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>> we have the q pole, not this busch was suppose to make a huge poll in iowa. >> we are running out of time. haley and heather, thank you both for joining us. we'll be back monday. happy thanksgiving to all i don't have of you. craig picks up coverage now. >> good morning. it's november 26th, thanksgiving day. i'm craig. coming up here we are getting a look at new police dash cam videos showing the moments before chicago police officer shot and killed the 17-year-old as protesters threaten to disrupt black friday in that city. also security tightened airports on the ground in new york for the thanksgiving day parade kicking off in just two hours. first developing right now. in a few hours french president
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h hollande will meet with russian president. russia aearlier this morning hollande met with prime minister who pledged his commitment to fighting isis. meanwhile, french and belgian authorities continue their serchl believed to be directly linked to the paris attacks. lots to get with this morning. gabe joins me live from paris. hollande on his way to meet with putin. what do we expect to come out of that discussion? >> hi there, craig, yes, as you mentioned hollande just finished a meeting with the prime minister this morning and now
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headed to meet with putin. he's trying to build a stronger coalition to fight isis and get world powers to come together. instead they want to focus on fighting isis in syria instead of helping prop up the isad government. yesterday hollande said world powers must do everything they can to deescalate the situation. many are skeptical it will bring any real change in policy, craig. >> let's turn to the investigation to search for these two suspects. are authorities any closer to narrowing down where they could possibly have travelled? >> the last we know is both suspects are still on the run. belgian authorities issued a new international arrest warrant for muhammad a few days ago.
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he was seen on surveillance video two days before the paris attacks with the other suspected terrorist. both men still on the run. police consider them to be armed and extremely dangerous, craig. >> gabe, as you know vice news has released more of their news on the band, the sound engineer among the first to realize what was going on inside that night. i want to play just a bit of what he said. >> i could see the gunman. he looked right at me and shot at me and missed. i think he thought i probably got hit because i went down so quickly and everyone else around was injured and there was blood all over. he stayed there and continued to shoot and shoot and shoot and slaughter and just scream to the top of his lungs. that's when i instantly knew what was going on.
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>> my goodness. we are learning there will be a national tribute service tomorrow. what more can you tell us about that, gabe? >> craig, that's absolutely chilling story we're hearing from the band members. yes, a national memorial service is planned for tomorrow morning. survivors and their families are expected to attend. so is president hollande. this country has been shaken. this, a lot of people are looking forward to the memorial service tomorrow as a way to bring about some healing but obviously, a very devastating time here in paris, craig. >> and it continues. gabe for us in paris this morning, thank you. i'm joined by malcom, the director of the terrorist project. we are waiting on hollande's
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meeting with putin. meeting with chancellor merkle yesterday. earlier today he seems pretty held bent on bringing together this coalition. are you optimistic this is something that can be formed and if it is, will it be effective in the fight against isis? >> i think we're at a seminole point. i think with the assistance of ptd holl a, nde and capitolizing what the united states has done so far, i think he can bring together a coalition. what is the capacity of the coalition? we have heavy air strikes going on right now. russia is actually attacking the people bringing down the regime and not attacking isis. it could help. >> the shooting down of the
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plane, the new tension between russia and turkey since that fighter jet was shot down, how does that complicate matter sns. >> it complicates matters to a certain extent because russia is bringing in an advanced surfaced air missile system which will encompass most of southern turkey and the zones the united states is flying in. right now, we can have to try to deconflict these air strikes we're carrying out and hope there's no accidents with this russian surfaced air missile system. that's the biggest problem we have. >> happy thanksgiving, sir. thank you for your time this morning. >> thanks to you too and all serving us. >> meanwhile, security ramped up for one of the biggest celebrations in the year following the attacks in paris. less than two hours away from the kick off to the macy's annual thanksgiving day parade. city officials say fear not, we are safe.
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no known credible threats against new york. mayor bill de blasio says that the city is ready to put on a safe and enjoyable holiday tradition. >> this is the best prepared city in the country to deal with a terror incident and most importantly to prevent terror incidents which the n.y.p.d. has done for years. >> live along the parade route this morning. what kind of security measures are in place? >> reporter: some extraordinary measures. authorities say it's more than anything we've seen before. they're going to have 205,000 officers assigned specifically to the parade. this 2.5 mile group that runs from uptown to downtown is what they're watching for. in addition there's thousands of police officers. there's 35,000 officers in the city of new york and many of them are out along the route and in places all throughout the
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city trying to make certain it's going to be safe. there are 200 specially trained officers, part of a command response unit. they're prepared to handle anything that comes up suddenly. any kind of hostage taking or any attacks that could occur along the route. they say they're trained and ready. one of the things i should tell you also about the parade that runs 2.5 miles long, people have been told you cannot bring backpacks to the parade route. that's a specific reference of what we saw happen along the boston marathon. i've asked people out here what they think and they said they are not afraid, they will not be
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feared and will not be coward into changing their life style. they feel confident things will be safe and they're going to enjoy the parade. >> we're talking about the parade because it's going to start here shortly. here's the thing as you know. next week we have the lighting of the rockefeller center christmas tree. a few weeks after that, believe it or not we bring in 2016 as the ball drops in times square. meanwhile, you've got a few million people that come to new york city every year just to get their holiday shopping done. so you got a lot of folks, i wouldn't say the line share of the folks come in from all over the country if not all over the world to enjoy the city. do you get the sense that they are expecting a lot of these measures? that some of these security things we put in place, they're up for it. they're ready for it? >> oh, absolutely, craig. in fact, people say they're
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happy to see the security authorities are out in force here. it makes them feel more comfortable. it makes me feel comfortable too. people with their families, children, parents. mother's, father's, sisters. you've got grandfathers out here. if there's any opportunity for city other officials to let folks know, they are doing everything they can to make certain families are protected and safe. people are glad to see it. they welcome it. they've been saying good morning and happy thanksgiving to authorities gladly seeing them out here along the parade route, craig. >> bill brat on said for the first time his grand children are coming in to see the parade. >> and he's flying them in on a plane from los angeles. an indication of how safe he's feeling about the security measures put in place all across the country. >> good to see you, my friend. happy thanksgiving to you.
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coming up on this turkey day parts of the country dealing with a major winter wallop. snow, ice and rain will be snarling holiday traffic on the roads and going to lead to problems in the skies as well. black friday may not have the biggest savings this year. which days will be the best to find deals this holiday shopping season. we've got andrea standing by. i see it out of the corner of my eye. new reports says many gop reports are holding out hoping donald trump will tank. that's their plan a. is there a plan b at this point? we're asking you a question. we would like to know what you're thankful for this thanksgiving. you can share it with us. we are going to share those throughout the morning. why i'm thankful. you're watching msnbc live.
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we know security is tight here, we also know security is tight at many if not all of the country's airports this holiday as airline passengers deal with long lines and security checkpoints, aaa says nearly 47 million americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend. that's the most in eight years. another big challenge today for some parts of the country, the weather. nbcs jacob is live in denver where they are expecting some snow. not a surprise considering it is well, you know what, we just lost our connection with jacob. we don't think it's connected to the weather but we'll try to get that back and go back to jacob in a few moments whose standing
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by for us in denver. let's take a turn and talk about shopping as you wait for today's big feast. you might be making last minute changes to your black friday shopping strategy. this year, you'll have to be more savvy. more stores starting their black friday sales today. retail experts are saying the real savings could come closer to christmas. where and when can you get the best prices? we got you covered this morning. consumer expert is here to help sort it all out. let's start with this idea that maybe we should start our shopping even earlier. more stores are opening on thanksgiving. let's give you that list. target, macys, toys r us. walmart doing things differently to get rid of the door busters. >> they are offering one hour guarantees. if you go to the store between 6 and 7:00 p.m. you can get beats
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headphones for $130 off. you have to be in the store at that time. there will be door busters and deals throughout the next couple of days and what's really nice is you don't have to go into the store because a lot of these retailers are offering the same door busters online. a lot of online sites like ebay are joining in on the action. they're a wish bone campaign which allows you to unlock a series of deals. specifically, you can vote to unlock 25% off the gopro hero 4 or 18% off the apple watch. whichever one wins the most votes, it will become available for you to shop. that's a fun way to shop plus big brands. >> is it worth it to head out today verses waiting until tomorrow or doing it all online? >> it depends on what you're shopping for. if you're shopping for
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electroni electronics, you're safe to shop online. you know the brand you want. warehouse stores like b.j.s have their deals online and in store. if you don't have a membership, you can get a frequent membership to their warehouse store. if you're shopping home goods or clothing, those are the types of items you want to see in person, touch the fabric, try them on. obviously, it looks different on lien. the colors may not come through the screen or internet and that's happened to me and you get stuck paying shipping fees and sometimes restocking fees. >> thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> we want to go back to denver, colorado. that's where jacob is standing by. they're expecting snow there.
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has it started to fall in denver? >> it's more like a freezing drizzle. that's how it was yesterday as well. in some parts of colorado we are seeing snow. we're at the airport monitoring some of the delays and cancellations we're expecting. you might have mentioned 47 million travellers, a record since the recession. the overwhelming majority of those are drivers and for some of them in parts of the west and midwest, they had a nightmare situation yesterday. one of the busier days for travel because of the storm to drop more than a foot of snow and ice in some areas. the airports were very packed largely because of the increase in security but they were record long lines. largely, travellers who were flying dodged a bullet because they were hardly any delays or cancellations. a few in the upper san francisco airport had the worst of it. some in minneapolis.
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we had large delays and cancellations. the threat of ice and flash floods exist for parts of the midwest. that storm is going to move in through the south as well over into the weekend and may get bad there. that's important because sunday and monday are the businessiest travel days for the thanksgiving holiday. >> nbc in denver for us today. jacob, thank you. developing right now, we are live in chicago where protesters angry over the police killing of a black teenager vow to disrupt black friday shopping. along that city's famed magnificent mile, all this happening as officials there in the windy city release four new dash cam videos from the moments before that ens dent. we'll take you to chicago in a moment. also, more on the stunning news about nfl legend frank gifford. he's suffering from a brain condition caused by concussions.
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news video obtained overnight from our nbc station in chicago, wmaq appears to show the 17-year-old running in front of the jason vandike's car. officer vandike is charged with first degree murder. several people under arrest after a second night of protest in chicago. videos you can see here showing a small group of demonstrators yanking the lights from the bottom of a christmas tree at the park. john is on duty for us. john, did we learn anything new from the videos released?
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>> reporter: yes and no, craig. the most significant thing about these videos is the fact they exist at all. one of the attorneys told wmaq they were told there's only two videos in existence. these were obtained through a freedom of information act request with the city. the other thing is these videos like the others, leike the firs one released over the week are sile silent. we don't know the discussions going on inside the police couragers among the officers. we don't know what they're shouting to mcdonald. a lot of unconditionsed questions and an intriguing fact is that the dash cam recording released of the first cruiser on the scene begins five minutes after the shooting. craig. >> john, you mentioned, i'm glad you mentioned it because the
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police chief has said there should have been audio on that initial recording and there should have been audio on these tapes as well. do we know why? what reason have they given with regards to why there's no audio on any of these tapes? >> commissioner mccarthy will only say there should be, there's suppose to be. they're looking into it. he said in his news conference that they believe the audio just doesn't exist. it's sort of a mystery of what happened. craig. >> john in chicago, jn, thank you, sir. frank gifford, the hall of fame football star and broadcaster has ctb. a brain disease often associated with concussions. he released his statement in part reading we made the
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german chancellor and president obama. his effort to bring russia into the coalition. more aircraft missiles sent to syria to protect the planes. meanwhile, they are disputing whether russian bomber violated air space. turkey has released on audio recording saying they were given to the russian bomber.
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>> right now, president obama and angle america and germany vowed to meet putin in russia. they stem down from the escalation with turkey and russia. clearly, russia's deployment a while ago of the more sophisticated system would a aggravate that dramatically and make it much more complex for everyone flying into the space. i think right now when you say what needs to happen next,
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turkey and russia need to punch each other once and need to stand down and come back. russia has sent signals that it would still cooperate with turkey in an anti isis coalition if certain requirements were met. that is a constructive statement after this incident. >> steve, thank you. happy thanksgiving. i wish we had more time. to politics we turn. presidential candidates taking a thanksgiving break from the campaign trail today and tomorrow. but if you live in early voting state, you'll be flooded with television adds on this thanksgiving. our partners tracking adds at the smart media group say some 5.5 million media advertising dollars will be spent through this week in just four states. 18 advertisers showcasing 11 candidates with republicans and democrats. the biggest buy, jeb bush with the right to rise with bush's
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campaign not spending a cent. as for democrats and bernie sanders and hillary clinton are getting campaign dollars. marco rubio dipping into campaign cash. rubio considered to be among the top two republican candidates set down with nbcs natalie moralis. >> is this where you saw yourself at this point in the race? >> i would say we're pleased with where we are in the campaign. >> republican stat gist and democratic strategist. good to see you both. happy thanksgiving. >> good to see you. >> richard, do you buy into that from marco rubio? do you think this is where he saw his campaign? >> do i think marco saw himself third or fourth in all the polls in the leading states. at this point, probably not.
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trump is clearly the person everybody else in the republican race needs to focus on. this notion that he's going to self-destruct, well, it doesn't seem like he's going to naturally self-destruct even though he's right for the picking. if marco rubio or jeb bush or anybody else doesn't go after him, then it's gusless. frankly, they don't deserve to be their party's nominee yet alone the leader of the free world. i think marco, even's talking about hem aim and there's a buz. money doesn't seem to be a strong suit. it's not quiet clear he's going to be anywhere close to the top tier. you got everybody talking up a good game at this point. it's not clear he's where he wants to be relative to the rest of the field. >> joe, it wouldn't be an hour on cable news if we did not talk about donald trump. let us talk about donald trump. there is this headline in today's washington post and here
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it is. plan a for g.o.p. donors. wait for trump to fall. there is no plan b. is that true? is there no plan b, joe watt kins? >> you got to realize a lot of people have been supposing donald trump was going to self-destruct months ago. it hasn't happened. his lead in the polls continues to grow. certainly, with the resent events in paris, he is trusted by 24% more republican primary voters than anybody else to be able to handle terrorism. >> joe, how is that? how is that considering donald trump's best i can gather his experience in foreign policy either it's not existent. >> there's no experience in foreign policy. people know him. even though he had no experiences and elected official on foreign policy, he's been
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known to the public for a long time. dating back to the 1980s with his best selling book and of course, his television show and people are well aware of the business empire he has. people have a lot of respect for donald trump. he's not an unknown commodity. he does not have political or elected experience as some of the other candidates have but he's certainly somebody whose well regarded by the 24, 25, 26% of the republican primary elector rate. in a crowded field, that's what you need. that's all you need to be aebl to dominate the field. he's dominating right now. he's spending less money than other candidates because he gets so much of earned media. >> richard, really quickly, democrats. >> we were talking the same kind of talk two weeks ago about ben carson. he was an iconic figure and he had a series in stand moments where he showed himself not to
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be, look. people can go after trump on the fact not talking about what he's going to do for the country, if he loses iowa, he's a loser. donald trump thinks about losers and the fact that he's appealing to racist and i think ultimately, among the republican voters, that's going to catch up with him. >> richard, joe, happy thanksgivi thanksgiving. >> you too. >> coming up, president obama insists no credible terror threat to the homeland. on this busy weekend, warning of a dangerous lapse at america's airports specifically. later, the final days of the year packed with possible block busters, oscar contend werers a plops as well. we'll talk about the anticipated star wars and preview what else is in the theaters this holiday season.
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this is a look at the snow and very limited visibility from the state of montana. this is from the last 24 hours or so there in montana. bonnie joining me now. >> all the snow in montana is all moving to the east and now we're looking at blizzard conditions, the blizzard warning expired moments ago for montana. watch out. the snow is not over yet. it's not just snow we're also going to face ice. in fact, you seen a lot of snow as you mentioned in montana. that's where we saw white out conditions. as you look at what's going on here we can expect rain to snow working across parts of the midwest. nothing like what you just saw. this is not the type of travel weather you want to have on
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thanksgiving day. if you're driving from minneapolis there's an icy mix changing to snow. the ice is the big concern. those of you that drive regularly know you can drive in snow and rain and ice not so much. we'll be watching for that as well. lots of rain turns much windy and colder in chicago and here's the dividing line where you're going to see the cold air plunging down. the forecast tomorrow we're getting all the way up to 18 degrees in denver. notice the rain in chicago and the cold air coming in behind it and mild across the east. we'll be looking at warm temperatures in new york and washington in the 60s. what a contrast how cold it is in the west to how mild it is in new york. >> bonnie, thanks so much. the weather not the only thing that could effect your holiday travel today as travellers face a heightened police presence. an nbc news investigation reveals that the vast majority of airport employees in this country do not pass through a
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security checkpoint every day. here's nbcs tom castella. >> only miami and orlando airports screen every worker every day. surprisingly, the nation's airports decide for themselves whether to screen employees. airport police union says it's a dangerous security gap. they urge mandatory screening for employees at the biggest airports including tsa officers. homeland security called recently for fewer access points and more screening. security experts are warning against radicalized employee with access to airports and planes. >> that was nbc's tom castella. i'm joined now by kenneth. how does this happen? >> well, people are not being screened. the airport employees who are not being screened have all passed background checks and all
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got secure identification display area ideas. it's a photo i.d. and involves a background check through fingerprints and it's not a one time check, it's renewed every single year. >> you're saying they don't need to be screened? >> no, there's good argument for screening. just to give you an idea, there's hundreds of illegal drugs transported every year by aircraft and a lot of that is put on access. there is a real threat out there and law enforcement, the tsa are watching that and they are always monitoring for the behavior and always looking for employees to talk about people who have a problem at home and might be susceptible. >> do you think these employees should be screened every day? >> i think it would be a good idea but you got to look at the other side as well. >> what's the other side?
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>> the airports were not built for that kind of screening and the amount of time and money. who pays for that? the airline passengers end up paying for it and you have to look at that analysis. >> state department issued a world wide travel alert just this week. what specifically does that mean for the americans traveling abro abroad? >> they need to be as always individual levigilant about the. don't go to areas where you see protests. listen to the local news reports to see if something's going on in the country you're in. if you see a protest going on in the street, don't get involved. turn around and walk the other way. register with the state department's safe traveller enforcement program that allows the state department local embassies to know you're in country and if there's a problem they can reach out to you. also, there are a lot of companies out there that their employees or travel agents can subscribe to that allow you to
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be tracked outside the united states to your cell phone and get two way messaging. those are things people should do. use common sense. just like you're careful when you're walking through the streets that you don't want to be robbed. you don't want to be involved in an area. if you're in a public space, look for the entities. look for how you're going to get out. >> useful information there my friend. happy thanksgiving. >> up next, your guide to the box office this holiday season from the latest star wars film to the movies that are already creating oscar buzz. we have the highlights for you this morning.
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>> there it is. "star wars." one of the most anticipated films set to hit the big screen this holiday season. 2015 already on track to break records at the box office. another standout, the danish girl. oscar winner eddie redmayne playing a transgender woman during the 1920s in copenhagen. >> i think lily's thoughts. i dream her dreams. she was always there. >> i need my husband. i need to hold my husband. are you all right? >> senior editor of "in touch weekly" kim seraphin joins me to talk about holiday blockbusters, or potential flops, i guess. let's start with what looks like a guaranteed hit. eddie redmayne. oscar winner. >> oscar winner from last year, playing stephen hawking. obviously a guy who has a lot of buzz around him.
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and this movie, it opens in new york and l.a. this friday, and then it expands. this movie has oscar written all over it. of course, as you mentioned, transgender woman. there's been a lot of talk about transgender issues lately with caitlyn jenner, "transparent", the amazon series getting a lot of publicity. this is a fictionalized story of this transgender woman who was one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. this is from back in 1926. so this is a long time ago when the attitudes were very different. >> let's turn to a film at the other end of the spectrum. "star wars." is it possible that this film breaks avatar's record for highest grossing? >> a lot of people are saying it could. i mean, just think about the buzz leading up to this. i mean, that may be more fun than the actual film. all of the speculation about characters, about where is luke skywalker. that is the one question. we have not seen anything about luke skywalker. and everyone is wondering what is going on. it will be nice to see carrie fisher again and harrison ford
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again. the three of them back together, if we ever see luke skywalker. and then all of these new characters that we're being introduced to. but what's really funny is that there's a new chrome extension, you can download to block the spoilers. because some people want spoilers, some people don't want spoilers. >> when does this one come out? >> december -- it comes out december 18th. >> okay, december 18th, just in time for christmas. >> yes, yes. >> what are you looking forward to most this holiday season in terms of movies? >> i want to see "joy" with jennifer lawrence because she's reteaming with david o. russell where she won her oscar. he directed her in "silver linings playbook." >> they did another movie, didn't they? >> yes, but here's won she won her oscar for in "silver linings playbook." she plays the inventor of the miracle mop. jennifer lawrence is getting so much buzz. she has "hunger games" finale out right now. everyone loves jennifer lawrence. will smith in "concussion." >> this is another movie that
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seems to be quite timely. you mentioned the eddie redmayne movie. there's been so much talk about concussions in the nfl, in light of what happened, the announcement with regards to frank gifford. how might that help the buzz for "concussion" set to open on christmas day? >> exactly. it's not opening against "star wars." but there's already been so much buzz about this. and questions about what the nfl thinks about this movie. will smith has addressed this. everyone wants to see will smith. he's getting so much publicity already for portraying this pathologist who looked to get the nfl to talk about this issue with this neurological brain condition. but i think certainly this is going to amp up interest in this movie. already, it was getting a lot of buzz, and i think will smith could potentially get an oscar nomination for this. >> best movie for kids? >> probably -- you know, "peanuts" is out. "good dinosaur." with pixar, you can't go wrong with pixar. of course, "inside out" was
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already a big hit. but "the good dinosaur," the visuals are incredible in this. if you couldn't bring your 5-year-old to see jurassic park, this is a way to bring a little dinosaur in. >> "jurassic world" might be a little much for the 5-year-old. >> kim seraphin. usually on the left coast. good to see you on the right coast. >> thank you so much. >> happy thanksgiving. >> much more news ahead on msnbc on this thanksgiving, including live reports from across europe as french president francois hollande meets with russia's president vut ladimir putin in t a few hours. also, for the first time since the terror attacks in paris, we will be hearing from the california band that was performing at the theatre when those gunmen opened fire. you're watching msnbc live.
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good morning, and happy thanksgiving to you. november 26th. i'm craig melvin. coming up on this hour of msnbc live, new police dash cam videos this morning showing the moments before chicago police officers shot and killed a 17-year-old. this as protesters threaten to disrupt black friday in that city. holiday security. travelers facing long lines at security check points, and increased police presence at our nation's airports. here in new york city, security ramped up for one of the biggest celebrations of the year. we're just an hour away from the kickoff to the annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. so much to get to. but let's start in chicago. developing right now, demonstrators are calling for major new protests along the city's famed magnificent mile, as four new dash cam videos released in the shooting death of 17-year-old la quan mcdonald. this video obtained by wmaq appears to show mcdonald running in front of officer jason van
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dyke's car just 30 seconds before van dyke fired an entire magazine into that teenager last year. the officer is now charged with first-degree murder. he's being held without bail. and take a look at this. several demonstrators arrested after a second straight night of protests in chicago. small group of demonstrators you can see here trying to rip the lights from the bottom of the christmas tree at millennium park. let's go live to chicago and nbc's john yang, who's standing by. john, let's start with these new videos that were released, these four new videos. do they answer any of the outstanding questions? >> no, craig. i tell you, these videos which wmaq obtained through freedom of information act request really do pose more questions than answer questions. one big one, why aren't we hearing anything on these tapes? police commissioner gary mccarthy says that there should
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be audio on these dash cam tapes. they should automatically engage in a number of circumstances, including when the flashing lights are engaged. the fact that we don't have audio on these tapes, we don't know what the officers are saying to each other. we don't know the discussion among the officers. we don't know what they're yelling at la quan mcdonald. they don't know why there isn't any audio. and also, one question, another question is that the tape, the dash cam tape from the first cruiser on the scene only starts what we got, what wmaq got. only starts five minutes after the shooting. so the question is why. >> what more are protesters saying about their plans for black friday in the coming days? >> well, this really is a big deal tomorrow. this is on the stretch of michigan avenue known as the
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magnificent mile. a lot of high end shops. black friday will be a big day on that avenue. it's also something that the city really protects. this is an area where in previous protests, they have worked to keep marchers from reaching that area. they understand this is important to tourism for this city, and they really want to protect it. the reverend jesse jackson is behind this. he thinks this is going to hit the city where it lives. hit rahm emanuel, hit what he cares about is what jackson's thought is. in his press conference yesterday, he was saying he hopes this protest will result in a new police superintendent and a new prosecutor for cook county. and it's also been joined, this planned protest for tomorrow, by other opponents of mayor rahm emanuel, including the chicago teachers union.
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so this is something that i think is going to be a big showdown tomorrow. >> john yang for us in chicago. happy thanksgiving to you. >> you, too, thanks. french president francois hollande headed to moscow right now to meet with russia's president vladimir putin. that meeting part of hollande's push to build a strong coalition against isis. he already met with matteo renzi, who pledged his commitment to fighting isis. but hollande's mission could be derailed by the turkey shootdown of that russian war plane on tuesday. in response, president putin ordered more sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to be sent to syria to protect russia's planes. turkey and russia are still disputing whether the russian bomber actually violated turkish air space. turkey has released an audio recording of the warning, it says was given repeatedly to the russian bomber.
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nbc's joe fryer joins us live. what can we expect from presidents hollande and putin? >> reporter: russia has put out a statement, saying the purpose of the meeting is to discuss efforts to combat terrorism. for hollande, getting russia and the west on the same page is a challenge, especially after the russian plane was shot down by turkey. experts say the u.s. and france will have to work overtime to deescalate the situation between russia and turkey and get them into some sort of coalition. of course, when it comes to building that anti-isis coalition, the biggest disagreement between the west and russia is still over syrian president assad, who russia continues to support. before the plane was shot down, analysts said they were starting to see some signs of cooperation when it came to the situation in syria, but the events of this week have certainly complicated
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things. turkey and russia are still at odds over what actually happened in the skies near the syrian border. disagreeing on where the plane was actually flying and where the pilots were warned. turkey says the jet was warned ten times in five minutes. one of the pilots who was on the russian plane, the one who survived after he ejected and was later rescued, he is saying that the plane was never warned. so this is the tense backdrop as france's president heads to moscow a little later today, speaking at the white house earlier this week, hollande said he can work with putin if russia focuses its efforts, craig, on isis. >> joe fryer for us in london. joe, thank you. as the investigation surrounding the paris attack continues this morning, we're hearing more from the band that was performing inside the bataclan theatre when gunmen rushed in. the band's sound engineer describing the moments that he came face-to-face with one of the attackers. >> i can see the gunman, and he looked right at me, and he shot
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at me, and he missed. i think he thought i probably got hit because i went down so quickly, and everybody else around was injured, and there was blood all over. he stayed there and continued to shoot and shoot and slaughter and just scream at the top of his lungs allah akbar. and that's when i instantly knew what was going on. >> meanwhile, the international manhunt continues for these two fugitive suspects believed to be directly linked to the paris attacks. nbc's gabe gutierrez joins me from paris this morning. gabe, any idea where those guys are? >> reporter: hi there, craig. the short answer is no. both men are still on the run. belgian authorities issued that international arrest warrant for 30-year-old mohammed abrini. he was seen on surveillance video at a gas station two days before the attacks, with another suspected terrorist, abdeslam.
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both men are still on the run. abrini was also suspected of driving the same car that was used in the paris attacks. police consider them to be armed and dangerous at this point. craig? >> you mentioned brussels, gabe. we know that transportation is up and running again. is brussels still on a high terror alert? >> reporter: yes, brussels is still on a high terror alert. it's expected to remain that way into next week, the city is however, starting to get back to some version of normal. schools opened up yesterday. metro stations are starting to open up as well. but there are still many questions on whether belgian authorities and intelligence agencies could have done more to prevent these attacks, or at least to catch some of these suspects before the attacks even happened. the mayor of a suburb of brussels, which is known as a hot bed for radicalism, the mayor of that town says that a
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list was circulated several months before the attacks of people that had been radicalized. on that list were several of the paris attackers, including abbaoud. his name was stricken from the list, because he was believed to be in syria, but there are several other names on the list. the questions will continue about whether the intelligence agencies should have seen this coming. >> gabe, thank you. lots still to cover on this thanksgiving morning, starting with major security preps for the macy's thanksgiving day parade, set to step off in less than an hour from now. we are live along that 6th avenue parade route for you. but first, what are you thankful for this year? we'd love to hear from you. you can share with us on social media using #whyimthankful. we'll share some of those responses later in the broadcast.
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as we've been reporting, security ramped up for the macy's thanksgiving day parade. the annual tradition gets under way in a little less than an hour. a record 2,500 police officers will be stationed along that route, but city officials insist at this point, no known credible threat against the big apple. how are things looking so far? >> reporter: the crowd is building out here, craig. about 3.5 million. some say it could be the largest parade crowd ever. they're building here along this route. a lot of people came out really early to claim a very nice spot here at the front of the line, saying they are not afraid despite some concerns about security. those giant size balloons have been brought to life. >> happy thanksgiving!
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>> for the big parade that will be watched by millions of spectators and beefed up security. >> a very large contingent, thousands of officers, hundreds of our specially trained officers. >> safety, a top concern this thanksgiving. the nypd will be out in force with hundreds of specially trained officers who have been drilled and prepared for both active shooters and hostage takers. all part of 2,500 officers covering the parade in addition to the thousands of police already on duty throughout the city. at train stations and bus terminals. nationwide, security is also on heightened alert. nfl fans from dallas to green bay will see a greater police presence. but at jfk, one of the nation's busiest airports, homeland security reconsidering a possible weak point. airport workers not being required to pass through rigorous security check points.
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>> we're evaluating whether more is necessary right now. >> reporter: at the white house, president obama trying to reassure an anxious nation. >> we've taken extraordinary measures to strengthen our homeland security, and everything from aviation security to border security to information sharing. >> reporter: experts say there is no known credible threat to homeland from terrorists. still, law enforcement is on alert. >> if you see something that's unusual, it's really important to come forward. don't be shy about telling law enforcement about what you've seen. >> reporter: that is the watch word. if you see something, say something. the commissioner of police here in new york city bill bratton says he feels so confident about security he has flown his grandchildren in from california to watch the parade with him. but what you cannot bring to this parade, craig, are backpacks or large coolers. you have to know that's out of concern out of what happened at not a parade route, but the marathon route in the boston
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marathon a couple years ago, where a tragedy occurred. so no backpacks are allowed here. i have to tell you, this crowd is really ready for the parade. people have come from all over the country. and for a lot of people here, i found out, it's their very first time, despite what happened in paris, people said they had to come out here and live their lives. craig? >> always good to see you, my friend. thank you. coming up, buyer beware. if that deal you're going after, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. we'll explain. also, some holiday travel tips you don't want to miss, including the best and the worst times to travel throughout the holiday season. but first, a look at pope francis during the start of his very first trip to africa, spreading a message of peace, addressing leaders of different faiths in nairobi. his five-day visit will include stops in uganda and the central african republic.
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♪ millions of americans are planning to shop this black friday. or even today with more and more retailers opening on thanksgiving this year. analysts say half of consumers plan to shop today with 40% of them saying they'll leave the dinner table to go to a store. some of the places opening later include wal-mart, target, macy's, jcpenney as well. this year, though, there's a warning about one of the best-selling items on black friday. flat screen televisions. turns out that amazing deal may just be too good to be true. nbc's olivia sterns explains why. >> reporter: jarvis johnson has been camping out in front of best buy for days, just to be first to grab that flat screen tv for a deep discount. >> the tvs get bigger and bigger
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and the prices get lower and lower. >> reporter: most shoppers focus on the sale price, it's the product they need to keep an eye on. slashed prices can come at a cost. many brands make lower quality versions of their most popular models. they might look the same, but they have fewer features and some are made with cheaper parts. they're called derivative tvs. limited edition models that go on sale for one day only. black friday. >> they may have a lesser feature. maybe it has one less hdmi import. >> reporter: with prices set so slow, they fly off the shelves, makes it hard for places like consumer reports to check them out. >> it's hard to tell if it's really a great deal or not. >> reporter: the biggest problem, lower performance and reliability. how do you know if you're getting a deal or a dud? go online, research the model number. if only black friday ads pop up, it's probably a derivative.
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>> keep in mind what you want to buy before you go out and shop. before you get online. look at the models that you're interested in and watch the prices. >> analysts say you can actually get the best prices on flat screens around the super bowl, you know, early february. you can also hit them in early march when stores are trying to unload previous year's models. from planning your strategy at the stores to navigating the roads, earlier we reported almost 47 million people traveling for thanksgiving this year. it's going to be a little tougher with extra screening measures mixed in with some severe weather in parts of the country as well. joining me now to talk more about the best and worst times to head out, courtney scott, travel expert with expedia. already past 8:00 a.m., coming up on 8:30 here on the east coast. folks who might be trying to hit the roads today, what's the best time? what's the worst time to be on the roads? >> today is kind of the day when traffic is going to be high all day long. so it's not so much a question
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of when you're supposed to travel, but what tools you can use to find the best route. for example, ways. >> i love ways. >> it's a little bit more expensive than google maps. but it shows you traffic accidents and other delays that might slip you up on the road. >> and the icons can be a little cartoonish at times, but i do find that the app itself is very useful. >> exactly, yep. >> best time to come home, if you're planning on staying the weekend. maybe you're driving to see grandma or grandpa. you're coming back on sunday. when should i leave? >> sunday is the big travel day on the return end of the holiday. i actually recommend extending your holiday a couple of days, tacking on a day monday or tuesday. you'll see less crowds at the airport. less traffic on the roads. >> so if you leave on monday, you can leave any time? >> and more time with the family. >> gas prices, lowest that they've been in roughly seven years. do we expect that's going to mean markedly more people on the roads, or will we not be able to
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tell? >> we are expecting some of the largest crowds on the roads in decades. so we anticipate the same thing at the airport, and we are advising everyone to get to the airport at least two hours in advance for domestic flights, three hours in advance for international flights. >> two hours. even for domestic flights? >> not only that. tsa is putting additional security measures in place, and parking garages are going to be filling up. so it just gives you that extra comfort at the airport and you're not going to miss that flight. >> courtney scott, expedia. happy thanksgiving. >> presidential candidates are taking a break, but if you look at a swing state, no break for you. a fresh round of ad spending could keep those candidates front and center. we'll explain that. also, time for some turkey talk. we will check in at butterball headquarters, helping confused cooks since 1981.
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pointed to something interesting that's going to happen over the next few weeks. as americans check out for the holidays, they're going to be focused less and less on the news and more and more on their families. really the only way that they're going to experience the presidential campaign is through these television commercials. so that really benefits the candidates that can afford right now to spend the kind of money it takes to run ads during college football games, during all the shows that people are going to be watching. now, that would seem to benefit the people like hillary clinton, marco rubio just began an ad that is going to cost about $20 million and go through february, so it's going to raise the visibility of a lot of these people. trump will be one that will be interesting to watch because he has always been pretty averse to advertising, even in his business career, he's been more about building up the trump brand through word of mouth and outrageousness and the perception of that.
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so i don't think he's somebody who's ever been very comfortable with spending the kind of money it takes to advertise. >> there had been some speculation that after the attacks in paris, the so-called outsider candidates might fade. with those who have had some experience either in politics, or foreign policy experience at least. we do see ben carson slipping in the latest iowa poll. but not so for the donald. why not? >> i think it's all about attitude. donald trump has never been a candidate of ideas, of ideology. he's been a candidate who people flock to because they like how he talks. they like that he sounds tough and that he says provocative and outrageous things and offensive things, frankly. so if you want somebody who you think projects strength, donald trump would be that guy for about a quarter of the republican electorate. >> we've got new york city mayor bill de blasio, who is addressing reporters here ahead of the parade.
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let's listen in. >> we are ready here today. and i have to tell you, the people of this city are voting with their feet. we're going to see millions of people here today, meaning they are feeling safe and secure. they want to participate in this incredible event. and we all know that what terrorists try and do is intimidate. people in new york city are not intimidated. you can see it here today. they're coming out in droves to celebrate everything about this city and country today and nypd is doing an incredible job of keeping people safe. any questions? [ inaudible question ] oh, i am first of all thankful for this beautiful day. it's a blessing. and the fact that this is a day when people really get together and appreciate their families and talk about their lives in a really positive way. but i'm also appreciative today for nypd and the way they keep us safe. 14 years since 9/11, nypd has succeeded in keeping this city safe and preventing another attack. that speaks volumes.
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>> talk about the meetings you've had with the nypd following the attacks. i'm sure the first thing you guys thought of. >> it was. we immediately looked at what happened in paris. we are already authorized back in june. 500-plus officers who are full-time anti-terror highly trained, highly armed, ready for any eventuality. what's great about this city, the way we work with our federal partners like the fbi, we've been able to stay ahead of these situations. but if there's ever a need to respond quickly, we now have the force to do it. >> biggest lesson? >> it's a tie between snoopy and underdog. a generational comment. those are the two heroes of my youth. i learned a lot from underdog.
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>> we think it's going to be the biggest crowd ever. we really do. the parade gets better every year. and people are excited. part of the weather is going to help. >> new york city mayor bill de blasio taking questions from reporters ahead of the annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. some three million people expected here in the city. the mayor reiterating essentially what he's said just over 12 hours ago that the city is prepared. there is no credible specific threat. looking forward to the parade. predicted that it would be the biggest parade ever. likely due in no small part that the weather here in new york city pretty fantastic compared to what we're usually looking at this time of year. turning back to politics, though, right now, i want to bring in political analyst and contributing writer for "essence
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magazine." also robert trainham, a senior adviser for george w. bush's re-election campaign. served as rick santorum's communications director. we'll pick up where we left with donald trump. there had been this idea that perhaps the donald would have faded by now. that has not happened. in fact, he continues to surge. why? >> i think because he resonates. what he's saying, his rhetoric. he speaks from the heart. he sounds a lot to me like a rush limbaugh radio caller who says everything is terrible and everybody who is in power is stupid and awful. he says the things that the base wants to hear. that doesn't mean that he's going to win the nomination because he has a certain percentage of the base that's held strong all throughout the summer and leading into the fall. so he has a certain amount of support, but i don't know if he's reached his ceiling. i think he's essentially gaffe-proof. i really want us to point out
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he's not really saying anything of substance at this point. >> robert, i want to talk to you about someone that very few people seem to be talk about these days. rick santorum pinning his hopes on winning iowa, just like he did in 2012. your former boss. that's why we're talking about him with you. do you really see that happening this time? do you caessee santorum even competing in iowa? why has he not gone after donald trump more aggressively? >> well, good morning, and happy thanksgiving to you, craig. two things. you're absolutely correct. rick santorum did win iowa. remember, it's 99 counties. a lot of e advantage gva evange. those are people that resonate to that type of a message, if you will. the reason why i don't think he's doing much better is because he simply doesn't have the money he did in 2012. and the field is much more crowded now. and there are some new models on the showroom floor. donald trump, ben carson, and so
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forth. lastly, the reason why donald trump has not been attacked by rick santorum, i don't think it's in rick santorum's interest to do so. he's probably looking back and saying look, my peers on the presidential stage, jeb bush, john kasich, go on down the list, have also attacked donald trump, much to their prevail. donald trump is really stoking people's fears right now. you can't discount that because he's still very much a teflon candidate that's resonating with a lot of people. probably not just republican voters, but some voters that are just so frustrated and so angry and they feel as though the washington insider candidate is not listening to them. and just as importantly, is not fighting for them. >> let's talk about one of the insider candidates. jeb bush still in single digits in virtually every poll. the next republican debate i believe is december 15th. if he has another lackluster
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performance december 15th, is his campaign done? or does he have the money and the infrastructure in place to no matter what continue on through february? >> i think that the money that jeb bush has at this point allows him to go into february into the primaries and caucuses. but i think his campaign is definitely in trouble and it has been since the first debate. every single debate, he stands up on a stage with a slew of candidates, including donald trump, and he looks smaller and smaller and smaller. and he just doesn't look ready for primetime. i think that the problem is that his message is just not one that is right for this particular primary electorate, which is, like robert said, really fed up with the establishment, anti-government. everything anti-establishment. and that's what trump represents. but again, trump is -- he's tweeting conspiracy theories and white supremacist propaganda. he's doing things that if anybody else did it, it would be disqualifying. but for some reason, he just seems to be right at 25% to 30%
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around there. >> his audience has seem to come to expect it and enjoy it. happy thanksgiving to you. now we talk turkey. it is a holiday staple, of course. the butterball turkey hotline, saving thanksgiving cooks for almost 35 years now. if you have a simple question about your bird, or even if you find yourself in a full blown turkey emergency, you can call, you can tweet now, or you can even ask a question the old fashioned way. butterball's website. it's not really old fashioned. here's a quick look at some of the more memorable calls. >> i'm like, what are you doing in the hallway closet? >> i put my turkey in a snow bank last night, because actually, it could be a great place to thaw it. >> breathe. we're going to get through this. >> it snowed 12 inches. she calls us the next day and says i can't find my turkey. >> so we decided to call into the butter ball hotline ourselves on this thanksgiving.
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there's nicole johnson, the butter ball talk line co-director. you look pretty young to be the co-director of the turkey hotline. how many turkeys have you cooked? >> i started the talk line 2001, and a lot has changed for me. married, four little butter balls of your own. i have cooked a lot of turkeys, craig. >> so tell us, if i need to call, who answers? do we get professional chefs? do we get grandmas? who do we get? >> we have a really nice group of people. we have over 50 men and women answering the phone calls. like you said, that's not the only way you can reach us. 1-800-butterball is a way you can reach us. we have facebook, live chats. visit our butterball.com website. throw us a picture or a recipe of a thanksgiving pass. it's all about tradition. it's all about bringing the past to the present. and that's why we're here. if you need help, if you need some hints that we're just here, we can walk you through anything. just reach outtous. >> what's the most popular
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question? >> number one question we get year after year, how do i go about thawing my turkey. we've heard the electric blanket. we've heard the dishwasher cycle. we get the phone call. the dad had to multi-task. he was going to bathe his toddler twins. he decided to throw that turkey in alongside the bathtub. he was going to throw out the turkey, bathe his twins all in one shot. we have heard it all. >> so i'm frying my turkey. i fry the turkey every year. >> delicious. >> yes, yes. and i always forget -- you would think by now i would have written it down. how long do i fry per pound? >> it's about three and a half to four minutes per pound. it's definitely a faster method and it is quite delicious. i agree with you. >> and internal temperature. what do we recommend for turkey? >> good question. 180 thigh, 175 breast. >> do you enjoy the stuffing? require personally am. personal preference. a lot of people stuff the turkey, put the stuffing inside the turkey. a lot of people will cook it alongside in a casserole dish.
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>> isn't it true that if you're stuffing the turkey, there's a greater chance that the stuffing isn't cooked thoroughly? >> just use your meat thermometer. you insert it right in the center of the stuffing. when it registered 165, your turkey is done. >> what's the wbusiest time of day? when are people cooking these turkeys? >> you know, right now. we're open today 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. central standard time. we are already very busy right now talking turkey. >> i may give you a call later as well. nicole johnson, thank you so much. do appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. eastern for the butterball turkey talk line. they seem like friendly people there. coming up, a stunning revelation about the late frank gifford. his family confirming that the former nfl player showed signs of a brain disease. word of this coming after another week of nfl controversy. the league under scrutiny for injury protocols after that hard hit sunday between the rams and
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we now know that nfl hall of famer and sports broadcaster frank gifford, who died in august, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a concussion related brain disease. the family released this statement, reading in part, "we decided to disclose our loved one's condition to honor frank's legacy of promoting player safety. dating back to his involvement in the formation of the nfl players association in the 1950s." i'm joined now by marvin washington, who spent a decade in the league. steven miles, a professor at the university of minnesota center for bioethics is also with me. marvin, let me start with you. just your general reaction to the news about frank gifford having cte.
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>> well, it surprised me with the name, but the recent study that came out out of boston, that 97% of players that were tested had cte. cte is the nfl's industrial disease, so it doesn't surprise me. but i'm happy that his family decided to make it public, so it will bring more awareness and bring this issue into the mainstream instead of just sports oriented media platforms. >> marvin, as you know, this is a disease that can only be diagnosed -- not so much diagnosed, but it can only be determined that you have it upon your death, by looking at someone's brain. when you die, marvin washington, do you think the doctors will find that you also had cte? >> well, i was talking to an ex-teammate yesterday, and he says we probably all have it to some degree. but i'm doing okay right now. i played football in the nfl for 11 years in the trenches, so
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more than likely. but this postmortem diagnosis, i think in the very near future, we're going to have living recipients that we're going to be able to diagnose it. boston university is also looking at that. so it's going to come very soon. >> dr. miles, let me bring you into the conversation. you correct me if i'm wrong. my understanding is that there really is no way to prevent cte other than not playing football. >> well, essentially, the league has not developed a way to prevent cte. and if we look at the events in last week's rams game, we see something where there were, you know, a dozen cameras, a dozen coaches, and we simply had not only a failure of concussion management, but compassion management. and another injury was sustained. >> you have joined another doctor there in minnesota, and you've made a unique request.
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tell our viewers about it. suggestions. >> right. i think it's time for us to pull football out of public schools. public school football is only about a third of the football in the united states. schools create unique peer pressures on kids, which divert them into play. and i think that if we moved football out of the schools, into things like pop warner league, we could rebuild the sport, as happened with boxing, college boxing in the 1960s. and then bring it back in when we have concussion management and when we have concussion prevention programs in place. but right now, there's no reason for us to make brain injury a part of the public school curriculum. >> taking football outside of high schools, marvin washington. i think you and i both know that is not something that's going to go over very well in just about any community in this country.
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>> i'm down here in texas. as they say, there's two sports in texas. football and spring football. i do think there's needs to be more concussion protocol and there should be a certain age that these kids put on helmetsihelmets i because their brains are still developing. you're going to make the game safer through science. it's not going to come through equipment because a helmet is not going to stop a concussion. there's a company which i'm the spokesman for, we're one of the companies that is doing research on the therapeutic side of cte, and trying to find treatment and the cure for so many players, ex-players that need it. >> marvin, do you have a son? do you have sons? >> yes, i do. my youngest son plays basketball. my oldest son, he played at lsu and now he's up in the cfl with the ottawa redbacks. but he's on a cbd treatment program that i wish to get all players on, because as i said,
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there's no equipment that's going to stop concussions, to make this game safer, it's got to come through science. >> former nfl star marvin washington. professor steven miles. i wish we had more time. this is a conversation we'll continue to have here. i hope you'll come back and join me. >> happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving to both of you. up next on this turkey day, a look at the special days ahead that we've come to know as black friday, small business saturday, cyber monday, and my favorite, relative newcomer, giving tuesday. we'll talk about that initiative and the salvation army's role in it, which is celebrating 125 years of the famous red kettle. they're also launching a new campaign to usher in the season of giving. those details next. mom. the twins. aunt alice... you didn't tell me aunt alice was coming. of course. don't forget grandpa. can the test drive be over now? maybe just head back to the dealership? don't you want to meet my family?
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kettles. this holiday season, the salvation army celebrating the 125th anniversary of that campaign. and to celebrate that, they're asking people to share their reasons for giving wi with #redkettlereason. it's the sponsor of our red tuesday giving coverage. i'm joined by the national community relations and development secretary for the salvation army. ron, good to see you, my friend. happy thanksgiving, first of all. >> happy thanksgiving to you, craig. it's great to be with you this morning. >> why the hash tag campaign now? why launch this red kettle reason campaign? >> we did it last year, and we really felt like people wanted to share why they give to the salvation army. why they feel like they want to drop that money in the kettle. we weren't exactly sure how it was going to go. 66,000 people shared a red kettle reason. and we all have those reasons.
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my guess is when you walk through rockefeller center on a daily basis, you see those red kettles out there and hopefully you've dropped some money in there from time to time. there's a reason you give to the salvation army. and so we just wanted to give people a platform for doing that. >> people -- a lot of folks sharing those stories, using hash tags. jeb bush, republican presidential candidate, he posted this on social media. >> yes. >> red kettle reason. you can see it right there. i give to follow christ. what are some of the other stories that you have read that have impacted you on a personal level? >> i think when we see people like nick cannon, who gives because he wants his children to understand the importance of giving. i'm in dallas today, but yesterday i was with the jones family and they talk about the importance of making sure every child has a christmas gift on sunday morning. and so those are some of the
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reasons that people give, and they do the red kettle reason. my red kettle reason this year is just simply very simple. because grace is to be shared. >> amen. >> and grace is that unmerited love that god has for us, and that we have for each other. and if we love each other, we ought to help each other. and the wonderful thing about the salvation army at christmas is that we have so many opportunities for you to help. i mean, beyond just dropping the kettle. there are wonderful opportunities to help those who are less fortunate and to show that you love them. and that's what grace is about. >> faith in action. lieutenant colonel, a perfect way to end this hour on thanksgiving day. good to see you, my friend. happy thanksgiving to you. >> thank you very much. >> and a big thanks to the salvation army. you guys have been doing god's work for a very long time. >> thank you very much. god bless you. >> we should note that the
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salvation army and the aforementioned nick cannon will be on hand to announce the winner of the red kettle reason contest on nbc's "today" show during the week of december 7th. happy thanksgiving to you. so much ahead here on msnbc live. i'm going to head out and fry my turkey, but francis rivera will pick up coverage after this. french president francois hollande making his pitch for more support in the fight against isis. meeting with russia's president vladimir putin. heightened holiday security here in this country. longer lines. increased police presence at our nation's airports. and all of this as thewest braces for snow, braces ice. an update on the thanksgiving forecast and pockets of weather to look out for in your travels. next. (exec 1) well, directv beat us in customer satisfaction
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president francois hollande in moscow meeting with vladimir putin. will russia help wage war against isis in the wake of the attacks on paris? and then another night of protests in the streets of chicago. the call now being made by city leaders after the release of more videos showing the death of a teenager. and also, securing a holiday tradition, a look at the extra precautions in place at this year's macy's thanksgiving day parade. we want to start this morning with the thanksgiving day parade. millions of americans are celebrating this holiday, especially here in new york with the parade under way. let's get to nbc's rahima ellis, who is along the parade route. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, francis. happy thanksgiving to you also. we've got a lot of people who have come out to watch this parade because the weather is so nice, they're expecting a record crowd. something like 3.5 million people to line the 2.5-mile parade route today.
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also on this parade route will be lots of security. authorities say there are going to be something like 2,500 officers who are specifically assigned to cover this route. in addition, we should tell you there are another 200 officers with a command response unit, specifically trained to handle really difficult situations, such as active shooters and hostage takers. they want to make certain that they are in place and ready for anything that could possibly happen. in addition to the officer assigned to the specific parade route, there's something like of the city's 35,000 officers, i suspect a lot of them are working today. you can see them in uniform and places all throughout the city. but the city's police commissioner tells us there are a lot of officers out there who you cannot tell are officers because they're in plain clothes, but there are also k9 units here as well to make sure everybody enjoys this thanksgiving day parade. francis? >> all right.
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talk to us a little bit about the sentiment of the people out there. a lot of smiles. a lot of celebration going on. what are some of the people saying as if they hesitated in thinking they should come out? >> it's funny you should ask that question, because i asked that to a bunch of people out here, and first of all, i asked them if they were new comers to the parade. anybody here for the first time? look at that. this is in spite of what happened in paris. was anybody -- well, obviously not afraid because you're here. are you afraid? >> no! >> reporter: not only are they not afraid, they are very loud about not being afraid. folks have said to me they believe it's important that they live their lives, and coming out to this parade today is a real clear man fiifestation that the plan to get on with living. >> certainly seeing that. thank you very much. from the people there, not too much anxiety. not too much fear, especially with the heightened alert that
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we're seeing in this country and globally in light of the paris attacks. the president yesterday spoke and addressed the public as far as easing any kind of fears that everybody should be okay. he was flanked by members of his national security team. here's what he had to say. >> right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland. so as americans travel this weekend to be with their loved ones, i want them to know that our counterterrorism, intelligence, homeland security, and law enforcement professionals at every level are working overtime. they're constantly working to protect all of us. >> i want to bring in now tom blank. he is the former head of tsa security policy and now the executive vice president working in the homeland security and technology arenas. tom, happy thanksgiving to you, and we heard from the president yesterday, reassuring the public there is no specific nor credible threat out there.
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do you think he said enough to ease the nerves? >> i think what he said is correct, but often we have a tightened security situation that requires vigilance, requires additional measures to be taken. simply because of what's been reported in the news. we have people traveling on false passports into western countries. acts of violence, as we saw in france. we have airport security being penetrated in the middle east with the bringing down of a russian airliner. and so we've seen that it's necessary, even without the specific threat to take additional steps at our airports, across the transportation system, and i think in particular, it was important that the president announced that there is an expanded sharing of intelligence between western european countries with regard to a passenger backgrounds, travel
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records, and that sort of thing. so that we can do more risk assessment so that we know people who know more about them as they enter the aviation system. >> well, it's interesting. that is your area of expertise, being one of the founding fathers, so to speak, of the tsa baggage policy that was instituted back in 2002. so when you have so many millions of americans traveling, a lot of them it seems like went very smoothly yesterday and today in enjoying the start of the holiday season. but what do you see out there when it comes to policies and tsa at airports and screening, given your background? >> well, i think the whole process needs to continue to evolve. for instance, i think we need to pay more attention to the insider threat. the insider threat at an airport would be people such as baggage handlers, fuelers, people that bring catering to aircraft, people that work on the ramp.
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while these people are background checked, we don't have a close enough look at them when they arrive at work. because they do not come through the screening check point. so the insider threat is something that i think needs to be tightened up. we saw earlier this year where insiders have smuggled fire arms from atlanta to new york. so i think that's one problem. i think we also constantly need to be vigilant about detecting explosives that are hidden on a person's body when they come through the check point. that's the advanced imaging technology. and so forth. i think that needs to be made better in terms of its capabilities so that we can thwart an explosive from getting onboard an aircraft. >> all right. something to think about, as millions of americans will be traveling home after they enjoy their turkey. tom blank, thank you very much for the perspective on this thanksgiving. appreciate your being with us on a holiday. >> thanks, francis. happy thanksgiving to you. >> and to you. i want to bring you now new developments overseas, fast-moving developments in
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light of the paris attacks, and finding out the suspects who are still out there, the all-out manhunt continues for the men believed to be directly linked to the massacre. nearly two weeks of searches have been unable to produce abdesalaam. the hope is to bring russia onboard to the international coalition fighting against isis. but those efforts will have to overcome rising attentions between nay co and turkey. turkey says it violated their air space. nbc's gabe gutierrez joins us now in paris this morning, and in light of this meeting that is coming up, talk a little bit about what the outcome is, especially with the goals of president hollande and vladimir putin seemingly different. >> reporter: hey there, francis. many analysts expect that there
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won't be much of a shift in policy here. many people are skeptical that this meeting will bring about much change, but it has been a very busy week for francois hollande, meeting with president obama on tuesday. then yesterday, meeting with german chancellor angela merkel. this morning, meeting with the italian prime minister, and now heading to moscow, where he'll meet with president putin shortly. joint news conference is expected around 11:30 eastern time. president holland is trying to build that stronger international coalition to fight isis. but it will be difficult. the u.s. wants russia to focus more on isis and instead of helping prop up the assad government. complicating matters was turkey shooting down that russian plane earlier this week. and president hollande said yesterday that western powers must do everything they can to deescalate that situation. so it could be a very difficult meeting today, francis. >> certainly we will be
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watching, as will you when that happens. 11:30 our time is when they're also expected to speak. gabe gutierrez reporting for us in paris. thank you very much. i want to bring you more analysis on beefed up security here in the united states, and here is jim cavanaugh, he joins me. he is msnbc's law enforcement analyst and also required atf special agent in charge. thanks for being with me on this thanksgiving. i want to ask you, when president obama says that military intelligence and law enforcement officials are working overtime this thanksgiving, we've certainly seen it, especially along the parade route here in new york city. airports as well. but what does it not look like? what are we not seeing? >> what we're not seeing is the national counterterrorism center. the fbi strategic intelligence operation center. the pentagon command centers. the military commands around the world. all the federal agencies. the state police fusion centers that we have around the country. the joint terrorism task forces.
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everybody spun up. satellites, specific taskings on dashes, locations, pulling out those tidbits of information that can help law enforcement intelligence, military interrupt the plot. so while that's happening, it's going on, it's not thanksgiving in the caliphate. it's just another day for them to plot, and so our professional people are on their game. new york is first rate in what they're doing. the ability to put a lot of officers with long rifles and that kind of equipment on an attack is a critical, critical event. we all learned it after mumbai, and everybody should take note. >> it's interesting you bring up that point, that when it comes to these terrorists, it is certainly not a holiday for them, but when it comes to us, especially here in the homeland, we got the parade going on right now. we've got the lighting of the rockefeller center christmas tree, too. times square for new year's eve.
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once the holiday season ends, how will counterterrorism efforts change, especially given this post-paris era? >> well, it's going to change in a few ways. one is the biggest change is the realization of american citizens and people across europe, of the tactics that terrorists use. we watched this in the business when it happened in mumbai. and we all talked about it and practiced for it and were alert to it. but the citizens were not so involved in that realization. we saw it happen at the kenyan mall. but now, it's in everybody's face. and so that really helps law enforcement to leverage the ability to deal with it, because everybody sees how it can unfold. the second thing, though, is game-changing attack on the russian airline. you know, we have not seen very many airliners taken out of the sky by terrorists. we have lockerbie. certainly we have 9/11. and we have a few attempts. the underwear bomber.
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the busted bojenka plot in the pacific. but when they took this airliner out of the sky with a bomb, that is a real game-changer. so we're going to have to see tighter security worldwide on aviation. special attention to explosives and people are going to have to be patient with that. we really are going to have to up our game there, because they are going to press that forward. that is a huge success for daesh. >> we've heard that a lot. a game-changer when coiit comes downing that russian airliner. thank you for the perspective, jim cavanaugh, msnbc's law enforcement analyst and retired atf special agent in charge. happy thanksgiving. >> thank you. the balloons are up, the table is set, but how about mother nature? will she play nice? we'll have a look at your thanksgiving day forecast. plus, for many, it is one trip down, one to go. if you haven't booked your christmas travel yet, you may want to stick around. we'll help you find the best
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we want to bring you breaking news out of belgium. officials are investigating a white powder delivered to the grand mosque in brussels. keir simmons joins me on the phone. the city is at the highest threat level in light of the paris attacks and a manhunt for the suspects. >> reporter: that's right. and this, on the other hand, appears to be a threat to the grand mosque.
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we obviously don't know where that threat has come from or how substantial that threat is. we are being told by a spokesperson, seven people would be contaminated here, though they were not showing any signs of contamination. i'm outside the grand mosque, and there are -- when i count, ten emergency vehicles here, including fire crews. two of the units here, one has decontamination written on the side. the other, it has explosives. the search for explosives, and the dismantling of explosives. that's a rough translation of what another unit has written on the side of it. a kind of emergency units that have rushed to the grand mosque. it is the most important mosque in brussels. it is now cordoned off. and a fair deal of media outside
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waiting to find out whether this was, if you like, a hoax. though it's clearly scared people. or whether there is a genuine threat here. >> we know the fire brigade has told nbc news they have activate wh ed what they call their anthrax alert. was it several envelopes in several places inside the mosque where that was found? >> reporter: we don't know at this stage that kind of detail. the fact of getting white powder in envelopes will set off an emergency no matter what that white pourwder that is. we know from experience that these things can turn out to be nothing. or they can turn out to be anthrax, and clearly, that is one of the things that is worrying the authorities here. but it will be the very early stages. it's pretty plain that at the moment, they don't know what they're dealing with. but when you don't know what you're dealing with, you act like it could be something threatening until you know otherwise.
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>> certainly that's the case any other time, but even more so now in light of the paris attacks, in light of the manhunt there in belgium, and especially brussels, where we've seen much of the country and the city going back to normal with schools opening, trains and metro systems opening, but yet that still heightened alert. >> reporter: that's right. and they are still searching for a number of suspects in different parts of the city. there was an operation a little earlier today in which they appeared to carry out some kind of a raid. it didn't seem to come to anything. they continued to hundrt for a number of people. at the same time, now they are letting people go back to work on the subway. they have reopened the schools. i think what they are hoping is that this intense operation -- i mean, in belgium and france, you've seen more than a thousand
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raids. disrupting the terror cell that they think may be operating, perhaps in brussels, perhaps in another part of belgium or france, they will be hoping that that terror cell is being put on the back foot by the numbers of raids and arrests, even if they haven't actually been able to apprehend the specific suspects, which they are openly saying they are looking for. >> our keir simmons reporting for us, as several envelopes containing white powder were found inside the grand mosque in brussels today. we'll check back in with you in a little bit as we try to gather more information. keir simmons, thank you. i want to turn now on this thanksgiving day to the weather, especially since much of the country could face some dangerous weather, or while some places could get a mix of rain, snow, and ice. others are preparing for major flooding. msnbc's bonny schneider is tracking the storms. on this day, a lot of people should be staying at home. there are still people trying to travel to get there to celebrate. how bad are things going to get? >> right now, we have snow in
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minneapolis. it's likely to get a little bit worse. but look at this. this is all part of the ice storm that's on the way. over interstate 70, just further to the west of kansas city, we're looking at that ice into omaha as well. if you're driving on i-35, this is where it can get treacherous. we're expecting changing conditions. going from an icy mix to snow as that cold air comes in behind it. also for i-30 in dallas, heavy rain today. certainly warm enough that we won't deal with snow. but in the panhandle of texas, we're likely to deal with ice. chicago, just rain. but it will turn windy and colder into the overnight. so look at the forecast for tomorrow. you can see temperatures climbing only to 29 degrees in minneapolis. this is all that cold air coming in behind it. and all this warm air further off to the south and to the east. that's why we're so mild in new york city. it's going to stay nice for tomorrow. 62 degrees. but right here on this boundary, this is where we're watching. unfortunately for the threat for ice. and as we look at that, we're also going to take you into sunday. that's one of the busiest travel days of the year. the big threat through sunday
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will be heavy rain, and this includes dallas into little rock, oklahoma city through texas, and it's interesting, we're going to get more rain kind of on top of the system that's coming through right now. so keep your heads up if you're traveling in texas, oklahoma, or parts of the mid south. drenching rains and even localized flooding is possible. we've already had a lot of rain in this area. so more to come is likely to cause some flooding. be careful out there for travel for thanksgiving and again for sunday. but we'll talk more about that. we also have some changes in the forecast for friday and saturday, too. francis? >> you know it's tough going in oklahoma city. it's 34 degrees. msnbc's bonnie schneider, we'll check back with you later. thank you. most people have a good sense of how to score a good deal this black friday, and also cyber monday, but what about good deals when it comes to not buying stuff, but travel? i'm joined now by courtney scott, a travel expert for expedia. a lot of people are out there, they're searching the internet. where is the best place to start? >> first of all to, get the best
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intel on cyber monday, black friday travel deals, head to twitter. many brands have already launched details about the sale start time, the discounts, and even sneak some of the destinations that will be featured in the sale. really best place to gather intel. >> when you find that deal, you've got to get a move on it. i have a tendency to go hmm, maybe i'll find something better. >> that's what many people do. last year, expedia cyber monday deals sold out in nine minutes. this year, they're starting later in the day, about 9:00 a.m. pacific time. many sales start at 7:00 a.m. or even earlier. it's really important. set an alarm. have a strong internet connection. and also have a game plan. target the destinations and hotels that you want the deals. >> you're also saying embrace the apps, too. >> sales are not only launching online, but also in mobile apps. expedia sale is launching exclusively on the app, so starting tomorrow, 75% off select hotels on the app, and on
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cyber monday, 90% off every hour, a select group of hotels and destinations like austin, new york city, l.a. >> a lot of people are saying i'm just looking for airfare, but you should actually go and look out for an entire package. sometimes that may be really helpful in saving money. >> it's a really easy way to save throughout the holiday season. bundling your flight, hotel. a car rental can save up to 25%. some of the best holiday values include las vegas. we're look at about a $300 savings. mexico city, a hot spot for the holidays, both thanksgiving and christmas, and also a great value. playa delcarmen. about 900 to $1,000 in savings. dominican republic, and of course, orlando, florida. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving to you. what would thanksgiving be without all those big balloons? have you ever wondered what it takes to pull off the
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high-flying feat? i'll bring you my conversation with the woman who orchestrates the macy's parade. that's next. we've been showing our viewers reasons for being thankful this thanksgiving. this person says beagles and instagram. so we're asking you to share using #whyimthankful. we'll be right back.
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the other half is making sure that we have the safest parade possible. and we work with local state and federal authorities and we take our cues from them. we're the experts at making balloons and floats and they're the experts on safety, so we listen to their cues, of course. >> when it comes to plans in making the balloons and floats, did you have to change anything? >> no, not at all. we've been working on this parade for about 14 months and we've got a long-range forecast for the parade. we're currently working on the 90th. we've got our eyes on 2026, the 100th. it's rarely about the last few days, although we certainly have a lot to do leading up to the parade. but it's a year-long effort, and bui building, designing and fabricating the balloons and floats, it takes a very long time. but nothing has changed in that matter at all. >> it's interesting when you look back at the history of the parade, every year, the parade is there. in world war ii, the parade had to be canceled.
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what goes into considering whether the parade should be canceled or whether something should be changed? >> like you said, for their 89-year history, we've only canceled three times and that was due to the war effort. we donated the rub foreign minister -- the rubber from the balloons to the war effort. people can march in any weather. the balloons will fly at different heights depending on what winds we're working with, but cheerleaders cheer, band members play, singers will perform no matter what. we'll go down the parade route and we will entertain as we have been doing for 89 years. >> and for you, what would you say would be the highlights that you're personally excited about. >> oh, my gosh, there's so many highlights. truly, the week leading up to the parade is one of my special moments. because the whole city kind of changes. we've got 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers that come in from all over the country. wherever you walk around new york city, you see them. they've got jackets with logos and 11 bands from around the country start populating the
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city, and people are so kind and put up big welcoming signs in their store fronts. we welcome them in macy's and to our big party for all the kids that come in. so it's a transforming week. and i love seeing that, because we're creating magical memories for these kids that will live for their lifetime. and it's an incredible thing to see it through their eyes. >> do you ever feel pressure year after year? how are we going to one up each other this year? how is next year going to be even better? you set the standard so high. how do you raise it year after year? >> well, you just said the word better. what we try to take out is the word better and make it different. and there are differences every year. this year, we have a brand-new element with inflatable costume characters. we've got our three macy's parade elves. charlie, c.j., and kit are now mobile. so they're going to be at the front of the parade. they're going to be dancing around the parade. and we come up with new elements every year. we developed something called a tricaloon, where we have
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inflatables on the back of bicycles. balloonicles that drives down the parade route. if we can inflate it, we're going to do it. >> you've definitely pumped me up. this is going to be so exciting to see. executive producer. thank you so much. happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving to you. >> appreciate your being with us. >> my pleasure. from safety here at home to security overseas, officials in europe intensifying the manhunt for two suspected terrorists. and it comes as the french and russian presidents prepare to meet for the first time since the paris attacks. but just how hard will it be to get putin onboard with a fight against isis?
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reports that officials are investigating white powder delivered to the grand mosque in brussels. nbc's keir simmons confirms that seven people have be decontaminated. the fire brigade in brussels activated what is called its anthrax alert, which involves four or five decontamination balances being dispatched there. we have confirmation, seven people have been decontaminated. we also understand they will be take on the the hospital for blood tets blood tests. we'll bring you more information as we get it. that happens as investigators throughout europe are intensifying their search for the two men believed to be tied to the paris terror attacks. the ongoing manhunt comes at a time when president francois hollande is trying to build up the international coalition fighting isis. in just a few hours, he'll meet with president vladimir putin in moscow in an effort to bring russia onboard. it is the first sit-down between
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french and russian leaders since the terrorist attacks in paris. and this is also the first meeting since turkey shot down a russian fighter jet this week. that incident could make it much tougher to get full russian cooperation in the international coalition against isis. i want to bring in nbc's joe fryer, who is standing by in our london bureau. what's going to be the key goals for france going into this meeting and how much is that in sync with what russia is wanting? >> good morning. france's president has been traveling the world this week, trying to build that coalition. so far, he's received support from president obama, british prime minister david cameron, germany, and italy. but russia does provide a different challenge in trying to get russia and western nations on the same page is especially hard after that plane was shot down by turkey. experts say the u.s. and france will have to work overtime to deescalate the situation between russia and turkey and get them into some sort of coalition.
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the biggest disagreement between the west and russia is still over syria and its president assad who russia continues to support. hollande said that assad cannot be the future of syria. he also said he can work with putin if russia focuses its efforts on isis. so that will be a big part of the discussion. before the plane was shot down, some analysts say that they were starting to see some signs of cooperation when it came to the situation in syria. the events of this week have complicated things. turkey and russia are at odds over what happened in the skies near the syrian border, disagrees on where that plane actually was flying and whether the pilots were warned. turkey says the jet was warned ten times in five minutes, but one of the pilots on the russian plane, the one who survived after he ejected and was later rescued, he's saying the plane was never warned. so this is the tense backdrop as france's president heads to moscow a little later today. >> very quickly, i can imagine there's going to be what happens inside the closed doors of that
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meeting. but is it correct that the two will have a joint news conference as well, and interesting what will be said when it comes to their address publicly. >> that's the assumption, is they'll speak afterward, and it will be interesting to see how much they're on the same page or how much in that news conference, we see whether there is any sort of tension between the two, largely surrounding the issue of syria. both sides say they do want to go after isis, but certainly very different approaches as to how they want to do that. >> especially with syria and the assad regime as well. joe fryer in london. thank you very much. happy thanksgiving to you. >> you, too. i want to talk about president hollande's meeting with vladimir putin and the air strikes strategies of the united states, france, and russia, with colonel jack jacobs, msnbc military analyst and medal of honor recipient who joins me now. colonel jack, happy thanksgiving to you. >> and to you. >> i appreciate your time on this holiday. i want to talk to you about president obama. we saw him with french president
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hollande publicly pitch the russians on this idea of adjusting their air strike targets this week. what do you think hollande will hear from putin privately today, and will it be the same thing that we'll hear when they address the public? >> i think samuel is going to say yeah, we're behind you and in it to knock off isis and other terrorists. it's probably what you're going to hear in the public pronouncements. putin's not going to change his targeting because he's not going to change his objective. his objective is to make sure that assad stays in power long enough for russia to have a seat at the table when later on assad goes. maybe syria gets carved up. both russia and iran want a piece of that action. i don't think putin has to answer to anybody inside russia. i don't think putin is going to change his targeting.
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very nearly almost all of his targeting is on rebels who are opposing assad and very little of it is on isis. >> let's talk about that in light of what happened in russia. the russian plane shot down by turkish military. leading to more deadly incidents, similar incidents, a and especially when we're hearing such discrepancies when it comes to how many seconds of air space violations there were, and whether there was a warning, even with that audio that we have heard. >> i'm surprised that this incident didn't happen much sooner. shortly after russia got into the air space and got people on the ground. there has not been any coordination in the air among all the forces who are flying around and working on the ground, special forces, special operations, forces on both
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sides. good guys. this kind of incident was bound to happen, particularly since russia has been attacking turk men, ethnic turkish people who are inside syria, just inside syria. and those are the people whom this was bombing over turkish terrain. but violations of turkish air space by russian planes has occurred daily, many times a day since russia came to syria. >> thank you for giving up your holiday morning to be with us. i appreciate it. >> any time. instead of hitting the mall, you can take part in a new tradition this holiday season. we'll tell you about a growing trend of helping others. but first, this.
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>> show me how to do this. we're ready. >> holidays mean movies. and we'll talk about the movies worth your time this weekend after you've had all too much turkey. and as we head into break, our viewers are telling us why they're thankful this holiday. says i get up every morning, i have three beautiful human beings to take care of and love it till the day i die. certainly a reason to be thankful there. keep sharing at #whyimthankful and we'll share right back. >> it's time for the your business entrepreneur of the week. kelly is an optometrist who owns table mountain vision in beautiful golden, colorado. she's a leader of golden's shop local movement. she and the town have big plans for small business saturday, including a 5k race and an elf parade. for more, watch "your business"
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with two familiar names, rocky and creed. we're not talking about apollo creed. it's michael b. jordan playing his son. is that something that's worth our movie ticket out there today? >> definitely. you know, you hit a good point before that after thanksgiving meal, what do you do? often you can't find a movie that everybody, all age groups in the family would enjoy. this is the real deal. directed by ryan kugler, with michael b. jordan did "fruitville station" a couple years ago. here they pick up the rocky legend. you've got michael b. jordan as apollo creed's offspring, and he wants to carry on the family tradition by getting into the ring and making his mark. and so he looks up an old family friend, rocky balboa, played by sylvester stallone, of course. >> sometimes when you hear about another movie in a franchise, you're like oh, boy, should they have stopped while they were
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ahead? is this jumping the shark? in this case, you're saying no, definitely worth. >> definitely, because they've taken a different route this time. they've sort of switched the roles. you've got rocky in almost the role that burgess meredith played in the first film, the trainer, and you've got the new ambitious young fighter played by the extraordinarily talented michael b. jordan. and i've got to tell you, this movie, i hate to use the cliche, but it is an emotional knockout in the final scenes. if you loved the rocky genre, you'll love this one. >> very quickly also, "the hunger games: mockingjay." you'll get the diehard fans who say yep, definitely going to see it. if people haven't jumped on that, is it too late to the party for them? >> i think that you might be able to have some fun with the action elements and some of the actual serious content beneath the surface to talk about how war can change you into doing
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things you thought only the enemy would do. jennifer lawrence, of course, is terrific as katniss everdeen squaring off against the evil president snow played by donald sutherland. it is the changing movie. it wraps everything up with a very satisfying conclusion. >> very, very quickly. they're going to be mad at me there. but animated movies, really quickly. my kids are loving "the good dinosaur." worth it? >> yes, definitely. this is another one for all ages. it imagines what might have happened if the dinosaurs would have survived the meteor crash that supposedly wiped them out. and you've got a story of a dinosaur and the little boy who loved him. >> all right. joe laden, thank you very much. some good options out there. happy thanksgiving to you. >> happy thanksgiving to you and yours. all right, in just a few days, as we give thanks today, we're going to get a chance to give back.
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this upcoming tuesday is giving tuesday here at msnbc. it is a global day of giving back sponsored by the salvation army. but we wanted to get an early start and speak with the leader of an organization that's helped millions of people over nearly four decades. jonathan recford is ceo of habitat for humanity and he joins me this thanksgiving morning. happy thanksgiving, jonathan. >> and to you, frances. >> when it comes to the holidays, it's not about getting, it's about hairing and gi sharing and giving back and habitat for humanity does that in 70 countries. what kind of spike do you see in service during the holiday season? >> we do see wonderful growth in
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both donations and volunteers wanting to come out and help. you know, a wise person said that feeling grateful and not expressing that gratitude is like getting a present and not opening it. and it's wonderful to see people wanting to go out and make a difference for others. >> well, it's also great when it comes to habitat for humanity and building more than just the structure, more than just a roof over somebody's head. i'm sure there's a lot of confidence. there's a lot of dignity that's being built as well. how do you help these families thrive after they have their new home already? >> well, we see that the process of partnering with habitat, and we build with, not for, families. and before they close on their home, they put in hundreds of hours of what we call sweat equity, helping build their home and their neighbors' homes, and then they pay back an affordable mortgage, and those payments recycle in the community. so they have the dignity of knowing that not only are they providing for their family, they're then helping others as well. i saw a beautiful example of that recently, frances. i met a lovely young woman, a
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friend of my goddaughter, and she's house sat for us a couple of times. when she found out what i did, she said, you know, i actually had a pretty tough upbringing. when i was young, my mom escaped with our five kids. we were homeless for a long time. and then bounced around from place to place. but everything changed when i was 13, and my mom qualified to purchase a habitat home. and this young lady is now finishing her master's degree in counseling, getting ready to put herself through a doctorate so that she can do counseling for at-risk, hearing-impaired youth. and we see that stable foundation create for better educational outcomes, better livelihoods and give back to their communities. >> it's sure fulfilling for the families, also for the many volunteers as well, as you see every day. jonathan reckford, thank you very much. appreciate your being with us on thanksgiving. >> thanks for having me. at the top of the hour,
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is reporting that the person who is charged with opening envelopes at the grand mosque found this powder, called for others to help him or her. others came and in toetal, it's reported 11 people touched this powder or came into contact in some way with it. they are now being decontaminated at the scene. there are five decontamination ambulances there. we've just been there. there are also fire trucks there and a number of other services. one of the units there has written on the side "explosives detection," but they do appear to fear that this could be anthrax. we don't know why. perhaps because of something that was written on those envelopes. those 11 people may not be contaminated. it may not be anything dangerous. but, of course, they have to take all precautions. those 11 people will be taken to a local hospital. we're told that the tests on this powder will be done by the
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military. we should know by tonight what exactly this is, if it is anything. >> this is alarming but even more so with the city now at its highest terror threat level in light of the paris attacks. we're hearing there are new raids today as far as the investigation into the paris attacks. what more can you tell us about those raids? >> reporter: that's right. they don't appear to have been substantial raids, honestly. they are still searching for the number of suspects that they say that they need to find. they still fear that there is a terror cell on the loose, perhaps somewhere in brussels, perhaps somewhere in belgium or france. what they're hoping, frances, is that, i think, is that by having carried out so many raids, more than 1,000 across belgium and france, they will have put this suspected terror cell on the back foot. they will have destabilized them, and therefore prevented some kind of attack. but this country, this city, continues to have an alert at the highest level which
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literally says that an attack is imminent. frances? >> nbc's keir simmons for us reporting live in brussels, thank you very much. meantime, we are also waiting to are that meeting happening soon between presidents hollande and putin. this comes at a time of rising tensions between russia and turkey following the downing of a russian jet by the turkish military earlier this week. one of the two pilots was killed as he tried to escape using his parachute. nbc's gabe gutierrez joins me now from paris. gabe, what should we expect out of this meeting and made even more complicated by the russian jet being shot down and how that will affect it? >> reporter: yeah, that's right, frances. it most likely will be. we don't expect any sort of major breakthrough between francois hollande and vladimir putin. that downing of that plane overshadowed hollande's meeting with president obama on tuesday. and today, hollande plans to keep trying to build that international coalition, a stronger international coalition
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to fight isis. now, the u.s. wants russia to play a larger role in fighting isis and focusing on isis instead of propping up the assad government. and a major bone of contention between russia and the west has been whether the assad government is part of the problem or part of the solution. but as you mentioned, frances, further complicating matters is that plane that was downed by turkey a few days ago. during his meeting yesterday with german chancellor merkel, hollande said that western powers must do all they can to de-escalate that situation. meanwhile, here in france, the security situation remains tense. there's a national memorial service that's now been scheduled for tomorrow. victims' families, survivors and president hollande are expected to be at that memorial. and since the paris attacks on november 13th, france has deployed 120,000 troops and police officers throughout the country. another 11,000 or so are expected to be deployed here to
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paris next week for the u.n. climate summit. some 140 heads of state are expected here. so frances, the stakes are extremely high. >> extremely high and extremely emotional as the city and the country gets ready for that memorial. nbc's gabe gutierrez, thank you very much for the update. i want to bring in now tara maller, former military analyst at the cia and research fellow at the new america foundation. appreciate your being with us on thanksgiving. in light of this president with french president hollande and putin, when you have that disconnect as far as their objectives, do you see them being productive as far as these meetings go? >> well, i don't think you're going to see a breakthrough. i think there is room for cooperation. i think there's a shared interest in fighting isis after the attacks in paris and the downing of a russian plane. i think you'll see them present a strong united front in terms of the rhetoric of fighting terrorism. but what that actually means in terms of military coordination, sharing, creating joint target sets, i don't think we're going to see a real strong military
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coalition. there's still a lot of differences at play here between the french and the russians. >> given that and you think of ultimately what vladimir putin's goal is, especially at this point, what is the calculation there in defeating isis? when you talk about tangibles? what can we change? hypothetically they can say yes, but with a how, different story. >> exactly. you do see them actually wanting to take steps on terrorism because it is affecting them as we saw with the russian plane but they're also striking more moderate rebels because they're trying to keep assad in power. that's the main sticking point. the united states has said it will not accept a solution that aims to keep assad in power. the french might be more willing to let that rest right now to see if there can be more cooperation. russia is fighting isis but other groups as well, anti-regime groups to bring those groups down to help bolster assad and that's the main sticking point. >> let's also talk about our involvement and the current administration and president obama saying he's made it clear -- he's made it clear when it comes to our involvement,
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it's going to be through support, counterintelligence, stopping the flow of foreign fighters, choking the cash when it comes to this, but militarily, not so much. what do you say to the critics who say you know what, now is our time? and even people in his own party, dianne feinstein, leon panetta have said we need to do more now? >> i think what you've seen is obama commit to strong airstrikes. i think you've seen him put a lot of special forces operations on the ground. i think you've seen him putting ground. troos because right now we don't see a clear strategy of what they'd be doing. to be honest, the american public while thinking obama has not been doing enough, they also don't show strong support for putting troops on the ground. i agree that i don't believe he's articulated on next steps and how to solve this problem. at the end of the day, you feed to get countries together to create some sort of political negotiated settlement that involves probably the removal of assad or some sort of agreement that's going to get these -- this fighting to stop. it's not going to be fought through airstrikes alone, and it's not going to be something where we're sending in hundreds
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of thousands of troops right now because i don't think the american public is going to support that, and i don't think obama's going to do that. >> especially now we're looking within our own borders, our own homeland and keeping us safe here. it is thanksgiving, the holiday season is upon us. people are kind of -- you know, they're asked to be vigilant, but then you have the president who along with hollande reassured the public. he it it again yesterday in saying we're working overtime, and there is no credible threat. but what about the fear of lone wolves of not necessarily isis attacks, but isis-inspired, lone wolves, people acting alone, and soft targets at that? >> absolutely. i think it is a real threat. i think what the president said yesterday is accurate in that there's no sort of imnept threat in that they don't see an actual plot in the intelligence reporting. but analysts, intelligence analysts, are working oornd t ie clock. and i think the lone wolf small
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cell attack is a potential. it doesn't take a lot of coordination or communication. and it's something that law enforcement officials have been worried about for a while. so i think we need to remain vigilant, but the real strategy on that front is going to be in terms of law enforcement and intelligence here at home and obviously we need to fight isis overseas. but what's going to prevent that is what officials around the clock are doing, and we see them out in full force today at new york in the parade and i saw them on the way here to the studio so they're working overtime. >> we see it on a federal level, local level, active shooter practice shootings that have been practiced. tara maller, thank you. appreciate your being with us here on thanksgiving. >> thank you. we turn to presidential politics and the candidates might be taking a break from the trail, but their ads are just ramping up. over the course of this week, nearly $6 million will be spent on tv ads in just four states. nearly a dozen candidates are taking to the airwaves including marco rubio. he was on the "today" show this morning with harsh words for president obama's isis strategy.
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and here with me to talk turkey day politics, a republican strategist, susan, and also democratic strategist chris caffinis. happy thanksgiving. thanks for being with us. susan, we begin with you, especially when it comes to "the washington post," the headline reads "plan for gop donors, wait for trump to fall." but many say they've been waiting and waiting and waiting. and now that there's no plan b. so is that the case, that we're at a point where there is no plan b? >> not yet. first of all, happy thanksgiving to you, frances. right now donald trump has secured 25% of the republican primary voters. he really hasn't moved much. that being said, he's still the front-runner, but there's time for that to change. and i do see that donors are going to get together probably at some level to come out with some super pac that goes against donald trump.
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it can't be any of the candidates. i think that will backfire. kasich has tried it. as long as they kind of group it and it's for no one else and just against trump, i see that having likes. >> chris, to you, when we talk about this and the other candidates who can take certain opportunities and use it for their advantage, marco rubio, one of them, why hasn't he grabbed this moment? when we're talking about the paris attacks. you think that especially republican voters are looking for somebody level-headed, someone with perns is in the government, but he has not been able to capture that. why is that? >> well, to be honest, when it comes to the republican party, donald trump has sucked up all the oxygen. he's playing to a wing of the republican party that is unfortunately somehow attracted to his gingoistic racist, at a minimum, insensitive rhetoric, and it doesn't make sense to me politically, but the problem i think the republicans have had
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is they haven't figured out how to contain him, how to attack him because every time they do, he turns it around on them. part of that is a reflection of the republican party's antihad-establishment right now in a really passionate way. i think gs going to play out a lot longer than republicans had hoped for which is good news for democrats, but probably a mess of a primary for republicans. >> but you're saying, okay, consistently anti-establishment, anti-establishment, wanting an outsider here, but it seems when it comes to trump and positill numbers, that there's a bulletproofness with what he says, that he keeps going up, especially in light of what he's talked about with 9/11, muslims and the database and the i.d.s, and yet we're seeing that bulletproof part of it, susan. >> but we haven't really seen his numbers grow. he can say anything he wants to, and a certain amount of those primary voters, probably 25% to 28% of them, are going to be with donald trump no matter what. what's interesting is when we
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saw what happened in the recent poll out of quinnipiac poll out of iowa is ben carson lost a lot of support, and that support did not go to donald trump, the other prominent outsider. it went to an insider. it went to ted cruz. >> yeah. >> so we're seeing some kind of change there as well. donald trump is not getting -- gaining support, but chris makes a very good point. this is going to go on a very long time. and that, for at least two or three republican candidates for voters to get around. and that means that this is going to be a long primary. >> we have to talk about the democrats, too. chris, when it comes to hillary clinton, especially when it comes to iowa, the situation there, it seems like there's argument that she is, you know, not necessarily buying the hearts of iowans, more over their heads. what do you say about that argument? >> well, there's some truth to that. i was in iowa. we were doing focus groups there during the last few debates.
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and she is obviously a very attractive candidate to a lot of democrats, and especially on the base. they like her policy positions. they don't feel, i think, the same kind of passion or energy that they either did for then-senator obama or for bernie sanders, but the reality is they look at bernie sanders, they don't see him as electable. and so at the end of the day, what's going to end up happening here, i think, is you know, they're going to keep kind of going back and forth, but, you know, hillary clinton's going to be the nominee in my opinion right now unless something dramatic changes. and we see sanders somehow win iowa. this is his last chance. >> susan, is he going to do it, very quickly, with hillary clinton in iowa and how she's seen when it comes to wall street big money? >> and that's his sweet spot, and i think he's going to kind of restart his campaign, do a little reset after the holidays. it would make sense. bernie sanders also has one big advantage over some other outsiders, and that is he has over $20 million in the bank. so he can really bring it to hillary clinton when it comes to field operations. >> all right. >> so iowa can turn his way. >> all right.
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both of you, chris and susan, thank you both for spending your thanksgiving morning with us. appreciate it. >> happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving to you. on this thanksgiving, many chicago residents are hoping for a peaceful holiday, but they expect protests over the 2014 death of teenager laquan mcdonald to resume tomorrow. on wednesday fight, mostly peaceful protests, they were disrupted at times by individuals blocking roadways and tearing down lights from the city's christmas tree. four people were arrested overnight. and president obama released a statement on his facebook page saying, in part, quote, like many americans, i was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. this thanksgiving, i ask everybody to keep those whove suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor. john yang joins me in chicago. talk to me about the expectations today and through the weekend, especially with some plans to disrupt black friday.
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>> reporter: that is the big focus, frances. the reverend jesse jackson jr. is organizing that or pushing that. he wants to see that stretch, that high-end shopping stretch of michigan avenue called the magnificent mile disrupted. see, black friday shopping disrupted tomorrow morning starting around 11:00 central time here in chicago. now, this is an area that the city, that the mayor and the police have been very careful to protect, to have a high police presence. in previous protests, they've managed to turn marchers around, to keep them from crossing msh mis -- i'm sorry, the chicago river into the magnificent mile. this is a place that's important to the city, not just because of the commerce, but because of tourism. you walk down michigan avenue, you run into people from across the midwest, from across the country, and from around the world.
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and jesse jackson and his supporters believe that this would hit the mayor and hit the city where it hurts. he says he hopes that if they manage to shut down black friday shopping on michigan avenue, that this would get a new police commissioner, he says, and a new prosecutor. >> and john, i have to ask you, the initial video was tough enough to see, sparking a lot of the protests here. what can you tell us more about the new dashcam video that was released? >> reporter: the new dashcam video which our nbc station wmaq obtained through a freedom of information act request, it really doesn't answer any more questions. it shows the events surrounding the shooting but not another angle of the shooting itself. but it raises more questions. there is no sound on any of these dashcam videos, even though the police commissioner says there should be audio. you should hear the officers inside their vehicles talking to each other, talking to perhaps
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mcdonald himself, talking on the police radio. but these are completely silent. they say -- and the police have no explanation for it. and given the current state of trust or lack of trust between with the chicago police department, a lot of people are coming up with their own theories about why there's no audio on these videos that were released. frances? >> adding to more of the tension there between the community and the police department. john yang in chicago, thank you very much. a storm bringing snow, ice and rain moving across the country on this thanksgiving. we'll take a look at how it will impact travel by plane, train and automobile. and then heavier security at a holiday tradition. we're louvre in manhattan with a look at the extra precautions at this year's macy's thanksgiving day parade. but first, we've been asking you to reflect on why you're thankful this thanksgiving. and lisa shared on instagram that she's thankful for her little pie guy. share why you're thankful using #whyimthankful and we'll
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right now a dangerous storm system is making its way across parts of the country, bringing with it rain, snow and ice. meanwhile, take a look at this video from california. look at that. 11 people were injured when wind gusts ripped through a flea market there in california. msnbc meteorologist bonnie schneider is tracking the latest. here in the northeast, we're okay especially with the parade. other places, they've got some trouble. >> they sure do, and it's a changing situation moment by moment. when you look at these alerts, we're not only looking at the threat for snow but also ice. and those of you that are traveling know there's nothing worse than having to drive in ice. take a look at what's happening now. there's kansas city getting some heavy rain. wichita, you're about to see some big changes. as the cold air filters in
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behind this storm, watch out for sleet and freezing rain tonight. it's already happening in omaha, nebraska. we started off with rain earlier today as the cold air comes in. it's changing over to ice. and then you have snow back out to the west. so what a mess for travelers along interstate 35. rain to snow. we've already seen snow in minneapolis. more of that today. and then in dallas, it's a totally different situation. too warm for snow. it will be all rain and heavy at times. tha in fact, we could even see flash flooding. that's unfortunate. so i-35 really a treacherous area. chicago, you're looking at just rainy conditions. but notice as we go into the overnight, it's going to turn much colder. frances, today's temperatures near 60. tomorrow, 44 for a high. so big changes ahead. not here in the east, though. we're nice and mild. >> we'll enjoy it while we have it. bonnie, thank you very much. considering that weather and the nearly 50 million americans who will travel 50 miles or more during the thanksgiving day and more than 25 million will travel globally on u.s. airlines. but with security ramped up and
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the winter storms and delays that we're seeing, what are the best tips to make it home on time? with many now is courtney scott, a travel expert with expedia. she's back with key advice. hi again, courtney. >> hello. >> we're looking at that and bonnie's forecast and we're, like, ugh, travel. all we want to do is just make it. what are tips to watch out? >> leave yourself lots of extra time to get to the airport. we recommend arriving at least two hours in advance for domestic flights, three hours in advance for international flights. we also recommend if you are driving to the airport to prepay for parking before you get there. those parking lots fill up very quickly. now, when it comes to tsa and getting through quickly, look for tsa pre on your boarding pass. which means you don't have to take your shoes off, that your laptop can stay in your bag and it's a faster way to get through the gate. also the 311 rule is in effect. so make sure you have no liquids in your luggage that are larger than 3.4 ounces and that are not
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in the one-quart size plastic bag. >> it's also interesting, luke russert was reporting yesterday, and they even said when it comes to traveling with food, like a pie, they'll take that from you. they want it to be frozen so it's a solid material. something to think about. >> tsa has an app called can i bring where you can check which items you are thinking about bringing in your carry-on or checked bag and that can give you a sense of whether you can or can't. >> it's from the tsa. >> and they won't take your pie at tsa security. >> you have to eat it all right then and there. let's talk about that. you mentioned some apps. it's so hard to keep track. what are some of the better travel apps? >> sure. for tracking your flight realtime, one of the most precise is flightaware. and it tracks your connecting flights, your inbound flights and also has a handy map. they call it the misery map that shows the airports with the most miserable delays. i also recommend gateguru if you are stuck at the airport to find charging stations, you know, local restaurants and amenities. waze is a great traffic app if
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you are heading out to the roads. it's got an extensive set of delays and accident that are happening out there. a little higher level of detail than google maps. expedia's app is great for booking into hotels last minute if your flight gets canceled. and as i said, tsa's app is really great to help you understand. >> i have to vouch for waze. my kids love the boy band voice. you can choose the voice. my kids do the boy band where they sing you the directions. >> fun and functional. >> fun and functional especially when stuck in traffic or delayed. courtney scott, as always, thank you very much for the tips. appreciate it. still to come, increased security at the holiday tradition here. we'll look at how extra precautions that are in place at this year's macy's thanksgiving day parade. first, why you're thankful this thanksgiving. du bois shared this picture on instagram saying he's thankful for flyers versus islanders with pops. share why you're thankful this year using #whyimthankful and
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want to update you on the breaking news we've been following out of belgium. in the past hour, the fire brigade in brussels is now confirming that the white powder found in various fenvelopes at the ground mosque is flour. the powder prompted a scare and also an anthrax alert and also the decontamination of 11 people. they were taken to the hospital to be tested. again, we have learned from fire brigade officials that it is, in fact, flour. that official saying the substance was obviously flour. so there was no need to wait until the evening for the test results. there is no risk to anyone. but certainly understandable given the unease there in the city of brussels with the terror threat at its highest level and that mass everybody manhunt under way for the two suspected terrorists involved in the paris attacks. so again, some reassuring news
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out of brussels that the substance, the white powdery substances found there at the grand mosque is simply flour. right now as many as 3 million people are lining the streets of new york city watching the annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. as they enjoy the floats, balloons and performance, security is at the top of the minds of thousands of nypd officers stationed along the route. i want to chuck in with our repeople r rehema ellis on sixth avenue. we see one go by. i'm sure you see a whole lot of officers at the parade and the stepped-up security as well. >> reporter: we really do. and i have to tell you, frances, when the new york city police officers came by on motorcycles and their tactical unit came by when the parade began, people in this crowd applauded and cheered for those officers. they are very glad to see them here. as you point out, there's a large contingent, 2,500 officers have been assigned specifically to cover this parade in addition to all the other officers throughout the city.
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but the mayor wanted to let people know that this was a place that was going to be safe, and they were responding to what happened in paris. listen to bill de blasio. >> look, we immediately looked at what happened in paris. we immediately made some adjustments. and the good news is we had already authorized, back in june, our new critical response, 500-plus officers who are full-time anti-terror, highly trained, highly armed, ready for any eventuality. >> reporter: and the mayor says that these officers, also these 200 special officers designed to respond to immediate instances, it's kind of loud with the band going by here, but they're responding to whatever kind of threats that could happen today. they're out in force with the hope and expectation that nothing will happen. we should make it clear, there have been no credible threats of hostage -- of terrorist activity to the city or to this nation. and they want to make sure it
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stays that way. i should also tell you that this is a city, after 9/11, that has been on heightened alert. but even more so today, frances. >> certainly the 2500 officers there along the parade route keeping everybody safe, and thomas the tank engine right behind you keeping everybody smiling. nbc's rehema ellis along the parade route, thank you very much. appreciate it. i want to turn now to the fight against isis. trance and the u.s. continuing to pound the terror group in syria. so will the uk be next to join the strikes? and then tensions rise between turkey and russia. the threats coming from vladimir putin after the downing of a warplane over syria. who wants to try? before earning enough cash back from bank of america to stir up the holidays, before earning 1% cash back everywhere, every time and 2% back at the grocery store, even before they got 3% back on gas, all with no hoops to jump through, daniel, vandi, and sarah decided to use their bank americard cash rewards credit card
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jacobs who joins me once again. colonel jacobs, thank you again for your time. i want to ask you especially when it comes to president obama labeling russia and iran a coalition of two in their desire to see bashar assad hold power in syria, clearly we know the united states wants him out. what impact does that reality have various airstrike campaigns? >> well, it's not going to -- it gets in between us and other people who could take out isis. and that includes russia. i think we're going to have to make some concessions. i think both sides are going to have to make some concessions. and i think that one of the things that hollande is going to do today is try to work out a modus operandi with russia and iran in syria because we're not going to destroy isis without some assistance. certainly some assistance on the ground, but on the air, too. we're going to have to share intelligence with other entities that have intelligence like
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russia. and russia's not going to be able to keep assad afloat forever without some assistance for us. and so there's going to have to be a meeting somewhere in the middle. unless i'm mistaken, i think that was the subject of the discussion between obama and hollande the other day, and that's going to be the subject of the discussion with -- between hollande and putin today. >> well, in light of the recent attacks with isis claiming responsibility, bombings in beirut, also the jetliner that was downed, and paris, you have a lot of people saying and questioning the reach of isis and whether they have been underestimated. do you have isis fighters on the ground in syria, of course, targeted by the united states and french airstrikes, but when it comes to an assessment of how damaging these actions have been to their forces and if it's been effective at all, how do you assess that? >> well, i think there are two wars going on. there's a terrorist war that's taking place, and you've just spoken about the reach into
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europe, into russia. so that's ongoing by agents, but also there's a second war going on, and that is taking place in syria and other countries in the middle east. the united states, russia and everybody else in the middle, and that includes, by the way, middle eastern countries like saudi arabia, turkey, iran, egypt, even. we see some activity by isis and egypt now. they're all going to have to come to a meeting of the minds and try to figure out how they are going to deny land to isis in the middle east but also share intelligence so that isis can be taken care of and prevented from conducting attacks of the type we've seen lately. >> and pointing all to the bigger picture on the airstrikes and whether they're enough and what needs to be done in addition. colonel jacobs, thank you very much for being with us on this thanksgiving. >> you're welcome. one major point of discussion between hollande and putin today is that russian
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plane shot down by the turkish military days ago. it's an incident that could have ripple effects throughout the middle east and among countries trying to take the fight to isis. nbc's joe fryer joins me now. joe, talk about how things are now looking when it comes to turkey and russia getting better or worse, especially with conflicts there between you know, airspace and even warnings. >> reporter: yeah, certainly today things are not getting better at all, still a war of words happening from both sides. you know, for france's president today, the goal is to try to get france, the u.s. and russia all on the same page when it comes to battling isis. but that is especially hard after the russian plane was shot down by turkey. experts say the u.s. and france will have to work overtime to de-escalate the situation between russia and turkey and try to get them into some sort of coalition. of course the downed plane has complicated things this week. today dueling comments from the leaders of the two countries. putin complaining that turkey
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has not apologized, and turkey's president erdogan saying there will be no apologies. turkey and russia are at odds over what actually happened in the skies near the syrian border, disagreeing on where the plane was actually flying, whether it was in turkish territory or not and whether the pilots were warned. so all of that forms the backdrop for today's meeting today between hollande and putin. frances? >> we'll see how that turns out when they are expected to speak within the next hour here local time. joe fryer in london, thank you. president obama and his team are trying to reassure americans they are safe despite anxieties about global terror threats. well, yesterday homeland security secretary johnson underscored the president's message before boarding a train from washington to new york. >> we are working overtime to protect the homeland, to evaluate and reevaluate what we see. we also want to encourage the public at the beginning of this
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holiday season to be vigilant yourself and to be aware. >> i'm joined now via skype we chad wolfe, former assistant administrator of transportation security for the tsa. chad, thank you for your time. we've heard it over again from the president and jeh johnson to be aware and vigilant. but when it comes to, i guess, softer targets, smaller-scale threats, should people be concerned about those as well? >> well, i think we have a very robust security regime here in the states when we talk about aviation security, but there are definitely instances and areas that tsa needs to improve on. and i think those are the areas that keep the public worried and concerned. so overall, i would say that the regime that we have here is robust. but tsa can do better, and those are the areas when we talk about checkpoint security or aviation workers, these are the areas that, you know, the traveling public is concerned about. and rightfully so. >> well, let's talk about
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specific airport security when you have miami and orlando airports that screen every worker, every day. right now it's up to the nation's airports to decide for themselves individually whether to screen employees. is this the time for that to change? >> oh, absolutely. absolutely. i think what we'll see over the coming months and years is more and more airports will be screening 100% of their aviation workers. tsa and the industry have pushed back over the past several years about doing that from a cost perspective. and i think now the dynamic has changed. there's been a number of instances here recently that have made that no longer palatable. so i think you're going to see more and more airport workers screened and eventually going to 100% at most major airports. >> is that going to be an easy task? because you consider what happened in sharm el-sheikh, egypt, where an airport worker there helped smuggle the bomb on the plane. so in light of that, when you talk about -- you see that down the road, is that something that we could see in the immediate future?
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>> yeah, i think -- tsa has taken a number of steps and they announced that two weeks ago about tightening up access control points, doing random screenings of airport workers. and that's good, and that helps, you know, the unpredictability nature of security. but i think going long term, looking for a long-term solution, you've got to look at 100% screening. it's going to be a challenge. it's not easy, and every airport is different. so what works in atlanta or orlando may not work at other airports. but i think in this type of threat environment and the atmosphere that we are today, and the number of incidents that have occurred recently, whether it's the russian plane going down or whether it's, you toe, the number of drugs or weapons that are being smuggled here domestically at airports, i think the time has come that we they'd to start screening all of these workers. >> yeah, i'm sure that will be on the thoughts of a lot of travelers this holiday season especially after they head home after thanksgiving and with other holidays coming up. chad wolf, thank you very much for your time. up next, the sad
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so look for powerful cold medicine with a heart. coricidin® hbp. news that nfl legend frank gifford suffered from chronic encephalopathy. it's re-igniting the conversation in football in particular. in a statement his family says, quote, the gifford family will continue to support the fashl football league and its recent on-field rule changes and procedures to make the game frank loved so dearly and the players he advocated so tirelessly for as safe as possible. i doctor, thanks for being with us on this thanksgiving and as we talk about this and this news of frank gifford's cte diagnosis. it comes at a time when the nfl is investigating this situation. there was video that rams quarterback case keenum wasn't taken out of sunday's game and was tested for concussion. you saw his head just bounce
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onto the field there in that hit. so if the nfl's new protocols failed there, what assurances, if any, do players have that their well-being, their safety and their health, will take precedence over a game? >> well, you know, it's very interesting, frances, but when you look at this really like any public health problem, you need to do your best to educate the end user, whether it be clean water in haiti or aids. so you need to really teach the end user. in this case, we need to do a better job of educating athletes about what happens when the concussion and using the battle buddy system. something we've advocates for with the national football league players association, which is taking that military aspect of you know when your buddy's been hurt, get them off the field. so i think there are those efforts. and a lot of it has to be geared towards education if we're going to have some success here. it's a tough game. there is no question about it, though. >> it's a tough game. you're talking about educating
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the athletes, but on the other side here when you look at this, you're talking about the nfl, a huge organization, a huge business. fans out there who love this game. but with hhen it comes to this revelation that frank gifford had cte, do you think that will alter or change at all the nfl to make additional policy changes in light of that? >> i don't know if it's going to change the nfl, let's face it. that's been a very tough battle that the players association has been fighting for for a long time. and frank gifford joined in that fight and was a very strong advocate for players. i think that what we really need to do is really not only educate folks but really let them know how we can make the game safer. these rule changes that mr. gifford advocated for were absolutely crucial to maintaining safety in the workplace. because that's what we're talking about is a safe workplace for these athletes. >> and on your front, medically
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people? are they professional chefs? are they people, you know, sole purpose in life is to save people's turkeys? who are they? >> you know what? great question. so the talk line has been in existence now for over 35 years. it's our 35th year anniversary, and you're absolutely right. we're a group of dedicated men and women, over 50 of us, and we're answering turkey-related questions, food safety questions, how to make that thanksgiving just the best it can be. to give us a call 1-800-butterball, shoot us an e-mail facebook, live chats, twitter, pinterest. there's many ways in which to reach us this year. >> i'm sure you've had some major emergencies. you've heard everything out there, crazy callers, including stephen colbert, should i move to barcelona and pursue my dream of becoming a dancer? what are some of the crazier ones that you've heard? >> you know, usually it goes about how people thaw their turkey. we've heard the dishwasher cycle, jacuzzi, someone wants to wrap it in their electric blanket. there are many ways, there are creative methods over the years.
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we do emphasize that you can thaw it in a cold water bath. it takes about a half hour per pound. so we're getting that phone call today. people have forgotten to start the thawing process. we tell them use that cold water bath and you'll have still have a turkey for thanksgiving meal. >> what's breaking really bad news like saying you know what? we can't help. you're on your own. that turkey's either burnt or can't be cooked or won't be thawed in time. what's the sensitivity in breaking it to everybody gently? >> and sometimes we are the turkey trauma, we're the turkey counselors. so we tell folks you definitely don't want to overcook your turkey. we emphasize with a meat thermometer, 180 in the thigh, 165 center of stuffing. >> what's probably the most emotional call that you've gotten or somebody's so upset or so outrageous with their turkey trauma? >> you know, usually it's the phone call that we get there maybe someone who's not as well versed in cooking their turkey. could be a first-time caller or
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cook. those are the calls that i love because we're walking them through from start to finish. they can even call us when they're in the grocery store, what kind of turkey to buy. what size turkey do i suggest that we purchase for them? so walking them through from start to finish, those are the calls that really resonate with me. we're giving them advice. we want to provide the best thanksgiving they can have. that's why we're here. reach out to us. >> very quickly, what are the hours? because here on the east coast, we've got our turkeys already browning and maybe on the west coast they're just getting started. when are you guys available? >> right. we are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. central standard time. >> and hopefully you get to go home and have your turkeys, too. nicole johnson, happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving. >> thank you for being with us. we do have much more in our next hour including the leaders of france and russia expected to meet any moment. and we'll also take a look at the extra security in place for this year's macy's thanksgiving day parade. but first, we've been asking why you're thankful this thanksgiving. and amy said that she is thankful that she's in new england for the holiday, and she
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anthrax. that was the alert that they had five decontamination units if place outside the grand mosque. 11 people were decontaminated. it looks as if initial analysis of this white powder that appeared in envelopes at the mosque was opened by somebody in the mail room. and then as i mentioned, 11 people came into contact with it. it does appear that the initial findings are that it is not anything dangerous. so that concern has been -- has gone away. i guess it's still, though, underlines, underscores how serious the tension is here and perhaps the tension between different communities if this was an attempt to threaten the muslim community here in brussels. >> and keir, we're hearing from the fire brigade spokeswoman who said that the substance was actually flour. so there was no need to wait until the evening for the test
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results. there is no risk to anyone, especially with at least seven, possibly 11, people decontaminated and taken to the hospital to need tested. in light of that, getting the message that it was flour, but it's stirring the uneasiness in a brussels that is already on edge. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. by the way, we're also hearing from some of the local media here, some of the broadcasters that the threat level, which has been at the highest level, is set to be reduced. for you, th now, that will be very important because that threat level states plainly that an attack in imminent, if they are going to reduce that threat level, then that suggests they no longer believe that is the case. we've been talking all morning about the fact that officials here likely think that by carrying out so many raids and arrests they've managed to disrupt what they feared was a terror cell waiting to launch an attack. there are still a number of suspects on the loose who they have not apprehended, but it
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does look as if they think the very, very serious cloud that has been hanging over this city, the fear that there might be an attack at any moment, that that may now be going away. >> certainly helpful as we've saw those fears eased when school and classes were resumed as well as the trains and metro. so that is the case, certainly reassuring for the people there of brussels. nbc's keir simmons reporting in brussels, thank you very much for the update. as we mentioned, the scare in brussels turned out to be nothing, but it proves just how on alert authorities are in the wake of the paris attacks and how much of the same here in the united states. beefed-up security coast to coast for the thanksgiving holiday. and authorities are taking no chances in hopes of reassuring safety to americans. president obama said this yesterday with his national security team by his side. >> right now we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland. so as americans travel this weekend to be with their loved ones, i want them to know that
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our counterterrorism, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals at every level are working overtime. they're constantly working to protect all of us. >> i want to bring in jim cav faw, he is msnbc's analyst. jim, thank you being with us on this thanksgiving. as we heard from president obama talking about military intelligence, law enforcement working overtime this thanksgiving, it's obvious, especially here in new york with the parade going on what the added security looks like, at airports as well, but what doesn't it look like? >> right. well, the counterterrorism centers across the world in washington and around the world and our military and intelligence services, our satellites that are getting special taskings, our allies in interpol and all the great countries we ally with, france and britain, we're all working to listen for and try to uncover that latest tidbit of information to interrupt an attack. in the u.s., our greatest
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fear -- and it was on the joint terrorism task force -- is these inspired actors because daesh is trying to inspire them with all their talk, and also, frances, the recent tempo of events. they're feeling the success. you know, the russian airliner, the peace rally in ankara, the beirut bombings and, of course, the paris attacks. but we're getting smarter, too. and the people are on the side of law enforcement and intelligence, and that is the biggest change. >> that's a change also, but when you talk about what you just mentioned, isis inspired, not necessarily brought on like the full force of isis with the sophistication of these planned attacks we're seeing, but there's also the concern of, you know, copycats, of isis inspired, in smaller cells or soft targets with that in mind. so how does that change things as far as targeting that and those behind it? >> well, great question because that is exactly what we're going to see is we're going to see the citizens who are on alert after
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paris who now will take a little bit of fear and leverage that fear for their own safety. you know, fear is not such a bad thing. we talk about it constantly as a bad thing. fear is a natural reaction to a danger. and if it doesn't debilitate you, you can leverage it for your safety and the rest of us. you know, the famous hollywood security expert, gavin debecker, wrote a book called "the gift of fear," and that was about being attacked. attacked and murdered. but we can use that also in the terrorist world when we talk about fear as something to our advantage. so you don't get frozen. you use it. you know, we talk about see something, say something. you know, another thing i like to talk to people about being a bomb investigator so many years, and watching paris, you know, if something happens, take cover because there could be another. these guys come with multiple attacks like paris, like mumbai. so remember that, too.
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take cover. there could be another. don't be frozen by the fear. leverage it to your advantage. report it to authorities. with everybody working for the same goal to defeat daesh, and they're a loser, loser philosophy, a death cult, and they're going to lose, it's going to take a little time, but they're not going to prevail. >> yeah, even with the slightest fear, good to use it to our advantage, as you were just describing. jim kavanaugh, msnbc's law enforcement analyst and retired atf special agent in charge, thank you. many chicago residents are hoping for a peaceful holiday but expect protests over the 2014 death of teenager laquan mcdonald to resume tomorrow. on wednesday night mostly peaceful protests, they were disrupted at times by individuals blocking roadways and tearing down lights from the city's christmas tree. president obama released a statement on his facebook page saying, in part, quote, like many americans, i was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald. this thanksgiving, i ask everybody to keep those who have suffered tragic loss in our
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thoughts and prayers and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor. nbc's john yang is live in chicago with more on what we can expect today throughout the weekend with those protests. john? >> reporter: frances, the big focus of the protesters is tomorrow, black friday, the beginning of the holiday shopping season. they want to shut down shopping on michigan avenue, what's known as the magnificent mile, a high-end shopping strip -- not a shopping strip, but a series of high-end stores along michigan avenue. they think this is going to hit the city and the city leaders where it hurts. this is an area that the police and the mayor have taken great pains to keep safe. there's always a high police presence here along that strip. they've turned other protesters away, other marchers away from that area. so this could be a big showdo
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tomorrow. but the protesters think that this, if they manage to shut down black tfriday shopping on the magnificent mile, in jesse jackson's words, perhaps this will get them a new police commissioner. perhaps this will get them a new prosecutor. frances? >> john, i understand there was new dashcam video that was also released. did that fuel any of the protester demonstrations at all as well? >> reporter: well, that actually came out pretty late last night. our nbc station here in chicago, wmaq, got it with a freedom of information act request. it has four dashcam video from four additional police cruisers including the one driven by the officer who's been indicted. you see him chasing laquan mcdonald through a burger king parking lot and then across a sidewalk onto the street there. now, the one thing that has a lot of people questioning or scratching their head is that
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there's no audio on these tapes. there is supposed to be audio. you should be able to hear the officers talking inside the car, talking to themselves, discussing the situation, talking to police radios. but there's none of that. police commissioner garry mccarthy says they don't know what happened. he says sometimes there are technical problems. sometimes officers have to be disciplined for not turning on the audio. but they don't know what happened. but given the state of distrust in this city with the police department, a lot of chicagoans are coming up with their own theories. frances? >> more questions about what happened. nbc's john yang reporting for us in chicago, thank you for the update. here in new york city, security is tight for the annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. about 3 million people are lining the streets of manhattan getting an up-close look at all the balloons, the floats and the per foform performances. but at the top of the minds, security especially in the aftermath of the paris attacks. this morning before the parade,
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mayor de blasio said his police officers are prepared. >> look, we immediately looked at what happened in paris. we immediately made some adjust am thes. adjustments. and the good news is we had already authorized, back in june, our critical response kpand, 500-plus officers who are full-time, anti-terror, highly trained, highly armed, ready for any eventual lity. >> our rehema ellis is on along the parade. rehe rehema, we understand about 2500 officers patrolling the parade? >> reporter: that's right, frances. it's the largest group of officers assigned to patrol this parade. and it's in part in light of some of the terrible things we've seen going on in the world. but as you heard mayor de blasio say, they've been ready and prepared for this for quite some time. a lot of people out here are first-time comers to this parade, and the tragedies going on around the world never made them think for once that they
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wouldn't come. just listen. >> we didn't ever think we weren't going to come. >> reporter: do you feel safe? >> yes. oh, yes. we feel so safe. >> i was thinking twice, but i said isis can't win. god bless america. >> reporter: the other thing i have to tell you is that people are having a good time out here. and that's what they came here for. when the police officers came by earlier in the parade on motorcycles, this crowd roared with excitement, gratitude for them as well. just thanking them for being out here. everybody knows that it takes a really determined police force to keep the city safe, and they appreciate what the officers are doing here. they're just having a good time, frances, and glad to see the security has been stepped up for this event. >> yeah, certainly the reason why everybody is out there, knowing that the smiles and thanksgiving is what it's all about as we see the pillsbury doughboy coming right behind you, rehema. enjoy the parade as well. thank you very much for the update. appreciate it. >> reporter: for sure. well, we are seeing sun.
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this thanksgiving much of the country could face dangerous weather, while some places could get a mix of rain, snow and ice, others are preparing for major flooding. our bonnie schneider is tracking these storms. bonnie, pretty tough, they should be celebrating but worried about flooding in some parts. >> that's right. that will be the story going into the weekend as well.
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still we have winter weather advisories and even winter storm warnings. and some of these were expanded to increase in intensity like wichita right now under a winter storm warning. so is omaha, nebraska. i want to zoom into the radar and show you what's happening in omaha. a big changeover. we had lots of rain. temperatures were mild, but now we're getting that freezing rain and ice mixing in. and then back behind it to the west, the air is so cold, it's all coming down as snow. that's into sioux city as well. this is really evident on our map for today. you can see we have temperatures that are such contrasting here. 23 in denver. 66 in st. louis. and we've been showing you the thanksgiving day parade. look at that, new york city, near 60 degrees. this is all going to change. as this cold air pushes to the east, we're going to see the threat for snow and even heavy rain work its way into texas and oklahoma. and this will be substantial into the weekend. let's take a look at your travel weather for tomorrow. if you're heading out after a busy thanksgiving, we will see the potential for airport delays in the midwest like in chicago,
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st. louis, possibly a wintry mix into kansas city. but here's what you can expect on the roads. and this is important. we're looking at heavy snow in the morning from denver to albuquerque. slick travel with low visibility due to blustery winds. and then on 40, oklahoma city to albuquerque, look at this. a wintry mix with colder temperatures. you've got to watch out for those icy bridges and overpasses as the wind wraps around the overpass or bridge, it makes it even colder at the surface, and that's where we tend to see those freeze first even when we first have rain on the ground. so looking to tomorrow, the cold air pushes in. it's interesting, today in chicago, 60. wet weather. sunny but much colder, 41 degrees. it will stay warm in the northeast. 63 degrees. actually even warmer tomorrow than today. 66 in washington. but notice the cold. denver, you're getting colder, dropping down to 18 degrees for your forecast high for tomorrow. still mild across the southwest. looking great in phoenix. but we are watching very closely for those cold temperatures to work their way in. i just want to give you a heads
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up to sunday. busiest travel day of the year. that and wednesday, of course. if you're driving through the mid-south, you'll encounter wet roads down through jackson and into houston. we're watching out for the potential for flooding. frances? >> a lot to watch. thank you for the update, bonnie. appreciate it. i want to turn to presidential politics. republicans continue to lash out at president obama over his isis strategy. here's senator marco rubio earlier on the "today" show. >> speak to our allies in the region, there is no feeling that barack obama is trying to put together a coalition with that sense of urgency. the feeling is that we're taking airstrikes, says but they seem to be cosmetic, not well targeted or well coordinated on the ground. >> over 6,000 airstrikes in the region, though. how is that not coordinated? >> the way the rules of engagement have not allowed them to be as successful as necessary. they've unnecessarily avoided taking strikes because they're concerned if they blow up the oil plant, that there might be civilians, even just one killed, and look, that's always a legitimate concern, but we must destroy the revenue source,
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which is the ability to generate oil. >> i want to bring in contributing writer for "essence" magazine and also republican congressman tom davis of virginia. to both of you, thanks for spending your thanksgiving morning with us here. i want to start with you and in talking about marco rubio as we just heard from him, you know, there seems to be somewhat rising but no big surge here. >> right. >> so is that an indication that when it comes to republican voters, that they're not necessarily sold on rubio or are they just sold more on trump? >> i think that donald trump is at perhaps his ceiling. he's been about 25% to 30% this entire summer leading into the caucuses in february. and i think that we might be seeing a moment in which he's reached his ceiling. he's running a largely substance-free campaign, full of personal insults and a lot of bluster that resonates with a certain segment of the base. and then you have the rest of the republican primary base that's looking for someone else. is ben carson? is it ted cruz? is it marco rubio? i think marco rubio is trying to
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appeal to the young voter, the young republican. but at the same time, i think that certainly you can't just come out and say i'm opposed to everything that the obama administration is doing against isil without putting forward actually substantive proposals. >> it's interesting because we've seen the surges. we've seen the carson surm soso. the ted cruz surge in iowa as well, but it seems kin s consis trump is staying afloat. since 9/11, the republicans have been the party of national security. voters out there, especially in light of paris, especially with all the security and safety about terrorism that we're seeing out there today, the republicans have been that party. so is that going to be the case this time around when it comes to national security? >> well, if that's the issue, i think it tends to favor the republicans going into the general election. but look, you almost have a year before the next election. and you have a couple months before you have basically your iowa caucuses, and then you get into new hampshire. and i will guarantee you the numbers are going to flip around and front-runners are going to be moving back and forth as
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these campaigns really engage now with their campaign ads, get their organizations on the ground. the donald trump phenomenon has basically been with the noncollege white voters, and they have stayed loyal to him, but he doesn't seem to have much of a base outside of that as you take a look at it. and as these other campaigns now start running ads against trump, something we haven't seen prior to this, we'll see if those numbers can be sustained. i'm frankly skeptical. >> well, it's interesting, too, when you talk about the ads we've seen in the past when it comes to those candidates who are attacking trump and we've seen those numbers drop, interesting to see how the next republican debate will come into play and who will take that as an opportunity to possibly see a surge. that's on december 15. what needs to happen? what do we need to hear from jeb bush who has spent money, so much money, is trying so hard, but we're not seeing anything. what do they need to do? >> i think they just need to stand out. i think trump, the ability to
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suck up all the oxygen in the room and be the person that is essentially entertaining the large crowds and the debate audiences. but i think that he being la l. real substance. >> but why aren't republicans as far as voters seeing -- >> why don't they care -- >> why, you know, continuously makes these remarks. >> right. >> 9/11 cheering. he's still staying on top. >> let me say when you have eight or nine people on the stage, it's not really a debate. you know, it's show and tell. and the candidate can come up with the flowery phrase or the quick turn, can basically capture the crowd. and for substantive people, a kasich or a bush, it's really not their format, and they'll really have to adjust to this to stand out in the crowd. but once the debates are through, you'll still have your campaigns on the ground in iowa and in new hampshire. you need to take a look at who's building the infrastructure there. and i don't see a lot of infrastructure there for some of these front-runners. >> let's do a little predicting of the future when it comes to two months away from the iowa
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caucuses. we have more time, congressman, i'll ask you the same thing. what will this field look like? >> i really don't know because if you asked me in july would trump still be in first place on thanksgiving, i would have thought you were crazy. but you know, i think that he's -- i think congressman davis is correct, that the infrastructure is what's important here. do you have the field operation to get evangelical voters in all 99 counties in iowa to come out and caucus for you. rick santorum was successful at that. will carson will be able to get the same number to the polls? i don't know. it's certainly entertaining to watch. i hope that we in the media, at least, start to listen to some of the lack of substance that trump is putting forward because he's really not saying anything. >> we're out of time, but congressman, davis, what will this field look like very quickly? >>le with i look for ted cruz in iowa. this is a very conservative electorate there. new hampshire, completely different because you have independents allowed to vote, same-day registration. whoever wins iowa won't win new hampshire. >> and it's going to be a fast
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two months. we'll all be watching. to both of you, thank you. happy thanksgiving. still ahead, new details surrounding the death of a football legend, frank gifford. his family confirming he suffered from a concussion-related disease. and it is creating critical dialogue among parents and also student athletes. and we've been showing our viewers' reasons for being thankful this thanksgiving. send us yours usin using #whyimthankful. can you help santa with a new data plan? sure thing... uh right now you can get 15 gigs of data for the price of 10. that's five extra gigs for the same price. looks like someone just made it to the top of the nice list. in that case, i want a new bicycle, a bike helmet, a basketball, a stuffed animal that talks when you squeeze it. and... yes, yes. i got your letter. we're good. oh. okay i was just making sure. get 15 gigs for the price of 10 now at at&t.
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my mom can print amazing things right from her computer. [ whirring ] [ train whistle blows ] my mom makes trains that are friends with trees. [ train whistle blows ] ♪ my mom works at ge. ♪ the revelation by frank gifford's team fa he suffered from cte as it's known is stirring the debate over head concussions and sports. his family released a statement yesterday saying that they will, quote, continue to support the national football league and its recent on-field rule changes and procedures to make the game frank loved so dearly and the players he advocated so tirelessly for as safe as possible. joining me now via skype is
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former nfl player ben utecht. his career ended because of concussions. ben, thanks for being with us. i want to ask you when you heard this news from frank gifford's family about that, does that change the dynamic at all of this debate over head injuries in football? >> well, clearly i think it once again supports that concussions are an externality of this game. we're not going to get away from that. and the more and more players, great players like frank gifford who pass are going to reveal to us how serious concussions and the long-term effects that they have on players and their families' lives is a very real thing. >> i have to ask you, from somebody who played on the field and especially in light of the nfl investigating why rams quarterback case keenum wasn't tape out of sunday's game. you saw that video. he was tested for a concussion when his head slammed on the field. so talk about that. when it comes to nfl's new protocols, what do you see as being realistically done or
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changed when it comes to this game and head injuries? >> well, i was very excited at the beginning of this year to have a nonbiased neurospecialist up in a media box able to really step in and save our players like case keenum who clearly had a concussion and was disabled on the field. unfortunately, that protocol failed us this last sunday. and we need to make sure that the brain is a priority, that it's more important than a game. it's more important than winning. really this is an issue of culture. >> sure. >> and how we actually look at this game. >> but how do you do that and target that when this starts especially -- you know, i grew up in texas, friday night football is just a phenomenon. it is an event. the culture of the nfl, not only is it a game, it is a business, too. so how do you change that culture? >> that is the question because i say this all the time about education and awareness. it doesn't matter if you don't care about it. we need to find a way to get the
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fans of america to care, to care that this -- that this game, unfortunately because of head trauma, can have a serious effect on players' lives. and at a professional level, really all we can do is come up with the best protocols we can and hopefully ensure long-term health. i've been saying this for a long time. the nfl should be covering long-term health for players through insurance. we need to make sure that if, in fact, players are diagnosed in the future, that they are covered and that their families are covered so that this doesn't have to be a burden upon them. >> how tough was it for you, your career ended. you suffered from traumatic head injuries. how badly were you affected by them? >> it's -- you know, i've been very vulnerable about this, at 34 years old, i suffer from some memory problems. and i look back, and i try to find really some of the most important memories in the past 15 years of my life, and some of them are gone. i think ahead to what the next
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15, 20 years looks like in my life. and i just celebrated the birth of my fourth daughter. and as a husband and father, i sit back and, you know, i am afraid about a day where i wake up and i don't recognize my wife or my children. and that's why i advocate so strongly for the players. we want to protect the players. we want to still have a game that we can enjoy on sunday, but we want to do it knowing that players are being taken care of, especially children, especially children. children should not be entering contact football at 7 years old. >> we've had that discussion when it comes to football, when it comes to soccer. certainly my household with my 3-year-old son. it's certainly something to think about in light of this new news. ben utecht, thank you very much and wishing you the best in the years to come. >> thank you. well, as we speak, there is a meeting under way between russian president vladimir putin and french president francois hollande. the goal is to take down isis
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at this hour, french president francois hollande and russian president vladimir putin are expected to meet face to face. it is the first sit-down between two leaders since the terrorist attacks in paris. and this is also the first meeting since turkey shot down a russian fighter jet this week. and that incident could make it tougher to get full russian cooperation in the international coalition against isis. nbc's joe fryer is standing by in our london bureau. joe, let's talk about the goals for france going into this meeting and how they differ from russia's. >> yeah, first of all, we are hearing just within the last few minutes that president hollande has arrived in moscow to meet with putin. his goal is to get france, the u.s. and russia all on the same page when it comes to battling isis. but that's especially hard after the russian plane was shot down by turkey. experts say the u.s. and france will have to work very hard to de-escalate the situation between russia and turkey and
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try to get them into some sort of coalition. now, when it comes to building that broad anti-isis coalition, the biggest disagreement right now between the west and russia is still over syrian president assad who russia continues to support. earlier this week hollande said that assad cannot be the future of syria. for today's meeting, the french president hopes to make progress on a few issues including focusing airstrikes on isis militants, not the syrian opposition in the area. of course, the downed plane has complicated things this week. today we're hearing dueling comments from the leaders of the two countries. putin calling for turkey to apologize and turkey's president, erdogan, saying there will be no apologies. russia now is also threatening economic sanctions against turkey. the two countries are at odds over what actually happened in the skies near the syrian border on tuesday, disagreeing on where the plane was actually flying and whether the pilots were warned. turkey has been saying the jet was warned ten times in a five-minute period. but one of the pilots on the
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russian plane, the one who survived after he ejected and was later rescued, he's saying the plane was never warned. both countries have said there are no plans to go to war. but putin also saying he will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in syria. so he's also discouraging russians from traveling to turkey. so all of this just adds to what was already a difficult task for the french president, hollande, as he works to build this coalition. again, he has landed in moscow to talk with putin. and we do expect to hear from both leaders after their meeting. frances? >> it will be interesting to hear the outcome of the meetings and also what they both say publicly when they make that address. nbc's joe fryer in london, appreciate the update. thank you. we want to talk about that especially with that meeting, president hollande's meeting with vladimir putin here and the focus of airstrike strategies of the united states and france and russia above syria. and bring in colonel jack jacobs, msnbc military analyst and medal of honor recipient joining me once again on this thanksgiving morning. colonel jack, thank you. appreciate it.
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we saw president obama and president hollande publicly pitch the russians on the idea of adjusting their airstrike targets this week. would that happen? would they listen, and what do you think hollande hears from vladimir putin privately today in >> well, i don't think the rush yab russians are going to shift their focus. they're focused on propping up bashar al assad at least long enough so that when assad is finally gone, russia has a seat at the table, has a say in what syria looks like after assad. i don't think russia's going to stop bombing opponents of assad. they're going to keep on doing that. hollande is going to try desperately to get some sort of coalition together and to keep the russians and the turks from having at it over the tactics involved. you know, the russians have been bombing turkmen in syria for a long, long time, and that's the
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thing that really got turkey's goat. and i think motivated them finally to say that's enough and knocked down the su-24. it's going to be difficult if not impossible to change putin's mind about what he wants to do. he's focused on holding on to assad and therefore syria later on. he's had a lot of problems in crimea and other places. he's weak internally because he's under a lot of criticism for fragmenting his effort to defend -- to achieve russia's strategic objectives. i think he's probably -- unless he gets convinced otherwise by somebody, and i don't think it's going to be hollande, i think that putin's going to stay the course and continue doing what he's doing and not bombing isis. instead bombing opponents of assad. >> i'll ask you, since we didn't touch on this earlier, bigger picture here in the fight against isis and combatting that. when you're looking specifically at airstrikes there and how many have said, you know, it's for
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the effective in defeating isis in that region. how precise and how coordinated do these efforts need to be going forward, and really outside of, you know, there's the diplomacy there, but what needs to happen? >> well, a couple of things. i mean, you've focused on a very interesting question here. both a strategic and tactical one. on the tactical side, you have to have coordination of all the assets in the air and on the ground, have rules of engagement, have protocols so that you don't wind up inadvertently bombing friendlies, taking down their aircraft so that you can focus on what the objective is. but strategically, you all have to agree on what the objective is. and that hasn't happened, as we suggested earlier. that's probably not going to happen because the united states, france and quite frankly the rest of the west is focused on one thing, that is getting rid of assad. and russia and its ally, iran, is focused on something else, exactly the opposite, holding on
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to assad. i don't think these two are going to -- i don't think these two objectives are admissible, and i think in the end, you're going to wind up having lots of incidents like this. may not go to war, but you're going to have lots of incidents like this in the future, frances. >> colonel jack jacobs, as always, appreciate your perspective. thank you very much. coming, a global day of giving back. how you can help others for giving tuesday. first, see or not to see the movies that might be worth your time this holiday week end, and your money as well. plus, more of our viewers' reasons for being thankful this thanksgiving. be sure to send us yours. #wh #why #whyimthankful. thankful for that little guy. lots of love out there on this thanksgiving. want bladder leak underwear that moves like you do?
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luckily we have kim serafin with us. so nice to have you side by side and not in l.a. you've got "the hunger games," "mockingjay." you have the people who are diehards already. i never caught on. can i with this? >> you can. i was one of those people who read the books so i was excited for the movies to come out. i mean, you probably should know at least what you're going into. it's better for people who have seen the first three. but you could still appreciate it because you probably heard about "mockingjay," you've heard about jennifer lawrence for sure. this movie actually didn't do as well as predicted. it still made over $100 million when it opened last weekend, so this is definitely good for any movie but lower than some of the first movies. but it's the conclusion. it's the finale. it's the last time we get to see jennifer lawrence as katniss. does she pick peeta? you know it doesn't end on the most positive, happy note. it's a sad series of movies. >> you are excited about apollo
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"creed" and "rocky." sometimes why ruin a good thing? but in this case, you're, like, it makes it even better. >> exactly. you think can they really do another kind of "rocky" bringing back sylvester stallone? except this time he's kind of the aging mentor to a young up-and-coming boxer to apollo creed, his enemy turned friend. this is great. it's inspirational. michael b. jordan is fantastic in this role. he's a guy, he has boxing in his blood obviously. and he goes to philadelphia, leaves his good job in california, goes to philadelphia to seek out rocky balboa to train him to become a boxer. it really has a lot of heart. it's gotten great reviews. this is definitely a movie to see, and it really carries on the rocky franchise. >> during the holidays, there's always got to be something for families and kids, something animated. my kids, the first moment they saw this picture, i want to see it! the big dinosaur? "the good dinosaur." >> pixar movie. pixar often releases movies
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around thanksgiving. they did "frozen," disney obviously did "frozen." >> oh, yes, i'm very familiar. >> yes, yes. so pixar released this. it's the second movie pixar has released this year after "inside out." this movie is pixar, you know, beautiful gorgeous scenery. maybe doesn't have this kind of story with as much heart maybe as other pixar movies, says but the scenery is just gorgeous. it's like imagine if an asteroid didn't take out the dinosaurs and make them extinct 65 million years ago and the dinosaurs were still living and had a farm, that's basically where this movie is. >> who does the voice? there's got to be one big voice in there, unwith big fame, right? anybody big? >> yeah, there's a few good voices. no, like, huge a-list stars. >> yeah. i mean, "inside out" had amy poehler. >> yes, yes. >> so many really big names. you're saying that the movie will carry this one. >> yes. and see it in 3-d. you know, see just, like, the water rippling and the mountain scenery. just looking at it. just look at the -- >> then you also have our last
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option when it comes to what you call the dude movies, seth rogen in this one. mindy kaling, miley cyrus for "the night before." what is this one about? i can't figure out what it's about. >> it's a bro humor, bro comedy, bromance, you know, pick one. but it's seth rogen. picture a seth rogen movie which usually involves drugs. >> yeah. >> jokes about drugs, sexual situations, jokes about sexual situations, more jokes about drugs. more drugs. >> seth rogen. >> it's funny but it's comedy. it's that kind of crass humor. r-rated comedy. three guys, says for 14 years they've done a christmas eve go out and party and they decide they're in their early 30s, it's time to stop it and they'll have one last big blowout. >> one dude movie and a chick flick, "sisters." i think amy poehler and tina fey together. i can't wait for that one. >> it opens against "star wars," though, so interesting. different audience, but yeah, it opens later this month.
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no matter where you live, there are children in your community who are hungry. right now, those children need someone they can count on. when you donate to support no kid hungry, that can be you. >> that was actor jeff bridges, national spokesperson for the no kid hungry campaign. nearly 16 million children are struggling with hunger in the united states. that is a shocking one in five
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american kids. since this upcoming tuesday is giving tuesday here at msnbc, a global day of giving back, we are highlighting one organization that's fighting back against that statistic. chuck scofield is executive vice president at share our strength, the nonprofit organization behind the no kid hungry campaign. thank you so much. on a day where so many people will be rubbing their bellies saying i'm so full, you got to think about these kids who are hungry and are so every day. tell us about the no kid hungry campaign. >> thank you. happy thanksgiving to you and thank you for this opportunity. the no kid hungry campaign, we launched it in 2010 to really make sure we could end childhood hunger here in this country. as you noted, we have one in five children who struggle with hunger, that's 15.3 million kids struggling with hunger. it simply just doesn't have to be the case. we have too many neighbors who are in need.
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45 million americans are living below the poverty line for the fourth year in a row. also, we crossed a recent threshold actually with more than half of kids who are going to public school, that's 51% of them are coming from low income families. as daunting as these type of statistics can be, the good news is really it doesn't have to be this way. we can end childhood hunger in this country. that's exactly what the no kid hungry campaign does. we surround kids with nutritious food where they live and learn and play. >> tell me more about those efforts and the way these lives are changed. you are saying you started in 2010. that's five years. what are the changes you have seen so far since you started no kid hungry? >> well, it's really an effort amongst all these different nonprofit partners that we work with all across the united states. community partners at the local level that we are connecting these kids with school breakfast in the morning, after-school meals, summer meals, and it's really working. since we launched the campaign in 2010, we have actually
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connected kids with an additional 460 million meals. >> it's also got to be fulfilling for the families, for the kids to see how you have made a difference but also satisfying for the volunteers and the people who have helped along the way. on giving tuesday and on this day where people are thankful for what they have and want to give back, how can they help? >> giving tuesday is such a special initiative. we are so excited to be part of it this coming tuesday. really encourage folks to go to the no kid hungry.org site and donate on tuesday. one of my favorite parts about it, we have these two incredible corporate partners, hickory farms and kettle brand, each of whom are matching up to $100,000 of those donations. so what the no kid hungry campaign does is when you invest $1 in the campaign, it enables us to connect kids with up to ten meals. if we are able to achieve that match on giving tuesday it means an additional two million meals for kids in need. >> something we will remember on this hash tag giving tuesday. chuck, thank you so much for
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joining us and the work you're doing for our kids. we thank you for being with me for the past three hours on this thanksgiving day. i'm frances rivera. we appreciate it. from all of us at msnbc, have a great happy and safe thanksgiving. surprise!!!!! we heard you got a job as a developer! its official, i work for ge!! what? wow... yeah! okay... guys, i'll be writing a new language for machines so planes, trains, even hospitals can work better. oh!
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