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san francisco police officers will be there. he will cheer the folks on in holiday-themed event. plunge in the bay and 5 k walk and run. what an inspiration. see you tonight "on the record" at 7:00 with greta. bill: see you at 1:00. have a great weekend. martha: have a great weekend. "happening now" starts right now. >> we start out with a fox news alert. here is what is happening in south africa. a outpouring of grief and reverence following the death of nelson mandela. south africans make tribute to those they feel the father of their country. mandela dedicated his life to fight for racial freedom and equality. he spent 2years in prison following that cause. he became the nation's first plaque president and a global symbol of hope even though as challenging of conflicts can be peacefully resolved. he died last night at his home
surrounded by his family. he was 95. there is so much to say and so little time to do it but we'll do our best today. more on the life after legacy of this remarkable man coming up. right now, today's top headlines and brand new stories you will see here first. jon: major developments in the case of missing teenager abigail hernandez. we're waiting an update from the fbi in a few minutes. we'll bring you the very latest. plus as americans scramble to catch up on the new health care law. new accusations dozens of russian diplomats may have been scamming our existing system for big bucks. more on what they're accused of doing. a hiker survives in freezing temperatures after falling down one of the most popular volcanoes in the country. hear about her dramatic rescue, all "happening now." jon: well, a wicked ice storm takes aim at america's
midsection. hello, i'm jon scott. >> hello, everybody, happy friday to do you, i'm jenna lee. freezing rain and sleet and snow. watches and warnings are already in effect for multiple states stretching from texas you will all the way into ohio as millions and millions people line the path of this early winter storm. jon: nothing but rain outside of our windows right now. texas, snow and freezing rain created huge mess on the road, also in the skies. hundreds of flights already canceled in dallas alone. in new mexico, people there are digging out as much as six inches of know fell in albuquerque, closing schools and bringing that city virtually to a halt. in colorado, residents dealing with a deep freeze rarely seen even in that mountainous state. denver airport tieing a record low of minus 15. and more cold is expected there today. alicia acuna is live in denver for us now. this cold, alicia. more than an inconvene we hear
the hospitals are filling up there. >> reporter: they have colt related injuries. this is dangerous cold that blasted our state. right now in the city of denver it is zero degrees but forecasters say it feels like negative 17 and the impact that can have on the body can be permanent if not careful. we're hearing about problems like folks who have as marks respiratory issues. they're having additional problems because of the cold. emergency rooms here in the denver metro area are seeing injuries like broken bones from falls and injuries from car accidents. they're also treating people for frostbite which is happening in a matter of minutes because folks think they can handle this type of cold. >> we have to be aware that how we feel is not necessarily reflective of what our coartem ture is and so we have to be aware as much as we might feel okay and we can tough it out, particularly in temperatures like this it can reach a very dangerous stage before we realize it. >> reporter: some of the schools
here are on delay or have been canceled all together for the delay. not because of snow but because of cold and driving conditions here are perilous. jon? >> what is with the roads? i hear the deicer they use isn't working so well? >> reporter: no, it is too cold. denver public works which is in charge of taking care of roads use as chunky deicer and use one made of liquid. what happens, they pour it on the ground and then it gets into the ice and melts it but then the temperature takes hold and refreezes it. just kind of a mess. really it is slick and jon, i know you miss your denver but denver broncos are taking on the tennessee titans this weekend in our open-air stadium where it will be 12 degrees at kickoff. it will get colder. so the emergency rooms here are bracing to treat people for exposure to the cold and they're growing to have triage units set up around the stadium. jon: i'm going to hope it is advantage broncos in cold weather because see not --
tennessee is not so used to the cold weather. >> reporter: neither is peyton manning. jon: serious problems for the folks of denver. alicia acuna get yourself inside. >> got to stop talking toker, jon. she sick tag one for the team. jon: maria molina will have more on this in a little bit. jenna: we'll await for alicia to get get up cold and personal cold experience in denver. oh, my goodness. we'll continue to follow the weather. a lot of the country affected. not just colorado. we'll bring updates throughout the day as to what things are looking like in the middle of country. meanwhile we'll turn to d.c. law make remembers reaching to seal a deal and they are trying to avoid a ugly federal shutdown next month. that would be good for all of us and good for mike emanuel who has to stick around when things like that happen. where do we stand this today? >> reporter: stop me if you heard this before and we're heading for a deadline on capitol hill and not quite sure they will get a deal.
talk that house budget chair paul ryan and senate budget chair, patty murray may be close but close is not an agreement. we'll see if they have a will to force something across the finish line. house speaker john boehner sounded cautiously optimistic. >> i'm hopeful that paul ryan and patty murray will come to a budget agreement that the, that can pass both the house and the senate. paul ryan came in today, gave us an update where they were. i'm hopeful that they will be able to work this out but there's clearly no agreement. >> reporter: to make that december 13th deadline they need to reach a deal by monday to allow time for the whole congressional process to work. that means this could be a critical weekend, jenna. jenna: nice that you can recycle your scripts from previous years, mike. you don't even need to do any work on this mike, right? >> reporter: feels like groundhog day. >> i'm just kidding. what is different this time smashed there is a request from democrats on the budget.
is that different? what does that tell us where the deal stands in general? >> reporter: that's right, they're making a push to add an extension of unemployment insurance benefits to a budget deal. the house democratic leader made her pitch for it this way. >> these people have played by the rules, lost their jobs through no fault of their own and need these benefits in order to survive. so we must extend this insurance before the end of the year and we must extend it for at least a year. >> reporter: it is unclear if that has been part of the ryan-murray discussions or whether this a new add late in the game. if there is no deal the house will pass a continuing resolution to keep funding the government after the christmas holiday. jenna? jenna: a story to watch as it always is, mike. thank you. >> reporter: thank you. ♪ jon: all of the world remembers nelson mandela today. hundreds of south africans,
black and white, grieving and leaving flowers outside the home of their former president. this is a live look at what's going on there right now. the antiapartheid icon died peacefully last night surrounded by his family. mr. mandela, became a symbol of hope around. world for his life long struggle against the apartheid system of racial segregation in his country. he spent 27 years in prison for defying that system. after his release he sought not revenge but reconciliation. mr. mandela went on to push for one of the most progressive constitutions on planet and became south africa's first democrat exly elected black president. he chronicled end of apartheid and mandela's election and serving as african correspondent for the bbc. tom, thanks for joining us today with your thoughts. and what were they when you first got the news that mandela pass ad way? >> i had a lot of emotions both
at a personal level and a professional one. i had the same feelings that everyone had, this was absolute titan of the global stage whose like we'll probably never see in our lifetimes again. these sort of men only only come around everyone hundred years or some i have memories when i met him during the time i was in south africa, particularly of his personal warmth and humor. i remember one joke he used to tell when a group of journalist west were gathered in his house and we were sitting talking to him before the interview and he joked about how when he was in jail and the antiapartheid protests started he was told by someone a lot of the kids in london when they were protesting believed that free was his first name because free nelson mandela was the postcard placard they were holding up. they didn't know anything about him at the time because he had
in been in jail a long time. he had a lovely twinkle, personal charm, very difficult to see unless you were up close to him. jon: it is easy to remember him as a great man but it is maybe more difficult to recall that, you know, at the time, before he accomplished what he did ultimately becoming president of south africa, all of these results were far from a foregone conclusion. i mean there was no guaranty that any of this was going to happen. >> that's completely right, jon. africa correspondent i covered a lot of horrendous wars. i was in rwanda. i was in somalia, mozambique. these are all civil wars. they all had different causes but there was absolutely no reason why south africa wasn't going to go that way. i mean there was nothing inevitable about the way it came or turned out. and i think he's personal leadership, his personal skill, as a politician was really what did, what made the difference.
i mean during those years before he became president, when he was negotiating with the white government, he was having to juggle not only extreme whites who wanted to kill him, but moderate whites who wanted to negotiate with him and then on the anc side there were extreme blacks who wanted can carry on the armed struggle and moderate blacks. his party was driven with factions as well and it was only his own, what i think was the difference between the way south africa went and the way other countries went was his own personal leadership skills. jon: yeah and amazing that he developed those skills in the way he did because most politicians kind of learn a little bit at time on the job, you know, from dinners to elections to higher and higher offices. he spent much of his adult life in prison and yet when emerged from prison he was not a bitter, vengeful man. what can you tell us about his
thoughts on that? >> right. he spent years, 23 hours out of 24, staring at a blank wall. what kind of training does that give you? he was 71 when he came out of prison. most people, that, spending that long in prison would probably want to go and retire. so, and i think, perhaps one of the things that he learned at that time when he had all those hours to think was that he managed, even though he was extremely angry at the amount of years he had lost in prison at how many of his friends had been killed bit white government, i think he managed to separate his anger towards the regime and the system from his anger towards the white people. and i think that was a huge, defining difference to a lot of other african leaders and indeed a lot of guerrilla leaders in civil wars anywhere who just hate the opposition, right? you see that in syria today but he managed not to let that pull
him down but to just focus on changing the system and not hating the people. jon: tom carver covered the end of apartheid in south africa for the bcc. he talked to nelson mandela a couple of types. tom, thank you for sharing those thoughts. >> you're welcome. >> some new details emerging from the investigation into the tragic death of paul walker. police now making an arrest in what they say that these two men stole from the scene of the crash and how they found out about it. we'll get you up-to-date on that. also the white house says the obamacare website now works for most americans. why problems with the site can lead to a nasty surprise for some people who think they signed up for insurance. every day we're working to be an even better company - and to keep our commitments. and we've made a big commitment to america. bp supports nearly 250,000 jobs here. througall of our energy operations,
man they say stole part of the wrecked porsche in which paul walkser died. police say he and a friend stole a body panel off the car as it was being towed away. the suspect allegedly posted a picture of the piece on instagram. police helicopter rescuing a missing hiker who got lost in the san gabriel mountains outside of los angeles. she disappeared overnight after sending suicidal text messages to her ex-boyfriend. no word on her condition. some of the worst coastal flooding in decades forcing thousands from their homes in britain. the severe weather is being blamed or at least three deaths there. jenna: despite around the clock repair work on the obamacare website and claims from the obama administration the site is now working for a majority of americans, a nasty surprise may be in store for some of those americans trying to get insurance. turns out a long list of till unresolved problems means some people who thought they signed up for insurance may not actually be covered come
january 1st. joining me monica crowley, fox news contributor, to talk about the political impact of all of this. you know the website issue was very visible, right? you try to log on, you can't do it. this is a different type of problem. it is not as easily seen and it is delayed. so how big of an impact is it going to be if it does happen? >> when the website launched on october 1st there were two huge problems we knew about. i'm sure there were more problems we didn't know about but two big ones we knew about right away. the first was the front end, what the consumer saw. they couldn't even log on. there was a lot of frustration people said i would like to get into the exchanges, i can't even log on, i'm being timed out, i'm losing my information. they said they would fix that part of it which looks like by and large they have gotten some of that at least fixed but the other big problem here was the back end of this website was not even built and they're still working on it. and the problem here, jenna, that the back end is the cash register. the back end of this website is
where obamacare's robber meets the road. this is where you actually pay to enroll in these exchanges. if you don't have the back end of this website up and running where people can actually complete the transaction, you don't have a obamacare. jenna: is there a jump ball of blame on that? when and if it does happen because we don't know yet, the expectation would happen people show up to the doctor's office think they have insurance and realize they are not registered with that. is it the president's problem? is it a website technician problem? is it a consumer problem? is it an insurance company problem? how does it play out at that point? >> it is everybody's problem here but ultimately from the political standpoint it is president's problem. this is his signature piece of legislation. it has his name on it. it is obamacare. it will define his presidency one way or the other. ultimately the buck stops with him the problem we've seen a couple way as big catastrophes so far with people getting cancellations notices, up to six million people have insurance
canceled. second wave people can't get on to buy insurance. you will have a couple more waves of catastrophe coming. the second one is one you pointed out, come january 1st, people will think hey, i enrolled in obamacare, i'm covered. they will go to the doctor. god for bid something major happens to them. they will find they are not covered. jenna: it is interesting, the man that served for health and human services secretary for bush administration said this happened, people showed up to the pharmacy and thought they had coverage and they didn't. but it was very difficult and they fixed it. look at the plan. for the most part people are happy with it. is this the same thing? >> the problem here they have had 3 1/2 years to get this website up and running and going and communicating to consumers what they need to do. here the onus is on the consumer. the onus is on you then to follow-up, past the website to call these insurers, find out if you're actually covered and if not, follow through on your own. i'm not sure a lot of people know about that, that angle that the onus is on them. i think a lot of people signing
up for obamacare the government will take care of me, i have obamacare right now, i don't need to worry about it. that is actually not true. i'm not so sure people know that they have a responsibility as well. jenna: when you online shop, shoes show up at the front door. you don't have to follow through. >> always. jenna: insurance it will be a little different if we have to follow up as well. >> private sector versus government sector. that's right. jenna: monica, great to see you as always. >> with all the of troubles with health care in this country, here is one that might shock you, dozens of russian diplomats charged with scamming the system. medicaid fraud. how the feds say they did it for tens of thousands of dollars when our legal panel takes the case. the fbi released brand new information on a missing teenager. what investigators are saying about the disappearance of 15-year-old abigail hernandez in new hampshire. pp ÷ó
jenna: this is quite a story. a disturbing revelation involving russian diplomats and the u.s. health care system. u.s. prosecutors charged 49 russian diplomats and their families with medicaid fraud. the charges come at a tense time between the two countries. russia's deputy foreign minister is reportedly disappointed with us, disappointed that the united states did not discuss the charges through diplomatic channels. we should mention the fraud added up to about $1.5 million over the course of several years for these families. that is our taxpayer money that those families got. fred tecce, former federal prosecutor with us. arthur aidala, former prosecutor and defense attorney and fox news analyst. legally is there a recourse here and they're diplomats and they are protectd?
>> unfortunately they are not. government spent a bunch of money going after bunch of diplomats and jeopardized our relationship with russia. it is horrible thing they took million dollars worth of taxpayer money and why did the u.s. attorney's office and department of justice use all this money to prosecute these guys? the obama administration wasted millions of dollars advertising obamacare. it doesn't make any sense to me. jenna: why follow the charges if there is no way to follow through on them or is there? >> only legitimate reason to think of to get the fraud to stop. you can make it stop without presenting indictments to the grand jury and do all the other stuff. jenna: arthur, do you agree with that. >> i think preet bharara, the u.s. attorney is confronted, he get as case. probably has a crop tatetores. says this is what is going on. here is blatant fraud. here is blatant ripping off the taxpayers. it is very difficult for him to sit on that. however this is a total guess but before preet,a very powerful man in federal
government has this press conference he is checking in with washington. he is checking in with the attorney general and who i, you would think is checking in with the state department before you do something like this. so, but -- jenna: do you think it is political? >> it has to be political. jenna: let me give you a few more details because this is where the outrage really comes from. 1 1/2 million dollars from benefits from medicaid programs are supposed to go to our poor. no matter what state we're in we're all funneling into the medicaid program and apparently these folks what they did instead and take their money, spent it on, got their health services through this and spent other money, tens of thousands of dollars, on vacations jewelry, luxury goods from stores like jimmy chu, a store i'm familiar with, i do like shoes but i don't want to take our money and spend their money this way. it is outrageous. can we get the money back? can we get the 1 1/2 million
dollars back? >> no it is absolutely outrageous. at end of the day you can't do anything about it. you can't bring a civil or criminal case against them. you can do 0.0. when i was federal prosecutors. i handled extraditions i had to deal with the state department. arthur is 100% right. everything getting coordinated with the state department. but at end of the day they spent the money for nothing. >> they have to say something, fred, right? they are presented with the evidence, and can't let it disappear or otherwise he wouldn't be doing his job. >> i agree they have to do something. i'm not sure they have to say something. their job was to make this stop. that could have been done a lot differently. jenna: the double-standard, there are hundred of cases brought on medicaid fraud this year in the country. looking at one back in october, this private ambulance operator ripped off the government for years. she is going to be spending nine years behind bars. >> so where is the justice in that? did these people get a free trip back to russia?
jenna: let me ask you, arthur, this is difficult because you're an attorney, i think we all believe in the legal system but would there be a better way to handle this besides going through legal system here to get the money back or to try to even the playing field here in some way? >> i think what the russian diplomats are saying you could have come to us quietly. you could have brought this, if you have an indictment, brought the charges to us quietly without anyone knowing, hey, stroke as you check for million 1/2 bucks. how about two million bucks. we give you extra 500,000 for the cost of prosecution. that is technically what it is called, cost of prosecution. nobody needs to know and we won't be embarrassed. there is strong argument to be made that is the way to go. jenna: the way they did they went to the representatives in the you know and got false income letters and showed they deserved medicaid. and how that ended up happening i'm not sure on details. >> it was fraud. jenna: obviously. but the question is if they're doing it, fred, does that mean
we have to look at other countries too or other diplomats doing the same thing? >> the answer is yes. interestingly enough there is correlation between political corruption in other countries and efforts like this. convicting these guys are like shooting fish in a barrel. the facts are right there. i guaranty you these are not the only people doing this. jenna: there are other diplomats i'm sure going to jimmy chu. i hope they are not ripping off the government in any way. >> you don't want to cut in line. jenna: those are my choose. i -- shoes. i don't want them there. fred and arthur. thank you for having me. jon: depart them all. send edward snowden over here. jenna: look how easy he solved that. 15 seconds. jon: there you go. put me in the state department. a hiker spends the night in freezing temperatures and lives to tell the story. how she survived a fall down mount st. hello lens. >> >> plus martin bashir leaves msnbc after some deplorable
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disappearance. >> we believe that it was in fact written by abby and was sent to her mother. the other reason that we did not disclose this earlier is that this was the critical lead for law enforcement. it was one of the most tangible leads we had in this investigation and we wanted to take every step we could to follow through on that letter. >> interesting developments again. the letter arrived after the little girl went missing. we'll keep you posted as we hear more. jon: and right now a look at what is still to come this hour on "happening now." talk show host martin bashir leaves msnbc three weeks after making some very offensive comments about sarah palin on air. we'll look at the way the mainstream media are reacting. a dangerous winter storm takes aim at the nation's midsection. watches and warnings are in effect for millions of people. maria molina is here with an update. plus, remember that police officer who shot at a minivan
filled with children? the whole thing was caught on camera. find out what's happening to that officer now. jenna: new information now on a hiker who survived a terrifying tumble down the side of a volcano. the name of that hiker she is recovering from hip and back injuries after the fall. she was climbing mount st. helens in washington state when she strum belled and ended up stranded. she found a snow cave to shake shelter. her boyfriend went for help. a helicopter eventually airlifted her to safety. responders say the dangerous weather conditions made the rescue extremely difficult. >> a ice layer on the crest on the snow. up high it is just a thin ice over all the rocks. so there's no like, snow gives a little bit of traction a little fresh snow but there is nothing up there but the rocks. jon: well, msnbc talk show host
martin bashir resigning this week three weeks after some disgusting comments about former alaska governor sarah palin. he later apologized but the network itself never responded. palin reacted to his departure by saying, accept it and move on. apparently much of the mainstream media tag just that by not reporting on it at all. judith miller is pulitzer prize winning reporter and kirsten powers, columnist for "the daily beast." both are fox news contributors. judy, first of all, are you surprised he either tendered his resignation or more probably msnbc forced him out? >> i'm surprised, jon, that it took three weeks for it to happen. it should have happened almost immediately. i believe in free speech. i've made some sacrifices for it but i don't believe in vulgar speech. i think it is corrosive to democracy. i think what he said about sarah palin on the air was
unacceptable and it is just as unacceptable to the mainstream media did not cover it and pay attention even though it is one of the most poorly-rated show on msnbc. it was still outrageous. so the question is, where were the networks standards? you know, why, did it take three weeks and a vacation by him and apology on the air and people beginning to become outraged about it to finally get msnbc to either push him out or for him to resign? why did it take so long? jon: kirsten, if it had been a conservative commentator making those same statements about you know, nancy pelosi, for instance, it, there would have been a firestorm of media reaction, wouldn't there? >> oh absolutely. i think even if somebody on foxnews.com said something like that, it would be treated as, you know, almost front-page news by most of the media. this is an actual show on msnbc. however lowly rated it may be.
i suspect if he had higher ratings he probably wouldn't have lost his job. if you go back to keith olbermann said plenty of horrible and have disbar things about women all the time and never lost his job and was never really reprimanded as far as i know. >> is there a double-standard, kirsten, when it comes to media treatment of conservative political figures especially females versus liberals? >> yeah, there is much higher toleration of attacks on conservative women. i do think generally attacks on women are sort of tolerated more than other things but more than say racism. if somebody does something that is overtly racist there is no question or in the case of alec baldwin, you know he lost his job pause people were, said he made homophobic remarks there are certain lines you can't cross. but for some reason, misogynous comments or attacking women, particularly conservative women, seems to be fair game. jon: and, judy, you make a point of the fact, somebody must have applied some pressure behind the
scenes but essentially he was allowed to resign here. >> yes. he was allowed to resign. the letter itself that he wrote, his resignation letter suggests strongly that he was pushed out because he said he did this, wrote his letter after meeting with the president of msnbc. but you know, msnbc, in the double-standard department took mark halprin off the air for calling the president a name we can't repeat on our network and they took another commentator off the air after suggesting that the clintons were pimping out their daughter. so if you attacked a liberal, that was unacceptable but attacking sarah palin, that was fine. so i agree with kirsten on this one. there is definite double-standard. jon: kirsten, you and sarah palin probably don't share too many political philosophies. you did grow up in alaska i know. what do you think about the way she has handled it? >> she has handled it exactly
right way. she accepted the apology. been gracious about it. i think as she said she is probably become a little bit inured to these kinds of attacks because they're, have been so over the top and insane for so long. this one does seem to almost, i mean, this one may actually take the cake i think of all the attacks on sarah palin but i think she just, you know, she accepted the apology and said move on. >> all right. we are going to leave it there. thanks for joining us there today for this coverage of the, of media coverage i guess you could say. >> thank you. >> judy miller, kirsten powers. thank you both. >> thank you. jenna: stunning new developments in a story that truly shocked the entire country. remember this video of a cop shooting at a minivan full of small children and their mother? we have an update you want to hear about this. dangerous weather gripping parts of the country and delaying thousands of flights and making travel treacherous.
jon: brand new stories we're following for you next hour. a big shake-up in the democratic party. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren says she is bowing out of the race for president in 2016. obviously that clears the way for hillary clinton. find out more about that. and groundbreaking research. the massive earthquake in japan back in 2011 that triggered the deadly tsunami, scientists now believe they know more about what led to that quake. and another day, another controversy for the kardashians. why kim is now coming under fire for an auction that is supposed to benefit charity of the was she too stingy? coming up. jenna: update on a story that
sparked national outrage. new mexico state police officer who fired shots at a minivan filled with children and their mother during a traffic stop is now on paid leave pending an investigation into that shooting. the video from october shows the officer shooting at the van as the woman drove away from what was a chaotic traffic stop. another officer can be seen bashing a window with a nightstick. i believe you will see that shortly in this part of the video. the woman had been stopped by police for speeding and took off twice after arguing with an officer, and this is how the situation spiraled a little bit out of control. we'll keep you posted as we hear more. jon: now a very chilly fox weather alert. an icy blast bearing down on parts of the u.s. winter storm and ice warnings up for parts of texas, oklahoma, arkansas, mississippi, missouri, illinois and indiana. also dangerous windchill advisories are posted across the planes and plains and midwest,
making it feel like 30 degrees below zero in some spots. meteorologist maria molina is live with us in our studio. man, it is bad out there. >> it is a mess. jenna was mentioning how she thought it was so mild. jenna: i did. it was like fall last night in december. a little bit colder, right, maria? >> we'll see if you say that on sunday when we won't make it out of the 30s. >> all right. >> this is all associated with the same storm system that is producing a big mess across sections of texas and oklahoma and arkansas. some areas out there actually already reported more than half of inch of ice accumulation. that is extremely dangerous. reports of power outages as well as over a thousand flights canceled due to the storm system. we still have freezing rain coming down. that shaded in pink stretching across parts of the texas, tennessee an even spreading across parts of ohio right now. temperatures are hovering right around the freezing mark. that is why we have the rain colling down and refreezing on
contact when it touches the ground. otherwise we have winter storm warnings from texas through parts of pennsylvania. a very widespread area. ice storm warnings in effect in arkansas, western parts of mississippi, out of all places into parts of western tennessee. expect a lot of accumulation out there with ice. temperatures very cold. some of your current wind chill temperatures, earlier this morning we saw some as cold as 40 degrees below zero. still very dangerous across minnesota, parts of dakotas, parts of montana. because of that we have windchill advisories and warnings in effect. you're looking at risk of frostbite at this point if you don't bundle up to head outdoors. believe it or not, jenna, and jon, we have a brand new storm impacting the west this weekend and saturday, on sunday, we could look as much of two feet of snow across california and foot of snow across parts of rockies. that storm is headed east and produce more freezing rain into
same area, texas, arkansas. jon: it is not officially winter yet, right. >> it is not officially winter but it is around the corner. >> maria molina thank you. >> thank you. jenna: for a story we've been following last several days on "happening now," a story of big tips a restaurant server work very hard. they usually don't make a lot of money and rely on tips. imagine getting a 5,000-dollars tip if you're part of that situation? is that father jonathan? i saw you in the shot there. see you, father jonathan. jon: come out. >> gift for jesus. father jonathan gives his opinion to us next.
south africa to pay respects to the memory of nelson mandela. he of course died yesterday at the age of 95. the funeral is scheduled for december 15th and the obamas will be attending. >> one of the things that we talked about a lot with nelson mandela is paying it forward. that ties into the next story more than spreading holiday cheer. growing movement, tips for jesus, surprising restaurants and bar servers with tips in the hundreds sometimes thousands of dollars. this one for $5,000 for a $557 drink bill at a bar in michigan. the movement is gaining steam in response to a tip left by a pastor in st. louis, i give god 10%, why should i give you 18? apparently people think that was message for jesus. tips for jesus is doing opposite for that. we have to talk about jesus with somebody who knows bit. father jonathan morris, fox news
religion contributor. just in general, what is your gut reaction. >> you shouldn't have $557 worth of drinks otherwise, very skeptical. you know what? i think reaction against this pastor, we don't even need to say his name, who said, i give 10% to god, why do i have to give you 18%, that is not a very kind thing. maybe he had a bad day who knows, right? jenna: sure. >> the reaction is a very good one, it is a very good, kind, holy christian thing to do to actually decide i will give more than i have to, more than i'm requested of or what the social norms would tell me to do. doesn't have to be every time but i think it's a very good positive thing. i love to see people doing it. jenna: brings a good question at end of the year, when you look at chairman giving and wonder how you may donate. >> yeah. jenna: 10% mark that is out there and been there for a long time. >> right. jenna: how far above to go? are you still in good graces if you can't do the 10%?
not everybody will be able to sit down and, they would love to tip somebody good but $5,000 is such, not many people can do that. >> i'm grateful that the government promotes giving by giving tax breaks and things but of course there is incentive there. what is so beautiful about this and shocking is that, first of all they didn't have to do it. secondly these are anonymous, this tips for jesus is anonymous on one hand. secondly, they're not getting any breaks for it. there is no tax-exempt status when you're giving to a waiter or waitress. so i think it is beautiful. another thing i think is very interesting is that, in the time of christmas giving and new year's, sometimes we can do just what we feel good about ourselves but when you see this type of giving, you say, it is not just about me feeling good but for the sake of the other person. that takes it to whole new level. jenna: one wonders if the credit card companies accept signature, tips for jesus. >> maybe jesus will pay the bill
too, right. jenna: "huffington post" described as a mission to show the world what christian generosity is supposed to look like s that true, christian generosity at work. >> the fact somebody out doesn't do it doesn't mean it will be a good christian. in new york, on streets, beggar will come up asking money. i'm wearing a collar and feel terrible saying no, what type of priest are you? you have to make decision, what is best use of my resources and how will i take care of the poor. sometimes not giving out two bucks because someone asking. deciding take care of poor most effective way according to how we're inspired to do it. this is one way and i think we should congratulate and highlight it. jenna: good reminder for the season. it was nice to take a pause. you're a good tipper. >> generally. jenna: if you get good service. father jonathan. thanks for coming in. appreciate it. jon? jon: but he doesn't rack up
jenna: right now people in south africa and around the world celebrating the remarkable life and mourning the death of former president, anti-apartheid leading and nobel laureate, nelson mandela. this coming sunday, south south africans will spend a week of mourning, his body will lie on state beginning on wednesday at government buildings. he will be laid to rest december 15th, that's near his rural childhood home where that's going to be happening. flags lowered to half staff across that country right now as people remember mandela with tears and prayers, flowers. nelson mandela could have been bitter, of course, considering his experiences spending 27
years in prison under some of the worst conditions imaginable. but upon his release, instead of revenge he sought reconciliation, and some argue that e really changed the course of history not only for his country, but really the course of history for the world. guiding south africa to democracy, becoming his country's first elected black president and forcing a legacy of forgiveness and unity inspiring leaders then and now. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that my of us will share -- any of us will share time with on earth. >> it's extremely tragic news. we're just refinded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man he was. >> his courage was undeniable, and his loyalty to all people, all the people of south africa was redeeming not just for him,
but for south africa. >> tonight one of the brightest lights of our world has gone out. nelson mandela was not just a here reof our -- hero of our time, but a hero of all time. >> today a new low. lots of pain. one can find solace in the fact that he accomplished the mission of using his mind, body and suffering to end the racist political apartheid system. jenna: a smarterring of some of the comments -- smattering of some of the comments we've heard over the last 24 hours. themson mandela dead at the age of 95. we're going to have a live report in just a moment, also naacp's president joins us with the incredible story of his relationship with nelson mandela. we'll have that moments from now. and we have big developments on our top story today and
breaking news. jon: there's new information on the race for the white house in 2016: the announcement from massachusetts senator elizabeth warren. what it could mean for hillary clinton and the democratic party. plus, president obama interviewed by msnbc's chris @atthews, was it hardball? we'll have reaction. and we are tracking a dangerous storm moving across the country, layers layers of ice and snow causing all kinds of trouble, and it's all "happening now." ♪ ♪ jon: well, "happening now," new reaction in the big announcement in the race for the white house in 2016. i'm jon scott, a brand new hour coming up. jenna: hi, everybody, great to see you on this friday, i'm jenna lee, and right now we're watching a little bit of political fallout. massachusetts senator elizabeth not going to be seekinghat she's president in 2016.
there was a lot of speculation that maybe she might go for it as a populist alternative to the more centrist hillary clinton who is currently leading every democratic poll of potential contenders for nomination. we know warren is out for now, but the battle between liberals and accept trysts is far from -- centrists is far from over, and an interesting look at the democratic party as we edge closer to that big competition. our chief political correspondent, carl cameron, is live from washington with more on this story. >> yes, elizabeth warren has said she pledged to fill out her term, but that's a pledge that has about a 24-hour price the tood to it -- tattooed to it, so don't think she's out entirely. president obama supported a bailout for wall street, most of the bush era tax cuts were left intact, and instead of universal health care, they got obamacare. mr. obama's not running for office, a whole new feisty brand of populism is sweeping the party. firebrands like warren along
with new york city's new mayor, bill de blasio, are some of the darlings. centrists from the think tank third way warned against moving to the extreme left in a scathing "wall street journal" op-ed that said, quote: >> r eporter: former president bill clinton deliberately picked fights with far-left liberals to cast himself and the party as more mainstream. both parties face this. listen to a warning for his own party, democrats, from indiana u.s. senator even bye. >> i do think you're going to see a more activist, liberal wig of the democratic party, and you may see them playing the same role in democratic primary contests that the tea party has played on the republican side where you have anti-establishment, more
ideologically pure, for lack of a better word, candidates running which then lead to less electable nominees. >> reporter: so centrists are warning the liberal progressives to be careful, and they're firing back today ought to just shut up. the gop's been wrestling with a lot of this sort of thing, and now on the eve of 2014, another midterm, it's clear democrats are going to be facing the same sort of attention and tension with their extreme left. jenna: interesting story, carl. we have more on it now, thank you. jon: let's talk about this growing rift within the democratic party, at least on paper in the editorial pages, andrea tan tear ross and david mercer, former democratic national deputy finance director. david, is it a rift, first of all? >> i don't believe it is, and you can see from the recent election in virginia where democrats, um, have now -- now have the governor-elect, terry mcauliffe. you had a united front of
democrats. you had the obamas, you had the clintons, and many democrats in there going to make sure we won. and with 22 governors' seats up next year that republicans have to defend, i think we're going to see more terry mcauliffes coming into office and whittling town the majority that they now hold -- down the majority that they now hold among republicans in governors' mansions. jon: you also had the republican closing that gap pretty substantially in the last few days, and some folks say if that election had been held a couple of weeks later, it might have been different. anyway, andrea, the republican party is often described as being beset by this schism between tea party members and other more long-term, longtime, more traditional maybe republicans. what do you think about what's happening apparently in the democratic party right now? >> sure. it's on both sides of the aisle. david's not being intellectually honest. the right has their far right, and the left has their far left.
democrats have done a pretty good job of keeping their intra-party fighting out of the headlines until recently, and i think if you look at the latest polling, democrats are really frustrated -- particularly young people -- with the president. and this has been brewing for a long time. they're upset that president obama never closed gitmo, never got the public option, they're upset about the nsa spying. but the key element of president obama's base, young people, are starting to break. so you're starting to see this rift between democrats, and it's also being fueled, i think, by the clinton people who are telling the far left elements, behave. get in line and don't cause us any problems because we already have enough headaches with obamacare and trying to hold on to the senate, don't create more. and that's what you saw with that smackdown editorial in the "wall street journal." jon: the third way group is arguing for a more centrist position, you know, among democrats in washington. right now you've got the most
liberal president, arguely, since -- arguably, since fkr or maybe -- fdr. >> and i don't think that they are disappointed, and they saw that to the point where he was reelected to a second term and only the second democrat since franklin delano roosevelt to be reelected along with former president clinton. and with regard to angela -- andrea's point about whether we have disagreements in the party, absolutely have disagreements. the point i'd like to make, though, to both of you is that our disagreements don't get in the way of winning elections as it has gotten in the way of republicans of note, most recently with the virginia governor's race and will in the future. and secondly, when it comes to governance, we see this congress being the least productive since world war ii, and that's because of the divisions in the republican caucus and the divisions in the senate with now minority leader mcconnell and
jim demint now at the heritage foundation where they're undercutting each other to the point where they're threatening each other's electoral benefits come next year in the midterm elections. jon: andrea, i'll let you take that on with some final thoughts. >> you know, the real problem is when you have democrats fighting so many issues right now, they have a sinking popularity among their leader, president obama, they're defending a lot of senate seats this coming election, obamacare is causing them real heart burn, they're going to have a rob when it comes -- a problem when it comes to turnout and a base that's not enthusiastic. that duds affect a -- that does affect a party. so these are very real issues. now, both sides have the beauty of this: you can stiff your base because at the end of the day they have nowhere else to go. the question is, will they go to the polls and support the candidates, or will they stay home in and i think when you look to 2014, democrats have a lot of work to do right now with their popularity numbers and their policies, they're just not
popular. obamacare's the driver of that. >> and that was projected last year with turnout being low among democrats, and you had african-americans -- >> obamacare wasn't relevant then, david. david -- >> obamacare was the. [inaudible conversations] jon: jenna's going to kill me, so i have to leave it there. david, andrea, thank you both. jenna: i'm glad i instill fear on you, jon. jon: you do. [laughter] jenna: it's my turn. we do actually have to run because we have a couple great segments coming up including some new findings there was something in japan that intensified a devastating earthquake and tsunami back in 2011. what we're learning now about this disaster. plus, of course, we have new jobs numbers out today. wall street seems to like them. there's a lot going on in the market today, but we'll take a look at that. and, of course, remembering an icon. millions paying tribute right now to nelson mandela. [ sniffles, coughs ] shhhh!
jon: interesting new information now on japan's devastating 2011 earthquake that caused a deadly tsunami and sparked the meltdown of fukushima's nuclear plant. researchers' findings show that a thin layer of clay intensified the quake. the clay acted like a lubricant of sorts, graphite, if you can think of it that way, causing the tectonic plates to shift faster and travel further than in most quakes. the research shedding more light on the 2011 catastrophe that claimed tens of thousands of victims in hopes they can warn and perhaps decrease the effects of these natural disasters in the future. ♪ ♪ jenna: well, "happening now," flags at half staff across south africa and here in the united states and around the world right now. the white house announcing that
the president and mrs. obama will travel to south africa next week as millions will pay tribute to the anti-apartheid leader, knell soften mandela. -- in nelson mandela. a mixture of sorrow and also celebration as people remember the man many refer to as the father of their country with prayers and tears and songs. my next guest had a personal connection to the former south african president, he hosted mandela when he came to the united states to attend the inauguration of president bill clinton back in 1993. there's a picture of them there, and the be relationship really developed over many years, and the congressman is with us now with his thoughts and reflections today. it's great to have you on the program, congressman. we do have some pictures, as we mentioned, of your time with nelson mandela, but i understand that your relationship started so many years before the bill clinton inauguration. can you tell our viewers a little bit about how you became friends with nelson mandela? >> well, thank you, and thanks for the opportunity to be here. i found out about mr. mandela
when i was a student. i got involved with the free south africa movement and did that if many -- finish many years. while in the city council, i led protests every christmas eve to draw attention to his plight and the plight of south africa, and he wrote me a letter, ironically, in 1982 or '83 in which he simply said i've heard about what you are doing, thank you very much, and then in big letters he wrote: do not give up. which, for me, that was something ironic because that was something i should have been saying to him. we didn't meet until i got elected to the congress and he got his freedom, and he came here to the united states, and we spent an awful lot of time together and developed a great relationship. he always treated me like a son, and i always revered him as a father. he came back again for me as a guest for president clinton's inauguration, spent a lot of time in this country going around, and then i had an opportunity with congressman john lewis to visit him at his
home on two occasions and to go back for his own inauguration. jenna: just curious, where is that letter now, the one he wrote you so many years ago? >> it's home in a very safe place. jenna: i imagine, that's somethiig to treasure and keep close. you said just now that he always treated you like a son, and you admired him as a father. can you just tell us a little bit about why you felt that way and what it was like to be able to interact with him on such a personal basis? >> well, we just had a natural kind of kinship, and he was adamant about me calling him by his tribal name. he would not let me call him mr. mandela. and i was pretty much humbled by the fact that i never expected, first of all, as a student leader leading protests to ever meet nelson mandela, but to get a chance to develop a relationship with him and to get to know him as i did was very, very special. i'm always humbled by it. i mean, obviously, the world has lost a great leader who has
exited from the stage of life, but one of the things that struck me most about him is the simple eloquence of his example which inspired presidents and popes and the common people to all believe that good would always triumph over evil. and so it is a personal loss that a lot of us feel. we all kind of knew that you don't live forever, but it is the letting go, jenna, that is difficult for a lot of us, and i think it's easier when we understand that we lived during the era of nelson mandela. we knew of what he was doing. we watch him go, as the president said, from prisoner to president. and most of all, he never lost touch with the common people. jenna: you know, it's moments like these on the news that you do really recognize the limits of words, because it's very difficult to choose the right words to signify in this moment. and i'm just curious, we're going to have of to finish up here, but i'd love your taughts on this. you've had an incredible career of service as well to your
country, and i'm curious how he impacted you and inspired you in your service and how best you think we can honor his memory for those of us who never got the chance to meet him. >> well, he always taught people never think more of yourself than what you are. he always thought that humility was the greatest credential that anybody could have, and he had an unceasing belief that people -- black, white, latino, whatever -- could live together, work together and govern together. but most of all, what i got from him was those simple words that he wrote many years ago: do not give up. and that kind of propelled me from that point on and for many, many years later to do and to believe and to fight for what i thought was right. jenna: i think anyone listening to you today gets that feeling as well. congressman, it's great to have you on the program. i hope we have you back, and we really appreciate your time today. >> thank you, jenna. i appreciate it. jon: one of the other big stories of the day, that massive storm thundering across the u.s.
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jon: well, they're calling today ice friday and for good reason. with arctic air blasting the center of the u.s. bringing subzero temps to the north, in oklahoma freezing rain prompting officials to postpone high school state football championship games across that football-crazy state. and frigid conditions sweeping across north texas as the heavy weight of sleet and freezing rain caused a carport in plano
to collapse. the worst ice storm to hit the country in four years, we're bringing live fox team coverage of the storm. check out this from casey teague l, he's in the thick of it from texas. rick reichmuth also with us as well. let's go to casey first. >> reporter: yeah, thanks for coming to me first so i don't have to stand out in the cold so far. we're not used to this weather here in texas. this is what people are digging out from. this is ice. it is what we're dealing with -- this is what we're dealing with around the dallas for the worth area -- fort worth area. take a look at this tree here. of you can see how the freezing rain has just really accumulated on the tree. so, obviously, that ice gets very, very heavy, and then this is what can happen. you can see it was so heavy, in fact, the weight of thec"x ice split this tree, and it is now on this person's house. this area is without power. in fact, nearly 250,000 people
across the dallas/fort worth area without power right now, and you can see why once the ice accumulates on the trees i just showed you, it started -- starts to happening down on the power lines, and ininstances where the trees snap, the lines go down with it. take a look at pictures north of here in oklahoma. oklahoma city, more of a snow event up there. a fair amount of accumulation around the oklahoma city area, norman, oklahoma, enough to cause some major traffic problems. cars in ditches. again, just digging out this morning. the folks around this part of the country we're used to those warm temperatures, and you have limited snow removal equipment in a lot of these areas. so the thing to remember here is that temperatures are below freezing now. i'm in richardson which is a northern suburb of dallas, temps below freezing, and they're going to remain there for much of the weekend.
so a lot of the stuff that has fallen in the oversight hours is going to -- overnight hours is going to remain. a perfect weekend to sit inside by the fire if you can and, you know, have your hot cocoa. jon, if you can believe this, it was about 80 degrees here in dallas two days ago. it's warmer in anchorage, alaska, right now than it is where i'm standing. can you believe that? jon: unbelievable. and the fact that a lot of those people don't have power in this kind of weather, that's going to make it pretty, well, nasty and maybe even dangerous to stay home. >> reporter: yeah, you know, they are making progress. it's a slow, but sure thing. jon: yeah. casey, thank you. jenna: take a look at that. extreme weather advisories remain across the midwest. meteorologist rick reichmuth is live in the fox extreme weather center which is very fitting, the fame, today with the extremity of the cold. rick? >> reporter: yeah, you said it. the extreme part of when you look at these things like
glasgow, montana, wind chill right now of -30. you've been in that -25-minnesota 40 range. but it feels like -16 in omaha, and you go farther south from that throughout texas, those tens are not going to really warm up out of the 20s and 30s all the way through the next four or five days. it's out across parts of california where we have very low temperatures bringing freezing concerns to the salad bowl of america. so big problems there for the agricultural areas. your saturday high temperatures, till cold, 29 for a high tomorrow in dallas, so that ice that's there doesn't melt, and you can't really shovel it out. you have to put something on it to melt it. you get up to 39 on sunday, monday back down to 35. so this cold air, jenna, it's here, and it's staying for a bit. we're not getting kind of a big break from this afterwards.
and you see these temperatures in cincinnati, louisville and little rock, temperatures below freezing, but the precipitation falls as rain, hits the surface and freezes on contact just like an ice cube. we're going to continue to see this icing for about the next 12 hours across parts of arkansas, in towards western tennessee, western kentucky, and then we are going to watch another storm. this one moves out of here, we clear out a lit built, but go to -- little bit, but go to sunday morning, the next storm we'll see some more icing again, i think, by the time we get towards sunday and big snow across the plains. so a second system reinforcing the cold air bringing more snow and more ice to a lot of the same seem. jenna: the big coats are here to stay, at least for a little while. rick, thank you. jon: well, president obama venturing into friendly territory, you might say, for a sit-down with msnbc's chris matthews. was there a tingle up the leg? what the president said about his management style and the
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released just hours ago with the u.s. unemployment rate falling to a fife-year low of 7%. that's going to be all over the front page of your morning paper tomorrow. employers added 203,000 jobs, but today's report is also very important for a few other reasons. it gives us some sort of implication or potentially indication of what's going to ap with the federal reserve and their -- happen with the federal reserve and their decisions in the year to come. lauren simonetti joins us now. >> this is key, it's the last jobs report of the year before the last fed meeting of the year, so we're getting a lot more information. the economy is getting stronger, and finally wall street thinks good news is really actually for real good news. the jobs report shows the economy adding more jobs, 203,000 of them, jenna, like you said, more than 180,000 expected. the bulk of those jobs were in transportation, health care, manufacturing, so jobs that pay more. and the unemployment rate dropped sharply from 7.3% in october to 7% last month and,
yes, that was a five-year low. now, the main reason we've had some furloughed federal workers return to their job after the government shutdown, and here's another positive for you, workers not only got more hours last month, but they were paid more too, and eventually that could be good news for retailers. the translation? on wall street, rally. the jobs data is further proof that the economy is recovering enough for the fed to begin scaling back its monetary stimulus program. that so-called taper, it could happen this month at the december 18th fed meeting or perhaps just before march, and as you can see from the markets' reaction today with the dow up over 150 points, investors are beginning to finally embrace the taper rather than fear it. a measure of fear in the market is actually down today bigtime by 7%. even interest rate sensitive stocks like the home builders and utilities, they're up today. but despite this good news, stocks are going to have trouble ending the week in the plus column, the dow and the s&p 500
will likely snap what was an eight week winning streak, so we have to wait to see for the closing bell, but it's been a great year for stocks, and maybe we'll start to see the santa claus rally. jenna: we'll knock on wood. >> we're going to have to find some. you can knock on glass. [laughter] jenna: lauren, thank you. jon: we are getting new reaction now to president obama's interview with msnbc's chris matthews. it was taped yesterday at american university. they discussed a wide range of issues including the president's management style and whether that had anything to do with the obamacare web site problems. listen. >> when secretary sebelius appeared in that hearing and she was asked by marsha blackburn who's in charge, it took a while for her to answer, and she finally got to chief operating officer of cms, the center for medicaid and medicare, and it didn't seem like there was a strong top-down authority system there you. did you have, do you have -- let's look forward here. do you have a relationship with your cabinet that you have a system of cracking the whip,
that they follow through, they execute as you envision they should? >> generally speaking, my theory has been, number one, that, yes, i've got a strong chief of staff, but i'm holding every cabinet member accountable, and i want to have strong interactions with them directly. number two is i have an open door policy where i want people to be bringing me bad news on time so that we can fix things. jon: let's bring in now fox news media analyst howard kurtz. chris matthews calls his show "hardball." you say this is not a ardball interview. >> well, jon, i expected a sympathetic and friendly interview from a guy who used to work for temperature tip to kneel and jim hawaii carter, but i thought matthews would sprinkle in a few tough-sounding questions just to cover himself journalistically. the one you plays is the hardest question he asked. instead, the host wasn't even throwing softballs, he was
playing whiffle ball by serving up these very vague, supportive questions to the president and then giving him all kinds of time to give these long, three-part answers. you know, everybody else he interrupts every two seconds. this guy he -- in this instance it was not the case. jon: i want to put on screen for our viewers something that "the politico" web site had up today. they took a look. after you heard the president say, you know, i have an open door policy with my cabinet in response specifically, politico mentioned this, a new government accountability institute analysis finds that from july 12th, 2010, to november 30th, 2013, the president's public schedule records zero one-on-one meetings between president obama equally shocking, over the same period the president's calendar lists 277 private meetings with his other secretaries. so apparently he's not even
meeting with the woman who is in charge of overseeing what he himself has called his legacy program. >> but pressing the president on that kind of answer even if he didn't have those particular facts and figures at his fingertips would have required follow ups and chris basically just kind of served it up and let the president run with the ball. to me, the low point was when matthews played a clip of jfk and ten asked the president how do we get back to having the cstled, i guess, of the 1960s that we can solve our manmade questions. you wouldn't get the impression from this interview, which went op for about 45 years, that the president was having a tough year, was down in the polls. there was none of that. jon: he also talks about what a compromiser he is, the president, and he used this example to set it up. let me play that for you now. io say that i have always been prepared to not only negotiate,
but to go ahead and push forward on principled compromises. in fact, sometimes on your station, msnbc, i've been blasted for being too willing to compromise. so the problem is not, generally speaking, on the democratic side. jon: that's as if to say if you get criticized by msnbc as a compromiser, you must be really bending over backwards. >> well, the president is right, he has gotten flak from the left on msnbc when he's tried, often unsuccessfully, to reach compromise with the republicans. i thought matthews tried when he said thank you for coming, mr. president, the people who watch my show, most of them are your loyalists, they appreciate it. chris matthews was playing to his base, and having made a strategic decision, he was just not going to press the president of the united states very hard in this sit-down. jon: well, if any of our viewers
saw it, i guess they can make their own decision as to whether it was "hardball" or not. howard kurtz, thank you. be sure to catch howard the weekend hosting media buzz, sunday 11 a.m. eastern and again at 5 p.m. eastern. howard, thank you. jenna: well, some shocking revelations about the lead-up to the disastrous obamacare rollout. new documents reveal what the administration knew when about a key failure. we'll share that with you coming up. plus, scientists launching a massive study to save an endangered species and the environment. a live report next. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] this is george.
>> she's alisyn camarota. >> he's bill hemmer. >> yes, he is. we will see you in about 15 minutes. some of the best political minds in america on why so many americans don't believe the problems with obamacare will be solved not by the end of this year, but by 2014. so we'll have a look at that coming up. >> of course, more remembrances of nelson mandela, and so many of you have expressed concern that we are cramped in this studio. today's our last day in this studio, so really enjoy it. soak it up for the next hour. >> we are going to be, um, free from the broom closet very soon. [laughter] >> well said. >> yes. see you in 14 minutes. >> top of the hour. ♪ ♪ jenna: sea otters are a good barometer of the environment, and that's why scientists in california are launching a
massive study trying to figure out why some environments are better for the otters than others. claudia cowan is live in sausalito on the northern california coast right near san francisco with more on this story. claudia? >> reporter: hi, jenna. well, you're right, california's iconic sea otters are on the move not just up and down the pacific coast, but many are moving inland as well, and one group in paaticular is thriving in a rather unique place. to live yous to their whiskered charm, ant 900 furry finish 100 furry sea otters are captivating scientists who want to know why they've taken up residence here in the shadow of a massive power plant north of monterey twenty of these otters were recently captured, tagged -- >> this is a radio, it's a semipermanent identification tag. >> okay. >> and released as part of a three-year study to learn more about sea otter migration.
>> as they expand north and south along the coast of california, they're going to encounter other wetlands like this one, and we'd like to really understand how they function in this sort of a habitat. >> reporter: function and thrive amidst traffic and boat, noise and pollution. >> all the wetlands in california have been impacted by humans in one way or another, and what we want to understand is how those sort of human impacts are affecting sea otters and other species that inhabit these reserves and that are important for the functioning of these wetlands. >> reporter: and now for the first time an otter cam will provide otter lovers worldwide the chance to view them in the sheltered channels of their home. just visit seaott tokers.org/otter cam. once hunted to the brink of extinction for their luxurious fur be, california sea otters are making a slow but steady comeback, about 3,000 were counted in the most recent survey, and, jenna, this new study will help insure that this species continues to recover. back to you. jenna: and how's it going in the
san francisco bay? >> reporter: well, no sea otters spotted in the bay right now. the last one i think was spotted near fisherman's wharf about five years ago, but otters are moving up and down the pacific coast and have been seen near stintson beach, but scientists believe ventually the sea otters could be moving here to san francisco bay which is another reason they are so excited about conducting this study. jenna: it'll be fun to watch them on that otter cam. who knew? claudia, thank you very much. >> reporter: right. jon: you know, shoveling snow is not much fun. all those folks slammed by sleet and snow today could use this. it's an advancement on the snowblower. jenna: wow, look at at that. jon: snow clearing for couch poe todays, how it works and who came up with it. also, kim kardashian sets up a charity auction for victims of the philippine typhoon.
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♪ ♪ jenna: well, kim kardashian facing a lot of harsh criticism today after she set up a charity auction on ebay to help victims of the tie upon the toon in the philippines last month. a very small portion of the proceeds she brings in will actually go to victim. julie banderas is here now with the fox 411. >> you know, most celebrities often get attention for their generous donations, right?
kim kardashian is being criticized for not being generous enough. the charity auction was held through ebay giving work withs, kim publicized it on her web site which reads in part: >> r eporter: kim did not, however, specify what percentage of the proceeds would be given directly to help, and that's why she's once again in the center of a controversy, because apparently a portion mention 10% is actually going to relief efforts. one crisis communications expert who spoke with fox411.com says, quote, when you say something's for charity, the assumption is much more than 10% goes to charity adding it is wrong to mislead the public. of course, many on twitter are reacting, some calling kim's selfish. kim's pr camp maintains
something is better than nothing and 10% is actually the usual number for her. we reached out for comment, but mean meantime, kim's rep says, quote: nobody has to give anything, and yet kim gives 10 of everything, and now she is being judged for i. we've reached out about kardashian's donation, for now all it's saying is, quote: the generous support of all our donors allows our first responders to rapidly deliver health services to affected families, alleviate suffering and restore hope in the commitments that need it -- communities that need it the most. she's actually doing big harm to herself because everybody's now criticizing. 10%'s nothing. jenna: i'm waiting for jon's comments. jon: you know, they are worth millions. she could do a little better than that. >> reporter: yeah, i think b an estimated value is somewhere around $40 million, and that doesn't include kanye's fortune. jenna: but to the point of the rest, she could do nothing. >> right. there are a lot of celebrities sitting back and not helping, so
she did try to do some good. maybe she was misguided, i'm not sure. jenna: you never know what actually happens behind the scenes. jon's looking doubtful, but i would expect nothing less. [laughter] jon: pull out the checkbook. [laughter] tributes are pouring in from around the world right now honoring the late anti-apartheid leader nelson mandela. keep it here throughout the day for continuing coverage. ♪ ♪ i have low testosterone. there, i said it.
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we have been talking to the enterprising students who put this thing together. looks like a very useful tool, four wheel drive. hoping to have them on the show next week. >> and north dakota's the place to do it. >> putting their university knowledge. >> we were talking with father jonathan, tips for jesus. apparently, tips for jesus struck again. $3500 tip in new york city last night. it was at the restaurant called the smiths on the upper west side. we want to point out, now, father jonathan works on upper west side. we're wondering if there's a
connect. >> not bad. that will spread the christmas joy. good for them. thank you for joining us. have yourself a great weekend. >> happy friday, everybody. >> yes, we are. thank you guys, very much. fox news alert as the world remembers a legend and an icon. south african's gathering at the johannesburg home of nelson mandela, the man who led the fight against apartheid, dying yesterday at the age of 95. >> welcome to hq. >> nelson mandela represented reconciliation and forgiveness. he changed the nation and course of history. here is south africa's president earlier today. >> the outpouring love that we've experienced locally and abroad was unprecedented. always love