tv CNN Newsroom With John Berman and Poppy Harlow CNN October 11, 2017 7:00am-8:00am PDT
good morning, everyone. top of the hour. 10:00 a.m. eastern. i'm poppy harlow. >> and i'm john berman. we have breaking news now in northern california, where wherefores have already burned 122,000 acres. 17 people are dead. 200 more are missing. 20,000 people have been ordered to evacuate. officials there are urging people to prepare ready-to-go backs with documents and medicine inside. >> the job of fighting these fires, not getting any easier. the weather making it incredibly difficult. the forecast, ahead, not good when it helps to try to contain them. a california highway patrol captain making a dire prediction. he says this could be one of the worst disasters in california's street. let's go to our ryan young. he joins us in santa rosa, california. walk us through what you've seen. >> john and poppy, this is just amazingly scary. in fact, i'm standing between two homes or what's really left
between the two homes. 8,000 people lived in this neighborhood at one point. and if there's anything that we can do today, in terms of people watching this, maybe if they're near one of these fires, when that evacuation order is given, i'm sure they'll take it seriously now, especially when you see this. these people barely had time to get out in some of these situations. and i know you heard from someone like this a minute ago. you look in the back here, you can see the washer and dryer. that's the only thing that we're able to sort of make out that's inside this home. and this sort of repeats itself over and over. i think we've counted more than 25 structures that were just taken out. and that's just in the half-politic area, as we kind of walk through to see what's left. this is the garage that's just sort of melted and even in the last five minutes, we've heard of glass breaking in certain sections, because stuff is still settling. but then you think about what firefighters are dealing with. you're talking about 17 active fires, talking about zero containment and the idea that the weather could pick up later on in terms of the winds, making this even harder. and then, 183 people are still
missing. they believe part of that might be because of the communication challenges in the area. because cell phone towers have been damaged in the area. it's very hard to get calls out sometimes. but the idea that so many people are missing is quite scary. and you're looking at how fast this fire is moving. we know this is an active fire situation. firefighters and police officers, even warning us, as we come into this area, that we would be on our own, because of the idea. they're still trying to battle and contain this as the people are trying to mull around this area. that's the other thing that just drives you crazy. looters have been coming into this area, and we've seen police officers stopping cars, trying to ask people for identification, to see why they're here. but, folks have been pulling up with pickup trucks and just gathering people's belongings and putting them in the into the back of their car and taking off, which is really disheartening. and something that stands out to me, when you talk about love and the idea that people have lost so much here is that couple that has been married for 75 years, the woman was 98 years old, the man was 100 years old, they didn't make it out of this fire. we're hearing more stories like that one.
again, 17 people died. this is not over just yet, guys. >> ryan young, thank you for the reporting from there. please keep us posted. also this morning, a barrage of new allegations against harvey weinstein. right now, more than two dozen women are speaking out against him, alleging years of sexual harassment, assault, and three women are now accusing him of rape. >> the big question this morning is, who knew what and why did it take so long for employees to say they witnessed unwanted sexual advances from weinstein to come forward. cnn's brynn gingras and brian stelter both join us right now. give us the latest. >> really, all of these allegations, that are so strikingly familiar. similar. at least 25 women have come forward, accusing weinstein of inappropriate behavior, sexual contact, and in some cases, sexual assault. and basically, the headlines here, harvey weinstein says he's now going to go to rehab. his wife, georgina chapman, a fashion designer, says she's leaving him.
and the film company weinstein co-founded is distancing itself. its plan to change the company name as early as next week and it's dropped weinstein's name from some shows he's produced like "project runway." some big names, actresses we know about have accused weinstein of inappropriate acts like genwyneth paltrow, angelin jolie, and ashley judd. that explosive article in "the new yorker" which includes a sting article against weinstein in 2015 in new york city. according to that article, an italian model went to the nypd after she alleges weinstein groped her. the following day, officers helped guide gutierrez through a sting operation, according to this article, to get weinstein to confess. listen to some of this audio from that sting released by "the new yorker."
>> now, no criminal charges were filed and here's why. according to the manhattan district attorney, they said while the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged the from the audio was insufficient to prove, rather, a crime under new york law. the nypd tells me there are currently no open cases against weinstein, and no new allegations have surfaced to police, at least here, again, in new york city. weinstein's rep said this in a statement. any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by mr. weinstein. now, remember, weinstein's a big
donor for the democrats since the '90s. so right now we're hearing from the obamas, hillary clinton, all of them have made statements condemning all of these accusations. >> now. it took them five days. >> right. >> brian stelter, what do you have? you have some new information, as well, about the company. >> and whether the company can really survive in its present form. you know, weinstein company is known for famed films and tv shows. one of my favorites in recent years, the movie "lion" with dev patel. a lot of those oscar contenders every single year. but this company was really harvey weinstein's. he was forced out on sunday. now, what remains of the company, about 200 employees, they've brought in an outside law firm to investigate who knew what when. because as brynn was saying, that is the overarching question here. some staffers may have had no idea this was happening. others may have looked the other way, to turn a blind eye to this behavior. there were a lot of people invested in harvey weinstein, invested in his larger-than-life
status. some of them may not have wanted to rock the vote. and maybe that's why this went on not just for years, but for decades. >> "the new yorker" article cites 16 people, current and former employees of the weinstein companies, that knew about behavior like this, right? so the question becomes, also, you know, when people come forward, that stops other women from facing this. and no one seemed to have come forward. any idea of the liability, why? >> yeah, you think about the 1990s, when angelina jolie and gwyneth paltrow say they were harassed by weinstein. they shared that account yesterday with "the new york times." in the 2000s, there were more settlements. apparently paid personally by weinstein, as opposed to the company, which does make a difference. i am told, after 2015, after that tape that we just heard, there was a change in his behavior. he was more subdued. he was more respectful, even around colleagues. not as angry, not as hostile as he used to be. so perhaps that case, which never actually became a
prosecution, but that case, which got publicity, may have chastened him somewhat. >> there's a difference between victims coming forward and staying silent for their own reasons and business colleagues who witnessed it and staying silent. >> not just women, but men as well. there are a number of people who seem to be complicit here. there's a lot of unanswered questions about who in his orbit knew. >> thank you, guys, so much. all right, our next guest is speaking out against harvey weinstein, telling her own story. lawrence savant joins us now from los angeles. once again, remind our viewers your story. what happened to you? >> well, you know, unlike the actresses that came forward, i didn't have any business dealings with harvey weinstein, i just met him by chance at a dinner party in new york city
over a decade ago. i sat next to him. and you know, we had a lovely chat, a lovely conversation. a 28-year-old local news anchor at the time. and it was, you know, quite flattering to be taken seriously by a man of his stature. there was nothing that implied anything inappropriate during that conversation. the group of us had moved to a different location afterward and it was to a restaurant club that he told me he was partial owner in. he was one of the investors in. so would i like to see the restaurant downstairs, he wanted to give me a tour? and when i went downstairs, all of a sudden i realized the kitchen was empty, there was just someone sweeping up, there was no one down there. he shooed everyone away. and he kind of trapped me, you know, like in a vestibule of the kitchen where i wasn't able to get out, without passing him. you know, i detailed it in detail in that "huffington post" article. but basically, you know, he --
he -- he tried to kiss me. i said, no thank you, and i realized immediately, you know, that was not what i thought this was and i'm sorry, i'm in a serious relationship and i'm not interested. but that's when he seemed to get annoyed and angry and told me to stand there, be quiet. and i didn't know what was going to happen next. and it turns out he, you know, exposed himself and decided to, you know, pleasure himself in front of me. >> he started to masturbate in front of you? and made you stand there and watch it. >> correct. yeah. no one's prepared for that kind of situation. i don't know what the right reaction would have been. you know, people ask, why didn't you, you know, push him out of the way or kick him and run and -- i don't know what the right answer is. i was so stunned and so shocked, i'm frozen standing there watching this take place and your brain can't really understand how you got here and
what is happening. not to mention, i'm 5'1". he's 6'2", a rather large man. he was intimidating. and he was standing in front of the exit. and i would have had to push by him to get through. so once he was finished, i just said to him, are we done? can i leave now? and we both walked out and i ran out of the restaurant and i never, luckily never really had to encounter him again. >> there has been a fair amount of victim blaming. >> yes. >> here. that's gone on since these articles first started appearing. a lot of focus on everyone expect for harvey weinstein and the disgusting acts that he perpetrated. but one of the things you hear as well, look, if these women had only come forward when this incident happened to each one of them, they may have saved other women in the future from the same predicament. how do you respond to that? >> sexual harassment like this, it's not like food poisoning. it's not like, i had bad sushi at this restaurant so don't eat
there, and everyone's like, whoa, thank you, thank you, we were going to eat there and now you've saved us from being sick. that's not how this works. he was a very, very powerful man. he ran hollywood. he's one of the most powerful men in the country. he ran a lot of things. so for me to speak out and whether or not that would have accomplished anything, whether or not people actually took me seriously or believed me, i don't that behavior would have stopped. he still would have been harvey weinstein. he still would have been, you know, luring actresses into his hotel rooms, because actresses wanted to be in his movies. >> right. >> and what -- the story i told would have just been a rumor, like so many of the rumors that we heard. and unfortunately, rumors aren't actionable. >> you said, for you, lauren, why you did come forward now, is when you read his statement to "the new york times" in the original piece by jodi kantor, that was -- that was, in your words, the final straw. >> his apology, yeah, which wasn't an apology. you know, these women, it took
guts for people like, you know -- for the actresses that came out initially, rose mcgowan, ashley judd, to put their name out there and potentially, you know, be blacklisted in hollywood. so for him to come out and apologize and say, listen, i'm so sorry if i hurt anyone. and by the way, they're lying. their allegations are false. and also, i want to talk about my political -- what i want to do with the nra -- i mean, all of it was so offensive, really. and i knew that my story would help validate their story. and that's one of the reasons i decided. you know what, yes, let's put this on the record. let's tell people what he's like. this wasn't just showing up in a hotel room with a robe on. i mean, this was a disgusting, basically an assault, really. >> look, he also said that, you know, i grew up in a different ra era. >> that was the part that struck me. >> as if there was an era that
doing what he did to you was ever okay. there's no era that accepted that kind of thing. in closing here, what lessons do you think we should learn from all of this, now that harvey weinstein has been kicked off his board and off to rehab and maybe his career and ruined and these women have came forward. what have we learned from that? >> john, that is such a good question. i ask myself now, what would i have done differently if i could go back in time. what should women do? do we immediately run to the press, to the police? would they even listen to us now at this point. i had no physical evidence. it was my word against him. what could i have done differently and what should women do differently when they find themselves in these situations. when it's your boss performing this kind of behavior. do you go to hr? can you trust hr? because at the end of the day, if he's the guy in charge, they're going to report to him. i don't know what the answer is and i don't know how we give women a road map to deal with these types of situations. that is something that women and men need to come up with together. >> one of the recommendations that your former colleague,
gretchen carlson, of fox news has is write it down, document it all, especially if it's at work. tell someone else, so that you have a record, so that when you do eventually take it forward, you have that evidence, as well. but lauren, you're brave. thank you. >> thank you, guys. all right, ahead for us, politics. house republican leaders are set to speak any moment. we're monitoring that. will they talk about this ongoing feud between republican senator bob corker and the president? we're on it. and mr. president, you are better than this. one of the commander in chief's best friends, those are his words to the president, about his rhetoric and his policies. plus, eminem speaking out in really fierce terms against the president of the united states overnight. will the president react?
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all right. you're looking at live pictures right there. house republican leaders speaking amidst tensions flaring between the president and his own party in congress. we're watching it very closely. in the meantime, let's go to kaitlan collins at the white house. the president wants to be or is purported to be about big policy today in between tweeting. kaitlan? >> reporter: kbryeah, but we're certainly seeing a big focus, not only on twitter, but on this latest feud that the president has become engulfed in with senator bob corker, a member of his own party. and a white house official told my colleague, jeff zeleny, that the president wasn't done with corker yet. and we saw that made pretty clear yesterday when this fight reached the nicknaming stage, as the president deemed bob corker "liddle bob corker" in an apparent reference to his sthort st short stature. that came days after bob corker had an interview with "the new york times," where he said he was alarmed he was turning the white house into a set for the
prae apprentice, and worried that his comments could set the world on the path to world war iii. but this isn't the first time we've seen the president get into an argument with a member of his own party. he's done the same with senator john mccain of arizona, senator rand paul of kentucky, and also senator graham who he recently said he was publicity seeking and even once added that he didn't think he could win if he ran for dog catcher in south carolina. but those two men have apparently smoothed things over. they hung out on monday and played a round of golf. so we're seeing how even though the president does tend to get in these fights with members of his own party, sometimes they tend to fix things. but senator lindsey graham actually weighed in on this latest fight between the president and bob corker. listen to what he had to say about it. >> well, i don't think it's particularly helpful. bob corker is one of my best friends. he's a great senator. played golf with president trump yesterday, i like him. at the end of the day, it's about the american people, their security, their prosperity.
and i think most people really don't care what two politicians think about each other. so i hope we can move on. >> so there's a chance we could hear more on this from the president today, as he welcomes the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau here at the white house. and then later this evening, heads to harrisburg, pennsylvania, to tout his administration's plan for tax reform. but we'll be waiting the see, john and poppy, we'll keep you updated if he says anything else. >> please do, kaitlan collins of the white house, thank you. let's discuss. there's a lot to talk about with republican congresswoman, diane black. it is nice to have you, congresswoman. let's start with the fight that is escalating by the hour, between the president and the junior senator from your state. he called him "liddle bob." corker shot back saying the white house is an adult day care center. what say you? >> nice to see you. i don't want to talk about this nonsense being said bafferck an forth. i want to get our work done.
i know the president is very frustrated with the senate. i'm frustrated with the senate. we have sent them good bills and we see no action on those. so there is a real frustration with the senate. i feel like they need to do their job. >> let the record show, you just entered the name-calling, calling the senate an adult day care center. >> i'm thinking about my daughter in day care now. but she's 18 months, to be clear. >> look, the question is, are these exchanges good for the country and good for the republican agenda? the president's close friends who chaired the inauguration, thomas barrett, said of the president, said he thinks he has to be loyal to his base. but i keep saying with, but who is your base. you don't have a natural base. your base is now the world and america. so you have all of these constituencies. show them who you really are. in my opinion, he's better than this. that's what thomas barack said about his friend. so do you agree? is the president better than this? >> i think we're all better than
this. we're hear to do the american people's work. people are suffering. they have high insurance, they can't get health insurance. the dodd/frank act hurt them and being able borrow money. i have a rural area and banks now can't loan money the way they used to, especially in these small rural areas where there is not a lot of income and they need these small loans. we see people suffering and we have the opportunity to fix that. let's get to work and do that. i'm encouraging the senate, pick up the bills we have sent them, over 300 bills, let's get our work done. >> to be very clear, you do not like the senate, the senate version on the tax -- >> or the senate in general. >> or the senate in general, this is true. but you don't like them, especially right now when it comes to their tax plan. you want them to vote on the tax plan -- >> well, i want -- >> all right, i hear you. let me just ask you this, though, you're a big player on tax reform, because you sit on house ways and means. in february of last year, here's what you wrote. the united states cannot lead the world if it cannot balance its own checkbook. those are your words.
does that mean that you vow to vote against any sort of tax reform that will add to the deficit? >> you know what i want? i want a comprehensive form. and we're sending them a bill, a budget bill that balances in ten years. we believe in that. our conference voted on that. we had support for that. and we're going to go in a conference committee, fighting for what we believe in. >> but that's not the question. >> will you vote against anything that adds to the deficit? >> i will take a look at whatever plan that they have, but again, this is comprehensive in looking at what does all of this do? and obviously, we believe in that here in the house of representatives. we put out a plan that balances in ten years. a balance that's against mandatory spending. these are things that we believe in. now, is tax reform going to make a difference in this country? absolutely so. it's the first time in a generation we have this opportunity. it's very complicated. and it will help to put more money in paemeople's pockets, wh means the economy will grow.
if you have more money in your pocket, you spend it. and when you spend it, it's another good or service. so tax reform is very important. we have to look at all the factors. but i will tell you, what we put out here in the house is a good plan and we will fight for it in conference committee. >> some tax cuts, historically, have added to consumer spending, some have not. it has an uneven record historically when you go back to the kennedy years. but just to be clear, do you think the tax cut will add to the deficit? >> do i think what? >> the tax cut will add to the deficit? >> what we believe is that there will be growth, but that's not the only way to make sure that we keep the deficit down. because you can bring in more money, but if you continue to spend, which is why we believe that it is so important to address the mandatory spending. it's two-thirds of our spending. you've got to address it all. and that's why our budget does just that. >> all right. chairwoman diane black with the house ways and means, thank you very much. we'll be watching very, very carefully.
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not just the immediate [ inaudible ] long-term? is congress go to revisit that and what would the president mean by wiping out that debt -- >> i would have to refer you to the white house on that. first of all, we have the mesa board in place. that is already in place. there's no need to redo that legislation, because that legislation and that board is already in place, doing their work. as jennifer mentioned, like we did in katrina with new orleans, when a local government gets its tax base wind out, there is a loan program to help replace that tax base on an emergency basis. that's something we just added to this bill. because their tax base has been wind out, just lake ike we did respect to katrina. we noticed since the supplemental, another one, a smaller one, but also the fires. and that's why we want to make sure on multi-fronts, hurricanes, local tax base being wind out, and fires that we are responding now, so that our
first responders have the tools they need. we've got 17,000 personnel in puerto rico right now, between fema and the military. and the disaster reserve fund -- the disaster relief fund is typically what finances that. and we've been burning through that pretty fast. that's why we need to put more money in the dirt as soon as possible. juan? >> mr. speaker, based on your conversations with the president and the white house, is it your expectation that the extensive branch will handle the loophole considering bump stocks and firearms? >> we are still trying to assess why the atf let this go through in the first place. so, what happened on the regulatory side to allow this to occur in the first place, and that is something that we're both trying to assess. and yes, it makes sense that this is a regulation that probably shouldn't have happened in the first place. and we want to understand why is it that they let this go through in the first place. so we think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix. and i would frankly like to know how it happened in the first place. thanks. >> house speaker paul ryan
there. what you missed is he was commenting on the feud between the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, bob corker, and the president. he says he thinks that senator corker and the president ought to work it out. >> get along. >> get along. thal find some way to do that. now, the speaker prefers heavy metal, but rap music is in the news today. >> is that true? >> that is 100% true. >> i believe you. fact. >> he may listen to eminem as well. eminem, very much in the news this morning, for sort of a freestyle takedown he did of the president that aired on the b.e.t. awards last night. ♪ when he tack attacks the nfl♪ ♪ so we focus on that instead of talking about puerto rico and gun reform from nevada ♪ ♪ all of these horrible tragedies and this border would rather cause a twitter storm with the packers ♪ >> this is part of what is clearly a multi-front culture war right now, taking place also on the football field. the president wrote this morning, it is about time that roger goodell of the nfl is finally demanding that all players stand for our great national anthem, respect our country. >> but the only thing is,
commissioner goodell never demanded that and now the nfl says the president is, quote, not accurate in that tweet. yesterday, commissioner goodell did send a letter to team owners and he said, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem and that it was important for the league to, quote, move past this controversy. a lot to get to. our political panel is here, eminem experts and all. cnn political commentators, symone sanders, john phillips, and the ultimate eminem expert, senior political analyst, david gergen. >> the real slim shady, as we like to call him. >> please stand up. >> all right. >> there you go. that made my day. symone sanders, we'll get to eminem in a moment. but just the big picture here. eminem's attacking the president, which, by the way, eminem has rapped about raping people, so -- >> eminem has been problematic. >> all right, so, he -- just take that. he's attacking the president. the president's attacking the nfl. >> where are we? we're in the twilight zone. i think for eminem, he's an artist. he has had some very problematic
raps and lyrics in the past. but i think what we're going to see more and more of is rappers and actors and even some folks who view themselves adds entertainment activists come out and speak out on this issue, because they do feel some type of way about the president. in terms of donald trump and the nfl, i think donald trump has totally sucked up all the air where the nfl is concerned. and has totally conflated the issue about why these players intended to nekneel. the nfl is very, very frustrated. roger goodell will tell you, he did not kowtow to the president and is saying that the players don't have their constitutional rights, saying that the nfl doesn't believe that the players should be talking about their social justice, activism. that's not what they're saying at all. but again, the president has been bullying the nfl, really, for lack of a better term. and the nfl, i don't think they've been able to get their hands around this pr crisis. so here we have owners who are clearly on the inside and in bed
with the president and you've got the nfl who is trying to navigate these political waters. >> some owners. >> some owners. >> there's a difference in opinion among the ownership right now. >> yes, absolutely. >> david gergen, one thing is crystal clear to me, which is that the president is fanning the flames here of the culture war or culture divide. someone estimated this morning he's tweeted 30 times about the nfl. which is a lot, when it's not an issue i think that, you know, people go to bed at night dreaming about and wake up in the morning worried about, the nfl. the president is fanning those flames. and when you have eminem rapping about it, he actually did rap about the nfl. the president to some extent is getting what he wants here. why does this culture war, why does he think it helps him? >> god only knows. listen, i think these are manufactured feuds. he went out of his way to get into a fight with the nfl. he knew it would bring on this kind of back and forthing, puts him in the center of things. it's partly a distraction from the big issues of our time.
but it's also, frankly an abandonment of really serious work on the part of the president, to solve the bigger issues. there is no way in hell that for any other president, the nfl would be on the top ten list of problems in the white house. just no way. and this is the first time it's happened. we're going to have more of this. but i think it's part -- it's a game. it's a political game. it's a series of stunts to distract us. when, you know, this week, within 24 hours, it looks like, he's going to decertify iran and start us on a path that's going to be very controversial. we still haven't solved the north korea problem. he promises tax reductions or tax reform. where's the bill? he's dismantling the environmental regulations. he's got all these other things going on that are really serious for the way we live. and these other things that are just like, come on, guys. just like he ought to make it up with bob corker and get moving and deal with the serious
issues, he ought to put this behind him and let it go. eminem is fun, it's interesting, with you know, it's culturally interesting. i also think he has stirred up the african-american community in ways that they're going to be on hair trigger to go after him for various things. because they feel he is not supportive of them, he is not their friend. >> you know, john, david brings up a good point, and that is some of these big, real, substantiative things that are going on. obviously, you have the expected decertification of the iran deal coming tomorrow, just this morning. the epa put out its four-year strategic plan. not one place in that plan, from the environmental protection agency, do the words "climate change" appear. not one place. they were number one on the list under the obama administration, those words. are these the real, substantiative, big, meaningful changes that are happening as the president and the world, frankly, are discussing, you know, the nfl and eminem? >> well, trump is going to have to walk and chew gum at the same time. and first of all, john and
poppy, you're my new heros for getting davidin on eminem. let's get kate balduan get gloria borger to way in on the wutang band. i don't think that's possible. he makes harvey weinstein look like gloria stinem. >> come on, john. >> he talks about violence against women and gays and now he's the face of the trump -- >> but don't belittle what harvey weinstein did. >> harvey weinstein's been accused of rape. and eminem has talked about violence, very explicit violence against women. i think both of those two things coarsen the culture and are bad for america. and i think that having either one of these guys as the face of the opposition benefits trump. no doubt about it. >> i would -- i would push back and say, i don't think eminem is the face of the opposition, but
what i do think eminem has done, has stood up and made his voice heard in a way other people would like to do. he's an artist, an artist that has said some problematic things. but that doesn't mean what he said about donald trump is, one, inaccurate, or not right on the mark about how some other people are feeling. i absolutely don't think we can just totally discount the fact that eminem and other people are taking donald trump to task and it's getting under his skin. >> the one thing we will be able to tell later on is if the president responds to eminem, which we will have really gone through the looking glass if the president of the united states enters a feud eminem. >> i just hope puerto rico gets some additional help. >> that's the thing, 85 to 90% of puerto rico still without power right now and the president of the united states talking about -- >> and the tweets aren't about that this morning. >> not at all. symone sanders, john phillips, david gergen, thanks so much. great discussion. >> also, california, a crisis along much of northern california right now. an inferno, strong winds making
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right now. 17 people dead, 180, perhaps more than that, reported missing. firefighters need those flames to die down. will they, though? let's go to the weather center. chad myers is there. chad, what's the forecast? >> the opportunity this morning and this afternoon that the winds are calm. they're really good, but the forecast isn't good for tonight and again for friday night. that's when it even gets worse. there are 35 active fires. this is the problem. typically, we talk about one fire, it's in yosemite and it's 120-whatever-thousand acres. but it's in yosemite or a wideland area. the problem here is the wildland/urban interface. these fires are burning in towns, in cities, they are burning in sonoma and napa valley. there are people there, there are homes there. not just vineyards, but thousands and thousands of homes in the way of these 35 fires. 35 is just kind of a random number. that's how many pockets of big fires there are. there must be thousands of hot spots that are going to get blown around by these 26, 22,
18-mile-per-hour winds. that doesn't seem like a lot, and it's not compared to the 60 that we had over the weekend. but we are still going to see 20 to 25 miles per hour in these red flag warning areas. and that's in the valley. and many times, the winds are higher in the mountains. and why, you say, are there mountains? sure there are mountains. you wouldn't have a napa or sonoma valley if there weren't mountains on all sides. and that's where we see the problem. the wind on the treetops, on the top of the mountain ranges, even if they're only 3,000 feet, are significantly higher than the winds at the surface. so let's let's gget to that now. the winds on the top of the mountain for the fire, at least as we talked about it last weekend, were about 45 miles per hour. and then at times they were gusting to 75 miles per hour. so, the treetops up here on top of the mountains were blowing embers into the valley, and as those embers landed, that's why they caused so many more fires. 35 fires, sure, technically, on
the map. thousands and thousands of hot spots still burning. guys? >> chad, thank you for keeping an eye on us and keep us posted as the forecast changes. >> good. all right, one of the most embarrassing, shocking with, and depressing losses for an american team ever, and i'm not using any hyperbole. i promise you, this was the worst. the bleacher report is next. t-mobile's unlimited now includes netflix on us. that's right. netflix on us.
nfl commissioner roger goodell says the league needs to move past this controversy over the national anthem. >> coy wire has that and more in the bleacher report this morning. good morning, coy. >> good morning, poppy. good morning, john. this bleacher report presented by the new 2018 f-150. it was insinuated earlier this morning that nfl commissioner roger goodell demanded players stand during the national anthem. well, the nfl responded just a few minutes ago, saying the commentary about the commissioner's position on the anthem is not accurate. what commissioner goodell said was that while the commissioner thinks the league should stand for the national anthem, they are also concerned about critical social issues. commissioner goodell is going to discuss the anthem issue with league owners next week in new york city. even if the players were forced to stand, one player says, who's been at the forefront of this push for equality, eagles star malcolm jenkins, he says this wasn't deter their efforts. listen.
>> you can threaten to do whatever you want to do. that's not going to deter players from doing what's right or doing what they believe is right. and so you might be able to change the manner in which that looks, but i don't see players stopping their pursuit for, you know, justice or equality. >> let's move to nhl. emotional moment in los angeles as the golden knights played their first game in history. they honored the victims of the mass shooting in vegas with 58 seconds of silence for the 58 lives that were taken. the victims' names shown on the ice. defensive -- defenseman derek engelland, he played minor league hockey in las vegas about 14 years ago. his family has made vegas home. listen as he fights back tears during a speech to the crowd. >> i met my wife here, my kids were born here, and i know how special this city is. to the families and friends of
the victims, know that we'll do everything we can to help you and our city heal. we are vegas strong. >> and once the game got going, engelland was an inspiration on the ice, as well. that goal right there in en route to a 5-2 golden knights victory. they have made nhl history, becoming the first franchise expansion team to start a season 3-0. for the first time in 30 years, the u.s. men's soccer team won't be playing in the world cup. team usa had their own fate in their hands last night, playing trinidad and tobago, ranked 99th in the world, a population of about 1.2 million people. that's smaller than the population of dallas. all the u.s. needed to do was to advance was to win or maybe even tie, just don't beat yourself. well, essentially, they did. this is a goal on their own goal. it contributed to the 2-1 defeat, ending a run of seven
straight appearances on the biggest stage of all of soccer. big implications in the corporate world, as well. a lot of people investing sponsorship dollars. that's going to affect team usa here in the u.s., for sure. >> this is not even a wait until next year thing. five years! i'm going to be 50 the next time the u.s. is in the world cup. >> i never knew how old john was. >> coy wire, thanks so much. >> thank you, coy. to some very serious news across california. officials are saying this morning these fires could be one of the worst disasters in california's history. entire subdivisions look like a war zone. >> we're following all the latest. stay with us.
hello, everyone. i'm kate balduan. in northern california, the death toll is rising. and jaw-dropping new video takes you inside the hellish landscape of the state's wine country. this is dash cam video from a sonoma county sheriff's deputy, capturing the terrifying speed and scenes of the advancing flames. >> there is even one deputy that was stuck on -- in the open field with 40 people who kept coming to the patrol car, but they couldn't g