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the bay. we're back at 7:25 with a live local news update. >> and midday show at 11:00. thanks for starting your morning here with us. have a great one. good morning. looming threat. an outbreak of severe weather expanding across the midwest and south today. millions of people in six states bracing for possible tornadoes, damaging winds, and large hail before it all heads east. al's got the very latest forecast. fatal mistake? the investigation into that fiery plane crash in russia takes a new turn overnight. what the pilot reportedly failed to do and what we're now learning about an american man on board. breaking overnight, full pardon. the president clears a former soldier convicted of murdering a suspected al qaeda detainee in iraq. this morning, the decision that took some by surprise.
those stories, plus, comeback complete? >> i've battled. i've tried to hang in there. >> an emotional tiger woods receives the medal of freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. baby fever. the littlest royal arrives. the gushing father announcing the news. >> how any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. >> will baby sussex get a name today? and fashion forward. the celebrities come out bold and bizarre at the met gala. four outfits on lady gaga alone. behind the scenes of the fashion world's biggest night today, tuesday, may 7th, 2019. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with savannah guthrie and hoda kotb, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hi, everybody. good morning. welcome to "today." nice to have you with us on a
tuesday morning. the met gala in new york is fashion's big coming-out party. no little, black dress to be found on this red carpet, which wasn't red, it was pink. >> i thought years ago when lady gaga wore all that meat to the awards show, i thought it was lady ga idea at her peak, but apparently not. >> no. but first, our top story, the weather. parts of the midwest and south facing yet another round of severe storms today. we'll get right to al on what to expect and where the storm is headed now. good morning. >> good morning, guys. we've got a really widespread area here, northern texas, on into oklahoma. hail 2 inches or larger, tornadoes likely, damaging winds, 75 miles plus. tomorrow, 33 million people at risk from central texas into louisiana and arkansas. hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes possible. then we stretch all the way into thursday, damaging winds and the tornado risk lower, but a lot of heavy rain. here's the system now piling out, now making its way out of the southwest today, the storm
risk greatest at lunchtime. by tomorrow, rounds of storms during the day, flooding continues through the plains and the midwest. a soaking rain for the midwest on thursday with strong storms from the gulf all the way up into the ohio river valley. rainfall amounts locally upwards of 6 inches of rain or more, especially texas on into the mid-mississippi river valley. airport delays for denver, dallas, kansas city, chicago, and detroit. if you're on the roads, i-80 from des moines to chicago, denver to des moines on i-85, and oklahoma city to st. louis, along i-44, going to be big problems. and we're going to be looking at probably flood watches going up over a wide area over the next 48 hours. craig? >> all right, al, thank you. also breaking overnight, some new developments in that fiery plane crash in russia that left more than half the people on board, including a young american, dead. did pilot error lead to the deadly runway disaster? nbc's tom costello covers aviation for us. tom, what's the latest?
>> yeah, a couple of issues here. did the pilot fail to dump fuel when he should have? did he come in too hard and too fast when he returned to moscow for an emergency landing? the plane had just left moscow for murmansk in the north of russia when the crew says it was hit by lightning. investigators have now recovered the black boxes from burned-out shell of this plane. this morning, a developing timeline with that russian airliner that crashed in moscow sunday, reportedly hit by lightning. the plane was airborne for just 28 minutes before returning to make an emergency landing. and heavy with unburned fuel. the crew reportedly did not dump any of that fuel, which is common for flights that must land soon after takeoff. the excess weight may have contributed to the aircraft bursting into flames during a very rough touchdown. the pilot later saying he followed procedure. the final terrifying moments captured on video as the aeroflot passenger jet burst into flames. another camera shows the plane first bouncing off the runway
before coming back down again, possibly puncturing a fuel tank. from russian media, the frantic scene inside the plane. videos also posted across social media reveal that in the midst of the chaos, some travelers apparently used precious moments to grab their carry-on bags, hampering evacuation. 41 of 78 people died, including 22-year-old american jeremy brooks from new mexico, who had just taken a job as a finishing guide in northern russia. >> he just recently graduated from colorado college in colorado springs and was looking to expand his horizons a little bit. >> reporter: investigators are now looking at several areas. >> translator: that the pilot, the dispatchers, and other technical staff were underqualified, the plane had a mechanical issue, and the bad weather conditions. >> reporter: the aftermath of a deadly crash felt thousands of miles away here in the u.s., as friends and family mourn the loss of jeremy brooks, a college
graduate with a bright future. >> you know, he loved people. there wasn't a negative or mean bone in his body. he was part of that community, you know, and everyone's taking this pretty hard. >> tom, yesterday you told us that this plane has a bit of a sketchy safety record. are any of them flown here in the u.s. or outside of russia? >> not in the united states. this was a superjet 100, a relatively new russian-built regional jet, kind of like the small regional jets we fly in the states, like a crj. and now, it has not been approved by the faa. it has not sold well outside of russia because of its maintenance issues and kind of a sketchy track record. and some of those that had been sold -- ireland, for example, belgium, mexico -- many of those airlines are now trying to return that aircraft. >> tom costello there in washington for us. tom, thank you. also this morning, a legal showdown is looming between the white house and democrats on capitol hill after treasury secretary steven mnuchin once
again relatjected a request to n over the president's tax returns. we have two reports from the white house this morning. we'll start on the subject of taxes and nbc's hallie jackson. good morning. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. listen, it probably would have been more surprising if the treasury secretary had agreed to turn over the president's taxes, right, since for years, the president and his advisers have said he would not do so. still, this is now the latest front in that explosive battle between this administration and house democrats. this morning, still no sign of president trump's taxes after treasury secretary steven mnuchin once again rejected a request from house democrats to turn over the president's returns. it's the third time mnuchin has failed to meet a congressional deadline to hand over the documents, raising the stakes for a legal battle between congress and the administration. >> i have said that i will comply with the law. i have not made a comment one way or another whether we would supply the tax returns. i want to be very clear on that. we have said we will comply with the law. >> but you say you will comply
with the law. >> that is correct. >> well, we'll see. >> reporter: in a letter to house ways and means chairman richard neal, mnuchin calls the request unprecedented, arguing it raises serious constitutional questions that could have consequences for taxpayer policy. >> do you think mnuchin should be held in contempt? >> i think there has to be consequences. and i'm going to leave that to the chair for now. but i personally think, yes, that if you're not going to follow the law, it's time for people to start having consequences. >> reporter: president trump broke decades of precedent by not releasing his tax returns during his campaign, despite saying he might. >> will you release any of your tax returns for the public to scrutiny? >> well, we're working on that now. i have very big returns, as you know, and i have everything all approved and very beautiful, and we'll be working on that over the next period of time, chuck, absolutely. >> reporter: more recently arguing he's not able to release them because he's under audit. >> look, as i've told you, they're under audit. they have been for a long time.
they're extremely complex. people wouldn't understand them. >> reporter: to be clear here, there is nothing legally that would prevent the president from releasing tax returns even if they are still under audit. and by the way, there is another big deadline today, this one for former white house counsel don mcgahn, who sat for some 30 hours interviewing with the special counsel's team. house democrats are demanding a series of documents from him by today. savannah, craig? >> hallie jackson at the white house. thank you. another headline out of the white house, a presidential pardon granted overnight to a former army officer convicted of murder in the death of a suspected terrorist in iraq. nbc's kristen welker is following that story. kristen, good morning. >> hi, craig. good morning to you. president trump has now issued his eighth pardon. it's not without some controversy. the soldier who's been cleared is now thanking president trump and also paying tribute to his fellow fallen soldiers. overnight, a pardon from president trump. the commander in chief granting executive clemency to former
army first lieutenant michael behenna of oklahoma, convicted in 2009 of killing an iraqi prisoner. the decision announced by white house press secretary sarah sanders, who not only called him a model prisoner but noted his case has case has attracted broad support from the military. saying in a statement, i thank president trump for his tremendous act of mercy. he was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone after killing a suspected al qaeda detainee. prosecutors accused behenna of shooting and killing monsieur in retaliation for an attack that killed two fellow soldiers, accused of taking him to a remote location, stripping him naked and shooting him. behenna said he was acting in self-defense, a military court sentenced him to 25 years in prison but when the army's highest appeals court raised
doubts about his case, the army paroled him after he served just five years speaking out at the time. >> it's hard to describe, you know, i mean, i haven't had time to really think today and today's just been overwhelming. >> his parents also overcome with emotion. >> hugging your son when he's free is probably 180 degrees from when they handcuffed him and took him away. >> particularly poignant for his mother, who helped to prosecute oklahoma city bomber timothy mcveigh. >> i think he regrets, well, as he said in his letter, he said i regret having to take another human being's life. >> behenna also wrote of his two fallen comrades, quote, they represent the finest of our society. for his part, president trump has expressed support for other military service members accused of war crimes. >> kristen welker at the white house, thank you. we're going to shift gears
kr considerably. prince harry and meghan markle's son was born yesterday, and almost everything about his arrival was a departure from recent royal tradition. senior international correspondent keir simmons is at windsor. he has the news whole world is waiting for. >> reporter: good morning, you wait nine months and then it happens all at once. take a look at the front pages of the british newspapers. the smiling face, it's a boy. the daily mail calling this a royal baby souvenir edition. there are 23 pages of coverage in this one newspaper alone, and yet there's so much we don't know. a name may not be announced until tomorrow, for example, yet a friend of the royal couple is claiming she knows the name but is sworn to secrecy. this morning, after new dad harry's beaming appearance following birth of his son. >> this little thing is absolutely to die for, so i'm just over the moon. >> the world is eagerly awaiting more news on the newest royal.
and perhaps even a glimpse of the so far yet unnamed baby. an unprecedented announcement on instagram, it's a boy. followed overnight by a congratpost. the duke and dutch are delighted about the birth of the duke and duchess's son and look forward to meeting the latest edition to the family. michelle obama tweeting congratulations meghan and harry. barack and i are thrilled for both of you, and can't wait to meet him p social media messages from the clintons, former vice president biden and canada's justin trudeau. there is controversy over how the news was shared with the public. the palace announcing meghan had gone into labor when she had already given birth and refusing to comment on claims the baby boy was secretly born at an expensive private hospital. in windsor today, the traditional changing of the guard, with change in the air, the royal child descended from
kings and queens but who is also american, with african-american heritage, even entitled to u.s. citizenship. >> god bless america, and god save the queen. >> meghan's mom is said to be with her. her estranged father apparently learning of the birth from news reports. telling the newspaper, god bless this child, and he hoped his grandchild would serve with grace, dignity and honor. >> i haven't been at many births, this is definitely my first birth. it was amazing, absolutely incredible. i'm so incredibly proud of my wife. >> the late princess diana's family were informed at the same time as the royals. a sensitive touch from harry, a child himself when his mother passed as he brings his own baby into the world. and a word on the controversy, that announcement from the palace that meghan had gone into labor actually said that she had gone into labor earlier in the morning, so technically, it wasn't wrong, and of course prince harry and meghan have
always made clear they want to protect her privacy. it's not surprising if she did go to the hospital that she went to a different hospital than perhaps we were expecting to just try and avoid the cameras. after all, this is one of the most famous couples in the world giving birth to a baby that will surely be world famous. i think, guys, ellen degeneres summed it up well in a tweet saying this baby is 7th in line to the throne, which is crazy because right now i'm 7th in line for the key making kiosk at my grocery store. >> thank you so much. we're going to have more on the youngest royal and the royal rules being rewritten by his parents. a big event at the white house yesterday, last night, actually, golf superstar, tiger woods awarded the presidential medal of freedom in a rose garden ceremony. nbc news national correspondent miguel almaguer has that story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, it's
the highest civilian honor anyone can receive, and it comes after tiger's big win at the masters last month. the president called it a privilege to bestow the award on one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports, perhaps a redemption story that's still being written. >> the return to glory from the greens of augusta to the lawn of the rose garden, for tiger woods, another crowning achievement, the medal of freedom, awarded by the president. >> this has been an unbelievable experience. >> the prestigious honor comes bestowed by a golf and business partner who watched with the nation as woods defied the odds. years after his rise, woods slipped into mediocrity after becoming fodder for the tabloids with his extramarital affairs, a battle with prescription drugs and an infamous dui. after multiple back surgeries,
woods was hardly a favorite to win his 5th green jacket, doing it by coming from behind. >> tiger woods has the lead. >> tiger we are inspired by everything you have become and attained. the job you have done is incredible. >> but today some critics are questioning the president's praise. in 2014 mr. trump named a villa at one of his golf resorts after woods who is now working with the trump organization to design a golf course in dubai. woods has been forced to defend his relationship with the president. >> he's the president of the united states, you have to respect the office and no matter who's in the office. >> reporter: at just 43. woods is one of the youngest recipients of the one of the highest civilian honors, joining the ranks of billy hayes, billie jean king and jackie robinson. >> the medal of freedom,
amplifying tiger's roar back to the top, a comeback story still being written. after meeting with the president, woods tweeted about it, calling the medal of freedom an incredible privilege and said it was very humbling. woods also says he hopes to inspire others never to give up on their dreams. guys, back to you. >> miguel, thank you very much. >> tremendous honor. >> truer words never spoken. never give up. >> al, what you got on the weather? >> that was miguel's thank you for the control room, but we'll take it. >> or he just may have felt very thankful and that's nice too. never give up and always say thank you. and you get what you get, and you don't get upset. we are looking at showers that may move through the northeast later today. where we're watching is the flooding activity that's probably going to get going later this afternoon. severe storms in texas, west coast for the most part looking gorgeous. we'll get to your local forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds.
good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. we had a lot of clouds over wall creek. a live look outside. as you start out the day, mostly cloudy skies. the sun breaks out 9:00, 10:00 this morning. inland areas reaching the low 70s with antioch and concord reaching 73 degrees. 70 in santa rosa. with the low 70s today, we will warm up the next couple of days.
by the weekend, we're looking at highs up to 78 on mother's day. way. >> for? >> for name. >> prince albert. >> you know what, it could be. >> do you have prince albert in a can? better let him out. >> you have only yourself to blame for that one. >> i did walk into it. >> i'm glad you brought it. we're going to have a lot more on baby sussex, his place in the royal tree, traditions big and small that was broken and reinvented with his arrival. we're on the campaign trail in south carolina, with democratic hopeful, pete buttigieg, what the young mayor told me about his history making campaign, and his surprising surge in a crowded field. alright boys, time for bed. listen to your mom, knuckleheads. hand em over. hand what over?
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once again across the bay area. this is a live look outside at the golden gate bridge. clouds are over the city. our high temperature heading up to 61 degrees today. we'll see upper 60s in oakland and 72 in napa. livermore expect a high of 71 and 73 today in more tkpapb hill. with other inland areas and low 70s it will be comfortable. we will warm up a few more degrees by the end of the week. by thursday night into early friday morning, a slight chance of rain with increase in clouds. we go back to our sunshine for mother's day weekend reaching 78 degrees on sunday. an update on the commute now with mike. >> our volume of traffic continues to build as you would imagine this time of day. south bay, the second crash through this stretch of 101. first one cleared at trumbull. one lane blocked slow from 880 oakland road. be prepared for that as you head towards sjc.
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and from the looks of it, this tradition is going to last awhile. denny's has new crepes! see you at denny's. we're back at 7:30, tuesday morning, the seventh of may 2019. this is just a small sampling of the most talked-about met gala looks, lady gaga, katy perry, the chandelier kardashian sisters. and then a replica of his own head. a big night at the met gala. natalie is going to break it down for us, the fashion choices. you look confused, i'm confused, too. >> i don't have a firm grasp of the style. >> neither do i, but it was fun to look at. >> it was fun to watch.
we'll have more on that in a moment, but first the headlines this tuesday morning. we begin with the battle over president trump's tax returns. treasury secretary steve mnuchin once again rejected a request from house democrats to turn over the president's returns. mnuchin telling the chairman of the house ways and means committee that the committee's request, quote, lacks a legitimate legislative purpose. the decision sets up a legal battle now between the administration and congress. the manhunt is over for the suspect accused in the shooting of a veteran police officer in biloxi, mississippi. darien atkinson is believed to have ambushed the veteran officer outside the biloxi police headquarters. surveillance cameras inside the police station show the alleged shooter walking into the lobby. police say before going back outside and shooting the officer multiple times. the 58-year-old officer was scheduled to retire at the end of this year. the shooter's motive is still unknown. a massive swarm of bees delayed the start of the reds/giants game. check this out.
yesterday in cincinnati, forced some of the players off the field, as the bees moved from the infield toward the stands. fans retreated to the concourse at the great american ball park there and to different sections of the stadium as well. a couple bee wranglers who happened to be at the game corralled the queen bee and some of the worker bees into a box. the rest just buzzed away, apparently. in all, the delay lasted about 20 minutes. good for them. they just happened to have bee wranglers there in the stadium. >> that's right. queen bee gives me a good segue to the next story, which is, of course, the royals and birth of the royal baby. harry and meghan's son now seventh in line to the british throne, if you're keeping track, behind his grandfather, his uncle william and his three children, then his dad. but then little baby royal sussex is in line. camilla tomny is associate editor for politics and royals at "the telegraph" and expert on all things royal. hi, camilla. it's so exciting. do we think we're going to get a name today? everybody wants to know. >> reporter: i'm not sure if
we're going to get a name, savannah, unfortunately. may have to wait another 24 to 48 hours for that. we do think we are going to have news of when this picture of the baby is happening, though, hopefully tomorrow. the couple definitely want to present baby sussex to the world, and we're all looking forward to that moment to see what the little bubba looks like, and that, again, should be happening in the next 24 to 48 hours, so we have to be just a little bit more patient before we actually see the child. >> it'd be great if we could call him something besides baby sussex soon, right? hey, camilla, obviously, on this side of the pond, folks are very excited about the birth of this little boy. what about there? how is all this playing there? >> reporter: very much excitement here as well as reciprocated stateside. obviously, this is the first anglo american baby to be born into the royal family. so, yes, there is that connection. the so-called special relationship being nurtured by the fact that we've had this union between meghan, a former american actress, and prince
harry, everybody's favorite playboy prince. and that basically is emblematic here of all of the coverage we've had. and they've had to balance that, because there's this public interest in the child and in the family, and then their desire to keep everything private, which is why we still don't quite know where the baby's been born. but again, that kind of detail will come out in the fullness of time. there has to be a birth certificate. the birth has to be registered in britain, which means we might find out a little bit more detail about whether it was at home or in a hospital. >> one thing, camilla, everybody says that harry and meghan are kind of rewriting the rules, reinventing how a modern royal should go about these kinds of things. what are the examples of that, and how is that being received? >> reporter: well, actually will have seen yesterday, savanh, first of all, that instagram, "it's a boy!" very informal, very excited in the way they communicate that message with the public. we've seen things announced on twitter before, but not quite instagr instagram. then you look at how they've tried to carve out their own
royal path, a separation of powers from kensington palace and very much them doing their own thing. i thought it was summed up in that amazing press conference prince harry gave in front of the horses in the royal muse behind me, basically a new dad telling the world of his joyous news, delivering that message personally. we have not seen a behavior like that from royals before. so, yes, they're certainly doing things very differently. and i think now as a family of three, that will continue. they'll continue to exercise their freedom. >> i think he surprised the cameras when he walked out there and delivered the news personally. camilla, thank you very much. we'll be checking in with you. and of course, if you hear any names, let us know. >> will do. thank you. >> and harry obviously excited. just beaming. >> he was every new father in that moment. >> you remember that moment? >> i do. and that's why, when i saw harry there, i was like, on the inside, oh, yeah, i remember that moment. >> you have an empty baby carrier, you're suddenly trying to put it in.
i remember that. we're seeing a shifting tornado threat. the gulf coast states have been the hardest hit so far, but looking at a shift into the more traditional tornado alley. the good news for them, they had a relatively few tornadoes so far this season. that may be changing, though, with a strong jet stream from the southwest. we're looking at warm, humid air coming up from the gulf because of this high pressure, and so, we may see more of those tornado outbreaks today in the traditional part of tornado alley. today we're also looking at warmer weather through the southeast. new york city, charleston, little rock, mobile all above average, whereas denver, chicago and kansas city all below average. as we get into tomorrow, that warmer air stays into the south. colder air back through the plains. and as we move into the latter week period, we look for temperatures cooling down in the good morning. i'm meteorologist kari hall. a cloudy start across the bay area. a live look outside in san jose.
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we're back with "in depth today." the first democratic debate of the 2020 presidential race is coming up next month right here on nbc, and the field of candidates is the largest ever. >> and there are well established candidates like joe biden and bernie sanders, but another candidate has quickly made a name for himself. pete buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of south bend, indiana. we caught up with him yesterday between campaign stops in south carolina to talk about his history-making run, his experience, or lack thereof, and his sudden rise as a contender. >> i'm as surprised as anybody that i'm doing this right now, and for it to be catching on as quickly as it has. >> reporter: you are surprised? >> i was not expect to ing to s my 38th year running for president. >> reporter: once unknown, pete buttigieg, millennial mayor of south bend, indiana, has become a surprise contender in the 2020
democratic primary. the 37-year-old rhodes scholar and military vet is the youngest candidate to have an eye on the white house, something skeptics have jumped on. >> the question of age, experience. ha i have more government experience than the president of the united states. >> reporter: the fellow contenders have also put out some specific policy positions. why haven't you? >> i have put out a number of specific policy proposals. i am a policy guy. i have also watched my party sometimes fail to connect with the voters. while we are explaining our policies we sometimes forget to explain the values that motivate our policies. >> reporter: would of the frontrunners in your party, joe biden, bernie sanders, roughly twice your age. what does that say to you about where your party is right now? >> i think our party is certainly ready to lift up leaders from a new generation. the exciting thing is that i think this race will create a fair playing field where people
who have been in the public atmosphere f sphere longer than i have been alive and people like me get to compete on the basis of our ideas. >> reporter: he is the first openly gay person, coming out after serving in afghanistan in 2014. the historic nature of his campaign landing him and his husband of almost a year chaston on the cover of "time." >> this is an example of somebody who will make a great dad one day, he is a great husband, and he will make a great first spouse for this country. he is a teacher. cares about education. cares about kids. and he is somebody who i think is really alive to the ways that being in public office can allow you to help other people. >> reporter: did you say mayor pete wants kids very soon? >> yeah, i don't know when and how we are going to pull that off, but chaston is made to be a dad. i am looking forward to it, too, as soon as we can figure it out. >> reporter: have to get through this first? >> yeah. >> your holy baptism.
>> reporter: it's led to hecklers and homophobia on the campaign trail. >> in poll ittics you see the good, bad, and ugly. it happens for any candidate. >> reporter: it doesn't bother you? >> it's not like i enjoy it but i have a responsibility to keep the focus on what we are trying to do. >> reporter: now he is putting in the work trying to connect with voters across the country, including south carolina, home to a critical primary and a critical voting block buttigieg is struggling to court. i have seen a number of your rallies. they are fairly homaogenous. how do you plan to speak to african-american voters specifically? >> part of it is by laying out an agenda that black voters are asking about most often. also about a relationship. it takes a lot of work to make sure people get to know you. >> reporter: the depout emiss copailian talks about his faith on the campaign trail despite criticism. you spend a fair amount of time
talking about your faith. >> yes. >> reporter: why? >> it's important to me. and i think it's also important that we stop seeing religion used as a kind of cudgel, as if god belonged to a political party. if he did, i can't imagine it would be the one that sent the current president to the white house. >> reporter: buttigieg looking beyond his democratic contenders with a different strategy, to take on president trump. you are going to try to break through the noise with some quiet? >> in a way. let's call it a very different energy. >> reporter: he is going to call you low energy. >> that's fine. there is going to be a temptation to kind of play his game. if you play his game, you are losing. who is going to play his game better than he does? so we have to do something completely different. >> fascinating conversation. you know, he has raised $7 million. he has caught a lot of people by surprise. he is the mayor of a city that's about 100,000 people. he wants to run, or he is running to be chief executive and commander of the largest military of the world, and so
it's, i don't know, we'll see. >> it's interesting though. we have a primary. we have 20 plus candidates. here is a guy who two, three months ago i think we would have said, who? how do you say that? on the wbasis of interviews lik that this he has catapulted to the top tier of candidates and fundraising. we will see if he has staying power. he added staff in critical states like iowa, new hampshire, soon to come south carolina. it looks like he is goitrying t build a campaign with staying power. >> kind of almost breaking through with less knowing. >> that's the strategy. we'll see if it works. he is one of those guys you have a hard time imagining raising his voice. kind of like you. seriously. >> really? he is raising his voice all the time. >> well, that's usually when i'm doing my best gilbert godfrey. >> more from mayor pete in the third hour of sto"today." ahead, george clooney
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good tuesday morning. right now at 7:56, a cloudy start. that's a live look outside at oakland. we'll see the sun start to break away from those clouds. we will see the sun breaking out as we go throughout the day. high temperatures reaching upper 60s in oakland. low 70s in the inland areas. 71, palo alto. san francisco, 61. north bay, mostly mid 70s. we will warm up the next few days. there will be a weak disturbance moving by the region that could bring us a chance of rain early friday morning. after that it clears out. we go back to dry weather. mother's day is looking very pleasant. inland areas in the upper 70s. for san francisco throughout the next seven days, we will stay in
the upper 50s and low 60s. once again a slight chance of showers early on friday. i'll be watching out for that. mike is watching the roads. >> i am, kari. we are seeing a build the last half hour. this one spot northbound 680 from the dublin interchange up to bollinger canyon, a crash blocks at least one lane with a lot of activity from an earlier crash. no major injuries. slow into san ramon. typical pattern toward the bay bridge, north 880 holds steady. >> thanks, mike. happening now, san francisco mayor london breed is getting ready to explain why funds are urgently need to boost earthquake safety. you can link to the details behind her $600 million plan. it may end up in the hands of city voters. 300 homeowners in one specific neighborhood can equip homes this security cameras free
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. it's 8:00 on "today," coming up on the move, severe storms threatening tens of millions across the country. the midwest and south bracing for tornadoes, and rains and damaging winds. the dangerous weather headed east next, and al on how bad it will be. plus, taking a bite out of fashion. natalie takes us inside the met gala, fashion's biggest night, from the hottest looks to the outfits everybody is talking about. >> how is it powered up? >> by my heart and my good thoughts. and catching up with clooney, i sit down with george clooney, kyle abbot, and
christopher. >> do you think about it much? >> this about it, right now with you. >> catch 22, yes, us right here. >> what cloon aey is revealing about his life on and off camera. >> what is surprising you about being a dad? >> they really come out with the personalities. >> today, tuesday, may 7th, 2019. >> from the highest elevated city in america. >> hi to our parents in akron, ohio. >> happy early birthday, dad. >> hi to our friends and family in marion, indiana. >> we're from knoxville, tennessee, checking "today" off our bucket list. >> feeling like a princess on my birthday watching the "today" show here in deerfield,ville. >> portland, oregon. >> happy birthday. >> absolutely. happy birthday, good morning, everybody, welcome back to "today."
we appreciate you being with us on a nice, bright tuesday morning. >> we also very much appreciate those video shout outs as well, and we want to see yours. quick reminder, hash tag at the bottom of your screen, my today plaza. we'll get it and get cryou on t severe weather threatening millions in the center of the country and heading south, violence thunderstorms even t s tornadoes in the picture. all is on top of it. we are looking at strong storms firing up from kansas into missouri on up into chicago. we are watching this system move very quickly. here's where we've got the warnings right now, looking at storm hazards, the possibility of widespread tornadoes, northern texas into oklahoma. we're also looking tomorrow, 33 million people at risk for strong storms, hail, damaging winds, tornadoes possible and this extends on into thursday, especially down through the lower mississippi river valley with 7 million at risk. the tornado risk low but isolated damaging hail and winds
a big problem, and the rain is going to be a major issue as well. saturated ground. we're looking at flood watches to start popping up within the next 24 hours. especially down to the south. upwards of 5 inches of rain, airport delays today. denver, dallas, kansas city, chicago, detroit, and on the roads, i-80 from des moines to chicago, denver to des moines, along i-80. oklahoma city, i-44 from oklahoma city to st. louis. we are going to be looking at ponding on the roads and flooding is going to be a big issue over the next 72 hours. craig. >> al, thank you. now to the latest on that russian plane crash that killed 41 people including one american. the plane returned to moscow on sunday after an apparent lightning strike. it hit the runway hard and burst into flames. the pilot reportedly did not dump excess fuel before that emergency landing. both black boxes have been recovered and could provide important clues. meanwhile, friends and family in new mexico are mourning 22-year-old jeremy brooks.
he was on that flight. he was the american who was killed. he had just taken a job in northern russia as a fishing guide. while the excitement over yesterday's royal baby birth has led to an outpouring of good wishes from around the world and of course a thirst for more details, "today's" senior international correspondent keir simmons is in windsor for us. hi, keir, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, another front page from a british newspaper, it's a baby boy, blasted with the smiling face of prince harry as he gave that news conference quotes like this one, this little thing is absolutely to die for. i'm just over the moon. but this has also been a social media birth, if you like, an announcement on instagram by harry and meghan and william and kate overnight sending their congratulations on instagram saying they look forward to meeting the latest addition to the family. more traditionally, the queen is here at windsor castle. we know that from her flag
flying over the castle, so i suspect today she will be among the family members who get to meet the new addition to her family. i wonder whether princess diana's family will be here too. another unprecedented move was prince harry letting them know about the birth at the same time as the royals and maybe savannah, a picture tomorrow. >> we could only wish, keir, thank you very much. appreciate it. >> we've got the news covered. how about a boost. michigan mother sharonda made a tough choice, skipping her own graduation ceremony because she wanted to watch her son stephan graduate from central university. when the two college presidents heard about her sacrifice, they worked things out. this was the surprise waiting for shahrhonda. >> i made a call today when i found this out to david eislor,
i confer upon you, shondra, the bachelor's degree you deserve, please move your tassel from your right to your left. mom and son getting to share a major milestone in their lives together. she got her diploma right then and there. i love it. >> just ahead on tuesday morning, natalie morales taking us behind the scenes at the met gala for a look at the night's best and boldest fashions. plus we're going to share laughs with george clooney and catch 22 costars. >> i thought the best thing to do would be to get the absolute greatest cast. couldn't do that, but we got these two instead which was. >> cheaper. >> much cheaper. >> we'll talk with the cast members, a fun conversation ahead, but first, these messages.
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night. lady gaga set the bar high with an entrance that lasted more than 15 minutes. it's all about performance. involved multiple outfit changes, the camp theme of course on full display all night. thanks to tiffany had dish, we got a little bite to eat as well. ♪ >> there's no fashion event quite like this one with celebrity guests on this pink carpet with the hottest ticket in town. fashion is definitely not easy, especially when you're making a statement like lady gaga. ♪ do blonds have more fun? >> kylie told me two or three
hours ago i needed to go as a blond. >> sexy girl almost in a men's shirt tied up, getting out of the ocean dripping and on to the red carpet, and all wet. that's our vibe. >> you've got a pillow built in here, right? >> i am not sleeping tonight, honey. i'm going to be wide awake for everything that's going on. >> i did bring some chicken just in case -- >> wait a minute, what's in that purse? >> i brought some chicken. >> she's hungry. girl's got to eat. this is fried chicken from inside tiffany's purse. >> gigi. how is it powered up? >> by my heart and my good thoughts. >> i don't know if i'm supposed to say this but katy came out of a ups truck. her outfit was too big to be in a hotel. >> you golden goddess.
>> there's a chicken wing. >> tiffany haddish gave me this chicken. it's still good if you want a bite. >> i'm good. >> first met gala but you have been here before in a heist, in a movie. >> i have been here before, lots of stealing jokes going on. >> what are you most inspired by tonight? >> i'm representing the life size version of the met barbie that they're unveiling today that looks exactly like what i'm wearing. >> very patriotic, tell me about the camp theme as a designer. >> i'm channelling elton john from 1971, and dee was liberace inspired. >> i can't tell if you have more diamonds or feathers. >> diamonds and feathers. >> what could go wrong? >> nothing, nothing. >> i know you get hungry. there's no food. >> no, there's no food at all. >> do you know who you need to hit up for food? >> who's got food? >> tiffany haddish, fried
chicken in her purse. tiffany, i'm eating this. thank you, you saved me. >> that was the most i had to eat last night, tiffany thank you from me too. >> some people have a mic on the red carpet, you have a drumstick. i love it. >> let's bring in e news correspondent zana roberts who was also there. good morning. she said the chicken was delicious. >> it was. warm and crispy. >> i love looking at that, i have no idea what camp, the theme was camp, what does that even mean? >> it's definitely not pitching tents and roasting marshmallow, it's all about extravagance, about being ironic, humor, everybody really went for it. so it was so nice to see them go for the thatrics. >> anna winter had to stop at the top of the stairs to watch the whole performance. >> they started the carpet 15 minutes early for this very performance. why have one dress when you can have four, and she had a whole
glam squad on the carpet, she went from the pink, the parachute dress to the black one to a very sexy pink number, the giant foam, and then the big reveal was, well, not so big a reveal. >> the outfit for the rest of the night. >> makes it confused. >> makes it easy to go to the bathroom. >> it certainly does. let's talk about the jenner sisters, a lot of people think they knocked it out of the park. >> they went for it, and went for it more than they do. they channelled cher and raquel welch. the orange plume of feathers was amazing, super vibrant for them. i like the fact they went together and did their homework, and found the reference and went for it. >> i think one of the big themes was bigger is better, and we saw that with cardi b and that cover she wore. she had like ten people helping her up the stars. >> she came in tom brand. there was 8 people helping her. this was actually a down filled
duvet. steven jones had these. >> how do they sit and eat dinner in these outfits? last night they had to reimagine the inside part of the met, they had to have changing rooms for the celebrities going out there, they had to build new structures inside. >> speaking of, where do you put a giant cheese burger, which was katy perry's outfit. >> the after party, she came as a giant cheese burger. >> she went from a candleabra, and the chandelier that was powered up. she was lit. she said she's retiring that word. she came with jeremy scott. she actually got ready on a moving bus because obviously she didn't step out of the hotel wearing this, and she just shimmered, i mean, there is no ball without a chandelier, right. >> she said it weighed about 40 pounds. i can't imagine walking around in that. >> in high heels, too. >> zendaya.
>> this is the magical moment, she came with her long term stylist laura roach, and this is a disney princess moment. she came as cinderella. the dress had batteries, wires, light packs, the whole thing lit up. this is laura roach's stylest. >> so beautiful. >> can we talk about jared leto, why was he carrying his head around? >> a severed head, this took six months in the making, they did it in the gucci runway show. this head was probably in many different celebrity's hands last night. >> it was disgusting. >> two hairstylists one for each head. >> it was very life like. >> you saw it. >> i saw it. >> she's very disturbed. >> if you want a closer look go to today.com. they're all there. we'll send it over to al. >> it was weird. >> very creepy. well, we're looking at sunshine through the southeast, severe storms through the mid mississippi river valley, also into the plains, sunshine along
the west coa good morning. still cloudy as we head out the door this morning. cool temperatures. a live look outside at the golden gate bridge towards the north bay. up to the 60s there. lots of sunshine going through the afternoon with breezy winds. liver more reaching a high of 71 and 72 in san jose. we will be warming up over the next few days and only a slight chance of rain early friday morning. we will be clearing out in time for mother's day weekend. weather. >> now to savannah's conversation with george clooney, kyle chandler, christopher abbot, all stars of the new hulu series, catch 22. >> these guys had me laughing the entire time. we talked about the show, fame, family, including what george says his twins can already do that he can't do. >> some people are calling this, george, your return to tv. do you think about it that way? >> you mean this right now with
you? >> catch 22, yeah, us right here. >> this is my return to tv. i feel it too. >> the world war ii era catch 22 base on the popular novel of the same name gets ready for the small screen debut on hulu. >> read me back the last line. >> not my last line, somebody else's. >> the scripts were really good, and i thought the best thing to do would be to get the absolute greatest cast. couldn't do that, but we got these two instead which was. >> cheaper. >> much cheaper. >> is he always like this? >> yes. >> yeah. >> sometimes he's a lot funnier, though. >> kyle chandler known for his starring roles on friday night lights and bloodline plays the tough talk colonel calfcart. >> kyle, did you enjoy tapping into your inner drill sergeant. >> i don't recall having so much fun, whether it works or not, i
don't know. i have been told i got close to the mark. >> you did. you nailed it. you never see kyle do anything like this. he's a madman, and it's really fun. it's like a pirate out there at some point. >> it seems to come kind of natural to you. >> it's sort of like when i'm home yelling at the kids. i think it's very similar. >> get in here. >> listen to me. listen to yo yo. >> christopher abbot plays the protagonist, a u.s. air force bombardier he wants to get out of flying missions but can't. >> when you get a chance to do something like that, you jump on it with george and everyone involved, it's, yeah, it's kind of like a once in a lifetime thing. >> george clooney, in addition to play the role of general, wore other hats on the project as well. >> you directed some episodes, you're the producer, did you also sew the costumes. >> i did, and that's why he's naked through half of the show.
>> he is naked through much of the show. i'm glad you brought it up. >> we do a lot of male nudity, and i think he was doing male crunches. >> you are often in a state of undress. >> as he is in the book. it wasn't added on. >> i didn't just go we need some viewers, take your shirt off. they don't want us to take our shirts off. >> oh, i don't know. >> are you actually sick this time? >> i feel sick. >> are you sick. >> i noticed this cover of variety. >> look at that. >> i don't know where you were this day, kyle. >> what were you doing? >> i'm off to the left. >> george has told an interviewer that you are in and out officially leading man material. >> yeah, that's quite a torch. >> this is sort of a big moment for him, i think. we're really excited about it. >> i was thinking the same thing and wondering, kyle, do you remember your moment that's similar to what chris is experiencing. >> it's so long ago. it was like 40, 50 years ago. you know what, i'll tell you the
exact moment, one of the first shows i did, i was here in new york city, i was inside the limo and look outside of the limo and thought my god, i'm looking out. >> if you could go back and give yourselves advice at that exact moment, what would be a piece of advice or something you wish someone had told you? >> i remember meeting paul newman on the lot at warner brothers just as er hit, he goes how is it going. i go it's a wild ride. i never thought i would have a career like this, or i never thought i would be in this position. he goes just don't let them keep you inside, and he meant it about your tendency is to try to hold on to your privacy so much because it gets taken away, particularly on television. i used to get off a plane with, you know, julia roberts and everybody was like julia roberts and then they see me and they're like george, and because i was in their home. your tendency is to pull back
and not to do things, and he was like get out, don't let that happen. >> i will say that with george and kyle, both of you seem to be that rare thing in hollywood, you're really famous and really successful and great actors, but you're not jerks. is it living in texas and not living in hollywood? what's the secret? >> parents, friends, good friends, good parents, good common sense. >> also helps, i think, maybe, that i think neither one of us sort of had great success too young. my aunt rosemary was a big star at 19 years old and the problem with that is, you know, when everybody tells you how great you are, you believe it, and so when things start to go south and they tell you how bad you are, you believe that too. and it's a dangerous balance. >> clooney has gone on to become one of the biggest names in hollywood. he's also a family man married to international human rights lawyer amal clooney since 2014.
>> she's taking isis to court for the first time anybody's taking isis to court. she's defending the azidis, for the genocide they experienced. she's working on trying to get the reuters journalists out of myanmar. she's doing all of that, and she's also an incredible mom, like an incredible mom and a pretty great wife too so i feel like i hit the jackpot. >> you have twins about to turn 2. >> which is good because if they're twins, they should both turn the same age at the same time! that works. it's the terrible 2's times 2. >> they're not terrible 2's, they're good kids, happy kids, they laugh a lot. they do pranks already, put peanut butter on their shoes so it looks like poo. >> what surprises you about being a dad? >> you can see it because they're twins but they come out with the personality you're born with. my daughter will be like sit
down. they're completely different personalities, and they're fun and smart. they already can do their abcs in italian and english. i can't do that in english. >> as for catch-22 clooney won't rule out another project with his costars. >> we're going to do a road show. >> oh, this? >> i'm good. >> oh, you're done? >> that happened quick. there's no sequel. we did it. >> you're alive. >> oh, yeah, there's catch-44. >> oceans 11, 12, catch-23, you can just keep going. >> this is like hotel california, you can check in but never check out. >> you can never leave. >> i love the chemistry between the three of them. >> they do. it's fun to see them all in these different roles. kyle chandler is super intense in the role of colonel. it's a good watch. six episodes on hulu and our full interview if you want to watch the whole thing, it was
really fun. george is a funny guy. he likes to tease. >> you looked like you were having a good time. >> not a hard assignment at all. >> dr. jill biden good morning, . i )m ... housing leaders in some parts of a very good morning to you. it is 8:26. i'm laura garcia. housing leading in some parts of the bay area calling this affordable housing week. looking for new ways to ease the housing krurn. in some cases community leaders are helping to look for long-term solutions. in redwood city, breaking ground for a new development on seniors. it will eventually provide 117 units on bradford street near downtown. leaders in concord, meanwhile, are looking at new ways to require developers to incorporate affordable units rather than paying fees to not build them. let's check that morning commute with mike. how's it looking? >> slow in san jose but not surprisingly slow. in fact, maybe surprisingly easy for some. there is 101 right here.
not so bad. 87 looking really good. i know it looks like a slow stretch, but that's not bad, the speeds in the 40s and 50s. a slower drive as you develop northbound, 680 up into -- still jammed up from the dublin interchange. the peninsula, northbound 101 approaching the airport we have a crash blocking one lane there. a little extra heavy northbound through san mateo. the bay bridge, that's not bad by contrast. the toll lights are still on. back to you. >> thank you so much. another update in half an hoyer. see you then.
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and caregivers. at cvs pharmacy, we're just trying to help more people have more mornings. 8:30. a nice tuesday morning here on the plaza. 7th day of may, 2019. a little corner of rockefeller plaza. >> good morning, everybody. just ahead, we are going to sit down with dr. jill biden. she is here. shees is a moving memoir about her family's decades long journey in and out of the political world. she is a teacher, by the way.
>> yes, she is a teacher. and there are tons of teachers on our plaza. this is teacher appreciation week. something that is a particular interest to me. if just ahead we will meet a teacher from new york doing amazing things in the lives of her students. >> looking forward to that. >> i cried. i mean, no surprise there. but she is such an inspiration. >> looking forward to that. coming up in a few minute, by the way, on the third hour of today, rapper, actor, philanthropist common. getting very personal about his family, faith, and the best relationship advice he has ever received from someone that you might not think of. i don't want to give away too much. >> he has book out, right? >> oh, yeah. sir, a forecast? >> first -- >> announcer: today's weather is brought to you by walgreens. this red nose day help end child poverty one nose at a time. buy a red nose only at walgreens. >> let's take a look and see
what we have as far as your weather is concerned today. we are looking at flooding in the central plains, severe storms through texas, sunshine in the southeast and along the west coast. tomorrow those severe storms start to slowly move east with heavy rain making it's way through the upper mississippi river valley. mountain snow through the northern rockies. sunshine in the northeast and new england. showers in the mid-atlantic states. good morning. i'm meteorologist carrie hall. skies will clear out within the next couple of hours across the bay area. inland valley reaching into the low 70s. a little warmer tomorrow and even more so on thursday before we see more clouds and a slight chance of rain on thursday night into early friday morning. the weekend is looking pleasant with mother's day reaching 78 degrees and increasing cloudiness on monday. as we check out san francisco,
expecting those temperatures to stay in the upper 50s to low 60s. and that is your latest weather. savannah. >> al, thank you so much. up next, dr. jill biden is here. she has written a powerful new memoir about her life. we'll talk about that. and your husband is running for president? >> yes. >> no big deal. we'll catch up on all of it. first, this is "today" on nbc. togo's fans, the pretzelrami is back, with our famous pastrami and a bigger soft pretzel roll. and try the new turkey bistro with warm turkey and smokehouse bacon. or the new hot club chicken dijon with dijon mayo and black forest ham.
welcome back. when former vice president joe biden announced he was running for president again his wife dr. jill biden celebrated by going back to work. she has been teaching, hitting the campaign trail. she has written a memoir as well. it's called where the light enters building a family discovering myself. good to see you. we will get to the book in a minute. of course, we know your husband is running for president. >> yes. >> you have been here before. were you gung-ho for this decision or did you have to be convinced? >> yeah, i was gung-ho. i felt this was joe's time. you know, i feel that this
country feels so divided, and joe knows how to bring things, people together. he is a convener. you know, i'm hoping he unites this country. and i want to thank you for celebrating teachers because, as a teacher myself, you know, i really appreciate what you are doing. >> you are going to love the next half hour. stick around for it. i watched very carefully vice president biden's campaign video and the announcement. he said he didn't think in essence that the country could survive eight years of president trump. he said trump will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. do you see it that way? do you think that president trump is a threat to the very essence of this country? >> i do. i do. and i think we saw that in charlottesville in how the president handled that. i feel that it's them and us and people all over this country are just, you know, they are looking
for new leadership. and we hear it all the time, and that's one of the reasons joe decided to run for president. >> i was going to ask you, do you think he would be running if it were anyone other than trump in the white house right now? >> i don't know. i mean, that's a hard question to answer. >> i wondered if it was about trump more than any other issue at this point in his career. >> well, joe, as you know, always wanted to run for president. last time just wasn't our time. and so this is it. this is his time. >> you have obviously been a political spouse for a really long time. >> forever. >> yeah, forever, truly. and you know about politics. you know it's a nasty business. i have to say it seems to be getting more personal, more nasty. are you worried about that? are you worried in particular about attacks on your family that seem inevitable to come? >> you know, my kids, my grandkids are used to politics. they haven't known anything but
politics. and we sat them down and said, you know, should pop run? what do you think? we got all the kids in the room and our grandkids and said, what do you think? because if you are against this, we won't do it, because it's going to be hard on you. and to a child, to a grandchild, they said, pop has to do this. pop has to run. >> we have heard some. nicknames that the president is trying out for him. sleepy joe, creepy joe. says he has a low iq. a wh what do you think of that? >> it's ridiculous. you know, i think the american people think that name-calling, bullying, it's just, you know, it's just a different type of leadership. let's put it that way. >> do you think of the president as a bully? because you have talked about bullying a fair bit on the campaign trail. i wonder if that's who you have in mind. >> i have seen bullies. i am a teacher. i haseen the effects of bullyin. i see it in the classroom and
why kids drop out. i write about it in my book when my sister was bullied at the bus stop. >> your husband called president trump a clown recently. we remember in 2016 when he said, hey, if this high school, we would go back and i'd beat the hell out of him. it's the ugliest fattest kid who is the bully. >> i spoke to him about that. >> what did you tell him? is he going to get down in the mud? >> no. >> what did you tell him? >> remember what michelle said. when they go low, we go high. >> okay. let's talk about one of the issues that's come up, which is women coming forward who have had interactions with your husband over the years and have said he was inappropriate, that he came into their personal space in a way that made them feel uncomfortable and was uninvited. do you think that's a fair criticism? i'm sure you have read their stories. >> i have. and things have changed. the times have changed. there used to be a time when it was acceptable for people to, i
don't know, connect with one another with a touch on the arm. but now things have changed, you know. the "me too" movement has changed all of that. joe heard what she said. i thought it was very courageous that she came out, spoke out. like i said before, that has happened to me. it was years ago. i didn't speak out. i didn't have the courage. but today i feel that i would have the courage to, you know, push back. >> in the same vain, presided over the anita hill hearing. he a phone call with her where he expressed acknowledgment about the failings in that hearing. she told "the new york times" she wasn't satisfied. she said it's not enough for him to say i'm sorry for what happened to you. is she saying that, does that demonstrate in and of itself he needs to go further in his apology or his statements to her? >> they had the phone call. he was really grateful that she
took his call. he apologized to her. and the one good thing that has come out of this is that he made sure that there were now women senators on that committee. he has written the violence against women act. so you have to look at the good that came out of that. >> i want to talk about the book. i'm just going to be honest. there are parts that i read that i read through tears and with a lump in my throat because you have suffered such a tremendous loss and you are very honest about your grief. i mean, you say at one point i'm not the same. i'm not the same person. >> no. >> how are you finding the strength not only to write about it, but to come into the public and put yourself out there for a presidential campaign when the way i read this book, it is still so very ever present? >> well, i think your tears were because you're a mother and you know how much you love your children and you probably just couldn't go there in your head, you know. you just can't get into that space. but it did happen to me.
but we're like so many other american families who have suffered loss or have suffered illness. you know, so we're like so many american families. >> you wrote so movingly about it. i was also struck about you writing about your faith, how important it is in your life. you choice your faith, won't foisted upon you. you write one of your last prayers was for beau. >> it was. >> it was a prayer that went unanswered. it's certainly how it feels. how are you grappling with that, and are you hopefully you will find your faith again? >> well, you know, it was funny. craig just told me that his mom went to the church that joe and i went to this past sunday in south carolina, and i have been grappling with faith. and the woman sitting next to me, i'm not going to identify her, but she reached over and she said, i want to be your
prayer partner. and i thought, prayer partner? what's a prayer partner? and i thought that was so kind. and as i thought about it, i thought maybe this is god saying to me, jill, you know, you have had -- it's been almost four years, and come back. we are reaching out. come back. so maybe it's time to come back. >> wow. you have done an amazing thing by writing about this and sharing your grief and connecting with people on that level. i think it will mean a lot to them. as you said, we are celebrating teachers today. >> yes. >> you are a teacher. if you were going to be first lady, would you continue teaching? >> i would love to. i don't know whether security, you know, i could do that. but maybe i could sneak in and, you know, do a class now and then. >> maybe you could red-pen some speeches if it gets to that point. >> my students are taking their final exams today. >> oh? >> i have to post grades by thursday. >> my gosh, you are on deadline,
we're back at 8:46. a special series, "today" loves teachers. in honor of teacher appreciation week and jenna is here to introduce us to a woman in new york bringing harmony to the lives of her students. >> she sure is. ps 48 in the bronx, they didn't have music education for 30 years. but that changed when melissa selguro arrived through music and mentorship she is making magic happen. ♪ >> reporter: students at ps 48 in the bronx choose to come to school an hour early for band practice. ♪
it's worth the early wake-up. >> one, two, ready? ♪ >> reporter: because they have one of the best teachers in the world. >> oh, yeah! ♪ >> reporter: melissa was recently named a top ten finalist for the global teacher prize. >> melissa selguro. >> reporter: the only american from more than 10,000 entries and the first ever music teacher. ♪ teach my kids to respect and trust ♪ ♪ i teach them music is a must ♪ >> reporter: when melissa first arrived at ps 48 there was no music program. not even a single strooumt. >> instrument. >> i had my guy tax reform. we were singing don't stop believing. that became my anthem. ♪ don't stop believing >> reporter: she raised $260,000
for instruments. >> i didn't want any of my students to have to pay to rent an instrument. i didn't want that to be a factor that a student wasn't going to participate. >> reporter: ps 48 is in hunts point in the bronx. a district where students face significant challenges. 42% live in poverty. 23% are homeless. >> they deserve the opportunity like everybody else. there is talent all over the world, but opportunity is not. >> reporter: the school was broken into five years ago. her hard-earned instruments were stolen. her classroom vandalized. >> when i walked into that room i collapsed and i didn't know how we were going to continue. i didn't know what to do. >> reporter: in a moment that proved the power of music, her students came to her with song lyrics. >> you always wonder are they getting the message? and they chose to respond to a tragedy with music. ♪ we will rise from the ashes
♪ stronger than before >> reporter: i love that in this dark moment they cared more about comforting you. >> yeah. it's the reason that gets me up in the morning because i think about them and i think about how much they care about music. ♪ somebody to lean on >> reporter: raise your hand if music is one of your favorite classes. >> the small thing turns into something so amazing. it's like we are a family now. >> sometimes i can be down, but just letting myself remember about ms. seguro and music, i'm bag be up. >> reporter: passion and perseverance with an engaging approach earned her a grammy award last year for music education. what do you hope for your kids?
>> i hope that my students see everything that has happened to us and take those lessons and transfer it to their life. i want them to understand how music isn't just about the notes on the page. it's about who you are as a person. >> reporter: when she asked her students so write her grammy acceptance speech, it was clear the lesson was learned. >> music means heart and expression. >> it brings us joy and happiness. >> it brings us together. >> we want to tell everyone to never give up and keep trying. >> no matter what obstacles get in your way. >> work hard. >> dream big. >> and never give up. >> never give up. >> never give up. >> bring it in! >> we are now honored to be joined by the wonderful mrs. selguro. you are crying? >> yes. >> okay. well, you know what? those kids mean the world to you? >> yeah. >> we know they are at school.
we want to take a little walk, okay? we want to take a walk with you because you deserve all of this. you worked so hard. tell me what gets you up every morning. is it your favorite song? >> i love it. knowing that my kids are there for music an hour before school even begins is something that means a lot to me. and when i am up at 4:00 -- ♪ strangers waiting up and down the boulevard ♪ ♪ their shadows searching in the night ♪ ♪ >> there's mark! ♪ streetlights people living just to find emotion ♪ ♪ hiding somewhere in the night ♪ >> they have a little something for you. here we go! >> oh, my god!
♪ don't stop believing ♪ hold on to that feeling ♪ streetlights people oh ♪ don't stop believing ♪ hold on ♪ streetlights people ♪ don't stop believing [ cheers and applause ] >> miss salguero! you're surprised? >> yes. >> you can hug her. you can hug her. >> oh, my god, you guys! >> all right. hold on. we're not done yet. we're not done yet. we're not done yet. we are all in tears. we're all in tears. >> we know that your auditorium
is in need of repair. we have one more surprise for you, by the way. all right. here we go. al, ready? three, two, one! [ cheers and applause ] >> that's right. >> oh, my god! >> our friends at bose donating two portable p.a. sound systems as well as 30 wireless headphones for you guys. >> thank you! oh, my gosh. i'm shaking. oh, my gosh. >> what do you think? this is what you said you needed. >> this is a game changer. this is something that is going to help us so much and help every single one of these guys here that you see. i don't think anybody can really -- i cannot articulate how much this means to us. >> thank you, thank you. >> give an applause to your teacher! >> we'll be back in a moment. this is "today" on nbc. i like chillaxin'.
miss salguero, are you still surprised? >> i don't have words. i had no idea. >> i am so glad we got you. you deserve all the happiness. >> congratulations. we're back with the third and fourth hours of "today" after this. first, a check of yoursan franc a very good morning to you. it is 8:56. i'm laura garcia. considering a plan requiring all brick and mortar stores and restaurants to accept catch. it comes in the wake of a recent speak in cashless businesses which critics say discriminate against low-income people with little or no access to credit cards. amazon's go stores are one business along that cashless route as customers use an app to
purchase items. last month amazon bowed to pressure and agreed to eventually incorporate a cash option for shoppers. if san francisco proves its measures it would follow similar bans already approved in places like new jersey and philadelphia. it's believed to have support from most if not all supervisors. happening now, or business and tech editor scott mcgrew digging deeper into that story. he'll have a full report at midday. head to our homepage for more details. in san jose, a recent legal settlement allows 300 homeowners in one specific neighborhood to equip their homes with security cameras free of cost. on our homepage, the backstory including the response from the san jose police department. america's largest beer maker came up with a way to pay tribute to pride month. will help one gay rights advocacy group. another update in an hour. nbc bay area. we investigate. uber riders bewa
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rockefeller plaza this is the third hour of "today." >> good morning everyone. welcome to the third hour of "today." i'm sheinelle here with craig, al, dylan. we also have natalie morales. >> good morning. >> better known as nat-mo. she came in for the west coast for the biggest night in fashion, the met gala. we will talk about it and the looks that stole the show in just a minute. first, of course, you know what we're talking about this morning. the most famous baby in the world. we broke the news yesterday while we were on the air that the royal baby had finally