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good morning, crossing the border. donald trump announces a surprise trip to mexico for a private conversation with the mexican president on the same day he's set to make a major speech on immigration. could this unexpected meet hint at a dramatic policy reversal? we'll ask his caaign manager live. in the path. a major storm in the gulf strengthens overnight as tens of millions in florida brace for winds and flooding. we're tracking it live. star standoff. chris brown out on bail on weapons charges after a stalemate with police that played out on social media.
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you're going to see nothing. >> the embattled singer accused of threatening a woman at gunpoint in his home. what the star is now saying about that incident. fiery escape. the driver at a gas station backs into a pump, sparking a dangerous fire. the car behind him igniting with two children inside. how their mother sprang into action and helped save their lives. today, wednesday, august 31, 2016. this is "today" from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. [ cheers ] >> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on this wednesday morning. big, surprising news from donald trump overnight coming on twitter. >> we knew he would give a big immigration speech today. now we found out he's going to travel to mexico and meet with the president there. >> donald trump sent out a tweet
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meet with the mexican president. that before the highly anticipated speech on immigration. that comes later on this evening. we are going to hear from his campaign manager about the surprise trip in a moment. let's begin with nbc's hallie jackson. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt and savannah. talk about a jam-packed day for the gop nominee. somebody who made securing the border part of his central policy for months now. this morning we learned the mexican president is confirming as the candidate heads to mexico for the surprise sit-down. been his speech on securing the border, a trip across it as donald trump accepts the invitation of the mexican president. >> the current president of mexico said he would meet with you. will you meet with him? >> yeah, sure. >> you would? >> absolutely. >> reporter: today's high stakes face to face, a moment maybe no one saw coming after trump
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>> they are bringing drugs. they are bringing crime. they're rapists and some, i assume, are good people. >> reporter: the backlash immediate with trump even now insisting he'll get mexico to pay for his signature immigration policy -- building a border wall. >> mexico will be paying for the wall. >> reporter: that plan getting fierce pushback from the former mexican president. >> i'm not going to pay for that [ bleep ] wall. he should pay for it. >> reporter: and the current and mussolini before backtracking. pena nieto said, i will be absolutely respectful and work with whomever is elected in november. eight in ten hispanic voters see trump unfavorably. pena nieto struggling to win approval at home. both men looking for the chance for a major political moment.
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phoenix tonight where he'll try to clarify his muddled message. it is still not clear how trump will handle the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants here but a top campaign aide said he is expected to call for strither work site -- stricter work site enforcement, better visa tracking and an end to so-called sanctuary cities. pena nieto said he's looking forward to a dialogue and to protecting mexicans wherever they may be. he clinton for a meeting here. a senior campaign official for the team says she will consider meeting with him at an appropriate time. say that last spoke in 2014. in a campaign full of twists and turns, this has to rank among the biggest. >> we'll talk more about it. thank you very much. >> kellianne conway is donald trump's campaign manager. she's here this morning. good morning. good to see you. >> thank you, savannah. >> this is a last-minute trip, isn't it?
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the fact is mr. trump was excited to accept the invitation from the president in mexico. it's a decisive presidential move. he wants to establish a conversation with a neighboring country, a leader. and also to discuss the common problems and challenges that our country is facing. >> you are using diplomatic language, something donald trump hasn't done with mexico. i don't think there is much disagreement about that. is he a guy that will go to the mexican president and use that 11 million immigrants are going back. you're going to get a bill for the border wall. or will he try a gentler approach. >> you will see a presidential donald trump at the meeting in mexico. we are happy the president invited him. i'm sorry hillary clinton is not going and has not accepted the invitation. i feel that she keeps following the leader here. we are the leader. people are needed in louisiana, we are there. the president in mexico invites
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i think they'll have a productive conversation today it illegal immigration, but also trade policy and jobs. >> later today in arizona donald trump will deliver an address on immigration. at the end of the speech are we going to know exactly what his policy on immigration is as it pertains to the 11 million immigrants in this country illegally? >> yes, you will. too often, matt, typical politicians tell you, hey, the sound bite now specifics at a time to be determined. the policies ahead of time. people going into november 8th knowing what they're getting. >> the campaign created its own confusion on the issue. at the end of the day are we going to hear the there will be a deportation force and those 11 million people living illegally in this country now will have to leave before some of them have the chance to come back? >> you are going to hear many things from mr. trump. one, no amnesty. absolutely going to build the wall. that's been the center of his campaign from day one.
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amnesty orders that president obama has put into place. and that president hillary would continue because you want to work with congress. >> in fairness, though, those are the positions that as far as anyone can tell he hasn't changed. in the primary he was as clear as day about it. every single last illegal immigrant, whether criminal or not, if they are here illegally, they are going back. he did not mince words. are we going to hear it today? does he plan to round up and deport every last illegal immigr >> you are going to hear how he's going to address the 11 million and others as well including sanctuary cities. there is no reason angel moms like agnes, julie, no reason people should have to lose their children at the hand of an illegal immigrant murdering them because we have sanctuary cities. it couldn't be more clear. in terms of changing positions i have memorized 22 of them for hillary clinton. tpp, keystone pipeline, you could ask her if she would talk to the
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we are happy with the strategy to be open with the press, to go over the border to mexico to meet with the president, go back to arizona to give an immigration speech. she was in the hamptons raising money. >> since you are here, are we going to see a reversal of the policy? >> you will not see a reversal. if you look at his speech at the convention which is when you accept the republican nomination, you lay out the vision as president. look at that speech. he didn't talk about a deportation force. he makes it clear he hasn't changed his position in terms of enforcing law. do you know what might happen if we enforced the immigration laws in this country? i don't. we never bothered to do so. we have immigration agencies. we have i.c.e., law enforcement, other people that should be consulted and should be part of the spectrum of responsible actors here. that's not happening in this administration. mrs. clinton made it clear she
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>> if you could get me a pass to be a fly on the wall in the meeting south of the border. >> that would be a good one. >> thanks for joining us. >> more politics to talk about. three high-profile incumbent won the primaries on tuesday, each setting the stage for a general election showdown in november. in arizona, senator john mccain fought off the challenge from a republican tea party activist winning the right to seek a sixth term. senator marco rubio cruised to victory in florida after reversing a pledge that he wasn't going to seek re-election. in florida, representative debbie wasserman schultz beat back a challenger after she had to step down as chairperson of the democratic national committee. a storm expected to become tropical storm hermine later today. a hurricane watch has been announced as the state races for heavy rainfall. some major flooding and surging waves. dylan is in for al with the latest on this. >> we have been waiting for the
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it is still a depression and moving slowly. it is going to become a tropical storm, most likely later on today. tropical depression 8, the one off north carolina, is moving out to sea. that's no longer going to be an issue. here are the hurricane watches right in the big bend of florida. this is the area we are looking at the strongest winds and also for the chance of a storm surge up to 3 to 6 feet above high tide. that could lead to coastal flooding. in addition, we are seeing heavy rain move through tampa. the storm will take the turn. the track shifted a little farther to the north. it includes charleston, south carolina, by saturday. they could see tropical storm conditions with as much as five inches of rain. it is this area in pink here. that's where we could end up seeing as much as 10 to 15 inches of rain. that's going to be the reason we could see massive flooding. we want to point out two storms in the pacific. we have madeline which is weakening and lester which is a
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madeline stays to the south of hawaii while lester stays to the north. we could see 10 to 15 inches of rain in hawaii. >> i remember when it was tropical disturbance 99-l. >> it was upgraded to depression. >> thanks, dylan. now to a major development in the fight against isis. the terror group's number two in command has been reportedly been killed following a coalition-led air strike in syria. let's go to richard engel, he's got the latest. good morning. savannah. the u.s. has been tracking this man for many years. in fact, he spent years in u.s. custody in iraq until he was released. he's one of the founding members of isis, but as of now it's unclear that he really died. he's one of the world's most wanted terrorists with many titles. isis recruiter, spokesman,
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abu muhammad al-adnani. he's best known for lone wolf attacks in the west, an appeal directly linked to the spike in isis attacks this summer in turkey, across europe and the orlando nightclub massacre. in a statement, the pentagon called al-adnani the principal architect of isil's external operations, adding his removal from the battlefield would mark another significant blow to isil. but is he dead? isis' media arm says he is. that he was killed while supervising military operations against aleppo. u.s. officials confirm al-adnani with the $5 million american bounty on him was targeted in an air strike near aleppo yesterday. u.s. officials are not confirming that he was killed. isis could certainly replace al-adnani but losing such a key figure, the organization's public voice, would be a
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here at home with the election 68 days away, nbc news has learned that a top-secret u.s. intelligence group is looking into russia's alleged election-related hacking. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams joins us with more on that. pete, what can you tell us about the group and don't say they are top secret. >> reporter: well, it's a group with a name straight out of the cold war, matt. the foreign denial and deception committee. one of its missions is to track and analyze these recent russian cyber attacks. u.s. officials say the russians did try and fail to get into arizona's online voter system and then successfully penetrated a similar system in illinois and copied a small fraction of the data but didn't appear to change it in any way. elections are conducted by the states, not by the federal government. state officials say it would be much harder for the russians or any outsider, for that matter, to hack into the completely
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states, for example, that use optical scanners where you fill in the circles on the paper ballot and feed it to a scanner still have that as a backup. security experts warn the touchscreen systems without a paper backup still in wide use are more vulnerable, especially to an insider hack, matt. >> the degree of nervousness if you could characterize it now in the intelligence community would be what, pete? >> rte they are trying to influence confidence. i would say low that they are trying to manipulate results. intelligence officials say, for example, they doubt the russians are trying to help the trump campaign though congressional democrats asked the fbi this week to look at it. the current thinking is even if the russian hackers can't manipulate the actual vote their goal appears to be a broader one -- to under mine confidence in the election system.
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outrage is growing today on stanford's campus ahead of brock turner's release from jail on friday. the former college athlete was given what some consider a six month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. he's being released for good behavior after serving just three months of that sentence. here's the latest. >> reporter: good morning. come friday, brock turner will have served three months here in protective custody, half of a sentence that many found appalling considering the crime. sentence that stirred a national uproar. former stanford swimmer brock turner set to be released friday from jail after serving just 90 days following three felony convictions for sexually assaulting an unconscious female. the victim's letter of outrage to turner going viral, viewed nearly 18 million times. in it she said you cannot give me back the life i had before
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weighing in with an emotional letter to the young woman writing, a lot of people failed you, i believe you. it's not your fault. all of this igniting a fire storm against santa clara superior court judge aaron persky who presided over the case. nearly 1.8 million people signed a petition for him to be removed from the bench. last week persky voluntarily stepped down from criminal courts. now will preside only over civil court trials. made changes, recently passing a bill to the governor closing a loophole allowing for such short sentences. under the law if the case was tried today turner would serve a minimum three years behind bars. turner has been banned from ever setting foot on campus again but left an indelible mark on stanford university. >> this case shows if you commit sexual assault to an unconscious woman on the stanford campus in california that you spend a
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>> reporter: turner is expected to be released from jail here any time after midnight on friday. sources here tell us he will receive no special treatment. we know he will have to report to probation for three years which means frequent drug tests and no alcohol. he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. >> gadi schwartz, thank you. half a century as u.s. airlines began commercial service to cuba for the first time since 1961. kerry sanders is in ft. lauderdale where he'll buckle up for the ride. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning from the cockpit of jetblue flight 387. we'll be traveling here shortly. i have to move to my seat but this will be a one hour and eight minute flight into history. this morning americans can once again buy a commercial airline ticket and fly from the u.s. directly to cuba.
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was a pan-am d.c. 6 in 1961. jfk was in the white house. hard linen had heard of the beatles. the first flight from ft. lauderdale heads to santa clara, a three hour drive east of havana where jay guevara ur piloting today, frank who began his career at 14. his father fled in 1961. >> he will be flying here with me along with my grandfather and everybody else. >> reporter: jetblue is the firefighter resume flights to cuba, but other u.s. airlines are right behind. next week american airlines begins flights from miami to cuba. in all, eight airlines have tentative u.s. permission to fly to cuba from various u.s. cities. permission to fly directly to havana could come later this
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when you consider that the relations between our countries are once so tense that the u.s. navy blocked the comings and goings of cuba you can understand why many historians never thought americans with their passports would be able to get on an american plane and fly back and forth to cuba. >> all right, kerry. thank you very much. kerry making a lot of friends preboarding the flight. >> couldn't get the aisle though. kerry, thank you very much. >> have a good flight. >> dylan is back with the busy weather map. >> yes. we are going to see tropical downpours in florida but also with the cold front we could see isolated storms across the eastern great lakes extending into the plains and through northern texas with heavy rain. that's a look at the weather across the country. your local forecast is coming up in just 30 seconds. r by day, prep-cook by night. also, his name is sous. no. sloppy joseph. a middle-aged man who's trying to get his life together, but he can't - he's to sloppy. huhhh - no! here you go. i got this. i get cash back so it's like everything's on sale.
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?? 7:30 now wednesday morning, the 31st of august 2016. we say good-bye to august, hello to the crowd. we are ready for friday. alicia keys will be here i t-minus 48 hours. she'll perform live on the plaza to close out the summer concert series. >> that girl is on fire. >> she is. >> first a quick check of the headlines. donald trump making a last-minute trip to mexico today to meet with the president there ahead of his highly anticipated speech on immigration later this evening. his campaign manager kellyanne conway told us earlier they will have productive conversation but trump will not reverse his strong stance on the issues.
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on the hudson river tuesday after their kayaks were hit by a ferry pulling away from the pier. at least five people were hurt including a man whose arm was partially severed. police say glare from the sun may have been a factor. >> an elderly driver caused a fiery scene at a gas station after knocking a pump onto a car with children inside. it quickly caught a store clerk hit the emergency shut off on the gas as the children's mother pulled them from the burning car preventing a tragedy. police are investigating this morning. we begin with chris brown's latest brush with the law. the r & b star is out on bail after a lengthy standoff with police. here's the rather bizarre story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. chris brown released from jail just before midnight last night,
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being charged with asslt with a deadly weapon. >> barricaded myself in my house? have you seen my house? i'm going to barricade myself in a palace? i'm not coming out. >> reporter: chris brown talking to police after they responded to a 3:00 a.m. call after a woman claimed the pop star threatened her at gun point. the alleged victim baylee curran telling e news she was loong when brown pulled a gun on her and kicked her out of the home. >> that's when chris brown kind of went off, pulled out his gun and said get the f out. >> reporter: curran said she feared for her life. she was escorted out and fled from the house. >> i ran down the driveway and took a left down the street. >> reporter: later that morning on instagram brown was defiant. >> police out there at the gate. >> reporter: police showed up to investigate and he refused to
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day-long drama. >> you get the warrant or whatever, walk up in here and you will see nothing, you idiots. >> reporter: ten hours after the original call and equipped with a warrant, police entered the home and interviewed brown's guests. he was taken downtown to be booked. it is the latest in a series of run-ins with the law for brown who was convicted in 2009 of assaulting his then girlfriend rihanna. baylee said brown's associates asked her to sign a nondisclosure agreement before leaving the property, something she refused to do. as for brown his lawyer tweeting, thanks to everyone for their support and well wishes. chris is out and well. the al investigations against him are false, # team breezy. brown is a convicted felon and would face up to three years in prison if found guilty of possessing a firearm. >> thank you very much spj. >> another check of the weather now from dylan.
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especially back through the midwest. it's almost time to start calling it fall-like. you will notice a drop in the humidity. it's still going to be pleasant. we are looking at temperatures in the upper 70s and lower 80s which is below average for this time of year. dodge city 79. chicago, 78. normal high is 79. we are right around that. on thursday we are looking for temperatures to drop into the mid 70s in cleveland. memphis, 88 degrees. washington, d.c., about 84. close to average if not on friday, it will spread east ward with raleigh at 80. 81 in new york city. that looks nice. 70s back through chicago. about 73 degrees. we have a front that's the reason why we'll see a cool-down and why we could see a couple of isolated storms today. pockets of heavier rain and down through texas and oklahoma we could see heavier downpours but nothing severe expected. of course the tropical downpours near florida are already
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and that's your latest forecast. >> okay, dylan. thank you. >> coming up, a mother's quest to keep her daughter's memory alive 30 years after the notorious preppy murder case. notorious preppy murder case. ellen we could tell you that the designer color collections from hgtv home by sherwin-williams make your decision easier. are you sure those colors go together? yes, all these colors go together.
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we are back now at more of our new series on true crime cases. last friday marked the 30th anniversary of one of the most notorious in history. >> robert chambers pled guilty to killing jennifer levin in central park. we spoke with levin's mother who is determined to keep her daughter's memory alive. kerry sanders has the story. >> reporter: 30 years after a
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grief never fades. >> it is all in the eyes. you can see this very amazing soul. this was taken right before she was killed. >> reporter: it was august 26, 1986. 18-year-old jennifer levin had gone to new york's central park with someone she thought was a friend, 19-year-old robert chambers. it took years for the preppy killer's lies and fabrications to unravel, but that former eventually would be unmasked as a thief, drug user and, yes, a killer. >> jennifer was robbed from me. she would be 48 years old and most likely i would have had grandchildren to adore. >> reporter: today, jennifer's mother ellen levin lives a quiet life in upstate new york. >> she's never not in my thoughts. >> reporter: life in the mountains is a sharp contrast to
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decades ago. falsehoods fuelled by a savvy defense team and chambers himself. >> she molested me in the park. >> reporter: he claimed jennifer wanted rough sex and things accidentally turned violent. >> when i saw how she was being portrayed, how it suddenly became her fault -- >> reporter: playing the victim. >> it was blatantly playing the victim. >> the whole thing started here. >> reporter: now retired nypd lead >> you find the body, do the steps and it leads to the killer who confesses. end of story. >> reporter: it didn't end there. it went on more than two years. >> not guilty, 8-4. >> reporter: the jury deadlocked. >> i can imagine there was someone on the jury who thought he was a clean cut young man who would never do anything like this. >> reporter: too good-looking, they said. >> yeah.
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think even today -- >> i think the juries don't work all the time. >> reporter: in the end, prosecutors struck a plea deal with chambers' attorneys where he pled guilty to manslaughter. the retired head of the manhattan d.a. sex crimes unit prosecuted the case. >> the jury was split. there were at least two people who bought the accident theory. the fact that the jury didn't decide it after the detectives and i had given them everything co disappointment for me. >> reporter: fairstein, now a best selling author of crime fiction said levin fought for her life and his behavior afterwards was telling. >> he sat on the wall behind the tropolitan museum, watched as her body was found and taken away from the park in a body bag and never went over to the police and said this is my friend, this was an accident, i
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completely sociopathic. >> reporter: did you ever get an apology? >> no. >> reporter: do you want one? >> no. >> reporter: whatever he would say -- >> i wouldn't believe anything he said. as far as i'm concerned he doesn't exist for me. >> reporter: for a decade after jennifer's death ellen fought for victims' rights. among her successes a rape shield law on the books in new york and the right for vti to speak in court and at parole hearings. robert chambers who declined our request for an interview served every day of the 15-year sentence for killing jennifer levin. nearly five years after his release he was back in prison serving 19 years for felony drug charges where heains rem today. what do you make of the one sentence followed by a longer sentence? >> i thought it was outrageous that h got more time for
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killing jennifer. it's pretty outrageous. >> reporter: for "today," kerry sanders, nbc news in upstate new york. >> remember that case. >> very well. >> coming up, the reason singer selena gomez said she'll take some time off. >> and carson in the orange room with reaions to a powerful interview we showed you interview we showed you yesterday with the survivor ? the sun'll come out tomorrow... ? is not a given. but entresto ia medicine that helps make more tomorrows possible. ? tomorrow, tomorrow... ? ? i love ya, tomorrow ? in the largest heart failure study ever. entresto helped more people stay alive and out of the hospital than a leading heart failure medicine. women who are pregnant must not take entresto. it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. don't take entresto with an ace inhibitor or aliskiren.
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7:49. we like to say carson is back over in the orange room. good to see you. >> good morning, guys. tuesday we shared savannah's powerful interview with chessy prout, a survival of sexual assault at st. paul's prep school. this is the first time she spoke out publically revealing her face and name. the response online to the emotional account has been overwhelming here in the orange room. right to, which prout created. here's senator jeanne shaheen writing chessy prout is a remarkable brave young woman. thank you for sharing your story to change the stigma of sexual assault. >> jess davidson says chessy prout is brave. we stand with you.
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shared the story. another photo we saw, i have the right to live without the fear of sexual violence. prout said on our show she wants to empower other people and it looks like that's exactly what she's doing. back to you. >> carson, thank you very much. >> thank you. still to come, i believe they can fly. new this team of synchronized sky divers is defying creates instant local heroes. the bystanders who pulled a woman from a burning car after your local news and weather. ?? there's no one road out there. no one surface... no one speed... no one way of driving on each and every road. but there is one car that can conquer them all. the mercedes-benz c-class. five driving modes let you customize the steering, shift points, and suspension
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? there goes the alarm ringing in my head ? . it's 8:00 on "today." coming up, heroes on the highway. the quick-thinking motorists who saved a trapped driver slammed by a runaway tractor-trailer. now speaking out. >> it's not a hero thing. it's just -- i don't know. something i would expect someone to do for me. >> the story behind that dramatic dash cam video. then cutting down the costly medical bills. jean chatzky has a few easy tips to help you save on everything from health care to prescriptions. ?? and bad hair day? tom brady slammed on social
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is he stuck in the '90s or bringing back a trend? "today," wednesday,ugust 31st, 2016. ?? >> good morning, colorado! >> i'm 60 today! >> we're 60 on the plaza! ?? >> good morning, oklahoma. >> hello to our family and friends in pittsburgh. >> good morning, st. louis. >> it's our tv debut! [ cheers and applause ] we're back now, 8:00 on a wednesday morning, the 31st day of august 2016. we have the gang all here. so all this talk about tom brady's hair. >> i know. >> i will remain silent.
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that i've had over the years? >> well -- >> not saying a word. >> he always looks adorably handsome. >> you liked it. >> i do. >> you're not exactly neutral. >> i am not. >> the other day, i said, carson is back and all is right with the world. i meant to see siri is back and now all is right with the world. she has a recipe this morning. she's going to create a delicious summer meal. you will probably want to feed it to your family tonight. >> and charlie is here. also tomorrow, britney off her vma performance. and the release of her new album. we'll check in with ms. spears. she will treat to us a special exclusive performance, again, don't forget, tomorrow, right here on "today." we're looking forward to that. a lot to get to. first to the news at 8:00. >> we begin with the presidential race this morning. i'm hallie jackson in southern arizona.
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for donald trump, just hours ahead of a major immigration speech where he's expected to emphasize securing the border, a trip across it for trump today to meet with the mexican president. news that came out overnight. trump's campaign manager tells nbc news today trump will talk about not just illegal immigration but trade and drug policy, too, in what could be a major moment for the gop nominee. >> reporter: in a campaign full of twists, this among the most surprising. donald trump and mexican president enrique pena nieto confirming overnight they will meet today in mexico. the mexican president who once compared trump to hitler before retracting it adding, i believe in dialogue to promote mexican interests around the world and mainly to protect mexicans wherever they may be. the face to face with the potential for a face-off after trump insulted mexicans last june. >> they are bringing drugs. they're bringing crime.
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assume, are good people. >> reporter: his campaign manager, kelly anne conway, previewing his trip this morning. >> i think they'll have a productive conversation about illegal immigration, trade policy and drugs. >> reporter: all along, trump made mexico a central part of his immigration plan by promising he'll convince the country to pay for his border wall. >> we are going told wall and mexico is going to pay for the wall. >> reporter: peno nieto said this spring, there is no scenario in which it would happen. >> i'm not going to pay for that [ bleep ] wall. >> reporter: the surprise sit-down taking place just hours before trump's speech on immigration. his team promising more details about what trump plans to do with the estimated 11 million
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the mexican president invited hillary clinton to meet also. clinton looks forward to seeing him at the appropriate time, adding the two last met in 2014. meanwhile, we're getting a quick look at a new poll out this morning, matt and savannah, showing clinton with one of her lowest favorability ratings yet, just 41%. back to you. >> hallie jackson, thank you. more than 100 felons are getting a second chance. on tuesday, id commuted the sentence of 111 federal inmates convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. the white house said they had taken all steps toward rehabilitation and received what it called unduly harsh sentences under outdated laws. the move brings the total number of commutations under president obama to 673, more than the previous ten presidents combined. scary moments on a united flight from houston to london. flight 880 had to make an emergency landing in ireland
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unexpected turbulence over the atlantic. at least ten passengers and two crew members were injured and had to be taken to a hospital when the plane finally landed at shannon airport. coming up, you should stop and talk to the woman wearing headphones, right? the misguided pickup advice for men that is sparking strong and hilarious backlash online. and mel brooks gives a touching tribute to gene wilder revealing how their friendship got off to a funny start. >nd rescue reunion. wel catch up with the heroes behind this dramatic scene caught on camera. we'll talk to them. first, these messages. again! again?
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back wit 8:09. back with a daring rescue that stopped a tragedy from unfolding. during a dramatic ten-car pile up last week. >> newly released dashcam video released of that accident made local heroes out of the people who sprung into action at just the right time. miguel almaguer caught up with them. national correspondent miguel almaguer caught up with them. >> reporter: a runaway tractor-trailer slamming into slowing traffic, pile-driving into cars. debris raining down on new york's route 17. through the smoke and fire chris white could see one driver in serious trouble. >> the car was fully engulfed in flames. we knew we didn't have a lot of time. the cabin of the vehicle itself was starting to feel with smoke. >> four men, white, ed staff, and two others springing into action, an elderly driver trapped as the car quickly burned. >> you could see the woman inside. i grabbed the door handle and pulled off. i grabbed the rear door handle
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the flames came around the rear corner of the car >> reporter: ed scrambled to find a fire extinguisher, dousing the flames. the strangers coming together, finally smashing open the passenger window, pulling the victim from the wreckage, carrying her to safety. because of quick action, the woman's injuries are only minor. >> without question, they are heroes. they had no idea the camera was rolling. >> reporter: the mayor of binghamton said the men risked their own lives to save another. >> we are a wonderful community filled with great citizens who risked their lives not only for neighbors and family members but for complete strangers. >> it's not a hero thing. it's just -- i don't know. just something i would expect someone to do for me. >> reporter: reunited for the first time since the accident, this rescue team will soon be awarded a key to the city, an act of bravery for a group who says they are no heroes, but that's what most heroes would
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for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news. >> wow. >> i like what he said. you're right. you would hope somebody would do that for you. >> yes. >> if you were in that situation. good for them. they did a great job. >> courageous. all right. new football season, new hair cut. trending now, all right? this has captivated the internet. tom brady giving a press conference but instead of generating a lot of excitement for the upcoming nfl season, people can't stop talking about that haircut, saying it is '90s inspired. dylan loves it. >> i do. i like it. >> naturally, the tweets poured in. tom brady ready for the first first day of junior high. and i love this one, brady on his way to pick up mollie ringwald. of course the comparisons followed saying he looks like saved by the bell's zack morris, james vanderbeek and matt damon in "good will hunting." >> for sure. >> long live the '90s.
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>> i think it's so cute. i really like it. >> it's adorable, right? >> yes. >> you're taking responsible for it? >> what do you think, carson, do you think he looks adorable? >> he looks adorable. >> matt? >> is there a bad hair cut for him? >> he looks ten years younger. no question about it. >> maybe that's what he was going for it. >> there you go. look at that. >> cute. >> the '90s. >> thank you. >> say you sit down on a plane, a bus, train, whatever. you sit next to someone wearing headphones. what do you do? >> do not speak to them. >> universal sign of don't talk to that person. >> i would agree. >> that is precisely why an article i'm about to show you rubbed people the wrong way titles how to talk to a woman who is wearing headphones. people on social media are angry with this author. he's a relationship expert. his message is, she's not avoiding interaction. she just needs a little nudging.
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the article then offers advice to try to get that woman to remove the head phones. >> i was on a plane in new zealand talking to a woman and the flight attendant came to ask if i wanted water. in the 30 seconds i asked, i looked back and she had her headphones on. she just put it right on. >> that was one compelling story. >> that's not a compliment. >> you have to improve your small talk. >> not good. >> then she's going like this. finally, get ready for the most amazing and mesmerizing video you'll see all day. check out the synchronized sky divers. they call themselves the mad ravens, flying around an indoor wind tunnel. they fly up, down, all around even upside down. the team based in prague spent 5,000 hours practicing this routine. >> that's cool.
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or is that taken? >> it's available again. >> seems safer than jumping out of airplanes. cool. >> i love it. >> pop start? lots to get to. we'll start with selena gomez. after spending the past w months traveling for her world tour she's taking a break. selena has lupus and said she needs to put her health first telling "people" magazine, i've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus. which can present their own challenges. i want to be proactive to maintain my health and happiness. i have decided the best way forward is to take some time off. thank you to all my fans for your support. she hopes this encourages others to deal with their own issues. up next, mel brooks we all know is good friends with the beloved actor gene wilder. he paid tribute to his dear friend gene wilder. >> he was sick. i knew it. he was a dear friend. i expected it. i expected he would go.
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when it happens, it's still tremendous. it's still -- it's a big shock, you know? i'm still reeling from that no more gene. i can't call him. he was such a wonderful part of my life, you know? >> mel brooks saying their friendship began because he made fun of the way gene looked. finally, miley cyrus brought a homeless teenager to the vmas as her date in an effort to raise awareness in the u.s. for homeless youth. his name was jessie held. he accepted the coveted new moonman and it can be yours now for $13,100. that's right. he listed it on ebay which says "mint condition and no fingerprints." he posted photos with the award and guess what, it has currently 16 bids. if you want it, you can have it. as a side note jesse has a apartment in l.a. and is expecting a baby boy in
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he wants to get some cash for his family. >> can't argue with that. >> thank you. >> you got it. that's your "pop start." go to our facebook page for more. >> great. dylan has a check of the weather. >> announcer: today's weather brought to you by dove hair. perfectly nourished hair plus more. all right. let's get into more detail on the tropical system in the gulf of mexico. it is not a tropical storm yet. it should eventually become one. perhaps even a strong tropical storm before it makes landfall thursday to thursday night. that's in northern florida. it could affect charleston, south carolina, as we go into the weekend as the tropical storm as well. take a look at the rip current threat from nantucket down to southern florida. that's because the storm is going to ride along the east coast. keep in mind that the rip currents will be dangerous, even if the sun is shining. we have a dangerous flood risk especially just north of tampa, into that big bend of florida.
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the potential of a storm surge of up to 3 to 6 feet above high tide. again, that's thursday night. that could lead to coastal flooding as well. we'll keep an eye on florida as that storm and that's your latest forecast. matt? >> thank you very much. day three of the series cost cutting today. we have tackled everyday bills.
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with health care costs and prescriptions on the rise, never too soon to prepare for the future. back this morning to talk us through it all is "today" financial editor jean chatzky. >> good morning. >> the cost of health care, even if you don't have a major medical emergency, staggering. >> they are. the problem with health care is people don't look at it like shopping for a car. it hasn't been so transparent. that's changing. we have are alarming. only 34% of people know their health care costs. >> or what they think they will be for the coming year according to the consumerism health care inx from allegiance. only 23% save for future health care and this one gets me. about a quarter of people didn't fill a prescription because of the cost. this gets expensive because you get sicker. >> when you come here you almost always tell people they need to make educated choices.
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>> okay. this is the biggie. if you can put pretax dollars into a flexible spending account or a health savings account you save a third of the cost off your medical care. it can be used for pretty much anything. not just prescriptions but doctor visits and almost everything except for over-the-counter prescriptions. >> can you explain the difference? >> sure. a flexible spending account, you put money in and have to use it bu your employer. a health savings account is something anybody qualifies for if they have a high deductible health insurance policy. but any silver or bronze policy on the exchange gets you in. >> just like if you are going to shop for a car or appliance, do some comparison shopping. >> 17% of people. only 17% shop around for prescriptions. that's a huge mistake. the prices can vary by 100%,
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pocket. good rx online helps you find a fair price for the drugs. >> you talked about the price and how they vary for drugs and medications. go to procedures. it gets alarming. up to a 500% difference in a procedure cost. >> right. if you want to know what a procedure should cost in your i are i can't there is the health care bluebook, just like the car bluebook. it exists online. then if you and you feel like you need help lowering the costs, copatient.com is a service that tells you what the fair price is for the procedures you have had and if you can't do it yourself, they will negotiate it for you and take 35% of the money they save you. >> this is one of the discount type -- use a discount program? >> discount programs are for prescriptions. these are widespread.
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esially negotiated wh the drug companies because they buy a lot of drugs overall. you get yourself aligned with a program. scriptrelief, searchrx, blink health. >> nbc did a story on that one. >> yes, great piece. you want to get into these particularlyf you don't have a prescription plan. >> and don't be afraid to ask your doctor for a less expensive alternative to treatment. >> say to your doctor i can't afford this. or ask the pharmacist. pharmacists are fantastic resources. if you can't afford them, the partnership for prescription assistance is an organization you should get in touch with. tell them the medication you need, if you have benefits and they will help you figure it out. also shop at costco and online pharmacies. make sure any online pharmacy is
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verified internet pharmacy. >> very important. jeanne, thank you. >> let's go to carson, savannah and a special guest. >> thank you. our special guest this morning, olympic champion simone manuel. in rio she won gold in the 100 meter freestyle and a place in the history books as the first african-american woman ever to win an individual gold in swimming. >> she was also part of a superstar 4 x 100 team that gave the team the 1000th gold medal of all time. >> good morning. >> how many times have you had the experience where i said, can i touch it? >> too many times. >> i know. your neck had to get stronger cause they are heavy, the hardware. >> 1.1 pounds each. i have about 4.4 pounds on my neck. >> let's put up the photo. i got chills thinking about it. you looked back at the clock, realized you won.
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gold medal african-american woman. tell me about what moment, what was going on in your mind. >> there is a lot of relief to see my hard work pay off and see the number by my name is an exciting feeling. i was relieved. just to be the first african-american woman to do that is humbling that i could be the person to make history. i'm hoping to inspire people to get into the sport because swimming is a water saving skill. i love pretty good swim team. do you know who else joins her on the swim team? katie ledecky. >> you're a junior? >> yes. >> and katie will be a freshman. >> we said will you bring your medals to school? they are heavy. >> yes. >> but your friends will want to see. >> yes. i'm hoping to bring one. i have to convince my dad. he's protective of them. i would like to bring one just for a while.
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you should be okay. >> her smile has not faded even since we saw her in rio the morning after the great win. >> thank you. >> congratulations. >> so proud. thank you. coming up, we are going to take the summer from the garden on the go courtesy of carson's
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it is 8:30, the 31st day of august. yes, the last day of august. tomorrow is september. we have labor day weekend. we say it summer's over. >> it is. >> but we are going to have one last hurrah. alicia keys on the plaza this friday, our final summer concert and we cannot wait for that. >> still ahead this morning we've got handy diy organization ideas. these will help your kids rule at school this year. >> and class is in session for us, too, as we turn the plaza into a science lab, testing our knowledge or lack thereof.
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garden on the go keeps on trucking. she's making roasted veggie tacos with a strawberry salsa. >> have you tried them at home? >> they are brand new. >> let's get a check on the weather. >> it's humid. very muggy in the northeast. that will change as the cold front moves east ward tonight into tomorrow. it could trigger scattered storms into northern new england. we are looking at a chance of heavier rain through kansas into it's florida we are focused on as the tropical system gets closer, likely becoming a tropical storm at some point either today or tomorrow. it is producing already heavy downpours that led to flooding. we could see just north of tampa 10 to 15 inches of rain. then eventually the storm system extends to charleston, south carolina. we could see gusty winds and isolated tornadoes. a pretty big storm surge, too. back behind the cold front to the north, temperatures dropping
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low humidity that's your latest forecast. savannah? >> announcer: design your life on "today" is sponsored by the 2017 ford fusion, the beauty of a well made choice. >> all right, \s design your life, keeping your kids
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hool can be a challenge. elizabeth mayhew has creative simple diy solutions. good morning. good morning. >> you have awesome helpers we'll meet as we go along here. organization is really important as kids go back t school. >> super important. one of my kids is in college and one is in high school. time management, finding what they need when they need it, all important. these are fun ideas that if they make them and get involved they will be more apt to use them. if the kids don't have anyg to school here are the projects. >> we have addy here. what are we >> i took cereal boxes, paper towel and toilet paper holders covered them in fun duct tape. to show them wha we can do, we kaj make this desk organizers. >> it's cute. >> started with a wood placard you can get at a craft store, painted it and cover the boxes you have in double tape.
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all you do is glue gun once they are finished, i glue gun it to the placard and make a desk organizer. >> that's great. you have the pencil and pen case, all that kind of thing. wf duct tape, though? >> at the craft store. there is c fun gphics, florals. the kid can customize it in his or her favorite colors and load it up with all your desk supplies. hopefully they will use them. >> exactly. i like how they match. >> she just continues to do that. she glues them down and she's good. you can put your pencils in there. >> thank you, addy. we have jackson over here. what is he working on? >> you're going to do what i showed you. do a little weaving here. this is a pencil case. i think this is a great gift to give to your teacher on the first day of school. it is the easiest thing in the world. just take a piece of felt.
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you can get at a craft store. you cut six slits, start three or so inches from the side. you don't want to go straight through. just weave those in and out of the strip. that's all i do. >> it's a pencil holder. so cute. >> there is no sewing. just basically cutting involved. i did put a ribbon closure on it which i tacked down with thread. >> oh, okay. >> you keep doing that. i'm just going to show savannah when you go to finish it, you just roll it up. >> cute. >> and then give it a tie and it's good to go. it's a nice present or you can put it in your backpack. >> that's sweet. you can do pens or paint brushes, who knows. >> felt again is so easy to work with. you just cut it. >> good job, jackson. he's weaving away. >> you're a good weaver.
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she have going on? >> this is a nice block. iound this through thrift diver.com. i want to give her credit. cover the top with contact paper, take a grill and drill holes, okay? those holes will be perfect for a crayon to fit in. so just pull this off. do the holes where the knife slots already are. it's much >> yes. you'd probably be able to drill fine. all you do is paint it and use washy tape. it's a very easy to use japanese tape. that allows you to cover all the different holes so you don't see the slots. buy these electrical clips. here you can see i made two little holes which i'm just going to take and screw that on.
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and paint brushes, whatever it is. it's a great crayon, kind of craft station, also good for younger kids. an older sister can do it for a younger sister. >> i love that. last but not least. >> getting dressed in the morning can be so stressful for moms because they're yelling at their kids. i took cardboard, and ordered -- there's a company stickeryou.com. you order the stickers. i ordered cd stickers. you can do several on a page. >> that's clever! >> it's like when you go to the store. kids know this is what i'm wearing monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday. then by the weekend you throw a bunch in there. and lastly, icons for kids, so they are easy to get. put in your icon and they iron onto a box. >> i'm taking these. they are so cute. great ideas. can you bring these into my closet. >> these are all yours.
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home moment. we are going up in smoke with the mad science experiments on our plaza.
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welcome back to our lab. we are gearing up here. as students across the country head back to school we wanted to have fun and test our scientific knowledge. >> fun in quotation marks. host of the youtube channel nickopedia is here to teach us a few lessons. good morning. nice to see you. >> good morning. >> is this completely necessary? >> absolutely. it's going to get crazy out here today. >> reay? >> you have four science questions to ask us and you will show us the answers. what's first? >> first, can you walk on water? naturally you would think you can only do that with magic. today we'llen doing it with
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liquid. it is a solid and a liquid at the same time. if you apply pressure to it, it would be a solid. if you let it go, it's a liquid. can you run across this? >> smack it, hold it. touch it. >> there is no way you are going to be on top of this. >> it looks like a liquid. you can grab it. >> i will say, no, i don't think you can walk across it. >> hold my hand. >> i'm sinking. >> you have to move. >> you were on top of it. >> i can go backwards. >> do the monwalk. >> that's pretty cool. >> show us your dance moves in there. >> what does that feel like? >> i feel like i'm going to stuck, like quick sand or
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>> there you go. >> all right. you made it. >> all right, nick,s what' the second question? >> okay. the second one is, can water protect you from a fireball? this one is pretty dicey. >> we all signed a release. >> we're with child. >> we want to make sure you don't burn your hair off. okay? >> oh, man. >> oh, come on. >> okay. we'll -- in this balloon is methane. hold it like a bag pipe. one under the arm like this. >> okay. >> there you go. >> good luck, matt, we love you. >> are you right handed or left handed? >> take off the left glove. >> take it off -- >> you said gloves were important. >> if you're left-handed we want to make sure you can use it later in life for whatever. >> okay. >> push this off so we get a stream there.
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go ahead and squeeze it. take your hand out. see what i'm doing right there? we're going to be making bubbles. they will be pouring out. they'll continue making bubbles. pull your hand out more. all right. there you go. we want it to look like this, before they blow away. make more bubbles. now with this hand over here, put it down here. take this hand and put it -- >> thiste >> we'll push this back so we don't burn your ente hand here. there you go. that's pretty good. go ahead and scoop some of the bubbles in your hand just like this right here. >> what will happen? >> oh, mygod. >> whoa, whoa, whoa.
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>> my gosh. >> did you feel that? did it feel hot? >> can you do that to your mouth? >> this is on fire. >> one is hydroden peroxide and one is iodide. we'll mix them quickly and back away very quickly. >> you dump this in there? >> this looks like chardonnay. >> i would >> this is you. >> okay. >> carson, you'll be on this one. >> dump it in and back away. >> back away, buck away. >> whoa! that's awesome. >> that is awesome.
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>> that was cool. >> that was amazing. >> should we tell people, do not do this at home. >> the hydroden peroxide is 35%. that's seven times more of the reactant -- >> don't do it at home. >> why didn't we end with that one? >> there's one more. >> who do we need here? >> carson and me, i think. >> we have liquid nitrogen, ten liters. it's negative 321 freezing. we have a bucket of hot water. we're going to mix the two. what can go wrong? >> do we need this? >> you'll need that and a blast shield over there. >> now we're getting somewhere. >> do we have the blast shield, please? >> what happens, this water mixes with the liquid nitrogen, you have a reaction. it instantly condenses into a cloud. >> you'll say that will be more
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we'll use a scientific method. >> do we need a shield? >> you should be pretty good. maybe further back. >> we should all be like this. you're taller than i am. i want you to bring it up over your head and down in here. >> can i just say something, what's fun to look at? siri is over there going, go ahead. >> okay. >> dump it all in or pour it? >> dump it in there. >> ready? >> i'm going to back up. >> oh, my gosh. >> maker is you get it all in there at the same time. >> whoa! >> oh, my god, that's so cool. >> that is awesome! >> cool. that is awesome! >> it doesn't even matter what the science is.
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seriously, please do not try any of this at home. nick knows what he's doing. up next, siri daly is here. she's going to make tacos that scream summer. we are back after this.
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od call! feingold: i'm russ feingold and i approve this message. all right. we're back with more garden on the go recipes. ever since of the white house kitchen garden arrived on the plaza we have been harvesting fresh ingredients for summer meals. today siri daly of siriously delicious.com joins us. do you know what she said to me? well, now this is going to be boring. >> i feel like i can throw vegetables in the air. look at carson. he's stillring . it's mygin cooking.
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>> exactly. roasting eggplant, bell pepper and zucchini. then a strawberry and tomato salsa. >> where do we start? >> we have olive oil, garlic and cumin, salt and pepper to marinate the vegetables. that's it. just whisk that up. >> were you at all ner vus when the explosion happened? >> it was amazing. >> he can handle it. >> we are going to toss t over the veggies and roast them in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. you could grill them if you wanted. >> you want them softer and easier to digest. >> this is how we slice up the eggplant. very simple. cube it like this. i make carson do the spaghetti squash at home. he loves eggplant. >> it's not his favorite. >> i prefer steak when possible.
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>> yep. >> those are the veggies. >> now the strawberry and tomato salsa. the strawberries give it a nice sweet tang. >> they look good. >> we have tomatoes, strawberries, red onion, jalapeno and cilantro. >> okay. >> that's fresh lime juice and olive oil. >> perfect. >> you can season it to taste with salt and pepper. >> that's it? that's all that's in there? >> that's it. my kids could do that. >> simple. hard? >> we like the soft. you can do either. grilling them is key. it gives it a nice smoky flavor. >> little olive oil on there? >> little olive oil. a couple minutes per side and then we can build the tacos. we have cotija cheese. >> does carson make dagwood tacos? >> he probably put steak in
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>> actually the fresh stuff on the garden to go brought a freshness to the meals that's noticeable. >> do you think my kids will miss the meat? >> i don't think so. especially when you get -- >> carson's going, i don't know. >> yeah. >> you could add chicken. >> or mushrooms, protein. >> go ahead. a little of anything i want? >> exactly. this is the bell pepper, zucchini and the salsa is great for chicken, fish if you want to add meat. on the side with guacamole. >> what do you think? >> delicious. it's great. >> if you couldn't find the cotija cheese could you use feta? >> you could, or queso fresco.
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completely different? >> optional. the viewers choose. >> you could add mad science to the recipe. >> savannah, you do the teaser. i'm going to dive? >> johnny, come over. matt lauer. siri, thanks. >> all you have to do is sign up for the today food newsletter or text food to 66866. let's get a close up of mr. daly here eating. there he is. back in
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so she not only cooks but tries her own food. she's joined us at the tasting table. siri, thank you. how about some birthdays. >> i love this time. happy 100th birthday to al fishman of miami, florida. he says the secret t is a big bowl of ice cream. annabelle richardson, retired school teacher from charleston, south carolina. she is a huge atlanta braves fan. happy 100th birthday to albert raes. he loves to exercise every day. he walks a mile every day around the neighborhood. good for you. hod sadler from salt lake city,
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