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in the bay." we'll be back with you at 7:25 with live, local news. >> join us for the news at 11:00. it is hump day. good morning. breaking overnight. >> the tax cuts and jobs act is passed. >> the senate approves the republican sweeping tax overhaul, to the dismay of democrats. >> what a disgrace. that's what this bill is. >> but an embarrassing snag forces another house vote today. >> one member of the staffs screwed up. it's not the end of western civilization. >> this morning, house speaker paul ryan joins us live to talk about his party's big moment. who were the big winners and losers and what it means for you. deadly distraction. investigators looking into the deadly amtrak derailment, reveals the engineer was
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training someone at the time. that explains why no one pulled the emergency brake. a tour bus carrying caribbean tour bus passengers. 20 peop 12 people killed, 20 injured. all that plus strength in numbers. >> rose mcgowan gathers accusers together for a candid conversation about the #metoo movement. an officer dragged half a mile by a suspect, after a traffic stop gone wrong. and jingle bell jackpot. more than 5$500 million up for grab, as lottery fever sweeps the nation, just before christmas, today, december 20th, 2017. >> from nbc news, this is "today," live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. and good morning, everybody. welcome to "today."
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thanks for joining us on this wednesday morning. big all-nighter in washington last night. >> they did pull an all-nighter, didn't they? >> we have the house speaker to talk about what the congress is up to. we'll get to our top story. the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in decades, just a final house vote away for landing on the president's desk for signature. we will talk live to house speaker paul ryan in a moment. first, kristen welker with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. the white house and lawmakers on capitol hill are celebrating today, after the senate passed that landmark tax bill overnight. but one final step does remain. the house has to vote again today, after that unexpected setback, that was not only embarrassing but caused a delay. still, the bottom line, this bill is expected to pass and make its way to the president's desk. mr. trump on the cusp of his first major legislative achievement. this morning, president trump and the gop are on the brink of
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a huge victory, after an overnight senate vote. >> the tax cuts and jobs act is passed. >> reporter: a 58-41 vote along party lines, giving the green right to republicans' sweeping rewrite of the tax code. >> if we can't sell this to the american people, we ought to go into another line of work. >> reporter: the president calling it the biggest in history. the final vote repeatedly interrupted by protesters. democrats venting their outrage. >> it's not tax reform. it is a heist. >> what a disgrace. that's what this bill is. it's an absolute disgrace. >> reporter: chuck schumer, the top senate democrat, also blasting republicans for talking during his speech. we believe you're messing up america. you can pay attention for a couple of minutes. >> reporter: the senate vote, coming just hours after republicans heralded the passage of the house bill, with speaker paul ryan presiding.
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>> the report is adopted without objection to reconsider is laid upon the table. >> reporter: ryan's gavel falling off the desk as he made the announcement. and the house bill hit a roadblo roadblock, of a senate parliamentarian said that three didn't comply with budget rules. forcing the senate to make minor changes before it could pass. with those provisions eliminated, the house will have to vote on the bill again today, before the legislation heads to president trump's desk. what does the gop mean for you? corporations get the largest tax cut, slashed from 35% to 21%. that rate will be permanent. while most americans will also see lower rates, the cut for individuals will expire in a decade. the bill repeals the obamacare individual mandate and scales back popular deductions like the one for skattate, local and
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property taxes. democrats argue it benefits the wealthy and hurts the middle class. >> it's a looting of america. the wholesale robbery of the middle class. >> reporter: the new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows the bill remains unpopular. 41% of americans calling it a bad idea. republicans insist it will change minds. >> it will increase take-home pay. >> reporter: in a statement, sarah sanders called a historic vote towards tax reform. saying the white house is looking forward to the house's final vote today. lawmakers have one final hurdle before they begin their christm christm christmas breaks. the government runs out of money on friday. and with fights over disaster relief, they could be heading towards a shutdown if they don't find a resolution. >> kristen welker, thank thank . we're joined by the house speaker, paul ryan. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah.
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>> you looked almost giddy when you banged that gavel and voted on tax reform. you worked on it for a long time. the biggest tax cut here, the rate is going to corporations. their tax rate goes from 35% to 21%. as i understand the argument of your colleagues, you're counting on corporations to take that money and put it back into the economy, hire people and raise wages. it wasn't work if they don't do that. is that correct? >> the studies show us that's what does happen. but first of all, savannah, don't forget that we tax american captiorporations at th highest rate in the world. as a result of that, we're we're losing jobs overseas. and american businesses are becoming foreign companies. they call them inversions. we're seeing a rash of companies relocate overseas. >> this is what you're trying to fix that. the rate goes down, and the idea is that the corporations will
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spend the money on workers and jobs. correct? >> we say that the corporations, not only are we going to let you bring your money back from overseas, we're going to tax you with a rate that's on par. but we're going to give an incentive of investing in american jobs. you can write off investments by hiring more people when you purchase blnew plants and equipment. workers benefit, wages go up, more jobs occur. we need to put the american economy in a better competitive position to compete and get faster economic growth. this is a tax cut for families, as well. >> it is. and let me jump into this. the biggest tax cut is for corporations. ceos have said, candidly. i'm looking at a list of ceos who say they don't plan to reinvest. they do stock buybacks to line the pockets of shareholders. let me quote michael bloomberg. he said, ceos aren't waiting on
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a tax cut to jump-start the economy, a favorite phrase of politicians who have never run a company. it's pure fantasy to think that the tax bill will lead to higher wages and growth. i'll ask you plainly, are you living in a fantasy world? >> i would compare that anecdote to surveys of the businesses, the national business manufacturers that show the majority of businesses will do what we say, reinvest in the workers. reinvest in the factories, pay people more money, higher wages. >> let me pin you down on that. >> workers benefit on this through higher wages. it's not a question of if oop. t it's a question of when. >> i want to drill down on this point. "the wall street journal" recently had a conference of ceos. and gary cohn, the white house adviser, asked are you going to reinvest this money if tax reform passes? let me show you what happened. >> if the tax reform bill goes
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through, do you plan to increase investment? your companies' investment, just a show of hands if the tax reform goes through? >> why aren't the other hands up? >> gary cohn saying, why aren't the hands up. corporations are sitting on a ton of cash. why aren't they raising wages and creating jobs now? >> about $3 trillion of that cash is trapped overseas and cannot come back into our economy to be reinvested because of our tax laws. you remove these barriers to investment in our economy. you give businesses an incentive to invest in america, in their factorie s. and that's what we do. so, look. savannah, the tax rate before this bill passes is 35%. that's the highest in the industrialized world. the rest of our competers tax their companies at 22.5%.
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ireland is $20.5%. when we tax businesses at higher tax rates than our foreign competitors are taxing theirs, we're losing and they're gaining. what's more important is american businesses are moving overseas. they're not even american companies anymore. this is a trend that has to be reversed. and we know that if we fix these tax laws, we will get reinvestment back in this economy. the anecdotes -- i will tell you every study under the sun shows us, you lower the tax rates, you will see growth in america. >> a lot of people will be counting on that and hoping for that outcome. you have a long time budget hawk. i remember you in 2012, doing campaign events in front of that deficit clock. and it's estimated this tax cut is going to cost $1.46 trillion more to the deficit. i know the theory is, if you have more tax growth, you get more revenues into the coffer and that reduces the deficit. let me put a fine point on it.
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are you saying that the growth you're going to get from the tax cut will equal the amount it would cost on the deficit side so it's a wash? so you're not adding to the deficit at all because of this? >> nobody knows the answer to that question. that's in the let me say it this way, savannah, people are living paycheck to paycheck in this country. more than half of the people are in this country. another group about one check away from living paycheck to pay check. we have not had a 3% growth economy since the great depression, 2006. what that means is stagnant wages, faster standards, you have to get ahead in america. that's what we are doing t. average tax cut for the median family of four in america will be $2,059. it's a serious tax cut. so what we are trying to do is give relief to hard working
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family, we are doubling the standard deduction. we are making it so simple that almost then out of ten tax pay kers do tear taxes on a form leak a postcard, so the point we are trying to make sheer savannah with we feed fast economic growth. we are living pay check to paycheck. >> that is good for america t. other thing you need to do. you rightfully point out, we have to control our spending. >> that we have more work to do. we clearly have to go after spending control, you also have to have economic growth. those are the twin things that get the debt down, grow the economy, cut spending. we got to get back at cutting spending. >> i am almost out of town time. i do want to ask you about sexual harassment. this has been a time of reckoning in my industry him in your line of work, in congress, you have accepted, asked for, the resignations or retirements of colleague, democrat and republican who have been accused
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of sexual misconduct. my question to shut president. president trump has been accused as well. three accusers recently asked for a congressional investigation. they want you, congress to look into whether those accusations against the president are true. would you support such an investigation? >> well, as you know the person if charge of that committee, trey gowdy has given a particular response. those are criminal matter, congress doesn't do criminal investigations him i would ask you, invite you to talk to the white house. let me get at the other issue you are talking about. you are right. you know this very clearly, because it happened in your industry, in your studio. it's happening here in congress. let's take this moment for as seriously as it is, not make it some partisan thing, what i'm trying to do here, with democrats, nancy and i talk about this all the time. i had a great meeting with jackie spears yesterday. we need to make sure this moment is the culture changing moment it needs to be, and that means not only do we have to change
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our law, not only do we have to change the way disclosure and transparent si works and the laws work going forward, but we need to change the culture so let's not make it some partisan food fight, let's see this issue, let's give this issue the respect it deserves so that we can make sure that we can change this culture, so we're not having this story a year from now, we're doing this seriously, we will bring out a whole slew of reforms at the end of this week, to show how congress will get ahead of this problem and make sure victims have rights, victims know where they will go t. laws in transparent sis will be where they want to be. >> i think everyone request agree on that. it should not be a partisan issue. the congress position is they are all liar, is that your position as well? >> i don't know what thesing a sakes are, i'm focused on fixing congress. i'm focused on my job, where i work, making this institution same. i want my daughter to be able to grow up in an economy to go into
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a work, public or private sector, where she is not being harassed, she is being empowered. that's what i'm focused on, i'm not going to focus on this other stuff. >> is it going to stay open? >> yes, government will stay opened. >> check that box. we appreciate it. we have a lot more to get to, including the investigation into that deadly amtrak train derailment in washington state. official versus already determined it was speeding at the time. now they want to know if something or someone was distracting the engineer. nbc has the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ntsb officials now say there was one other person inside the cab when this happened a. conductor in training trying to familiarize himself with a brand new line. now investigators are looking into whether distraction may have played a role in this crash that may have killed three people and injured 70. twisted metal, evidence that
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tore apart this commuter train and the lives of the 85 people on board. they comb through the wreckage, new questions of the survivors and families of the victims, about what could have caused the derailment in the line's first official run. >> everybody is going left to right, up and down to wake up look at the seat on the opposite row in theation, i see people's legs underneath the car outside of me, it's horrible. >> reporter: he was taking the train home from the game because he thought it seemed safer than driving. >> people say the train is safer. you run into something leak this. >> it was bone chilling to see the train like eerie that my husband was on that, i don't know how anyone walked a away, actually. >> reporter: nearly 100 people were taken to hospitals. at least three people were killed in the crash. ntsb investigators say they are working to uncover additional data, they have already learned from the black box the trains were tripped as it went 80 miles
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an hour into a 30-mile-an-hour curve. >> it looks like the emergency brake was automatically activated when the accident was occurring rather than being initiated by the eng fear. >> reporter: versions also confirming the safety system known as ptc, designed to prevent such accidents hadn't been implemented on the few line. >> ptc is positive train control. it's an overlay system that allows the technology to communicate and enforce things such as speed restrictions. >> at least some of the crew had will be doing practice runs for two weeks before the crash. investigators say the engineer had done the route before. >> under amtrak policy, he couldn't operate the train unless he was qualified and familiar with this territory. >> reporter: but some communities along the route had long warned against the danger of running high speed trains in the area, warnings they say amtrak did not heed. and it's important to note back if 2008, congress passed a law mandating that all train versus that critical safety function,
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that positive train control by the year 2015, but train companies said they couldn't make that happen. so that deadline has been pushed all the way to the end of 2018. back to you, guys. >> gadi schwartz, thank you so much. >> let's go to al with the weather. >> let's sew whhow what we haveg on. in the southeast, there could be flooding there. windy conditions picking up in southern california t. good news is these are not of the dryer winds, there is biting wind chills in the northern plains, brick in the feast. we are watching that storm system in the rockies. we will look at that and travel your your holidays in the next half hour. we will look at your forecast coming up in the next 30 seconds. for free.
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pretty sweet. or as we like to say from seven days in the future... ah...we still say pretty sweet. it's basically the same. good morning. i'm meteorologist, kari hall. the rain we had earlier this morning, pushing to the south. the skies are clearing around the bay area as we get a look at the wet roads you have to deal with in san jose. the temperatures now at 48 degrees. then, we are going to see the high temperatures today in the mid-50s. much cooler than the weather we have had recently. with the winds gusting at 15-25 miles per hour, we are going to feel much cooler as we go throughout the day. stay warm. >> and that's your latest weather. guys? and that's your latest weather. >> all right, al, thank you. coming up, the accusers leading the me too movement come together for a candid conversation. >> an eye opening look at the
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we )re following breaking news - good morning. it's 7:26, i'm marcus washington. we are following breaking news in an armed robbery at an upscale south bay home. "today in the bay's" anser hassan has been following the story all morning long. he has the developments. >> reporter: good morning, marcus. the search is on for five suspects, one woman and four men. one person may be injured. the road is blocked off. sheriff's deputies are on the scene. we are at red berry drive, a very upscale neighborhood with multimillion dollar homes. over the past hour, we watched deputies go door-to-door as part of the investigation. at this time, sheriff's deputies
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do not know if the house was targeted or the condition of the people inside. live in los gatos, anser hassan, "today in the bay." >> thank you. right now, we want to look at what's going on with the weather. started out with a rainy morning, but looks like the rain cleared out. >> it is clearing out quickly. this is a fast-moving front. what to expect the rest of the day, all clear skies. the high temperatures reaching the mid-50s. with those breezy winds, it is going to feel cool. this kind of weather continues over the next several days. how are the roads moving, vianey? >> we dealt with a number of crashes this morning. this one is causing delays in the santa cruz mountains along northbound 17 near redwood estates. they have cleared it off to the side, but they are dealing with the poor road conditions. at least a 40-minute delay expected. back to you.
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>> thank you. we'll have another update for you in a half hour. we are always on at
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♪ ♪ we're back. 7:30. pan down, would you? yes. it's the lovely rockefeller center christmas tree, wednesday morning, 20th of december. t-minus five days. >> five days. let's start with the headlines, starting with the battle over taxes and your money. >> the conference report is adopted without objection to reconsider and is laid upon the table. >> tax plan approved. >> the tax and jobs act is passed. >> the controversial tax bill is passed in the senate, now headed back to the house after an embarrassing snag. house speaker paul ryan weighing in on the big win for the trump administration.
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>> we need to put the american economy in a better competitive position so we can compete and win jobs and get faster economic growth. don't forget, this is a big tax cut for families as well. amtrak investigation. >> i see people's legs underneath the car on the side of me. and it was horrible. >> the ntsb looking at whether the engineer was distracted at the time of that deadly derailment in washington. >> it looks like the emergency brake was automatically activated when the accident was occurring, rather than being initiated by the engineer. taking names. u.n. ambassador nikki haley sends a strong message to the general assembly. the u.s. will remember those who oppose president trump's controversial decision to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital. caught on camera. >> whoa. >> shocking body cam footage shows a police officer being dragged on the side of a car after responding to an overdose call. the vehicle reaching speeds up to 60 miles an hour. the driver in police custody this morning, charged with attempted murder.
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and a frozen rescue. >> come on. >> a new jersey pup saved after falling in an icy pond thanks to some rope and quick-thinking officers. today, wednesday, december 20th, 2017. >> got to love a story like that. >> he was all right. we move to a candid conversation between some of the women who have accused powerful men against sexual misconduct. nbc's stephanie gosk is on the story for us this morning. >> reporter: good morning. we've heard their stories for months. now "new york magazine" got them altogether for a roundtable, moderated by one of the most public voices in the fight against sexual misconduct, roads mcgowan. here are some of the highlights from the discussion. >> my beef is really with all the people that are complicit. >> reporter: eight women with different stories. but a shared experience. >> it's the first time in history women have been believed.
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>> my god. shouldn't we all be enraged? i don't mean just the women in this room. shouldn't everybody be? >> reporter: "new it's very difficult to stand up and say, this is what happened and have, like an administration, saying i'm lying. >> reporter: with harvey weinstein accuser rose mcgowan who says the hollywood mogul raped her, leading the discussion. >> i would challenge the media to stop using the word alleged. >> i will, too. >> reporter: weinstein has repeatedly denied any accusations of sexual assault. mcgowan's account triggered other women to come forward with stories about the movie exec. >> i had a tremendous amount of self blame until those women came forward and were published. then i kind of felt like, wow, things are shifting. i can share this experience. >> i stayed silent for a long time because i didn't feel there was a safe environment for me to be able to have voices.
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>> you were right. >> reporter: two of the women on the panel accuse president trump of sexual assault. >> i found anger when the #metoo movement came up and all of these other men were being brought down. what happened to trump? >> mr. president? >> reporter: trump has denied any wrongdoing and denies having met the women. >> do you really think that change is happening? >> yes. >> reporter: rebecca cori says comedian louis c.k. asked him to watch while he masturbated. her story caused a backlash. >> i'm getting death threats. i'm getting free hate every, single day. >> reporter: louis c.k. issued a statement responding to multiple allegations. writing in part, these stories are true. the power i had over these women is they admired me. and i wielded that power irresponsibly. >> this is the takeaway. >> reporter: two of the women accuse john hockenberry a long-time host of public radio, of a pattern of harassment.
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suki kim, a journalist herself, broke the story. >> i couldn't go on the show. the host is sending me inappropriate e-mails for a year. i did file a complaint. hockenberry was let go in washington. in a statement, he wrote, in part, i should have been more aware of how the power i wielded over others, coupled with inappropriate comments and communications could be construed. i have no excuses. ments and communications could be const e construed. i have no excuses. >> it's about unfair employment practices. you're one of the top dogs in this particular field. you have power to make or break people's careers. >> reporter: mcgowan's conversation comes amid her intense back and forth with meryl streep. it started when mcgowan called her out on twitter for working with weinstein. streep responding in an online statement, stressing not everyone knew, including herself. after streep's response, these posters started popping up around los angeles, with streep's image, and the phrase she knew across her face.
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it's unclear at this point who is putting the posters up. but it is toxic right now in hollywood. >> it is. >> for sure. >> steph, thanks so much. let's switch gears and check the weather. >> time for us to look at what's happening as far as travel for the holidays. that storm is coming out of the pacific northwest. the snow is starting to lessen. as we move forward, starting with today, we're looking at difficult travel for the mountain passes through the cascades. i-80, i-90 having problems. we move ahead to thursday. the storm will be on the eastside of the rockies. denver looking at problems. chicago, looking at problems. i-80 and i-90 travel going to be dicey. on friday, steady rain from dallas to detroit. gusty winds. cincinnati, chicago, detroit, all hubs. on saturday, stretching from boston all the way down to atlanta. heavy rain, possible travel delays for the heavy rain and strong winds will continue to track it for you.
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good morning, i'm meteorologist, kari hall. the cold front cleared the bay area and we are left with drying conditions, breezy winds and chilly temperatures. look at the highs reaching the mid to upper 50s. we are up to 55 degrees in san jose. the skies will stay mostly clear. we welcome in winter tomorrow, at least on the calendar. san francisco, 55 and breezy. the next chance of rain in the forecast is christmas day, moving in during the evening. >> and get that weather anytime you need it. check out our pals at the weather channel on cable. coming up, there's time to shop. but what about to ship? you need to ship those pants. what's it going to cost you to make sure your holiday packages arrive on time? >> good one. a surprising first for one of the holiday season's most icon iic songs. plus, a rossen report for anyone giving a gift card this year.
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from our cazy delicious family to yours. crave those crazy squares welcome back in this morning on our special series "holidays in the holy land" a journey to where it all began. >> keir simmons was in jerusalem on tuesday. now, he's made his way to the birth place of jesus, bethlehem. >> reporter: behind the christmas tree there is the church of the nativity, where they say jesus was born. in a moment, we're going to take you inside because many christians come here, especially after a year like this, of so much bitterness and so much
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division, to find healing. healing in that story of a little boy, born in a stable, who brought hope to the world. ♪ the birth of jesus. a 2,000-year-old miracle in bethlehem, the bible says. and after two millennia, main street hasn't changed that much. this may be where the three wise men arrived in bethlehem. >> yes. actually, this is one of the oldest streets when the three wisemen came to bethlehem. >> reporter: it's now called? >> star street. >> reporter: we travel into the desert. good to see you. i meet bethlehem's amateur astronomers, to find out about the wise men. they came on camels, from the east, following a bright star. traveling through the desert,
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that would have been a best place for them to follow a star. >> of course. >> reporter: they were the astronomers of their day. >> they were experts of astronomy. they were using astrology. >> reporter: that strikes a blow for science. >> translator: if a star just appears we can't conclude it was an earthquake, a birth or a death. that's just mythology. >> reporter: back in bethlehem down. frankincense and myrrh. >> frankincense. >> reporter: wow. look at that. >> so expensive. >> reporter: this is a gift from kings for a few baby. >> reporter: and the third gift? >> i don't have any. >> reporter: you don't have any gold? it's the message of peace that bethlehem's mayor says he hopes to preserve. this is the church of the nativity. you enter through this tiny doorway. but once inside -- the detail is
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exquisite. it's beautiful. >> the message of peace, went from this place. >> reporter: from such humble beginnings, this incredible church and incredible story. built some 1,700 years later, above what is to be the stable. for the last 2,000 years, this has been a land beset by conflict. bethlehem flanked by a war that israel built to section off the west bank. how tall is it? >> it's 50 feet. i hope it will be the first christmas tree in the world. >> reporter: at its center, just once a year, a symbol with a different message. and this year, this christian palestinian family will again gather around their own little tree. do you like christmas? >> yes. >> reporter: why do you like it? >> you celebrate together. and we have fun. and we play games. >> reporter: the numbers of
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christians dwindling, as peace in the region remains elusive. >> i feel sad. i see families leave every year by the dozen. >> reporter: but the christmas message is as strong as ever. >> that little child who was born every year. he gives us hope. he gives us hope that a better future will be coming. >> reporter: and next week, we'll continue our series with a look at the search for the truth behind the bible. savannah and hoda, i think of my grandmother. my catholic grandmother, who never missed church and never got to come here. and i hope we've given folks a chance to have a little piece of this so they can carry with them through christmas. >> she would have been so thrilled for you, keir, that you got to see it. thank you so much. what a journey. we're going to head over to dylan dreyer to see what she has coming up in the orange room. >> good morning. and why new technology on and why new technology on facebook is creeping out a lot
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good wednesday morning, i'm meteorologist, kari hall. we have rain that moved through earlier this morning. as you can see, now, it cleared out. it's still quite breezy and that is what we will see, cooler air and gusty winds. 35 degrees in santa rosa, 47 in san jose and 44 in livermore with the democrats across the board in mid to upper 50s. over the next few days, we will continue on with very chilly conditions for the morning hours. san francisco, a low of 41 degrees by friday. we will have another chance of rain in the forecast on christmas that mainly runs tuesday morning. overall, we are looking at cooler conditions than we have had recently. there may be freezing temperatures in the valleys by the end of the workweek. let's check in with vianey arana to see who you the commute so going. >> we saw a number of accidents.
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the rain hasn't helped. now that that cleared out, we are dealing with back ups on northbound 17 near redwood estates. a sig-alert for the area, the lanes have been cleared, however, we are expecting the traffic to recover. expect major delays of about 45 minutes driving through northbound 17. a quick look at the bridge drive times, westbound 80 is 18 minutes. a live look there. back to you. authorities are on the hunt for five people. we are talking to deputies about the search for the robbers and awaiting word if the homeowner was injured. we are monitoring developments on capitol hill where lawmakers must set in motion one of the biggest tax cuts. you can link to the latest, including how your tax bract is likely to change. i'll have another update for you in a half hour. you can also go to online... what if they never
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it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, breaking overnight. coming up, breaking overnight -- >> the tax cuts and jobs act is passed. >> the senate approves the gop's sweeping tax overhaul setting up major victory for the trump administration. >> it's not a question of if. it's a question of how much they benefited. >> what a disgrace. that's what this bill is. it's an absolute disgrace. >> we're live at the white house. plus, hacked for the holidays. >> i can write software designed to go after a website and actually pull the card pins one at a time from each card. >> how gift cards from one of the biggest retailers in the country could be vulnerable to hackers, leaving the balance
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totally wiped out. >> zero. >> zero. nothing. >> we investigate. and third time's the charm. rebel wilson stops by studio 1a to tell us all about how she's back and hitting the right notes in the new film "pitch perfect 3." wednesday, december 20th, 2017. we've got a senior class trip on the plaza. >> from virginia! >> happy birthday to aunt sherri. where is aunt sherri? >> right here. >> what are you celebrating? >> it's christmas time, our first time on the plaza! >> we have teachers on the loose on the plaza. >> merry christmas from new york city! >> i think you traveled the farthest. >> all the way from south africa. >> who is turning 80?
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>> this lady! >> doesn't that look like fun? welcome back. nice to have you with us on wednesday morning. smack dab in the middle of the week. let's get right to the news at 8:00. the historic republican tax bill ready to land on president trump's desk with just one snag to clear up in the house first. nbc's chief white house correspondent hallie jackson with the latest. >> reporter: good morning. after a very late night here in washington, a very big morning for republicans and for donald trump, who is on the verge of his first big legislative victory. overnight the senate passed the ul in a generation. that sets up the final step, that house vote today, after a surprise delay yesterday. still, despite criticism from democrats that this bill benefits the wealthy, gop leaders are not waiting to take a victory lap. house speaker paul ryan laid out his party's thinking just about an hour ago. >> every study under the sun
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shows us you lower the tax rates, make us more competitive, you will see faster economic growth in america. >> reporter: republicans are basically making the bet that businesses will reinvest the money they are saving back into the economy. so what does this mean for you? corporations do get the largest tax cuts, slashed from 35% down to 21%. that is going to be a permanent cut. while most americans will also see lower rates, the cuts for individuals will eventually expire in about a decade. the bill repeals the obamacare individual mandate and scales back popular deductions like the ones for state, local and property taxes, but it does increase the child tax credit. the bill is expected to be sent to the president's desk midday today, but right after that, don't forget the other big deadline congress has to deal with. by friday, they have to figure out how to avoid a government shutdown. all of it means we will have plenty to ask the president during what we expect will be his year-end press conference at the white house later today. big day today.
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>> hallie, thank you. at least 12 people, including americans are dead after a bus carrying cruise ship passengers flipped over in southeastern mexico. about 20 other people were hurt in tuesday's accident. royal caribbean cruises said that passengers from two of its ships were aboard the bus on an excursion to visit mayan ruins. one ship left fort lauderdale friday, the other departed miami on saturday. the cruise company said it was assisting with medical care. back to the story we mentioned in the last hour, if you are still trying to find that perfect gift for christmas, perhaps stocking stuffers, we have a suggestion. how about lottery tickets? more than a half billion dollars is now up for grabs. tonight's powerball jackpot stands at $269 million and friday night's megamillions jackpot is up to $247 million. of course, if there are no winners in those jackpots it keeps going up and up and up, could turn into a very merry christmas. no need to stop by, santa. we're fine. got the morning boost?
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>> i certainly do. this time we want to share two acts of kindness. a woman in waterbury, connecticut saw a homeless man didn't have a coat on a really cold day so she drove to a store and got it, delivered it to him, put it on him. she went around front, she zipped it up and then the grateful man gave her a big hug. beautiful, thoughtful, generous. her kids were in the car watching. mom doing her thing. we got another one from ft. worth, texas. little boy saw this police officer eating alone in a fast food place. he wanted to go over and all he wanted to do was say hello, or so the officer thought. take a listen to what the little boy's mom says. >> he wanted to give you a hug. >> a hug? okay. >> after giving the officer the big squeeze, the little boy ran back to his mom. know what? isn't it about those little tiny acts of kindness that make you want to do one? >> doesn't feel tiny to the recipie
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recipient. i like it. still ahead on this wednesday morning, five days left. what you can do to get the holiday packages to their destinations on time. yes, what it will cost you. >> then your guide to holiday tipping from who is expecting one to how much to give. first, a look ahead at megan kelly. >> an 8-year-old boy has 13 surgeries and over 300 hospital visits. as it turns out, he may never have been sick at all. his mother is now under arrest and his father joins us in an exclusive today. >> thank you. all that, plus a very timely rossun reports. >> gift cards real popular around the holidays but now we discovered a new security flaw at one of the country's biggest retailers, where hackers could drain your card down to zero before you ever use it. how to protect your money, coming up. jewelry.
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tum tum tum tum tums chewy bites. the unique formula with nourishing almond oil leaves skin smoother moisturized for 24 hours. enjoy smoother skin and now try new oil infused lotions moisturize with indulging scents welcome welcome back. this morning on our "rossen reports" series, hacking your holiday. an urgent warning for everybody buying gift cards at a popular retailer. >> national investigative correspondent jeff rossen is here to explain. >> reporter: good morning. five days left until christmas. this is when gift cards get popular because if you're a last-minute shopper like i am, they're an easy present. everyone loves them. you can't go wrong. but this morning, we are exposing what a cyber security expert calls a serious flaw with nordstrom gift cards. the expert came to us saying he
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and potentially others could hack nordstrom and gain access to the gift cards, draining them down to zero dollars before you can use them. before you go shopping, don't worry, we're about to show you how to protect your money. gift cards are big business right now. according to the national retail federation, americans are expected to spend nearly $28 billion on gift cards this year alone. but what if your card was compromised and the money on it, completely wiped before you ever went shopping? cyber security expert jim stickley has come to us with an urgent alert. telling us, he's cracked the code with nordstrom gift cards. he can hack in and drain all of the money. i have ten nordstrom gift cards here. you're saying you can hack these. >> not only can i hack those. but the cards that are for sale, i can hack those, and drain the funds from them.
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>> reporter: how? >> i can write software that's designed to go after a website and can pull the card p.i.n.s one at a time. >> reporter: it's flying through p.i.n. numbers. >> reporter: he's discovered a few problems with nordstrom gift cards, including shorter p.i.n. numbers, and no protection from bats. we're not showing you how he does it, but within minutes, the money on that card could be gone. if you were a criminal, what could you do? >> i can start making purchases with nordstrom. or there's sites that will buy the card from you. i can sell the card to third parties and make money off the bat. >> reporter: did you try this at other retailers, as well? >> nordstrom had a flaw in their design that allowed this to work where the others generally don't. >> reporter: and he says thieves can take it further. snapping simple photos of gift cards on racks. once activated, draining those cards, too. this is my gift card. we put 50 bucks on it.
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this is the packaging it came in. you are saying, just like this, you can hack it. >> absolutely. that's the card number. and there's a three digit p.i.n. >> reporter: this is how it's sold, with this being shown. >> yeah. plain as day. >> reporter: he gets to work on my card. >> that's easy. there it is. >> reporter: telling us, he's drained the funds. but did it really work? i take the gift card to nordstrom, checking to see if he's actually drained it. i want to see how much is on that gift card? >> zero. nothing, nada. >> reporter: thank you very much. happy holidays. i call nordstrom to tell them what we found. hi, this is jeff rossen calling from nbc news. a security expert came to us and said he found what he calls a flaw in the nordstrom system with gift cards. he's able to hack into the system and literally drain all the gift cards down. he wants to show you how he did this so you guys can fix the problem. >> reporter: nordstrom declined
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to meet with us in person. so, we connected the retailer with the security expert by phone. he walked them through the problem and how to fix the flaw. nordstrom telling nbc news, our customers are always our top priority. if we learn they were negatively impacted by an issue with our gift card systems, we'd work quickly to take care of them. adding, we have a number of gift card security controls in place. and a team of experts that regularly test, review and enhance those controls. securing gift cards to protect your money this holiday season. and i have some good news to report. since we connected nordstrom with our expert in the piece, they have now fixed the problem. so, some good news there. okay. what can you do to protect yourself and your gift cards no matter what the company? we've seen racks like this grocery stores and pharmacies. the big tips here, experts say you shouldn't buy gift cards from these public racks,
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instead, buy them at stores where they keep the gift cards behind the counter where they're secure. that way thieves can't walk up, turn it around and copy down the numbers. if you can buy the gift cards online, that's even better. if you have to buy them from the rack, there's something else i want you to look for. come on in here with me. make sure, the bar code, fine. you see that p.i.n. number there? if you see the number exposed, move on to another rack. don't buy that card because that is exactly how the hackers can get in. not worth the risk. >> a lot of times you have to scratch it off, right? >> yeah. exactly. >> if it's been prescratched, don't get that one. >> i have the $50 gift card that was drained down for you guys. >> send me chocolates. >> you got it. >> thank you, jeff. good advice. time for what's "trending." look who set his alarm early, mr. lester holt. >> dylan said, why are you here. i don't really know. >> you're going to be around. >> i'm going to be on the plaza.
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that's what i'm here for. >> would you like to "trend" with us? >> absolutely. >> here's what's trending. national signing day for college football. the voice, by the way. should i say who won? i'm not going to say it. >> because people don't know. >> people maybe they don't know. and a good time in four words. there was an article in "the chicago trib" that caught our eyes this morning. the headline reads "should you be best friends with your spouse?" there's no right answer. the article pointed out that a life coach said that so long as you make your partner a priority, it's okay to have strong other great friendships. i was just curious with everybody in a long-term relationship. do you consider your spouse, lester holt, to be your best friend? >> and carol is watching right now. >> i think in terms of who do you tell your most intimate secrets to, it's generally your spouse. i think my wife is my best friend. >> would she say the same? >> hang on a second. >> she just texted me. no. she says, you're my besty, savannah. >> i'm so slow on texting,
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she'll get it next wednesday. but i think she would say the same thing. we have conversations that only we would have with each other. >> yeah. dylan? >> i think so. brian and i were friends before we started dating. i love brian. but i also really like him. i like him as a friend to hang out with and to laugh with. that's important. >> i thought -- you had a reaction. you weren't sure? >> i feel like i've had a best friend who i've known for a lot of my life. and i adore joel. i love joel. he's near and dear to me. but i would consider her to be my best friend. she knows everything from all the that life. >> yeah. >> and i think if you have one person for everything, sometimes you end up not getting what you need when you need it sometimes. >> i think different people provide different things. deborah's my best friend. but i have other good friends, you know, you can really share other things with. >> i agree. >> what about mike? >> yeah.
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i would say mike is my best friend. but i have other best friends. if i want to complain about mike, i have to talk to other people. >> not that you ever do. >> not that i ever do because he is a dream. >> a dream boat. we did ask our viewers what they thought. and 77% say their spouse is their best friend. >> there you have it. >> it makes sense. "pop start." don't give away "the voice." >> i'm not saying anything about "the voice." let's start with exciting news from two actresses. first comes from mindy kaling. e news reports that kaling has welcomed her first child, a baby girl. she gave birth on december 15th and his named her daughter katherine. the 38-year-old actress first opened up about her pregnancy to willie geist on sunday. she was really excited to be a mom and hoped to be a fun mom. i'm sure that won't be problem for a comedienne to live up to. and eva longoria is expecting.
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her rep has confirmed that her and her husband are expecting a baby boy. longoria is four months along. this will be the couple's first child together. the pair got married back in 2016. our congratulations to mindy and eva. fun news for them. up next, mariah carey, her tune "all i want for christmas" has made a huge milestone. when the song was released as part of an album in 1994, it did not meet the requirements to make billboard's hot 100 chart. only singles could make it at the time. since then, the rules have changed. despite the song's popularity, it has not been enough to make billboard's hot 100 top ten list. until now. this week, the song is number nine on the hot 100 chart. and upon the news, mariah carey told billboard, i never thought we would talk about this happening. but i'm thankful to everyone who embracing this song as their holiday tradition. this marks carey's 28th hot 100 top ten hit. got all that?
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and finally, "star wars" reviews and spoilers have been running rampant since the movie came out since the weekend. no matter how hard you may try, it seems impossible to block or avoid the craze. lin-manuel miranda said, i just got this text. you can see in the screen shot. someone texted lin a topless ki. the anonymous texter must have realized his mistake. sorry, right number. lin responded back, with merry christmas and may be force be with you. that's your "pop start." we are calling it a "dilly dilly click" today. complete with our own graphic and everything. for weeks, you've been calling me dilly dilly. and that annoying nickname comes from a bud light commercial. take a look. >> jeremy, you are a true friend of the crown. dilly dilly.
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>> daily daily. >> daily dilly. >> dilly dilly. >> here is to the friends you can always count on. >> i never knew that's where it came from. >> stop laughing. >> i had no idea. is that where you got that? >> dilly dilly. >> that's where it started. >> i have no idea. >> al moved into this dilly dilly craze online. he tagged me in a post. a house, with dilly dilly proudly displayed on the lawn. his post -- al, stop laughing. his post actually caught the attention of bud light and they tweeted dilly dilly dylan dreyer. say that five times fast. now, it's official. i'm going all in on dilly dilly. >> yes. >> that was awesome. >> i know. i can't fight it anymore. >> and the fourth hour, switching to beer in your honor. >> dilly dilly. >> thank you. lester, thank you. you're going to be our elf for the toy drive, right?
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>> this was easy. i was nervous. >> we want you to come back. now, we move to al. >> dilly dilly. let's show you what we have happening. strong storms making their way through the southeast. brisk weather turning colder in the northeast. look for a biting windchill in the plains. snow in the plains, as well. windy conditions through southern california. hopefully it does not cause problems for firefighters fighting all those wildfires. th good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. as we take a live look outside in san francisco, all clear after some early morning rain, and it's pretty chilly out there. we've dropped down to 47 degrees in san francisco, palo alto and san jose. 35 in santa rosa and it's breezy, so our high temperatures today staying on the low side, especially compared to the weather that we've had. only reaching into the mid-50s today and the rain has cleared the bay area.
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>> that is your latest weather. savannah? >> dilly dilly. thank you so much. now, to the preholiday rush, with christmas five days away, it's not too late if you have packages to mail. the time is almost up and it will cost you. >> kerry sanders is at a dhl facility in florida with what you need to know. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. overnight shipping for many of us, for other procrastinators is a god send. and here at dhl, along with all the other overnight shippers say, if you don't have your pockage pock a packages in this stream, you better get them there asap. you only have one other choice. and that's santa claus and his eight reindeer. this morning, if your packages are not here or here or here by now -- >> i'm praying it makes it on time. >> reporter: you need more than divine intervention.
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you need to get a move on. >> if we didn't procrastinate so much, probably would be a little better. that's what most of us do, isn't it? >> reporter: certainly, a lot of us, there's still time to get a gift to your granddaughter by christmas eve. but you'll pay a big premium. if you're lucky enough to find a fingerling, one of this year's hottest gifts for $15, friday is the absolute deadline. dead it to the post office by then. ship it priority express and it will cost you $32.30. u.p.s. will send it next day air for $90.81. and fedex will get it there with saturday overnight delivery, for $98.60. but you run a risk. >> you can have uncontrollable delays. case in point, atlanta with their issue at the airport. >> reporter: packaging pros recommend use a new or gently used box. make sure there's no old mailing
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labels. and use shipping tape. if you're not one to panic if this is your attitude. >> it might not get there on time. but that's okay. >> reporter: you'll be just fine. >> they'll have a great christmas anyway. >> reporter: here at dhl, many of the packages you see here are heading to international destinations, which is visual proof that there is still time to make the deadline. guys, even to china. savannah? >> good to know. thank you, kerry. just ahead, "pitch perfect 3" star, rebel wilson. >> yes. >> hello, rebel. >> hi, guys. >> first, your i )m ...
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we )re following breaking news and good morning to you. it's 8:26, i'm marcus washington. we are following breaking news just outside of travis air force base. that's where we've learned that in the last few moments about a police chase that ended in four arrests. right now we believe that the pursuit never made it onto the base itself. that's according to a fairfield police officer. but we also spoke with a military member a short time ago who told us that the individuals involved were apprehended and that the base was never on lockdown. we're trying to learn exactly when the incident happened and what prompted that pursuit. we're posting updates as we get them on our twitter feed. right now we are following a crash on the san mateo bridge. >> it's causing some delays but we definitely had a couple of accidents this morning and, yes, i think the rain did definitely
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have something to do with it. right now earlier there were lanes blocked at the toll plaza, but the lanes have been cleared so where you see that incident right there, that should be okay within the next half an hour and should be cleared out quite nicely. what hasn't cleared is that crash along northbound 17. there's a new one along redwood estates. originally all the lanes were cleared. we just saw one pop up there so definitely expect major delays through the santa cruz mountains. a live look in oakland, 880 back-to-back, bumper-to-bumper dealing with earlier traffic delays. back to you. i'll have another local news update for you in half an hour.
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♪ good morning, everybody. it's wednesday, december 20th, 2017. five days before christmas. beautiful day. people are screaming, mostly hoda. and you say lester? yeah, look at that. lester, collecting gifts for our annual toy drive. >> he'll be out here until "nightly news." >> he's going to stay out here. he's going to have a lemonade stand. hoda, you have good cheer. >> i have an incredible thing that's about to happen. first of all, i would like to know, who was first in line at the "today" show this morning? was it you? your name is? >> sarah crawford. >> i have a proposal for you.
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i have three cards, labeled one, two, and three. inside one is a prize. if you pick the right card, everybody in the entire audience is going to win something. >> no pressure. >> if you pick the right one, everyone in the audience is going to win something. i'm going to reveal what the prize is if you pick the right one? >> i pick two because it's my birthday and i'm a twin. >> two. will you open it? is it blank? every single person on this plaza is going to "pitch perfect 3" on fandango. >> wow. >> everybody gets to go. you are awesome. thank you. every, single person. >> good job, sarah. >> wow. >> that's amazing. what was on the other two cards? >> i'll show you. we wanted her -- we wanted her to win really badly. it was on all of them. congratulations, though.
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>> fake news. >> it was rigged. that's fantastic. >> yes. >> so fun. speaking of "pitch perfect 3" we have one of the popular bellas with us this morning. rebel wilson. >> yes. then, do you struggle with holiday tipping. who gets one? does it have to be fun? we'll walk through the answers. and a former white house chef that goes way back with jenna, shares his tasty recipe for a holiday maple apple tart. we'll get some stories. what's coming up on "megyn kelly today"? >> we continue our series, "women of faith." powerful women embrace their faith. then, we're going holiday cocktails. all-important. "megyn's month of merry." and this is day two of the sudafed benadryl combination.
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we'll see if i make it to 10:00. everybody together. >> wait. >> you feel your thighs burning, let's show you what's going on. >> i don't have the strength. >> we almost lost savannah. >> today, we're looking at strong storms in the southeast. biting windchills and snow in the plains. brisk conditions in the northeast. and windy conditions in southern california. for tomorrow, red flag warnings go up, high fire danger because of the winds. above average temperatures through the southeast. we have knsnow through the centl rockies. and sunshine in good morning, i'm meteorologist kari hall. well, the rain that we had earlier this morning has cleared the bay area, and now we're left with some much cooler conditions behind that cold front with our high temperatures today expected to reach into the mid to upper 50s. it's also going to be breezy at times, those winds sustained at
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15 to 25 miles per hour. stays breezy tomorrow as well, as we turn the calendar officially to winter and into the weekend. we continue on with more cool weather. >> all right. it's time to go around the horn. and you know, of course, we're coming up on your holiday weekend. we have a lot of weather to talk about. you have to make sure you know what you need to know. check out your nbc station. and of course, our friends at the weather channel on cable. and now, back to you guys. made it around the horn. >> way to go, al roker. all right. we're here with another star from the highly anticipated movie "pitch perfect 3," the one, the only, rebel wilson. she's such a fan favorite, fat amy. heart and soul of the bellas. this time, rebel not only sings but adds action star to her resume. check it out. >> that's the ladder that will take you up. do not focus on what i'm doing
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here below. >> distraction coming up. are you sure about this? >> have i ever let you down? >> dozens of examples spring to mind. you're very unreliable. i don't think we have time to unpack that right now. >> shh. i'll just see you up top. >> nobody is going to die tonight, right? >> yeah. yeah. >> that doesn't help. >> okay. >> are you ready? >> i got my serious face on now. it's time. >> let's do it. >> i love you. you're one of those people when you show up, i just want to crack up laughing. hi, rebel. >> hi, hoda. how is it going? >> awesome. i know you can sing and dance. what i was unaware of, miss action figure. >> was my hidden ninja skills. don't attack me in the streets. i can throw down if i need to. >> and you're no joke. >> no joke. >> you trained, right? >> yeah. i fight ten men at once in "sich
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perfect 3" you might think that's strange for a singing movie. but fat amy had to turn action hero to give the fans something different and bigger in "pitch perfect 3." >> you trained with circumstaqu sole soleil. you know how to do karate. you aren't kidding around. >> for the fight sequences in this film, i trained for three weeks. yeah. it was really fun with the stunt guys. it's like learning a dance. >> by the way, so many things to love about you. i love this movie premiered in australia. and your entire family came out. >> pretty much just so my family could attend. >> who was there? >> my grandparent came out of hospital for it. my grandma came on her walking frame. >> your grandma. >> yeah, there she is. there they are. and my mum, we call her the
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mumarazzi. she's worse than the paparazzi. give me a nice smile. rebel, come on. she was banned from the red carpet. >> does she stalk other celebrities? >> no. only the mumarazzi to myself. >> we learn more about fat amy's past. her past is dodgey. that's an understatement. >> yeah. if you think about it, what was this random australian girl doing in the middle of america? why was she there? she was hiding out from her father, who is very dodgey. and then, when the bellas go on a uso european tour, the father tracks her down. >> these movies keep getting better. and there's a camaraderie among this group that you don't see. >> there is. >> you took the whole cast after it was over, on a trip. >> yep. >> on your dime, to mexico. >> santa rebel. >> look at you people.
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>> yeah. >> santa rebel. we had been working now together for six years, three movies. and all of us girls were such good friends. we love working together. but also, hanging out, after the movie's done. >> what's your favorite song to sing during this one? >> this one is "cheap thrills" which was awesome. and we're singing it to real military people and their families, yeah. although, my bit in the song is kind of -- it's just the bum, bum, bum, bum. yeah. sometimes you just have a lot of bums. in the songs. >> rebel, we love you. this movie, you know is going to be another hit. we're going to talk with you a little bit more -- you're coming back with me and kathie lee. >> we're coming back with a nunchaku demonstration. >> what? >> did they not tell you about that? >> i'm glad to hear that. "pitch perfect 3" hits theaters on friday. we're going to answer all your questions about holiday tipping. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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we're back. 8:41. a tricky topic to navigate during holiday season. who should you tip and how much? >> here with the answers, elliot weiler the digital editor for "consumer reports." good morning. should we tip? is cash the thing you should do? or if you want to give someone a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, is that sufficient, do you think? >> we say navigate the food choices interestingly and carefully. people have different dietary restrictions. maybe they drink. maybe they don't drink. gift cards are always good. >> right. >> if you are going to go the casual rout cash route, go to the bank and get the crisp bills. this may sound weird, but
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sprinkle the money with a little bit of water and iron it on low heat. >> to make it look nice? >> does it buy more? >> it all spends the same way. but you want that little extra effort to get that nice, crisp bill. >> that's nice. let's get into the nitty-gritty here. >> sure. >> we have a list. the most common people that get tipped at the holidays. "consumer reports" surveys thousands of people. these are the people who matter the most of them. housekeepers. hairdressers. nannies, trainers, postal workers, handymen, garbage workers. housekeepers got the most. a hairdressers got the second. one service, the tip amount could match one service. garbage collectors were the least likely to tip. but they got a $20 average. we learned that some towns don't allow their garbage collectors to take tips. >> why? >> maybe it's just a rule.
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postal workers, as well, can't take casual. but they can take presents, as long as the value doesn't exceed $20. >> often, you have the teachers who take care of your kids throughout the year. you want to give them something nice. what should you give a teach centteacher? >> people brought a gift in when we were kids. it's more complicated. some schools collect a group gift, which "consumer reports" says is a good idea. there can be a tit for tat or a bribe where you might want to give the teacher a little extra to make johnny rise to the top. take some of it out and see if you can do a group gift from the entire class. >> a lot of people are counting every penny at the holidays. and they may not be able to tip. is there a piece of advice you can give? >> think of something from the heart. often times the homemade gifts that aren't food, but a craft project, maybe a coupon, that means a lot. we've all gotten one of those
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gifts in our life at some point. it just matters. it feels like they really cared enough to do something, even if it's not cash. >> elliott, thank you so much. just ahead, how to stress less amid the holiday chaos this season. first this, is "today" on nbc. really?
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we're back. 8:46. "today's hassle-free holiday." we're focusing on handling the stress of the season. it can add up in a hurry. here to help is jennifer hartstein. good morning. we love the holidays. there's stress. >> there is stress. we want it to be perfect. and i think the fact is, that's just unattainable. if we can embrace the unattainable, the imperfection in the perfect, we can be okay. >> and it's your first tip. you have to manage expectations. your own and those around you. >> 100%. it's not -- you're not going to please everybody. you're not going to make everybody happy.
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everybody's going to have an upon. recognize that you have to do what you think is best for you and your family and start there and just go for it. >> the number two tip you have is to keep the peace. this is not a moment to, like, get into your family issues. >> it's really not. all the songs are about peace on earth and godwill towards men. if we can keep that in mind during the holiday time and be practical about it. if uncle joe wants to have a political conversation and you know it's going to start organizeme arguments, you say, no political discussions at the holiday table. and you pull them aside and say, we want to have a good time and feel good. >> another big stress on the holidays is financial. either people are feeling like they need to spend money that they don't really have and they feel anxious about that. or they don't have the money and they're worried about disappointing the kids or a partner or spouse. that to me is the hugest thing that the holidays can really bring up for folks. >> it's really overwhelming,
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especially if you're trying to please your kids and keep up with the joneses. you want to do the best you can. pool resources and get one big thing, get lots of little things. but everyone is doing the best they can. talk about that with each other. we have to be able to say no and be okay with that and tolerate the disappointment. and your kids have to learn that anyway. >> i feel like we're doing the downer stuff. that's why you're here. people get the holiday blues. >> they get the holiday blues. >> i can remember in my own life, the holidays are great, but it made you think -- my life is not where i wish it were at this moment. and that can be hard. >> it's a combination of, my life is not where i want it to be or you spend so much time focusing on the holiday, there's that letdown after and the holiday crash. so, reach out to people. connect with people. do it with other people. so that the letdown isn't so bad. and if you're feeling like you're not really where you want to be, setting what your goals
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are going to be for the next year or how you're going to connect with people in a way in a feels meaningful to you. >> you have to remember what it's all about, what this means. >> it's about gratitude, connection, and family. if we go back to the basics, it will make the holiday much less stressful. >> it's about sweets, too. >> about candy and sweets. >> jen, thank you so much. appreciate it. coming up next, speaking of sweets, a tasty holiday dessert from the former white house executive pastry chef with someone he knew pretty well in the white house walls. first, this is "today"n nbc. o if yyou need to stay downeaway from it. call 911. let our first responders come out and handle it. police and fire will respond as well as pg&e. pg&e will make the scene safe. ♪
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and you smell gas, your first step is to get out, travel to a safe distance until you can't smell the gas anymore, and then call 911. the first responders will come out, and they'll make it safe for you and your community. ♪ ♪ welcome back this morning on "today food." a real treat. we're whipping up a delicious holiday dessert for someone who has cooked for presidents and dignitaries. he served as the white house pastry chef during the bush and obama administrations.
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mrs. bush hired you, correct? >> i was there at your tasting. >> we were just talking about that before we got here. all of the people who were at the white house and still there. >> unsung heroes. >> you guys make it a home. when we see them, it's like seeing family members. >> it is. was this one of jenna's favorites? is this a new one? >> her dad liked every dessert. >> my dad has a major sweet tooth. >> we have the ingredients. sugar and the butter and the pie doug. a little maple syrup. >> it's the maple apple tart tartan. >> savannah is just like me in the catchen.
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>> the blind leading the blind. we're going to make the care mel first. >> sugar and water in there. you see the caramelized color. i'll set that down here. i better set it on this. >> there you go. >> here, we have the caramel. that color. and it's very important to really pack the apples in tightly. they shrink when they cook. if you don't have -- great. please do. >> i'll supervise. >> supervise. >> that's a good role. >> are we doing all right? >> look how beautiful his is. >> you're doing well. no problem. >> thank you, bill. >> even a second layer. >> okay. >> it shrinks down. >> you're using this cast iron pan. >> the cast iron is great. it's old fashioned but it transfers the heat and gives a nice caramel color to the
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apples. >> should we put the butter in, too? >> that goes in the bottom. >> and the maple syrup. >> we have our tasters over there. >> how is it? >> never had anything like that before. >> we're finished. >> you're not kidding. >> really good. >> then, we have the pie dough that goes on the top. it's puff pastry. >> for people like us, you can buy this at the store. >> buy the pie dough or puff pastry. and tuck it in nice like that. >> look. look what it look like when it comes out of the oven. >> exactly. >> you cooked the apples and put this on top and put it in the oven. >> yeah. don't forget that part. apples nice and colored, and comes out like this. >> yummy. >> it's a little daunting when you have to flip something over. >> you flip it. >> can savannah try it? >> bill, if you can teach
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anybody to cook, it's her. >> there's nobody watching us, right? >> probably not. >> no pressure, jenna. >> what if i ruin it. >> this is your time. >> you go like this. and flip the whole thing over. >> don't break any glass. >> i'm a lefty. oh. >> you keep going. leave it there for a second. we'll let gravity do its work. i usually bang it, too, but with a glass plate. >> was that not the right moves? >> savannah, amazing. oh, my gosh. >> dilly dilly. >> so pretty. >> isn't that beautiful? >> and we have a little whipped cream garnish. >> a nice, big dollop. >> i can't believe how good that is and how simple it was. i'm shocked. >> when i saw the name of it, the tartan. i that it sounded fancy.
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>> let's call it apple tart. >> okay. >> one of the most fun things to do to go down into the kitchen and see these guys at work. i wish i had taken more lessons. >> so does henry. >> true that. >> "the sweet spot,"i )m - -.. breaking news: 4 people are in custody .. after good morning, it's 8:56. i'm kris sanchez. breaking news, four people are now in custody after a police chase ended outside travis air force base. we have video from nbc bay area sky ranger from just moments ago. right now the details are sketchy, but we did hear -- speak with someone on the base who told us that the suspects are detained and that the base itself was never in danger.
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authorities in the south bay are also looking for suspects. they're looking for five people connected with an early morning home robbery in an upscale neighborhood. deputies say four men and one woman entered a home around 4:00 this morning on redberry drive and bainter avenue. our crews saw large police presence from the sheriff's department all morning long. so far there are few details about what happened or whether anyone was injured. happening now, we still have a crew on scene and will bring you a live report in our midday newscast and also post updates as they come in via our twitter feed. we're monitoring developments on capitol hill where house lawmakers must conduct one final vote to set in motion one of the biggest tax cuts in u.s. history. you can find a link to that story on our home page. my wish was a clubhouse,
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this morning on "megyn kelly today" -- a medical mystery. a mother guides her son through 13 surgeries. but his father says the child was never sick. what's really going on? then, a hasidic jewish woman settles for more. the ceiling she broke that's earned her a place in the history books. and our month of merry rolls on, with a gift that says, who is a good dog? what can it be? all that and more on "megyn kelly today" right now. [ applause ] >> thank you very much,


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