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a great honor. it means a lot. >> after a few week s taking selfies in the wood. >> godspeed, john glenn. >> justice hasn't been served yet. good morning. welcome to sunday today. i'm willie geist. donald trump won't be sworn in as president for more than a month, but he's already fighting with his top intelligence agency. mocking the cia over its reports the russian government did in fact interfere with the presidential election and did so to help trump win. did putin really sway the vote, and why is trump taking on his
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own spies? we'll get into that and questions about trump's likely pick for secretary of state. >> and later, jessica chastain, the oscar nominee living the only career dream she's ever had. >> i remember being in elementary school, and everyone talks about what are you going to be when you grow up? a lawyer, a teacher. i would say, i'm going oo be an actor. i always remember the adults looking at me like -- >> isn't she sweet? >> isn't she sweet? you're not, gut okay. good for you. >> a great conversation with jessica a bit later in the show. let's begin this morning with breaking news overnight. in a rising death toll in istanbul, turkey, after two bomb blasts outside soccer stadium. the attackers were targeted police. matt bradley is in london with more. good morning. >> and to you, willie, good morning. a day of mourning across turkey where another terror attack has added to a growing sense of fear.
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it began as a normal saturday night. but istanbul has a new normal. twin bombings less than a minute apart left more than three dozen dead. and over 150 wounded. the first attack, a car bomb that struck riot police as they left the stadium following a soccer game. moment later, a suicide bombing at a nearby park. most casualties were policemen. no one has claimed responsibility, but the government's quickly blamed kurdish separatists, a decades long insurgency that often but police in its cross hairs. police say they have arrested more than ten people. but turkey's enemies are many. and their recent attacks set a grim background for turkey's new normal. and just this morning, turkey's interior minister delivered an angry speech at a funeral for some of these police officers. he railed against kurdish separatists calling them animals and pawns of the west.
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it's worth noting that kurdish parties are among turkey's strongest political opposition gripes. >> matt bradley in london, thank you. here at home, president-elect donald trump is not backing off his criticism of the intelligence agency he soon will oversee after a recent report from the cia saying the russians interfered with the presidential election and that they did it hoping trump would win. chris jansing is just up the street from us at trump tower here in manhattan. good morning. >> reporter: it's really extraordinary, willie. donald trump dismissal of this report puts him at odds with democrats, key republicans, and as you mentioned, significantly, the intelligence community. the very people who need to make key decisions about hot spots all around the world. donald trump at the army-navy showdown saturday, praising the armed forces. >> is it a humbling thought that in six weeks you're going to be the commander in the chief of those guys? >> humbling, a great honor but a great responsibility.
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>> all while an unprecedented risk plays out between the president-elect and the intelligence community. the, iae believes the russian government tried to help trump win the election, first reported by "the washington post" late friday. >> that's where they are, that russia was not only interfering but was trying to deliver this election to donald trump. >> trump's camp refuting the claim, saying these are the same people that said saddam hussein had weapons of mass destruction. "the new york times" reported saturday the russian government also hack eed the republican national committee but only released the democratic data. the rnc disputes this. >> there is zero evidence that anything that may have been attempted had any effect on the outcome. >> and exxonmobil ceo, rex tillerson, also raising eyebrows for his relationship with russia. tillerson has a long history with russia's vladimir putin and their oil operations. >> why does a business executive make sense as the chief
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diplomat? >> well, in his case, he's much more than a business executive. he knows many of the players and he knows them well. he does massive deals in russia, for the company, not for himself but for the company. >> tillerson's cozy relationship with putin prompting questions in both parties on whether he could be confirmed by the senate. >> i believe that the relationship between mr mr. tillerson and vladimir putin needs to be examined. >> now, we're still waiting for the official announcement on secretary of state, but our andrea mitchell reports that tillerson has already informed his board. meantime, the obama administration is calling for an investigation into russian hacking and wants the report released before the inaugurat n inauguration. >> chris jansing, thanks. let's bring in shawn henry, a former top fbi official who is now the president of crowd strike services and an nbc news analyst, and elise jordan who worked on rand paul's campaign and in the state department and the bush white house. let me begin with you, shawn.
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the cia says it's clear in the report that russia intervened on behalf of donald trump, not just to disrupt the election, but to make sure that donald trump became president. the fbi says it's murkier. where's the truth in there? >> you have to look at the current analysts assessing the intelligence. they have been looking at russia and russian capabilities. russian intent for many years. and when they analyze the evidence and the intelligence they have collected, they made a determination. i think that the president or president-elect needs to look at that, look at the totality of the circumstances, and assess what these career analysts are saying. these are people that are nonpolitical and who are looking to protect the national security interest of the united states, willie. >> donald trump came out in a statement and said, look, these people, the cia, are the same people who brought you the war with iraq, effectively, paraphrasing there. what does it mean to have the man who will oversee all of those agencies, the man who will be the president of the united states in 40 days already at
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odds with his intelligence services? >> you know, i think that impacts morale. you have tens of thousands of people that are working around the world. these are career people. they have worked dozens of years in this space. there needs to be a sense of trust and confidence between the intelligence community and the president. if in fact the voracity of the intelligence is questioned, that's okay. for the chief executive to question that, but it has to be done with the appropriate officials at an appropriate time. and it really is not helpful to anybody to be doing that in the press and through social media. that is not of value. >> shawn, from all the people you talked to and know inside these intelligence agencies is it clear to you that the operation out of russia was directed specifically to make trump president? or on the other hand, was it just to cause chaos and doubt among voters in their electoral system here in america? >> well, the u.s. intelligence community said back in february of 2016 that the russians would be actually looking to create
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chaos by putting disinformation out there. they would do that through cyber means. that was their assessment back at the beginning of this year. i think i'll leave it to the intelligence analysts looking at the raw data to make the determination whether it waz done for confusion, to unseat the democratic process, or if it was actually done to elect donald trump. there are career analysts doing that and looking at a whole host of intelligence, willie, over a long period of time. >> you're now in the business of helping to stop hacks like this. so what can this country do moving forward to be sure, not as a partisan issue, but as an american issue, to make sure foreign governments are not intervening in the outcome of elections here? >> well, i think your point is very, very important. first of all, this is a nonpartisan issue. regardless of what side of the aisle you're on, we're talking about the integrity of the u.s. electeral process. we're talking about national security for americans.
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i think that the u.s. has to have a very strong policy. there's got to be a discussion between world leaders about what's acceptable and what's not. nations understand that they collect intelligence from each other or against each other to protect their national interests. but if you're using that intelligence to impact another nation's system and to undermine them, if you're targeting cr critical infrastructure, that may be a line that couldn't be crossed and there has to be actions. those actions have to be disseminated so people are very, very clear what the ramifications are going to be. >> always grateful for your perspective on stories like these. let's turn to elise. in our partisan political world, everything becomes about politics, but we ought to strip politics. this could have impacted democrats as well as republicans. >> it's a mistake if republicans do not treat this as a national security issue and turn it into more of a partisan issue.
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this is really just about the integrity of our electoral process, and there needs to be a thorough fact finding among intelligence communities. there needs to be a thorough report, not just the strategic leaks by the cia. i think the leaks without context are harmful. and so we need to know exactly what happened so we can move forward as a country. >> as someone who worked inside the bush white house, can you ever imagine the president of the united states coming out and attacking publicly the cia this way? >> that was really unprecedented, especially since he hasn't even come into office, picking a battle with the cia is not a smart move, in my opinion. they're, as we see with this leak, very strategic in how they leak, and he should not be at battle with his intelligence agency before he sets foot in the oval office. >> andrea mitchell reporting rex tillerson will in fact become the secretary of state or be nominated to be secretary of state. obviously, a very successful ceo. the kind of people trump is looking at. ceos, generals, leaders.
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but he comes with some conflicts as well. he's done a lot of business in russia. a good friend of vladimir putin. what do you think about the pick? >> well, i think i actually don't know enough about his world view as going into office as someone who would be representing citizens and not his shareholders. itplicistic to say he's putin's ally. we really don't know, but i think his nomination process could be really contentious because you're going to have global warming activists on the one hand and russia hawks like john mccain and linldzy graham who are going to really challenge his close ties to putin. this could be a very interesting confirmation process. >> interesting as you look at all these nominees out of the trump transition team, for all e talk of donald trump being a strict loyalist. chris christie, rudy giuliani, we learned this week, will not take a job in the administration. newt gingrich, kelly ann conway doesn't have a job yet. are you surprised? >> a little surprised, but i
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think at the end of the day, donald trump's loyalty is to himself. he's going to do what he thinks is best for himself and his administration going in. so far, we have been seeing that he is quick to abandon people if he thinks they aren't up to task. he went through two campaign managers over the course of his campaign, and his entire show was based on firing people. so i think this is someone who is going to put in office who he want there. >> still a month and a half away even from being inaugurated and all this to talk about. elise jordan, thanks so much. >> other news this morning, more than 1300 flights going into and coming out of chicago's airports have been canceled. chicago taking the brunt of this weekend's nasty weather. 16 million people in the midwest are under a winter storm warning today. another 10 inches possible in chicago, detroit, and cleveland. too big stories in the world of college football. the sports's highest honor going to a sophomore, louisville quarterback lamar jackson, seemed to shake his head in disbelief after he was named the
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youngest winner ever of the heisman trophy. the first louisville player ever to bring home the heisman. >> a big win on saturday for army. the guys from west point beat navy for the first time in 15 years. breaking the streak in one of sports' best rivalries. the final score, 21-17, army. and a bit of a moment for singer patty smith during saturday'sceremony. she was accepting bob dylan's prize for literature, singing "a hard rain's gonna fall" but the words momentarily slipped her mind. ♪ i saw a -- sorry. >> so smith stopped herself, apologized, told the crowd she was a little nervous. gathered herself and had the orchestra start over, at which point she nailed it the second time around and got a standing ovation. >> straight ahead, elise will be back for the highs and lows of the week, including the exciting
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new theme park ride where you pass out a little bit, come to, then pass out again and again. look at the kid on the right, now an internet hero. plus, canadian traffic and weather on the ones. we'll show you how this slow speed disaster ended. >> and fake news, we travel to macedonia where they're busy cooking up stories for your facebook feeds that aren't true. all coming up on sunday today after your local weather and this break. good morning. the clouds have cleared away and it looks like we are in for a nice dry sunday across the bay area. here is a look right now at san francisco. 49 degrees. we're still seeing a few lingering low clouds, but we are expected to have an overall mostly clear, sunny day. here is a live look at oakland at about 48 degrees. those temperatures will be cooling down just a bit. slightly cooler than yesterday. i'll have your full forecast in a bit. i'll have that goat cheese garden salad.
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peter dupre who served at the battle of the bulge did the pre-game honors. ♪ [ cheering and applauding ] >> he nailed it. you want to feel good on a sunday morning? watch that full clip. >> that's awesome. he's so cute and sweet. >> i'm a sucker. our first lows goes to the fashion sense of the stiff wax figures. really unbecoming of such royalty. her majesty rocking the corgy sweater. >> i need it. >> surrounded by corgys in queens sweaters. will and kate going with the same sweater.
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mad madam tassauds. would you go with the sweater thing? >> i need the corgy sweater desperately. >> the next award goes to the soccer video game, 15 year old canadian, kenton. he's a big fan of the major league soccer team, vancouver white caps. during his treatment he struck up a friendship with members of the team including russell who was there when he got the good news in may that he is cancer free. the two also played a lot together. thanks to the make a wish foundation he is in the game. ea sports put him in his favorite video game. you can have kenton on your team. he said "it's mazing what they did for me." >> good for him. he's worth having on anybody's
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team. >> our next low goes to the long slow speed traffic pile up in montreal. a hilly street in the beautiful canadian city. nobody was injured. we can enjoy this together. a bus sliding slowly into some cars, nudging them into the intersection. here comes a pickup truck joining the party. another bus gets in on the action sandwiching the pickup before squeezing it out of the picture. don't worry, the police are here. thank goodness. cop car spins out backwards into those same buses. feels like we're not learn ouin our lesson. he's no help either as i barrels into the police car plow first. we don't have time to show you the rest of it. went on all morning like this. maybe we should avoid that street. >> i'm really glad i don't have to drive in canada. >> our final high, we saved perhaps the best video of the week, have you seen the clip where the kid passes out briefly
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over and over again on a ride at six flags? he became world famous online on his performance on the sling shot at the six flags in mexico city. look on the right side of your screen. the 15 year old catapulted into the air. back to sleep, so on and so on, until the ride ended. we're not playing this in the loop. he was smiling and giving the peace sign to the camera. he posted the video to facebook. doesn't look like he's enjoying himself. >> he's much braver than i am. >> it's good to know you can come back that quickly from passing out. the greatest basketball player in the world, lebron james and cleveland cavaliers were bored in their blow out win this week in madison square garden in new york. with the game going on right in
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front of them, point guard is up first, then lebron try to stick the landing with the water bottle. this is what happens when your team is too good for your own conference. lebron diving into the court during game action to get his water bottle. i think they're getting a little bored. >> they're better at basketball than the water bottle challenge. >> you have to be a teenager to nail that. thanks for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> the oscar nominee who didn't come onto the move ee scene. and did so with an assist from al pacino. the parents who turned their boy challenge into an eyewear company helping kids all over the world. you can head over to facebook fr a facebook live chat in two minutes. ♪ why do some cash back cards make earning bonus cash back so complicated?
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the time now is 6:26. let's start you off this sunday morning with a live look outside at the bay bridge. absolutely beautiful. those lights there. and traffic moving nicely this morning. good morning and thanks so much for joining us. i'm vicky nguyen. let's get a check of that microclimate forecast. really soggy, we're getting a little bit of a break this morning? >> we're going to catch a little bit of a break and we'll finally see some sunshine after an overcast and rainy, soggy saturday. here is a live look over san francisco. yesterday at this hour it was already pouring rain down there. 49 degrees right now. those low clouds are going to
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linger for a little bit and then they should be clearing out. here is a look over oakland where it also got to see some rain. 48 degrees right now. i want to show you really quickly the radar because if you tuned in yesterday morning, this was on fire. we had green, reds, and yellows up there, and right now it is all nice and clear, and we should be enjoy this because we are tracking another system that is going to bring the return of some rain, so i will have more details on exactly when we're expecting the arrival of more rain in the bay area. >> all right. vianey, thanks so much. passengers on a flight from sfo to the east coast found a disturbing surprise when they landed last night. police were waiting to check the plane after receiving a bomb threat. that flight took off from sfo and landed without incident in newark, new jersey. san francisco police say someone called them claiming there was a bomb in a backpack on board that plane, but the passengers never knew because the pilot never told them.
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>> didn't say anything about it. i just saw two cops when we landed because it was just pure panic on the plane. they did the right thing, i guess. >> i'm glad i didn't know during the flight. >> once passengers got off the flight, bomb-snitching dogs searched the plane and they did not find anything. the weekend storms did not stop people gathering to remember those who died last weekend in the oakland warehouse fire. 36 people lost their lives. >> performers played here the snoo -- near the site of the fire. members of the jubilee christian center. although members say they didn't know any of the victims, they still want to help their city heal. >> when this event happened, it just drove a cord through our heart to pray for folks, comfort folks. >> more memorials are planned for today including one at grace
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cathedral where the bells will toll 36 times in memory of each pern kill person killed. our coverage continues online. just go to our website at and coming up at 7:00 on "today in the bay," identity thieves have a new way to get at your personal information this holiday season. what you need to know to keep your eye on your mailbox. that plus we'll have all your top news story and vianey will be back with a complete look at the forecast. for now we'll send you back to the "today" show.
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>> mr. white, how did you even get considered for this job? do you know donald trump? >> no, no. but i'm a big fan. i like his style. he acts first and then asks questions later. i also like that wall he wants to build. nothing comes in from mexico, meaning a lot less competition for the rest of us. >> you mean jobs? >> sure. >> that is brian cran ston making a guest appearance last night as walter white on saturday night live. by the way, next week we'll sit down with cran ston on sunday today.
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jessica jestain never considered becoming anything other than an actress. she's traveled from the stages of new york to an oscar worthy career in the movies. jestain's movie performance ms. sloan has them talking about another movie nomination for her. we talk about the juliart school where she began her steady rise. >> there is a height difference here. i think you should -- there you go. >> so, jessica, here we are across the street from julliard kind of where it all began for you. does that feel like a lifetime ago to you that you arrived in new york? >> it doesn't actually. i live right there in that building. those were the dorms and i lived on the 26th floor which was higher than i think i've ever lived. >> and a long way from her hometown of sacramento, california, the daughter of a chef and a fire fighter, jessica c hast ain decided at the age of
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nine she wanted to be an actor after her grandmother took her to the performance of joseph and the tech any color dream coat. >> i remember being in elementary school. what do you want to be? i'm going to be a lawyer. a teacher. i would say, i'm going to be an actor. i remember the adults looking at me like. >> isn't she sweet? >> you're not, but okay. good for you. >> naturally jessica became the president of her high school drama club. >> i was definitely the theater nerd. i went to maybe a couple football games, but i didn't go to my prom. >> no prom for you? >> no prom, no one asked me. >> what? >> yeah. >> no one asked jessica c hast ain to the prom. how are those guys doing right now? where are they right now? putting those high school years behind her jessica landed an audition with the famed julliard school. you were auditioned for the stuff of ledge end.
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did romeo and juliette. do you remember that performance, what you did exactly? >> yes, i did the monologue gallop of pace which is basically juliette, they had just been married and she's saying, like, hurry up, son, go away. the night will come and romeo will be here and i'll lose my virginity. such a wag etter would whip you, it's building. i played her as a girl that was ready to become a woman that night and i was running around the room and like writhing on the floor in the audition room. the head of the program they were all silent, the three of them sitting there, what did this girl do? he looks at me, and he goes, did you have fun, jessica? i said, yeah. he goes, okay, thanks.
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>> she was accepted and earned a scholarship funded by the late robin williams. oddly enough in those early days the physical feature for which she knows best was holding her back. >> it's not so much now in the scripts i get thank goodness. but ten years ago when it would describe a female character, it would als always describe the way she looked. blonde, girl next door, brunet, sassy, and never ever would it say red head. you're starting already, you're walking into the audition different than how people are imagining the character to be. >> for more than a decade c hast ain was happy as a stage actress. as far as movie stars go, she was a late bloomer. after she starred in a movie with al pacino, he recommended her to a tree of life. >> i worked with al and he sent terry an e-mail about his experience working with me, which was wonderful. >> it's not bad on the job
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interview to have a reference, al pacino says i'd be good at this. >> i have a copy of the e-mail. it's funny because it's written as he talks. so there's kind of like no punctuation. >> tree of life co-starring brad pitt came out in 2011, her break out year. she also appeared in "the debt" and "the help." >> ooh, no hugging. >> a performance that earned the newcomer an oscar nomination for best supporting actress. the help thrust jessica into a new unfamiliar world of celebrity. >> you seem to me to be someone who, despite how big a star you've become, i don't read about you in page 6. i don't really see you in "us weekly." is that by design? >> for sure, because i had time to notice the industry and study the industry before i was involved, i realized that the
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actress that i respond to and that i really admire, you don't read about their personal lives. i don't want to put it up for sale. and also, if i'm doing press, i want it to be about the work i'm doing, which i think is more interesting, i hope. >> work, like a best actress nominated role as the cia agent hunting osama bin laudin in zero dark 30. >> bin lauden is there and you're going to kill him for me. >> the latest, plolitical thriller "ms. sloan" in which she plays a lobbyist. >> i assumed i would be playing the character with no hair, makeup, wearing the same clothes three days, consumed with the job, and then i went to d.c. and met with about a dozen female lobbyists and i was really struck by how they presented themselves. they were wearing makeup and they were wearing sharp clothes and seven out of the 11 women were wearing black nail polish
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which shocked me. i never imagined that. >> very un-d.c. >> very un-d.c. >> while you're out there hustling i'll be talking to influential senators. >> she doesn't play a strong woman in the movies. she created a production company to support female film makers and she stood up as a voice on equal pay. why does that inequality persist in hollywood? if i have you in a movie and your co-star is i a man, why is he making more than you? why is that still happening? >> it's not that i want to make more. i want to be fairly compensated. we need a step forward and we need to talk about, like, okay, in relation to my filmography and my work, am i being fairly compensated compared to the male actor. >> were you guilty of not asking
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for enough after you realized this? >> absolutely, we're meant to feel grateful and i am very grateful. >> are you a person who thinks about look how far i've come when you come back to julliard? >> yes, absolutely. i'm always shocked,very day i'm shocked with where i am. i know it sounds so weird, but i can't begin to fathom it. >> jessica told me she has a personal rule that she will work with at least one female film maker every year. so, someone up and coming gets the same shot she did. her new movie "ms. sloan" is out now. and to see jessica squirm when i ask her about oscar talk, check out web extras and as i mention next week, brian cran ston the man who can pull off walter white, l.b.j. and hal from malcolm in the middle all with us next week on sunday today. and coming up next here, a trip to a european factory town where the export is fake news. we'll show you how they
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manufacture american headlines and why they do it. good morning, bay area. that front that brought all of that rain across the area finally moved south, and we're seeing some pretty dense fog in the north bay. san francisco also expecting to see some patchy fog. right now we're at a nice 49 degrees and we'll be seeing slightly cooler temperatures than what we experienced yesterday. we're talking upper 50s. we may not hit the 60s. here is a live like at what a quiet satellite radar looks like in the bay area. ♪ this is for you. did you really? didnav'te too! ♪ getting the gift you almost kept for yourself? now that's a holiday mini miracle. and it's easy to create your own at walgreens... with 50 percent off the gifts of the week, just around the corner.
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12 months free at >> during a speech this week on capitol hill, hillary clinton talked about the dangers of fake news, calling it an epidemic. made-up stories packaged to look real and spread across popular sites like facebook where they can get millions of views. clinton supporters believe that kind of dis information contributed to her losing the presidential election. so, where is this stuff coming from? nbc's alexander smith traveled to mass doen i canc edonia to f. >> he asked to keep his identity hidden. a guy making a living in mac edonia. >> the queen of england want to meet trump. trump and putin had a secret meeting in mexico. >> he is 18 years old. in the past six months he's made
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more than $60,000 writing, posting and sharing fake news articles about the american election. his biggest cash could you? >> make america great again. >> donald trump. >> donald trump is not a politician like any other. i think nothing could beat trump when it comes to social engagement. that's why we stick to trump. >> in the final three months of the presidential campaign, the most viral fake news stories outperform the most viral real news stories onacebook, according to a buzz feed analysis. most were pro-trump. around 150 fake u.s. political sites have been traced here to his hometown. he was willing to lift the veil on his bootstrap operation, which he claims garnered 40 million page views in the past sick months. to draw readers, his fake news stories copied a style of more mainstream organizations including nbc news. >> the republicans love the rhetoric.
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they respect them the most of anyone. and what you do is you say, obama donated $300 million to hillary clinton's campaign that he took from the veterans. and people will open that immediately, saying why. we see what people like and we just give them. if they like water, you give water. it's simple. >> fake news has affected valez. in a country with almost a quarter of its citizens unemployed and in a town with an average annual income of below $5,000, the impulse to deceive was seemingly irresistible. this club is cashing in on the success of fake news entrepreneurs who get paid relatively majestic sums by selling advertising on their sites. >> what happened in our town is that a lot of money came and a lot of people quit their jobs so they can put a lot of effort in this as they saw this as the big idea, theirig chance, their big change in their life.
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>> google and facebook recently announced new measures to crack down on sites like his. his google account is still up. besides, he says, fake news didn't alter the election. >> i know who is the responsible one for the election and that's the american people. i think the american people take their politics not as serious as other countries do. no offense to americans, but we don't believe such hoax news. >> and i'm joined now by alexander smith who brought us that report. alexander, i think the question on a lot of people's minds is why mac edonia. they're reading about it during a presidential election. what is it that makes that town such a source for this information? >> well, you're absolutely right. this phenomena of fake news couldn't have sprung up in a more surprising setting, the town of valez, population of around 50,000 people, and a relatively high unemployment rate. but the fact is how this town
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and many areas might explain why it's become such a hot bed for fake news. a lot of these kids didn't have a lot of prospects before fake news came along. so, when their friends started making a lot of money, word spread like wildfire and everyone wanted a piece of the action. >> as we saw in the piece it has become big business and people making a good amount of money in mac edonia. google, facebook, said we're going to crack down on fake news. it's a problem. do they worry about the crack down or get aa round it like we've been doing? >> unfortunately for google, facebook and mainstream media organizations like nbc news, he and his colleagues, his peers, they know what they're doing isn't illegal. but there are headlines which are fake and a little more of a subtle hoax. they're a little more of gray area and will be harder for these internet giants to root out. whatever happens, it's certain that in the next four years when the mainstream media is looking to hold the trump administration
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to account, there's a lot of work to be done to try and solve this problem of fake news. >> fascinating look, right at the source of this problem. alexander smith in london, thanks so much for bringing it to us. we appreciate t. coming up next on sunday today, the little boy who inspired his parents to start a company that's changing the way kids see the world. down came the rain and clogged the gutter system creating a leak in the roof. luckily the spider recently had geico help him with homeowners insurance. water completely destroyed his swedish foam mattress. he got full replacement and now owns the sleep number bed. his sleep number setting is 25. call geico and see how much you could save on homeowners insurance.
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the >> the philanthropic buy one give one philosophy of business led by companies like tom's shoes has a new practitioner and he's only three years old. steve patterson with the story of the little boy and his parents helping kids around the world with a challenge they know all too well. >> next comes the letter d. >> if you asked three-year old jonas. >> this is a dinosaur. >> he'd say there's no better time of day. >> next comes the letter e. >> than a little morning study session. >> elephant. >> good job. >> if you're going to hang with jonas, you better know your stuff. >> you're going to color a trapezoid? he's very studious. >> maybe more impressive than all the things jonas knows is he
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has to see what he's describing. jonas is severely visually impaired born with peter's anomaly where the baby cornea is clouded over with no light perception. >> your child turns what feels like from this beautiful, precious perfect child to like all of a sudden he's a child that needs to be examined to figure out what exactly is going on. >> it was so painful because it felt like my life had just flipped completely. >> what followed a medical odyssey, 21 eye surgeries before age three. >> it's hard. it's not easy at all. >> but you wouldn't know by being around jonas. >> it's a beautiful day. >> mostly because of who he is. >> oh, yeah, baby, oh, yeah. >> but partly because of how he looks. >> when the doctors told us that he did have some potential for sight, i started looking -- if he's going to wear glasses, he's going to look like a little stud
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muffin. >> but ben's search for style was frustrating. >> the options that are out there today were the same options i was embarrassed to be in back in the '80s, '90s. >> realizing the gap in good fashion mom and dad took matters into their own hands. first designing for jonas then opening a business in his name. jonas paul eyewear. stylish specs for kids most in need of a self-esteem boost. >> it's going to be something he can be excited about and confident in. >> and for every pair purchased, jonas paul donates to nonprofits providing eye exams, supplements and glasses to kids around the world. >> we knew how helpless we felt and we actually had access to doctors and had, you know, the care that jonas needed to be able to have sight. we wanted to pass that blessing on to others who didn't have that access. >> so far the buy sight give sight program has helped more than 22,000 families in 64
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countries. >> it's been neat, especially with our business, to feel like, hey, you can make an impact and you can change a life. >> isn't this fun? >> as for jonas, the little guy is a daily inspiration. >> i like yellow daysies. >> a reality of how beautiful life can be from even the smallest point of view. for sunday today, steve patterson, nbc news grand rapids, michigan. >> well done, jonas. this week we highlight another life well lived. >> 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. 0. godspeed, john glenn. >> astronaut john glenn heard those words from mission control on february 20th, 1962, just before his launch from pad 14 at cape canaveral in the tiny kinship 7 capsule. >> i feel fine. >> on a journey of less than
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five hours that made him the first american ever to orbit earth. americans stopped to watch and listen celebrating him as a national hero when he returned safely. john glenn already was a hero. as a marine pilot glenn flew 59 combat missions over the pacific in world war ii, and another 90 during the korean war often with baseball great ted williams as his wing man. in 1959 glenn answered a call from nas for test pilots. he and six others were selected. that original group is known as the mercury 7 of which glenn had been the last surviving member. after his storied space career, glenn was elected senator in his home state of ohio. he served four terms and ran for president in 1984. he was a principal character in the famous tom wolf book, the right stuff, which later became an academy award winning movie. still a sitting senator in 1998, glenn made history again, becoming at age 77 the oldest person ever to travel in space when he served as a pay load specialist on the shuttle
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we close this morning with some predictions for the week ahead. on tuesday, mer yam webster announces its word of the year for 2016. the team determines a winner by looking at which word has the most look-ups during the year. they gave a warning last week when they tweeted that the word fascism was trending toward a win. we predict the friends will get a wish when that is overtaken
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for the 2016 title by the word chubaka mom. the first family heads off for vacation this week. they will travel to hawaii. he will visit pearl harbor during that trip. we predict since there's only a month or so left at this point, president obama will hook up with his old high school gang and party like it's 1979. why not. on thursday, president-elect trump holds a press conference to announce the plan for his business holdings once he's sworn in next month. many argue he should divest completely to avoid any conflict of interest. we predict and we've got it on pretty darn good authority that trump will place his personal empire and his trust in the hands of a single man. you guessed it, gary busey. he's planning to liquidate everything and take the cash to the dog track in bonita springs, florida. stay tuned to nbc this morning for "meet the press." chuck todd joined by the chief of staff to president-elect trump, reince priebus.
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oakland (adlib) your time now is 7:00. we want to give you a live look outside at oakland as the sun rises over some clearer skies than we saw yesterday. good sunday morning to you. thank you so much for joining us. i'm vicky nguyen. let's get a check of the microclimate forecast with vianey arana. good morning to you, and things looking a little nicer out there today. >> definitely a little nicer. it will be an easier day for commuters. the roads were a mess yesterday and the clouds you're seeing right now over oakland, there are a few low clouds in the area still, but they should be making an exit and making room for some sunshine. right now in the peninsula, the south bay, and the


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