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good morning, america. i'm robin roberts in new york. and i'm george stephanopoulos in afghanistan. it's monday, december 6th. and this morning, can we win? as the war here enters its tenth year, we have a new poll to reveal what afghans really think of the u.s. and our troops putting their lives on the line. we have an exclusive interview with the man in charge, general david petraeus. he answers the big question. what does it look like? that victory? >> well, it looks like an afghanistan that can secure and govern itself. also, the big chill. a deep freeze is set to bring record-low temperatures to florida from the dakotas all week. even miami could feel like 20 degrees with the wind. is it back to square one in the hollywood murder mystery? new questions about the man who took his life and whether he was really connected to the high-powered publicist.
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and here in afghanistan, a gift from home. we'll talk to some of the brave troops facing the holidays so far away from their families. and good morning, everyone. what a special moment with those troops and a big week for the u.s. war effort in afghanistan, george. >> it certainly is, robin, the troops are still buzzing about that surprise visit from president obama. they said it was a real boost in what has now become the longest war in u.s. history. when president obama spoke to the troops he said we will prevail. and all week long all of us at abc news are going to look at just that question, is this a war we can win? it already has been an expensive war. almost $250 billion spent. some 95,000 u.s. troops are still here.
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the war has claimed more than 1,400 lives. but that sacrifice has not brought unquestioned praise from the afghan people. in our new abc news poll it shows that fewer than half of the afghan people, 43%, have a good view of the united states. so i asked general petraeus whether that meant we're losing the hearts and minds of the afghan people. and whether we can finish the job by 2014. that is the president's goal and, robin, i have to tell you the general was very candid and quite sober. >> i'm looking forward to your conversation with the general, george. also, this morning, words that the white house and congressional delegates may be close to a deal. first, let's start with the news on the deep freeze stretching all the way from maine to florida set to take hold all week. sam is right outside our times square studio. good morning, sam. >> good morning, robin. this is the first arctic outbreak to make it this far south and stay this long so far this season. everybody gets arctic air. you get arctic air, and you get arctic air. as a matter of fact, this may be the first time florida has been this cold for this long ever.
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>> reporter: this morning 17 states from cedar rapids, iowa, to jacksonville, florida, are under a cold snap with some areas more than 20 degrees colder than normal. the temperature map tells the story. half the country unseasonably cold. tracy shelton is normally much warmer than this. >> it's freezing. i'm layered. i have on a sweater, a t-shirt, two shirts under that. >> reporter: here in atlanta, it's cold and getting colder. that is expected to last through the week. the wind chill, how it really feels, is 8 to 14 degrees, which is colder than many southerners can handle. >> all of this cold comes as much of the great lakes region is digging out from the season's first major snowstorm. buffalo still reeling from 15 to 40 inches of snow. and more is on the way this
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week. places like michigan, indiana, are under storm warnings through tuesday morning. and while this morning temperatures in the deep south will be in the 30s, and that sounds extreme, look at what tomorrow's temperatures are like when the cold air unlocks and heads south. the graphic will show you we're looking at temperatures in the 20s in north florida. and the windchills will be even colder than that. there you go. gainesville at 21 degrees. montgomery, alabama, at 21 degrees. this is tomorrow morning. remember, this and many locations will be very close to the single digits with the wind chills. we'll have all of america's weather and we'll explain where it comes from and how long it stay in just a minute. all right, now to washington where the white house and top republicans may be close to a deal on the bush tax cuts. jonathan karl is in washington for us. what are you hearing? what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, robin. well, not a done deal yet, but it's close. even as the senate over the weekend rejected democratic plans to extend just the middle class tax cuts, the white house has been working with the republicans up here on a compromise deal that would, for
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one, extend all the tax cuts, including those for the wealthy, for a period of at least two years. the deal would also extend unemployment insurance for about a year. at least a year, robin. now, democrats, the white house still trying to get some additional spending in this deal to benefit the middle class but this is very close. i expect it will be done by the middle of the week. >> the president doing a lot of talk with top republicans and democrats in congress on the hill. what do the democrats think about all this, jon? >> reporter: a good question. republicans have been working directly with the president. mitch mcconnell has had several conversations over the last few days with the vice president and with the president directly. the democrats have not been part of these discussions. they're not happy about it. they don't like this deal. and i am told that when it's finally done, robin, you can expect a number of democrats in the senate to vote no on it. >> we'll see what happens. jon karl in d.c. let's go back, now, to george in afghanistan. george? thanks, robin. we're here at the headquarters of the international security forces here in kabul,
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afghanistan. one of the goals, the goal of the united states forces here is to put the afghan government, the afghan military and the afghan people in a place where they can govern themselves and protect themselves so we can leave. but here's one of the big dilemmas, a kind of love-hate relationship with the afghan people. in our new poll it shows that more than six of ten people support the efforts here. but they also over the last year the number who blame the united states military for the violence here has doubled. i'm joined by martha raddatz. one of the reasons for that, since the surge was completed here in september, the operations have really ramped up? >> they truly have, george, and as you know, we've been traveling all over afghanistan, especially in the volatile east, and that portion of the country in particular is a long way from being a success story. this is some of the deadliest terrain in the world. unseen enemies hide in the remote mountains that divide afghanistan from pakistan. >> still a lot of bad guys.
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but they still regenerate here. >> reporter: major general john campbell has 30,000 soldiers trying to find them. campbell estimates his soldiers have killed or captured an astonishing 3,500 insurgents in the last 4 months, but says there are probably 7,000 or more still operating here. this is camp joyce. there are about 700 soldiers who live here. it's nestled right up against the pakistani border and comes under constant fire. it is 1 of some 140 combat bases here in the east. in a counterinsurgency strategy of clear, hold and build, some places here are still very much in the first phase. >> we continue to drop bombs. we continue to fight every single day. we're doing zero development in some of those districts. >> reporter: countrywide the number of air strikes is phenomenal.
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up an eye-popping 172% from this time last year, with more than 4,600 bombs and hellfire missiles launched. >> oh. >> reporter: but the taliban is fighting back hard. the soldiers see it every day. >> a lot of ambushes, things along those lines of indirect fire. >> reporter: 21-year-old megan devoy, just over five feet tall and barely 100 pounds has come under withering fire. >> we started taking fire from all angles. all you can do at that point is locate the enemy, do what you can and eliminate them. >> reporter: i think a lot of people are saying, wait, women are on the front lines? >> we are, ma'am. i love being able to say i can go out and fight for my country along with every man in the army. >> reporter: devoy's 22-year-old friend barbara, mother of an 11-month-old, is one who was killed in just the last few months. >> great, great soldier. she will be dearly missed.
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>> reporter: there will no doubt be many more who lose their lives in this fight. with the u.s. already committing to almost four more years. but there was not a soldier we talked to who did not think that the war was winnable. >> compared with iraq, we say, man, this is not one of them. in months later it completely turned. i think there's potential for that here. >> you know, george, even though they say this is winnable, they seem to adjust the war plan, as you know, all the time. >> and the president will receive a major review of the plans around december 13th. >> indeed. back to the poll. there is good news for the u.s. mission here. when you talk to the afghan people, a majority support their government. they hate the taliban and a majority also think the country is heading in the right direction. but support for the united states and our troops here has dropped significantly over the last year. so when i had that exclusive interview with general petraeus right here in the headquarters, that's where we began. does it worry you that it appears that we might be losing that battle for hearts and minds?
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>> well, we clearly have to continue to provide the message to the afghan people about why we're here and what it is that we want to do not just for our own national objectives and coalition objectives but also for the people of this country and for the government of afghanistan. to enable them, indeed, to secure and govern themselves. >> several news organizations received a letter today from the taliban. they claim to control over 50% of afghanistan. is that true? >> well, my response to them would be if you control so much of afghanistan, why are all your senior leaders outside the country? and never set foot inside the country? first of all, i would challenge that. we believe that we have arrested what the taliban has achieved in recent years in many areas of the country, not all, but that we have reversed it in some important areas, including right here in kabul. >> president obama recently said that fewer areas of afghanistan are under taliban control.
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but the pentagon's own report says that the insurgency's capabilities and operational reach have been qualitatively and geographically expanding. how do you square those things? >> well i think you square that report with the fact that i think the data cutoff was in september. >> so two months -- >> some of our most important operations have really shown their achievement literally in the recent months. if you look at the operations west of kandahar city, for example, in the jarwi and panjwaii areas, very important operations because this is actually mullah omar's home turf. that's where he was based when he ran the country essentially. that's where he was when the 9/11 attacks were hatched in this country. >> it seems where you put large number of u.s. forces you're able to provide some sort of security. but doesn't that just squeeze the taliban to other areas of the country? >> well, certainly in each operation you will kill or
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capture some. and then some others will be run off or wriggle out. and that is why you do have to continue to go after them. this is actually true of the overall fight against al qaeda and transnational extremists that as you put pressure on them in one location, they'll seek safe haven and sanctuaries in other areas. >> so how much of afghanistan does the taliban control today? >> well, it would be hard to say. general intelligence analysis that's emerging is that there have been gains over the past six months in particular. let's remember that we literally just got the last few brigades on the ground at the end of the summer. >> but don't they also find that the taliban is resilient? >> the taliban is resilient. if you kill their leaders, they can come up with other leaders, but they will not be as skilled. they won't have the same level of experience. this is why this takes a sustained, substantial commitment. >> let's talk about the time line for u.s. involvement here in afghanistan. i wanted to bring out a pretty
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remarkable passage from jonathan alter's book "the promise." you've probably seen it. he talks about an oval office meeting between you and the president, last november 29th, where the president reportedly says to you, david, tell me now. i want you to be honest with me. you can do this within 18 months? sir, i'm confident we can train and hand over to the afghan national army in that time frame. >> first, i'm not going to comment on what i think are probably third-hand accounts of conversations in the oval office. you have been in the oval office. and you know it's best not to relate what takes place there. >> did you think then it was possible to turn over controlled to the a.n.a. by 2011? >> what we all support, and this is the entire chain of command
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from general mcchrystal through me, admiral mullen, the secretary and so forth, is that it would be possible to begin the transition at a pace that is determined by -- >> what does that mean exactly? we've heard that phrase so many times, conditions on the ground. what would be the conditions that would allow for a significant withdrawal in july 2011? >> well, what allows transition to begin is the ability of afghan forces to take on tasks that until then we had performed. the truth is, we have already seen transition in some places in the country, george. again, kabul is the best example of that. i've stated on a number of occasions that as you think about winning in afghanistan, it's a bit different than, say, winning a world war ii or some conventional fight. this is not a case where you see the hill that you have to take. you take it, you plant the flag and you go home to a victory parade. this is a much more complex endeavor than that, and it requires a very comprehensive approach. >> what does it look like, that victory? >> well, it looks like an afghanistan that can secure and govern itself.
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and it's one that incrementally demonstrates the ability to do that not suddenly. between this summer of 2011 and the end of 2014, there will be, again, a series of transitions, starting most likely in districts, not in overall provinces. in september of 2005, i was asked by the secretary of defense to come through afghanistan and do an assessment. and i did. went back to the pentagon and reported to the secretary that i thought that afghanistan was going to be the longest campaign in what we then called the long war. >> and you're confident that the afghan government will be able to take over, the afghan army will be able to take over by 2014? >> i don't know that you say confident. i think no commander ever is going to come out and say i'm confident that we can do this. i think that you say you assess -- you believe this is, you know, a reasonable prospect and knowing how important it is
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that we have to do everything we can to increase the chances of that prospect. but, again, i don't think there are any sure things in this kind of endeavor and i wouldn't be honest with you and the viewers if i didn't convey that. >> boy, george, being quite honest and candid and in essence saying not quite sure about the afghan forces going forward. >> absolutely right, robin. you know, saw that in all my conversations here. a combination of encouragement of how things are going, particularly over the last couple of months since all the troops are here, but real concern over the long term. i spoke with another general who said this is ten times more complex than iraq. and another senior official who said that even if we hit these marks and can move the combat troops out by 2014, we still have a 10 to 15-year effort here in afghanistan. now, nobody expects any major changes after this december review that the president is going to be getting in just a couple of weeks. the next big hurdle, july 2011, that's when president obama said troops will start to come home,
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but no one yet knows how many troops he will be able to withdraw. robin? >> george, we'll be back to you in just a little bit, but let's go outside. sam has more on the weather. good morning, robin. the first words out of at least half the country's mouth will be "it's cold." let's show you why. down comes this arctic air. there is a retrograding. this is what we call it when it works backwards. area of low pressure that just grabs this arctic air and just shoves it down the east part of the country. all of that lake-effect snow and arctic blast into the deep south. take a look at the morning temperatures where it's coldest. chicagoland is in the single digits. it will stay in single digits tonight. places like minneapolis, this will be the first time they get below zero. yeah, it's cold there. we'll have all the nation's weather coming up in a moment.
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>> and, robin, i don't know if you can see it, but every now and then a little renegade
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snowflake will come by. that's lake-effect moisture that is making it all the way from the great lakes in this shove of cold air. >> we're seeing it up here. what did you say? renegade snowflakes. >> renegade snowflake, yes, ma'am. >> go away. all right, sam, thank you. you know what? it is going to be frigid in foxborough tonight where two of the nfl's top teams will square off in one of the biggest games. and the two quarterbacks in the spotlight may be the league's most photographed. john berman has been covering the buss buzz on the patriots tom brady and the jets' mark sanchez. hairstyles, superstars, justin bieber, obviously, we're talking about football. the patriots and the jets. it's one of the most contentious but certainly the most unusual monday night football matchup ever. are you ready for some pinups? are you ready for some fashion mags? are you ready for some curling irons? >> i don't care about my hair. >> reporter: are you ready for some football?
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yes, there will be a football game tonight, a big one between the patriots and the jets that will determine first place in the division and bragging rights for two teams that don't like each other one bit. >> these two teams hate each other. >> reporter: but there's more than a matchup of 9-2 teams here. you might say there's a matchup of perfect tens. patriots quarterback tom brady and the jets mark sanchez are decidedly not ugly. >> they both have done pretty well with their looks. >> reporter: brady, of course, is married to supermodel gisele bundchen. >> i never realized how similar that i am to tom brady. i mean the obvious physical appearance. he's married to a supermodel. hello, i'm also married to a supermodel. >> reporter: that's ryan's wife michelle. but these days tom brady's appearance is getting more attention than his wife's.
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>> seriously, bro? what's up with brady's hair? i own this look. >> reporter: yes, that was justin bieber. believe it or not, "the national enquirer" is reporting that brady's hair might be camouflage. they report he may be seeing a hair loss specialist. with three super bowl rings, brady can wear his hair however he wants. pigtails if he wants. yes, this is my own personal tom brady jersey. >> you do know you're in times square in new york city? >> this is the last time i'm going to be in times square in new york city, i fear. >> all right, there, john berman. and tonight, the game? >> on espn. coming up, back to square one in the hollywood murder mystery. why l.a. police are saying the man who took his own life may have had nothing to do with the murder of that publicist ronni chasen. the very latest from los angeles on that. and we're going back to george, a day in the life of the troops there in afghanistan. facing the holidays so far away from home. all of this coming up after your local news and weather. our
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>> welcome back. thanks for sticking around. the clouds still hanging around but live doppler 7 hd showing few radar returns, if any. a sprinkle possible in the morning but the heaviest of the wet weather is gone. let's talk temperatures. very mild this morning, mid to upper 50s most areas. upper 50s to near 60. a stray shower possible in the nort
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oh, wow. >> that is major john borg. we brought him a care package from home. he is going to have a tough christmas. he's been deployed before, but this will be his first christmas away from his familiar. good morning, america. i'm george stephanopoulos in afghanistan. >> and i'm robin roberts in new york. george, you spoke to general petraeus. how are the troops doing, especially as we approach the holidays? >> well, you know, they've got the whole air base decorated with christmas decorations. they're keeping a little piece of the holidays while they're working hard. as i said earlier they were really excited about that visit from president obama this week. it was important for him to come over the holiday.
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were were there very early this morning in afghanistan. every big screen had on the ravens/steelers game. >> we saw the steelers pull it out. also coming up, halle berry is going to be here with us talking about her personal fight to make her new film. and new details also ahead in princess diana's role in kate and william's big day. and mike von fremd has the latest. . >> good morning, robin. after doing interviews, ballistics tests and using common sense, beverly hills investigators now say harold martin smith who took his on life may have no connection to the murder of publicist ronni chasen. >> reporter: it was a tip called into the tv show "america's most-wanted" that alerted police
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that he killed ronni chasen. he ended up kills himself. >> lot of times you have false leads running down tips from the public. >> reporter: investigators have impurities and text messages and a massive amount of work. the hollywood reporter says investigators you nor reviewing surveillance camera video that shows the moment chasen crashed her mercedes. investigators are also reviewing video of a black lincoln town car that drove by minutes after the crash and chose not to stop. as curiosity intensifies, more of chasen's close friends want america to understand she was not a woman born into privilege. she often opted to get her hair cut at bargain salons. >> if this was a professional hit, then you can usually trace it back so some sort of financial issue. and the fact that she's a
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spendthrift at some point in time may actually become an important clue. >> reporter: chasen was 64, and her friends say she had to fight to keep the publicity company in the lime light at a time when younger and sometimes bigger companies were trying to take all the business. her friends also say she had boundless energy and determination, and they still have no idea why someone would want her dead. robin. >> all of us are baffled. all right, mike. former prosecutor robin sax has been following the case and joins us from los angeles. robin, now that we know at that so-called person of interest is really of no interest to police, what are they focusing in on now? >> let me take you inside the investigation here in beverly hills. just like mike that, that lincoln town car in that video footage is very interesting to law enforcement officials right now. because that town car takes -- is a potential with the answer that could actually sprproduce y
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important clues in what happened in the crash in those moments before and moments afterwards. particularly of note is that the car went away. was that person connected with the crime? was that person not? that's the big thing they're looking at now. >> how about family members? more and more people are talking about that. >> well, family members are always going to be in importance. and all law enforcement investigations begin with looking at the tightest, most innermost circles and going out right now, looking at the will. not who got money. but who was left out. of particular note was ronni chasen's brother who was only heard from recently on a recent interview and only seen him talk on that interview, as well as the funeral. he's not been given any money. his daughter does inherit a huge amount, while his other daughter gets written out with a $10 write-off.
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>> and so do we know about the relationship the two had, ronni and her brother? >> it's interesting it doesn't seem they had any very close relationship until their mother died in the year 2000. as a matter of fact they had a tenuous relationship. speculators at the funeral thought that larry cohen didn't have what they expect. why is it that he's rung on to this road rage theory that no expert has come out and supports that theory. so suspicion is growing against him and there's some clues that are making us wonder what involvement, if any, does he have? >> what about the speculation that this murder may have something to do with the art world? >> there is another theory that there could have been some sort of art deal gone bad. that paul baird was actually a
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p pallbearer at the funeral is nowhere to be found. ronni chasen's apartment had many people's art that was not her own but art on loan. there are some questions that something went bad during that -- during those dealings. >> as you said before, police out there have been very tight-lipped which is not normally the case and you give them kudos for that? >> i do give them kudos. what's interesting, what law enforcement is looking at is not only the truth out there but they're going to start looking at some of the lies. if they can find a lie from any one potential suspect or theories, that's where they're going to start hitting home. just just like dana had mentioned, this is the first type of case is follow the money situation. what police are going to look at, their going to look at ronni
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chasen's will, but not only her will but her mother's will. >> we know that ronni chasen's will is worth in excess of $6 million. robin sax, thanks very much. >> thank you. we'll turn to other stories developing right now, juju chang is over at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, robin. intriguing details. but we're going to turn now to what could be the most damaging revelation from wikileaks. this morning a public site has made a list of securities around the world that the u.s. considers vital. >> reporter: good morning. it raises real questions about what purpose reradio leasing this kind of information serves a global directory of key iminstallations seen as vital. pipelines, communicate hubs, defense plants. as wikileaks continues to come under cyberattack, its founder
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julian assange says if the site is shut down, an entirely new cache of documents will automatically be released around the world, unedited. no revelations about bp and bank of america, secret papers on the guantanamo bay detention center as well as video on air strikes, juju, wikileaks is calling this their insurance policy. >> a poison pill. thanks, jim. president obama is urging china's president this morning to deliver a message to north korea saying, quote, its provocations are unacceptable. the president called china ahead of the talks in washington with south korea and japan. he condemned the deadly shelling last month. continental airlines has been ordered to pay more than $10 million for causing this crash. 113 people died. a french court ruled continental was responsible for debris that ended up puncturing the fuel tanks. well, the remains two
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american balloonists missing from september have been located off the coast of italy. richard abruzzo and carol davis crashed into the adriatic sea. time, tiger woods so close with a four-stroke lead. lost in a stunning heartbreaking hit. he's not won since last thanksgiving. most people would like being runner-up. >> but graeme mcdowell, the 20-footer that he sank. tiger's never lost leading by three shots going into the find round. >> graeme's had an amazing season. >>. >> g-mac. let's head to sam. we've got cold and cold air, a lot of folks do. take a look at cleveland. this morning, lake-effect snow warnings are out, they could
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probably pick up half a foot of snow, a foot of side on the east side of the city. no one knows cleveland like wews, and we get our information from them. here's comes the arctic blast of cold air all the way to the deep south. here are the temperatures. look at chicagoland. look at minneapolis. we're showing single digits for the first time this season. even miami into the 40s. that's a real chill. jacksonville into the 20s. if you're looking for warmer temperatures, try tucson, try >> all that weather was brought to you by the united states
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♪ with the united states fighting two wars in the last ten years, military families are dealing with challenges they've never seen before. especially in the families that both the husband and wife serve. we met two of those families facing very different situations when we went to the big u.s. air field today. >> with more than 300 million americans, we are here to say thank you. we are hear to say thank you for everything that you do. >> there's 30,000 american personnel here, bagram, in this
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home away from home. for some soldiers, their own home. >> our home is locked up in a storage shelter. we're basically homeless. >> reporter: majors mark and melissa miles are a rarity here. husband and wife deployed together in the exact same unit. they're a military love story, met in officers training 15 years ago. you met first day. >> first day. they told us to do paperwork, by random chance i signed up next to him. we started talking and the rest is history. >> my lucky day. >> what's date night like? >> we usually watch a movie an a laptop. once a week, we try to break-away and not talk about work. >> we try to eat meals together. that's pretty much what date night is like. >> reporter: while each of the miles sometimes need a little alone time, other couples who
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both serve find themselves too often way too far apart. this is home, huh? >> this is it. >> reporter: john borg is in the national guard. his wife michelle is in the reserves. they've had to tell their kids three different times that mommy or daddy would be going off to war. john first deployed here in 2003. when he came home, michelle went to iraq. >> nobody understands what he's going through like i do. nobody understand what is i'm going through like he does. that just makes it -- it's just bonded our marriage and our family. >> she's got the harder job. she's managing everything else. everything with the kids and the house and worrying about me over here. >> reporter: this small bunk is where john lives now. he showed us the going-away presents from his four kids. >> my little son has carved me a wooden spear. >> reporter: back loam in i, was 7,000 miles away, michelle and the kids are decorating the christmas are tree without john for the first time. michelle is determined to make
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the holiday as normal as possible. >> you can't let their childhood stop because we're there. >> reporter: every month, the family sends john a care package from home. >> i want to send that to daddy. >> reporter: a picture from little evi. josh's geometry test. a hand-drawn pillowcase. plus christmas ornament. >> we do it to make him think of home. i know he's not going to forget us. that would be kind of hard to do. >> from me, it says to him, mom's not overwhelmed. she can do this. >> reporter: we brought it with us this morning. >> candy from -- >> callahari -- that's my popcorn. >> reporter: as the family
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♪ governor schwarzenegger will call the state legislature into an emergency special session this morning to unveil proposed cuts to deal with a $6 billion deficit. he says lawmakers need to tackle the problem now instead of waiting for governor elect jerry brown to take office next month. let's take a look at you're forecast with mike nicco. >> looking at an ever-drying day. temperatures mild, upper 50s to low 60s. pockets of sunshine today. dry tomorrow, rain wednesday and thursday but dry over the
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feel the heal. ♪ who's that lady ♪ who's that lady beautiful lady ♪ ♪ good monday morning, everybody. that beautiful, talented lady is oscar winner halle berry who is here with us live this morning. she's starring in a new movie. she spent years fighting to break the screen. she's here to tell us why the true story may be her most personal project yet. i've seen seen the studio full of people who are not supposed to be here. dr. richard besser has no segment. but he's here. sam comes over from the weather station. what's going on here? it's because of miss halle berry is here. she's used to it. we say good morning, america on this monday morning. i'm robin roberts in new york. george, as you know, is in
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afghanistan, george? >> robin, after everyone hears from halle berry, i'm going to introduce you to a person they call the oprah of afghanistan. she is brave. she is beautiful. she's got a big following here but that comes with a price. get this -- she says she always carries two things, her cell phone and her gun. ♪ speaking foreign language ] >> that's all you need to know, george, huh? starting this morning, going to meet our "12 day of cooking "challenge winners, they'll be in the kitchen with emeril lagasse to share the favorite holiday recipes. plus just in time for holiday parties, stylish dresses. first in this half hour, new details coming out on now prince william is making his mother,
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princess diana, part of his upcoming wedding. nick watt is in london. >> reporter: good morning, we hear there are official engagement photographs that we won't see for another month or so, but it's prince william's choice of photographer that is making the headlines. mario tostino is one of the world's most fashionable photographers. william and kate, america's most famous to be wed. it makes sense. it was tostino who captured die nana in poses published in "vanity fair" just months before her tragic death. a shoot she describes to diane sawyer in 2006. >> these are moments that i would like to catch you dance. to catch you a moment dancing. she went to move. you don't dance like this. i know what you want. i am not peruvian, which i am, i'm english. >> reporter: for william, this wedding is very much about his
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beloved mother. and tostino is part of that. she died 13 years ago when william was a boy. she nerve met kate, but kate now wears her ring. >> this is my mother's engagement ring. i thought it was real nice. obviously, she's not here to share the fun and excitement. this is my way of keeping her. >> reporter: he will marry at westminster abby, the scene of his mother's funeral. tostino went on to photograph harry, william with their father. the next news we're waiting on is who will design kate's wedding dress. the favorites right now are bruce oldfield who was a diana favorite and elizabeth emanuel, the woman who designed diana's wedding dress nearly 30 years ago. robin. >> you're going to stay on top of that, nick. thanks so much. >> let's take a look at the other top stories. back over to juju at the news desk. juju?
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good morning, everyone. we begin with your taxes. and a deal in washington said to be in the final stages would extend the bush-era tax cuts to all americans, including the wealthy for two years. it would also extend long-term unemployment benefits for at least a year. republican senators have been getting direct access to the president while negotiating the deal. angering some democrats who could end up voting against it. well, expectations are low this morning as the u.s. enters the first talks in more than a year over iran's nuclear program. five other nations will be at the table eager to curb iran's expanded nuclear capabilities. one of the world's biggest banks is being sued for $9 billion for its alleged role in the bernie madoff ponzi scheme. a trustee working for madoff's victims claims hsbc ignored warnings from accountants and once attributed madoff's money to a, quote, magic formula. it's the first major bank sued in the case. oprah winfrey was among those saluted in washington for contributions to the arts. she, paul mccartney, merle
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haggard, dancer bill t. jones and composer jerry herman are this year's recipients of kennedy center honors. the president and first lady joined the five honorees honored for helping to define tv, dance, theater and music. facebook is unveiling a new look for your profile. it puts a greater emphasis on pictures and sharing information over the top of your page. the makeover will be rolled out over the next several months. as you know, we at abc news is focusing on afghanistan. and "world news" is no exception. diane sawyer is here. >> good morning to you, juju. tonight on "world news," the longest war and the crucial question, and we, too, as you are, going to be asking the afghan people, the american soldiers and their top commanders this question, can we win? what is the reality in afghanistan? we'll have some answers tonight on "world news." >> and that's the news at 8:05. time for the weather with sam,
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baby, it's cold outside, huh? >> it is, so i'm in with the audience. we're kind of much warmer in times square studio. and this is a big crowd. you guys are surprising me, bigger and bigger crowds. newark. ladies, where are you from? >> harper's bay, west virginia. >> you know, "gma" was actually in harper's ferry, but were you in school? >> yeah. >> school is a good thing. you should stay in school and not come to "gma." it's the right thing to do. we're glad you're here now. one or two things we want to talk about. we'll start with pictures of chicagoland. there's definitely some cold air that way. as a matter of fact, single digits this morning. single digits tomorrow morning. this is some of the coldest air, this early in the season it's making a run in the deep south. here's a look at the maps -- oh, twitter pictures first. take a look at the snow. what do chicago, illinois, and raleigh, north carolina, have in common? how about a little snow falling over the weekend. a quick look at the boards. i can't wrap yet.
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i've got to do at least one or two weather maps. jackson at 20 degrees. montgomery at 21. nashville at 20 degrees. there's a quick look at the big board. >> lots of fun from times square this morning. including, and she's absolutely stunning, i think more stunning than any picture i've seen, halle berry. >> why, thank you, i really appreciate it -- oh, okay. i just thought for a moment it was -- no. halle berry is back on screen in a memorable performance in "frankie &
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alice." you've got to see this. it's about a woman suffering from multiple personality disorders. halle is here to tell us about. >> it's great to see you. >> oh. i watched it this weekend. some some kind of powerful. your presence on the screen. i didn't realize, though, you fought for ten years to get this project. >> i did. >> what was so important about it? >> you know, i've always had a soft spot for people who are mentally challenged. my mother was a psych nurse in the v.a. hospital for 35 years. so i grew up having a certain compassion for people who suffer in that way. so, when i heard about this story, i thought, here's a chance to add some light in a really dark place, sort of a shameful place. there's a stigma that goes on. to play a character that is this rich and complicated and interesting really ignited me. >> it's like playing characters, though. >> yeah. >> i mean, three distinct personalities.
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let me say this to you. you don't go over the top with going from one personality to another. and that really shows a lot of respect for people who are going through this. because we have an idea of what it must be like. >> yeah. >> and what was it like for you -- as an actor, to play these different types of roles? >> well, you know, because the subject has been done before, beautifully, i thought what do you all have to add that could somehow be different. one of the things that affected me is when i watch hours of tape, real patients, in a therapeutic process, working through this issue, i notice that it was utterly simple. that a lot of the switching was just matter of fact. sometimes, i didn't even know they had switched to a different character because it was a switch of a leg. okay. now, i'm somebody else. i wanted to bring the subtlety to the performance and, therefore, i thought bring a reality to it and not have it be as dramatic as one might think it is. >> and race is also a part of it
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because one of the personalities, it took me a while to figure out, oh, no, she's white? >> she's white. she's southern and she's, you know, somewhat racist. in her way of thinking. and so to have that personality and have it in a black body was the intriguing part for me. how does that happen. how does one live with that. ultimately, how does one get their brain around that and learn to live in that body with that particular issue. >> because this is based on a true story. >> it is. >> i want to play a clip right now. it is alice. this is the white character who is, as you said, from the south and had some issues about race "frankie & alice." >> well, i don't mean to be ungrateful, doctor, but why --
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why waste a second of my time to help her? >> what do you mean ungrateful? >> well, all the help you've given me. i think it's this place. poor thing's getting tired. she's finding it harder and harder to cope. i don't know how much longer it can go on fighting with me. >> alice, you've got to see who you are. you're black. you're not white. you're her and she's you. >> well, then, who am i looking at? >> oh, when you see yourself on film like that, i can see you kind of looking away a little bit. this had to be -- this had to take a lot out of you. i know you actually were supposed to start the film earlier, but you became pregnant and you weren't sure if you were able to at this point, but now to see the finished product, halle, you must be very proud? >> yeah, i'm really proud of it simply because i had a dream, ten years ago. this is something i wanted to do.
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to see it through and to be sitting here knowing it's going to open in a week. there's a sense of accomplishment with that. because so many people tell me all the time what i can't do, you know, that's too hard. when you do what you say you want to do, it is -- it's a really good feeling. >> well, there's nothing that you can't do. this was another film that just showed your strength and your ability. and i hear that you're thinking about broadway now? >> yeah, broadway. because it scares me to death just like this did. what scares me, i'm like a moth to a flame. i go right in it. it must mean that that's what i'm supposed to do next. it scares me to death. >> do you have anything in mind in particular? >> it's a play called "mountain top." and it's with samuel jackson and i. it's a two-person play. he plays martin luther king. >> and you're the maid?
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>> i'm the maid that comes into the room that has an interesting exchange with him right before he gets killed. >> okay. that's a good little tease there. >> and you seem like everything, personally and professionally, going so well. how's motherhood for you? >> fantastic. >> you're just glowing about that. >> fantastic. i'm so glad i didn't miss it. you know, i waited until i was 40 and i'm glad i did. the last three years i've been there every step of the way. i haven't missed a thing. i'm lucky enough that i can take off work and be there with her in the early years. that was really important. it changed my life, as it does every family, every woman, every father. it's life changing. >> well, we can see it has done that for you. thank you for fighting to put this on film. i know that you've met with frankie. >> yes. >> and she is here -- i mean, she's doing well? >> she's well. she's a teacher. she has two children.
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she's married, divorced. she's very happy with the movie. >> we're happy to have you here. continued blessings in everything do you. "frankie & alice" opens in new york and l.a. december 10th. nationwide february 4th. next, she carries a cell phone and a gun. meet the oprah of afghanistan with george. afghanistan with george. again. ♪ for nights like these, there's special k chocolatey delight cereal. ♪ so you can get your chocolatey fix... ♪ ...without undoing your whole day. ♪ [ barks ] ♪ old legs. p.a.d., the doctor said. p-a-d... p.a.d. isn't just poor circulation in your legs causing you pain. it more than doubles your risk of a heart attack or stroke. i was going to tell you.
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the stakes in this war are high for everyone here. but they're especially high for afghanistan's women. many fear they would suffer the most if the taliban would turn to power. and i could feel how deep that fear is. and how much hope there is for progress when i sat down with three remarkable afghan women. including the woman they call afghanistan's "oprah." in the nine years since the war began and the taliban was toppled from power, women are fighting the battle for equal
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rights. and these three women are on the front lines. dr. sumar former minister of women's affairs. mozhdah jamalzadah. and sweden jorri. >> if we talk about the community, marriages, are increasing tremendously in afghanistan. >> we need a political movement to change the situation for women in this country. >> in fact when you worked for the government you were forced out by the conservative forces, correct? >> yes, because i was talking about controversial issues, especially about justice. so that is not liked by a lot of powers in this country. >> and what happens when we leave? >> when you leave, you have done your job. >> let me give you an example, at the middle of the surgery, the doctor takes the gloves off
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and says i'm done. the patient will die. democracy and development will die in afghanistan. >> that sounds like your mess of to the women of america, to the leaders of america to the people of america, don't give up on us yet. >> absolutely. the women in this country don't want to go back. >> it wasn't that long ago that afghanistan wasn't a different place. we have this footage from the 1960s. women going to the university. obviously not wearing the burqa. education so clearly valued. when you see that footage, what do you think? >> we were in kabul in the same way. that was not a problem at all. they got jobs. now, the difference, they are not economically empowered. >> reporter: women in afghanistan earn just 48 cents a day. nearly 90% are illiterate. but there is progress. >> we have a ministry of foreign
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affairs. we have a female governor at the center of afghanistan. we have jobs and schools. ♪ we thought they'd never end ♪ >> reporter: mozhdah came back to shake things up. she sings a song so powerful she was asked to perform it for president obama. mozhdah now hosts her own tv show, tackling tough issues rarely discussed in public. >> you want to take on the issue of child marriages, forced marriages, divorce? >> yes, divorce, that episode actually a lot of people, even my uncle called me and said, i don't think it's a good idea for to you discuss divorce on television. and i said, we have to. this is what i'm here for. >> reporter: she's called afghanistan's oprah.
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>> it's actually a huge honor to be compared to oprah. i would never compare myself to her. she's my idol. i always put myself in a situation, how would oprah do it? >> reporter: what would you say to her if she were here right now? >> i'd thank her for giving me the strength. >> reporter: but with that oprah-like celebrity came a wrath of conservative. >> there are some that call in and threaten to kill me. >> reporter: so you have around-the-clock security? >> yes, i have my own gun. >> reporter: do you carry a gun? >> yes, a licensed gun. i've been trained to use it. i have my cell phone and a gun at all times. >> reporter: is it working? >> it they allow me to teach families what i want them to know, then i think it's worth it, yeah. i have some regular families
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that come to me that say, please, please don't stop what you're doing. you've helped families. my husband has stopped beating our kids because of your show. >> reporter: so you're making a difference? >> yes, i think so. >> reporter: there is no doubt about that. when we come back in the next half hour, we're going to have more afghan success stories, including this 19-year-old girl in a male-dominated world. she has three men working for her. [ male announcer ] for frequent heartburn relief, nothing beats prevacid®24hr. just one pill helps keep you heartburn free for a full 24 hours. prevent the acid that causes frequent heartburn with prevacid®24hr, all day, all night. nothing works better. we get double miles on every purchase. so we earned a holiday trip to the big apple twice as fast! dinner! [ garth ] we get double miles every time we use our card. and since double miles add up fast,
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♪ a showdown over proposition 8 begins at the federal appeals court in san francisco this morning. even before daybreak, people were waiting outside the courthouse where a three-judge panel will hear arguments on the measure that outlawed same sex marriage. a lower court ruled prop 8 was unconstitutional. both continue the fight until the case eventually ends up before the u.s. supreme court. the court is allowing the proceedings to be broadcast live. the hearing set to begin at 10 a.m.. we will stream it live on our website abc7news.com. in addition to the hearing, we'll have life commentary in legal analyst dean johnson. right now our traffic analyst frances dinglasan has a look at
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the streets. >> thanks, eric. extra heavy traffic in san mateo because of an earlier accident on westbound 92 approaching hillsdale. traffic heavy out of foster city. north 101 jammed through san mateo as well. lots of slowing everywhere you go. bay bridge toll plaza backed up to the foot of the maze. south 101 in san rafael, a 20-minute drive from highway 37 to 580. eric? >> frances,
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>> welcome back. we'll start with looking at live doppler 7 hd. getting quieter by the moment. sun break through the clouds. temperatures mild this morning. we're in the low to mid-50s and we'll warm a little with clouds and sunshine into the upper 50s to low 60s this afternoon.
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look for patchy fog and mid-40s tonight. we have ra ♪ yes, that is sting. a fall concert series event here tomorrow live. join us tomorrow for sting. and here today, emeril will be one of the first in the 12 days of cooking challenge. they're going to whip up today's winning recipe. i think it will be fun that sting will be here tomorrow. >> sting. >> that's great. >> a big name. just put it out there. "gma"/sting. >> you know, we're also getting everybody ready for christmastime, holiday party, new year's parties. and we're going to show you how to find discounts. look at that. you will not believe the price
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tag. you can find it in all shapes and sizes, all under $75. >> that's very attractive. very nice. also, george -- i know i feel like we're in a parade this morning. that's very attractive. george is in afghanistan, as you know, this morning. he's going to introduce us in a second to two amazing women who are kind of beating the odds in that region of the world. >> that is coming up. can we play really good music right now. crank it up. come on. ♪ it is the folk music pioneers, peter, paul & mary. our special guests, peter yarrow and paul is here joining us. i heart you gentlemen. your music is just -- >> thank you. thank you. >> come on over here. >> juju.
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>> how wonderful. >> wow. >> i mean, icons. icons. so much a part of our american music and culture and the literary world, too. >> well, this is mary's last recording. she narrates "'twas the night before christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse ♪ ♪ the stockings were hung on the chimney with care in hopes that st. nicholas would be there ♪ >> one on a track which we hurt and mary reading the poem. >> and we put -- it was three months before she passed. it was very significant because we're going to be at carnegie hall tomorrow for the first time without mary after 40 years. >> oh. >> yeah. >> it's a little bittersweet. >> it's dedicated to her if you look at the program and we speak about the fact that she is
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always there, you know, right here, saying don't get silly, peter. >> pay attention. sing the song. >> what a celebratory concert. how lucky. >> we think so. it's with 180-voice choir. orchestra. it's a grand moment to have annually or semiannually. >> kind of a tradition. >> it is. >> and we sing this song honoring her and this book is dedicated to her. it's the same artist as the "puff the magic dragon" folks. music folks. mary is here with us now. and she's here with us marching in washington. she's here with us standing up for women so that they're treated with respect. she's here with us refusing to be a compromiser and a
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manipulator of men to get what she wants. >> big voice. >> and we're glad you brought it to us. >> first, i have to put the coats in. >> this is for you. and you. >> thank you. >> the coats are going in. you're always very charitable in your world. >> i love this. >> you don't want to give it up? >> i don't want to give this one up. whoo! across the country, there's cold as we've been talking about. down comes that cold air in the deep south. here are the three days worth of temperatures that are bitter cold in a lot of the east. if you haven't felt that cold weather as far south as deep florida, you really
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♪ all over this land >> all that weather was brought to you by jared, the gallery of jewelry. that's a folk revival. fabulous. we're going to turn to a countdown to christmas. if you're going to holiday parties how do you dress up and keep the costs down. lori bergamotto from "lucky" magazine is here. under $75? >> all under $75, juju. we found superaffordable optionses. >> it's still hot stuff. the first model shakira.
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>> shakira is in the nude for evening. we wanted to start with this dress. it's coming in at $58. >> ooh, unbelievable. we wanted to show women you don't have to wear black or red for the holidays. we wanted to remind them of a neutral. it has a very sophisticated story. it's sexy. the pearl embellishments on the shoulder. >> and the tailored look. >> exactly. on curvy women, if you're looking for a silhouette, you want to make sure it has a cinched waist. >> shakira rocks it well. thank you. the next model is isabella. >> the price of this dress shocked a lot of people in the office. $39.99. >> unbelievable.
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>> this is available at target. a lot of people thought it was a bold choice. we wanted to show that you could render it sophisticated with the lace. you want to look for embellishments, lace overlays. they will elevate the look and make them look way more expensive. this is perfect for the office party because it's polished and lady-like. >> we don't always have to go for the red. thank you very much. look at this. unbelievable. >> we love this dress. it says new year's, doesn't it? >> yes, it does. >> this is indira wearing a dress from h & m, $59.95. metallics make a big statement. keep the cut simple. an a-line silhouette, one shoulder. it's funkier, we gave her a great pair of red booties. have fun with it. it's the holidays.
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>> and indira will stop the crowd when she walks in. >> exactly. >> and this is a bit of a show-stopper as well. the classic will never go out of style? >> we couldn't do it without that. this is joan, she's wearing a jcpenney dress for $49.99. >> that's great. >> joan is a great example of how to do so. >> i'm telling you, you look like a teenager. >> she looks fantastic. keep the silhouette nice and polished. >> right. >> it's a way for a party. >> it's easy to buy an expensive dress. it's hard to buy a high-fashion dress for less. >> it is. thank you. >> thank you, ladies. you can all come back out again. can you get all the information, thanks, lori, for bringing the
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fabulous models and dresses for us. everyone can go online and find out exactly where and how to buy these at abcnews.com/gma. first, we're going to turn now, all this month, we're learning more from our "gma" advice gurus. we're down to 20. here's fran from texas what she said when we asked her how do you deal with holiday stress. >> holiday stress can be stressful. two quick thinks not to do this holiday season. the first thing is you want to be sure you're eating smaller meals throughout the day. i notice you can get kind of tough for people. make sure you talk to your friends and family about what you're doing. hang in there. that's my holiday advice. >> excellent advice. now, here's your chance to get advice from 20 advice guru
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finalists. go to abcnews.com/deargma and ask your question. find the
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there is so much uncertainty here in afghanistan now. but one thing is certain. since the fall of the taliban, women here have made incredible progress. and we met two women who showed just how much progress can be made when they're given a chance and a little help. ♪ >> reporter: in this most unlikely of places, we found two faces of hope. the first one is back street in kabul. behind these doors, a kind of awakening is takes place. widows, once virtual slaves to their in-laws, working for themselves, starting new lives. she was married at 14, her husband was killed by the taliban. and later, her in-laws disowned her. listen to her now. i'm excited, i now feel like i have a bright future, she said.
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women here sew and sell ornate scarfs to customers in the west making money that pays for daily tutoring. in a country where only 12% of women are literate, they're learning to read and write. they showed us her first textbook and read us a bit. it's a program called "afghan hands" begun by a new york-based makeup artist who grew up here. >> my main idea was to change the situation in the family, at least, from these women being such a financial burden to their families. >> reporter: give them independence inside the family. >> inside the family. now they're making more money than a man would make with a high-school degree. >> reporter: promoting the project, it's taking off, creating brand-new dreams for her. i want to be a teacher or a doctor, said she said. across town in one of the poorest neighborhoods of kabul, we found that same determination in a teenage entrepreneur.
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we schett shale when she was 18. now, 19, a female with men working for us. her brother didn't like the idea. >> i don't like you because you're a girl. >> reporter: she's not going to let you? >> yeah. >> reporter: but that didn't hold shala back. she had so much courage, said this man who works for her. while most shoes here are imported, shala's shoes are handmade. the soles from recycled tires. the vision goes much further than a shop. shala recently travelled to new york meeting with shoe designer heather williams. >> she's a little shy at first. and she came out of her shell quickly. i think she looked at my shoes and got wide-eyed. >> reporter: heather sketched new shoes decorated with afghan jewels. shala wants to make them next year. even after her trip, she managed to win over her brother.
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now, he's proud of you? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: a small victory in a place that needs so many more. if we come back in a year and a half? >> we may have a bead company. >> reporter: you know it's possible. >> and my goal. >> reph
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hey, you got groceries! yeah! i thought we'd eat at home. save some money. $200 bucks? that's not saving! [jacks voice] at my place i'm bringing back the bonus jack. two patties, melting cheese and my secret sauce plus fries and a drink for only $3.99. i get it. you can eat lot cheaper atouar acthan y c]n at home. but do have this? i have dessert. what about this? ohhh. ohhhhhh. jack. that's for max.
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(greenery) fruit cake. how are ya? [fruit cake] dry. (greenery) who's the new guy? edible arrangements bouquets, beautiful like flowers, but unforgettably delicious, visit, call, or go to ediblearrangements.com ticktock, ticktock. our 12 days of cooking challenge. we asked to you send in your favorite holiday recipe. we got a tremendous response, after a tough decision process, we chose five winners. >> tough. >> it was you have. the first one is amongie. give it up for her. >> it's very simple. this is her recipe. she's going to common strademon.
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it's sort of like a sheet cake, robin and it sort of get rolled with this cream cheese icing. >> tell us why it's so important to your family, this recipe? >> well, i've been making it for a long time, all my family loves it, now, i think i wouldn't be getting any christmas presents at all if i didn't make it at christmastime. now i'm roped into making it at thanksgiving. >> now, you're making it with emeril. >> i know. >> the first step, you have three eggs and you sort of beat them, right? >> you beat them some they're light and fluffy. then you gradually add your sugar. i've got that here. you go to your pumpkin. you fold in your pumpkin and lemon juice. and the lemon juice just gives it extra flavor. >> it brings it out, it punches it up a little bit. so the juice of one lemon? >> yes. >> so then you beat the eggs and the sugar. what's called creaming. then you add the pumpkin and
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lemon juice. pretty simple so far? >> right. >> then you just fold that in. >> you don't do it all. it's tv. >> okay. >> we try to get the idea. >> okay. flour. so all the dry ingredients are going in here. >> all the dry ingredients in here. baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt. >> so all of those holiday spices. >> you can smell it already in here. >> the salt helps to balance out the sweet. >> you take all the dry ingredients and sort of whisk it and mix it in right there. then? >> you add that into your pumpkin mixture. >> i'm your sous chef.
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>> robin and i have been cooking a long time. keep going. you're doing a great job. >> you are. >> all right. now, we take a baking sheet. >> yes, a baking sheet. and you'll want to grease and flour that baking sheet. >> that cake mixture goes to here. and we bake it at -- >> well -- before you bake it. you sprinkle that on top. you bake it at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. when that's done, you let it cool completely. >> what do we roll it in? >> this is cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla? >> oh. >> so basically, you could put this on anything and it will be fantastic. >> eat it on a spoon. >> then you take it and roll it
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up. you roll it up when it's hot. so it won't crack. >> right, exactly. >> so then it rolls up like this. we dust it with a little powdered sugar. >> yeah. >> yeah. >> actually, that's usually my bam moment. >> is that it, the bam moment? go ahead. >> okay, bam. >> that was a very mild bam. >> sam is licking his plate. i didn't get any. there wasn't any on this plate. >> try that. >> it's delicious, robin. >> we take the cream cheese and put it like this. >> yes. >> oh, my gosh. >> and you just spread it in here. >> uh-huh. >> you know, when you're through with that bowl, i'll take that. >> sam is good like that. he's an incredible dishwasher. especially when it comes to desserts. >> yeah.
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>> this is delicious. >> thank you. >> the folks at home can make this recipe. angie is shares it with abcnews.com/gma. it's fantastic. >> we'll be back. = = = = í@í@çat
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step away from the cream cheese. >> put it down, sam. >> congratulations again, angie. >> thank you very much. >> george is on his way back from afghanistan, he's going to miss sting. >> oh. we'll see you tomorrow, everybody. rarararararararararara
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♪ governor schwarzenegger will call the state legislature into an emergency special session this morning to unveil cuts he's proposing to deal with a $6 billion budget deficit. he says lawmakers need to tackle the problem now instead of waiting for governor elect jerry brown to take office next month. mike nicco has a look at our forecast. >> it's a brighter look, too. just a stray shower lingers in the north bay. the rest of us sunshine and clouds and upper 50s to low 60s. rain in the forecast wednesday and thursday but the weekend dry and warmer than average. frances? >> mike, a new overturn crash just reported south 101 at the old redwood highway. things slow down there. south 101 slow through san francisco because of an earlier accident and more brake lights again to menlo park because

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