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our electoral process moving forward. in the meantime, stay tuned. that does it for tonight. rach legal be back tomorrow. and i will see you this weekend on my show, "a.m. joy."
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and the president himself came under questioning as to why he did not raise bigger flags in the heat of the election. >> and the president had very strong feelings about the race and the candidates involved in the race, and he believed political activity should be separate from the intelligence communities analysis of russian malicious cyber activity. there's ample evidence that was known long before the election, and in most cases long before october about the trump campaign in russia, everything from the republican nominee himself calling on russia to hack his opponent. it might be an indication that he was obviously aware and concluded, based on whatever facts or sources he had available to him that russia was involved. >> and in addition, it was
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mentioned trump had extensive lucrative ties to the kremlin, lewis. and then following another data breach impacting more than 1 billion user accounts, the company was hit hard by a third party hacker, and the data-like users names, and encrypted passwords were accessed. bloomberg reports that more than 150,000 u.s. employees are among the victims and this is after the company revealed back in september and a separate hack took place in 2014, and that was said to be the biggest cyber security breach ever. yahoo said, we have connected some of the activity to the same state sponsored actor to be responsible for the data theft that the company disclosed in
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december 22nd of 2016, and this comes among yahoo's sell to verizon, and verizon released a statement, as we said all along we will evaluate the investigation. another day and another cease-fire agreement in aleppo. the new deal was agreed upon by rebel fighters and the syrian government, and it has been in effect since this morning, and this comes after a cease-fire deal brokered by russian and turkish officials yesterday shortly after taking affect. it's said to be filled with civilians. the human rights office of the united nations said that's what is going on in syria, and it most likely constitutes war crimes adding yesterday's
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bombardants were cruel and grotesque. the state department says secretary of state john kerry spoke with his russian counterparts yesterday, stressing the need as the cease-fire, and this is not the first time the events in aleppo have drawn worldwide outrage and little response, and there was a devastate pregnant video of a boy covered in blood and looking stunned in the back of an ambulance, and then this photo, a boy washed ashore >> the red line was crossed.
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how do you say assad must go and then do nothing about it and then draw the red line and then have the red line crossed and then back down? >> what message does that send the world? >> a very bad one. so often our greatest strength is our greatest weakness and what of president obama's strength is caution, and in this case he needed to move with more, and i agree with david and he will look back in deep sorrow and some shame. >> i can tell you under president obama's leadership the united states has been at the front of a diplomatic solution in syria. president obama has been making start strae taepblgic decisions that protect carefully the u.s. interest with regard to around the world. and we have not seen as much progress a we would like, and
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there are innocent syrian women and children that died because of it. and dylann roof's team could not produce evidence about his mental health. and the final witness was poly shepherd who testified about hiding under the table, and at one point he told her to, quote, shut up, and roof told her he would spare her life so she could tell the story. a warning to viewers that this could be a tough thing to listen to. >> please answer, oh, god. >> 911, what is the address of the imagine? >> emanuel church stphpl.
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>> and there's people shot? >> yeah, he shot the pastor and he shot all the men and police come right away. >> okay, my partner is going to get help on the way while i get more information from you. stay on the line with me? >> he's still here. >> and you said -- were you able to see the gun? do you know what kind of gun it was? >> i don't know anything about guns. >> where are the weapons now? >> he's got it in his hand and he's reloading. >> he's reloading? okay, i need you to bear with me. how many shots has he fired? >> i don't know, so many, and there's so many people dead, i think. >> you said there are so many people dead? >> i think they're dead, yes. >> such a chilling call and horrific thing to listen to
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there. nine people were killed inside the church that day, and roof is charged with 33 federal counts including hate crimes charges, and what we have seen from the trial so far, it's to cvince jurors the death penalty. >> that was tough. and then trump's incoming chief of staff, reince priebus, toyed with the idea of changing the press secretary's daily briefings to journalist, and such changes could give the appearance of the white house playing favorites with the press. over the course of the campaign, trump denied credentials to reporters to some as you will remember. and then a sucker punch
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caught on camera, and james franklin mcgraw was accused of punching jones in the face, and the two men were in court yesterday for a hearing on mcgraw's case and they were able to put their differences aside. >> you know what you did and i know what i know what i did, and i am not going to say i am wrong or you were wrong, but it was between two men, and we both know what occurred. if i were to met you on the street and the same thing occurred, i would have said go home, and that's what i am saying. we were caught up in a political mess today and you haand me nee
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to heal our country. [ applause ] >> nice to see a happy ending there. at that hearing mcgraw pleaded no contest and was given a year of unsupervised probation. >> that was something to smile about. a scary scene in portland as snowy roads caused a school bus to slide down a hill. and then a three quarter court heave last night, and not enough to defeat the utah jazz. nice shot, though. those stories and more when we come right back. (man) my dad and i have the same eyes.
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all right. check out that winter storm. that's oregon. uh-huh. the state patrol had to close one highway for several hours after three different avalanches yesterday. it's easy to believe looking at this video. other areas of central oregon have seen more than a foot and a half of snow. in portland, one woman shot this video. that's a school bus sliding down a hill and it crashed into a parked truck. then it hit another car. three or four children were on the bus with the driver. none of them appear to be seriously injured. several school districts reported that school buses were significantly delayed because of the weather. i don't know, bill karins. i think those buses ought to be off the streets when it's like that. what's the point? >> that's when you cancel school. just got word that cleveland metro schools are closed for the day. snow band right over them. there are delays and chance chance collations. 44 million people under the windchill advisory from north dakota all the way through new england, even as far south as
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ashville, north carolina. about half a million people could go to negative 30 to negative 40. that's the dangerous category. as far as the windchills right now, the worst of it is from chicago to minneapolis to green bay. that's where we're still in the negative territory. negative 18 in chicago. how about indianapolis, not exactly the coldest spot in the country. right nowt negative 10. fargo is at negative 26. this blue line, that's the leading edge of the arctic siberian cold air heading across the region. yesterday when this went through buffalo, we got a lot of time-lapse video. they had one of those classic bands of snow, clear as could be. the band comes in. it snows hard for about two hours. it put down about a quick 4 to 5 inches. just like that, it was in and then it was gone. so as far as the windchill is going to go, it'll get a lot worse today in areas of new england. temperatures will fall. it's actually warmer this morning in areas like d.c., philly, new york, and boston, than it will be later on today. tomorrow morning is the worst of
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it. burlington will feel like negative 19. boston will feel like negative 17. not only will the windchills be that low, we have high-wind warnings for 60 million people. the wind will go up to 60 miles per hour. so tonight as you go to bed, those winds will be howling. it will be one of those nights where the house is shaking a bit. thankfully the leaves are off the trees. i was mentioning some of those bands of snow. here's cleveland. this is why the school district has just closed. this is a six-hour loop. for the last four hours, about two inches an hour of snow has been sitting over the top of the sit. the plows can't keep up with that and can't get the roads cleared in time. we also have a really heavy band of snow further to the north. very difficult drive up interstate 81. this band is classic, about 3 to 4 inches an hour. this is called one of the snow capitals of the entire country. they could end up with feet of snow bit end of today just south of watertown. a lot going on, alex.
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i didn't even get to the snowstorm that's going to move across the country as we go throughout the upcoming friday/saturday time period. >> i had to smile when you said buffalo. quick drop of 4 to 5 inches. that's buffalo. thanks, bill. still ahead, the nfl owners pave the way for the raiders and chargers to move. then we show you this windmill dunk. stay tuned for that. sports is next with louis.
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feed your inner kid welcome back. time now for sports. new details surrounding that bizarre story out of college football where an investigation by wake forest university concluded radio announcer tommy elrod had been providing opponents with game prep information since back in 2014. louisville athletic director confirmed yesterday that the team's offensive coordinator received information from elrod, who has since been fired from the radio network, and banned from wake forest athletic facilities. but his comments appear t contradict those of the cardinals head coach, bobby pennsylvania tr petrino, who said he had no knowledge of the situation after the discovery of documents left behind by louisville. meanwhile, army athletic director confirmed to "sports illustrated" that the school has been contacted by wake forest
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officials about potential leaks of its game plan. turning now to the nfl, where the arizona cardinals have released receiver michael floyd following a dui arrest early monday morning. police say floyd, the cards' 2012 first round draft pick, was found unconscious at the wheel of his running vehicle stopped at an intersection. he will now be subject to waivers. in some other pro football headlines, a green light from nfl owners on the moving the san diego chargers and the oakland raiders. owners yesterday okayed a plan to let the chargers raise half of the $650 million relocation fee required to move to los angeles and also approved a lease between the chargers and the rams, who are currently billing a stadium in california should the chargers choose to move by january 15th. meanwhile, the only thing left
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for the raiders to do is submit a formal proposal to relocate to las vegas, where lawmakers have dedicated $750 million for a new dome stadium. they will reportedly submit their application once their season is over. now for some action on the court. an exciting ending to the first quarter by the thunder and utah. >> joe johnson, around and out. a three-quarter shot at the horn. oh, and hit it! >> okc heaves a 75-foot swish to beat the buzzer and close out the opening quarter against the jazz. the thunder don't have much success after that. russell westbrook a bit off the mark for the second game in a row, shooting 7 for 25 from the floor with a 20-point loss. the pressure to perform appearing to affect westbrook, who admitted to reporters that the recent media spotlight is getting to him. >> honestly, man, you know, people and this triple-double thing is kind of getting on my
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nerves. people think if i don't get it, it's a big thing. if i get it, i get it. if i don't, i don't. i really don't care. all i care about is winning. all right. let's go to brooklyn, where larry nance jr. comes over the top with the mega slam in the third quarter. the high-flying jam isn't enough to beat brooklyn. l.a. drops their eighth straight game 107-97. but it must be in the genes. earlier this week we showed you the raptors' terrance ross failed to finish on a windmill dunk against the bucs. he gave it another try in philadelphia last night. this time the 2013 slam dunk champion is flawless in his execution, putting on a show at the wells fargo center. the raptors beat the sixers 123-114. that's how it's done. he couldn't miss it the second time in a row. that would have been really bad.
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>> he's so good. can i just say, this wake forest radio announcer story is juskan. >> it's going to get bigger. all right. donald trump offers an olive branch of sorts to some of the silicon valley leaders who supported hillary clinton during the election. those stories and more coming up next. i thought i married an italian. my lineage was the vecchios and zuccolis. through ancestry, through dna i found out that i was only 16% italian. he was 34% eastern european. so i went onto ancestry, soon learned that one of our ancestors we thought was italian was eastern european. this is my ancestor who i didn't know about. he looks a little bit like me, yes. ancestry has many paths to discovering your story. get started for free at ancestry.com
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welcome back, everyone. i'm alex witt alongside louis
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burgdorf. we're approaching the bottom of the hour. we're going to start you off with the morning's top stories. president obama has allowed sanctions against iran to be renewed but without actually signing off on the legislation to do so. the president was expected to sign the measure in a symbolic move, but last night's midnight deadline came and went. iran claims the sanctions, which are now in place for another ten years, violates the nuclear deal struck with the u.s. and world powers last year. the trump transition team is responding to criticism from democrats that it's trying to purge department of energy personnel who worked on climate change. earlier this week, the associated press reported on a questionnaire that the agency receiv fm the trump team asking for the information of employees who worked on the issue. the transition team now says that request was, quote, not authorized, and that, quote, the person who sent it has been properly counseled. and it's official, donald trump has named michigan republican party chairwoman romney mcdaniel to take the
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reigns of the republican national party. trump became the first republican to win michigan since 1988. a lot of big business news to get to this morning. let's start with that massive breach from yahoo!. a newly discovered hacking that the company says affects more than a billion accounts. nancy, it's being called the biggest -- one of the biggest breaches ever. what kind of effect is this going to have on the markets today? >> well, that's right. the biggest cyber attack in history, they believe, with 1 billion accounts affected. that's double the amount we heard from the previous hack attack. the big concern here when you talk about a market reaction is whether or not it will impact verizon's planned $4.8 billion acquisition of yahoo!'s internet business. analysts say it could threaten that deal or at the very least could lead to a discount price. verizon has said they'll review the broader impact before making any decisions.
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broader speaking, markets continue to watch reaction to the fed decision yesterday, making the second decision there in ten years when we talk about the rate hike of a quarter point. that was widely expected. the surprise coming in the fed's guidance when they talk about expectations for at least three rate hikes that year. that helped move stocks lower on wall street. but the fed also faced a lot of questions surrounding donald trump and the impact of his expected economic policies. fed chair janet yellen was asked specifically about president-elect's comments on companies and recent comments he had made on twitter. one report asked miss yellen whether or not she was worried that this could distort markets somehow. take a listen to what she had to say. >> i'm not going to offer the incoming president advice about how to conduct himself in policy. i'm a strong believer in the independence of the fed. we have been given the
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independence by congress to make decisions about monetary policy in pursuit of our dual mandate objectives of maximum employment and inflation. that is what i intend to stay focused on. that's what the committee is focused on. >> elsewhere, we know that the price of drugs has become a political hot potato, and more recently we're hearing now the justice department has accused two former generic pharmaceutical executives of colluding with other generic drug manufacturers on a certain antibiotics and diabetes drug. why this is significant is because it's the first criminal charges stemming from a two-years investigation on the case. pfizer has received a letter from the senate requesting more information about the price of one of its drugs which targets the effects of an opioid
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overdose. the drug's price rose almost 600%, but pfizer is saying in a statement at the request of cnbc that its drug is priced responsibly. guys, back to you for now. >> we'll keep an eye on the yahoo!/verizon acquisition. nancy, thanks so much. let's go now to an nbc news exclusive. what intelligence officials say is evidence that russian president vladimir putin was an active player in the cyber operation that targeted democrats and the hillary clinton campaign. cynthia mcfadden has more on what officials believe motivated the plot. >> reporter: nbc news can report that vladimir putin was personally involved in the russian attempt to disrupt the u.s. election. two senior intelligence officials with direct access to all the information tell nbc news the new intelligence is derived from diplomatic sources and others, including spies
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working for america's allies. specifically, a high-level intelligence official tells nbc news putin's role was directing the use of the hacked material. putin's objectives were multifacetted. what began as a vendetta against hillary clinton morphed into an effort to show corruption in american politics and to split off key american allies by creating the image that other countries couldn't depend on the u.s. to be a credible global leader anymore. >> he has had a vendetta against hillary clinton. that's been known for a long time. he wants to discredit american democracy and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal democratic order. and most certainly he likes president-elect trump's views on russia. now it sounds like we have evidence to support those hypotheses. >> cynthia reports that as part of its contingency planning on how to respond, u.s. intelligence dug into putin's personal empire and concluded his network controls some $85
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billion wort of assets within russia. meanwhile, the white house is pushing back on complaints that the president should have waited more forcefully into blaming russia if they knew the deck was being stacked against hillary clinton. >> it would have been inappropriate for white house figures, including the president of the united states, to be rushing the intelligence community to expedite their analysis of the situation because we were concerned about the negative impact it was having on the president's preferred candidate in the presidential election. that would have been all the more damaging in an environment in which you have the republican nominee without evidence suggesting that the election is rigged. it's important for our intelligence community to be shielded from that kind of political interference or political influence. >> he's sort of paralyzed and can allow the russias open-field
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running as long as they attack in a way that the president himself feels awkward about intervening on, right? i mean, this was a russian effort on the most important electoral process in the united states, and you're saying that the president himself had difficulty responding simply because of the politics of responding? >> no, i'm not ascribing any difficulty here. i'm merely stating the facts, which is that the president believed it was important for the intelligence community to formulate in advance of the election, if possible, the most definitive analysis that they could make public. and that's what they did a month before the election. unfortunately, that didn't seem to change the way this was considered or reported on by the media. >> the trump administration is trying to cement the top of the state department with rex tillerson, the exxonmobil ceo,
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and former u.n. ambassador john bolton as deputy. tillerson will retire from the isle behemoth by year's end. at issue, whether to grant him more than $175 million in stock compensation that he is currently eligible for only upon hitting the retirement age of 65 in march. such a move would reportedly go against company policy and could prove to be tough optics for exxon. the more immediate challenge is getting tillerson through a confirmation process with some republican senators leery over his business ties to vladimir putin. and there are growing concerns at trump tower that john bolton will face significant obstacles as well. "the new york times" reports venerated republican figures are privately voicing resistance, including condoleezza rice. rex tillerson himself has expressed misgivings about having bolton as his deputy,
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according to a person who has spoken to mr. trump in recent days. but mr. bolton remains under consideration for the job. this is a conversation worth sticking around for. jeremy is going to join "morning joe" in the next hour. and there are new details surrounding an incident where donald trump's pick for national security adviser reportedly shared classified information with foreign military officers in afghanistan. the investigation dates back to 2010 when complaints surfaced that general michael flynn reportedly revealed sensitive details about cia operations. flynn, who was later pushed out as director of the defense intelligence agency, was not disciplined for the breach because the military found no actual threat to national security. still, the episode puts scrutiny on the retired general, who is one of hillary clinton's fiercest critics when it came to her mishandling of classified material. and president-elect donald trump is extending an olive branch of sorts to some of tech industry's biggest leaders as the two sides
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look to reset their troubled relationship during a high-profile meeting at trump tower yesterday. trump, along with president-elect mike pence and his three adult children, welcomed executives from companies including apple, facebook, amazon, tesla, and google. many of the silicon valley leaders at the table had supported hillary clinton during the presidential race and found themselves the target of trump's criticism during the campaign. but the president-elect pledged his aid in helping their companies continue to grow, even offering a direct line to the white house. >> perhaps even more importantly, we want you to keep going with the incredible innovation. there's nobody like you in the world. there's nobody like the people in this room. anything we can do to help this go along, we're going to be there for you. you'll call my people, you'll call me. it doesn't make any difference. we have no formal chain of command around here. >> now, while most of the
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executives kept mum following the meeting, amazon ceo jeff bezos said the following in a statement. quote, i found today's meeting with the president-elect and his transition team and tech leaders to be very productive. i share the view that the administration should make innovation one of its key pillars, which would create a huge number of jobs across the whole country in all sectors, not just tech, agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, everywhere. but there were not seats at the table for all. according to politico, twitter was told it was not welcome to the summit because the company refused a $5 million deal to create an emoji version of the hashtag crooked hillary during the presidential campaign. here's rnc communications director sean spicer on msnbc yesterday. >> you could list hundreds if not thousands of companies that weren't there. i think there was 25 companies there. facebook, google, amazon. you know, paypal, uber. as you mentioned, almost none of these guys except for peter
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thiel was out there supporting him. this isn't about who supported him and who didn't. the conference table was only so big. >> now, trump is also facing some backlash for having three of his adult children attend yesterday's meeting. some critics question whether their attendance and prominent role in the transition process presents a conflict of interest. president-elect trump announced that eric and donald jr. would take over his business interests once he takes office next month but postponed a scheduled news conference where he was set to announce plans for separating himself from his business interests, which present an unpresented potential for conflicts of interest when he takes office. this comes amid reports that donald trump jr. played a role in selecting the next secretary of state. the trump transition team has repeatedly defended the family's role in the transition process. yesterday rnc spokesperson sean spicer praised the transparency
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throughout the transition process. >> this is a totally transparent process. the people that he has trusted, he's made it very clear how much he values the input of his family. he put their names on the transition committee. i think every decision is ultimately made by donald trump, but there are a lot of people. look at the folks today. you could argue these tech titans, they're coming in and giving him advice and opinions. ultimately, he'll make every decision. >> they're not family members. >> but they have an interest in what happens in the government. the fact of the matter is, look -- >> they're not family members. >> i get they're not family members. but he's been unbelievably transparent in the role that his family will play in this. all right. one more story before we head to break. the cdc has declared a brownsville, texas, a yellow or cautionary zika zone. it's still warm enough for mosquitos to be active and pregnant women should avoid the area if possible. five home grown cases of the virus were detected in the city. over in florida, six new travel
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related cases of zika were reported yesterday, bringing the total in the sunshine state to well over 1200. still ahead this morning, extreme cold, coast-to-coast snow, and extreme cold again. bill karins breaks down the weather headlines. and one step forward, one step back. uber's first driverless cars hit the road yesterday in san francisco. the city says, not so fast. we're back in a moment. [burke] at farmers, we've seen almost everything, so we know how to cover almost anything. even a rodent ride-along.
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now they're down to negative 5. the cold air is heading toward the big cities in the east. it's slowly getting colder in new york and boston. windchills are now in the 20s. by this afternoon, those windchill numbers will be in the single digits. the winds will start howling too. it's still frigid back here in the midwest. here's the peak of the cold for areas in new england. it'll be tomorrow morning. this is at 6:00 a.m. this time tomorrow we're at negative 38 in bangor, maine. the real core of it, it's only in northern new england, still very cold from pittsburgh to new york but it's not going to be the really brutal stuff. of course, the lakes aren't frozen yet. we had a really warm november. the lake-effect bands have been epic. buffalo had a big one yesterday. cleveland is still in the middle of one. everyone is saying stay off the roads on the west side of cleveland because that band is just sitting over the top of you. you can see that orientation. the white in here is the heavy snow. it sat over the top of cleveland here for about the last four to six hours. that snow is piling up in a hurry. that's why schools are closed there. the other area getting really
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heavy snow is just to the north of syracuse, just south of watertown. that's the areas that typically get it. we have blizzard warnings that have been issued. it's going to get so windy later on today that areas near syracuse, you'll get some falling snow and what we call a ground blizzard. the winds will be up to 60 miles an hour. it will pick up that snow. very difficult conditions. we already have a big storm that's affecting california with a lot of heavy rain, a lot of heavy snow in oregon, even portland dealt with problems. icy weather in eugene yesterday. this storm is going to move across the country over the next couple days. this is the forecast snow. this blue is 6 inches. the pink is 9. this is a significant snowstorm. wisconsin, south dakota, minneapolis could get another 6 to 10 inches. you just had a windchill in minneapolis of about negative 20 to negative 30 for three straight days. now you're going to get half a foot to a foot of snow. then you're going to go back down to negative 20 again. just a brutal december there. notice wisconsin. that's 9 inches of snow. michigan, 6 to 9 inches. new york state too. that's going to move across the
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country. as far as travel goes, the southern half of the country looks ideal. the northern half of the country, it's setting up for an old-fashioned winter. certainly looking like it. >> thanks, bill. really looking forward to it being 3 degrees when i wake up at 2:00 a.m. >> could be worse if you were in caribou. a couple more stories. the future of driverless cars has hit a speed bump in san francisco. the ride-hailing company uber launched a small fleet of self-driving vehicles in the city yesterday. the california department of motor vehicles sent a letter to uber ordering the company to stop the service or face legal action. the dmv requires a permit to use autonomous vehicles on public roads. uber had previously argued that its cars do not meet the state's definition of an autonomous vehicle because we require a person behind the wheel to take over if something goes wrong. other companies like google, bmw, and gm had obtained licenses from the dmv. and a 1957 chevy convertible is being auctioned off on ebay. legendary rocker bruce
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springsteen's first car is up for sale. springsteen purchased the car in 1975 for just $2,000, according to the seller. the door is open, but the ride, it ain't free. right now the car is going for just over $120,000. the auction ends next week on monday night. that'll be no problem for you, right, alex? one "saturday night live" star is taking the lessons learned in studio 8h to the lights of broadway. producers for the smash hit "hamilton" have announced taran killam will be stepping into the role of king george. he will make his stage debut on january the 17th. >> it is a great role. i would sing the song that he sings that makes it famous, but i'll spare you all that. mean style, still ahead on a much more somber note, we're going to check in on the fragile cease-fire in aleppo. a new deal took effect this morning, but will it hold? we have a live report next. there is no typical day. there is nothing typical about making movies.
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welcome back, everyone. now to syria, where a new cease-fire agreement appearsing to holding in aleppo. more than 20 buses and a number of ambulances a set to evacuate those remaining inside that war demolished city. joining us live from london with more, nbc news foreign correspondent matt bradley. what's the latest there? >> good morning, alex. the evacuate of civilians from east aleppo is finally beginning. the russian minister of defense said the first convoy of buses carrying some 5,000 rebel
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fighters and their families had left the previously rebel-held eastern neighborhood. now, most of them will be taken to the relative peace of idlib, a rebel held province in northern syria. it's not entirely clear whether those buses have departed yet. live footage of the evacuation has showed the buses arriving but not yet departing. they'll be accompanied by russian troops, allies of the syrian regime. if you'll remember from yesterday, there had been a deal late tuesday evening to get noncombatants out of the city. that deal was delayed on wednesday morning and finally scrapped, leaving what's thought to be tens of thousands of people trapped in besieged parts of aleppo. so what we're seeing this morning is that deal reactivated. now, all of this as the battle for syria's largest city comes to a very violent end. aleppo has been locked in more than four years of street-by-street fighting between syria's government and its rebel opponents with the loss of aleppo, the uprising
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against syrian president bashar al assad will no longer lay claim to any major urban areas, but it's come as a massive cost. >> all right. thoughts and prayers this cease-fire holds. that's for sure. thank you, matt bradley, from london. when we come back, a look at the stories happening in the day ahead. (man) my dad and i have the same eyes.
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so before we toss it over across the studio to "morning joe," we're going to get a check on the stories you'll be hearing about in the day ahead. closing arguments are set for today in that murder trial against confessed charleston shooter dylann roof. defense attorneys rested their case yesterday without calling a single witness. roof is charged with 33 federal counts, and he faces the death penalty. the north carolina chapter of the naacp is set to hold a protest over what it calls attempts by republican lawmakers to curb the powers of the incoming democratic governor. during a surprise special session yesterday, lawmakers introduced measures that look to end the governor's control over election boards and substantially cut the number of state employees who serve him, excludeing those who have worked
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for outgoing republican governor pat mccrory. and crews here in new york city are prepping for new year's eve in times kwar. that's exciting. where are you going to be? what are you doing new year's eve? >> i'm going to be out of the country. secret. >> that does it for us. "morning joe" starts right now. >> we were called in august by the fbi that this vendor was hacked in june that we use. >> they said the russians did it? >> yes, the russians did it. >> why do you think the president-elect refuses to accept the russians were involved. it could have been the iranians or some guy in new jersey. >> well iranians are hacking into our system. if it's a 400-pound guy, it was a 400-pound russian guy. >> that's one way to

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