mow beels and then the cold. watch as this driver goes off an icy bridge. dennis rodman and his team of americans playing in their big game in north korea this morning. we are tracking the fallout from washington. target hero she's the employee that spotted something amiss. she was able to save this kidnapped 7-year-old girl. now this, the kidnapper is speaking out from jail. your "new day" starts right now. >> good morning, welcome to "new day." highway you doing? good? good. it's 6:00 in the east. millions of americans still hanging on in the final hours of this killer cold. still sees windchills well below zero in the midwest. have you seen this?
extraordinary video from minneapolis. a woman loses control of her truck and goes flying right over a guardrail. she goes down 30 feet, lands on a frozen pond. we're showing it to you because she is okay. can you imagine that? very lucky. >> and with the cold, of course, often comes the snow. it's falling heavily in up state new york right now creating very dangerous conditions. we are covering this story like no other network can. indra peter sons here tracking the forecast. let's begin with pamela brown live from the suburbs of buffalo, new york. how is it there this morning? >> reporter: much more time out here and i probably will be frozen. it is fru tall. it's the kind of cold that makes your cheeks hurt really. of course, the snow we're dealing with as well.
this has been the scene here in buffalo ever since the warning went into effect monday evening. we're seeing about 15 inches of snow right now. and this has really beenen epic -- been an epic event in buffalo because it's the first blizzard warning here since 1993. overnight, the bitter cold temps and how longing winds creating whiteout conditions over our nation's snow belts. gusts of 40 miles an hour, snow piling up the rate of 2 inches an hour. police forced to use snow mobiles to rescue stranded drivers. a blizzard trifecta of biting cold and lake-effect snow.
the cold air sucks up the moisture and heat dropping into snow when it moves over land. adding to the misery, the windchill plummeting at times to a frigid 20 degrees below zero. a massive snowstorm on the heels of a nationwide deep freeze. >> i couldn't last much longer out here. >> reporter: all 50 states recorded temps below freezing on tuesday. in new jersey, live power lines collapsed onto a transit train. windchills are so cold the sdoo animals were brought inside in washington. >> this temperature's just a little too cold for them. >> snarling traffic across the country cancelling thousands of flights and icy roads making driving treacherous and terrifying. and officials are blaming 16 deaths on the weather across the
country. so far, officials say no deaths here in buffalo. this looks like a horizon of ice. this is actually lake eerie. it was so cold here it got down to about 2 degrees and it felt like negative 25. it got so cold, though, that ice covered lake eerie. that minimized some of that lake-effect snow. of course it prevented the moisture from the water going up in the cold air. we're not seeing the snow totalled that we thought we were going to see. buffalo residents, they know how to deal with this weather and it has been a ghost town. >> when you say they know how to deal with this, how they deal with it is they are smart and they stay inside. >> reporter: that's right. and officials are saying that's a big reason why we haven't seen more injuries and deaths here in buffalo. >> thanks so much pamela.
now get inside. >> some states are slowly beginning to thaw out this morning. >> for the first time you're seeing my face and i actually have good news. it is a nice change even though when you look at the map it doesn't look it. still talking about temperatures over 30 below in minnesota. many of these temperatures are ten, if not 20 degrees warmer. hard to tell, but they are. notice even the southeast still seeing temperatures below freezing this morning. let's talk about what's expected to change. notice atlanta 17 degrees right now. look at that change. it lifts up and brings that cold air back to where we want it to be, into the north pole. warm air comes off of the gulf. notice the change by the weekend. we're going from well below to
well above normal by the weekend. finally, i'm bringing you that good niez. today, still talking about cool temperatures. ten degrees warmer today. some of you actually are already going to start to be above normal. towards the weekend, yes, it gets warmer, but it also means rain and snow. >> i absolutely agree. we were talking about it. as much as we hear you and listen to you and you say it is cold out there, i walked around yesterday and i kept saying, can you believe how cold it is? i can't believe how cold it is. >> it really is cold. >> first winter here. you're ready now. >> a little hazing i'm going to call it. >> she's no joke, though. she has a whole blizzard pack she has to bring with her. >> i have to fight with long johns in the morning because many are going to go on.
>> one of the big problems is that it's not just about the temperatures, it's about the impact. we have new details on what turned into a killer avalanche. the avenue large killing the grandson of one of vail's founders. we're following develops from denver. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, chris. friends say he was a very experienced skier. he was with three of his buddies. they were in an area that's known to be popular for back country skiing and snow boarding. it's just a short hike from the top of the vail mountain see area. it's also an area known to be avalanche prone. a scoured mountain tied, trees tossed like toys. >> it's been described as a couple hundred yards wide and map up to 10 feet deep running
close to a thousand feet vertical. >> reporter: this is the back country not far from the vail ski resort. >> it is not on vail resort's mountain. it is for experienced skiers and snow boarders. >> reporter: it trapped four people. it was too late for their friend. the victim now identified as 24-year-old anthony seibert, the grandson of the ski area's founder. >> he was a fabulous skier. >> reporter: it's now the second avalanche fatality in colorado in just over a week. this amazing video is from the same area. another avalanche triggered just days before christmas. here, davis digs out his brother saving his life. >> what we've been seeing over the last ten days or so is just a general increase of the size of the avalanches.
>> reporter: why is that? >> we have very weak snow near the ground that formed early in the season. so the slab over it is starting to get thicker and larger. >> reporter: and it's happening all across the rocky mountain region. one of these men was buried and killed. and trails were closed at these utah resort when avalanches temperature rarely bured -- temporarily buried skiers. now, avalanche.org. that's a website to remember. there you can find the latest avalanche information. also a shovel, a beacon and a probe. these are the crucial items you have to have experts say if you're heading into the back country right now. >> any experienced skier knows there's always a risk. but still, when you see that video and you see it happen, it is terrifying.
from washington, still buzzing over a new memoir by robert gates. in the book, gates offers a stinging critique of president obama saying the president doubted his own mission in afghanistan and has distrust in his senior military officials in charge. let's get more on all of this from gym acost ta live from the north lawn this morning. >> reporter: good morning, kate. it's become an old washington cliche, work in government, then write a juicy memoir. what is surprising is this latest consist and tell came from former secretary of defense bob gates. at his fair well ceremony in 2011, former defense secretary bob gates left the pentagon hinting he had issues with
washington. >> i spent a good deal of time venting from usations with the -- frustrations with the pentagon bur rockcy. >> reporter: gates launches a blistering attack on president obama. on afghanistan, he says the president doesn't believe in his own strategy, doesn't consider the war to be his. for him, it's ail about getting out. goes onto say, suspicion and distrust of military officers including the president and vice president became a big problem for me. >> i think people -- his words will have a significant impact. and frankly, i'm a little surprised because a lot of times people are not quite as candid as it appears that his book is. >> reporter: how's this for cand candid? on biden gates writes, i think he's been wrong on every
national security issue over the past four decades. on hillary clinton, gates said, hillary told the president that her opposition to the 2007 surge in iraq had been political. considering gate's position sitting in the white house situation room during the killing of osama bin laden, the memoir seen by some critics as an act of betrayal. >> you -- all your loyalty to that man or woman in the -- in the white house and if you can't handle it you leave and you're quiet. but gates wanted to have it both ways. >> reporter: back at the farewell sar know my, the president praised gates. >> the integrity of bob gates is also a reminder, especially to folks here in washington thatcy silty and respectful discourse
and citizenship over partisanship are not quaint relics of a bygone era. >> reporter: gates also offers praise for the president, vice president biden and hillary clinton. it's clear that the white house feels stunned by this memoir. saying that biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time. you can expect to hear more in the coming day as one told me, stay tuned. >> and stay tuned here. we'll discuss this more coming up. breaking news, a water main has erupted in georgia. look at this. this is live. thousands of gallons of water currently shooting right into the air nearby. crews exposed the pipe overnight. it burst early this morning covering everything around it in
ice. new development on a story we have been following. s he will be released this week. he's been locked up in the uae for about nine months noun. the nsa controversy will dominate president obama's schedule over the next two days. today, he will meet with members of the privacy and civil liberties oversight board. tomorrow, he'll hold talks with congressional leaders. before his state of the union address at the end of the month. >> four american air force personnel killed. a military helicopter crashed last night. it went down while it was flying low on a nighttime training mission. that chopper was a pave headache that typically carries two
pilo pilots, a flight engineer and a gunner. no one survived. that russian research vessel has finally broken through heavy, heavy ice. the chinese vessel also broke free. officials say a shift in winds took pressure off the ice allowing both ships to push away from the ice and carry on their way. quite a voyage. you know that they have some stories to tell. >> and that has changed day by day and ship after ship. >> all right. let's take a little break here. coming up on "new day," the white house, the nba, all of you share this, reactions, strong ones to our interview with rodman. jetblue under fire after
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welcome back to "new day." reaction has been strong and swift and often severe to the interview heard round the world with den in its rodman. late night kbheed januarys, the white house, millions of you on social media, making your voices heard over rodman's deadly weapons of tood's basketball game. no doubt, the most important reaction came from the sister of kenneth bae. the american still being held in north kree ra without
explanation. we're going to talk with mr. bae's sister later this morning. for now, let's get to chris lawrence. >> well, chris, i mean the things that dennis rodman said to you yesterday are still rippling through washington early this morning. it was really kenneth bae's sister that put all this into perspective. even for a man built to shock and surprise, dennis rodman has one-upped himself. >> we have to go back to america and take the abuse. do you have to take the abuse that we going to take? do you, sir? let me know. >> his eruption on cnn's "new day" is sparking widespread reaction. >> i don't give a rat's ass what the hell you think. >> rodman drew disdain from the
white house and was disavowed by u.s. diplomats. >> mr. rodman is not there representing the united states. people should remember that when they look at his comments and hear his comments. >> rodman has been under fire since he announced plans to celebrate kim jong-un's birthday with a basketball game. some say he crossed the line with an accusation against kenneth bae, an american sentenced to 15 years in a north crean labor camp. rod man replied to chris cuomo that kenneth deserved his face. >> do you understand what he did? >> you tell me, what did he do. >> no, no, no. you tell me. why is he held captive? >> they haven't released any charges. they haven't released any reasons. >> listen.
listen. >> it's outrageous. it's ridiculous. it's shameful. those are three good words and those will describe accusing mr. bae of a crime. >> bae's sister told cnn's anderson cooper rod man's words are hurting his cause. >> and then continue to do more harm than good. >> as for the other former players traveling with rodman -- >> they were blinded by the payday. >> nba commissioner questioned the motives of everyone involved. >> they have agreed to go and give a birthday present to the leader. >> rodman's trip is being bankrolled by petty power. it cut ties with rodman's group last month, by it's still
fulfilling contract wall obligations to pay for this trip. it's said that they are paying about $9,000 for this tour. that's about four times the going rate. >> thanks for wrapping that all up for us. be sure to stay with us on the show. you heard a little bit from terri chung. she's going to join us in the 9:00 hour to talk about the situation with her brother. she's clarify what they understand and what rodman may have done to affect the process of getting this man out of jail. that's coming up later this morning. >> it's money time. christine romans is here with much more with that. >> i'm watching the stock market this morning. they did snap a three-day losing streak. they were up about a hundred points, more than a hundred points, so it was a descent day
yesterday. we're going to give you a report on a private sector on jobs. that's coming in less than two hours. this is a number that can be a preview for the government jobs report. and all of this jobs data coming out we're talking about extending these emergency unemployment benefits. so talking about pushing more jobless benefits at the same time, the job market, it looks like it's getting a little bit better. this is the money story all of you are talking about this morning. some stores are running low on velveeta. the cheesy favorite of sports fans and moms like me. kraft foods said they're not sure why it's so hard to find right now. they say it will be temporary. you know, they had strong demand
over the holidays. >> i'll tell you. i love a crock-pot meal. i'm from the midwest. >> slow cooking. >> slow cooking. i have a great cheese chip dip that will now not be able to be shared. >> velveeta not a standalone cheese. you don't just eat it. >> you do if you're bold. >> not a standalone cheese. i like the velveeta, don't get me wrong. when you cut off a hunk of that -- >> i need a glass of water. >> it could survive a nuclear holocaust, couldn't it? >> what do you think? velveeta, standalone cheese? tweet us. on "new day" coming up next, a kidnapped 7-year-old california girl back in the arms of her family this morning. police say a family at a target store helped lead them straight
to her abductor. and jetblue back in the air aftricater -- cancelling close 10,000 flights. the truth is a lot of healthy food choices are still high in acidic content. if your enamel is exposed to acid and is in a softened state and you brush it away, you know, then it's gone. i would recommend that they brush with pronamel. pronamel is formulated to strengthen enamel and counteract the effects of acid erosion. they don't need to cut out those foods because they are good for them. but you can make some smart choices.
13 years. learning more about a deadly avalanche in vail. anthony seibert was killed. authorities say he was trapped in the snow with three other people. seibert is the grandson of the man who co-founded the vail ski resort. prosecutors say a man stopped for speeding outside of ohio had close to 50 bombs inside his vehicle. he also reportedly has four loaded guns and a remote control death -- detonator. more than 100 firefighters have pleaded not in a massive scheme. more than half the defendants claim post-traumatic stress claims from 9/11. more on this in our next hour.
check this out. wow. really close call for a state trooper in utah. his dashboard camera captured a way ward semi-trailer. the driver said he became distracted and didn't see traffic slowing down for an accident. shows you how quickly that can happen and how fortunate those center dividers are. they can make such a difference. >> they're big enough for my car, but to stop the semi-thank goodness. >> many of these, that could have been much worse. all right. jetblue, how about them. irnd fire this morning. why? the company is trying to defend itself from cancelling flights. the carrier blames bad weather and new pilot rules for many of the delays, but how will they
get out of this logistical and pr nightmare. good morning renee. >> reporter: good morning, chris. you know, jet blie became the story in the midst of all of this winter weather. at this point now, jetblue is trying to make good with those customers. thousands of jetblue passengers are finally reaching their destinations as the airline tries to get back on track following their unpopular decision to ground outline planes scheduled to depart new york city, new jersey and boston airports monday night into tuesday. >> i had to find out through the news that my flight was -- they shut down completely. >> reporter: jetblue canceled more than 1,800 flights since thursday and bruising the public's opinion of the airline. now it's in damage control. >> i absolutely think we did the right thing.
when you're doing things for safety reasons, not only of our people and our assets but inevitably our customers, i think we're doing them the best service possible, no matter how hard the short term pain is. >> reporter: cancellations impacted 150,000 passengers. jet blie predicts the backlog could take another day to work through. >> i got the last seat, first flight out. >> reporter: almost every major airline was impacted by the polar vortex, but jetblue beared the brunt. >> the vast majority of their flights from the northeast, most from jfk, they were more affected. >> reporter: jetblue has a history of weather troubles. in a 2007 storm, passengers sat for eight hours on the tarmac in
new york prompting new federal rules. but the airline says it has changed and takes steps to protect passengers. to make good with angry passengers, jetblue is offering compensation based on how many times their flights were canceled. one cancellation, 5,000 frequent flier points or $50. or $200 for four or more cancellations. well, the good news is things look really good here and around the country. but again, things are looking a lot better than they looked days ago. >> thank goodness. thank you so much, renee. going to take a break. coming up next, a target employee spots a suspicious looking customer. and what she did then helped police rescue a 7-year-old
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let's go around the world now. the first shipment of chemical weapons material has been taken out of syria to be destroyed. >> >> reporter: a milestone in the international effort to dismantle syria's chemical weapons program. on tuesday, the first batch of important chemical materials had been loaded onto a ship for
permanent removal from syria. this was supposed to have happened a year ago. they blame the delay on the security situation in syria. all of the chemical weapons are scheduled to be eliminated and removed by the end of june. >> thank you for that update. let's go to england now. prince william goes back to school to prepare for the day he becomes king. >> reporter: almost half a century after his fair went to came bridge university, prince william is following his footsteps. he began a 10-week course in agricultural management. he arrived at school just like any other school commuter, on a train and was given a campus tour. as for the kind of privacy he was afforded as a student at saint andrews, well, not so much as came bridge. back to you kate.
>> you know you've made it when you've got your own hash tag. we have an amazing story to tell you about this morning. bizarre suspected kidnapping. a target store employee being hailed a hero. >> he was just fidgeting around. i wasn't getting a good vibe off of him. >> reporter: she was working at a target in aunt yok california friday night when she noticed a bizarre man in the parking lot. i. >> i thought, okay, there's something wrong with this guy. >> reporter: she wrote down the car's license plate number. when she got home that night, a friend told her about an amber alert that had just been issued. >> the car looked the same. i wrote down the license plate number. my girlfriend was telling me, you should call, you should
call. >> they had stop add mother and a 7-year-old daughter earlier that night and followed them home. >> there was a weapon used. the male produced what's been described as a rifle and the mom stopped. he was able to force the child into the car and then fled the scene. >> based on ramirez's tip, police were able to track down the suspect in just four hours. the 7-year-old girl was recovered safely in his car. >> he had not hurt her, no. >> douglas is now talking in a jailhouse interview. he claims the government, his neighbors and his family are conspireing against him, and he believes the mother may have been in on the conspiracy. >> the mother made a very, very obvious effort of turning and looking right at me. not just glancing at me.
she looked right at me as if she was signifying to me as though she were a part of this. >> he now says he feels remorseful. >> i have a son of my own. you have to appreciate highway desperate i am. >> but this little girl is now safe thanks to one quick-thinking young woman. >> i wanted to keep this to myself, and it was a good thing i didn't because i just saved a a little girl's life. >> bail had been set at $4 million. formal charges are expected to be announced as early as today. meanwhile, he welcomes a psychological evaluation. she acted, four hours later, they were able to track him down. amazing. >> got to make the decision. >> see something, say something
i can't take credit for it. i wish i could. so things are going to be improving for most everyone. yes, there's a storm today kind of going out towards the south. that's going to be going tli arkansas, some freezing conditions there. otherwise the big story is yes, rain and snow as you go through the weekend. i already told you the temperature, so this is no longer bad news. it sure is relative and we're like it's going to get into the 20s and 30s, that is kras -- cra crazy. >> vortex is bad. coming up next on "new day," olympic sized disappointment for lindsay vonn. can you name anyone on the u.s. olympic skiing team at this point? plus a football fan taking the nfl into court claiming the league has priced the average
welcome back to "new day." a surprising story coming out of west texas yesterday. three utep men's basketball players have been kicked out of school for gambling. >> gambling on sports while you're a student athlete, it's a big no no. they got the fbi involved in this situation. yesterday the school announced that mcken si moore, jalen
ragland. per nca rules, any type of sports gambling is not allowed. now according to utep, there was no evidence that these three bet on the school's games. all right a new jersey man is suing the nfl because he says the league is pricing the average fan out of the super bowl. josh finger l man claims it violates the new jersey consumer fraud act. he's seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. the nfl says they're reviewing the suit. but they did point out the majority of the tickets are given to teams which then sell them at face value to fans. today, heat taking on the pelicans. la bron is going to get the bucket. this fan just wanted a pic of
lebron, but he went up and gave her a big peculiar on the -- peck on the cheek. >> probably won't wash her face for a week. >> exactly. >> imagine that coming at you. what's happening. olympic dreams have been dashed for alpine skiing sensation lindsay von. she will not compete because her knee is just too unstable. with her out, is that our only star that we have lost. here is more. happy knew year. >> thank you, you too. >> we know that she fought to come back. fought hard to come back. what do you think her outlook is? >> i think she's among one of
the most competitive people ever. she has everything. speed, beauty, danger. i think she's going to want to win more world cups. the olympics, she's 29, she's got another in her if the knee holds up. >> let's talk about the olympics. there's been a lot of focus on, do we have any stars for the u.s. olympic team? are there any big stars we're following. >> shaun white of course. he's the sampson of the slopes, right? i think with the winter olympics especially, since it's usually in a beautiful place, the games themselves are the star. i know that nbc and the supporters of the games are always going to want to fall back on that. they've already invested so many
resources in pro foeting lindsay von. it's hard to pull up and say let's focus on this other oh limp january. we don't have too many show-ins for a gold medal. it becomes strangely mesmerizing, you know? >> all the stuff you learn about ice skating. that was a lutz. >> two guys in bars arguing. you know, he hit it, he hit it, no he didn't. >> isn't the whole thing that stars are born out of the olympics and the personal stories? >> yes. >> that's what we find ourselves moved by, you know? >> it has been nbc. they're great at telling the personal story. they've actually gotten better at it. i remember 12 years ago, everything was a triumph over
adversity. going into the olympics, let's look at the summer games. she became one of the biggest meme ever that obama would eventually copy. except for hockey, if the usa hockey teams get to the medal rounds, that will be a huge story. they have to wait to see what's going to happen, who's going to pop, who's going to do well and say something crazy in a post race interview. >> what about body? >> there's a question if he can even compete. the head of the skiing federation -- >> he was hurt and he doesn't know if he has enough time. >> he is bode miller. i mean, one is this odds on
favorite one healthy and one is ranked 18th in the world or something. >> we look forward to it, good, fun, lot of competition. >> go review the curling rules. >> you may be the star of the winter olympics. >> i had this ingrown toenail. i don't want to get into it too much. >> oh. >> let's go to this. show you this adorable piece of video. little one rocking out in the backseat of mom's car. looks what happens. ♪ i came in like a wrecking ball ♪ >> the mom has definitely seen this happen before. complete with a tiny clench
fist. mom caught the whole thing on camera. we may have just witnessed the birth of an internet star. >> but you see, milely is not a -- miley is not a role model. >> i also feel him because that's the only part of the song that i know. you don't know any of it and then it's, i came in -- >> i saw them singing along with the kid. >> well, yes, true. thanks for the visual -- visual -- >> a man who can make a miley situation more disturbing, that's a special man. coming up next on "new day," we're about to get a break from the arctic blast that's left millions of americans shivering, but don't tell that to people in buffalo. another live report up ahead.
we're going to have a former nba star to talk about basketball diplomacy. is there a potential upside. could rodman have a good impact? we'll review what everyone's saying. stay with us. hey guys! sorry we're late. did you run into traffic? no, just had to stop by the house to grab a few things. you stopped by the house? uh-huh. yea.
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cold, now the snow. up to 2 feet in places. drivers stranded rescued by police on snow mow beels and the keep freeze sending cars skidding off the highway. is the end anywhere in sight? >> robert gates takes on the obama administration calling joe biden simply wrong on key form policy questions and what he says about hillary clinton. >> caught on camera, imagine coming home to find intruders in your home. what happened to this man who began to recording and questioning them until police came. your "new day" starts right now. good morning. welcome back to "new day." it is wednesday, january 8th, 7:00 in the east. we are still in the grips of the
arctic blast and now we're adding extreme snow to the mix. why extreme? because a lot of it's falling. 2 inches an hour in some places. midwest still terrible in a lot of places. now we inform and warn because we hope to prevent things like this. please take a look at the screen. this car is going to fly off on overpass in minnesota. it lands on a lake, but the lake, because of the temperatures, frozen. thank god. because of that, the driver walks away. >> take a look at the scene near buffalo. up to 2 feet in and around that area. a relative warm gyp though is on the way. we'll have that in just a moment. but first back to pamela brown in new york with more. what's it looking like now, pamela? >> reporter: i'll tell you kate, it's still freezing here. feels more like negative 10.
buffalo residents know how to deal with brutal winter weather, but this is truly been an epic event here. we're on the tail end of it right now, by conditions, snow still coming down. about 15 inches this morning. it's really the wind and the cold making the conditions brutal and really miserable. wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour at times. lake eerie looks like just an endless sheet of ice. overnight the bitter cold temps and how longing winds creating whiteout conditions over our nation's snow belts. major highways shut down in buffalo as gusts go to 40 miles an hour, snow piling up the rate of 2 inches an hour. >> still a very, very life threatening situation if you should happen to be in a vehicle
that gets stuck along the side of the road. >> reporter: a blizzard trifecta of biting winds and lake-effect snow, which happens when bitter cold air passes over a body of water. the cold air sucks up and drops over land as snow. a massive snowstorm on the heels of a nationwide deep freeze. >> i couldn't last much longer out here. >> reporter: all 50 states recorded temps below freezing on tuesday. >> i'm really, really freezing and i'm not really prepared for this. >> reporter: in new jersey, live poir lines collapsed onto a transit train. a thousand passengers were delayed for hours. windchills were so cold, the zoo animals were brought inside. >> this temperature is just a little too cold for them. >> reporter: cancelling thousands of flights and icy roads making driving treacherous
and terrifying. watch as the driver of this pickup truck loses control plunging from a minnesota overpass. and officials are attributing 16 ets across the country to the weather. buffalo officials are saying there haven't been any deaths. residents here in buffalo have been heading the warning, staying indoors. the moisture from the water hasn't been able to get up into the cold air, so we're not seeing the accumulation that we thought we would see. but as you can see here, the snow is still coming down. it is expected to persist throughout the day, but that blizzard warning no longer in effect her. it is brutally freezing cold her. >> it is brutally cold i'm sure
right now. thanks so much, pamela. so you may not or probably should not call it warm, but the temperatures are actually starting to rise. that can help avoid scenes like this one. look at the car spinning out of control on black ice in illinois. so, indra, how much longer are we looking at this arctic blast? >> all i can think about is poor pamela. being indoors feels so much better when i know so many people are still dealing with this bitter cold. let's talk about what we're seeing right now. when you talk about temperatures 30 below in minnesota, that's about 20 degrees warmer than where they were just yesterday. yes, that is all changing. now let's take you down to the southeast. same thing. not below normal right now, but definitely freezing temperatures are out there. we all need this change. really half of the country needs that change, and thai going to get it. the jet stream is expected to
lift up. in atlanta, 17 degrees. once you see the cold air restreet back to the poles -- retreat back to the poles where we want it. we're talking about above normal temperatures. so 63 degrees, that's what we're looking for as we go through the weekend. and the same thing even down into the south. we're going to be talking about temperatures, hello, 78 degrees in florida where they had freezing temperatures just a few days ago. no one's complaining. >> 45, 66, 63, 78. >> 78, 78, 78. let's focus on 78. >> the blessing of relative schism is that you appreciate it because you are coming out of such profound suck. all right. so we've been hearing about the weather, by we have something new this morning as well. >> a tell-all book by robert
gates. they are trying to defend the president against this pook. why? well, in it, the book challenges the president and calls the vice president wrong on every foreign policy issue. what are you hearing? >> chris, it's definitely added a chill down here in the nation's capitol. it's an old washington cliche, work in government and then cash in. this latest memoir comes from the seemingly mild mannered former secretary of defense bob gates. at his farewell ceremony in 2011 after serving nearly every president since richard nixon, bob gates left the pentagon hinting he had issues with washington. >> i spent a bit of time venting
frustrations. >> reporter: that wasn't the half of it. in his new memoir hitting bookstores next week -- national security of any i had seen since richard nixon gates writes in one excerpt. the president doesn't believe in his own strategy, for him, it's all about getting out. and goes onto say, suspicion and distrust of senior military officers including the president and vice president became a big problem for me. >> i think people -- his words will have significant impact. and frankly, i'm a little surprised because a lot of times people are not quite as candid as it appears that his book is. >> reporter: how's this for candid? on biden, he writes i think he's been wrong on every major foreign policy and national security issue over the last
four decades. he said, hillary told her position has been political. considering gate's place in history during the killing of osama bin laden, the memoir is seen by some critics as an act of betray y'all. >> you owe your loyalty to that man or woman in the white house. and if you can't handle it, you leave and your quiet, but gates wanted to have it both ways. >> reporter: back in 2011, the president praised gates. >> the integrity of bob gates is also a reminder, especially to folks here in washington, that civility and respectful discourse and citizenship over partisanship are not quaint relics of a bygone era.
>> reporter: according to other book excerpts, he offers kind words to obama and biden and clinton. but it's clear that the white house feels stung by this memoir. a representative said that the president disagrees with gate's assessment of biden. and you may be hearing more from obama loyal lists in the coming days, kate, as one told me last night. stay tuned. >> and that we will. jim, thank you so much. a story we've been following very closely on "new day." the united air rab emphysema rats will release an american man who's been jailed there since april. he was charged with endane engineering state's security after posting a parody video online. his mother here on "new day"
pleading, please send him home. well, now, he may soon be on his way. we're there with more. sarah, i know for you and more anyone, it has been a huge challenge to get any real information out of officials there. what are you hearing this morning? >> reporter: you know, they still haven't made any comment in this case. and this case has boggled a lot of people's minds. but the 29-year-old business analyst who was just trying to be creative and make a funny video is in the process of being released. 29-year-old sha sam's cassim's fight is finally becoming a reality. the state department confirming he has been moved to a deportation facility for
making it big in the high flying, fast growing business hub of the his dreamed morphed nightmare when he and his friends posted a parody video about life in a dubai suburb. it was discovered by uae authorities and instead of finding it funny, they deemed it criminal. they sentenced anymore to one year in prison for damaging the uae's immanual a -- image abroad. >> he's in jail for making a video? >> reporter: for months, his family has been beside themselves, ultimately going public with this case when nothing else seems to work. >> surely, you know, it shouldn't have gotten to this
point. >> reporter: since then, big name hollywood comedians like will ferrell and high ranking u.s. politicians have been demanding his release. after hearing of the new movement in cassim's case, they sent out this statement saying, it's not just wonderful news, it is simply the right thing to do. at this point all that matters to his family is that he will finally taste freedom again and be home very soon. and that is the news that the family has been waiting for. the last time i saw him in court was just a couple weeks ago. he looked down. he looked very different than the photos that you're seeing there. certainly a lot thinner and very upset. i'm sure this day is a day that he has been dreaming of for the past nine months.
>> thanks for the great news. we appreciate it. >> looking at the rest of your headlines, president obama tackling the nsa's surveillance controversy over the next two days. today he'll meet with the privacy and civil oversight board, tomorrow with congressional leaders before his state of the union address at the end of the month. new developments this morning. four members of the u.s. air force are dead after their chopper crashed off the coast of england while on a nighttime training mission. it was a pave hawk, a modified black hawk. new information this morning about a deadly avalanche in colorado's back country near vail. a 24-year-old skier, anthony sigh berth was -- seibert was killed. he was trapped in the snow with three other people. he is the grandson of the man
who co-founded the vail ski resort. >> no developments in the case of the stand your ground mom. they want to put her back in jail. they say she's been running errands and driving around family members when she's supposed to be on home confinement. alexander spent time in jail before her release in november. her attorney says every trip she has taken has been approved by the local sheriff's officer. and a bit of an embarrassing hot line mix gyp. parents calling for arn explanation on child safety seats reached an adult talk line number instead. it's still posted on the state's information brochures. >> infortunate. >> one of those oopsies.
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this is crazy. did you see, he had a melt down? dennis rodman started screaming at a cnn reporter. yeah. and there was an awkward moment was jong-un said, this guy is a lunatic. >> late night hosts are having a ball with the dennis rodman rant. according to sky news, they played their exhibition game against the north korea team in order to mark the ruler's 31st birthday. and get this, they lost. but the american family of kenneth bae, none of this is a game, none of this is funny. it is life or death. let's bring in chris lawrence. >> the things that dennis rodman said to you yesterday are still
rippling through washington even this morning. you know, there's been a tremendous business about rodman's basketball diplomacy, but kenneth's sister really put it all in perspective. even for a man built to shock and surprise, den nis rodman has one-upped himself. >> we have to go back to america and take the abuse. do you have to take the abuse that we going to take? do you, sir, let me know. >> his eruption on cnn's "new day" is sparking reaction. >> i don't give a rat's [ bleep ] what the heck you think. >> i'm not going to dig fie that outburst with a response. >> mr. rodman is not there representing the united states. people should remember that when they look at his comments and
remember his comments. >> reporter: rodman has been under fire since he announced plans to celebrate kim jong-un's birthday. >> it would be like having a tea or lunch with adolph hitler. >> reporter: some say he cross add line with an accusation against kenneth bae. rodman implied to chris cuomo that bae deserved his face. >> do you understand what kenneth bae did? >> you tell me. what did he do? >> no, no, no. you tell me. why is he held captive? >> they haven't released any charges. >> listen. listen. >> it's outrageous. it's ridiculous. it's shimful. those are three good words and they all describe accusing mr. bae of a crime. >> just outraged.
>> reporter: bae's sister told cnn's anderson cooper, rod man's words are hurting his cause. >> he was in a position to help a fellow american and refused to do so. >> reporter: as for the other former players traveling with rodman -- >> they were blinded by the payday. >> reporter: they questioned the motives of everyone involved. >> relatively large sum of money, they have agreed to go and give a birthday present to the leader. >> reporter: the betting firm cut ties with rodman last month, but it's still fulfilling its contract wall obligations for this particular trip. we are told foreigners are getting a tour of north korea are paying about $9,000. that's nearly four times the
going rate. >> all right. how does that factor into what basketball dib masscy -- diplomacy is supposed to be about. we're going to bring in greg anthony and former governor of new mexico mr. bill richardson. >> thank you, chris. thank you. >> mr. ambassador, let me start with you. set the table for us in terms of what your best guess is for why the ruler of this country has come to dennis rodman and what you think rodman has been told that may account for his disposition about kenneth bae. >> well, obviously both rodman and kim jong-un are benefiting from this trip. rodman with the enormous publicity of his basketball diplomacy which has now, i think, become a disaster, but kim jong-un having his birthday,
showing his population that he's in control, he's confident. but basketball diplomacy, out of the box diplomacy in many cases can help the foreign policy of the united states and other countries. but now, because rodman has not just praised the leader, he's gone and played basketball on his birthday to celebrate. and i think what's most reprehensible is his implication that kenneth bae, an american detain knee on various spurious charges, might be guilty, obviously he, rodman was briefed by the north koreans. they see him as their link to the united states because they don't want to talk to us. they're hostile. and so this is where we are right now. basketball diplomacy, out of the box diplomacy, special envoys, not traditional diplomats can do
a lot of good, but now, because of rodman's comments, even some nba that were probably there seriously for just basketball diplomacy have been compromised. that's where we are right now. it's unfortunate. by the way, you did a very good interview. >> thank you very much. greg, let me ask you something. i was trying in the interview to separate charles smith and the others from rodman. and i know that you believe that that is the right thing to do. tell me why. >> well, i think that the governor just discussed very eloquently in terms of, one, the importance of sports, not just basketball, but basketball specifically in this case can play when you are trying to bridge gaps, when you're trying to create a conduit to stamp up conversations. i'm sure the governor's aware of this. if you go back to the early 70s,
we had a similar relationship with the chinese. and they sent over their table tennis teams to tour the country and play friendlies, if you will. that was the beginning of trying to bridge a gap there in terms of the relationships between the two countries. and i think this -- this opportunity to a certain degree was lost because of the antics of dennis yesterday. and it's unfortunate, because it does take away all of the good will that could have been brought about by these athletes going over there. although, the leadership in north korea, it's well documented the atrocities that have been committed there, the unfortunates a perkt that we forget, there are lots of people in north korea who don't have a say, who don't have an opportunity to really know what's going on. it's a third world country. they don't have access generally speaking to the internet to
what's going on in western sievization. this would have been their first opportunity to have that experience. and those opportunities potentially will be lost in the future because of the antics of dennis yesterday in your interview. >> does it change the analysis, though, that they agreed to play this good will game on the ruler's birthday and what they had to know rodman was terming a gift and of course the money involved? >> first of all, that's a huge leap to make that assumption. and again, let's face it, i consider myself to be reasonably educated, i didn't know it was kim junk un's -- jong-un's birthday. >> so they may not have known? >> those guys could have been blind sided. you saw how uncomfortable they were sitting there when dennis rent on his rave and his rant. i don't think there's any question they were compensated
and sold that they were going over to do some good deal. you're literally killing two birds with one stone. continue earning a living doing something you love and also go over and have some good will. so i think a lot of those guys were completely blind sided by this. it's unfortunate because they're probably going to catch a bit of a fire storm when they get back. >> yeah. but by having this discussion. i take your point. hopefully they get carved out. get more fair treatment. two more quick points. ambassador, why hasn't the u.s. state department been able to help ken knit bae. is the state department doing enough here because it is humiliating to have to depend on dennis rod man. what's your take? >> well the problem is that this new north korean leader, we don't know where he's coming from. he's very hostile to the united
states. he has refused treaty from the united states states department. american especially voi was going to -- envoy was going to go and the north koreans said don't come. so the state department has tried. the problem is we know very little about this new leader. we know he is having internal problems obviously. this brutal execution. replacing military leaders that he's had that were loyal to his father. he seems a bit insecure. he's only 31 years old, has very little experience. so the problem here is that rodman is about the only person that he has talked to from the outside world. the chinese who are the pa troens of north korea have not been able to move this new young leader into negotiation with anybody, with south korea with the united states. many entities have tried to be brokers.
apparently he has a relationship with dennis rodman. and i thought initially, when rodman went over there the first time, i said maybe at the very least he can get kenneth bae out. i had tried with the ceo of google. i wasn't able to do it because he won't see anybody. i had access before to the leadership but not with kim jong-un. nobody has access but dennis rod man. >> such a bizarre situation. i want to end on this. a lot of pushback has been don't make him into a diplomat, he's a basketball player. given out out spoken the guy is, do you believe that even though he's a basketball player that he is also in part carrying the responsibility to do what he can in the situation? do you think that's fair or do
you think no? >> well, listen, i think the possibility could have existed. it doesn't take a rocket scientist to watch the interview you conducted yesterday and realize that many dennis rodman wouldn't be the best person to consider using to be a diplomat or representative or a negotiator when it comes to something as delicate as trying to have prisoners released in north korea. so, no. no i do not. i think this could have a steppingstone towards the possibility that someone like governor richardson could have an opportunity to go over and further those conversations. because of how this is received, the reality is this is going to take us a step back in terms of what could potentially have evolved in terms of the relationships with north korea. >> greg anthony, ambassador richardson, thank you very much for joining us on "new day." greg i may be calling you on
help if he comes after me, all right? be sure to stay with us. we're going to have kenneth bae's sister, terri chung. she's going to join us in the 8:00 hour to talk more about the affect of dennis rodman may have on her brother's situation and wants you all to know about what her brother did and did not do. it's being called the largest disability fraud scam ever. more than a hundred retired new york pris and firefighters accused of pocketing hundreds of millions of dollars. many of them blaming 9/11.
welcome back to "new day." let's give you a look at the stories that are making news. blizzard like conditions in up state new york. that's on top of another day of extreme cold in the northeast and midwest. windchill still below zero in many spots. check this out, a burglary convict turned himself back in so he could get away from the windchill of 20 below. and look at this video, a water main break. it erupted in georgia. thousands of gallons of water still shooting into the air at this hour we're told. it burst early this morning covering everything around it in ice. we'll keep you updated on this story as it develops. a beauty queen and soap opera star shot dead.
armed gunman also shot their 5-year-old daughter. she is expected to survive. they are questioning five people. and look at this video of a freak sigh nam my sized wave injuring at least foyer spectators in portugal. it crashed into a lighthouse off the coast yesterday when an enormous wave suddenly rose up and came barrelling over a sea front. how frightening. >> thanks. turn now to our political check of the morning. a revealing memoir from robert gates has the white house reeling. the obama administration looking for alleys to defend the president after gates knocks him in the tell-all.
he wries that obamacare distrusted his top officials. so john, we know the white house has been preparing for this blistering criticism. they knew this was coming, but this comes at a time that the president is still in office and he's looking al his legacy. >> that's what makes it so remarkable. you have this ultimate inside player. let's start with this basic premise. this is a guy, whether you agree with him or not, who knows how the levers of government workings, who's been in town when big books have been written. he's a very, very smart man. he knows the book is going to be released during the obama presidency. he had to know the impact they were going to cause. i'm drying to watch him come out and -- dying to come out and promote his book. he is someone i have spoken to
myself about leaks. he says they don't help. so he had a reason he wanted to do this and it would be great to hear it from him directly. >> what do you think it is? >> well i think in part you see it in the excerpts that have been released and that we have confirmed at cnn. this tension -- he says he thought it's the most controlling white house when it comes to national security since nixon. he said they felt the same way, that the white house team, the national security council team was trying to make all these decisions, they essentially were pushing away military advice. that's part of it. and part of it seems to be some sense of resentment that he didn't think obama respected the military chain of command. for him, it was all about getting out of afghanistan. so if you're the defense secretary and you're the civilian who represents the
generals to the president, that's a tough one. >> what do you make of the white house's response so far? i'm sure there's more to come because this is different than other tell-all books like "double down." but it really doesn't have real impact. this book may. >> well this could impact the president's current relationships with the military brass. there's 2016 implications if biden runs. hillary clinton's critics are already using it against her. the president through the national security council spokeswoman praises gates. bob gates says biden has essentially been dead wrong. he has praises president obama's intellect and praises some of the decisions he made. it's not all critical. at times very harsh vie of the
president. but he says joe biden is a great man but dead wrong on everything. that's what the white house chose to address saying they profoundly disagree. >> there's a lot in here, and i think that the mistake that will be made is missing what you are describing right now which is the subtlty. it's not that he's vacilating, oh, he was bad, he was good. that's the way it is. afghanistan actually was president obama's situation. it was getting out of iraq that helped him. he then decided to go to afghanistan. so these are subtle situations. it will be interesting how the media decides to cherry pick it to allow the partisans their own avenues. i'd be surprised if the white house combats him, wouldn't you? >> excellent point. i'm not defending what he says
her. i think he deserves the benefit of the doubt and i'm ready to read every page twice. i've had several conversations with him and he is a very detail-oriented, a very dedicated public service. people can agree or disagree. there's context and nuance here that sometimes gets lost in the quick headlines. when you read some of the quotes about the sitting commander in chief, as you know president obama campaigned for the surge in afghanistan. liberals didn't like it. but then secretary gates says, within a year he came to the conclusion that the president didn't support his own policy, that the president just wanted to get out, that the president didn't want to listen to anyone who said leave the troops here longer. there's more nuance and more context. at the hoemt, though, trust me, this is the talk of washington. >> he is such a veteran of
government and poll tans, spanning administrations, spanning democrats and republicans. it will be very, i think very interesting to see what he has to say. >> he's a very smart inside operator now playing the outside game but he knew what he was doing. >> our minds are boggled about why the decisions get made, this may help. coming up on "new day," home intruders caught in the act. the homeowner intear gates them on camera. see for yourself. ask your gastroenterologist about humira adalimumab. humira has been proven to work for adults who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief, and many achieved remission. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma, or other types of cancer, have happened.
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welcome back to "new day." incredible new video of an alleged seattle home invasion caught on tape. this photo journalist comes home and finds two men inside his house. joe did not turn and run. he turned on his camera and gave them the third degree. >> what would you do if you came home and found intruders in your house? run and scream? not this guy. he attacks the intruders with the powerful weapon of journalism. >> why are you in my house? >> reporter: it's a homeowner's nightmare to find strangers inside your house, the place
trashed. >> i look in here and there is a man in my bedroom. >> reporter: you might turn and run, but not seattle photo journalist. what he did, he got out his camera and started rolling and started asking questions. >> i'm going to make a news story of you. i want to know why you are inside my house. >> reporter: the house he said was littered with drugs, stolen merchandise. >> the place is in shambles. they had crack cocaine pipes. i understand if you had to sleep here maybe but why did you have to do that. >> reporter: he and his family had had been fixing up the home to try to sell it after his mother's death. with the camera rolling he intergates. >> what is it that makes you feel you can come in and do this
to my house. do you know how hard i worked for this house. >> reporter: a second man was in the home but he escaped. >> i was like i am going to make an example of you. >> reporter: police arrested the suspect caught on camera and the other suspect is still at large. >> i'm going to tape you, man. joe wants the house back on the market by this weekend. hard to believe. that is not my first instinct. >> it will be now or maybe it shouldn't be. >> composure, incredible. >> that is a dumb intruder. tragedy in the colorado mountains. an avalanche takes out a pack of skiers. three manage to survive, one lost his life. we will go live to colorado for details.
the big thaw, first the cold and now the snow. as much as two feet in places. drivers stranded on highways. will the nation finally be heating up? indra petersons is tracking it all. four skiers caught in a massive snow slide in colorado. three rescued but one person, a grand son of the founder of vale ski resort found dead. dennis rodman and his team playing this morning in north korea. rodman had strong words for
american kenneth bae held in that nation. now his sister reacts live. your "new day" continues right now. this is "new day" with chris cuomo, kate bolduan a. >> it is wednesday, january 8, 8:00 in the east. you are still shivering, it has been a killer cold blamed for at least 16 deaths at this point. take a look at what happened when temperatures dipped to 19 degrees in tallahassee, florida. everything turned to ice. >> something else for you, the aerial image of chicago. windy city frozen after temperatures reached 15 below 0. esnow, up to 15 inches per hour.
we are going to cover this from every angle. indra petersons following it all for us from here. let's start with pamela brown in buffalo. >> reporter: the snow is still coming down here but it has let up significantly since he were here last night. we have seen about half an inch an hour here. the travel bans have been lifted, a very different scene ever since the blizzard began monday evening basically causing the city to come to a stand still. it was the first blizzard warning here in buffalo since 1993. i wanted you to take a look behind meep. hard to believe this is lake erie. it looks like an endless sheet of ice and snow, an indication of just how cold it got during the blizzard. overnight the bitter cold temps
and howling winds creating white out conditions over our nation's snow belt. major highways shut down in buffalo as gusts eclipped 40 miles per hour, police forced to use snow mobiles to rescue stranded drivers. >> still a very, very life threatening situation if you hannen to be in a vehicle stuck on the side of the road. >> reporter: whipping winds and some areas lake effect snow which happens when cold air passes over a warm body of water. adding to the misery, the wind chill plaumptting at times to 2 degrees below 0. >> i couldn't last much longer out here. >> reporter: all 50 states reported temps below freezing on tuesday.
and new jersey light power lines collapsed on to a transit train. 1,000 passengers were delayed for hours. wind chills are so cold that zoo animals were brought inside in washington. >> this temperature is just a little too cold for them. >> reporter: the bone chilling cold closing schools and snarling traffic canceling thousands of flights. watch as the driver of this pickup truck loses control plunging from a minnesota overpass. officials are attributing 16 deaths across the country to the polar votext. in buffalo officials saying there haven't been deaths. it was really a town. we were here last night. i think that says a lot because western new yorkers are tough when it comes to winter weather
and they were not venturing out. >> those are tough temperatures to be dealing with with. you may not feel it yet but the great american thaw out is about to begin. let's bring in indra petersons once again. what is it looking like? >> i'm glad i am inside today cht this chill was devastating. it was miserable and so many people are dealing with temperatures below 0 again today. 30 degrees below 0 in duluth. still seeing the northeast at sub0 temperatures. it is changing. first let me drop you to the southeast. still below freezing. everyone from the northeast down to the southeast, really the entire eastern half of the country needs the warmup. it is here. notice the jet stream went down all the way through florida. look at the current temperature. 17 degrees in atlanta.
notice the change once the guy works out of here. that will warm us up to above normal temperature. we are looking at 63 degrees for the weekend. some places seeing 70s and 80s. boston almost 20 degrees above normal. same for the southeast. talking about temperatures close to the 80 degree mark. you just wanted average. >> good week, starts bad ends well. >> you want credit for the warming but i do not remember you taking blame for the chilling. >> i get it anyway. check my twitter there. they are not happy. >> rightfully so. new this morning a deadly avalanche in colorado claimed as one of its victim's one of vale's own. he was trapped with three other people. he happens to be the grand son
of vale's founder. >> reporter: good morning, chris. it is a tragedy here. anthony sibert loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time in the back country. he was with three of his brothers in an area known to be popular, not inside the vale ski resort but a short hike from the top of vale mountain so it is accessible but also an area known to be avalanche prone. scoured mountain side, a giant avalanche leaving behind a deadly path of destruction. >> it is described as a couple of yards wide and maybe up to ten feet deep. >> reporter: this is the back country not far from the vale ski resort. >> it is not on vale resort's mountain. it is for experienced skiers and
snowboa snowboarders. >> reporter: it was too late for their friend. the victim identified as anthony sibert. >> they are fabulous skiers. >> reporter: it's the second avalanche fatality in colorado in just over a week. this amazing video is from the same area. another avalanche triggered days before christmas. here david lamerdigs out his brother saving his life. >> what we have been seeing over the last ten days is a general increase in the size of avalanches in the back country. >> reporter: why is that? >> we have weak snow near the ground that formed early in the season and we have been getting consistent snowfall so the slab over it is getting thicker and larger. >> reporter: it is happening all across the rocky mountain
region. trails were closed at this utah resort when an avalanche temporarily buried several skiers. experts urge anyone heading to the back country to be prepared for the power of mother nature. this is important. write this down. avalanche.org is a good resource to use if you are planning to head to the back country. also, a shovel, a beacon and a broeb, these are crucial to have with you if you head into the back country especially right now. so let's talk about that book. former defense secretary robert gates pulling no punches in a tell all called "duty." gates writes sharply criticizing white house at one point calling it by far the most centralized
and controlling in national security of any i have seen. joining us is david gergen. you are the perfect person to discuss this book. like gates you have worked for administrations, democrat and republican, dating back to the nixon administration. what do you make of this book and the timing? >> i welcome the book. bob gates, i have had the opportunity to know him and privilege of working with him over the years. in my judgment he is one of the finest public servants of our time. i think what he tried to do was be very candid about what is going on in washington. it is not just the partisanship and polarization. it is a fact that the man who came in to salvage two wars found it difficult to get
anything done of consquence in washington. he is not attacking individuals per se but rather to give us a sense of why it is so difficult for this country to be self-governing and to be effective here at home and overseas. >> i think everyone, journalists and anyone welcomes the candor to come out. but when you look at the unusual circumstances of this one he knows what he is doing. the president is still in office. he is a former cabinet secretary. it has many people wondering, do you think he is being disloyal? does he owe loyalty to the president who ppicked him to sit in his cabinet? >> i think there is a reason he called the book "duty." i believe he believes he has a sense of duty that is a sense of duty to the young men and women that he sent to combat. as a president of texas a&m he signed diplomas for a lot of
people who went to war and then signed the papers that sent the young men that went to war and had to sign the letters to the parents. he says i want to be buried among the young men and women who died in iraq. >> he also knows there is some of the biting criticism of the president and administration in the book. some in military and political circles wondering loudly if he felt like he couldn't get anything done, if he was so dissatisfied, why not resign? do you think that is a valid question? >> i do. in the book he says there are several occasions where he felt close to it. how many times did henry kissinger threaten to resign. it is not entirely new to be
frustrated in government. i think the level of dysfunction ality troubled bob gates. he came in when america walked big on the stage and left when america is easing off the stage and the government is not running as well as it should and i think he feels an enormous sense of responsibility to the young men and women in uniform. >> we have been talking about criticisms targeting the president. both joe biden and hillary clinton did not escape his criticism either. he said of joe biden i think he has been wrong on every major foreign policy issue over the past decade. of -- do you think that is going to leave a mark?
>> he does say of vice president biden he is a man of integrity. no question they had deep conflicts over policy. i was surprised and i think it is unfair to joe biden. but the book i have to say is a much more positive book about hillary clinton. i talked to him several times about this. he has high regard for her. i think what he said she told the president that she shared a lot of his frustrations as did leon panetta. they all felt the white house was too controlling. most controlling since the days of richard nixon is what he said. >> we have yet to hear from bob gates himself about the book. what questions would you have for him when he comes out to release his book?
>> i think you have first line of questions why write the book. that is important to understand but i think it has everything to do with this sense oflotomy. i think it is important to ask the question of how to handle public institutions well. he led texas a&m. >> if he couldn't do it what could be done? >> that's a good point. if bob gates couldn't do it because he is so effective. he is one of the wise men of our time. they call him yoda inside the obama white house. there may be a reason why that is true. i think we have to understand how -- he can help us sort out, i think, how can we get this right so we have a government which is operationally as effective as it should be.
i think it is important to understand that as much criticism as he has in here he doesn't seem to be saying that the white house was too political or so political that we distorted policy. it is more how hard it it is to get things done. i don't think he is saying the president cut and run iraq or afghanistan. >> and nuance that is important to get out and important to hear from him. and important to point out what can be learned from this is a great point. >> absolutely. i think this -- i know people are going to feel stunned. at the end of the day this is not a man looking for financial gain. this is a man trying to help the country and trying to contribute one more big effort of public service. >> see you soon. let's take a look at our headlines. new developments on a story we have been following closely.
an american locked up over a parody of dubai teens could be back in the u.s. as early as tomorrow. new developments coming to light in a new year's day arrest. an indiana man had close to 50 bombs in a car and guns. and a remote control detonator. investigators trying to figure out why he had that arsenal. a chopper accident in the united kingdom killed four american service members. the chopper was a modified black hawk. another example of the desperate measures undocumented immigrants take. a woman was discovered squeezed
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this is an ap image of rodman singing happy birthday to kim jong-un. so much for the basketball game against the north koreans not being a birthday gift, i guess, a game the american team lost. but most disturbing to the bae family is that rodman seems to suggest kenneth bae is in prison for a good reason. >> do you understand what kenneth bae did? >> what did he do? >> you tell me. why is he held captive? >> they haven't released reasons. >> we are joined by terry jung, kenneth bae's sister. let's take a walk down the road of instability with dennis rodman. that particular outburst was meaningful to me and here is why. i want to get what you think
about this. somebody obviously told him something about what your brother did that he found compelling. it is easy to dismiss dennis rodman and you probably should. however, are you concerned that his vehemense reflects north korea's confidence in him? >> i was shocked by his words. i'm not sure where he is getting his information. i'm not sure how much credence i would give to his outbursts. he is not an authority on this case at all. and i don't think he has any kind of position to remark on this case especially after making it clear he has no intention to help. >> right. concern is that somebody must have told him something because he was very passionate that he
knew something, kenneth bae is bad and that is why he is there. the challenge will be getting north korea to assess its position. >> right. it is hard to know who he was talking to and what the opinions that he was reflecting. i certainly hope that is not the case. we understand and have to accept that north korea has passed judgment on my bruger in their courts. i'm not in position to dispute that. had you ever, we do know for certainty that kenneth bae never had hostile intentions against the dprk. i'm sorry that his intention to help were deemed hostile against the state. i can say he never had intentions to overthrow the government. >> the silver lining is that your brother's situation is getting attention. many may be coming to it for the
first time. the north korean regime says that he was an enemy of the state. they used statements like jer co operation. and your brother, they say, admitted to the allegation. do you believe he had anything to do with these allegations? >> it is hard to say. about the confession it is hard to say. but kenneth was there legally with permission as a businessman and he led 18 tours over two years as a tour operator into north korea. and he had built working relationships and didn't have any reason to suspect he would have trouble because that was his livelihood and he had a passion for introducing the west
to this side of north korea he found to be what he called purity of the people and the land. and that was his job and his passion. and he is a man of faith. i'm afraid that his christian convictions may have gotten him in trouble. >> he was not running an underground railroad that you are understanding? >> no. >> because that is important. that goes to the substance of what they say. now to the idea of how to get him out. this is not the uae. the u.s. has well developed relationships with the uae. here with north korea there is almost no diplomatic energy going on. what is your best information about the u.s. state department, what they are doing and what they say they can do? >> you know, we can beg our case and plea all that we want to the leaders of dpk to show mercy and
grant amnesty and let kenneth go. i don't think -- i think it will take more to bring him home and i think it is going to take more immediate intervention by the united states government to bring kenneth home. and i don't know exactly what that is going to look like and what it is going to take. one thing that has been made clear through communications from kenneth through all of the letters and a couple of phone calls he has been allowed to make over the last 14 months that it is going to take help and intervention from our government to secure his release. >> and do you believe you are getting any help? is it about more help or the right help? are you satisfied with what is happening on our state side? >> kenneth is my brother. i love him. he has been there way too long. every day he is there is way too long. i believe the u.s. government wants to see him home but i
implore with our leaders to take more urgent and proactive measures to secure release for kenneth bae. he is the longest detained american and the only one to have served time in the labor camp until his health failed and long past time for him to come home. >> we are making calls to the state department every day to find out what is going on. we will do it as often as we can. we have to thank dennis rodman for giving us an opportunity for bringing your brother's story back into the media. your advocacy is for the best of reasons. thanks for joining us on "new day." >> thank you. thank you so much. we are going to take a break. coming up next on "new day," if you did not have to why would you sleep outside during this cold weather. one teenager thinks it is worth it to make a larger point. we'll introduce you later on "new day." keeping up with these two is more than a full time job and i don't have time for unreliable companies.
time for the five things you need to know for your new day. buffalo dealing with the lake effect blizzard. it has dumped two feet of snow there. the polar votex is beginning to break up. the u.s. added jobs to the economy in december. we will see how the effects the monthly jobs report. north korea coming out on top in the basketball game with dennis rodman's american squad. sister of kenneth bae reacted
saying she is outraged by rodman's comments. the white house weighing how to respond to former defense secretary robert gates memoir. at number five how about this finally? that russian research vesselal is broken through the heavy ice in antarctica. the chinese ice breaker became trapped itself. well t also broke free. home or at least headed. puts complaining about the cold in perspective. >> only had four inches of lateral movement. back to air travel. jet blue on defense. the airline standing by decision to ground nearly all of their
flights out of new york and boston. they cancelled more than 1,800 flights blaming the crippling weather and new pilot rules. thou they say they leave it up to thousands of passengers. this has been back and forth on who is to blame for all of this. >> absolutely. you know the weather was such a big story but somehow jet blue became the story as customers started criticizing the airline and how they were handling the weather disruptions. now the airline is trying to save face thousands of jet blue passengers are finally reaching their destination. >> we are going to get you home. >> as the airline tries to get back on track and bruising the
public's opinion of the airline. now it is in damage control. >> i absolutely think we did the right thing because when you are doing things for safety reasons not only of our people but our assets and our customers i think we are doing them the best service possible no matter how hard the short term pain is. >> reporter: in a conference call tuesday airline said cancellations impacted 150,000 passengers. operations are returning to normal but jet blue predicts the back log could take another day to work through. >> i got the last seat, first flight out. >> reporter: almost every major airline was impacted by the polar vortex but jet blue bear the brunt of the criticism. >> the vast majority of the
flights are to and from the northeast. they were more effected than the carriers that are being compared with. >> jet blue has a history of weather troubles. in a 2007 storm passengers sat for eight hours on the tarmac in new york prompting new federal rules but the airline says it has changed and takes proactive steps to protect passengers. >> when weather is going to win we let weather win. >> reporter: to make good jet blue is offering compensation based on how many times the flights were cancelled. one cancellation $50, up to 20,000 points in round trip flights or $200. so far this morning things look much, much better for flyers specifically with jet blue. only one percent of the flights cancelled.
four percent delayed. big difference from yesterday when we saw double digits. >> thank you very much. at least it is warm in there. >> speaking of weather, we all like camping, correct? >> yes. >> this takes it to the extreme. coming up next on "new day" -- i was going to talk about the camping story. i will tease to that because i like that story a lot. the camping story you want to hear of a little boy sleeping outside -- 17 years old doing it for a good reason. he is out in the frigid cold. >> he is going to be out there for a very long time, very long time is the key. at any minute you could be a victim of fraud. fraud could mean lower credit scores and higher interest rates when you apply for a credit card. it's a problem waiting to happen. check your credit score, check your credit report at experian.com.
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almost 30 below here in duluth and the northeast seeing temperatures about ten below zero. look at the change going from well below normal as we all know thanks fraumpt cold air from the arctic to above normal for the weekend. this is the easiest way to see it. we are talking about a couple of systems making their way through. it means we will be warmer and a chance for showers, rain and snow will be in the forecast, as well especially by the weekend. look for the midwest and northeast looking for showers spreading. if it is warm i say we are all fine. >> are you enjoying this over here? >> i guess so. i don't know. >> you did better than i did. >> we know from the report it was brutally cold. imagine if you decided to sleep outside every night by choice. that is what one 17-year-old boy
scout is trying to pull off. s doors every night for an entire year. he has been doing it since june. rudy joins us from inside his cozy little adobe. hello rudy. [ inaudible ]. >> you thought this through obviously. why did you decide to do it? was it an act of rebellion? >> i always liked camping and
spending time in the outdoors. a couple of years ago my dad and i built a platform. last june i decided i will sleep in the tree platform every night all summer. i extended that. if i go on vacation i will sleep outside. [ inaudible [ inaudible ]. >> just becauseio keep extending the time or starting to attach significance to it, maybe a cause or a record or just that? is it just having the credit of having done it? is the motivation?
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simply stated there is too much news for one show to handle so we must give you to "news room" to take care of all of the news. >> i have a lot. "news room" starts now. gates versus the white house. the former defense secretary on a harsh assessment of president obama. this morning to new book. plus gabrielle giffords speaking out. new details about her recovery on the third anniversary of the shooting in tucson.