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good morning. not so fast. senator marco rubio comes out against the republican tax bill. will it derail what was about to be president trump's first major legislative triumph? the latest just ahead, including why it all may turn on the health of senator john mccain. international mystery. the second most powerful man in north korea suddenly vanishes from public life. was he executed? we'll have a live report. new accusations. more women come forward claiming they were harassed and assaulted by oscar winner dustin hoffman, at least alleging they were teenagers at the time, as another accuser of matt lauer steps forward publ
girl. girl, girl, boy, boy and boy. a couple celebrates the births of sextuplets. the mysterious object that just zoomed by earth. why some believe it's an alien spaceship. >> and in force. fans rushing to theaters overnight. the new "star wars" officially opened today, friday, december 15th, 2017. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today," live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. and good morning, everybody. welcome to "today." so nice to have you with us on a friday morning. what a beautiful shot of rockefeller plaza. >> more importantly, are you busting for "star wars"? >> those are my people. let's see you at the theater tonight, guys. we start with politics and the new hurdles that suddenly have the republican tax bill back on
morning. nbc white house correspondent kristen welker has the very latest. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. the high stakes fight for tax reform will enter a new phase today with republicans set to unveil their final version of the bill in just a few hours. the president and the white house sounding confident heading into this home stretch, but on capitol hill, last-minute disarray. this morning, the republican race for tax reform is hitting a roadblock with the final vote approaching next week. senator marco rubio says he'll vote against the gop bill unless the child tax credit is expanded for low income families. the total credit in the current bill, $2,000. families paying little or no income tax would receive a refundable portion of $1,100. rubio argues that amount needs to be higher. >> unless they can figure out a way to add to the 1,100 figure, i won't support the bill. >> reporter:
insists rubio will get to yes. >> he's been a great guy, very supportive. i think senator rubio will be there. >> reporter: his fellow gop senator, mike lee, is also concerned about the child tax credit and undecided on the bill, according to a spokesman. all of it raising the stakes for republicans, who can only afford to lose two votes. senator bob corker is already a likely no vote, concerned the bill will drive up the deficit, adding to the uncertainty, two republicans facing health problems, 80-year-old thad cochran and senator john mccain battling brain cancer, now hospitalized at walter reed to deal with the side effects of his treatment. mccain's office saying he looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible. his close friend, lindsey graham, providing an update. >> he's had a heck of a senate schedule. i hope he'll take some time to do a little rehabilitation on his leg and come back and participate in the way
>> reporter: looming over all of it, new speculation about house speaker paul ryan's future on capitol hill. politico citing sources close to ryan reporting the speaker is considering retiring after next year's midterm elections. ryan saying he's not going anywhere, yet. >> so you're not quitting any time soon? >> no. >> reporter: laughing off that speculation there. and this morning a phone call that's getting a lot of attention after russian president vladimir putin praised the u.s. economy in his end of the year news conference, president trump called him and thanked him, according to the white house. the two leaders also discussed the crisis in north korea. meanwhile, there may be tensions on display later today when president trump speaks at the fbi national academy graduation. he recently said the bureau's reputation is in tatters and is the worst in history. >> all right, thank you very much. let's turn now to a mystery in north korea. a
not been seen for weeks leading to rampant speculation about what's happened to him. bill neely has that story. bill, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, hoda. well, president trump may have called him a sad puppy recently, but kim jong-un has, we know, a bite, executing those he believes have betrayed him. now one of his closest aides has vanished. south korean intelligence suggesting he may have been punished, even executed, as a warning. general wang was military elite, usually seen right next to kim jong-un. his top general, close aide, central committee member, and now one of the disappeared, last seen two months ago. south korean intelligence reporting he's been purged for getting kickbacks and having an impure attitude to north korea's leader. charges serious enough to justify speculation he's been executed.
kim's uncle, also once his right-hand man, was executed for treason, allegedly shot by anti-aircraft guns. kim's half brother also suffered the long arm of the dictator's revenge when he was poisoned by two women, attacked in broad daylight at an airport. so we know kim has form, he's executed dozens of generals, many like general wang close to him. he's a young leader ruthless in stamping out any hint of disloyalty. savannah, hoda. >> bill neely. bill, thank you so much. lots more to get to on a friday morning including the massive wildfire burning in southern california. it turned deadly thursday when a firefighter was killed battling those flames. 32-year-old cory iverson was assigned to the thomas fire which is burning north of los angeles. the circumstances of his death are still under investigation, but his body was taken in a procession to the coroner's office with firefighters standing in
streets and on a freeway overpass. iverson leaves behind his wife, who is five months pregnant, and a 2-year-old daughter. the thomas fire is now the fourth largest fire in california history. now to a move by the federal government that's sparking protests and threats of lawsuit. the fcc voting along party lines to repeal the so-called net neutrality rules that are designed to keep the internet fair and open. >> it could mean big changes to everything from the pages you see to how much you pay for streaming services. nbc's city of nstephanie ruhle literally the only person that could explain this to us. what does this mean? >> net neutrality is a fancy way of saying everything on the internet fair and treated equally. so netflix should be treated the same way as a mom who sells cookbooks based off her youtube videos. >> internet speed. >> correct. so in 2015 the government said everyone is going to be treated the same. now, yesterday the
repeal that. so what could that look like? it could mean that netflix, for example, your internet provider, at&t, comcast, could say, netflix, it takes a huge amount of space for netflix videos. you need to pay us more because youtube videos are only two minutes long. netflix could say, fine, we'll pay up but you might eat the cost because you're a netflix user or your internet provider could say savannah, you stream videos all the time and your next-door neighbor hoda doesn't, you need to pay more than she does. >> i woke up this morning wondering if anything new was going to happen with my wi-fi and my phone. nothing has changed. when will we see something happen? >> not yet. remember, this was repealed yesterday. the way the government works, we know people will repeal it and fight it. this could end up in the courts. congress could end up changing the rules. the internet does need regulation, probably more or different regulation because it's moved so quickly, government hasn't moved in time with it
good for big business. it could be bad for you and i. if you're the big guy, you could pay up and get that fast treatment. >> and then pass on the costs to the consumers. that's the concern. >> it is. >> keep us posted. thank you. also this morning, the wife of a state representative in kentucky is speaking out for the first time since his death. officials said he took his own life just days after being accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. here's nbc's blake mccoy with the story. >> at this age i'm supposed to be able to enjoy a husband. >> reporter: this morning a kentucky widow is calling her husband's suicide a high-tech lynching based on lies and half-truths. >> i am confident if that little greasy reporter had not done what he did, my husband would be alive right now. >> reporter: rebecca johnson blames her husband, dan's, death on an explosive news report accusing him of drunken sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old girl in a church basement on new
police investigated at the time but did not file charges. johnson was a pastor and elected to the state legislature last year. he denied the allegations before his congregation tuesday, just before his death. >> this allegation concerning this lady, this young girl absolutely has no merit. we're in a position right now i think as a nation where i think everyone in public office or in public work is at risk of an accusation. >> reporter: johnson died from an apparent gunshot wound to the head and posted a rambling suicide note to facebook. >> my children will not have their father, my grandchildren aren't going to have their grandfather. >> reporter: the investigative team that broke the story is standing by its reporting. louisville public media say they are deeply saddened by johnson's death adding our aim as always is to provide the public with fact-based unbiased
accountable for their actions. as part of our process, we reached out to representative johnson numerous times over the course of a seven-month investigation. he declined requests to talk about our findings. >> i'm going to be nice, but that's bull [ bleep ]. and, you know, these guys do not represent our values, so how could they even be fair. >> reporter: johnson's widow calls the allegations unfounded. she says her husband is the real victim and hopes kentucky's governor will appoint her to fill his seat. for "today," blake mccoy, nbc news, chicago. now to disturbing new allegations of sexual misconduct being made against oscar winner dustin hoffman. nbc's gadi schwartz is in los angeles with more on all of that. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, hoda. this morning the number of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior by dustin hoffman is growing. they're being made by women who say they have been left traumatized with their
actor. some of them describing assaults on the sets of movies and plays, others say hiss unwelcome advances happened when they were teenagers. this morning, a growing list of accusations against dustin hoffman. cory thomas telling "variety" magazine hoffman exposed himself to her in the 1980s and asked her for a foot massage, which she reluctantly gave him. she was a friend of hoffman's daughter. another woman telling "the hollywood reporter" she was just 15 when hoffman invited her to his home and exposed himself to her in his daughter's bedroom. both magazines releasing their reports filled with claims from a number of women who say they were victimized decades ago. one woman said he forced his hands down her pants. another describing an assault in a station wagon. hoffman's co-star in "death of a salesman" saying he would sexually assault her with his fingers regularly as they
comedian john oliver confronting hoffman about allegations that he groped a 17-year-old intern in 1985. >> do you believe the stuff that you read? >> i believe what she wrote, yes. >> why? >> because there's no point in her lying. >> reporter: nbc news has reached out to hoffman for comment, but his team has not responded. however, in a letter to "variety's" owner, hoffman's attorney called the allegations defamatory falsehoods. outrage building online. some with old interviews with hoffman describes pinching a co-star in the classic film "the graduate." >> i kind of patted her. >> reporter: or this interview tearing up how dismissive he had been of women over their looks. >> there's too many interesting women i have not had the experience to know in this life because i have been brainwashed. >> reporter: meanwhile li
scandal rocking hollywood on a podcast comparing harvey weinstein and comedian louis ck saying not all the men being accused belong in the same category. >> there's a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn't be conflated. >> reporter: several of the women said they did it in solidarity after reading ann hunter's first accusations. one woman writing it was my teenage daughter who gave me the last shot of coverage saying, mom, you have to do it for the sisterhood, so she did. >> gadi, thanks so much. we're going to get a first check of the weather. if you're wondering where al is th
this is going to be a great mornin men and women of our arms forces and their families. and we got some representatives here. we've got a screening of the and for you guys and for them, so it's going to be a fun, foun mornin what is this hangar called? [ mumbling ] i don't feel so bad. it's a big hangar. it's a big hangar. so it's not so bad in here. but outside, we could be looking at some snow here in new jersey the i-95 corridor. on. we havent
good morning. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist a chance of light snow coming a wint advisory. no advisories right now anywhere in the old dominion state of virgin freezi it's more than cold enough to and could also get a little monday of next week. but at least we won't be all more from joint base mdl and the cast of "pitch perfect 3" a little bit later, guys. >> al, thank you so much. still ahead, the new accuser coming forward against matt lauer as the attorney for the first woman to level allegations against him is speaking out in an
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it's friday morning, december 15th, 2017. friendly reminder, ten days until christmas. you've still got time to get out there and get some stuff for your loved ones. >> we're going to begin this half hour with a check of the headlines, including the speed bump facing president trump. >> hitting a snag. president trump's key tax bill hangs in the balance as senator marco rubio pulls his support, threatening to vote no unless the child tax credit is expanded. >> unless they can figure out a way to add to the 1,100 figure, i won't support the bill. >> the president insisting the republicans will rally. >> senator rubio will be there for sure. we're doi
front. >> north korean mystery. the rogue nation's second most powerful official vanishes, amid fears he's been executed. upping the charges. the white nationalist accused of ramming his car into counterprotesters in charlottesville killing a young man now facing first-degree murder charges. losing control. surveillance video captures the moment a man tackles a woman and throws her phone in a missouri parking lot. police saying road rage is to blame. and out of this world. a galaxy far, far away arrives in theaters overnight as the much-anticipated "star wars, the last jedi" opens around the country. >> it's the camaraderie when you meet people who are just as passionate about "star wars" as you are. >> today, friday, december 15th, 2017. also new information is coming to light surrounding the allegations against our former colleague,
nbc's stephanie gosk joins us now with that story. stephanie, good morning to you. >> guys, good morning. since matt lauer was fired by nbc, there has been enormous speculation about who made the complaint that led to disaster. the accuser has maintained her silence but we sat down with her attorney who has been working on cases of sexual misconduct for 20 years. to those searching for his client, he says please stop. he told us, she is terrified. in his 20 years at the "today" show, matt lauer had become one of the biggest names in the media world, but it took one woman coming forward with her story, according to nbc news, and roughly 24 hours later, he was gone. her attorney, ari wilkenfeld spoke with us sclusly. >> she told her story, she was asked what do you want. she said i want you guys to do the right thing. and also i'd like you to maintain my confidentiality.
for her? >> i think it was difficult, like it is for all victims of sexual harassment. it's scary. and that's why many women want to have those meetings and then want to go home, close their door and never be heard from again. >> does she live with this fear that she's going to be found out? >> my client is terrified. and she does live in constant fear that people are going to track her down and figure out who she is. she feels badly for the many other women who are suspected of being her, who are also being hounded and harassed. >> little has been made public about his client's relationship with lauer, but according to nbc executives, the misconduct began during the sochi olympics. nbc hasn't done enough to protect her identity. >> can you be more specific on where they have fallen short? >> i can say that nbc has a duty to maintain confidentiality. that means to maintain secrecy over her n
themselves the details of her story. they have not done a good job of doing that. they know exactly what they have done and they need to stop. >> in a past statement he wrote that nbc acted quickly and responsibly an nbc news spokesperson said the network has protected the employee's anonymity all along and will continue to do so. >> there's a hunt under way to figure out who she is. i think that's going to have a chilling effect on other women who might want to come forward and tell their stories. >> he would not specify how nbc failed to keep his client's identity secret. >> she's been incredibly brave, and she's helped protect the other women who work at nbc. she's also shined a light on the different ways women can come forward. >> do you think that we are at an inflection point right now for our society? >> i really hope so. i hope we have the ability to go beyond outrage and beyond take-down jobs to fundamentally te
culture works. i think men need to be -- men need to step forward and start protecting women in the workplace when they see them being harassed. >> and this morning another woman has come forward. a former production assistant for the "today" show said she had a month-long sexual relationship with lauer in 2000, right before she was about to leave the company. lauer began sending her flattering messages, messages she printed out. then he invited her to his dressing room. it was a consensual encounter, but she was 24 and he was one of the most powerful men in the company. even though my situation with matt was consensual, i ultimately felt like a victim because of the power dynamic. nbc news declined to comment on the "variety" story. matt lauer has been terminated by nbc for inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. i spoke with zinnone
amazing experience until that all got annihilated when her affair with lauer began. we reached out to lauer's representatives who said he had no comment right now. let's get another check of the weather from al from the joint military base in jersey. hey, al. >> that's right, we're they fly into front line areas and so they are important group. they got this portable weather device here that is set up in need to know to get that all right. let's bring you -- this we've got some cold air coming in. out west, nice and mild. here the northeast
mid-at we'll see 13 degrees below average for philad richmo 11 degrees below average. only 30 degrees in boston. but look at the warm air that's coming oklaho memphis, anywhere from 5 to 20 degrees above average on saturd the and we'll see temperature that week. morning. we a weather alert today. only for part of the area and d.c. metro and maryland. after about noon today, some light snowfall. we could have a brief period of visibi most treated roads should be most of the area is still in the 20s. we're going to stay in the 30s 25 right now in gaithersburg as we go through noon, not too then shortly after we'll have
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some a cappella singers. the u.s. army voices will be singing together a little later. oh, yeah. back to you. >> that is awesome. straight ahead this morning, including a mystery in space after this cigar-shaped object passed earth. could that be an alien spaceship? >> interesting. plus imagine going for baby number four and finding out, well, you're having sextuplets. we'll meet one very happy and very big family. and then big beyonce news. could destiny's child be getting back together? hello. >> and sweet, savory, spicy, the best mail-order what are you asking santa for? i want a rabbit! (train whistle blowing) hey, thomas. that's not how you get a rabbit. if you want a rabbit, you ask for a pony and then let them work you back down. mm-hmm. you're up! what if aunt joy wants the new iphone?
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odd-shaped object just flying through our solar system raising an age-old question, are we alone? you know who can answer that? nbc's tom costello who covers space for us. hey, tom. >> hi, guys, good morning. this is what we're talking about, the first interstellar object to enter our solar system. it's about the size of a football stadium whizzing by earth. a chance encounter as improbable as throwing a pebble from 75 miles back and hitting something as small as a nickel. this weekend as the new installment of "star wars" rockets to a theater near you, something else born a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away has also arrived in our solar system. this interstellar interloeper, about the size of the rose bowl, or
enterprise. >> very stringi strangely shape everyone is looking at it. >> and that odd oblong shape has everyone wondering is it a rock or a rocket? >> any time we see something that is really outside the range of observations of what we've seen in the past, it's not unnatural to speculate that something like this could be artificial. >> reporter: but so far scientists listening with these big telescopes say they aren't detecting any unusual signals. no alien voices, at least not that they recognize. >> it has been traveling through interstellar space for hundreds of millions of years, billions of years. >> aerodynamic, a quarter mile long, shaped like a cigar likely from a constellation, speeding through before anybody on earth spotted it wit
above the clouds in hawaii, where astronomers named it oumuamua, a mess aerenger from arriving first. >> there's still a lot to learn about it because it's on its way out of the solar system. >> now some are wondering whether this close encounter may be a sign of life from somewhere out there. and if so, should we consider our own message? >> just come and see us. we are very friendly peoples. >> i would just probably call the president and be like you've got to take care of this. >> it's traveling so fast, it's already swinging past jupiter, but listen, as for advertising our whereabouts to aliens, i once asked the astronomer, the astro physicist neil degrass tyson about that and his reply was i don't even tell human strangers what street i live on, why would i tell aliens? >> don't they already know because they're so much
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shows up this time of the year. well, the beverage has sparked quite the debate online. it turns out you either love eggnog or despise it. jaroshi says the greatest five things on the planet, eggnog, eggnog, eggnog. dave says hot take, eggnog is garbage. james posts you know it's just sweet drinkable mayonnaise, right? that will ruin it for you. robin adds me every year, maybe i should try eggnog and see if i like it. also me, takes a sip and literally gags. so we took the debate to twitter. what do you think, guys? 53-47 of the most people think it's disgusting but it's pretty darn close so we need to settle this once and for all. go to our twitter page. vote. guys, i don't care where you fall on the eggnog thing, it does go well with something dark, okay? >> carson -- >> so if you just add a little something to that warm mayonnaise, you'll never know. it
family is coming to town. you're behind the amazon shopping for kids, have a little warm mayo. >> do you just want any delivery vehicle for the makers mark? >> anything dark works. it can be a brandy, a bourbon, a little makers, whiskey. >> do you like it, though? >> yes. this is the floater, it sits right on top. do you guys like it? yes or no. >> i think i'm a no too. >> yeah. >> more for me! coming up, the surprise guest who made quite a splash at the queen's birthday party. >> and al's in central jersey.
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we want to get right to melissa how is it looking? >> a couple problems still outer loop before bw parkway, westbo 395 at seventh street. broken down vehicle blocking the right lane. as you ride down the beltway. main into and out of town, everything else is 270 south near montross a little slow. thank you. we'll take a quick
coming up, tax bill trouble? senator marco rubio comes out against president trump's signature legislation. >> unless they can figure out a way to add to the 1,100 figure, i won't support the bill. >> this morning what he's demanding and why the gop bill could be derailed. we're live at the white house. plus, six bundles of joy. meet the couple that just welcomed sextuplets into the world. they're speaking out about their new life ahead. >> when they grow and we can actually -- when we're actually responsible for feeding them and changing them, that's when it's going to get real. >> and al gets pitch perfect. ♪ we're on location at a militar
stars of "pitch perfect 3" are putting on the ultimate uso show for our servicemen and women today. friday, december 15th, 2017. >> we just got engaged! >> and we're celebrating on "today"! >> hey, america, it's my 18's birthday. >> my dad, my brother and myself. >> from georgia. >> 50 years of waking up with "today" and i'm finally on the plaza. >> we're turning 60 on the "today" show! >> from alabama. >> go tide! >> roll tide. lots of good folks out there. >> doesn't it make you feel good every time we see that 8:00 open. >> we've got to get out there an s
we will do just that in a little bit but we've got to get to the news first, your news at 8:00. the republican tax overhaul has hit a new snag. a key senator is now threatening to vote against it. nbc white house correspondent kristen welker with the very latest on this. hi, kristen, good morning. >> hi, savannah, good morning to you. republicans are expected to unveil the final version of their tax reform bill in just a few hours. the president and white house sounding confident heading into the home stretch, but on capitol hill there are some unexpected hurdles that could derail everything. senator marco rubio saying he'll vote against the gop bill unless the child tax credit is expanded for low income families. his fellow republican senator, mike lee, is also demanding more money for the child tax credit and is currently undecided. president trump insisting they will be able to turn those no votes into yes. republicans can only afford to lose two votes in order to pass the legislation. now, adding to all that uncertainty, senator john mccain and 80-year-old thad cochran a
in fact vice president mike pence even delaying a planned trip overseas in case he needs to cast a tie-breaking vote. meanwhile house speaker paul ryan is dismissing reports that he's considering retiring after next year's midterm elections. ryan insisting he's not going anywhere. now, as for president trump, later today he'll speak at the fbi national academy graduation against a somewhat tense backdrop. mr. trump recently said the bureau's reputation is in tatters. savannah. >> all right, kristen, thank you. this morning the kremlin says president trump and russian leader vladimir putin have agreed to share information about north korea. they pledged to cooperate on possible strategies for easing the korean nuclear crisis. the two leaders spoke my phone on thursday. president trump also thanked putin for praising his handling of u.s. economy during putin's annual year-end press conference. an alabama couple celebrating a holiday miracle. they just welcomed six new babies into their family,
hospital dream team. morgan radford has this amazing story. >> reporter: three boys, three girls, and each weighing less than three pounds. the little bundles of joy, born just under 30 weeks. >> the boys' names are tag, lake and blue and the girls are rivers, rilings and rain. >> reporter: the mom who already has three children said the hardest part of her pregnancy was not being able to give her other kids the usual level of attention. >> it was really nothing else but just the challenge of trying to be still a good mom for them and grow these six babies and get them where they needed to be. >> reporter: a team of nearly 40 medical specialists delivered the tiny tots at the huntsville hospital for women and children. the group had been rehearsing for the complicated delivery. doctors say all of that practice paid off and everything went according to plan. >> so there were six people there waiting, you know, dr.
they took them to their designated bed and had more team members there to stabilize the babies. >> reporter: the waldrop's say they're tired and that's still with the sextuplets still in the nicu. >> when they grow and we're actually responsible for feeding them and changing them and still taking care of our other three, trying to work and make money to raise them, that's when it's going to get real. >> reporter: six more mouths to feed, six more hearts to hold. morgan radford, nbc news. >> that is incredible on every level. >> no kidding, right? >> i'm happy for them. we've got the morning boost. >> here we go. christmas came early for a high school football coach in tennessee. all right, the man you see there is a guy everybody calls coach squeaky. he's a team assistant in bristol. the school community pitched in and bought him a new car who replace his old one that had tons and
the head coach wrote on twitter he is so deserve and we are so blessed to have such a great man around our program. so how about some love from bristol, tennessee, on your friday. >> i'm so happy for him. i don't want to be a story topper, but i have a morning boost of my own for you. >> wait, what? >> what are you doing on may 19th? will you be my date for the royal wedding? >> we have a date? >> we have a date. it's may 19th. st. george's chapel, windsor castle. be there. if you can't be there, we will be there outside like stalkers. it was just announced. his royal highness, prince henry of wales and miss meghan markle will marry on 19th of may 2018. >> that's a saturday, so in case you are trying to plan your schedule out and you want to be home, saturday the 19th. >> did you just do that calculation in your head? >> yes. >> you are a human calendar. saturday, may 18th -- >> 19th. >> 19th.
her. much more ahead this morning, including a celebration of our troops with al and the cast of "pitch perfect 3." also ahead is destiny's child reuniting? >> i can't take all this good news. >> why the bee hive is buzzing this morning. >> first, let's see what megyn has for the show. >> you just heard the report about a possible alien spacecraft spotted in outer space? an astronaut joins us today to tell us whether we should be expecting visitors. and i don't know about you, but i am appropriately dressed. we'll see you at the top of the hour. >> that's right. it's a very spacey outfit. it's nasa casual. >> i love that. first, a heartwarming holiday surprise for a grandmother you
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( ♪ ) welcome back, everybody. guess who joined us at the table? miss maria. she's going to be here to trend and also co-hosting the 10:00 with me. >> did you put your order in for your drink? >> no, i didn't. carson just said i look like santa's helper. >> you look awesome. so beautiful, smart. >> maria! >> we have a remarkable family making headlines for finding the silver lining amidst a devastat
this morning. sheinelle, good morning. >> this is a great story. christine stones' mother has been battling alzheimer's disease for the past eight years and every time she told her mom she was expecting a baby, the grandma-to-be was surprised and thrilled. >> your haircut looks good. >> i get a haircut? >> yeah. >> it started off as a private family video, capturing pressures memories and showing the love between three generations. >> mom, do you know i'm having a baby. >> who, you? >> yep. >> you? >> i started making a video on my cell phone just to have as a momento for my daughter when she was born because my mom can't remember. >> that's because her mom has alzheimer's disease, which affects her short-term memory. >> did you know i'm having a baby? >> no. you? >> yep. >> do you know i'm having a baby? >> what?
>> yep. >> when? >> october. >> oh, good, christine. i'm so glad. >> she was surprised, shocked, every time. my belly would be out to here. and you'd think she would notice. and until i pointed it out, she wouldn't -- >> no. >> yeah. >> when? >> october. >> soon after posting the heartwarming videos, they went viral and people wanted to know how she would react when her granddaughter finally arrived. >> do you know who that is? >> no. >> it's my baby. >> your baby? >> my baby. it's your granddaughter. >> okay. >> sometimes on very few occasions she'll remember that that is my daughter. if we tell her a few times over and over, she'll remember. >> your granddaughter. >> she loves sadie and she wants to get here as fast as she can to hold her and play with
>> although she has to be introduced to her granddaughter every few minutes, sadie gives new life to her grandmother each and every time. a former pilot and ace ping pong player would at times refuse to leave her house after being diagnosed with alzheimer's eight years ago. >> i think sadie motivates her to do things, to get out of bed, to get in the car, to come visit, it interacts with her mind to keep her mind active singing songs and just playing with her. >> being around little sadie has even helped grandma get some of her game back. >> it's not all happy, it's not all fun. there's a lot of aggravation and annoyance that goes along with this disease, a lot of heartbreak. i just wanted to bring awareness that it's not all bad. you can find good in a bad situation. >> that's your granddaughter. >> you are lucky.
i think it struck a chord because it's exactly what she said. we all know there are a lot of challenges, but in that moment it's just joy. so people like to focus on that joy. >> and there are some moments you would repeat over and over and over again if you could. and that is one of them. >> maria, you said something interesting. >> i think it reminds us that we only have the moment that we're in, right? and i think it's so great that she's wanting to spread awareness because so much of alzheimer's is heartbreaking and sad and people are devastated and then you see the joy, right, and it reminds us that we only have what we're having right now. >> my grandmother had alzheimer's when i was in high school my senior year. i went to her house every single day after school to see her. at the end of it i'd say, all right, grandma, i'll see you tomorrow. the next day i'd ring the bell and when she saw that grandson, it was that renewed joy every single time. it was priceless. >> thank you, sheinelle. we'll take a turn now and do trending. now, "the new york times" has a
smile, we hope. it is the top viral internet moments that brought us joy in 2017. top viral, we're not saying top best. top viral. number five, the dancing hot dog. the snapchat filter that took media by storm. people couldn't get enough of the good old dancing hot dog. >> coming in at number four, the #nuggsforcarter. he tweeted asking how much retweets before he could get some free nuggets. and wendy's replied 18 million. so the internet accepted the challenge. he did get 3.6 million but he did break ellen's record for the most retweeted photo of all time. he did get the nuggets. >> do you remember number three, remember when all eyes were on the georgia dome implosion. the weather channel had a front row seat to watch it come down, but then, yes, something happens.
>> the guy is cursing. >> i would have loved to have been in the control room. >> and right as soon as it goes down, the bus keeps going. nothing more to see here. >> number two on the list is one of our favorite daily click videos, you might recall every parents' nightmare. we'll introduce you to the young boy known as night kknife kid. >> let me see what you have. >> a knife! >> he's got scissors. he's got a knife! stop that kid! >> we should mention -- >> drum roll, please. >> and the top viral moment of the year, the innocent mistake that sent us all into fits of laughter. when a man was participating in a news interview from his home, his entire family stole the show. the bbc dad. >> shifting -- shifting sands -- >> what was
one comes in. and then mom comes around. >> this conversation was a heavy handed political -- about north korea. he was trying so hard. >> watch when she closes the door. >> one last grab. >> if you wanted to write and create a funnier moment -- >> that's my favorite part of the whole thing. she's on the floor. >> that was amazing. >> mr. carson, ready to hit some popstart. >> we'll start with meghan markle. meghan will be celebrating christmas with the royal family and now we learned that she attended her first royal christmas party. she was at the staff party. prince harry looked so proud of his fiancee and many said they were blown away by her confidence and elegance. and again, we are just learning this morning the big day for the wedding. when, guys? you should know it. >> saturday, may 19th. >> that's saturday. >> get it on your calendar right away. >> pick your flight.
the comedian joined jimmy fallon and check out his awesome grand entrance. >> please give a warm holiday welcome to the one, the only, kevin hart! ♪ >> that's pretty good. dancing with the radio city rockettes and he sat down with jimmy and talked about his newborn son, kenzo. and there's this beautiful photo. kevin joked that's actually my bed. great appearance if you haven't seen it, go check it out. finally, destiny's child. i don't know if you've heard about this, but there's potentially a reunion in the works or twitter users taking a lot of time to put together some clues found on social media. it's got the whole bee hive
next year. let's go through some of the clues. the original member latavia roberson said i have so much to share with you guys. and then la toya shared a throwback photo. and then michelle williams posted a photo of the boots that she bore during destiny's child's reunion at the super bowl. so a lot of these things collectively have gone viral. are you convinced destiny's child will be reunited? it does make some sense. >> i wasn't convinced until right now watching those clues. otherwise why would they -- >> you made a very compelling case, carson. >> let's get to our daily click. we all know and love the famous scene from "christmas vacation." have you watched that yet this season? the griswolds? they make quite the sight on
clark grabbed the whole darn thing. check out this scene captured for real on a street in montana. [ laughing ] oh, i wish that was me. i wish that was me on the long island expressway. roots still attached and everything. the tree has lights on it. the wood panelled station wagon mirrors the griswolds car. i think they were going for that same schtick. let's check in with al who's having a fun morning at joint military base in new jersey hanging with members of our military and the cast of "pitch perfect 3." we have a beat boxer from the
guys, can you give >> all right. joinin now, the captain, the comman the general, the star, the producer "pitch >>wow. i'll take it. thanks guys. >> we're here -- of course, the uso is a big part of military life. so vital. and the "pitch perfect 3" cast >> i went on the tour about two year. i went on the chairman's tour all over the world. and ended up in afghanistan and sicily and, you know, the uso, they do an amazing job
the troops abroad and people who are away from their families, i'm excited that we're here >> very nice. we're excited. your dad was in the navy and the uso was a big part of his i asked him if he remembered the uso. the main thing he >> yeah. >> and meeting him and he on to his boat back then. >> yeah. >> so "pitch perfect 3," you they all sorts of records. why did you think this movie, what is it we love about them? >> think partly it's about a togeth there great female
i it on the way down here. it terrific. we're to meet the cast in first, that's what's goin on here's what's happening in your i didn't think we were ever a mostly cloudy sky outside. cold, too. temperbelow freezing. we have winter weather advisory could get a half inch to an inch of sno the shaded counties today. temper stay in the we'll bata bit. more clouds arou and that is your latest weather. all right, time to get a little aca crazy with the rest of the "pitch perfect" team, the bellas. besides elizabeth banks, we've go
snow, chrissie fit, esther dean and hannah malee. welcome, ladies. >> hi. >> the bellas are back together, they're still a team but this time again they're underdogs. when do you guys get to be the guys? >> never. >> it wouldn't be fun if they were already on top. the movie would be over in the first five minutes. >> what's the best part about making these movies, guys? >> being with the girls. >> being together. we've become like a family, i think. we love each other a lot. >> you guys actually got to go to some military bases and interact with the troops. what was that like? >> that was amazing. it was nice to be on like a real uso. >> a real base. >> a real base, thank you. like a set. it was just amazing meeting all the troops and hearing their stories and having them in the sc w
>> yeah, we had two amazing pilots that flew these great planes. >> yeah. >> we had some great pilots and when they took off after they were with us on the shoot, they did these aerial, you know, tricks to sort of impress all the ladies. it worked. it worked. we were impressed. >> what's the hardest part about being part of the bellas? >> the hardest part is leaving each other. >> ahh. >> i don't mean to be mushy, but it's my girls. we spent three months together. we have a great time. we do a lot of fun things together. >> as we will see in the movie, which you'll be screening a little later on for the folks here at the base for the uso. guys, thank you so much and merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> and of course we want to remind you, "pitch perfect 3" opens nationwide december 22nd. it's from our sister company, universal. all right, how about a little more beat boxing, guys, to take us out. all right, ladies, guys, here we go. everybody.
good morning, everybody. it's 8:30. it's friday morning. and we are getting so close to christmas. a beautiful day out on our plaza. we've got a great crowd, a little chill in the air, lots of christmas spirit. we've got maria busy this morning. she did trending, now she's gathering donations for our
drive. thank you, maria, for doing the honors. >> so we have a huge crowd. i see a princesses wear pants book. hi, merry christmas. number one christmas wish, meet hoda. >> i'm going to meet you. hold on. where is emma? okay. so everyone in the "pitch perfect" theme there's been a lot of carolling out here i understand. where are you from, emma? >> i'm from charlotte, north carolina. >> i know it's freezing and you're an eighth grader. will you sing me a little we wish you a merry christmas ♪ we wish you a merry christmas ♪ ♪ we wish you a merry christmas ♪ ♪ we wish you a merry christmas ♪ ♪ and a happy new year >> will everyone join in together. 1, 2, 3, everybody. ♪ we wish you a merry christmas ♪ ♪ we wish you a merry christmas ♪ ♪ we wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year ♪ >> that was awesome, you guys, you made our day. thank you, sweet girl. thk
how about that? that's awesome singing. >> nicely done, emma. guys, also coming up, fresh off her latest golden globe nomination, the great jessica chastain is here and we're going to talk about her movie that looks so good, "molly's game," her performance in it. a great supporting cast. we look forward to checking in and catching up with jessica. >> we love jessica and she's nominated again because she's a superstar. also we'll check out fashions to dress up your family for all those holiday parties an events that you have. first megyn is here. what have you got coming up? >> speaking of fashion, i am dressed for you know what? >> megyn's month of merry? >> space aliens. >> are you ready? >> i am ready. >> what did you call it, savannah? >> i said you were wearing nasa casual. >> space chic. i'm ready, mothership. we'll talk with a real live astronaut about whether this thing is real, are
to visit us or not. we'll follow up on that. patti labelle is performing live. >> patti labelle is performing live? >> yes. and then megyn's month of merry. >> what will you get today? >> you have to tune in for that. let's go out to al in new jersey with some of our great service members. hey, al. >> hey, guys, thanks. at joint base mdl, the great lakes. mounta in the rockies. it's dry. red flag warnings continue in plenty sunshine in the southe more weather continuing in heavy through the gulf. wet weather through the mid valley unfort strong santa ana califo
weflt. here's what's happening in your warm coat this morning. temper below freezing for everyb later afternoon, mostly an inch to an inch. so again, mostly on the lighter side. the commute this afternoon, distri but not a huge deal. just a timing will be a little annoyi >> and that is your latest weather. well, you know, after the show this morning we are going to actually go on tour here at joint base mdl with the cast of "pitch perfect 3" and there's going to be a screening of the movie as well. we decided since of course it's a movie about a cappella teams, we've got the philharmonic from the c
>> yeah, all right. the philharmonic u.s. army voices. the uso, the cast of "pitch perfect 3" altogether. back to you, carson. >> al, thanks so much. there are few actresses who can command the role the way that jessica chastain does. her new movie "molly's game" is based on the true story of a woman who ran an exclusive high-stakes underground folk po game. >> donnie silverman, my brilliant find, he lost $6 million on my table. >> stop. >> moved to florida, got a job as a substitute teacher and then hanged himself. >> oh, and that's your fault? that's not your fault. >> harlan is in jail in nevada wishing he was but that's not why i'm saying no. >> you're not saying no. >> i was named after my great
name. >> you're so good in this movie. congratulations. >> thanks. >> good to see you. >> good to see you. >> on monday you were in paris doing press with aaron sorkin. you released a little video on instagram and you could see how genuinely excited you guys were. >> i was doing press and my publicist ran in and said, hey, you got a golden globe nomination. she said aaron is going to come in and congratulate you. i was like okay, great. he also got nominated. i could hear him down the hall going who's a golden globe naum me, who's a golden globe nominee. and i pulled out my phone and secretly videotaped him. >> you know, in l.a., there are a few roles, but this one in particular from what i understand, this was one that a lot of big-time a-listers wanted this role. i read what aaron sorkin said about you. he said, listen, a number of great women would have done great playing the role of molly but i wanted jessica chastain. one of the thing t
paraphrase. it was something to the effect of jessica is strong without acting tough. and this role needed that. >> oh, that's interesting. i didn't know that. that's a nice compliment. it's -- i have a feeling like all women are strong and in our films and media, we don't show that part of women. this was a character when i read it on the page i was so blown away by, yes, that she is strong, she is intelligent, but she's also -- she has vulnerability and fragility. because it's aaron sorkin, there's social commentary in this film and that was really inspiring to me. >> important to you, i'm sure. >> yeah. >> let's go back to 1998 because you in your own life were making your your professional stage debut in shakespeare's juliet. how did this go from the high ranks of skiing into this world of underground
women's moguls and she had a terrible accident that derailed her plans. she had her life planned out for her. she was heading to law school, she was going to go to the olympics, and then fate intervened. she found herself in los angeles and she became an assistant for someone who asked her to help out with the games. it just -- she got the idea, you know what, this is a business that i can scale up. and that's what put it all into her mind. >> she scaled it up in l.a. and brought it here to new york to the high list and the mob is involved. how did this story go from her in real life, i'm sure you spent time with her, not going into prison but here a big movie premiere. >> unbeknownst to her when she went to l.a., she let in members of the russian mafia so she was indicted by the fbi. she had started to take a rake in the game to cover her debt sheet. so, listen, she did some terrible things. she made some bad mistakes. and the governmentin
but also this film is about a woman, i guess, in any industry. you know, trying to become successful in an industry where men are creating the rules. the film really explores pat arcy. >> and that's poignant at this time. you've been very vocal on this anti-sexual harassment in hollywood and put yourself out there front and center. some people are applauding by the sidelines. why was it important to be front and center for you? >> because it's more than just a hollywood issue, it's a society-wide issue. i think a lot of attention is in hollywood because we're in the media and actresses and we have a very large platform. but i think it would be a grave injustice to ignore other women in other industries because it's -- like i said, it's a society-wide problem. there was a beautiful letter win to the actresses of hollywood from women working as farm workers. and what they go through every day. they were saying, listen, we don't have the attention that women in hollywood have, but please don't ignore us. this is something we faceve
re-examine how we perceive gender in our society. >> it's very cool. congratulations on the film, the nomination. hope you have a good holiday and get a little time off. >> you too. happy holidays. >> "molly's game" is in theaters on christmas day. coming up next, we have holiday fashions on a budget for the whole family, but first this is "today" on nbc.
we are back with today's style. 'tis the season of festive gatherings and we have some simple ways to keep your entire family looking sharp on a budget. when you come, i know good things are going to follow. >> thank you, hoda. >> so we're going to talk through some different styles for families and start off with the harris family. >> yes. >> they're going to a dinner. let's bring the harris family in. ding dong. >> how cute are th
tell us what they have going on. >> they want to be stylish but not too overdressed. you can see with mom, she's wearing this jacket that i love from zara, it's beautiful, my favorite piece. you can also wear it as a dress. i'm wearing it with a tank from our label, just a basic white tank, a pair of levi's, boyfriend style. >> look at her cute daughter. >> she is adorable. she's in black and silver from head to toe. her card begigan is from h & m. and look at dad. he is in j. crew so flannel shirt, sweater, jeans. j. crew is having a big sale. everything is 40% off except for cashmere so run and go see that. and his son is in zara baby. shoes from old navy. >> y'all are so cute. you can come to our party any day. follow us, we're going to a little bit of a swankier party. we have the
gathered together at our holiday shindig. hi. >> so mom, laura, she is in silver and gold. her top is from a brand called and other stories and her pants are from h & m. i love the gold metallic, they're super chic. look at the twins. they are in head to toe zara baby. the son is in the velvet blazer, which i love. it's so, so cute and jeans. and then he has his little shoes on. and then the daughter is in this really, really, really cute plaid dress, tights and mary janes. >> and who do we have other there? >> little lilly in a dress from j. crew. gold metallic with tights and these cute, cute, cute sequin booties from zara. >> how old are your twins? >> 10 months. >> 10 months old. you're unbelievable. i'm going on record saying that. come on, why don't we stroll over to our next party. i love this. >> this is all about when you take your holiday picture, whether it's a card, whether for facebook or instagram.
so that means a lot of prints and patterns but also kind of casual. as you can see with beth sitting there with her sweater from the gap and her pants are track pants from zara. that's like the style right now. >> those pants are awesome. >> they are so cute. i don't know if you can see the detail on the side. would you wear those in real life? >> i would. >> you would. how about the girls. >> emma is in a cute little outfit from gap. her top is sparkly and pants are sparkler and the converse are the kicker. put on sparkly converse and that makes everything festive. and then natalie is in this really cute sweater from zara kids and her pants are from j. crew, they're plaid and she has on the sparkly converse. >> by the way, beautiful. every single one of these looks terrific. thank you so much. for even more inspiration, follow today's style on facebook. first, this is "today" on nbc.
we're back with today's hassle-free holiday. if you're in need of last-minute ideas, we have the solution. mail order food. >> and all sorts from savory to sweet, fried to frozen. "today" contributor elizabeth mayhew has picked some of her favorites. by the looks of it, you've done an incredible job. good morning, time is ticking. let's start with the coffee. >> the coffee is great. it's called fire department coffee started by firemen. some of the proceeds go back to not only helping charities of firefighters, which as we know there are a lot of people working really hard right now, and also veterans. so fire department coffee, four different flavors. it's roasted to order, delicious. >> that's a nice thing to spend your money to knowing it's going to a great cause. that's an added bonus. >> what is this? >> this is
mouth.com. this is their meat lovers platter, so go for it. what i like is you can also go to the site, pick how much you want to spend, whether you want sweet or savory and they put it altogether. it even comes with the cheese board so that's really nice. >> that's really cute. >> now, for the health conscious person, as you go into the new year, it's daily harvest. actually someone in the food department is a huge fan. you get these prepackaged frozen smoothies. it's healthy. some of them, like try this one, savannah, i think you'll love this one. >> it needs the makers mark i put in the eggnog earlier today. >> it comes in these cups. you put them in the freezer. take them out and throw them in the blender with coconut milk. you can put the straw in it and it's good to go. >> it tastes healthy. >> okay. so this is this gooey caramel that has mexican spices so it's got a little hint of
made by a 70-year-old chocolate maker. >> i like everything about mexican spice caramel bars. >> a little salt. >> everyone is going crazy here for this. this is barbecue from texas. you can get here -- go for it. >> among the best. >> this is their family pack. it comes with the giant brisket, an entire rack of barbecue. >> this comes, what, how does it come? >> it comes frozen. all you have to do is defrost it in your refrigerator and put it in the oven. >> these are great to go to places like salt lake and have these packages that you can just buy and send. >> what's great about mail order food is it does come overnight so it is a great last-minute gift. now, i love this company, i'm moving you guys away from the barbecue. this is called lucky guy bakery. it is in bloomington, indiana. and they hand make all of their brownies, they're absolutely delicious. they
varieties. there's one that's gluten-free and vegan as well. you can customize your panels to different sizes. delicious. okay, well, this is actually a spice company called pecaned post. and what they do is they send you four packets of spices and it's great for somebody who's like either really an adventuresome cook or somebody just starting out. it sends you the recipe and you can make it. it's a subscription order and about $12 a month. >> by the way, that's my cousin. my cousin's business. >> it is really? >> yes. >> e-creamery. what i love about this ice cream company is you can customize it. there's a label here for savannah's sweet treat. you can customize the label and customize the flavors. >> wow. >> so go ahead and try it. there's 40 different kind of flavor bases and 30 different mix-ins. they also do collections, so this is their hannukah collection which because we have a few nights of hannukah left you can still order that and get
>> it's really good. one more. >> there's a christmas selection. last but not least if you want to go from ice cream to bloody mary, i would love you guys to. >> carson does. >> this is a bloody mary mix company from denver, colorado, it's all hand made in batches. you can get the growler or you can get the box and it comes with pickles for garnish, oh, my gosh, there you go. >> no! >> yeah, super bloody mary christmas. >> oh, my gosh, this segment was four minutes and 7,000 calories for me. >> ten minutes too short. >> if you want all these ideas go to today.com/food. all of these ideas are on our web page. great job, elizabeth. we're back in a moechlment. this is "today" on nbc.
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>> carson brought them these meat trays. >> that's a guy looking after a buddy. >> coming up on saturday, we'll take a look at what makes the holiday so special in addition to brisket and sausage. how the celebrations that we had as children turn into traditions for our families four decades later. by the way, that video there, that's not anybody on the show. then on "sunday today" my guest is adam driver, one of the stars of "star i'm eun yang. we want to see how the commute hi. >> all right. meliss is not here for the emerge repairs will shut down part of the red line. the closure will happen between
this morning on "megyn kelly today," matt lauer under fire again. a new woman steps forward accusing the former nbc anchor of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. we'll have a full report. then patti labelle, the grammy-winning godmother of soul, performs live right here in studio. plus our month of merry freebie train rolls on through. all that and more on "megyn kelly today" right now. [ applause ] >> good morning.