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plane crash. >> john it was a catastrophic situation that could have been far, far worse. shortly after takeoff from the airport, the beck air 100 aircraft crashed to the ground and careened into a concrete fence and two-story building. authorities say at least a dozen people were killed. lower estimate than previously feared. and dozens have been hospitalized after this accident. kazakh authorities ordered the suspension of flights by beck air aircraft and it also barred -- they also barred flights by that aircraft. in follow-on remarks, according to a preliminary investigation, the deputy prime minister of kazakhstan said technical issues or pilot error may have been involved and again, preliminary information that the tail of the plane touched the runway twice
upon takeoff. these are all emerging details at this stage. we're still just trying to figure out what may have been the possible cause of this accident. but which did not end in a fiery crash miraculously, but did leave the plane in pieces on the ground. john? >> it is miraculous that we have as many survivors apparently as we do and that it didn't break in two. thank you, nathan. president trump has spent much of this holiday week taking aim at all things impeachment and house speaker nancy pelosi. slamming her for withholding those two articles of impeachment from the senate. joining us now is someone who knows the most powerful woman in washington well, her daughter. kristine pelosi. she's also the author of "the nancy pelosi way -- advice on success, politics and leadership" from america's most powerful woman. good morning.
>> good morning. >> so was christmas interesting around your dinner table this year? were you -- did you spend it with your mom? >> i did. and the funny thing is we're probably one of the few families in america who did not talk about impeachment at the christmas dinner table. >> you didn't talk about it at all? it did not come up? >> no. we don't talk politics at our dinner table. we talk sports and movies and mostly she wants to know how the grandchildren are doing. so we had a wonderful time with our parents. and kind of off-handedly mentioned that things might have been happening on social media yesterday but basically we've just been having some family time. went out to the movies last night. and so i think it's really important. and one of the things i talk about in my book about my mom, "the nancy pelosi way" is she says you have to put politics on the shelf. you can't obsess about things 24/7. you need to recharge and rejuvenate and be with your family. if you don't build a life withior family then you don't
have a quality of life to be out there defending when you get back to work. >> i think a lot of other families at christmas could take that advice. let's talk about your mom's surprise power play. where she did not immediately hand over the two articles of impeachment. she withheld them. which really nobody in washington saw coming as far as we could tell. what is she doing? >> well, i'll say this, nancy pelosi does everything with velong game in mind, building consensus in her caucus, the democratic majority that's done so much for the people. and there's a lot of work sitting on the senate desk. work for health care, gun violence prevention, action on climate, and, of course, ethics in government. there's a lot of work the senate can do in addition to this work that will be coming up next month. so i think the key is not so much what she does, but how she does it, which is listening to her entire caucus.
working in a disciplined way and certainly not sharing her moves in advance on twitter or anywhere else. >> knowing her, as you do, how long do you think she's going to hold on to them? >> i think she'll move when the time is right. i think that justice will prevail, and i think as i wrote at the end of my book because we were going to print right when the inquiry started. the times have find us. this is an important time for our constitution and our country and the american people want to see the truth. they want to see evidence. they want to see witnesses. and so she will do what is necessary to make sure that she's done all she can, exhausting all her constitutional remedies. and that, i think, is the most important thing that we take going into 2020. let's listen to the facts. let's follow the evidence. and let's make sure that nobody is above the law. >> your mom seemed to be on the top of the president's mind over the holidays, this holiday week.
as you say, there was some action on social media as you described it. let me read a couple of these tweets. i don't often read the president's insults of people but i'm doing so because i think it's important to hear your mom's reaction and your reaction to these insults. here are just a couple. nancy pelosi has no leverage over the senate. mitch mcconnell did not nose his way into the impeachment process in the house, and she has no ha standing in the senate. crazy nancy should clean up her filthy, dirty district and help the homeless there. a primary for n? then next, why should crazy nancy pelosi just because she has a slight majority in the house be allowed to impeach the president of the united states. she got zero republican votes. there was no crime. the call with ukraine was perfect with no pressure. she said it must be bipartisan. i'll stop there. what -- how does she react when a tweet is lobbed her way?
>> mostly, just to remind everybody that any time the president insults somebody, he's making his own self-diagnosis and projecting it onto other people. it's really important to understand that this is a woman, nancy pelosi, who raised five kids. we were born six years and one week apart. so there was a lot of organizing, a lot of -- i would even admit a couple of tantrums along the way. there was a lot of drama, and she always just kept organized, kept on task and purpose and if the five kids couldn't rattle her, the president won't either. >> as her daughter, do you personally when you see her being called a name like that? >> that's the price of leadership. i've seen people adore my mother and express opposite feelings. one of the things she always says is that criticism and effectiveness go hand in hand.
the work she does is so important. when she said the first time she ran for congress and people were being extremely mean to her. she said they can't take my children from me so i don't really care what they say. now that she's been in congress and works with people whose children have been taken away by disease, by gun violence, she can't look into their eyes and say the president was mean to me today, i have to stop fighting. she'll never stop fighting. having that perspective of what's really important? isn't it important that we follow a call to service? isn't it important that we try to have a healthier, fairer, more safe and free america? those are the things that matter. the personal insults, you have to shrug them off and understand the better job you do, the more insulted you're going to get. so the more tightly you have to hold to your values and friendships and communities and coalitions. that's what nancy pelosi does. >> we had your sister alexandra on our program. she said something that got a lot of attention. i'd love to get your interpretation of what she meant
by that. so listen to your sister. >> she'll cut your head off and you won't even know you're bleeding. no one ever run betting against nancy pelosi. she's persevered. you have to give her credit. no matter what you think of her. >> she'll cut your head off and you won't even know you're bleeding. what did that mean growing up and what does that mean now? >> oh, i didn't experience that myself so i don't know. i'll take the second thing alexandra said. i think it's really true. nobody ever won betting against our mom nancy pelosi. she always confounds the experts from when she was a very little girl and the people in baltimore, maryland, were grooming the boys for public service and thought nancy might be a nun. obviously, that would have eliminated many things, including our conversation today, so i'm glad that didn't happen. but all the way through politics when she first ran for leadership in the house democratic caucus. the question from democrats was, who said she could run because the guys had a 200-year-old
pecking order and didn't want a woman stepping in it. even a year ago, the president tried to down talk her and mansplain her in the white house and she responded with that classic, please don't characterize the strength i bring to this meeting as the leader of the house democrats and then put on the coat and shades and stepped into history representing every woman who had been mansplained or counted out. it's important to know that whatever she does, nancy pelosi does with purpose, she is far less likely to tell you what she's doing than simply to do it. and any efforts to try to take her off her game by insulting her only fuel her fire to be stronger than ever for the people. >> really interesting insights. christine pelosi. the book is "the nancy pelosi way." thanks so much for sharing your insights about your mom with us. >> thank you. happy new year to everyone. >> you, too. president trump praised controversial navy s.e.a.l.
eddie gallagher as a great warrior. but the men who served in his platoon paint a very different picture in these confidential interviews that have just been published by "the new york times." that's next. lactaid is 100% real milk, just without the lactose. so you can enjoy it even if you're sensitive. yet some say it isn't real milk. i guess those cows must actually be big dogs. sit! i said sit!
"the new york times" has just published never before seen interviews with the navy s.e.a.l.s under the command of eddie gallagher. they're part of the u.s. military's investigation into the conduct of then special operations chief edward gallagher. it's these normally silent navy s.e.a.l.s and they paint this deeply disturbing picture of their platoon leader describing him as having a hunger for violence. >> i heard more rumors and stuff like that of eddie targeting civilians. >> i saw eddie take a shot at a 12-year-old kid. >> he got crazier and crazier. >> he was perfectly okay with killing anybody. >> gallagher was accused of war
crimes. he was acquitted in july of murdering a 17-year-old islamic terrorist while deployed to iraq in 2017 but convicted of posing for a photo with that captive's corpse. president trump stepped in to restore gag gallagher's rank prompting the resignation of secretary richard spencer over the president's handling of this case. we have cnn political correspondent abby philip, bakari sellars and cnn political commentator and former republican congressman charlie dent. this is shocking. we knew some of this, guys. we knew that eddie gallagher was accused of atrocious behavior, but to hear it from his own platoon, these guys who normally have to follow this code of silence, of all being a team, of not speaking out, and to hear them describe him, abby, as basically toxic, psychopathic.
he was disgraceful. they -- one witnessed him shoot a child. what they are describing is a sadist. they are describing him as a sadist. now that we know that he was, you know, not pardoned but whatever the equivalent of it was by president trump it puts it in a whole new light. >> it really highlights how this incident really shook the s.e.a.l.s. these individuals who came forward and gave these testimonies that are on the video, they are describing something that was so deeply disturbing to them, that bothered them so much about someone violating their code of conduct for the military. i also think it shows this isn't just about the incidents, really, that he was even tried for or acquitted for, it is about a whole pattern of behavior that people who worked with him very closely witnessed or heard about, and it was so
disturbing to them they felt they need to come forward and they communicated with each other about coming forward about some of this stuff. when president trump goes then and undermines this entire proerks he's doing that by flying in the face of all of those evidence. it's not even clear to me the president cared what evidence existed about what gallagher did or didn't do. he didn't seem to really care about the process. and that's what became so disturbing about all of this. from the very beginning, the very first moments of this whole trial proceedings, the president was weighing in on this which seemed to indicate that he didn't care whether or not all of this evidence was really hashed out and that whether all of this information from people who worked with gallagher was listened to. >> and this is very damning information, if you had known about it, and we have to assume that he did not. but here's members of his own platoon saying the guy is freaking evil. the medic saying he was perfectly okay with killing anybody that was moving.
charlie dent, my question to you is, there's a tension here with republicans supporting the military but also being a party of law and order and honor. and this seems to have strayed from one well into undercutting credibility on the other. >> john, no question about that. look, if you are the president of the united states, you have a lot of power in terms of pardons and commutations and before one intervenes, he should get the facts, and he should listen to expert testimony. that's one of the problems with this president. he operates on his gut. and by intervening the way he did, he undermines the military and their processes and procedures. where they made some recommendations here, and the president simply ignored them. he just simply knew better than those who spend a lot of time studying, considering all the facts of this case. and i think this is going to come back to bite the president. >> bakari, we have a few more
tidbits from these military interviews with his platoon trying to sound the alarm of how bad an apple they thought was this person leading them. listen to this. >> the guy was toxic. >> we can't let this continue. >> the guy got crazier and crazier. >> you could tell he was perfectly okay with killing anybody. >> there were civilians everywhere. >> we have a problem. >> he's a psychopath. >> he was perfectly okay with killing civilians. he's a psychopath. and, you know, i think that it does raise some questions about president trump's judgment. >> we've already had these questions about president trump's judgment. he's shown us who he was since he first came down the steps announcing his candidacy for president. for someone like me who has never put on the uniform, you're always careful about wading into these matters of the military and cautious about criticizing those individuals who have the courage to go out and serve our country, who fight for the very freedoms we have today. but in this case, you actually
have the words, the chilling words from gallagher's own platoonmates. you have those individuals in the most damning, to me, the most chilling to me is when you hear the voice or read off the pages of "the new york times" where they say he was perfectly okay killing anybody that was moving. you know, those type of chilling words in describing someone that president trump just simply looks at as some campaign ploy, campaign tactic. what the president wants to do, not only does he believe that he's above the law and he just eviscerates the rule of law and order but now wants to campaign with gallagher. he wants to travel around the country with him. and so it goes from this realm of unbelievable to perverse, extremely quickly. and, yes, it goes back to his judgment. and i think that everyone, every american today should pick up this paper and read this article and don't just -- me and congressman dent sometimes get caught up in the partisan muck that is our reality, but you
have these individuals who really, truly put america over party who were talking in their own terms, own experiences about how awful and how much of a psychotath gallagher is and a murderer gallagher is, and those words should be heeded by every american because the president's number one job as commander in chief, and he's failing. >> that's an important point the president has been using eddie gallagher in campaign initiatives as well. we want to read a statement that gallagher gave through this lawyer to "the new york times." he wrote, my first reaction to seeing the videos was surprise and disgust that they'd make up blatant lies about me. but i quickly realized they were scared the truth would come out about how cowardly they acted on deployment. i felt sorry for them that they thought it necessary to smear my name. as upset as i was, the videos also gave me confidence because i knew their lies would never hold up under real questioning and a jury would see through it. the refusal to ask hard
questions or corroborate their stories strengthened my resolve to go to trial and clear my name. we have a group text when they were deciding to go forward and they told themselves in the group text, tell the truth. don't lie or embellish said one sniper who is now a member of s.e.a.l. team 6. that way he can't say that we slandered him in any way. let me go to you as we close this out. what kind of debate was there in the white house. either about overruling the pentagon and the chain of command on this or about taking eddie gallagher and moving him into theical pain realm? >> clearly the president had made his intentions known and white house aides, especially his chief of staff, communicated to the pentagon that this is the -- was the president's decision that that's what he was going to do. there was no apparent effort that we know of to stand in the way of this ultimately. and that's part of really what happens in this white house is
that over time, white house aides become resigned to the president wanting to do stcerta things whether they think it's wise or not and they try to get out of the way of him doing it. >> general jim kelly, if he had been chief of staff, there may have been a different outcome? >> it's entirely possible. some of these things were clearly things that kelly would have tried to keep away from the president, keep out of his purview and let it remain in the pentagon's purview. but that sort of thing stopped happening some time ago. we talk about guardrails here. those came off a long time ago. i want to say one thing about president trump and really what underlies all of this. the president could have said, i looked at all of this evidence and i thought that this was a case where we needed to have some leniency in how we dealt with eddie gallagher. i understand the seriousness of the charges he's facing. the problem is he never acknowledged what this case was all about, which is about the
appropriate conduct of u.s. forces in the theater, which is not just about being, in his words, a killing machine, but also about having a sense of order and discipline. that's what became so disturbing about all of this. it is part of a pattern for president trump where he does believe that military members need to have much more free reign about what they are able to do in the theater and that really is not the same view that pentagon leadership have about how the military should be run and that's the missing element of this. he never acknowledges what this case was really about. never acknowledges these concerns at all. >> it's not the same as what these members of s.e.a.l. team seven who spoke out in this investigation feel either. they didn't want him to have free reign because they thought he was behaving in such a sadistic way. thank you very much for helping us with this breaking news this morning. up next -- how divided are evangelicals over president trump?
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it has been weeks of heated debates among evangelicals about president trump including writers from top christian publications. we wanted to find out just how strong is the president's support among all evangelical voters. here to break down the numbers, harry enten. >> here again with you. >> you know we love nothing more. break down the numbers. >> so let's break through. i think a lot of people when they talk about evangelicals,
they're talking about white born again evangelicals. and president trump won those overwhelmingly in the 2016 election when 76% to hillary clinton's 18%. that support is holding firm right now. so his approval rating, 75% among them at this point. his disapproval rating just 21% in the average of our april or may polls the last time we asked that specific. >> those are white evangelicals. that's an important distinction as we heard yesterday. >> exactly. very often we stereotype evangelicals very unfairly and deny the true complexity of the community. >> i think that's exactly right. if we look at all of them, what you see is the president still doing fairly well among them but not nearly as well as he's doing among white evangelicals particularly. in the 2016 election, trump got 61% of the vote. still fairly by hie but less than 76% he got among white evangelicals. clinton got 34%. look at trump's standing now among all born again/evangelicals.
58%. still pretty good but not anywhere near his high around the 75% he has. >> some erosion in the approve and some increase in the disapprove. >> there's a little bit. a little bit, but margins of error. >> this is african-american evangelicals, hispanic evangelicals. it's a much more diverse community. >> if you look at the nonwhite evangelicals, how is he doing? >> let's look at that. this gets really interesting. >> among the nonwhite born again/evangelicals. in 2016, clinton won those overwhelmingly. 69% of the vote. trump got 27% of the vote. look at it now. again, staying fairly steady. his approval rating among the nonwhite born again/evangelicals. 29% and disapproval 66%. this is amazing. just 7 % of african-american born again evangelicals approve. trump very popular among the white born again evangelicals but not popular at all among the
african-american evangelicals. it breaks down about one-third of the born again evangelical community is nonwhite versus about two-thirds which is white. it's a significant part of the population. >> that's a fascinating stat about the african-american community. just 7%. one would think because of socially conservative policies that may be a place he could make inroads. >> not happening. if anything, they're less inclined to support the president than nonborn again evangelical. >> one other thing i point out. we talk about republican primaries all the time. this is among potential democratic primary voters. what percentage are these different groups. what we see is among the democratic electorate, nonwhite born again evangelicals make up 16% versus just the 9% of those who -- whoops. just 9% of those white born again evangelical. in the democratic primary, it's a fairly substantial bloc. and right now biden is leading the primary among white and nonwhite evangelicals.
>> the religious left that jim wallace loved. we've got iowa. before iowa, we've got football. what say you? >> the fact of the matter, i've been working very hard this week. football, the final week of the regular season. and i just want to go through a few different playoff scenarios. so the new orleans saints, our senior producer loves the new orleans saints. >> i love the saints and green bay. >> what's the chance they can clinch a first round bye? look at the 51% probability. they could win. green bay could lose or tie. they could win. san fran could lose or tie. they could lie. green bay would have to lose. they could tie and san fran would have to lose or san fran loses and green bay wins or a tie. >> you have that much fun? >> any other possible teams that are playing? >> so another one of my favorite. this is my favorite of all of them. a 7% probability that the oakland raiders who are only 7-8 can clinch a playoff spot. they have to win and then they need this whole parlay. pittsburgh has to lose. tennessee has to lose.
indianapolis has to win. and then either chicago, detroit, the los angeles chargers or new england have to win or tie. >> all right. so what's your final here, pal? >> i just want to say, probability that the bills make the playoffs? 100%. it is! >> this is a very big deal. >> except i don't know if i buy this math. i don't think there's a 100% -- >> it's already happened and they're going to perhaps play the houston texans, and i'll be watching. josh allen, love it. >> harry enten, love you. >> love you both. >> you can do anything. thank you. >> really, really can. we should tell you this story. these skiers were buried alive after an avalanche in the swiss alps. but we have their story of survival, next for you. first, here's a preview of "linda ronstadt" premiering new year a day here on cnn. she came to los angeles.
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six people are very lucky to be alive after being buried by an avalanche that hit a resort in the swiss alps. all six were rescued or freed themselves. cnn's scott mclean is live in london with more. how did they do this, scott? >> when you see this video, it is remarkable no one was killed or even seriously hurt. this happened late yesterday morning at a ski resort about 70 miles south of zurich. video taken by another skier, you can see it there, on a nearby gondola shows the avalanche just after it starts to slide. you can see the black dots. those are people. as the avalanche is coming down, some of them are safe off to the side.
at least two of them at the bottom of your screen you can see manage to outrun the avalanche on their skis and six people were swallowed up. luckily no one was buried more than three feet down. four people managed to dig themselves out. and two others were rescued within about half an hour. but the search effort after that continued throughout the day into the evening. they wanted to make sure that no one else was buried under there. thankfully they believe that everyone has been accounted for. what makes this really unusual is this didn't happen out in the back country where avalanche risk is typically much higher. this happened inbounds at a ski resort on a run that they believed was perfectly safe. now this resort did get about 2 1/2 feet of snow or so over the past week but that is not unusual for the swiss alps. sometimes they can get that in a single day. why this avalanche came down, they don't know. but that part of the mountain is going to stay closed until they
figure it out. >> unbelievable. thank you. from dominant performances to controversy and comebacks, this past year had it all when it comes to sports. here's a look at our top nine moments of 2019. ♪ from dominant performances to controversy to comebacks, this past year had it all when it comes to sports. here's a look at the top nine moments in 2019. we start with the single tweet that rocked the nba. >> the nba is standing up for free speech and behind houston rockets general manager daryl morey. >> the fallout has been huge. >> chinese businesses are cutting ties with the rockets and the league. >> china's sports channel will not broadcast any of the nba games held in china this week. >> houston rockets general manager daryl morey tweeting support for hong kong's pro-democracy protesters. this caused a firestorm in china where the nba is the most
popular sports league. chinese officials condemning the tweet and response from commissioner adam silver. the whole controversy greatly ars fectsing the nba's bottom line. >> zeile to live with those consequences. >> number eight, what were you doing when you were 15? coco gauff was capturing the hearts of sports fans with her incredible run at her first wimbledon. >> she just tweeted me! >> coco, the youngest player to ever make the main draw at wimbledon. she beat venus williams in her first match and advanced to the fourth round before losing to the eventual champion simona halep. number seven -- controversy on the track. a stunning outcome at the kentucky derby. >> the horse that crossed the finish line first did not win. >> the winner of the kentucky derby was disqualified. maximum security winning the race, but upon review was seen veering out of his lane. >> he came up a little and i
grabbed him right away. i stayed straight. >> country house was declared the winern at odds of 65 to 1. country house had the second longest odds in a kentucky derby winner. >> did that really just happen? >> number six -- on january 3 rd, 2019, the st. louis blues had the worst record in the nhl. that's when they turned it around. >> with time. wires the shot. they score! the blues season culminating with them beating the boston bruins in game seven of the stanley cup finals to win their first ever championship. and blues superfan leila anderson, an 11-year-old battling an autoimmune disease was inspiration for the team all season. she got to celebrate with the team on the ice after they hoifts hoisted the stanley cup. it was a year of more controversy for the nfl. >> it was simple. they blew the call. >> easy call for sure.
that's tough to swallow. >> the saints were robbed of a chance to play in the super bowl when the refs failed to call pass interference. >> i feel like someone robbed my house. >> the guy has to be blind. >> the nfl made pass interference reviewable for the next season. >> doesn't help us at all. it's too late. >> the patriots beat the rams in the super bowl making tom brady the first player in nfl history to win six rings. number four, finally something everyone in washington, d.c., could agree on. that's cheering down the nationals. the team taking their fans on a miraculous run in the postseason. for the first time ever, the road team winning every game in the world series. the nationals beating the astros in seven games to win their first ever title. >> i hope they are ready for a party because we're coming home. number three -- an emotional year for simone biles. she opened up about being one of the victims of dr. larry nassar
and the failure of usa gymnastics to intervene. >> we've done everything they asked us for even when they didn't want to and they couldn't do one damn job. you had one job and you couldn't protect us. >> in spite of the controversy, the 22-year-old dominated the world championships to become the most decorated gymnast ever. >> number two, the u.s. women's national team capturing the hearts and minds of people everywhere. >> the u.s. thoroughly dominant so far. >> the u.s. women's soccer team rewriting the record books. >> this couldn't have been a bigger story. >> as the team took on opponents in the world cup, they were battling the u.s. soccer federation in their fight to be compensated the same as their male counterparts. the team winning their second consecutive world cup title beating the nerthslands, 2-0 in the final with fans chanting "equal pay." >> equal pay! equal pay! >> the women's equal pay lawsuit now looks like it's headed for a trial in 2020 as the team
prepares to take the field in the tokyo summer games. and the number one sports story on our list -- tiger woods was back on top of the sports world winning the masters. >> breaking news. tiger woods is donning the green jacket once again. >> tiger woods has made a fairy tale comeback worthy of the silver screen. >> it's an extraordinary comeback. >> the greatest comeback ever. >> tiger is back. >> tiger's first win in a major since the 2008 open. many didn't know if tiger would ever win major number 15, but the 43-year-old won the masters in dramatic fashion making his first ever final round comeback in a major. tiger shared the incredible moment with his 10-year-old son charlie. that was a fun look back. >> that was an awesome year in sports. the new heisman trophy winner is scoring a very big victory off the field for his hometown.
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two times the national average. there's so many people there that don't have a lot. and i'm up here for all those kids in athens and athens county that go home to not a lot of food on the table. hungry after school. you guys can be up here, too. >> that's awesome. >> what he did in that one speech has been remarkable because since then, a fund-raising page in honor of burrow's speech has raised almost $500,000 in donations for athens county. joining us is karen bright, the president of the athens county food pantry. karen, thanks for being here. how has the food pantry and your life changed since joe burrows made that speech? uh-oh. not hearing our end very well.
>> we're working on fixing that. apparently, though, they are almost $15,000 shy of that half million dollar mark. it's extraordinary. >> that's a lofty goal. so this fund-raising page set a half million dollar goal. and did they say that karen is ready? yes. >> they're working on it, but we've got $15,000 to go. so everyone here at home, you got a chance to take them over the top here, people. >> but i mean, it's not just for the food pantry. what he did to raise awareness about the poverty of his hometown. and as we -- i mean, look. we know that that's true. there are all sorts of forgotten places. and when a star emerges from one of those and shines a light on it, it's really helpful. we'll take a very quick break and fix karen's audio. you want to hear her story. (man sneezes)
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okay. we may have fixed the audio gremlins. let's try it again. time for the good stuff. joe burrow's heisman trophy speech mentioned the hunger in his hometown and since then a fund-raising page in honor of burrow's speech has raised almost $500,000 for this athens county where he's from. joining us again is karen bright, president of the athens county food pantry. karen, can you hear us, and if we can hear you, tell us about how this has changed the food pantry. >> well, i can hear you. >> we hear you perfectly. >> how this is changing the food pantry, this incredible outpouring of donations is going to allow us to pursue
opportunities and solutions that we have only dreamt of in the past. things we've always said as a board, if we had the money, wouldn't it be nice to -- now some of those programs and opportunities will have an opportunity to really come to fruition and we'll be able to do some of the things we've wanted to do beyond our core mission which is to supply emergency food for people of athens county. >> so important. and we want to note that you're almost at that $500,000 goal. around $15,000 shy. so people can get you over the top. >> yep, they could. and we appreciate everybody who has donated to this point. every donation means so much to us. and not to us, but to the clients that we serve here in athens county. this area is really a very im v impoverished area. it's the highest in the state of
ohio. food insecurity rate also the highest in ohio. this is really going to allow us to continue the work that we're already doing and make sure that we can make an impact in this area. >> karen, give us some sense in terms of real meals. how many more people will you be able to feed? how many meals? with $500,000, what does that look like? >> well, we've calculated that we can provide a meal for about 50 cents a meal per person. and so you can do the math on that. but it's not just meals that are things we can be doing. there are other programs that we're looking at that we can be helping with and we've had a number of suggestions from the community, from our board members, so there are ways we can help beyond just that emergency food which will always stay or core mission. we want to make sure people in need have that emergency food but there are other things we can do as well, and that's what we're really looking into now is, how can we help, especially
the children, because if you notice that joe's speech noted children that go home to not a lot of food. go home and they're hungry at night. so any number of options we're looking at. but no matter how you calculate it, it's huge. >> oh, my gosh. karen, thank you for telling us about it. and i predict that new day viewers will get you over that gap and that you will meet your goal. thank you so much. we'll be thinking of you and we'll follow up with what happens with the food pantry and beyond. if you would like to donate go to facebook.com/donate and then search the fund-raiser for athens county food pantry. we have another special good stuff. one of our beloved colleagues is leaving "new day" today. after eight years of leading this show every morning. here are live pictures inside our control room. >> there he is. that is our director john duber. he's the man that calls the shots. we call him duber.
he's been "new day's" director since we launched in 2013. i go back even further than that with john duber. i've known him for more than a decade because we were both at fox news channel at the same time. >> that is a long-term relationship. he's been such a great leader of this show. >> he is more than a technical and creative whiz. he captains an 83-year-old sailboat around new york city with his friends. he loves spending quality time with his lovely wife anastasia. duber has shaped so much of the show that you watch every morning. you don't see him, but we sure hear from him sometimes over the loud speaker whenever we do something that annoys him. he does something like this. >> i'll say what's up, guys. >> yeah, you'll just say what's up. >> just like that. >> what the hell are you doing? >> that's better.
that's exactly it. >> from our entire team, we can't thank you enough for all he's done here at cnn. we're really going to miss him. i also did just get a couple of texts from the crew guys over at fox news channel who also want to send him a special message. this comes from joel, our stage manager there. best of luck. if you ever need the very best stage manager you've ever worked with, and that includes bruce, call on dr. joel. >> congratulations, duber. love you, man. >> we love you. we're really going to miss you around here. >> all right. cnn newsroom begins right now. have a great weekend. good morning. i'm ryan nobles. poppy and john are off today. we begin with breaking news. a plane with nearly 100 people on board crashes shortly after taking off from amadi