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clinton holds a slight edge over bernie sanders. we're back in iowa. two accomplices are caught in a takedown ending a manhunt in california. this morning, the big tip that led to their capture. the award for diversity. a huge night at the screen actors guild awards, taking on new meaning the on the heels of the oscar-so-white criticism. leo keeps up the momentum as he looks to claim his first oscar. >> i'm trouble humbled by this. sold to the highest bidder. a retired police officer trying to keep his k-9. he might be auctioned off because he's considered state property.
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together, today, january 31st, 2016. >> announcer: this is "today," live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. i'm erica hill. >> glad to have you with us. it is polling from the des moines register, that's a good indicator of how the caucuses will go in that state. donald trump has 5 points ahead of ted cruz. hillary clinton 3 points ahead of bernie sanders. they're basically neck and neck. we have full coverage and analysis for you this morning. we begin with nbc's hallie jackson covering the republican race from des moines. halle, good morning.
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for donald trump this poll represents a 15-pointed turnaround since september. nearly half of likely caucus-goers say even now they could be convinced to change their minds. if they do, it's ted cruz that could stand to benefit the most. flying high for now, it's donald trump on top, the day before the caucuses in iowa. where the latest poll shows he leads ted cruz by 5 points. >> the numbers were so good for me, which i'm happy about. >> reporter: but trump's acknowledging turnout will matter mormon night. >> it all doesn't matter if you don't caucus monday. >> reporter: his closest rival here, ted cruz, says he has volunteers making 20,000 phone calls to potential caucusgoers. >> we're just wanting to know if we can count on you to caucus for cruz on monday. >> reporter: cruz has slid recently, a sign trump's attacks may be working. the most effective one, according to new polling, not on
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>> he borrowed a lot of money, as you know, from goldman sachs and from citibank. >> reporter: cruz failed to fully disclose his loans from big banks. but trump has his problems too, including his support for eminent domain. cruz had been hitting him on that. >> this raisace is a dead heat, neck and neck. it's an effectively a two-man rice. >> reporter: marco rubio would beg to differ. >> we've done well here and we're looking forward to new hampshire and doing well there. >> reporter: ahead of the other establishment candidates in iowa, even as robe eeoubio downplays talk he could have a second place finish. >> i'm confident that when this process is finished and the delegates are counted, we're going to have more than half the
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republican nominee. >> reporter: donald trump is taking to twitter to hit ted cruz over mailers his campaign sent out with "voting violation" on them. they're a common practice to get people out to the caucus, similar to ones used in the past. the bottom line about all of this, guys, both campaigns know turnout will be the key to winning tomorrow night. >> hallie jackson, thanks. to the democrats now, where the race is apparently so close, no one is sure exactly what will happen tomorrow. nbc's kristen welker has more on that. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: craig, good morning to you. the democratic race is anyone's to win here in iowa. secretary clinton does have a slight lead, but she's not taking anything for granted, and bernie sanders isn't letting up. the democratic candidates criss-crossing iowa late into the night saturday, with just hours to go. for hillary clinton, it was all
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>> i am so proud to support my mom. >> she is the single best change maker i have ever known. >> reporter: husband bill and daughter chelsea helping deliver the final pitch she was thank you, bill. thank you, chelsea. >> reporter: clinton is entering the home stretch with a boost. saturday's "des moines register"/bloomberg poll shows her with a slim lead over rival bernie sanders, and "the new york times" endorsed her. >> i hope we will persuade you to join us in making progress for the country. >> reporter: earlier in the day, clinton tried to turn the page after the state department determined 22 e-mails from the former secretary of state's private server were top secret, clinton telling nbc news she didn't generate them. >> this is an interagency dispute.
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and i want to resolved. >> reporter: senator sanders is still riding a wave of insurgent excitement, buoyed by their excitement. >> it doesn't look like a fringe campaign tonight. >> reporter: now the battle being waged in campaign war rooms. clinton and sanders have both built up armies of volunteers, ready to fight, determined to win. >> i haven't seen this excitement in so long. it's got to be something about this crazy old guy, right? >> we're here to help democrats and to hopefully get hillary clinton elected president. >> reporter: senator sanders could win iowa if young voters turn out in force, as they did in 2008 for then-senator barack obama. he won that group by a margin of 4 to 1. sanders and clinton have another relentless day of campaigning that will last into the night.
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chuck todd is moderator of "meet the press." he is also in iowa. chuck, good morning. >> good morning, erica. >> the big unknown we keep talking about is how many people will actually show up. we've been hearing from our reporters on the ground, the trump campaign is making a push to remind people at rallies how to register and how to vote. is there a sense that that is having an impact? >> we don't know. we haven't seen the evidence of an upturn in voter registration on either side. look, high voter turnouts are good for bernie sanders with the democrats and trump with the republicans. i've talked to these first time caucusgoers. the cruz campaign believes they're going to win and that they're still ahead, because they're skeptical of these first time caucusgoers. i've talked to them. some of them have not voted in any election in 20 years. so that's why the skepticism is there. you think, boy, are they going to get up, go through this
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the caucus location on time? you can get there at a specific time or they lock the door and you can't get in. trump's whole reliance is on a bunch of people who have never done this before. >> chuck, turning to the democrats, what does a second place finish for bernie sanders in iowa mean for his campaign moving forward? >> i think it means that he will be a tough challenger for hillary clinton. but it's hard to imagine how he could ever overtake her. you can't sort of make the democratic nomination fight a true one on one battle that's neck and neck the whole time if you can't knock her off here. if you can't beat her here, then outside of new hampshire, where else is he going to beat her? if he starts making inroads in south carolina, nevada, he will convince democrats, wow, he pulled off an upset in iowa. new hampshire is one thing, that's his next door state. but pulling it off here i think
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it's a must-win for sanders, to be honest. >> what's the headline tuesday morning? what are we talking about tuesday morning after the caucuses are over? >> well, if it's -- look, we're going to be talking about donald trump, let's be realistic, right? it's donald trump's world, we're just lucky to live in it sometimes. no, it will be about whether trump is for real or not, craig. if he wins, it's panic time for real for the republican establishment, because i think he's going to be very hard to stop. but if he loses, then all of a sudden, that seed of doubt is planted into whether the trump phenomenon was all a mirage. >> so much to look forward to, right? it's going to be a busy -- what did we say, 35 hours or so? but who's counting? >> we'll be sedated. >> that comes tuesday morning, chuck. we'll look for you this morning on "meet the press."
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marco rubio, and breezy. "today" has you covered on caucus day. we'll be live from iowa tomorrow morning. dylan, the other headline on tuesday morning could be whether they get that snow in iowa, right? >> it could be a blizzard on tuesday, we could be exploring some interesting run-in the at the airport on monday night. through the day on monday, we'll see just increasing clouds. temperatures across the state will be running in the upper 30s, lower 40s, everything's fine. then we get into monday night and tuesday. that's when the blizzard warning kicks in. notice the southeast part of the state not under the blizzard warnings. that's where we'll most likely see rain. if you head south, you'll be able to make any sort of flights. but if you're in the des moines area anywhere across central and northern iowa, we're looking at very gusty winds, as much as 9 to 12 inches of snow. waterloo looks like one of those areas where we'll see the jackpot.
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monday night into tuesday, that's the time frame when we'll see our worst conditions as far as snow is concerned. >> dylan, thanks. to california, three dangerous criminals are back in jail after they escaped last week. the final two were captured on saturday, one day after their fellow inmate turned himself into police. steve paterson is live with more. steve, good morning. >> reporter: craig, for eight days those escaped inmates managed to stay at least one step ahead of more than a dozen law enforcement departments in the state of california. but it only took the quick thinking of one citizen in san francisco to alert police and bring them d down. for law enforcement in california, it was like%waking up from a bad dream. >> one of a sheriff's worst nightmares. >> reporter: after a week of anxiety and a state of excitement, a chance to exhale.
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a sigh of relief. >> reporter: all three men who broke out of jail back in custody. hossain nayeri and jonathan tieu captured 400 miles away in this san francisco parking lot. police credited the quick thinking of a bystander who spotted the stolen van and alerted officers. as police approached, hossain nayeri fled on foot but didn't get far. >> he was apprehended without further incident. >> reporter: police found jonathan tieu inside the van along with 380 rounds of ammunition. >> it was clear to us these people were armed and dangerous. >> reporter: a day earlier, bac duong turned himself in. investigators zeroed in on hossain nayeri as the possible mastermind. police say despite speaking english, he enrolled in an
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class with teacher nooshafarin ravaghi. she was arrested on thursday, held on suspicion that she provided maps that may have helped the men escape. >> we do know it was much closer and much more personal than it should be. >> reporter: nooshafarin ravaghi's neighbors say the can't believe it. >> it was quite shocking to see she would even have any part of it. >> reporter: now the three inmates and the teacher may find themselves on the same side of the law and behind bars. officials with the sheriff's department here say there hasn't been a jail break in more than 30 years, and that they've already made significant improvements to the jail's security system. meanwhile those inmates captured this weekend expected to be back here in orange county later on this morning. craig? >> steve paterson for us in santa ana, california. steve, thank you. in denver, a fight between rival biker gangs turned into a deadly brawl outside the motorcycle expo.
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as the violence escalated. eyewitnesses described dozens of people fighting just before the gunfire began. police say they're keeping a heavy presence at the hospital where the injured are being treated to prevent any further confrontations. a freshman at virginia tech is now charged with murder in the death of a 13-year-old girl. 18-year-old david eisenhower, an engineering student, was charged. the young liverpatient caused her family concern when she didn't return home. novak jokedjokovic demolished andy murray, the sixth win for
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it also ties him with bjorn borg for career wins. dylan is back now with a look at a storm that's brewing out west. >> yes, that's what's going to cause the snow in iowa. by the time we get into monday night. meantime, it's bringing gusty winds to southern california. we can see gusts as high as 50 to 60 miles per hour. we have got the heavier pockets of rain, also some mountain snow. this is going to produce about 1 to 2 feet of snow possible in the sierra mountain range. we do have winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories. we have these winter storm watches in effect moving into the plains. this is where we're going to see the activity on monday. then it will shift into the plains and eventually into iowa and throughout the day on tuesday. that's the area of low pressure. elsewhere we have this cold front, bringing a couple of scattered rain showers. temperatures will be in the 40s
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the the stars were out in force last night for the screen actors guild awards. a lot of glitz, glamour, and mentions of diversity. >> one of the biggest headlines to come from the evening, the celebration of that diversity from the nominees to the big winners themselves. the s.a.g. awards are also known as an indicator of what happens at the oscars. >> reporter: one of the biggest honors at the 22nd annual s.a.g. awards for ensemble cast. >> no way. >> reporter: after weeks of criticism for all the white oscar nominations, diversity was the real winner of the night. >> look at the stage. this is what we talk about when
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>> thank you so much, god bless you all. >> i'm in shock right now, thank you so much. >> reporter: viola davis for "how to get away with murder." >> welcome to diverse tv. >> reporter: idris alba walking awards. incredible. >> reporter: the other for his role in the tv series "loofa." >> let's all calm down. >> reporter: tina fey and amy poehler honored carol burnett. >> i can still remember the first time i got nominated for an s.a.g. awards. >> reporter: they have a good track record for predicting the
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no big surprise that oscar favorite brie larson won. and it could mean gold for leonardo dicaprio who won for "the revenant." >> i'm truly honored because it comes from you, my foalellow actors. >> we've seen "the big short" win at the producers guild award. "the revenant" won the golden globe. you made an excellent point during that story. >> it's what leonardo -- it very tight. actors. that's important, the s.a.g. awards are important because these are their fellow actors voting and recognizing their accomplishments. it's sort of like, you get it. when we come back, bill judge. will he eventually wind up on trial? first these messages. ok not too quick don't let go until i say so. i got you...
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we are back on this sunday morning, january 31st, 2016, the last sunday of january. if you can believe that. wow. first month of the new year almost over. a great crowd out there on
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we want to thank all of them for spending a little bit of their weekend with us. >> a gentleman is out there holding a sign saying, "fan since the '50s." we'll take it. one day to go for the iowa caucuses, the candidates are out for their final push today. a new poll from the "des moines register" shows donald trump surging ahead of ted cruz while hillary clinton maintains a slight edge over bernie sanders. billowing smoke could be seen for miles from this huge fire in lexington, kentucky. flames broke out a beef business and spread to several other businesses as well. it took 120 firemen to get it under control. fortunately nobody was hurt. donations are pouring into flint, michigan to help with its water crisis.
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lead levels in some homes were so high that filters were not effective in keeping the lead out. let's start this half hour with the upcoming court appearance for bill cosby. his attorneys claim that he is protected under an agreement with the past district attorney and are trying to get the charges thrown out. kristen call it againkristen dahlgren . >> reporter: cosby's attorneys claim the district attorney made charge him. >> the current d.a. says there's no written evidence of that agreement. >> reporter: cosby admitted in a deposition obtaining quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.
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charge cosby with a crime. >> i remember thinking he probably did do something inappropriate. but thinking that and being able to prove it are two different things. >> reporter: cosby's lawyer at the time has since passed away, and according to his current attorneys, critical evidence of the agreement has been lost. cosby's been charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexual assaulting a woman in his home. she is one of 150 women who have accused cosby of misconduct. his lawyers vow to fight all the accusations. the next round is scheduled for tuesday, when it will be up to a judge to say if a criminal case against the man once known as america's dad will ever make it to trial. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, new york. a retired police officer in ohio could be losing his best
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his k-9 partner, ajax, has been with him for years and he thought they would be retiring together. but according to state law, it's not that simple. >> reporter: for four years, officer matthew hickey and k-9 officer ajax have been more than best friends. they've been partners, protecting the community of america yettamarietta, ohio. when officer hickey retired after 34 years of service, he planned for ajax, who he considers a member of the family, to join him. >> there is a bond between us and it's very special. >> reporter: ajax could serve for several more years, so officer hickey was prepared to compensate the city, but was stunned to learn that under state law, ajax is considered property and will be auctioned off. >> we are under strict rules of how we dispose of property when
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federal funds, as well as taxpayer dollars. >> reporter: public outcry has been fast and furious with comments flooding the facebook page. "let ajax stay with officer hickey." the city responded, posting in part, "your voices are heard and your comments are important." >> is it cold? well, the law sometimes can be cold. do i like it? not necessarily. >> reporter: to increase officer hickey's chances at the auction, donations are pouring into a social fundraising page. the mayor says the auction date isn't set yet. the growing crowd is calling for this law enforcement duo to be allowed to stick together. >> i would hate to lose my buddy. the power of social media is pretty amazing. there is a gofundme page created for officer hickey a few days
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it's raise edd $33,000. the page has been shared over 28,000 times. >> if someone does go to that auction, they may outbid the officer. it would be good if they gave him the dog. >> i would hope so. otherwise i'll be very upset. >> we'll follow the story and keep you updated on this one. dylan dreyer has a check on the weather from the plaza. >> hey, guys. why celebrate one sweet 16 when you can have a whole group of young ladies celebrating sweet 16? warmer than average in new york city, nashville is 20 degrees above average. we're watching a storm in the southwest. that's going to start spreading eastward. that will be the reason why we see perhaps blizzard conditions in iowa starting monday night into tuesday.
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looking at very and tonight is a tonight is a big night for hockey. tonight is the 2016 nhl all-star game. catherine tapp, i don't necessarily think of nashville when i think of hockey. how is it going? >> reporter: that's right, dylan. the city of nashville, the nashville predators have truly out done themselves. there has been live music played
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that synergy will continue later this afternoon. country music stars including chris young and charles kelley will join the four nhl coaches behind the bench for today's all-star game. >> i know it's a new format this year, a new 3 on 3 format, that should make things more exciting than normal this time around. >> reporter: no doubt about that. it's a decidedly new twist this year. there will be three 20-minute games being played, the first two being semifinals, the third being a championship game. the winning team gets a million-dollar prize. this 3 on 3 format was introduced this year for overtime and it has taken off. it lendsdstself to the world's biggest stars putting on their most offensive prowess, their best skills on display here. it puts a lot of pressure on the defense men and goaltenders. most importantly, it's awesome for the fans. it will be a great game here at bridgestone arena. >> i've been seeing your pictures, i know it's your first time in nashville, you're loving every second of it.
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>> watch the game tonight, pregame coverage starting at 4:30 p.m. eastern. that will be on nbcsn. going to a great night tonight, guys. >> dylan, thank you. a million-dollar prize. >> that's pretty hefty. >> i would say so. >> coming up, the incredible ways childrens' lives are coming to life through song. and harry smith brings us the uplifting story of how art is helping some people regain their footing. ibs-d. you know the symptoms when they start. abdominal pain. urgent diarrhea. now there's prescription xifaxan. xifaxan is a new ibs-d treatment that helps relieve your diarrhea and abdominal pain symptoms. and xifaxan works differently. it's a prescription antibiotic that acts mainly in the digestive tract. do not use xifaxan if you have a history of sensitivity to rifaximin,
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of little faces. >> reporter: morgan walker wrote a story about a dog in the pound that waited and waited to be adopted. >> he has puppy friends at the shelter but sometimes he gets lonely. >> i just like the german shepherd part. because i imagine him really cute. >> reporter: but then again, her made-up story isn't just about a dog. >> come here for a hug. >> reporter: as a cancer survivor who lives with the fear of more cancer, it's really a narrative of her own life, but every day holding on to hope. >> no matter how bad of a situation you're in, there's always going to be some hope. >> reporter: as an infant, 16-year-old morgan lost her right eye to retinal blastoma, even though she's part of a large loving family, beyond the protective walls of her home, she's long wondered, because of that cancer, because she's missing an eye, could she somehow be like that dog in her story? growing up, there were moments, like the friend's mother who called after a play date.
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my mom and said, we don't want your daughter coming over anymore, because her having one eye is not something i want my daughter around. and that's horrible. >> reporter: but there's more to this story. morgan lives in nashville. music city. her ail gorllegory was seen by a group which takes stories and, with the help of songwriters, turns them into a song. with her story of a dog in the pound, an up and coming group
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today is my day >> reporter: and then perform for morgan with her mom and other teen cancer survivors at gilda's club in nashville. when you hear the words that you created in the story and put to music, how does it feel in your heart? >> it feels true. >> reporter: recorded by a grammy award winner at sputnik sound. now you'll be loved each day and each night >> reporter: a story that's now a song has become the soundtrack to a teen cancer survivor's life. whether it's a hit or not, it's a hit. >> that's all that matters. >> it's magical. >> the goal was to bring the voices of kids in need to the world through music. so the one thing that every kid has regardless of circumstance
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>> reporter: sing me a story. more than 300 songs and counting. for morgan walker, a song right out of a story. >> thanks again. thank you. >> reporter: cary sanders, nbc news, nashville. >> such a great story. >> music makes a lot of things better. >> our producer was big on that story, i'm glad we got to see it. women getting their financial lives back on track. but first, these messages. penguin shows his love by offering the female... a pebble. some male penguins, however... are a little smarter than others. this valentine's day... everyone loves a gift from kay jewelers. save up to 30% on select diamonds in rhythm. its continuous motion catches light from every angle. at kay, the number one jewelry store in america... and, apparently antarctica. every kiss begins with kay.
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we are back on a sunday morning with one woman's vision to help other women recover financially and emotionally after being divorced or widowed. >> as sheinelle tells us, these women are finding their strength in one another. >> reporter: business is booming for joan, a realtor who actually has more clients, not because she sells their houses, but because she helps them stay in them. >> i would go out to their home with my little listing agreement. they would be in tears. and we would have a conversation. and they would reveal that in fact they didn't want to sell their house. >> reporter: most of joan's house are women with one thing
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a divorce or recently widowed. >> invariably they were being told they had to sell, there were no choices, the house had to go. i would bring in a loan originator to figure out if they could stay, and nine times out of ten, they could. >> reporter: she realized there was a trend, not just that these women needed help managing their homes, but they needed a lifeline too. >> whenever anyone tells you you can't do something, maybe it's time to say, why not? >> reporter: joan decided to start the wildflower group to help other women like herself. it provides workshops and support for women like herself, starting over. >> over time we can manage the risk for you. >> reporter: amy spearman sought help from the wildflowers. >> my ex-husband had been our sole provider for our family. we had chosen to have our children and i would be a stay at home wife and mom.
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were literally with no income. >> reporter: amy wanted to go back to school. wildflowers helped her do that. the nonprofit provides money and financial guidance for women like amy to begin her second act. >> i've been the recipient of their scholarships to help pay my rent. and now i'm a wildflower and blossoming, they say. >> reporter: it's not just the practical resources that judith wright takes advantage of. >> you know that every woman in the room is having a similar experience, regardless of her age or circumstances, she's gone through heartbreak and rebuilding. >> reporter: after her husband of 28 years left her, she's building a new life at 75. >> i felt like it was the end of my life. i really didn't know what else i was going to do. the sharing of stories and the inspiration of just knowing that people get through it. i've probably made a lot of progress this year.
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together by a difficult ending, and moving forward to a new beginning. >> women who have come through this and blossomed, there's a lot of that going on, and life can be terrific on the other side. >> reporter: for "today," sheinelle jones, nbc news, new york. >> what a great story. >> sheinelle, i loved that one. ahead, harry smith is in the house with some great pictures, pieces of art, rather, allowing some people to find a new lease on life. that's after these messages. purchases. that's a win. but imagine earning it twice. you can with the citi double cash card. it lets you earn cash back twice. once when you buy and again as you pay. it's cash back then cash back again. and that's a cash back win-win. the citi double cash card. the only card that lets you earncash back twice on everypurchase with 1% when you buy and 1% as you pay. with two ways to earn,
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answers to some of life's great questions, can be found on the local mall. >> pablo picasso once said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. beautiful, right? but what if that art could actually put a roof over your head too? now you're talking. >> when i do a picture this big, i will kind of glance at it while i'm going about my daily business. >> reporter: artist scott bennett discussed his work with several admirers. >> i wanted to see what it would look like if i did a starburst pattern at the center of the page. >> reporter: artist kitty zen held fans enthralled. >> this is what energizes me, makes me feel more tuned in and receptive receptive. >> reporter: the art in this pop-up gallery in cambridge,
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all of it has passed the is-it-art test by a trio of curators. next is the price tag, thousands for an original. and each artist is either homeless or disabled. when this opened up and you came in and is saw your stuff up on the wall, what was it like? >> it was especially shocking for me, i come in and see this banner with a picture of myself and a little bio. it's the first thing i see when i walk in the door. i was awestruck. >> reporter: kitty zen has been homeless since high school. she's battled depression, anxiety, and alcohol abuse. she used to sell her art from a blanket in boston common. you're not on the blanket anymore. >> no. >> reporter: the art speaks volumes, giving voice to a choir of contributors whose work would otherwise go unnoticed. were this simply an altruistic enterprise, it would be impressive enough.
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is this charity or art? >> it's definitely not charity. >> reporter: liz powers is the ceo and founder of art lifting. >> one of our goals is to create social enterprise and creating jobs instead of handouts. that's the ultimate dignity. >> reporter: she started working with the homeless when she was an undergrad at harvard. of all the people you met, in nine years of working with homeless people, what do they have in common? >> bad luck. and a lot of positive energy. i think my main goal is to give people their first break, because they haven't had a break. >> reporter: an a number of shelters off art therapy. what liz saw inspired an idea. market the art like a real business. split the proceeds with the artist, just like a gallery. scott bennett used to camp beneath the bushes at the quincy train station. he found his way into a shelter liz. drawing since he was a kid, art
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what do you think of liz? >> one time i joked with her, i said, is it possible to have a fairy godmother who is half your age? >> reporter: scott has housing now, and hope for the future. art lifting is up and running in eight cities with more to come. >> when scott was talking earlier, i felt like i was going to start crying, because we just started this with a very simple idea of, let's focus on people's talents. and seeing where it's taken off has been pretty incredible. the biggest thing is just taking a step back, and like realizing the talents and everyone around us, and that everyone can contribute, because i think that's often ignored. >> the ultimate dignity, right? >> beautiful. >> exactly right. but speaking to one of the artists, if you really engage
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well, there was an illness, there was a something, there was a something. suddenly everything around them falls apart. this guy was sleeping in the bushes at the quincy train station. now he has art in a gallery. >> thank you so much for that. >> another winner. chuck's guests on "meet the press" include ted cruz, marco rubio, and bernie sanders. today we'll be live in des moines tomorrow for the caucuses. >> that's going to do it for us on a sunday morning.
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have a great this sunday, the iowa caucuses. the candidates have had their say, now it's time for iowa voters to have theirs. can donald trump win here and just simply start to roll? >> i don't even think i have to campaign anymore. why am i even wasting my time?
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