning. we are so grateful to have you with us. happy holidays. i'm christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. you are listening to the spellman college glee club. you'll love what they have for you a little later.
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we also have the very latest news for you, of course, and a look at some of the biggest stories. want to start with alison kosik. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, christi. debris from a crashed russian military plane has been found in the black sea. the plane disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from sochi. %-pw members, were aboard. now it's unclear what caused the crash, but one russian official is ruling out terrorism. for more on this let's go to cnn senior international correspondent matthew chen joining us from moscow. what's the latest? >> reporter: well, the investigation is now underway, but the first priority, i think, is to recover the debris from the black sea. the plane 154 crashed just a couple of minutes after takeoff from the black sea resort from
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sochi that had been en route from moscow to sochi en route to syria to the russian military base, a defense ministry operated aircraft. it took off at 154. it was ferrying amongst other people members of the red army choir, which is russia's official music and dance ensemble. called the alexandrof. world famous. russia is in syria backing its ally bashar al assad in the conflict there. we understand there were up to 64 members of that ensemble, mainly singers because the orchestra wasn't going on this trip, singers and dancers believed to have been killed in the crash. there aren't any survivors as far as we're aware. the death toll, passengers and crew totaled 92 people. that's the latest figure we've got. already rescue workers in the black sea, the russian navy has
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sent ships there, have been pulling bodies out of the sea. at least six now according to russian news agencies have been recovered. take a listen to what the russian defense ministry spokesman had to say. >> translator: now at a distance of 1.5 kilometers off the sochi coast at the depth of about 70 meters parts of a tu 154 aircraft body have been discovered. a search operation is underway. four boats and five helicopters are currently operating in the plane search area as well as drones. reinforcement has been dispatched to the area. >> that was matthew chance recording live from moscow. thanks very much. president-elect donald trump controversial foundation is going away. trump says he's doing away with the charity to avoid potential conflict of interest once he takes office. shutting it down may not be that
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simple. the foundation is under investigation in new york state for alleged misuse of donations and can't be dissolved until the investigation is over. dnc deputy communications director eric walker was what he called a wilted fig leaf. it has no employees and has about $1 million in assets. the man who was going to be communications director in the trump white house, he's changed his mind. jason miller who was named to the post just days ago says he's declining the job to spend more time with his family. miller's wife is due to have the couple's second child next month. miller joined the trump campaign in june. president-elect donald trump and his wife melania celebrating christmas in palm beach, florida, today. last night the trump's attended a midnight church service. they were greeted with a standing ovation from the congregation. at the vatican pope francis
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held midnight mass on christmas eve. he told the congregation that more humility is needed, not more gifts. right now the pope is delivering his annual christmas blessing. a live picture from the vatican. buckingham palace says a bad cold will keep queen elizabeth from attending a christmas day service. she's staying home to help her recovery but will still take part in the royal family christmas celebrations during the day. her grandson prince william went to church sunday morning with his wife katherine and their children george and charlotte. let's check in on the christmas forecast and an update on the super typhoon bearing down on the philippines. our karen mcginnis is live at the weer center. good morning. merry christmas. >> merry christmas, alison. 11 million people expecting very bad weather, very dangerous
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driving conditions across the dakotas, into minnesota, from montana into the four corners region. we are looking at wind gusts from around rapid city and minott to around 55 miles an hour. that will make for whiteout conditions for some of the roadways. minneapolis will be 36. still a chance for ice. that will produce power outages and trees down. kansas city, 64. atlanta, 72. we might expect some record high temperatures across the southeast today and the south central united states but is it comes with the risk of severe weather. in some areas across the northern plains though we could see as much as a foot of snowfall. certainly across the mountains across the interior west. now to tell you about the latest regarding our super typhoon here is knock-ten. it has a wind associated with it of 155 miles an hour.
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alison, that makes it nearly a category 5 equivalent hurricane. this is going to have substantial impact. >> we will be watching that one. karen mcginnis, thank you so much. throw it right back to christi and victor. okay. so what was your favorite christmas toy? >> don't ask me. >> i won't. i won't. >> i had -- i had a wonder woman doll and i had all three charlie's angels dolls. >> all right. if you had a head band and the cuffs and everything, too -- >> you know i did. >> i know you did. i know you did. mine was the he-man big wheel. i loved that. >> you were -- do you have a picture of him in a big wheel? >> yes. just that riding. i loved it. there are a lot of kids who love the bikes, kids now who like these rechargeable cars and trucks. for children with disabilities many of those toys are off limits. >> they struggle to operate them
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for one thing. there are some toys that are designed for their needs. they're so expensive. >> they are. this christmas some talented students in florida are changing that. they're tricking out some toys for a few very special kids offering them one-of-a-kind play with a purpose. >> reporter: it's a christmas toy workshop that's thousands of the miles from the north pole. there's no snow, no reindeer, just sunshine and palm trees. this is the campus of the university of north florida in jacksonville. and these students are crafting presents for children, they say no one else, not even santa's elves are making. they're presents for children like 4-year-old lucas. in most ways he's like every other preschooler. he watches peppa pig, cares for his turtle squirt. and one more thing. >> loves cars. >> cars, trucks, trains, anything on wheels.
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he has poly micro gyria. he's missing a chromosome. toys have to work double time to stimulate him. around christmas time those toys are hard to find and they are very expensive. katelyn said she learned of this college toy team from one of lucas's doctors. >> his physical therapist a year ago said i want a car. >> as you might expect, it's not just any car. this is unf's adaptive toy project. students are customizing popular kids' rechargeable sports cars and suvs to suit children with developmental challenges and professor mary lundy says the toys play two roles. >> children that have developmental disabilities can't always explore their environment and play, so that's one piece. at the same time, through this increased mobility they learn cause and effect, they learn object permanence, they learn
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balance, they learn mobility. >> juanis aeros is a professor. teaming them up has not been easy. >> physical therapy and engineering. >> it's kind of a clash of cultures. it's a different world for sure. >> working groups. we give them one single problem. that is they have to provide power mobility to children with a moving car. >> hopefully we're teaching a lot of soft skills in addition to technical hands on skills. team work, altruism, compassion, self-sacrifice. >> reporter: senior engineering student said this stretches back to his childhood in venezuela. it's not rooted in the nostalgia of a toy car. although he loved it. >> i had one with a hole in the bottom like the flintstones. >> reporter: instead it's driven by nomita, who could not ride
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with him. >> he was born without any limbs. he only had a couple fingers on his elbow area. >> reporter: nomita was limited to a skateboard. it was one of just a few limitations. >> i moved out of venezuela. when i come back he had become an electrical engineer. >> reporter: nomita inspired him to become an electrical engineer. >> seeing this car makes me imagine what he would have been able to do with a little push like this. >> reporter: a little push that lucas now needs. >> i think this will give him a good confidence boost and open him up to more social situations. i think he kind of avoids other children now. >> reporter: just days before christmas -- >> good job, man. >> reporter: -- the students delivered their cars and trucks to nine children and what does lucas think of his suv with the flashing lights and the music? >> he loves riding in it. it might take a little while for
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him to figure out how to drive it. once he does, he's going to be all over the place. >> reporter: as for the students, well, what was just another college elective became a life-changing experience. they hope the gift they built delivers not just a good grade but a fresh start this christmas for their new friend, lucas. >> hopefully to improve his quality of life. that's going to be the real reward of all of this. ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ over the hills and everywhere ♪ ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ that jesus christ is born ♪ go tell it on the mountain de. go pro with crest pro health gum protection. it helps prevent gum bleeding by targeting harmful bacteria on your gums. left untreated, these symptoms could lead to more serious problems including tooth loss. gum crisis averted. therthere is nothing typical about making movies.
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a lot of people are looking for healing in an election that oozed divisiveness and anger and hostility. in the brexit, terrorist threats around the world, hope is hard to find. can you find it through your faith? we are talking to a few people, ceo of americans anglocan
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council, kimberly jones popier, senior church of the harvest and pastor at ebenezer baptist church. good morning. >> great to be here. >> we're so honored to have you. being that it's christmas, we're wondering, reverend, let me start with you, what is your message going to be this christmas day to your congregation? >> i'm always excited when christmas comes around i think the message is as powerful as ever. i think it helps us most when we're honest about the larger context of christmas. it is a question of hope, healing, love, light but the message of christmas is not that we are in denial about darkness, it's that the light penetrates the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it. i'm always excited when this time comes around because it gives us a chance to re-commit our self to the work and the message of christmas, which is a message of peace, a message of justice, a message of love.
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>> what are you finding people need to hear most? what do they say to you that kind of resonates with you that makes you say, let's address this? >> they say they just want to give up. i hear that a lot. i want to give up. my question always is, what does that look like? giving up is not always an option. as long as you have a pulse, god has a plan. you woke up this morning which means that your best days are ahead. ephesians 3:20 says he is going to do exceedingly abundantly more than he can ask. it's up from here. look forward. look at that big old windshield ahead of you and realize that god woke you up on purpose. where are we going? where are we going? one foot in front of the other. come on. >> isn't that the truth. what are you finding that people in your congregation are saying to you and what do they need to hear most, especially after the last 18 months that we've seen in the country? >> i think there's just a
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tremendous amount of anxiety, sometimes fear, worry about the future. i think the message of christmas, it's all about jesus. >> yes. >> he is the one, luke says, who is the sign for all of us. he's the baby who neas's in a m. the question is, what child is this? what do you say about god, a god who loves us so much that he enters into our own lives, our flesh and blood, takes it upon himself and says, i come this close to you so that all you have to deal with now is the hangups and i'm here to love you out of those and into abundant life. >> yes. >> reverend, how hard is it for people who have no hope, who are feeling the anxiety you're talking about to make that baby, as you've talked about, baby jesus, to make that baby real
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for them? because we know the story, right? >> well, that's the power of the story is that jesus enters into turmoil. so we're not in denial about how difficult it really is. it was difficult that first christmas. i mean, we talk about silent night. it was a holy night. i'm not convinced at all it was a silent night. >> we all know babies are rarely silent. >> we're talking about the massacre. on the loose even though hope is in the air and the holy family becomes a refugee family seeking asylum in egypt from the abuses of a despot who was insecure so you see the fear of hope and tension in the story. what we're encouraged to do is embrace our hope, resist the fear and embrace the message of the angels who said peace on earth, goodwill toward all. i submit that the reason why we're still struggle to go have peace on earth is because we have a hard time with all,
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goodwill towards all. this message is for all people but it's no accident that it comes to the most marginalized members of the human family, the poor homeless couple for whom there was no room. we embrace those on the margins, we embrace god's vision for all of humanity. >> isn't fear the underlying universal feeling that we all have and that's what drives so much of it, insecurity, and some of the hate. we're watching what's happening in aleppo with these people and what's even happening with the divisiveness in this country. how do you talk to people to let them know that there's hope? >> well, you know, fear is paralyzing. >> yeah. >> and so everywhere you look around the world you find fear. fear, it can cripple you. it can make you feel like that is the biggest thing in front of you. what you have to realize, i tell people, my message is so simple. my message is, you know what,
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you're here. god's got you here, roam manage said he's working everything together for your good. where can you be in your work that will help people find hope. crawl out of their place of depression. where are you in your life that you have something that says, i've been there, i've done it, let's do it together. if we all come together as a team. >> what do you think is the biggest obstacle this year going into 2017? >> i think it's fear, and i want to build on what my brother and sister have said here. what was that message of the angels to the shepherds, it was, don't be afraid. >> come on. >> don't be paralyzed. look and find this child and the message of christmas is being curious about jesus. who is jesus, what can he do for you? the angels said he is the christ, the anointed one. >> it's okay to have doubt and to have questions? >> yes. yes, it is. but that's the shepherds, i'm
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sure they had their doubts. they were wondering, what the heck just happened to us out here in the middle of this field. we were just on the job and god has done this incredible thing. what did we really see? but they went. see, faith is not the opposite of fear. faith is what you do with your fear. >> come on. >> and this is what these guys did. they went and the maji, they went and found jesus. >> yes. i love it. >> the message of jesus. it's a message that resonates from aleppo to chicago. there's a reason why we're still here, because the story tends to resonate. god still shows up in the midst of that. it's not obvious sort of away from the cameras, away from the satellite trucks, god is doing great things, shows up in a barn. >> yeah. >> god tiptoes down the back stairwell of human experience and enters into our terminal and our job is to continue to spread that message. >> we thank you all so much for being here. i'm out of time. i know you get to go and you get
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to get that message out even more this morning. thank you for taking time for being with us. >> thank you for having us. >> merry christmas. >> merry christmas to you as well. >> victor? christmas cheer all around the world. when we come back we'll give you a glimpse of what some countries are doing to celebrate christmas. e in 8th grade. technology is the only thing that really entertains us. i'm gonna use this picture on sketchbook, and i'm going to draw mustaches on you all. using the pen instead of fingers, it just feels more comfortable for me. be like, boop! it's gone. i like that only i can get into it and that it recognizes my fingerprint. our old tablet couldn't do that. it kind of makes you feel like you're your own person, which is a rare opportunity in my family. (laughter) fixodent plus adhesives. there's a denture adhesive that holds strong until evening. just one application gives you superior hold even at the end of the day fixodent. strong more like natural teeth.
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in the u.s. we have so many traditions to celebrate the holiday season. what about the rest of the world? nadia bellcheck is here to tell us what the rest of the globe is doing this morning. merry christmas. >> merry christmas. i thought we would start off in japan. because due to some brilliant marketing in japan christmas has become synonymous with kentucky fried chicken. brilliant marketing. in the '70s farmers could rarely get turkeys so they had chicken. now on christmas they will line up for their kentucky fried chicken. they might order it two nights in advance bearing in mind that most are religious. christmas with kentucky. >> who knew christmas with kentucky was being celebrated in japan. that is something totally new. where are we going next? >> south africa. >> where do you want to go? >> let's go to south africa
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because that is your heritage. >> south africa, we have christmas in the sun, on the beach, having a barbecue or a dry place to cook meat. some might roast a lamb and have home brewed beer. >> so you feel -- do you feel then when you're here in the u.s. and it's cold and maybe you're somewhere where it snows, feels a little out of place? >> yes. i think we should be basking in the sun. there's no white christmas in south africa or australia for that matter. fascinating. i know your husband is from the czech republic, right? >> yes. >> you have interesting traditions to share. if you're a young one and you think you want to get married, you might take a cherry tree twig, put it in some water. if the twig blossoms, it's a good omen. you will probably get married. if it doesn't, bad news. the other thing you might do is throw a shoe at a door and you hope that the toe hits the door, not the heel. >> because that means -- does
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that signify marriage again? >> very good. good omen in general, but particularly focused on marriage. so the beginning of the month and then by christmas particularly if your flower has bloomed then that's -- and it's by christmas day. >> are there any omens that mean good or bad that aren't connected to marriage maybe for people who are already -- >> well, i think we should try the shoe thing, you and i. it's going to be a good year. let's haul our shoes. not so easy with mine. you have a lovely christmas tradition. >> we don't do this but he is from the czech republic. there is a fellow there named gigicheck and he brings gifts as well, but before you get to open the gifts he brings he also brings a list of grievances of everything that you have done wrong all year and you have to read through that list before you're allowed to open your gifts. my husband said growing up there were many years that his list was quite long and he would
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be sitting there and his mother was sitting there with her brandy in one hand, a cigarette in the other and a big old smile. >> the elf on the shelf. would he be like your elf on the shelf? >> no. no. we do obviously have elves on the shelf here which has grown and evolved. you can dress your elf on the shelf. >> i also wanted to take you to italy. >> please do. >> of course where the pope is, the vatican, beautiful christmas celebrations. there you might not have a traditional christmas tree, would you have wooden blocks. on the wooden blocks you would put candy and fruit so something a little different. christi, what is the one christmas tradition that is universal and that is? gift giving. i have a gift for you. by the way, christmas gifts only became very popular in the late 1800s so i say merry christmas. it was hanukkah. the first night of hanukkah last night. you might say to those people happy hanukkah or merry christmas or merry chrismita or
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merry kwanzaa. >> there's a reason she said that not me. >> merry christmas. >> just beautiful holidays to all and celebrate with good cheer. >> no doubt about it. here's to a stellar 2017. >> a stellar 2017. >> thank you so much, nadia. we appreciate you. >> victor. we start with a race like no other. without a doubt it's been an unprecedented year in politics. up next, we count down the top ten political moments of 2016 all part of the most divisive elections of our time.
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"new day" when you hear voices like that. it is pretty spectacular. i am christi paul and thank you to the glee club here in atlanta sharing their lovely voices with us. >> very talented. i'm victor blackwell. they are with us throughout the morning. we have a lot of news to get to this half hour. let's get right to alison kosik. >> good morning, victor and christi. merry christmas to you. russian military officials say no survivors were found at the scene of a military plane crash near sochi today. 92 people were on board the plane. some wreckage was found in the black sea. state media is reporting it was carrying a military music group on its way to perform at a russian airbase in syria. president vladimir putin now ordering an investigation and declaring tomorrow a national day of mourning. president-elect donald trump's controversial foundation is going away. trump says he's doing away with the charity to avoid potential conflict of interest once he takes office.
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shutting it down may not be that simple because the foundation is under investigation in new york state for alleged misuse of donations. can't be dissolved until the investigation is over. eric walker is saying the move was, what he called, a wilted fig leaf to cover up his, quote, p pitiful record of giving. israel is re-evaluating its relationship with the united nations. prime minister benjamin netanyahu says israel is now canceling millions of dollars in contributions to u.n. organizations. in bethlehem the church of nativity is now holding christmas mass. you're looking at a live picture there. that's where christians believe jesus was born. thousands of people are expected to visit sites in bethlehem,
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jerusalem and gnnazareth. a bad cold will keep queen elizabeth from visiting. ian lee is in london. good morning. what can you tell us more about some information about what's going on here? >> good morning, alison. we learned about this cold a few days ago when she postponed a trip to where she spends christmas with other members of the royal family. she was unable to go via helicopter, not her traditional way of going via train. but her first public appearance was going to be at christmas service at the church there but it looks like that heavy cold is keeping her at home. this is what the palace had to say. they said the queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery. her majesty will participate in royal family christmas celebrations during the day. alison. >> being described as a heavy cold, but how serious do you think this illness really is?
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>> reporter: well, the royals are notoriously private about their health, but when you look at other members of the royal family you have prince william with his wife visiting his in-laws in berkshire and you have other members of the royal family going to christmas service as well and you also have in the statement saying that she's still going to participate in family functions. so it does seem like it isn't terribly serious. >> all right. we certainly wish her well. ian lee, thank you so much for your report. christi and victor, back to you. well, we're at the end almost of 2016 so it's a good time to look over the year and really ask ourselves how did we get here? >> the race to the white house, of course, we're talking about. because it turned the political no, ma'ams on their heads, defied the norms, the polls, and the experts. jake tapper looks back at what has been an unprecedented 12 months in politics.
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this year everything we thought we knew about politics was turned on its head. political attacks, e-mail hacks, and several cracks in the glass ceiling made for an unparalleled race between the first female major party nominee and a billionaire political outsider. president-elect donald trump will soon take office. first, let's look back at our top ten political stories of 2016. >> number ten, conservative supreme court justice antonin scalia died suddenly in february. >> everything is on the line. >> and in an unprecedented move, republicans vowed to block any high court appointments until after the presidential election. >> simply to turn your back before the president even names a nominee is not an option the constitution leaves open. >> judge merit garland was nominated in march but never even had a hearing. number nine -- >> you want to give me a good
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sendoff, go vote! >> in their final presidential year the obamas hit the campaign trail. >> when they go low, we go high. >> with more catch phrases. >> come on, man. >> and less restraint. >> dronald trump is uniquely unqualified to be president. >> but after defeat. >> i beat everybody. i beat the hell out of them. >> donald trump won the republican nomination but struggled to win over the party. republican leaders distanced themselves. >> will you support him? >> i'm just not ready to do that. >> but will the party now unify around president trump? >> we're going to hit the ground running. number seven, trump's unvarnished campaign attracted extremist support. >> i don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy. >> he was slow to denounce white supremacists. >> david duke endorsed me? okay. all right. i disavow, okay? >> and his controversial rhetoric on race continued. >> this judge is of mexican
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heritage. i'm building a wall. >> even targeting the judge in his university fraud case. >> if you are saying he can't do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism? >> no, i don't think so at all. >> number six, the conventions. >> the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for president. >> hillary clinton made history in philadelphia and a gold star family made trump an offer. >> have you even read the united states constitution? i will gladly lend you my copy. >> in cleveland melania trump's speech was familiar. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> and senator ted cruz refused to endorse the nominee. >> vote your conscience. >> number five, trump's past went public. there was a former miss universe feud. >> he called her miss piggy. >> he responded to a link to her
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past. >> you sent out a series of tweets including one to check out a sex tape. >> then a crude video of trump. >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. >> he brushed it aside. >> this was locker room talk. >> but nearly a dozen assault accusers said it went further than words. >> his hands started going towards my knee and up my skirt. >> trump denied the allegations and said he would sue. number four, senator bernie sanders built a huge movement. >> we are actually listening to the american people, not the 1%. >> but was the system rigged against outsiders? >> secretary clinton received about 450 super delegates before anybody else was in the race. >> bernie or bust protestors crowded the convention. >> you're being ridiculous. >> and refused to vote for clinton. number three, democrats were hacked. >> they're under attack. >> stolen e-mails from the dnc revealed bias against sanders
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forcing the party chair to resign. >> no questions in my mind the dnc was an opposition to our campaign. >> u.s. intelligence points to russian cyber attacks. >> our goal continues to be to send a clear message to russia or others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you. >> number two -- >> there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. >> the fbi recommended no charges for clinton's use of a private e-mail server. still, the issue was gold for republicans. >> she's guilty as hell. >> lock her up. >> she tried to quell concerns. >> my e-mails are so boring. >> but the fbi announced they found new ones just before election day. >> it's imperative that the bureau explain this issue. >> the damage was done. number one -- >> hillary clinton has called donald trump to concede the
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race. >> donald trump won the white house. >> the campaign unlike anything we've seen in our lifetime. >> i love this country. >> as protesters took to the streets, secretary clinton bowed out. >> we have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. >> now a captive of billionaires, and outsiders will join trump for an era of who knows what. >> those are the top ten stories for this year. the question is who and what will top the list next year. jake tapper, cnn, washington.
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we all know that santa is a busy man. >> oh, yes he is. >> santa's helper, do not think it's milk and cookies, posing for a few photos. spreading christmas cheer is serious business. >> there's a santa university for all of the santa's helpers? >> really? >> they need to learn how to do it the way santa does it. aspiring santa helpers go every year. you might be surprised on what they study. cnn money gives us the story
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♪ santa claus is coming to town ♪ >> reporter: welcome to the ultimate christmas in july. santa university. a four-day training camp in colorado where professional santas come to hone their craft. >> it's more of a calling than it is a job. >> a little boy with no hesitation said, that's santa claus. >> she said, your nose, your nose is like a cherry. >> ho ho ho. that's when i knew that my father was santa claus. >> reporter: spreading holiday cheer is serious business. it takes the right look, months of dedication, and more hair care products than you'd expect. >> all the women say it's miracle stuff. >> reporter: aside from extra hold hairspray, what does it take to be the perfect professional santa? the experts all had the same answer. >> you have to have that christmas love. >> having a caring heart. >> first it's the heart and then
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all of the other things, they will fall into place. >> reporter: heart is something that can't be taught, but the rest of it, that's why more programs put santa university together in the first place. every year santas come together to train at the company's headquarters, you guessed it, the nor pole. >> people are amazed that there are four days of classes for santa university, but it's true. we have everything from ethics of santa, how to dress and look your best, how to stay healthy as a santa and many, many more things. >> reporter: classes teach everything from beard grooming to suit fitting to sign language. there are charity toy drives and sing alongs. it's four days of fun and festivities, then when the holidays roll around, these guys are all santa all the time. >> i work at poland square mall about 30 miles southwest of chicago and i'm from duluth, georgia. it's about a 750 mile trip every
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year. it's a very demanding job if you do it like you should do it. we're on the set every day so you pretty much eat, sleep, focus so you can be focused and be there for the children and if you are home you allow too many other distractions. and so by traveling i feel like i can stay focused at what i'm doing. >> reporter: for these santas the months of preparation and work are worth it. for them, being santa claus in the eyes of a child is the ultimate gift. >> i get far more than i unfortunately can give. >> if you can say anything every day to try to uplift a child and their family, then you go home at night with some accomplishment. up next, spelman college glee club's rendition of "go tell it on the mountain." >> and here they are at a christmas concert earlier this month. ♪
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that is the spelman college glee club performing for more than 50 years beautiful music based here in atlanta. they put a special emphasis on traditional spirituals. >> they travel throughout the country performing for a variety of audiences. their voices. here's their rendition, in fact, of "go tell it on the mountain." ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ over the hills and everywhere ♪ ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ that jesus christ is born ♪ go tell it on the mountain
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♪ over the hills and everywhere ♪ ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ that jesus christ is born ♪ while shepherds are watching ♪ our silent flocks by night ♪ behold throughout the heavens that shows us holy light ♪ ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ over the hills and everywhere ♪ ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ that jesus christ is born ♪ the shepherd feared and trembled when low above the
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earth ♪ ♪ rang out an angel chorus that haled the saviors birth ♪ ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ over the hills and everywhere ♪ ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ that jesus christ is born ♪ while in the manger the humble christ was born ♪ ♪ and god said the salvation that blessed christmas morn ♪ ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ over the hills and everywhere ♪ ♪ go tell it on the mountain
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♪ that jesus christ is born ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ over the hills and everywhere ♪ ♪ go tell it on the mountain ♪ that jesus christ is born >> we are so grateful that you're spending your christmas morning with us. it means a lot to us. >> we're happy to be with you. stay with us. we have a lot more to come. we'll be right back. when standard cancer treatment no longer works
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ in the stable in bethlehem a baby is born ♪ >> oh, what a voice. thank you so much for making us part of your christmas morning. we are privileged to be part of it and so grateful to have you with us. merry christmas to you. happy holidays. i'm christi

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