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say more with kisses deluxe. good morning, america. trapped inside. the oakland concert fire, young lives perishing in the flames. >> this is a devastating scene. >> concertgoers blinded and disoriented by thick, black smoke scrambling for the lone exit. am not finding it. >> at least nine people killed. possibly dozens more missing, the agonizing wait of friends and family praying for word. >> we're all looking for you, your mom, your dad, everybody. >> crews working through the night to carry out a grim search. >> this morning with the smoke cleared, survivors sharing their stories now thankful to be alive. the chaos inside as the flames broke out and the investigation that warehouse turned into a tinderbox.
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an artist community where people were living cluttered with old wood. >> and the slew of complaints this morning. >> debate, garbage and trash, those violations were accurate. >> could this all have been prevented? were the warning signs missed? complete coverage of this deadly fire starts right now. good sunday morning, everyone. thank you for joining us. and this is a solemn morning, a morning where we're still trying to understand the scope of the loss from this fire at a concert in oakland, california. inside a dilapidated warehouse which was known to hold parties. firefighters working through the night picking through debris from the burned out structure. a collapsed roof making the recovery efforts slow and potentially dangerous. >> overnight there was a memorial for the victims, people leaving flowers in memory of those who died as many questions are swirling right now over how this fire started. here's what we know so far. at least nine people killed.
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there are possibly dozens missing. this venue a spot known as the oakland ghost ship. >> yes, it's a tangle of makeshift spaces filled with clutter. some of the survivors telling us they lived there. officials say the building appeared to have no sprinklers. there were stacks of wooden palettes serving as kindling for this fire, but we're going to begin with the latest on this recovery effort. abc's neal karlinsky is in oakland to start off our team coverage. good morning, neal. >> reporter: paula, good morning. such a tragedy. it is still a very active scene out here right now but with one major problem. it's just too dangerous for fire officials to get into all of the areas of the structure that they're trying to reach right now because they're worried the entire building might come down on them. it was 11:32 p.m. when the calls came in. a party at this oakland warehouse and artist collective was erupting into an inferno flames ripping through windows. >> panic, man, panic, total
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panic. >> reporter: firefighters could be seen breaking in with pickaxes, desperate to reach people trapped inside. bob mule was on the first floor and saw flames spread so fast, he barely made it out. >> i had some pretty gnarly burns on my arm, hand, shoulder. >> reporter: by daybreak it was clear the fire was far worse than anyone imagined. >> it's very heartbreaking, and this is just an extreme version of the loss. >> reporter: dozens were reported missing. people began flooding facebook desperate to find lost loved ones. >> everybody on facebook is like they're going on her page and posting about her and how she related to their lives. >> i just want to know something. >> reporter: this man looking for his brother. >> i hate to say it, and i don't want to sound selfish, but i'm only thinking about my own -- and i have love for everybody. i don't want anybody to be hurt. but i mean that's my little brother. what am i supposed to do? >> reporter: body bags marking some of the dead.
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officials say nearly all of them appear to have been trapped on the second floor. there for a party featuring electronic music by an act called golden donna. officials believe the victims trapped on that second floor had little chance to escape. the only exit, a makeshift stairwell constructed with wooden pallets. quickly overtaken by flames leaving no way out. eventually the entire roof collapsed from the heat, crashing down on the second floor. that upstairs soon burned through as well partially falling and burning to the ground. >> this is going to be a slow process for us. we are anticipating being out here for a minimum of the next 48 hours, so we will be at this scene. the scene will remain active until it's entirely searched and gone through. >> reporter: the warehouse known as the oakland ghost ship was well known as an eclectic gathering of artists, some even living inside. the death toll right now stands
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at nine with some two dozen people still unaccounted for. there is no official cause yet of the fire, but arson is not suspected right now. dan and paula. >> neal, thank you. we want to speak to some of the survivors of this terrible fire beginning with bob mule. bob, you're a photographer and an artist. you live in the building, and we want to ask you. how were you able to get out of the building in time? >> well, i was like one of the first people to see the fire. i yelled and notified everyone as best of my abilities and was trying to find a fire extinguisher. i wasn't able to get it to work and i ran back to get my camera and that's when i ran into my roommate. he is a larger gentleman and coming down from the loft inside of his space he broke his ankle. the fire was just getting too
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hot, and i was like -- felt my skin melting, and i couldn't breathe and it was way too hot and i had to leave him behind and to know that he didn't make it is just -- i yelled, and i just -- i ran out after that just screaming his name. just in complete disbelief through all of this. >> bob, that just sounds absolutely horrible, and we here are sending you our condolences. do you have a sense of what may have started the fire? >> i'm not really sure. i mean, i just kind of seen it through a wall, and like i don't know what could have caused it. i mean, maybe -- it could have been anything, electrical, could have been -- i don't know. >> we're hearing from some other survivors that in order to get up to the loft, it was basically a makeshift staircase. is that where you were when the fire broke out and when your friend asked you for help? >> i was just getting ready to paint, and all of a sudden
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another member of the collective smelled smoke and called me and said investigate, and that's when like, you know, we saw some smoke and the power went out shortly after we saw that and i saw the fire and that's when i notified everyone and just like a mad scramble and everything just kind of went really quick after that. >> bob, how many people were living in the building, and were there any fire safety precautions taken? >> there was anywhere from like 15 to 20 of us that are in and out of there. you know, we have like -- went out of our way to put fire extinguishers all around the house, all around everywhere and, of course, just like in that moment, it's just like where are they? you know, you don't have enough time to like think about where they are even if you've like seen where they are every day and like it just happened all so
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quick. >> so, you said there were fire extinguishers, but there were no fire alarms present at the building? >> correct. that's correct. >> and how quickly did it go up in flames? we are hearing reports that it was basically a tinderbox. >> i don't know if a tinderbox but definitely within like minutes, you know, like it happened so quick. i was just -- i was about to start painting that night and everything was like pretty mellow and, you know, after i started running through the halls screaming fire, another housemate, you know, he ran upstairs to try and get everyone like to let them know what was going on, and it was -- it was all very frantic. you know, like once it kind of came out and people started smelling smoke and the power went out, you know, so it was like -- it was dark. >> bob mule who has been really living through a nightmare. we really appreciate you coming
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to talk to us this morning. we're very glad that you're okay and we're very sorry for the loss of your friend. again, thank you very much for your time this morning. >> thank you for being. >> this is, of course, an agonizing time for friends and families of the missing. >> so desperate showing up at the scene of the fire also using social media all in hopes of finding their loved ones and diane is covering that part of the story for us. hi, diane. >> dan and paula, good morning. these people are desperate for answers right now. both trying to confirm whether their loved ones were definitely at that party and whether or not they made it out alive. for many of them those questions are still unanswered this morning. >> pete, if you are out there, i hope you are safe. >> reporter: this morning friends and family are crying out for their loved ones facing the horror of not knowing. >> i pray that you made it out of the fire. >> reporter: this woman is overcome with emotion as the silence sets in with no word from her daughter or her friends. >> she's not answering her phone.
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he's not answering his phone, and no one can get in contact with them. and i tried calling, and it's not like her to not respond to a text. >> reporter: some in this oakland community are starting to lose hope. >> i have four friends who i believe probably perished tonight in the fire, their bodies are probably right there now. >> we're missing some people and we've been here and that's all we have so far. >> reporter: even witnesses are having a hard time dealing with what they saw. >> they were in the party. they ran down the stairs, because of the smoke and they stood there crying because their friends didn't come with them. >> i didn't see very many people come out at all. that was what really, really bothered me, not seeing anybody come out. >> anna men dodola is desperateo
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hear daughter's voice again. >> please, just call us. we're all looking for you. your mom, your dad, everybody. your husband, please. can you just call any of us if you're around, something happened, we don't care, we just want to know if you're alive or not. >> and we've seen the number of people unaccounted for fluctuate so while some are losing hope, the bottom line is we really don't know, but for some of these families that's the hardest part, dan and paula. >> certainly is, diane. thank you. so heartbreaking. while officials are focusing on recovering victims there are new details about the warehouse and whether or not it was safe before the fire even broke out. >> this is such an important question, and abc's lauren lyster, who is also in oakland this morning, is covering that angle. lauren, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan and paula. you know, officials say that building was under investigation for safety violations and a number of people in this community say they had feared the conditions might lead to something like this. this morning, an inside look at the oakland ghost ship, the warehouse and popular party space that burned through so quickly early saturday morning.
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>> it looked pretty junky. >> the whole place was. >> reporter: now questions over what role the condition of the artists studio, crash pad and improvised concert venue may have played into turning the fire into a terrible tragedy. >> it's a little scary, the steps, the lighting, the steps getting up to the second floor. >> reporter: in fact, records show a slew of past complaints about the building's safety and appearance. the most recent three weeks ago, citing junk piling up outside. >> debris, garbage and trash. we were able to confirm those violations were accurate. >> reporter: these pictures showing furniture, sculptures and piles of other items stacked near the entrance. >> a lot of debris and a lot of stuff coming from inside onto the streets. >> reporter: inside the walls, floors and ceilings covered in old carpets, tattered sofas, broken chairs, a seemingly infinite collection of flammable
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material seen here in photos from the artists collective's facebook page. it wasn't just the collections. authorities say an unknown number of people were illegally living inside and the building's owners have received warnings about illegal construction as far back as 2005. >> we had received recent complaints about light and unpermitted construction at the property. >> reporter: in those photos you can see the only staircase leading to the exits, makeshift steps made up of wooden pallets. on friday night ghost ship's fans gathered for a party like this one, earlier this year at that venue, deejays, dancers and other revelers packed in. officials believe it's the ragtag layout and apparent lack of sprinklers that may have played the biggest roles in the number of deaths. at this rhode island nightclub back in 2003, similar safety violations contributing to a massive death toll after a fire broke out at a concert due to pyrotechnics.
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and according to the "l.a. times," family members of the owner of that warehouse say no one lived there, but clearly we're hearing from some people who called that building home. dan and paula. >> all right, lauren, thank you. and joining us now are abc news contributors former new york city police commissioner ray kelly in studio and former fbi special agent brad garrett. gentlemen, let's talk first and foremost about those 48 complaints against the building and an ongoing investigation into possible illegal construction. so, ray, let's start with you. was there plenty of warning to prevent this tragedy? >> sure, hindsight is 20/20, but 48 violations is an awful lot. that will be part of the investigation. usually if criminal charges come forward, it's because of gross negligence, sort of a defrayed indifferent view of the situation. so i think that is certainly a possibility down the road. >> and, brad, you think this place should have been shut down? >> there's no question about it, paula. i mean, you think about what's going on here.
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this was zoned or had a permit as a warehouse. you weren't supposed to live there. there wasn't supposed to be anything inside that other than perhaps storage. but, you know, as the reporters have mentioned, i mean, this place was just full of stuff that would once it caught on fire, you're not going to be able to control it. >> do you think, brad, that there's a potential for criminal charges? >> well, i think commissioner kelly has got a point here. i mean, not probably that it was arson, nothing is indicating that, but they don't really know yet, dan. it's somebody who is basically saying this is just a warehouse and you can just see visually, dan, from the pictures it was a multitude of things including apparently rvs parked on the first floor. >> although, chief, you said you were surprised that they seem to be ruling out arson so early. >> yeah, i wouldn't rule anything out at this juncture. the people were saying the flames spread very quickly. that sometimes is an indication of an intentionally set fire. we don't know that yet, but i certainly wouldn't say that it's
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not a possibility. >> we know that the integrity of the structure has been damaged significantly making the recovery effort really difficult so how difficult is the recovery effort going to be considering that the roof collapsed and firefighters aren't really able to go in right now? >> very difficult. i think the goal today is make certain that nobody else gets hurt. they're going to be use heavy equipment. they have to use it with great respect for the bodies that are there, so it's going to take time. no question about it, and it's going to take time before i think the investigators can get in there and start a full-fledged investigation. >> chief, very quickly, how exactly do investigators figure out what caused this fire? what is that process? >> well, it's usually a process of elimination. they're going to go in there. they'll re-create the scene before the fire as much as possible. they're going to go in and look at the electrical system and look at any accelerants or fuels. the fact that this place was sort of unwieldy is going to make the investigation more
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difficult, but it's going to take time. >> a lot of questions, and it may take a while before we get answers. ray kelly, thank you very much. brad garrett, thank you, as well to you. we want to switch gears now and check the forecast, and for that we kick it over to rob marciano. hey, rob, good morning. >> hi, dan. breaking overnight, actually flash flooding across the southeast texas and southeast louisiana, galveston, wettest day on record. lake charles, louisiana getting half a foot of snow in a short period of time. we have flood watches out today and tomorrow, as well. this moisture will get into the northeast where there's cold air, chicago, detroit, milwaukee, snowy day today and in upstate new york. tonight and tomorrow this low will spin its wheels and create another round of strong storms which will have severe weather
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and more flooding rain. that's a look nationally, here's the local forecast. >> reporter: good morning, everyone, i'm meteorologist chris sowers, the radars are clear, skies for the most part are clear. we have a little bit of cloudiness over the i-95 corridor. for today, the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast, partly sunny skies, still a little bit of a breeze, not as windy as yesterday, 49. clouding up overnight. light snow and rain after midnight. the snow confined to the lehigh valley, minor accumulations possible. 49 tomorrow. winter is coming. it's here actually. >> it is here, although we haven't seen any snow. i think we're all okay with that. >> sounds like he may have bad news for us. >> uh-oh. >> so far. ron, great to see you. let's check in and see what you're covering. some significant news out of cuba this morning. >> that's right, we're going to begin in cuba where
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tens of thousands of people gathered for one final public memorial to their former leader, the dictator, fidel castro. castro's ashes arriving in santiago on saturday. cubans gathering in the plaza de la reve lucien, the revolution square to pay respects ending a nine-day period of mourning for cuba. castro's ashes will be buried in a private ceremony. back here in the u.s., a massive ten-alarm fire tore through eight buildings in cambridge, massachusetts. 60 people have been displaced and relocated to shelters. two police officers and a firefighter suffering minor injuries fighting that thick smoke from the fire spreading all over the boston area. no word yet on what caused that blaze. and a wild scene in philadelphia where an entire city block got covered in foam. you see it there. the foam gushing out of a local power company substation, in some places reaching up to six feet high. it looks like snow, doesn't it, rob? >> uh-huh. >> crews pushing the foam down sewage drains and washing it away. it's believed that a power outage triggered a fire
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alarm which then released the foam. >> a clean mess. >> a clean mess. army sergeant bowe bergdahl who is facing a court-martial trial for desertion in afghanistan is now asking president obama to pardon him before the president leaves office in january. bergdahl, of course, walked away from his post and was captured by the taliban and held for five years. he was released in a 2014 prisoner exchange. president-elect donald trump has been very critical of that exchange. he called bergdahl a, quote, no good traitor who should have been executed. and in sports tiger woods looking sharp in the third round action in the bahamas playing in the hero world challenge. the former top ranked player bagging four birdies, those aren't birds, not hunting. >> thank you for clarifying. >> i'm not sure dan understood that before cooling off at the end. he's 11 strokes off the lead going into sunday's final round playing in his first tournament following a 15-month layoff due to back problems. >> i know what a birdie is.
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>> and i know what back problems are. and finally a woman in arizona got a call that police had found her stolen car, a car she reported missing in california back in 1976. here she is, modesto fleming, great name, reunited with her 1964 corvette stingray. 40 years later the california highway patrol tracking her down after a fan at a car show noticed something awry with the corvette's v.i.n. number prompting the owner to go to the police. that's pretty wild, isn't it? 40 years. >> i would imagine it increased significantly like an investment. >> a few miles on it, i think, in the meantime. >> maybe five or ten, excellent story. >> justice delayed. exactly. thank you, ron. >> thanks, ron. coming up on "good morning america," we're going to have much more on the tragedy in oakland and the investigation into that deadly warehouse fire and we'll go back to the scene for an update and hear from a lucky survivor. also in other news, we'll retrace the moments leading up to the fatal shooting of
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sowers, hi chris. >> reporter: the clouds will increase 49 will feel like 49 since we lost the gusty breeze. monday, clouds and sun, 49. tuesday, wednesday, thursday, lots of rain and patchy drizzle. the arctic front arrives friday, 36 friday, windchills in the 20. >> "action news" is inaccurate in 30, i'm gray hall. stay tuned for more "good morning america."
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welcome back to "gma" on a sad sunday morning. we are covering that devastating oakland concert fire, the damage clear from these visuals above the scene. bodies are still inside that warehouse, which doubled as a home, artists studio and rave venue. the recovery effort is going to go slowly because of this unstable structure. >> so let's go back to neal karlinsky who is right there on the scene. he has an update for us. neal, can you describe a little bit what's happening behind you? >> reporter: yeah, dan and paula, still a very active scene out here right now. you can see the blue tents back there. they are still deep in the process of looking to recover more victims. even at this hour they still don't know exactly how many people they're dealing with. this old warehouse was a converted artists colony unofficially but nonetheless.
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people were gathered here for a party friday night when the fire broke out. officials believe most of the victims were on the second floor and critically they think they were trapped up there with only one way out, a makeshift stairwell described to us as just wooden pallets that were stacked up. that was quickly blocked, engulfed with flames trapping people tragically on that second floor. the fire burning so intense eventually the roof actually came down on them. right now at this hour the official death toll is nine, but some two dozen more still reported missing, dan and paula. >> describing such a harrowing scene with that roof collapsing. how long before investigators are actually going to be able to go back into this structure? >> reporter: it's really a challenge for them out here, and we see them with their heavy equipment and machinery coming back and forth. they are worried about the building coming down on them. it's just so unstable. fire officials have told us that there are more bodies they have seen but that they are not able to reach safely right now. they've actually had drones up
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in the air trying to look down in and get a sense of the structure, so they're moving slowly and methodically. >> neal, thank you. we want to turn now to another person who was at the party on friday night. his name is michael rosen. it was his first time at the warehouse. michael, you described the place as a tinderbox. can you tell us more about what you saw inside. >> so, when you walk in, there was a ton of kind of wooden elements to the space. there's literal rooms that were kind of constructed out of antique wood. it was just very clear that the space was very much constructed of wood, very much kind of, you know, primed for something if something were -- if a tragedy were to happen, the elements were in place for it to happen, yeah. >> michael, you and your friends stepped outside for a little bit of time when the fire actually
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erupted, but you were on the second floor in the loft where so many of the victims were found, the roof had collapsed. how tough was it to get up that staircase to the second floor? >> yeah, i mean, it wasn't, you know like climbing a mountain or something, but, yeah, it was certainly an unstable experience. it's a very steep incline, and there wasn't much to kind of latch your feet on to. >> gives you a sense of how difficult it may have been for people up on the s as paula mentioned, you and some friends had left to go to the store nearby, and when you came back, you saw the place up in flames. how bad was it when you returned? >> when we returned, you could kind of see a plume of smoke and it was billowing. it honestly didn't look that bad when we got there. i think it had maybe just started. the ambulances, the fire trucks weren't even there yet when we showed back up. but we stayed for a little bit and it got progressively worse as we were there.
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>> knowing what you saw and basically the tinderbox conditions, how surprising is it that it did go up so quickly? >> i don't know. it's hard to say. i'm no fire expert or anything, but i think in the morning after putting the pieces together, it was -- yeah, i could kind of see how that might have been the case. >> well, michael, we're really glad that you are okay and that your friends are okay. we really appreciate your time this morning. thank you very much. >> yeah, thank you so much. appreciate it. we do want to turn to some other news this morning. family and friends are gathered to remember joe mcknight, the former nfl player, who was killed in what police are calling a road rage incident. >> abc's eva pilgrim is in new orleans with the tributes pouring in right now, plus more about what the witnesses saw when that driver opened fire. eva, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. we've spoken with several businesses here in this area that say authorities have taken
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their security video as they try to piece together exactly what happened in this intersection. [ chanting "justice" ] >> reporter: growing route rage about what authorities are calling a road rage shooting taking the life of former nfl running back joe mcknight. >> if he was man enough to pull the trigger, he should be man enough to take his lick and still be in jail. >> reporter: police say this man ronald gasser seen on the ground in cuffs admitted shooting the football star in the hand, shoulder and chest. those nearby staring in shock. >> i just stood there with my hand on my face like, oh, my god, he really just shot this man. >> reporter: authorities say it all started just after 3:00 on thursday on the crescent city connection when one of the drivers cut the other off. the cars drove almost six miles stopping when the two pulled up to this stoplight. witnesses say they heard the two men arguing. the sheriff telling abc news mcknight was out of his car not armed when gasser fired his gun. witnesses say after the shooting
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gasser got out. >> he walked around to the front part of the car, and he kept -- but he kept his arm locked. >> reporter: and pointing. >> pointing at the front of the car. >> reporter: mcknight's family and supporters in the community incensed his killer is not in custody, not charged in connection with mcknight's death. >> we got a serious problem on our hands. we need to deal with it. >> reporter: fellow usc running back reggie bush planning to honor his friend tweeting out his cleats for today's game featuring a picture of mcknight in his college uniform with the dates of his birth and death. the jets will take a moment of silence for their former teammate monday night when they take on the colts. and mcknight's family telling me that they now want an independent autopsy done, dan and paula. >> eva pilgrim on the scene there, thank you. let's check the forecast and get it back to rob. hey, man. >> hi, dan, hi, paula. we want to show you a picture of light and hope that the holiday season brings.
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a lot of towns lighting up their christmas de big time cold coming in next week, windchills below zero in many spots all the way down to the deep south. that's a look at the headlines, here's what's happening where you live. >> reporter: that cold weather is heading this way next week. good morning, everyone, meteorologist chris sowers, 49 degrees today, sun and clouds, arctic blast coming on friday, high of 36. it is selection sunday and espn's rece davis will be
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we're talking selection day. the new year's bowl pairings and final top 25 and joining us to talk about is espn "sportscenter" anchor and anchor of "college gameday." rece davis. a big day. thanks for joining us. >> 14 weeks to get here so excited to see what the committee comes up with. >> so it's all about the four teams, though, that will be playing for the national championship, basically alabama and three other teams of it's not going to be such an easy decision for the selection committee, is it? >> i don't think so. i do think there are three spots pretty solid for the selection committee being ohio state at thumb two although that one a bit controversial in some eyes and clemson will be one of the top four, as well, what ohio st remains to be seen. the real question comes at number four because you have washington team which won the pac-12 but has a horrific nonconference strength of schedule, penn state won the big ten last night by beating there
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sitting on the outside. michigan's primary argument is that they drilled penn state by 39 points when they pla the regular season. >> yeah, and michigan's two losses also came on final plays of the game. got to ask you which team and/or teams in your mind and estimation will have a legitimate beef for being left out. >> michigan may be one of the best four teams but michigan won one season outside the state of michigan and only two road games against rutgers which was dreadful this year and against michigan state. had michigan won either game wh been or the ohio state game which it could hav wolverines would be sitting pretty. penn state with two losses will have a difficult time arguing it should be ahead of the washington team at one and if washington is even left out, then their nonconference strength of schedule would be to blame second worst in the country. >> rob and ron want to weigh in with you, rece. >> i think it's a strong argument michigan did a better
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team than washington but washington had the one loss and michigan had the two so -- >> rece, do they take into account how strong a team is late in the season. you can say penn state certainly a better team now than when they lost to michigan. >> i think they do account for improvement during the subjective part of the evaluation and certainly that will be taken into consideration, but one phrase you'll hear often on hour show today when we talk to toby, total body of work. they want every game in the regular season to count as much as possible so while i think there is some credit given to improvement during the latter part the season they try to put emphasis on what happens in the early part. >> rece davis, thanks, ron and rob, thank you for weighing in, as well. catch the selection show starting at noon on espn. that championship game january 9th. coming up george stephanopoulos standing by with the latest political developments.
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whoa. i just got retweeted. >> by who? ♪ oops i did it again >> mr. trump, please stop retweeting all these random real people. you're not getting any work done. >> that's not true. i was elected 25 days ago and already unemployment is at a nine-year low. millions and millions of people have health care and osama bin laden is dead. >> yeah, yes, he is, dead just like my soul and all of my hair. >> alec baldwin playing donald trump on "snl" overnight. trump tweeting his displeasure shortly thereafter saying just tried watching "saturday night live."
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unwatchable. totally biased, not funny and the baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse, sad. baldwin responded 15 minutes later saying, release your tax returns and i'll stop, ha. so a new twist there in the ongoing trump twitter saga. but there is more substantive political news out there so let's bring in abc news chief anchor george stephanopoulos down in washington where he'll be hosting "this week" later this morning. hey, george, good morning to you. >> good morning, dan. >> so let's talk about this phone call that trump had with the president of taiwan. the chinese who see taiwan as a breakaway province not very happy about this. no president has communicated with a leader in taiwan for decades. do you think it was a deliberate strategy on trump's part to shake things up or here or was this a mistake? >> that's one of the big questions out there. we'll talk to the head of the trump transition, vice president-elect mike pence, his first time on "this week" since the election. that has rocked relations between the u.s. and china. china says they've already complained. we want to get the trump response to that as well. so a lot to talk about with the vice president-elect including that carrier deal and all the
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fallout from the carrier deal this week. president-elect trump on a tweet storm this morning also saying any more companies that move their jobs overseas are going to face that 35% tariff, so we'll talk about that with the vice president-elect as well. >> so you're going to be on the show this morning, you're also going to be interviewing the retired general david petraeus. he's reportedly in the running for secretary of state. as many people may remember he had to step down after it was pointed out i gave classified this was to a reporter who was also his mistress. after this long campaign after trump railed against hillary clinton for endangering america's secrets with her private e-mail server, is it going to be difficult for him to explain to the american people why he would pick petraeus if he does so? >> well, that's going to be one of the key questions, one of the questions i'll put it to vice president-elect pence and also david petraeus this morning, and it's somewhat of an unusual occurrence. politico reporting that the trump transition is going to be watching general petraeus this morning to see how he does now
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that he's one of the finalists for secretary of state. of course, he met with the president-elect this week, president-elect trump said he had a good impression of general petraeus. we want to talk with general petraeus about that as well but several republican senators have said they have a high level of angst over this, so we'll see if general petraeus can answer those questions, reassure those senators. >> you talked about the politico article saying that they're going to be watching him. do you think very quickly here that trump is deliberately applying some reality show tactics to this transition? >> we see it. he's out there tweeting every day, and i don't know if it's reality show tactics or not, but it's very clear that he wants to see how his team is going to do and so we're going to talk about that this morning general petraeus. we'll talk about it with vice president-elect pence. we have a big show. >> you always do. a reminder, george will be speaking with the vice president-elect mike pence and he's also going to go one-on-one with david petraeus as he said and we'll be right back.
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you, 9:00 a.m., sunday december 4. in the news this morning, big win for two pennsylvania college football teams. we're hours away from where each will go bowling. >> philadelphia police are searching for three masked men
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who busted into a mayfair home and took off with jewelry and toys. bundle up, old man winter is knocking at the door. if you're like me, don't let him in. we have snow in parts of the area. >> reporter: he will bust your door down, that's what's going to do, gray. >> meteorologist chris sowers has the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast. >> reporter: the cold air doesn't arrive until the end of the week. we'll see light snow tonight and rain for the rest of the week. tuesday through thursday, i'll get into that in a minute. let's go down to cape may, there you go, we have partly sunny skies and somewhat mild temperatures, 43 degrees in philadelphia. this time of the year not all that bad. we lost the gusty breeze so it feels like 43. allentown, 42. poconos ten degrees colder, 32. millville, 34. cape may, checking in at 44. satellite and radar along with action

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