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>> democratic congresswomen targeted by he does not know how to defend his policies, so what he does i attack us personally. >> it's time for us to impeach this president. >> straighd, ahhich republicans are condemning the president's remarks, as he digs in? >> if you're not happy here, then you can leave. >> where the war of words goes. from here live from the white house,next. going up. temperatures soar with the er summ's most dangerous heat wave set to expand across much of the country today. how hot will it get and how long will this last.
al hhe t >> the w californian found alive after fourays lost in the woods reunites with her family overnight and shares a dramatic story behinder disappearance. >> right away, we ran into trouble. >> this morning, she'll join us live to tell us how she survived. those stories, plus confronted in court. two accusers come face-to-face with sex offender jeffrey epstein. don't even think about it. the military's stern warning over a viral campaignag encourg people to storm the secret area 51. >> and moonshot. the apollo 11 mission changed the course of history, and we're celebrating its historic launch 50 years ago with an inside look t what made neil armstrong's one giant leap possible, today, tuesday, july 16th, 20. from nbc news, this is "today," with savannah guthrie
and hoda kotb. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> morning, everybody. welcome to "today." on a o have you with us tuesday morning. willie, good to have you here. thinking about 50 years ago, how people must have felt when they saw "apollo 11" make that launch. >> we have leenooking up at that beautiful moon, and still 50 years later, it blows your mind we pulled this off. >> let's get right to our top story and this newve outrage president trump's go back attack, aimed at four democratic womennf color i congress. this is coming as his administration makes a move this morning that will make it harder for migrants to request asylum at the southern border. we'll have all of this covered. we'll start with this new outrage over thees prent's tweet. peter alexander at the white house for us. good morning. >> good morning to you. from birtherism to charlottesville, president trump has a long history of stoking racial tensions. againhis time, he's not
backing down. the president seeming to relish this latest fight t fo prominent progressive democrats, all of them women of color. it is an effort to exploid tet divideen the moderate and liberal wings of the democratic party, but this morning, those democrats are united in their outrage. the self-styled squad collectively calling out president trump. >> he doesot know how to defend his policies so what he does is attack us personal. >> it comes after the president escalated his attack on the four freshmen democrats. >> these are peoplehat in my opinion hate our country. >> expressing no regret for his incendiary weekend tweet using a racist trope. arguing they saculd go b to their own countries, though all but one was born in the u.s. house democrats drafting a resolution condemning the president's words, writing president donald trump's racist came nlts have legitimized fear and hatred of new americans and
people of color. th>> pressed wheer he's concerned people view his comments as racist and white nationalists will embrace his words. >> it doesn't concern me because a lot of people agre with . >> the four accusing the racial t of inflaming tension. >> we're grateful for your solidarity, your encouragement, and your support in the face of the most recent xenophobic, bigoted remarks from the occupant of our white house. >> i urge house leadership, many of my colleagues, to take action to impeach this lawless presidenttoday. >> the lawmakers arguing the president's remarks were designed to distract from his controveielicies, including the separation of migrant families. former vice president joe biden on "morning joe" denouncing the president's comments. >> the presidents are the face of america, like it or not.
they're the face of america. and the t ideat donald trump says and does the things he does is just absolutely despicable. >> someav republicans h called the president's remarks racist. >> i think those tweets are racist and xenoobic. they're also inaccurate. >> but most have steered clear word.ng that >> a lot of people have been using the word, and my own view is that what wasaid and what was tweeted was destructive, was demeaning. was disunifying, and frankly, was very wrong. >> and while from gop leaders there's been silence, the four congresswomen say other republicans have reached out. >> there were many people who approached me and who said i disagree with some of your policies. i'm an independent. i'm a republan. but i think what he did was wrong. and he won't apologize, but i am going to apologize. >> peter, you mentioned this
house democratic resolution t.ndemning the presiden what are they hoping to accomplish with that? >> yeah, savannah. good question. the resolution expected to be o vote by the house as early as today. it condemns the president for those comments about the freshmen engresswomen. question, i think, is will this be bipartisan? how manyepublicans will join democrats. by itself, it doesn't really mean muuh-ut but with their strg statements, thereignited conversations over impeachment. still, democratic leaders have not expressed any change in view in terms of that. >> as you said, republican response to the president'smm cots has been tempered or absent altogether. do you expect that to change going forward? >> some republicans have spoken out, but house republican leaders who come to the white house this afternoon to meet with the president are on message again their strategy right now is to try to tie the president's inflammatory tweets to this broader fight they view against socialism. privately, many republicans
complain that thede pre can't resist voicing these thoughts, but politica of them success is tied to him. willie and savannah. >> peter alexander, thank you. now to new developments in th immigration battle in this country. the trump administr has would ed new rules that all but end asylum requests for central american migrants, and a keyboarder patrol official is speaking out to dispute reports about conditions at u.s. detention facilities. gabe gutierrez is in el paso with more on that. gabe, good morning. >> wi, good morning. the number of migrant children in this facilities continues to drop. whether that's due to the trump adstration's policy changes, increased security in mexico, or just a hot summer month is unclear, but now w re hearing from a border patrol official at the center of it all, and he makes no apologies. with heated protests in new york and atlanta over immigration
raids, new outrage is mounting. over the trump administration making it harder for migrants to seek asylum in the u.s. the new rule means those coming from central america can't apply for asylum here without doing so first in mexico. >> we have a president who continues to want to erode the legal system of asylum. >> the president firing back in a tweet. the obama administration built the cages, not the trump administration. votesats must give us the to change bad immigration laws. >> how overwhelmed was this system over the past few months? >> ll, it was definitely overwhelmed. >> we spoke exclusively with aaron hall, the chief border patrol ant in el paso who oversees the station in clint, texas. at one point, the facility held about 700 children. it was only built to hold 100. >> what happened? >> simply a volume issue. we don't want to hold that many people in our short-term facilities any more t we have to. >> a scathing report by "the new york times" and the el paso
times alleges the agency's leadership knew for months that some children had no beds to sleep on. no way to clean themselves, and sometimes went hungry. even at this poin you still dispute the characterization of the care that these children were receiving inside the clint facility. >> absolutely. we added showers, we added laundry facilities. >> should this not have been added months ago before it got that bad? , keep in mind it's the u.s. governme. we have a entire contracting process. the illegal alien traffic is going to be one step ahead of our ability to respond. >> we met this group of migrants fr cuba. this woman tolhe us s's desperate. she tried for two months to apy for asylum at a legal port of entry and was told to keep waiting. after watching three people be murdered in mexico, she and her husband decided to cross the border and turn themselves in to officers her in the u.s. as for the new asylum policy
changes the chief says he does believe they will re migrntsz h southern border, but critics are expected to challenge the new rules in court. >> gabe gutierrez in el paso thanks. >> the morning's big weather story, the most wave of the season, and it's set to expand from the midwest to much of the east coast. al is down in florida at the kennedy space center where the temperature is already sooodari. gomorning. >> we'll get to why we're here in a little bit, the apollo 11 peon launch, but we're launching hot temtures that are going to be dangerous. we have 41 million people right now under a heat warning, heat watch, or a heatad sory, and that is going to be expanding as we move into the week. we have a giant dome of heat. high pressure moving eastward, plus an upper level high pushing the jet stream way up into canada. and so for today, we've got heat indices, a combination of hea and humidity, triple digits in jacksonville, tallahassee,
mobile, wilmington, and for tomorrow, it moves into the northeast. iladelphia, new york, richmond, raleigh, charlotte, all in triple digits. and as we move into the late week2 period, states will see heat indexes above 100. 200 million people will be feeling the heat and the humidity going into the weekend. heat indexes in tripligits for kansas city, dallas, on into chicago, and heading east, we're looking at triple digits for new york, d.c., charlotte, nashville, cleveland, and indianapolis. we don't get a break until we get toward the end of the weekend. back to you.se >> tho are some huge numbers. >> jaw-dropping numbers there. >> a lot of red on that map. thanks so much. meantime, a judge is considering whether to grant bail to skrjeffrey epstein afte dramatic day in court tied to his sexrafficking case. stephanie gosk is here with the latest. good morning. >> good morning. there was an expectation the bail hearing would be britf.
as anything but. with prosecutors introducing new details abo what was found in jeffrey epstein's home, and two accusers testifying that they think the man they m as teenage girls shouldn't t o jai. this morning, stunning revelations in the case against jeffrey epstein. the wealthy financier now accused of sex afficking. fbi agents fou piles of cash, diamonds, and an expired foreign passport inside a safe in his n.w york city mansio according to federal os precutors. the passport from the 1980s appears to show epstein's photo, but under a different name. his residence listed as saudi arabia. in federalourt on monday, prosecutors argued epstein should be denied bail because these items, along with his o wealth more than $500 million, make him an extreme flight risk. they also say he is a riskeo th public. two of epstein's accusers testified in court. confronting epstein-f face-toe
for the first time. >> both believe not only is he a flight risk for the obvious reas bs,ut also that that is the only wayhe to secure safety of the community. >> courtney wild says she was 14 when she was abused. annie farmer,he 16 w she says she met epstein. >> these were girls who were procured, transported across state lines, kept under pervision. >> epstein has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy. federal prosecutors also allege epstein tampered with witnesses, paying $350,000 to co-conspirators to influence them after the miami herald's bombshell report about him last sear. epstein's defen team says there's no proof the mon was a bribe. his lawyers are fighting the sex trafficking charges. and offered up conditions forst epn to be released on bail,
including house arrest inside his $77 million manhattan mansion. pointing out that the 66-year-old isn't accused of committing any crimes since he pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting minors for prostitution more than a decade ago. a federal judge in this case says he will announce his decision on bail thursday. and there's new attention this moing onew mexico, where epstein owns a sprawling ranch. according to the state attorney general's office, several new accusers have come forward alleging they were abused. those names will be passed along to prosecutors here in new york, guys. >> and steph, you mentioned two of thoseccusers appeared in court yesterday, confronted mr. epstein. how unusual is that? >> it is unusual in a bail g, hearinlthough occasionally it does happen. legal experts tell us it's an indication of how federal re prosecutors a going to be deliberate and careful through every step of this process. and allowing accusers at each step the opportunity to have their say. >> stephanie gosk, thank you
very much. >> thank you. officials in southern are searching for answers after a deadly gas explosion that happened at a home in marietta. it killed a gas company worker, injured 15 other people. the force of the blast so powerful, it launched debris onto vicles across the street, blew out the windows in voupding homes. gas workers were already at the home to fix a ruptured gas line when it occurred. it was initially damaged by a contractor working at that home. >> now to an incredible display of mteamwork that have saved two people's lives. t this was scene in panama city beach, florida. two swimmers were having a hard time getting back to the beach. they were out in the water despite a double red flag warning, so dozens of good samaritans formed a human chain that stretched from the the ocean. eventually, the swimmers were saved but officials say it serves as a good reminder to obey thohe warnings w you see them on the beach. >> let's get back down to al at
kennedy space center. he's got the rest of the forecast, and that shirt can be seen from space. >> well, i figured, you know, i'm kind of on the spacecoast. i might as well dress like it. you should see the shorts. anyway. >> no thanks. >> let's show you what's happening around the rest of the country, and we're looking out west at real southwest sizzle. temperatures will be rising, of course. they'll be joined by the rest of the country cilater. pac northwest, not too bad. severe storms in the northern plains. flood warnings are going up with hae remnants of barry. we'll look at t in the next half hour. sunshine into the northeast, but showers along the mid-atlantic coast. th what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> out there, a littln the muggy side. i'm meteorologist lauryn ricketts, and we're looking at it temperatures in the 60s and 70s right now. 77 in the district. annapolis is already up to 81
degrees. heading through the day, temperatures are going to top lout in the to mid 90s for daytime highs today, but with the humidity, it's going to feel closer to 100grees. most of the day going to be dry, and listen, there's only about a 40% chance you'll see showers or and thunderst pop up, i would say any time after 3:00 or 4:00, and continue until about 9:00 or 10:00 p.m. tonight. some of these could bring stronger p s oosu orst noth,ing like two mondays ago, but we could see a few isolated storms that could be a little on the stronger side out there. i think not everybody is going to see them. isolated showers tomorrow. isolated storms tomorrow night. that leads into thursday, looks like we dry out on thursday, but friday and saturday dry, but that's when we're talking about the heat. heat indices on friday and saturday, 110. >> guys, this is very excited. we're down here, of course, in a little more than two hours, 50 years ago on launch pad 39b, apollo 11 lifted off with a
saturn 5 rocket on its way to the moon. a historicsi occa. i'm thrilled to be here. we're going to talk about that more coming up in the next couple hours. >> always where tis action al. so cool. thank you. we'll see you in a little bit. also ahead, we have overnight details on the disappearance and rescuea woma s for four days. we'll share the dramatic story including her encounter she says with a knifeg wieldinman. >> have you seen that facebook event calling on people to storm area 51? we have the story behind that viral campaign and a new warning nyone whomilitary for is actually considering it. first, this is "today" on
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before you send your teen to college... make sure you help protect them. talk to your teen's doctor... about meningitis b vaccination. this is a news 4 "today" news break. >> 7:26 is your time now. it is july 16ict, 2019. good morning, everyone. i'm eun yang. >> i'm aaron gilchrist. in theews this morning, police in prince george's county are investigating a homicide. the man was found shot to death around 10:30 last night. detectives are working to figure out a possibleotive and suspects in the case. if you have information, you're asked to call police. >> new this morning, a police officer rescued two peopl from ery ning home in montg county. the fire broke out just before 6:00 this morning at home on stanley lane in silver spring. chopper 4 flewnever the s here. no one was hurt. the cause f of thee remains under investigation. now let's check in with melissa mollet with your first 4
traffic. >> the lanes on southbound new hampshire havereopened, but we do have this crash where the truck was t-boned in the middle of the intersection. we still have that closure. that delay there through that section of new hampshire avenue. southbound 29 at musgrove, overturned vehicle just reported there. outer loop at 4, we have an accident. we zoomin, 295 near suitland parkway, an accident there southbound as well. >> we'll take a break can check .
not too bad out there as we continue through the day, you can see a h littlee out there, though. the hue madity to begun to se increa and the temperatures will be rising. low to mid 90s, everybody pretty much in the 70s right now. 94 is where we'll top out. there is about a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon. omanother small chance trow afternoon into the first part of
7:30 now. tuesday morning. that is a satellite image of the highly secretive military base known as area 51. >> it's long been a source of fodder for conspiracy theorists. now,here's a call on social media for people to storm that base to get the truth, but is the real? and whathe does t government have to say about it? that story is just ahead. >> let's get a check of the headlines of the morning. the four democratic congresswomenargeted by president trump are fighting back this morning. the self styled squad collectively called out the presidert yesterday a his incendiary weekend tweets that argued the liberal lawmakers should, quote, go back to their home countries. all but one of them was born in the u.s. >> he does not know how to defend his policies so what he
does is attack us personally. >> i urge house leadership, many of my colleagues, to take action to impeach this lawless president today. >> it doesn't concern me because many people agree with me. and all i'm saying, they want to leav theyan leave. >> the president expresso regret over the tweet. in the meantime, house democrats overnight draed a resolution condemning his comments, writing, quote, president donald trump's racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new americans and people of color. >> white house siordviser kellyanne conway defied a subpoena and failed to appear ae a congional hearing yesterday. the house hearing on oversight and reform wants to hear from conway on allegations she violated the hatch act, the law that limited federal legal activity. the white houseawyer ordered her not to appear. the committee is threatening now to hold conway inem cont of
congress if she does not honor the subpoena before july 25th . now, to a rare glimpse of mother nature, and it left onlookers in awe. here's what they saw. a mega pod of dolphins. look at that. swimming and leaping alongside o at. happened off the coast of laguna beach, california, on sunday. ere were hundreds of them. just look at that. the man who captured the video tayed witdolphins the boat for about 25 minutes. >> could watch that on a loop all morning. >> absolutely. >> nhi to t remarkable story of survival. the missing california camper we told you about yesterday, she's been found alive. this morning, the60-year-old is sharing dramatic new details on what she says led to her ys-long disappearance. we'll talk to her live in just a moment. along with her family. first, nbc national correspondent miguel almaguer it.h the latest on all of good morning. >> good morning. sheryl powell had walked into the woods to go to the bathroom when she says she was sud confronted and chased by a man with a knife who was waiting for her in the trees. she was missing for four days,
and her family was just beginning to lose hope, then came the unbelievable news. she was found alive. this morning, sheryl powl is back with her family. bruised and battered but in good spirits after a harrowing story of survival. >> it was really just a mter of me wanting to check out a gorgeous new area while my husband was turning the car around. and right away, we ran into trouble. while she was getting ready to camp with her husband in central california's remote white mountains on friday, she learned couple was not alone. >> my dad was parking the car around, she went to go pee inds the woover there, and a man came out from behind the trees and he had a knife on him. t >> firstng that's going to happen here is i'm goi knife on. and then if you d't let me have my way with you, i'll use it on you. >> sheryl says she ran into the woods with her small g, moving deeper into the forest because she feared she was being chased. when she finally lost the man
with the knife, she also lost oher way back t the camp site. for three cold nights and four hot summer days, sheryl and her dog were alone, on the run, moving only at night and hiding from sight during the day. >> at night when i chose to hike, i thought, okay, well, the rattlesnakes probably aren't out, it's chilly. so i took the risk. >>ro drinking f a creek and eating fruit from a cactus, she managed to stay alive. nearby, helicopters scoured the mountains while rescue teams combs the forest. on day fourf the massive search, finally, a break. the family dog was found two and a half miles from the campite where sheryl went missing. not long after, and not far away, this search team found the 60-year-old. >> that was harrowing. luckily, i'm here. >> defying the odds, this mother and wife is this morning back with she belongs. >> i got back the wife. >> yeah. >> her incredible story of
survival being called a miracle in the mountains. now, as for that man with the p knife,ice say they're still looking for him. they have a limited description but are using what information they have to scour thearea. sheryl still doesn't knoy how f by him, but investigators said she did the right thing by running away. back to you. >> miguel, thank you. and sheryl powell is with us now along wit her husbandjoe, her children greg and farrah. good morning to >> good morning. well, i know it's early there. we so appreciate you waking up with us. how are you doing this morning? that's the first question, sheryl. >> i'm doing okay. i'm just happy to be back with my family. i'm happy to be here to tell my story. >> yeah.t > didn'now if i would make it, but -- >> here you are, and it is an incredible story. can you tell us what happened?
>> yeah. i was just going to go off for a few minutes with my dog while my husband was turning arod the car to park it in the right position. and we were going to get all set s for our camping, and i wanted to what was around us. i love to hike. i was just trying to check out the wilderness and see what was in front of me. and what options we had, where we head out. and turned into a little bit more than a quick little check-out of the area. didn't know it would last four days, but i'm back. >> so sheryl, there you are, lost in the woods. cold, as you say, with your dog you., who is there with glad to see miley doing well also. and you hear helicopters buzzing overhead. this is a scene weave heard before in these moments. what is the agony of hearing the search team and not being able to do athing about it? >> yes. so i was about a canyon over. i wasn't in the area they were search first. that was disheartening.
i had to realize that perhaps they'll still kee coming around. i didn't know for sure, but i lost sight of the helicopters and i lost thenoise, the sound of the helicopters when i went down to get f water my dog, and there was a green belt down below in the canyon at the bottom, and i thought,re t must be water. and it was some kind of little spring or something that was there. she started lapping up the water. i started to drink it myself. it was actually good tasting water, probably the sierra nevadas or just by there.lu ily, not only good, but i think it was okay. but either way, i made the decision. i had to get water. i had to drink. >> we want to talk to your family. sorry to interrupt. we want to talk to your family about their relie and how happy they are that you're home, but i want to go back to the story because you say you were w stopped, youe out in the woods, and a man approached you with a knife. did you get a good look at hahi?
you been able to give a description to police? what happened there? >> yeah. so much. so for the minor details, he came t. a big guy. burly, bald headed. tan skin. just really surprised me and scared me. i thought my dog was going to be hacked up by him. i t wasd that do what he wants and he'll refrain from using the knife on us. and it scared me enough to act pretty docile and let him think that i was going to go along with him, and got a chance to take off wh my dog and ran. and he was pursuing me. but i was only concerned about that forhe first day. i never saw him again after the first day.d
an just had to concentrate on how to get through this, how to ge needed, how to gette wa how to get back to my family. i just wasn't sure where my husband exactly when i was lost, yeah -- all i could do was keepoing back up. >> joe, i can't imagine what was going through your mind for four days as your wife is missing in the woods. y what wer thinking, what were you doing during this time? >> well, progressively every day, i was starting to lose pe. i became a man who was half a man. i couldn't imagine a life without her.as i w so unhappy and so depressed, i had to keep my act together. i needed to do everything i could to help her. yesterday, i was the saddest man on the planet, and today, i'm the happiest man on the planet. it's acl mira i got my wife back. and i didn't think it was going to happen. i startedopo give up on the fourth day. that's why we were leaving the mountain at that point.
>> well, it's an incredib story. thank you so much for waking up early to all of you, i know you must be so happy to have her backome with you. and i hope you get some rest today, too, because i know it's out there. we appreciate you getting up early. >> sure. >> great to see you. thank you very much. let's turn aow and getther check of the weather from al. he's down at kennedy space center on a very big day there. al. >> that's right. 50th anniversary of the moon launch. in less than two hours 50 years ago. but we're talking about barry right now, the remnants of barry still causing major problems. and in fact, right now, w got flash flood watches, flash flood warnings, and in fact, that area in red, we've got a flash flood emergency going on where we're seeing rainfall already 8 inches of rain in the last few s, and could be another 4 to 5 inches before it's all over. this all pus ts to east today, soaking the midwest. gusty winds, we can't rule out a tornado or two, and that as we
moveinto morrow, the system continues to move through the ohio river valley. cold front will enter the northeast, bringing showers as well. especially aloi- on thursday. p ten wettest yearn record for all these areas in blue. all those little dots in blue, they had their top ten wettest, and again, upwards of 10 inches of rain down through arkansas possible before this is all over. that's what's going on around thecountry. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> well, if you haven't been outside, one thing you'll notice, the humidity. it's coming back today and going to stick with us through the weekend. that means dgerous heat as those temperatures rise. in fact, by friday and saturday, it's going to feel like 110 degrees out there. of cose, al was talking about barry. we'll have rain from that late wednesday night through thursday. temperatures out there right now in the 70s. looking at annapolis, already at 81 degrees. headed to the low to mid 90s to day. a 40% chance of scattered showers and storms after 3:00
p.m. >> this is 39b, to beclear. this is 39b, an active site. a launch site, in fact, 2024, th 're launching another mission to the moon with a man and woman onboard. over there is 39a, amongst the bugs. 39a, where 50 years ago, apollo 11 took off on top of that beautiful saturn 5 rocket. we'll havg more comin up from here a little bit later. back to you. >> we're geeking out rightith you. this is such a great day. we can't wait to see more. speaking of apollo 11, just ahead, harry smith has the incredible story behind the space st that neil armstrong was stepping into five decades ago. >> also ahead, an author we know and love. christina geist is here. yes, she's willie's wife, but more heimportantly, an author, just for the moment more importantly, she's a mom, sheha a new children's book and it's really going to help your reluctant students get excited about going back to school. >> plus, chip and joanna gaines share a big announcement about thei baby boy.
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a lot of people do. there's a new vire campaign that seems to be capitalizing on that. joe, good morning. >> it's one of the biggest mysteries of our universe. is thereife beyond earth? at the center of it, the military facility knowns area 51, which has long been the subject of alien conspiracy theories. now a new facebook event talks about organizing a large mob to raid the base. by all accounts,t's a joke, but officials worry some followers don't get it. deep in the nevada desert, the e mysterious pla known as area 51 remains a subject of intrigue for those wondering are we alone. its legendiz immortaled in movies like ndependence day." >> there's no area 51. >> that's not entirely accurate. >> now, the top secret military base is the subject of an eye-opening fevent onebook titled storm area 51. they can't stop all of us. organizers say we will all meet up at the area 51 alien center
tourist attraion and coordinate our entry. adding, let's see them aliens. more than a million people from around the wor have signed up. including brian smith, who has no plans to tually go. >> basically see this post as being -- you look at the group who shared the event, you obviously can't take something like that seriously. >> the tongue in cheek invite also says if we wrun,e can movr fast than their bullets, the reference to a running style of a fictional ninja. it's filled with satirical memeb t area 51, but the government isn't laughing. an air force spokesperson said it's aware of the facebookd pos ny attempt to illegally access military installations or military training areas i dangerous. parks in the mojave desert, area 51 may seem like an unlikely tourist attraction, but it's surrounded by alien themed businesses. it wasn't until 2013 the cia even confirmedenhe existce of
area 51, saying it's simply an aircraft testi facility. radar and missile expertth nton barnes once worked there and said their projects were so secret, he couldn't even tell his wife. >> when she found out i was working only 85 miles from home, she had no idea where we were and thought weom were in s other country. >> our fascination with the possibility of life beyond earth permeates pop culture, from the scary to the sweet. but in real life, the search is on. just this year, nasa established the center for lifedetection science, which is focused on finding life beyonde,arth. that lf it exists, might not be what you think. >> we're not so interested in little green men as little green microbes. >> a herculean hunt happening far outside the boundaries of area 51. >> so joe, if anyone is actually considering this, storming area 51, what awaits them?
>> at a minimum, sig say those trespassing are oraking unauthorized photos could be fined or jail. there's signs that warn it's a restricted area, and use of deadly force is authorized. in short, don't go. >> don't even try it. >> don't go. joe, thanks so much. >> all right. you guys believe in life outside of earth? >> there's life out there, for sure. >> why risk it, though? even nf there'shing at area 51, why would you risk? leave it alone. >> coming up on this 50th anniversary of apollo11's launch, harry smith introduces us to the womenho hand-stitched neil armstr g's us esuit, and he'll show what's been done to preserve it. first, these
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"this is a news 4 oday" news b. >> 7:56 is your time now on this tuesday. july 16th, 2019. good morning, everyone. i'm eun yang. r rescued two people from a burning home in montgomery county. a fire broke out before 6:00 this morning a aome on stanley lane in silver spring. chopper 4 flew over the scene. no one was fhurt, cause o the fire remains under st inveation. let's check in with melissa for a look at your commute in your first 4 traffic. >> good morning. take a look at this. this is silver spring here. southbound 29 at musgrove road. left side was blocked with a crash involving an overturned vehicle. still in the middle of the intersection.t let's look a what else is happening around town. northbound 95, the ramp to the beltway, inner loop, bron down hicle causing some delays. southbound bladensburg road, an accident on 0westbound 5 after
welcome back. t averageemperature for this time of year, 89 degree low to mid 90s today, feeling close to 100. then the temperatures keep going up. the heat index, the next couple days, going to make it feel like 100 degrees if notver that, especially for friday. scattered showers and thunderstorms developing any time after 3:00 to 9:00, 10:00 tonight. then tomorrow, the temperatures will be in the mid to upper 90s heat indexn the lower mid 1 hundreds. about 105. chance ofain tomorrow night through thursday, but hot throug the weekend. >> thank you. another local news update for you in 25 minutes. for now, back to the "today" show after this short break..
it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, not backing down. the four freshmen congresswomen sitargeted by prent trump fight back. > he does not know how to defend his policies so what he does is attack us personally. >> but this morning, the president staing by his tweets. >> these are people that iny opinion hate our owuntry. >> h are republicans and democrats responding to this forth? back and we're live with the latest. >> plus, spacesuit rebo. 50 years after the launch of apollo 11, we'll meet the women behind the spacesuit that helped put neil armstrong on the moon. >> were you nervous as he was walking around up there? >> no, not really because everything was going to be all
right. >> just ahead, harry smith gives those women a first look at eir newly refurbished creation that took one giant leap. >> and gaining ground. the youngesr membef the gaines family steps into a major milestone, h the whole crew celebrated his first birthday and the adorable photo that has people talking today, tuesday, july 16th, 2 oregon. valley, >> hello, colorado.vi >> we're from inia. >> good morning. >> hey to emily. >> inphilly, p.a. >> we have been married 15 years today. >> celebrati >> morning, everybody. welcom "back totoday." look at that sweet face. just one of the many sweet faces out on the plaza this morning. on a tuesday morning.
temperatures going umaround the country. hot today. >> it's getting hot around there. i love the shout outs from people on the plaza. folks at home, you can join in the fun, too. post your video with #mytoday' plaza on twitter or instagram for a chance to seers youelf in our open. >> we love to do that. let's get right to the news at 8:00. the president digging in for a fight, and so are the four women in congress he'ste targed with his go back where you came from attacks. nbc's peter alexander is at the latest on with the all of this. good morning. >> good morning. the president has a long history of stoking racial tensions, and again this time, he is not backing down. tweeting this morning about those congresswomen once again. this is really an effort to alploit the divide among the moderate and liber of the democratic party, but today, those democrats areunited in their outrage. the self-styled squad colltively calling out president trump. >> he does not know how to defend his policies so what he
does is attack us personally. >> it comes after the president escalated his attack on the four freshmen democrats. >> these are people that in my opinion hate our country. >> expressing no regr for his weekend tweet using a racist trope, arguing the liberal lawmakers should go back to theirome countries. uough all but one was born in the. house democrats overnight drafting a resolution condemning the president's words. iting, president donal trump's racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new americans and people of wlor. pressedhether he's concerned people view his comments as racist and that whitena onalists will embrace his words. >> it doesn't concern me because many people agree with me. and all i'my saying, the want to leave, they can leave. >> the four progressive democrats accusing the president of inflaming racial resentments. >> this is the agenda of white nationalists. >> we're grateful for your solidarity, your encouragement, and your support in the face of
the most recent xenophobic, bigoted remarks from the occupant of our white house. ou>> i urge h leadership, many of my colleagues, to take action to impeach this lawless president today. >> the lawmakers arguing the president's remarks were designed to distract from his controversial policy. including the separation of migrant families. former vice president joe biden on "morning joe" denouncing the president's comments. >> what presidents say, they're the face of america. li it or not. they're the face of america. and the idea that donald trump says and does the things he does is just absolutely despicable. >> some republicans have denounced the president's wooss, but of them have really steered clear of calling his comments racist, and republica leaders who come to the white house this afternoon to meet with the president, they have remained silent. s so today, the house expected to vote on that resolution condemning the president for his comments in
his new tweets this morning, the president argues the house should be voting to rebuke the congresswomen for some of their past words. savannah. >> peter, thank you.re >> pdent trump has put up a new obstacle for central american migrants who seek political asylum in thest unite es. a rule announced yesterday will deny asylum to migrants who did not apply for protection in another country they passed through before reaching the southern border. am migrant f guatemala would be ineligible unless he or she had already asked for and been denied asylum in moex co. to ral liberty groups vow challenge the rule in court. >> a white supremacist who ran his car into protesters in charlottesville, virginia, has received a second life prison. the judge gave him life plus 419 years yesterd for his conviction on murder and other state charges. he received his first sentence last month after pleading guilto ederal hate crime charges and avoided the death penalty.
fields killed heather heyer and jured more than 30 others when he deliberately mowed them down two years ago. >> overseas cargo port has reopened now after a dramatic accident caught on camera. a ship ironically named soul of luck, broke away from its moorings,rifted toward a pier, and knocked over a giant crane. officials inll indonesia sti trying to figure out what exactly went wrong here, but amazingly, only one dock worker was injured. >> 8:06. time for a little morning boost. jennifer miller was filled with pride when she was invited to throw outst the fir pitch at a ball game in york, pennsylvan. the local team was honoring her son, corporate shane miller serving with thein mare corps in o okinawa. ennifer hadn't seen him in two years so she got a huge surprise wh the catcher took mask and walked out to the mound.yo
u can see corporal miller lifted his mom right off the ound. he joined the marines right out of high school. there are no words to explain how proud he has made her. >> can't seenough of those. i always love those. >> just ahead, now that j. lo s answered the dance or donate challenge, it's time apparently for d savannah too the same. >> we shall see, brs fi harry smith gets the incredible story behind the spacesuit worn by the first man on toon by the women who made it. >> one thing i remember thinking is anything goes wrong that suit, it bette not be the gloves because they'll come after me. >> harry will give us and then a first look at their n .
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one giant ap for manki. >> we are back with our series one giant leap. at this exact moment 50 years ago, the crew of apollo 11 was preparing to launch the historic mission to the moon. >> youtill get chi when you think about it. neil armstrong, of course, would st step ly take the f on the lunar surface, wearing a special spacesuit handmade to protect him, and decades later, was the suit itself that needed some extra protection. harry smith joins us with more. >> such cool stories. if you go to our website and go to oneiant leap, they're all there. >> i love that. >> this one is one of the besty ones t. imagine if you will all this technology that has to come to bear, but so much of it has to actually been done with a needle and thread. take a lock. apollo 11 had it all. the biggestck roet, fearless astronauts, and goal tha humans had dreamt of for millennia.
but what to wear to such a big event? don't laugh. these are real proposed spacuits designed. not the rig t fit for guys with the right stuff. this design, though, succeed in ways that never occurred to us. >> that image of that black and white high contrast video of neil armstrong stepping down on the surface of the moon. people don't remember neil armstrong making the step. they remember the suit making the step. >> kathleen lewis is a curator of spacesuitsor the smithsonian. she says the spacesuit is really a spacecraft. >> everything in a acecraft is required to do except move in orbit, a spacesuit does. that's how you can operate. do meaningful work andor lab on another world. >> a world devoid of air. a world under a constant barrage ofradiation, requiring a suit jam packed with science.
and tailor made. >> this achievement inti innovaon and technology, and then at the end ofhe day,t still has to be sewn together by hand. >> by incredibly scrupulous hand. >> cut and sewn and stitched together by women at delaware's ilc dover. among them, lily elliot, jo thompson, and ruth. >> it had t be perfect. it had toe on time. >> we were very thrilled. very thrilled that we were helping a man go to the moon. it was phenomenal. >> an astounding 21 layers of materials stitched together witr no room f error. a split seam, a forgotten pin, could mean disaster. >> so many pins were allowed every day. you weren't allowed to bring any from home. >> couldn't use white head pins. >> right, because they would blend in with the fabric and you
couldn't tell if you had one in there or not. >> tir attention to detail put to the test on the harsh lunar surface. >> were you nervous though as he was walking around up there? >> no, not really. becae i just had all the confidence that everything was going to be all right. >> i remember thinking, ifan hing goes wrong on that suit, it better not be the gloves because they'll come after me. >> neil armstrong's spacesuit did its job, all right, but over thedecades, curators began to notice it was beginning to show its age. >> it was not made toast for very long. and we knew that that was due to the rubbers. you know. >> it deteriorated. >> it deteriorates naturally. >> it would cost a small fortune to fix up, so the folks at the smithsonian turned to kickstter. >> you waument ewanted to raise milliondollars. >> that was our initial ask. >> how long did it take. >> a little under a week.
we were shell shocked. >> the money has been well spen with then conservatiorocess he plete, we figured maybe women who put it together 50 years ago should get an early glimpse. >> hi, mr. armstrong, we're here 50 years late >>t looks brand-new. >> these women of delaware sewed their way into history. >> hang on second, lady. when you look at this, this is our weha did it >> do you need a suit made for yourself? >> what a reunion. >> prett cool, right? yeah, okay. now, are you ready? >> yes. >> kind o a reveal here. something special for you, so you know, the real suit goes on display today at the air and space museum, the big one out by
dulles airport. we have neil armstrong's suit here in studio 1a asell in 3d. >> wow. >> don't mess around. >> how do they preserve that? what is happening to that spacesuit? >> they clean it as meticulously as possible. there's no preservatives you can put on it. when you go to the smithsonian today, it will be in this basically hermetically temperature controlled thing that will preserve it forss long a possible. so in this conservation process, they took 3d scans of the suit, posted itn their website this moaving, and they ge us the raw filee so w could re-create it for you right 'shere. thind of cool looking. you look in, you see armstrong's name. you see how dirty it is. look, you can see it's really kind of nasty. with dirt down there, this is all from -- >>s that moon dirt? >> lunar dust? >> it is. those are very good questions. and the stuff, this moon dust, it's not like dirt on earth.
it's unbelievably fine particles. it's almost like ground-up glass. >> it looks like you could brush it off. >> you can't. and at one point, exactly, you saw the tide stick, and they come back from the moon and they say what should we do with this? somebody said take it to thecl ners. they did not. >> thank goodness. wow. >> so yeah, th is very aggressive stuff. that's kind of cool, right? >> we love i they said if you try to brush it, the lunar specks could even get in the teflon. >> and so, oh, it's the smithsonian at the mall. sorry, i made a mistake. you cano see it today in its brand-new case. >> in washington, d.c. >> on the mall, not the big one out by dulles. >> that's so cool. how neat to bring the women back together to beeu rted with the suit. >> reunited and i feel so good. >> thank you so much. on our website, we have all of these pieces we're just getting started. we're going oo be honoring this anniversary all week long.
>> so cool. >> very cool. thank you very much. speaking of al celebrating the apollo 11 mission as well at the kennedy space center. where are you now? >> right now, we're on launch pad 39b, an acte launch pad. they're doing work right now, but right across there, that's 39a. that's where neil armstrong, buzz aldrin, and michael collins the uited up, up into gantry and then into the rocketa speaking of t rocket, that saturn 5 rocket, it because the most powerful ever built, to tve you an idea of this thing. taller than statue of liberty, and it weighed over 2.5 million pounds. to give you a sense of the size, we have a camera way over there, and this is how big that rocket is. i mean, it is huge.e and the f f-1 rockets on that thing produced 7.5 million pounds of thrust. if this were your car, it would
horsepowerillion that's a heck of a ride. all right, let's show you what we've gothtoing on r now as far as your weather. strong storms inmidplains and mid-mississippi river valley due to our remnants of barry producing upwards of 8 to 10 inches of rain, then it'ss makig way into the northeast with strong storms. that's what's going on around thee' country, hers what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> well, it's going to be ae little mor muggy out there yet, just know that wa humidity is here. we do have a chance for storms later on this afternoon. and then tomorrow afternoon, into thursday, and that will be from barry moving to our area. by friday, the dangerous heat is settling in, but it's alr hot out there today.te eratures at 78 degrees. we'll top out in the low to mid 90s but it will feel like the upper 90s to around 100 degrees. scattered showers and storms, some could be strong after3:00. >> i putec this on bse we're
going from here to uper there, e mobile launch pad. that's 400 feet up, and wraer rr going up there. here we go. we'll see you i a little bit. >> oh, my gosh. we're jealous. we're all in. how cool is that, al, to be there? wounbelievable. i yeah, baby. oh, yeah. >> we'll see you in at second. gep there. >> jenna is here now and carson. how about a little pop start? >> we can't follow a mobile launch pad. threed holograms. that's the show's budget for a year. pop start, we have like stick figures. we have nothing compared to that. but i'll do my best. first up, the dance or donate challenge is gaining steam, as jennifer lopez has joined the aze. sorry. >> i heard from a birdie that hoda challenged me to the dance or donate challenge for cancer. i accept your challenge. i will dance a and i am challengingri and neal. oh, and a. rod.
♪ >> how does anybody follow wat? >> ias going to do that dance.ho >> this suld be good because people will just donate now. >> j. lo filmi this before she took the stage last night at madison square garden in new york, which by the way,hat was the performance they had to reschedule after saturday's blackout that forced her to cancel that night' show. she isn't the only oneng answer- >> that's right. >> you also joined the challenge. and you brought in your o star power to perhaps outshine j. lo? >> i don't think so. but w trd. >> okay, we challenged lester holt, chuck todd, and stephanie ruhle. this is our song. okay. play it. >> jump around. >> oh.
>> i like it. >> that's good. >> that was a good move. >> look at that. flossing. house of pain. you put the spotlight on your kid. >>an i c't beat j. lo's danci'g. like, vale, she's the best. >> it comes close. >> lester, chuck todd, stephanie ruhle. ou s colleagues have top up. >> they have to step up. i want to see chuck dance. >> i can't wait to see that. the 11th season of jerry seinfeld comedians in cars tting coffee isearly here. we get to see one of this season's gat guest said, ricky gervais, debating with seinfeld over laughing over bad jokes. >> if someone does a lame joke, i laugh too much. i don't want to make them feel td. >> i want do just the opposite. i want them to feel horrible. >> wow. >> doesn't it bother you that they think they're funny enough
to make a joke, to make you laugh? >> but why shouldn't they? >> because you spent your entire craft. this >> but you're taking it like an insult but it's a compliment that they would love you to laugh at them. >> because it would make them think they're on the same level, and they're not. >> but it's not like someone going up to a doctor and saying can i take your appendix out. >> yes, it is. >> no, it's not. we're not that important. >> aren'? >> i would like a show with just those two guys. upcoming season also has gesat featuring eddy murphing, seth rogen, jamie foxx, and muco re. up next, chip and joanna gaines shared an update on baby cruz, born last fall. turned one. he tackled another important life skill, t walking. chip sharing this image of the baby taking his first steps. chip givin this photohe caption, it was a good day. that was a good shot.
guys, that's your pop start. >> good job. now,ewillie, b on your best behavior. look who's here. christina geist. >> hi. >> we're about to find out about christina's new childr >> this is n as 4 "today" news break. >> good morning, everybody. 8:26 now on this tuesday, july m aaron gilchrist. let's get to melissa mollet. >> good morning. springfield northbou95, the ramp to the beltway, inner loop, broken down vehicle blocking the lane. rest of the beltway looking pretty typical but slower maybe in your normal slow spots. in the district,inbound suitland parkway before stanton road, an accident there, and buoy, westbound 50, still some slowdowns. >> we'll have a cck of your recast when we c
welcome back, everybody. temperatures are in the 70s right now.di humi is in so it feels warmer. and in fac, it's going to be warm today. low to mid 90s, so feeling close to 100 degrees. we have a 40% chance of storms popping up any time after about 3:00 p.m., going to 9:00 or 10:00 tonight. again, some rn around for the evening commute, but boy, is it ing to be warm and steamy, notod only tay but also tomorrow, and still tomorrow,ng its goi to feel up and over 100 degrees. we have rain tomorrow night into the firstart of thursday, but look at these temperatures. oh, yeah, you tack on thathu dity, feeling close to 110
and we are back. it's 8:30 on a tuesday morning. it's the 16th of july, 2019. and this is exactly what we like to see. big happy crowd out on our plaza. lots of smiling faces. super cute. i mean, were have a g crowd. feels like a good summer gang out here. >> we had crowd. let's take a walk or here. there's a face that's familiar to our crowd. this is young riley and her dad. hi, riley. you were here on the the show, but you weren't here
physically. you were here on what? >> faceme. >> whyere you on facetime here? >> my mom was here, and it was really cold, so they invited us to the studio,nd i got to facetime her and talk to hoda. >> your mom and hoda facetimed you. now you're here, so we thought it w be fun for you to return the favor and maybe dad, mo it's all right, let's fa facetime your >> that would be awesome. >> do you have the phone, dad? >> she's already on. look at that. >> hi, mom. how are you? >> hey, carson. how are you? >> look who's here. hi. >> anything you want to say? >> hi. oh, my gosh. i miss you. >> i miss you too. >> see rht there, every >> she just said to me, she would like to borrow $20, if you would like to make that happen. >> dad'sthere. >> dad's here with the cash. we miss you. come back and visit us soon. >> i will.
>> thank you. there you go. nice to see you again. high five. enjoy new york. i appreciate it. all right, guys. >> that's awesome, carson. >> coming up, if you've got a young aone, kid heading out to a new school, maybe camp for the first time, author christina geist, you may recognize that name, she's here. she has aew book. it can help erase the problems of that transition, make it easy. she's already read it to my kids, and the love it. >> an excellent product placement there by my wife. , alow one organization is inspiring the next generation of computer scientists and inventors. >> then coming up on the third hourf "today," one of jfk jr.'s closest friends shares her memories of the friend she knew. >> on the fourth hour, a surprise guest cohost tells us how to pull off the hottest trends at any age. >> one of us? that would be a big surprise. >> it's not. it's a real surprise. >> a real cohost. >> first, let'sow go right dn to the kennedy space center for al's check of the forecast. >> today's weather is brought to
yo >> guys, we are on top of the bile launch platform. 400 feet up. it's so high up, they have to put faa approved lights because it's wn flight paths. here you see in the distance, that is the vehicle assembly building. rocket would be putth toge, and then on this mobile crawler that would carry it,ll carry a 2.5 million pounds of that thing, it would either if it kept going straight, it would go to the launch pad 39a. and that is where in less than an hour 50 years ago, the apollo 11 mission launched for the moon. it's just so awe inspiring to be up here right now. this, i'm told, this is the view the astronauts see just before they take off. at's pretty incredible. in fact, let's do a forecast for the moon. just in case we're thinking about taking ofth
looner outlook. the forecast for there. it's a little toasty during the day. that's right, the sea of a balmy 224 degrees. but don't worry, at nit, it drops down to minus almost 300. oh, yeah. that's not counting the windchill. that's what's going on around the country. hereng what's happe in your neck of the woods. >> my producer just said that's what we call wednesday here in the d.c. area, when we have that temperature fluctuate that much. very moon like. up., today is moving on the humidity is out there, andt we'll connue to see the humidity rise as we head into the weekend. dangerous heat coming into our area as we get into the weekend. now, we also have some chances rain later on today. and then again tomorrow into thursday. but looks like we're dry through the weekend. 70s now, heade to the 90s today. >> so guys, you know, this took off at rn9:32 a.m. easte time. coming up on the third hour of "today," we'll relive that
launch. we'll run it real time. it's really exciting. and by the way, if you want to take part, even if you're not here, you can take part in the 50than versary. coast to coast, from california to washington, d.c., jus t nasa.gov and you can find out where in your community there celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon launch of apollo 11s gu back to you. >> so cool. al, thank you so much. we'll check back in in a minute. >> upnext,willie's better half, yes, christina geist, is right here. she's got a new children's book aimed at eing your kids' pain over going back to school. first, this is "to o>>
a bit scary.th au christina geist is conquering the fear in her second picture book, called sorry grown-ups, you t can't go school. good morning. >> thank you. >> youre also willie's wife, which is why willie gets to sit next to you. >> i have moved over to the other couch. >> i'm crashing the party. >> he can play the role ofg beamin husband to you. i loved your first book. i thiss the second in a series. and it's so cute. it's all about kids who are kind oo nervous about starting the first day of sch or starting the first day of camp. where did you get the idea? >> if you can imagine as grown-up, if someone told you every year you were going to start a newh job wit a new boss in a new office, with totally new responsibilities, you would be overwhelmed too. so it can be a little bit daunting. and the idea was actually born not at back to school but at a mmer camp moment. when our daughter was 3, she was going to a toddler summer camp, and that might have been aggressive by me. for a 3-year-old. but we were out at the beach wi my in-laws, with willie's
parents, a w about ak before camp, i started walking around the house and yelling out, i'm so sorry, grandparents can't go to camp. dogs are not allowed at camp. babies cannot go to camp. and it evolved to this chant th l onlyy can go to camp. ly lucy can go to camp. and that sort of that philosophio rejected everybody else transcended for me into all these other moments of parenting including back to school. >> it kind of takes the fear out and empowers the kids. >> and christina has these crazy parenting instincts that i still haven't fully undstood how she knows the right thing to do. our kid lucy was nervous, and george to go to school, and all of a scudden they were holding come to school. it made them excited to go.d >> you s something i hadn't thought about until i talked to you about. so many children's books, when ey set up a scenario, it's kind of fear based. three ss are always >> all of the school books in
our library, particularly the preschool level, were feahrring the t ss. someone is sad, they're shy, or they're scared. and those books have been written, they have been written beautifully, many of emth, but they leave me weeping at the door ofhe preschool classroom. i needed something different in myibrary and i wroteit. >> i have to say, thear reviews in, they'rd my son charlie. we had friends upstate a few weekends you brought the book and read it to the kids. christina was like the pd piper. the kids were riveted. yo kind of call out, and i would say to christina, can i go to school? she would say, are you a kid or a teacher? only kids and teaers are allowed. >> only kids and teachers. so we kind of repeat throughout the grown-ups, you can't go to school. for those of you at home who are going to get a home you have to promise me you're going to read ith gusto. g you have t them going on this chant.
sorry, grown-ups, you can't go to school. >> it's really, really a fun read. i obviously,t's the second in a series, bee we'reg the characters kind of develop. we had the first book, which was all about the bedtime ritual,h whic is another thing. i get all my best parenting advice from christina. >> by the way, so do i. >> i get it from my mom who is here in the studio. so buddy's bedtime features tro same bther and sister. you got to know lady jusin a t bit in that story, and now she's a more central character in this one. >> your daughter lucy, who went -- obviously, is she 12no >> she's 12. >> i can't believe she's 12. but a couple years ago, she did a little to-do list for her first day of school. she's so cute. i think she posted it and she had in herind what she wanted to do on her first day of school. you had some advice for kids who are headed off to school. >> yeah, so i think, look, i'm not a parntding experts. we just happen to be parents and we b haven through this, our
kids are 10 an. r me, one of t tricks is not to have the first day of school be the only thing on the calendar. make backpack shopping day into some kind of holiday on your calendar. or at the end of the first week of school, have a yes day.or a yes day f us is where you can go to the s grocerytore and fill the cart with all the snacks you want for your lunch box, and these things that are little details in a day, but can feel really big and special to a little person. >> it's great advice, and also clear off the scdule, right? >> yes. yes. so with all due respect to savannah and willie and all af you workin the "today" show. you're at work when the rest of us are in the trenches dropping off. particularly with the preschoolt transition,lear your calendar. you're not going to work out. you may go in your work t clothes. you'reerot going to get the, not going to get to the conference call. sit, lean in, make friends wthh other parents. do what the teachers want you to do to make that transition. sometimes it takes a couple weeks. it took ae coupl weeks for me more than once t just be there.
and clear that schedule. w the book is super cute. it's a great to kind of introduce the n topic rightow as we start looking toward back to school. whether you're going to kindergarten or going to later grades, it's a really cute read. >> by the way, this is the story of my marriage. i sit in awe and watch christina perform. that's my role here. >> i know. >> christina, thank you so much. again, the book is called sorry grown-ups, you can't go to sdool. we have more on it and other books to calm the back to school jitters. today.com/shop. check it out. >> just ead, a special surprise for a remarkable group of kids. kids who code. but first, this is "today" on nb o code. whfi
about one organization inspiring the next generation of inventors. sheinelle jones is here with that story. >> good morningo you guys. this is a good fstory. foe years, coding with ks s taught students as young as 5 and 6 the basics of computer science, using fun gam and activities. we decided to visit some of those kids to find out what makes this program so special. what they didn't know is that in honor of prime day, our sponsor amazon had a surprise in store. wh i don't even understand coding. is it? >> so coding is what you put into the computer is what the computer will do. >> you kind of sound like a genius. >> thank >> these elementary school kids their nding most of summer playing video games. but it's not what you think. >> so you're literally creating the game you're playing. >> yeah. >> each of them, some as young as 5 years old, are designing and programming the games all on their own.ou >> y think other kids should learn to code? >> yeah. >> why? >> because it's fun.
and it's a good activity to do. >> it's all a part of coding with kids, an education program that hopes to inspire a new generation of computer scientists, engineers, and inventors. for the last five years, they have taught computercience skilled to more than 30,000 students across the country. >> we know we're in the digital age, and we're moving forward with all these careers that have to do with technology. and i think what it will do is really help them get that foundation. >> according to the bureau of labor statistics, computing jobs are one of the fastest growingh in t economy. and by the year 2020, there will be an estimated 1.4 million in the united states. >> and then let's hit that. >> while not every child who learns coding may not go on to a computer science career,he foundational skills they learn are just as important. >> not just about coding. they are learning critical thinking, lical thinking, cause and effect. creative problem solving.
>> amazon's future engineer program recently partnered with coding with kids to help reach evenore students. >> congratulations. >>, scholarships the program has brought to underserved schools who may not have access to n.ding educat schools like kaiser elementary, where students like pedro are getting hands-on experience at an ely age. how old are you again? >> i am 7. >> you're 7 years old and you code?y know how to >> mm-hmm. >> how important is this for a kid like pedro to have something like this? >> it's super important because it's not offered every. this iry't something evebody gets. this is something amazing, an opportunity that is once in a lifetime, and we get to do it. >> what the kids didn't know is our spsor, amazon,ad something even more amazing in store. >> how many of you guys really enjoy coding? we have friends here from he amazon, and think you are super special.an and they you to take home a big surprise today. we love the fact that you love to code.
they love the factov that you l to code. and they want to keep that learning going even after the summer camp is over. >> and then the big reveal. all 75 studentsot to take home backpacks filled with school supplies and brand-new coding mes and toys. >> tell me how special this was for you today? >> overwhelmingly special. i feel so much joy. their reaction was priceless. i can't even express how i feel right now. >> but the excitement among this young crowd said it >> i can tell you, it as exciting for the parents on the side. one thing we found interesting is all the different ways these kids can apply their coding skillsni later in t. it's not just about computer science. in fashion, design, ch arecture, so many careers. one kid i talked with, pedro, for example, he asked t go back. they let him do it an extra week because they didn't realize how much he would love it. >> what needs toha en,mo parents
alst have to red cool for a kids. there's so much aut sports and athletics, but i would kill for my kids to get into coding. >> we decided all of our kids are going to learn to code. >> you know what the kids like? there's power in their fingertips. you're not just playing a video game, you're controlling it. >> there's alsoower in the future. it's where the jobs are. >> we'll be back in a moment. first, this is "today" o that. we'll be back in a moment. first, this is "today" o
it's 8:52. we have te for daily click. >> oh, lucky you guys. s> yes. >> this one' a good one. if you have been to a wedding, you know what's going on right here. the traditional bouquet tosshe with all t ladies there. including the wedding party's little flower girl. lo. watch the girl in the fr >> oh.
>> didn't have to move.an plng a little wedding coming up. >> look at that. >> i think my 10-year-old son has caught fly balls like that. just mitt up in the air. >> just as surprised that the ball landed in the mitt. so that was a nice throw, too. like a tom brady throw. >> not bad. we have al down at kennedy space center with some birthdays. >> tt's right. yo bet, you guys. our senior producer, pete, said i guess with being down here for the allo 11 moon launch, these will be space jam. get it all right. first up, happy 100th birthday to abe genderson. proud grandpa fromda beth maryland. eight grandkids, five great grandkids. olympia nicastro, a former off broadway actress, worked with the navy during world war ii. happy 100th birthday to edna, a
football fan from indiana. no plar she loves more than peyton manning. la choy of columbus, ohio, is celebrating 0 years. she ran one of the first chinese restaurants in herwn home to he says the secret to longity, playing golf. we celebrate you for your service, sir. and last but not least, happy 100th birthday to mark gredinger, been married to thei love of h life for 40 years. that's it. we're less than a littleore than aalf hour away from the 50th anniversary launch of the apollo moon mission. i remember was working at my high school during the summer, gym.we all watched in the and the awe and majesty of that was just one of those things i will never forget. oming up orward to it on our third hour, we're going to actually run the broadcast with david brinkley starting at 9:32 a.m.
back to you. >> that's so cool. >> we cannot wait. w lucky forria to be there and how lucky for ure to sha it with you. thanks so much. we'll see you on >> all right. >> bye, uncle al. >> he's on the >> also, as always, the height. >> coming up here, soretories you love, by the wa you go to aytoday.com/al >> that's right. all the good stuff. third hour straight ahead with the re-enactment of the moon urunch 50 years ago. >> the fourth hoith a . >> just give us a hint. >> she's on a major nbc hit. >> i know. >> you know? >> i'm not going to say it. >> you remember from last week. >> it's really good though. like really good. >> very good. >> drama? >> a drama. >> huge show. >> i'm guessing. >> we're out of time. see you after yo >>
this is a news 4 "today" 8:56 is your time on this tuesda 16th, 2019. i'm eun yang. let's get to melissa with a check on your commute in your first 4 traffic. good morning. >>mo good ing. district heights inner loop before t 4, right lanes blocked. quite a delay on the beltway, rest of the beltway looks pretty typical. nslow in themal spots. inbound suitland parkway, we have an accident there, and
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call 1-800-501-6000 today. live from sadio 1 in rockefeller plaza, this is the third hour of "today." >> good morning, everyone. well come to the third hour of "today." i'm sheinelle here with dylan. carson is joining us. two of my favorite people, and i really people that. >> aren't you sweet. >> that caught me off guard. thank you. >> the more i thought about at, i really like them. craig isn assignment. also a friend of mine. nothing against craig. al is down at the kennedy space center for a really cool. assignment t if you haven't heard yet, today marks 50 years since the apollo 11launch, nasa's historic mission to the moon. i heard you say earlier, you were in high school at the time. >> wow. >> reporter: i wa i was a sopho i