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apparently, i'm going to have nine choices. now, if i could only see them, especially, because mental health is now provided and after this process, i need some. happy thanksgiving, everybody! va happy thanksgiving to you. i'm richard lui here at msnbc. black friday shopping is starting to creep. we're live outside one store opening its doors right now. congress is off for the holiday and most of december. what it means for unemployment benefits set to run out. it's almost time to get the bird in the oven. the butterball turkey talk line joins us with some tips for you that could save your holiday meal. and we check in with our troops stationed overseas as well on this thursday morning. but first we start off this hour for you, thanksgiving travellers may be a bit weary after their first leg of traveling to their holiday destinations, dealing with over 600 flights cancelled yesterday while millions of
drivers battled heavy rain, winds and snow. yesterday's storms are now moving into canada. it should be a calm and dry day for those of you hitting the road or on the road already trying to get to some early shopping. the big question this morning will whipping winds ground those famous macy thanksgiving parade balloons? 16 giant balloons will be grounded if sustained winds top 23 miles per hour. or wind gusts hit 34 miles per hour. 15 million people as well will be watching this parade from home. bill karins joins us right now to tell us if those balloons will fly? >> great thanksgiving morning to you, richard. i've been tracking the winds in new york city. everyone wants those balloons to fly. the closest observation site is in central park which the parade route goes down the side of. that's what they are judging on. you can fly the balloons over 34 mile-per-hour winds.
these are the wind gusts since 7:00 p.m. last night. in thor 20s. close. highest was 30 at 1:00 a.m. so far so good. my guess is they will keep some of the problems maybe all of them but lower them. as far as the forecast goes that big huge storm has cause ad lot of people delays especially on the east coast. that's gone, heading up into nova scotia. snow off of the great lakes. very cold out there from florida back to the rockies. very chilly morning. we do have some streamers coming off the lakes. this is lake-effect snow bands. some near syracuse and buffalo but a big one across the michigan is. some may go through detroit. be careful driving there. wind chills. richard, a wind chill of 33 in orlando this morning. they are not happy there, going disney or any of the theme parks on thanksgiving day or trying to be outside in florida. you're not used to that. 66 this afternoon. lots of sunshine on the map. no problems for anyone's travels today. back to you. >> 33 degrees in orlando is like
the end of the world. bill karins will check back with us later. president obama said he'll spend his thanksgiving just like the rest of us with family, friends, lots of food and some football to boot. he released his weekly address this morning with a special thanksgiving message. take a listen. >> we're a people who are greater together than we are on our own and that's what today is about. that's what every day should be about. no matter our differences we're part of one american family. we're each other's keepers. we're one nation under god. >> now president obama also wants families to spice up dinner conversation today suggesting families should discuss the fooshl care act. parents, turkey isn't the only thing to talk about at thanksgiving this year. #gettalking. >> reporter: richard, good morning and happy thanksgiving. the obama family will spend this thanksgiving just as they do every year, right here at the white house, enjoying a
traditional thanksgiving meal. we should get the menu a little bit later on today. on wednesday the first family continued other holiday traditions, handing out meals at a local food bank and the president pardoned the national thanksgiving turkey. this year a bird named popcorn. for the president this holiday season comes against the backdrop of more problems with the website healthercare.gov. on wednesday the administration announced small businesses those with 50 employees or fewer won't be able to enroll in health care through healthercare.gov for another year. those businesses will still be able to sign up as they currently do, though, through an agent or a broker. the administration says the move is necessary so that technicians can focus on fixing the website for individuals. some in the small business community expressed disappointment and concern that the delay could add more confusion to an already complicated process. republicans not surprisingly pounced with house speaker john boehner saying the delay was an
indication the president bit off more than he can chew with this health care law. all this comes with another shake up of the website. the administration says hewlett-packard will replace verizon as the site's web provider, a move that's been in the work since spring. tech experts are working through this holiday weekend to make sure the website is running smoothly by saturday, that's the administration's self-imposed deadline and that means it can support as many as 50,000 users at one time. officials here say they are still on track to do that. richard, back to you. >> thank you so much. i would like to bring in andy sullivan a correspondent for reuters and jo ann keenan. jo ann you've been watching this story. we get the development of shock or small businesses and their ability to enroll their
employees for various health care insurance programs. that's now been delayed. how big of a setback is that? because we've seen several delays of shop throughout this latest cycle. >> right. they told us it would be -- they delayed it a couple of months ago. they said it would be ready in november. turns out it will be ready next november. that's another shock. another delay. the small business market was never as important as the individual market where ordinary people and families who are buying insurance on themselves, that's where this website is so problematic is causing trouble. right. shop is another delay. another sign they can't get it all on deadline. they missed the deadlines. not as big a deal in terms of how many people it covers. >> does it worry you when you look at the process that they have been going through trying to fix some of those very large problems they've had with the exchange, does this worry you? >> they sort of made shop a lower priority. months ago we knew it wasn't going as good. we knew not as many plans would
be in it. we knew the features to make it more attractive wouldn't happen in year one. did i expect it to happen? >> no. did i know it was back pedaling so they could focus on individuals, yes. >> i was looking through the hill this mornings some of the headlines, hp replaced verizon. spanish language set to miss deadline being pushed off according to the associated press. making these changes and saying what the verizon to hp move that that was in the works anyway. what's your reaction to these recent developments that we got just within the last 24 hours? >> well, i think they are trying to focus on the essential functions and make sure that the individual marketplace is at least working for most people by the end of the weekend. that's their goal to have it service 80% of those that try throwing on. keep in mind one in five people who try to logon and use the
website will not be able to if everything goes according to plan. what we've seen they are to discussion on the essential core elements of the individual marketplace, they are deprioritizing the spanish language effort and the effort for small businesses as well. i mean at this point they've just got to make it work in a very basic fashion to avoid it becoming more of a debacle than it is. >> what do you think about the timing of these announcements? >> the fact they announce it a day before a big holiday where fewer people are paying attention? >> perhaps. >> there's a long tradition of that in washington. they made an announcementerlier the day before july 4th. maybe they just came to that realization yesterday and decided it would be a good day to release the news to minimize the amount of attention it draws. here we are talking about it. >> we'll talk more about it on
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when congress members are asked at the thanksgiving table how are things back at work this year for you they want to change the subject because first of all they are not that popular. 9% approval rating. they haven't gotten much done. they passed less than half as many bills at this point in president george bush's second term. don't expect a holiday gift earth from lawmakers. eight more days left on the calendar right now where votes will be scheduled. let's go to our gentlemen. governor, let's kick it off with you, we've been talking about the filibuster reform over the past week. we use that as one indicator. what's your thought here? are we headed for more dysfunction in the remaining
days of the year or more progress based on what you're seeing? >> unfortunately, dysfunction in the guise of doing absolutely nothing. they only have eight working days left where we don't have a jobs bill, or economic deal on the fiscal cliff or debt limit. we don't have an energy bill which could take advantage of the energy explosion that's happening in this country. we don't have anything. and congress seems paralyzed to act. i think citizens are absolutely irate when they hear there are only eight working days. with all those things on the agenda and to be lie jobs bill we ever get is the republicans passing or repeal obama care that will help create jobs it's ludicrous. >> governor, what do you think might bubble to the top of those that you just listed off in the remaining days we got? >> what should bubble to the top is jobs bill, with infrastructure, research, things like that. anything that will bulb told the
top maybe immigration reform, maybe. but i doubt it. i doubt it. so hopefully something, some sort of deal that will keep the government working in january and deal with the debt limit crisis. that's the key to figure out a deal that will continue to reduce the debt because our debt is exploding. don't believe -- the deficit is going down but our debt keeps going up and up. >> joe, let's talk about that. we have that december 28th deadline for unemployment benefits. we're in the holidays right now. what the governor is saying is it doesn't look good. is this a time for a recast? look at the mood again, maybe come back and have different energy in the remaining days? >> it would be nice if we could get that done. i worked in the u.s. senate before i worked in the white house. >> i still like you. >> thanks. thanks, richard. but, i'm not very optimistic. i think the governor is very accurate. i don't think there's a lot of hope that anything of substance is going to get done.
it's not necessarily always the number of legislative items that become law, the number of billings that become law but it's the quality and what bills become law. and i don't have any sense there's any appetite to tackle anything that's important and the governor listed a whole host of things that are important and didn't get to the 60 tax revisions that expire or important to lots of americans or medical -- the reimbursement -- we didn't talk about the budget, of course by the 15th of january they have to pass at least a stop gap measure to make sure the government is still running. so there are all these issues on the table. we'll get the stop gap passed but that's nothing to write home about. >> talk about the stop gap here, governor, it reminds me what business has been criticized of doing managing by quarter by quarter. is that how we should expect things. these small budget deals one after another? >> it's pitiful.
you know, all we do is kick the can down the road and i'm co-chair of the campaign to fix the debt and we have a group that works with us called the can kicks back. young people are sick and tired of not seeing progress, no real substance and it's time that the president sits down with congress and boehner and others and say let's do a deal on the budget, let's do something that will put the economy on the right course not just for the next year but for the next decade and next couple of decades. we can do that. >> i like that. >> we used to do big things in this country. we used to be able to tackle big problems. we don't have that ability any more and it's destroying the country. >> knock on wood we can turn that around. joe, quickly here. what is your turkey of the season legislatively? >> oh, my turkey? i guess legislatively be the affordable care act. there was an opportunity for that roll out, i think it would
have been successful had it been pre-tested. >> still baking right now. we got two days. >> two days. >> still cooking. >> governor, what's your turkey legislatively? >> this is hands down, ted cruz. >> fun talking to you both. you have a good holiday. >> thanks so much. >> really appreciate it. by the way, we'll have more, of course, throughout the day on nbc on this very topic of what's happening in d.c. and the congress and how well or how not well they are doing at this moment. time to get the bird in the oven and the butterball talk line is standing by to help. some of the biggest mistakes to avoid when make being your turkey. we got that. stay with us.
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down in 2014 they are not there yet. joining me now from afghanistan is nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel. good thanksgiving to you. as you're out there, what are the troops doing and how are they celebrating thanksgiving? >> reporter: >> richard, if you can hear me how are the troops and how are they celebrating thanksgiving? >> reporter: i can barely hear you. you can hear through this microphone a helicopter is just coming in right now so please bear with me. today is, obviously, a special day for troops. they miss their families. but on this base which is one of the last remaining outposts for troops in eastern afghanistan it was something of a day off. they had a special holiday meal.
they did get turkey. they did have ham. they were playing volleyball. there's a poker tournament going on the other side of this base. obviously we're still in afghanistan. we're very close to the border with pakistan. so the troops have to remain on guard, on alert. there was a volleyball tournament earlier today and even as they were playing all the soldiers had their weapons lined up right beside them. tonight now that it's starting to get morning in the united states they will begin skipg with their families. the troops here say their morale is very high and having a little bit of a thanksgiving spirit even though we're on this remote outpost in afghanistan. >> richard engel there in afghanistan as that helicopter is about to take off. thank osu much. appreciate your time. of course your reporting. we have a lot coming up in this hour. next, we will get on the butterball talk line and find out what's best for your turkey.
also a check on how the weather will impact your thanksgiving and will the macy's parade balloons take flight. no need to wait until tomorrow to get the best of the shopping deals. some stores are ready for shoppers today. we'll talk about the black friday creep and get a live report from one open store. i meb every time, which is great...what? he's using you. he probably has a citi thankyou card and gets 2x the points at restaurants. so he's just racking up points with me. some people... ugh! no, i've got it. the citi thankyou preferred card. now earn 2x the points on dining out and entertainment, with no annual fee.to apply, go to citi.com/thankyoucards
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for millions of americans. drivers in northeast are dealing with everything from high winds to snow near the great lakes as we hit the 7:30 a.m. dessert or door buster deals? more stores are opening their doors today on thanksgiving hoping to lure in shoppers before or after their holiday meal with discounts and deals. those retailers are going to have to work extra hard because in a new university connecticut poll nine out of ten respondents said they would not shop on thanksgiving. well with those one out of ten, nbc john yang who is live outside a k-mart in chicago doesn't look to be much happening at this moment though, john. >> reporter: richard, it was not a great surge when it opened about 25 minutes ago. only about 30 people in line. the first person in line only got in line about 1:00 this morning. waited about five hours. so not a big surge here. but all across the country, retailers are opening up before
the thanksgiving dinner, before the football games, trying to get a piece of that holiday shopping budget earlier and earlier. pre-dawn friday used to be the start of the holiday shopping season with the annual running of the bargain hunters. but attention shoppers, it's moved to thanksgiving thursday. >> we have a traditional turkey dinner at my parents every thanksgiving and then soon after dinner we're off to stores. >> reporter: this year it started earlier than ever. couldn't sleep? most walmarts are open 24 hours. early risers could start bargain hunting at k-mart at 6:00 a.m. or wait until after breakfast. most old navy stores opened at 9:00 a.m. want to finish dinner, toys "r" us opens at 5:00 p.m. best buy at 6:00 and stores like macy's, target and sears open their doors at 8:00. other retailers like nordstrom are making a point of not
opening today. new york area electronics chain pc richard and son has an ad about it. >> at pc richard and son we believe thanksgiving should be spent at home. >> reporter: that suit some shoppers just fine. >> i like the tradition of family for thanksgiving. >> reporter: rather than shopping? >> rather than shopping. >> feed me, stuff me like the turkey and sit me in a corner and leave me for the rest evening. i'm not going out. >> reporter: so, love it or hate it, there's some estimates that about 33 million americans will do some sort of shopping today. but more of them will be going online than coming to brick-and-mortar stores like this one. richard? >> as you've been there throughout the morning and looking at all the shoppers, there's also the workers that have to go in on there and help all of these great customers that want to buy things from places like k-mart. have you had a chance of any of those employees and their reaction of having to work on this holiday? >> reporter: there has been a little bit of a backlash.
there have been people, petition online against this. there have been -- there are protests planned at some wall matters. but stores are trying to ease the blow or soften the blow. k-mart has made as many volunteers as they can, asked people if they wanted to work today. and walmart is going even further. they are paying time and a half, offering their workers a hot turkey dinner during their shifts and giving them all 25% discounts on purchases. so try to soften that blow as much as they can. richard? >> john yang we'll get you a hot turkey dinner for working anthony day too. john yang for us in chicago. be sure to get some of those door buster dealings. it won't just be shoppers hitting all those stores as john was telling us. the group our walmart has announced 150 protests outside of walmart stores. that group is calling on the retail giant to improve labor standards such as providing
workers with more full time work and wages of at least $25,000 a year. joining me now is barbara gertz a walmart associate in denver who is taking part in the black friday protest. thanks for joining me. you heard john yang's report. an issue you're fully aware of. you're a full time employee and worked for walmart for what nearly five years and earned less than $25,000 you're telling us. why your supporting these black friday protests that we've been talking about at walmart? >> well, i support them because thanksgiving is a time to be spending with your family. and i feel that, you know, it's not just the walton family that should enjoy the holiday, it's all the associates too should be able to spend time with their families as well. and black friday should stay black friday. >> keep it all in that one day
is what you're saying. we reached out the walmart for a comment on this issue and as well as a guest that could speak with us regarding the black friday protests. we're awaiting a response. we also did have this to show our viewers. a recent press release from walmart that says black friday is our super bowl and we plan to win persistenting out there are six fewer shopping days this season compared to last year. now last year there were similar protests on black friday. what do you hope to change by participating in this? what sort of impact would you like to make? >> well, this year we are going to have a lot more, a great deal more people showing up for the protests because our communities are starting to realize this is not fair, and there are more associates standing up, and we hope that we will get walmart to change its practices, and to
respect its associates and their ability to have time with their families. and then also we're hoping through the protests that we can get them to rehire the fired workers and start paying their associates a living wage. at least $25,000 a year. >> barbara you heard what john was telling us, how walmart is kick off their back friday sales tonight at 6:00 p.m. also there's about 1 million employees that are working today at walmart. walmart is offering their associates who work thanksgiving special compensation. they will get extra pay that the company says is equal to an additional day's work. a 25% discount on purchases they make during a designated period in early december and a
thanksgiving dinner at walmart. >> a meal with associates doesn't replace time with your family. >> you decided i'm not going to work today. there are others who say i do want to work. you said i'm not is going to work today. are you working tomorrow. >> i work the overnight shift and yes i have to be in friday evening. but i was lucky enough to be one of the ones that was not scheduled for today. >> barbara, on your day off, thank you for stopping by to speak with us and you have a very good holiday in front of you. >> thank you for having me. >> you bet. turning now to your thanksgiving meal itself. if the uncooked turkey sitting in your refrigerator, a little bit intimidating at this moment, right? no need to fear. the fine folks at the butterball turkey talk line are here. they have been doing this for about 30 years. what's different about today for the folks on the other end of the line.
here's at that report filed by kevin tibbles. >> reporter: folks if your turkey is still in freezer you're in big trouble. don't panic. talk turkey. for years there's been a helpful voice on the other end of the line to help with turkeytastropes. butterball died it was time somebody else answer the phone. yes, a man. men don't just do the carving any month, butterball says 42% of them play a role in cooking turkeys too. >> 42%. joining me is the director of the butterball turkey hotline. okay. so, if we have that 42% here, mary, that's a lot of folks, a lot of guys we didn't know about that might be calling in to get help. what your finding? >> we already knew for years now that one in four of our callers are men. so why not include them with us. if you love to cook it doesn't
make a difference if you're a man or a woman you'll have a great time. we found other food experts but they happen to be men. we put them in with us. they blend in very nicely. we're having a great time. >> mary what kind of questions do the men ask versus the women. how do you distinguish those two is this >> so far we haven't seen much difference. so if you love to cook, they are into it as well as we are. a lot of -- they love to cook turkeys all kind of different ways and that's what we're finding. people like deep fry. they like to put it on the grill. they like to do some experiment or make it maybe a different marinade, something like that. so we're here at the talk line and maybe you can see behind us all the noise already today. a lot of people already today. >> since i got you on the line. i got a question. what is something i should do when i'm carving a turkey. what's the one key thing i should remember. >> make sure your knife is
sharp. >> okay. >> the other thing is let it sit out for 15 to 20 minutes before you start carving. then the slices will be very nice. >> you're also giving advice on wine. that's different that folks might not know about. what's a good wine to pair up with your turkey. >> that's amazing what -- what identify learned it's such a personal choice. if there's a wine that you particularly enjoy it's going to being a great with turkey. so we do have a list of suggestionses and you might hear the list and say oh, yeah i drink that wine all the time and that works out very well. >> keep the number of glasses low, please, ladies and gentlemen. you know, there's also something interesting as you know, today thanksgiving has the overlap with hanukkah. so i personally was thinking of making a turbriket and some latkas. >> i won't be eating at your house today. >> come on.
>> that would be just super. >> no tips for a mary clingman butterball turbriket? >> i'm not even home today. my husband is home cooking the turkey. >> who is cooking it? >> my husband is. >> our producer's husband same thing he's doing the cooking. >> that's great. >> doesn't have briket in it. >> no briket. next year i'm inviting you over. mary clingman thank you so much. you'll get a lot of calls. you helped me. you have a good holiday. >> thank you. happy thanksgiving. >> you too. by the way you know that turkey talk line although we had a direct connection to mary you can check it out. 1-800-butterball. don't ask them about the turbriket. 'tis the season for holiday movies. we have your movie guide with chris weatherspoon right after this. >> i'm stationed in afghanistan.
there is nothing like topping off that good holiday meal with a movie. it seems there's no lack of options this season for you, perhaps the most anticipated film "mandela, long walk to freedom." it tells the story of the life and legacy of south africa's famous nelson mandela. let's watch a little bit of it. >> have beautiful children, i have a beautiful wife. i want them to walk free in their own land. there comes a time when a man makes a choice. >> stop. this is your final warning! >> or fight.
joining me now is chris weatherspoon entertainment editor. chris, if there were one figure in our history that would be difficult to fit their story in, you know, 90 minutes or two hours, this would be the man, right? >> 95 years old. this san amazing movie. there's been several attempts to donell son mandela's autobiography. this is the first time they approved this film, endorses this film. it takes you on an amazing journey. you see the 27 years he spent in captivity and him becoming the first black president of south africa. the man is still alive right now. >> how is this different than others based on the mandela saying hey it is okay, we sign off on this. >> nelson mandela wrote this book," long walk to freedom." it's based on his words, his story of being taken to prison, fighting for civil rights,
fighting for apartheid. >> how did the lead actor and actress talk about this. >> the director talked about going being south africa and immersing himself in nelson mandela's story. he met nelson mandela a year ago before his 94th birthday and showed him preliminary parts of the movie. he said is that me? he was so excited to see himself on the big screen and naomi harris screened this film last month in south africa and said mrs. mandela cried and said this is the first time i've seen myself and it's been done right. they are embracing this film. >> sounds great. let's talk about "best men holiday." >> this was released a couple of weeks ago. it's getting a lot of buzz. it overperformed when it first came out. made for 17 million. made 31 million and now has 50
million amassed so far. great film. all-star cast. back in theaters after 15 years. the director said he's working on a sequel. "best man holiday" fans are in store for another film. it's doing really well and i think it will do it big this week as well. >> one of your favorites, let me pay a clip of this. >> can't remember anything unusual? >> we hired this woman. >> we hired this woman to come live in our house before he left. >> have an indian in my house. >> do you have a problem with indians? >> they are called american nfc. >> what's wrong with indian. >> why can't you call people -- >> let's call dinosaurs native
americans. >> native american heritage month also november. but actors not very good here. i'm joke. >> the best part between thanksgiving and christmas oscar contenders come out. hollywood brings out the big guns. the critics are watching. meryl streep is in pinpoint the family is a bit dysfunctional. strong oscar buzz. >> another winner. i want to play a little bit of this. everybody has been talking about this forever. let's watch this. >> we're starting a 24 hour news channel and we want you -- >> i'm going to do thing that god put ron burgundy on this earth to do. have salon quality hair and read the news. >> that's where i get my tips from. so, they've done an amazing job
in creating buzz in a very unique way on social media. >> almost a decade since this film hit theaters. paramount moved the date up so it comes out soon. it takes a look at ron burgundy. we're back with christine app applegate and steve carell. the film is getting great reviews. i will keep you posted. >> i may have worked at that cable news network. thanks so much. a lot of great movies to see. >> second skbersment. so many great films. >> we'll take it. thanks for the tips. have a great holiday watching movies. up next who will be best in show. we'll get a preview there you go of the national dog show airing on nbc today with dived fry. a fr above, and still pay the
>> right after the macy's parade, rare and new breeds of dog at the dog show. the winner will be announced during nbc's thanksgiving special at noon today. more than 170 breeds and we are strutting to win best in show. david frye is the cohost of the national talk show who is here with his cav lower king charles spaniel, angel. angel is very different because she is a therapy dog. that was the theme of this year's show. >> we have therapy dog ambassadors that we did to honor the dogs. we talked to people about getting involved as a therapy dog. >> how does that resonate with dog owners and those watching the show some. >> we think that the celebration of the dogs in our lives.
the real best in show dog is the one sitting next to you on the couch. >> dog therapy, what is that? >> where we visit people in health care facilities mainly. walk into the room and the dog changes the energy. >> you have a charity? >> angel on a leash.org helps people get their dog train and registered and insured. >> how well does it work? >> works great. one parent said that's the first time my kid smiled this week. how are you doing? >> just fine. he's a strange one here. how did the show go? >> the show went great. the 12th year of doing the show after the parade on nbc. we have nearly 175 different breeds and varieties.
>> talk about three new breeds that are making major event debuts. the chinook, rat terrier and portuguese pequeno? >> we say new breeds, but they are not new. they have been around for hundreds of years, but they are recognized by the kennel club that make them eligible for the dog show. >> how do you decide which are the new breeds and what they bring to the show. >> the akc is based on having an adequate population and have to have a good distribution and need a parent club that watches out for them like the chinook club of america to make sure things are going right. >> you said 2,000 dogs. how many days? >> one day. like an advancing bracket in sports. >> you are the guy. you have seen a lot of
everything that dogs do. how are you faring now that you finished this? enough dogs for a while? >> no, dogs are my life. i love sharing my dogs with people and talking about the great things that they do for us whether it's working as therapy dogs or a dog who greets you at the door. >> you can tell who won. i won't tell anybody. what should we look for? how can you tease it for us? >> i want people to be excited to see great dogs and great athletes and dogs that are doing their thing with their charisma as well as the breed. root for the dog that you love. i call at this time alma mater factor. root for the cavalier. >> i watch it every year and you learn a lot. you pick a new dog thaw like. >> we have a lot of dogs from the country and a lot of them with the breed.
you see something that makes you smile and that's what it's all about. >> you had a tough day. you have done this for so many years. >> every day is a new day with angel. she is excited to go wherever you are going. let's go. she traveled coast to coast and a lot of speak engagements and a wonderful part of my life. i know people who have their own dog know and understand that. >> angel, thanks for coming by today. there we go. david, you too. >> thanks for having us on. >> looking forward to the show on nbc and we will be watching the national dog show at noon after the big parade. tune in if you have a chance. >> the thing everyone is talking about this holiday. the weather and what it means for your dinner. what to expect before the hit the road. bl [ male announcer ] this is jim,
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>> we are t minus one hour to launch. will the weather ground the balloons in the 87th annual macy's thanksgiving day parade? today marks a once in a lifetime event as well. thanks givikah. it's the new black friday. more and more retailers are offering discounts and deals to attract holiday shoppers. a full day ahead of the sales,
let's go to john yang outside a k mart store in chicago. we talked last hour. you had 30 people in front. how is it looking right now? >> it is slow here, richard. no big crowds. this is not a big push to get in when they opened about an hour ago. only about 30 people in line. analysts say thanksgiving thursday is not likely to generate a lot of new sales on its own, but it's going to spread out the sales that were going happen over the long weekend diluting black friday a little bit. part is because of the late thanksgiving. it's the fewest number of days possible between and christmas. retailers try to get the excitement early and get their share of what could be a limited holiday shopping budget this year. of course this whole black friday first shopping weekend is
a big deal for electronics usually. flat screen tvs, one of the door busters. we saw someone come out with a 60 inch tv. they couldn't get it in their car. >> know that you can fit it in your car if you are going to buy it. in some states it's illegal to have these shopping days on thanksgiving. >> that's right. a vestage of the old blue laws in maine, massachusetts, rhode island prohibiting a lot of stores opening on sundays and holidays. in new hampshire, there is a manager of a sears who was told by corporate to open today and she is refusing. richard? >> going to buy a tv later if it fits in the car that is. compared to yesterday it's a much better weather day to head out for dipper or shopping. it's windy as well in new york city and we are waiting to see
if the macy's thanksgiving day balloons will fly. 16 balloons will be grounded if the sustained winds top 23 miles per hour or wind gusts hit 34 miles per hour. watching those wind gusts, before bill heads out to have a very good thanksgiving turkey. you got the stuff right there. >> we don't get a lot of breaking news on thanksgiving. macy's has just tweeted out what's going to happen with the blons. >> and? >> they are saying let it fly. al roker know what is he's talking about. you can give al a shout out today too. >> and bill too. >> that's all right. al roker is like the grand marshall of the parade. the winds have not been that bad. 18 last hour. the balloons are going to fly. the kids will be especially happy on the parade route and at
home. the only real travel spots is the great lakes with the lake effect snow. detroit with a football game later today, they will be in the parking lot. you have snow coming down and it will be enough to put a coating on the ground. we will watch with you light snow. maybe at most a fluffy inch or two. not enough to stop anyone before the big football game. if you are driving in toledo or cleveland, you are about to get a coating of snow. people in florida are complaining. a lot of people like to go south for the holidays. you are not happy with a 35 wind chill in orlando. even miami with a wind chill of 50. chilly by your standards and dallas at 23. the thanksgiving day forecast is cold. this afternoon should be sunny everywhere.
it will be cold. bring the hand warmers. >> looking to dallas for the game. it will be not bad. >> it will be okay. no problem. >> all this great stuff. thank you so much. they are going to fly. we can rest easy. those people should be okay after a day of rough travel. more than 600 flights were canceled and 6,000 delayed because of the weather. million his to power through high winds and heavy rains to get to grandma's house. heather hunter is spokesman for aaa. how are things looking based on the data you get. the numbers we have been watching, 39 million people hitting the roads and getting in the car this year. >> yes. aaa is projecting that 43 million americans are traveling for the thanksgiving holiday this week and 39 million of them by car. yesterday was the single busiest
day, but expect the roads to be busy today as well. 19% are planning to depart for their destinations today and 15% are returning home after the thanksgiving feast. when you combine that with people traveling locally with friends and family, it will be a busy day on the roads. >> myself whenever i had a flat tire or the engine.south, i called. up or down from last year? >> we are. we receive more calls. aaa recommends that travelers remember the three ps. packing, planning and patience. >> the last two i have difficulty with sometimes. >> yes, it is tough during the peak times, but you want to make sure your car is ready for the road. aaa execs to rescue and the primary causes are flat tires, dead batteries and lock outs. be sure to navigate and pick a
passenger to be the official text messager and navigator so the driver can keep focus on the road. bring your essentials and make sure your passengers and pets are secure in your vehicle. >> i need a food provider as well. make sure i am getting potato chips and my sodas. just to make sure i'm moving forward. >> whatever you need to make your thanksgiving feast complete. for most it's gathering with friends and family. is the cheapest holiday to travel. we expect passengers and travelers to spend about $465 this year which is slightly lower than last year, but about $330 less than labor day. >> so the numbers. are we seeing more people this year than last year? we understand it might be trending down a little bit. >> it's slightly down from last year. about 600,000 fewer travelers
taking to the air and the roadways this year. while we have seen a lot of economic improvement, this sluggish rate of growth is causing uncertainty in the minds of consumers. they are projecting slightly fewer this year. >> i hope you have a great thanksgiving. you make it to your place that you get to late or today. >> thank you. happy thanksgiving. >> you bet. we are less than an hour from the macy's thanksgiving day parade. the balloons expected to watch and thumbs up is what we are saying here in new york. you are looking at i believe the starting point of where the balloons will be kicking off on the upper westside as we look at the parade. right after this. >> i'm lieutenant commander ben barron in afghanistan. i would like to say happy to my wife lindsay and our children in hudson, ohio. i love you all very much.
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now, jim is the post man. >> do you hate junk mail more than i do? >> yeah. >> it's also worth mentioning he has the longest route in the nation. 187 miles a day. 198 stops. a lot of miles on the ford ranger. >> 295,000. >> 295,000 miles and still going strong. >> jim is still going strong too. he spends about nine hours a day sitting in the middle, left arm to steer and right to deliver. don't try this at home. for this occasion he lets a beginner in the truck. >> neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor green horn. >> or nbc. >> mail is delivered. >> jim sees deer, dioats and
even rattle snakes. with a drought on, families struggling in hard times. >> some you really feel sorry for. i try to help out a lot of them. >> there is a lot of time to think on the dusty roads. at 72 he thinks about hanging it up. but not quite yet. >> i was raised on a farm. i guess that's why i like to work. i worked from 3 years old until i was 18 when i lot of my dad. >> serving the people he loves means a lot more than just delivering the mail. kevin tebls,ibbles, somewhere i oklahoma. >> somewhere. about 2.5 million spectators starting to lineup to see the parade. live pictures as we look at the starting point at the upper westside of manhattan. the official macy's twitter account said let the balloons fly. they are do it despite concerns
about wind. jay gray is out there among them and getting ready for the parade to start. >> good morning. happy thanksgiving to you and everyone watching at home. a big day. the excitement and anticipation building here. take a look at the balloons behind me. snoopy is under the net and the hope is he is going to fly. the big concern is the wind and the 16 big balloons. there sustained winds of 23 miles per hour. the balloons won't get in the air. it being looks like that's going to happen and everything will be fine. seven wind monitors. it looks like everything is going to fly here today. even if the balloons will be a part of this parade, all of the clowns, 900 or so that are out and about on the parade route right now getting ready. the band is warming up and the floats are all lined up and ready to roll. it's an exciting morning. the start to what i hope again is a very happy thanksgiving for
you. everyone at home. that's the latest from central park. richard, back to you. >> thanks a lot for that. we have been watching the wind gust based on what you are reporting and the latest we are getting from bill, it is a go. we saw the wind gusts go down by 7:00 a.m. that 35 miles per hour not being reach and we are getting the thumbs up to have the balloons flying high. >> 'tis the season for brian turkey and a cornucopia of guilt and me nora. thanks givukkah will not happen again for years. the first to blend thanksgiving and hanukkah. a thanksgiving hello from our troops. >> this is lieutenant calvin
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>> so today is a once in a lifetime event. thanks give ka when hanukkah and thanksgiving overlap. it's not scheduled to happen again for 70,000 years. joining us now is the creator of thanks give ka.com. it has taken off and it is amazing once in a lifetime event. >> it doesn't always matchup. jewish organizations give out these calendars to keep track of what we are supposed to do. i saw a couple of years ago that
the absurdly early hanukkah in 2013. i was driving to work this time more than a year ago and i realized this is going to be huge from a pop cultural standpoint and it will be so fun and what a moment to celebrate the jewish american experience. i thought what would you call this. the word thanksgivukkah came to me after trying. i thought with working with my sister in law, i was talking to her, i said this will be a facebook page. that's how it started. >> what were the other ideas besides thanksgivukkah? >> hanukkah giving. thanksgivukkah is pretty melodic. >> did you talk about putting something? are. >> there has been an onslaught of viral videos. it has been amazing. >> let's talk about president
obama. he's on the bandwagon. he got into it and the thanksgivukkah spirit. he sent out this tweet. make sure everyone who sits down with you for #thanksgivukkah is covered. you say it's all about the food. look at the things we can eat for thanksgivukkah. hello? >> hello. from the very beginning, the food has been the preoccupation of everyone who commented and joined the facebook page and it's the most fun thing. jewish americans love thanksgiving and holidays to eat a lot. there has been a ton of fusion recipes and a michael's deli who is making a knish with lat ka inside. they are things cooked in oil. mostly potato pancakes and jelly
donuts. cranberry sauce in the jelly donuts and pumpkin pie flavored sweet potato latke and even deep frying the turkey. i haven't tasted it yet, but the people at buzz feed are brilliant and they came up with the menu. i have tried the apple stuffing that they developed and it's magnificent. >> i apologized, but what does it taste like? >> i'm interested as well. sounds good to me. >> what i'm saying is it's a turkey that you put in the latke and it will be great. >> yeah. it's amazing. a little creativity and the excitement for these food recipes is amazing. some of them are remarkable. >> thank you so much for your
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one is on nbc. the baltimore ravens and their biggest rifle. the steelers. the steelers are battling for a shot at the playoff. this game goes a long way towards deciding who is playing in january and the only place to see it is on nbc. as much as i'm a niners team. what about you? >> this is the time of year where it's interesting. meteorologicalwinter. these are the three big snow months. everyone is wondering what's
coming up next. we got done with the big storm and a good sized storm about once a week. let me take this morning. we set the stage for the possibility of temperatures being colder, but there is not a storm in sight. for thanksgiving day they are as clear as can be. that's what you expect with the cold air. careful driving around detroit and to lito to syracuse to buffalo. the rest of the nation is looking good. later on tonight, it will be chilly for anyone doing the late night shopping. even new orleans at 31. san antonio is 32. as we go through friday, we watch the next storm coming in. it's a slow warm up, but the weather in the northwest will get interesting for our friends waking up in seattle and portland. as we track the arctic air, right now it's centered over the eastern half of the country. as we go throughout the weekend, we do a little shift. we will watch the worst leaving
the east and starting to dive down to the inner mountain west. it being looks like by the time we get to monday, we could be dealing with snow and maybe possibly getting towards the valley floor. in the next days, no signs of any big storms, but the pacific northwest and northern rockies will get cold and snowy. >> a little chilly if we look towards saturday. all that in alabama. >> probably sunny. it will be already. >> i'm already talking about december weather. december will be here like that. >> monday they are talking about it. thank you so much. >> president obama will take in a little football as well today. he wants families to huddle up and talk health insurance. a touchdown for the white house would be an increase in enrollment at healthcare.gov. live at the white house. we talk about the exchange here.
a lot of announcement and good morning to you. they are going to work throughout the holiday weekend. they will mead the deadline for functioning smoothly bite end of the day on saturday. this comes as more bad news about healthcare.gov. announcing on wednesday that they will delay for one year small business ability to get enrolled. what does it mean? practically speaking not a lot. changes for small business owners. they can still enroll the old fashioned way, but however politically is creates more of a problem for the obama administration and calls into question of whether they will be able to meet that deadline. small business representative saying this could complicate an already confusing process. republicans not surprisingly
trying to gain more traction from the latest announcement. house speaker john boehner saying this is another indication that the website is not working. that the health care law is flawed. he said the president bit off more than he could chew when it comes to this health care law. the obama administration is saying they will be ready on saturday. their goal is to have the website support as many as 50,000 users at time. that's about double of what it currently supports. we should note that president obama tweeting, parents, turkey is not the only thing to talk about at thanksgiving. #get talking. the administration encouraging talking about young adult children and health care. the health care law depends on young healthy people signing up. >> part of the discussion of the website, the tip of the iceberg below the water line. it's all of this technology when
we talk about the aca exchange. they made an announcement did that space below the water line. >> right. yet another announcement to your initial point. the administration saying that hewlett packard will replace verizon as the web provider for healthcare.gov. this was in the works since last spring and say it was in the works well before there were any problems with the website, however there have been glitches under verizon. hewlett packard is set to take over. will that make a difference? we will have to wait and see. according to the administration while everyone is eating turkey today, the tech experts are going to work to get the website running smoothly and the clock is ticking. not a lot of time left. >> the expectations are out there. we will see on sunday and monday
when we will be talking about it. have a good thanksgiving. >> let's talk more about whether americans will be bringing up the health care law. with our family, washington bureau chief for the new yo"new daily news". happy turkey day, my friends. let's start with you. it's obvious there is a big few days ahead of us. two days for the obama administration. they have been articulated and they got until this weekend to get it done. how worried are they at the white house as they are working as you were hearing from kristin welker? >> let's say like 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. despite the fact that hhs apparently is not going to come
up with any saturday or sunday morning briefing. we can get on with our weekend and watching football. auburn we remember we would like to be looking at. they have to be nervous and it's a self inflicted wound. they set this artificial deadline and moved the bar as to what expectation should be just in the past few days. we are looking for the site to accommodate the vast majority and then the majority and vice president biden said this will work god welling. the 50,000 figure, but they would like 800,000 daily users and i think the question politically will be if there problems and all of us in the media in front of the public and anecdotal suggestions that things are not going or will that public opinion, what will the public relations counter attack be? could they be unloading information and maybe on another
subject to distract us a little bit. perhaps even late friday even. >> the data and the experiences and the anecdotes will come out and robert will avoid. what's the calculus for republicans if the website does not work to the expectations which are not necessarily black and white or cut and dry. do they actively work with republicans and constituents to get the best deal or cross our fingers that they don't hit the sign up goals they put out for the end of march? >> i think republicans should do what they are doing and keep quiet and let the administration define themselves and let the website define themselves. the actions speak for themselves. we had tens of thousands if not hundreds of thens getting cancellations. hundreds of thousands are waiting for 20, 30, 45 minutes to get kicked out of the system. what republicans are doing is
saying you know what, let the administration define themselves on this issue. we have said all that we can say. we said a year and a half ago that they will have a lot of hiccups and that's what's happening now. i think the best thing to do is for republicans to keep quiet for what i just mentioned. they don't have a credible spokesperson right now. it seems like the most credible for this is president obama who he himself said there a lot of flaws and bumps here. let's continue to let this define itself. >> say expectations are not meant as many are saying at the moment. march should be the true test date and let this be what they
need to continue? whether it's increasing capacity. >> list out the accomplishment. particularly the way we operate, there is going to be a late in peoria who couldn't figure out the form or maybe she got a cancellation and folks will foist on that and place a spot line on that and that's going to be very, very kifl. and they hope that despite this there is improvement and they can move on to the national conversation on other topics.
>> these are very smart people and they set the bar really low and think more than 50,000 people will sign up within the next couple of days and they think maybe 70, 80, 90,000. they are smart individuals and there a lot of stumbling blocks. they sat around and said what is the worst case scenario out there and they said 30 or 20,000 folks. they set the bar so low that if they leave 50 or 60 or 70,000 sign ups sometime late or this weekend later this weekend or next week, they are in the cat bird seat. >> you are showing your tech roots. we both know when they say 50,000 concurrent users, they tested it to 10 x of that so it could be true. >> exactly right. >> thank you both for sharing the morning with us. >> happy thanksgiving. >> after the parade is over and the dishes are done it's time to
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>> keep your receipts. don't get stuck with something that looked great in the store and may not be what the recipient was hoping to receive at the end of the day. after the turkey is done, time to start thinking about what toys will impress through the holiday season. lucky for you our toy insiders are here with inside. the toy insider mom joins us here in the studio. you brought in a bunch of things to show us. >> it is the very beginning of the official holiday shopping
season. >> it is. >> let's start with robo me. out of the box, great first buddy robot, but once i add my ipad or ipad touch, i can customize. >> you have the phone sitting on top. >> i do. >> eyeball. >> that's my voice. everything is customizable. every movement, i can do dance movements or everything on the face or the avatars. i can do everything. >> can it get cans of soda from the fridge? >> that it can't do. >> barbie digital dress. >> this is cool. barby is a trend setter when it comes to fashion. i actually wrote a message that said barbie rules, but i can customize this and kids can bring in their own designs. she is sporting a tech dress. >> is it tough to program? >> what i love is she is just a
barbie doll. you can play with it with the rest. so popular. i love it. easy for me and easy for kids. this is the y glider 3 in 1 because it's a grow with me toy. you are a little heavy for it. >> good handling. >> we take the seat off. it's a scare technology. this is so cool. so cool. teenage mutant ninja turtles are back. >> anything remote voel i like. >> we can shoot off in the
covers. >> stage crew. got to end it. there you go. >> here comes another one. >> i'm killing the floor director right now. he's on his side. are you okay? throwing it back. tablets are topping the wish list. from v tech, this is a kid tablet. it's everything kids want with aps and cameras and ebooks. this can connect to mom and dad's real device. that means that mom and dad can send a message to kids. >> it will pop up? >> yes and kids can send it on
their device. >> this is a real kid tablet. >> how much is it? >> this is $79 for the holiday special and black friday specials too. hint, hint. this is the an droit tablet. if you look at the back of these, i have two different set sets. you get to pick out a important pack and the whole family can use it. pick out your favorite ka irk and you get the cover and the card and it themes the inside. >> it's like a nice wrapper to the idea or brand or tv show or what have you. >> one last one. this is the top football collection. 440 different cards.
all of your favorite sports personalities and the rookies and the stars and everyone. for girls, these are adorable creatures. this is the venus hair trap. a lot of fun and easy to collect. our disney pets. because the princesses never had pets and now they do. a lot of sizes. we have the plush and the talking plush. this goes to cinderella. i know you like that one. way too much fun. >> happy thanksgiving. >> lots of great ideas. might have to get them all. as we get ready to celebrate with family and friends, it's a good time to reflect on the history of the holiday.
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morning, my friend. today is when we think about the seven generations that made it possible for us to exist in today's world and the generations to come. as indian people, we give thanks to that ability to be here and continue to walk on mother earth and to give us those blessings. today was veried national day of mourning for many tribes. what happened when we talk about the original thanksgiving. it clearly is not depicted as to how it happened. certainly in 1621, there were british settlers bearing arms and doing target practice. they came down with 90 men to understand exactly were they going to prepare for war and what was going on and come to find out the settlers said we are practicing arms and they had
harvesting for a while and they wanted to have a feast. our 90 men in return came back and sat down and had a feast for about days. they ate and convened about what was to happen. when frank gave a speech, it wasn't this was a day of thanksgiving, but reflected on the past as to what happened. the national day the mourning was given birth. folks gathered and talked about the history that took place to make sure that history doesn't happen.
>> chairman, there is also black friday and what we call for consumers. that is the specific day during the native american heritage months where they celebrate and that is another insult because black friday is about consumerism and it should be native american values such as family and food. it comes down to education around history and understanding the native american situation. we have to ensure it goes into the plain stream. when we hear about thanksgiving, what it means to the tribes for the community at large. we celebrate the day after the
thanksgiving to commemorate what happened. also to come together as pribl people. black friday happening and we still exist and live here and continue our culture in history. >> you do celebrate and we have to go, but what's the food you always have when you are celebrating thanksgiving? >> we are seafood people. we have plenty of seafood. when we think about shell fish, you have to come by. there is nothing like great shell fish and seafood. it's a delicatessin and if you love shell fish, i am inviting you to come eat with us today. >> my friend, i thank you so much for your perspective. insight on that fateful day to
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and 50 million people will watch on and at least three million more are watching from along the proud route. many are turning into black thursday. k mart opened the earliest at 6:00 a.m. many others will open this evening and some staying open overnight for the first time. there fewer shopping days this season. also unique, thanksgiving overlapped with the jewish holiday of hanukkah that sparks the name thanksgivukkah. they lit the national menorah and the rare overlap will not happen for get this, 7,000 more years. now to the weather. a clear, but cold start to the holiday here in new york. travelers out east will encounter wet and blustery conditions. they face massive gridlock in los angeles, but they did not cause the crippling delays that many feared. how will the weekend shape up? bill joins me live.
>> good morning to you and happy thanksgivukkah. the west coast is looking nice. it is very cold in the eastern half of the country. all eyes on the parade. the balloons are up and that's great new for the kids we are watching on tv. winds at 26 miles per hour. they department meet the threshold to knock it down. it had to be 34 or higher. the winds have been below 34. we are good to go with a lot of sunshine. we have travel trouble spots out there. people will be driving to relatives's houses and friends houses. detroit got light snow and cleveland had a burst there. we could get a slick coating on the road. the only big trouble spot out there. we will get light snow in buffalo and syracuse too.
as far as the wind chill, they are coldest this morning as we go through and warm it up. orlando at 66. not exactly toasty by their standards and miami at 74. it's chilly in the southeast, but no one will have issues getting anywhere. tonight you will be out there shopping. and looks like the temperature will be cold. your black friday forecast too. >> i have to tell you, you are bringing back memories for you. you don't know this, but years ago we worked together in orlando and we had orphans thanksgiving when we all brought something. you and your lovely wife. we all had our orphans's in orlando. >> is that why your cat is so fat? >> it's the gravy.
>> forget black friday. it is black thursday. many stores are all right open as the hunt for door buster deals starts earlier and earlier every year. will the shoppers actually show up? a new poll finds 9 out of 10 americans say they will not shop today. joining me from a k mart in chicago is john yang. a very brave man, i have to say. how big are the crowds so far where you are? i see a few people. >> this k mart there no big crowds. only about 30 people in line when they opened about two hours ago. inside lots of room to move around and lots of carts and flat screen tvs coming out, all part of the retailers trying to get a piece of that limited holiday shopping budget earlier and earlier. predawn friday used to be the start of the holiday shopping season. with the annual running of the bargain hunters.
but attention shoppers. it's moved to thanksgiving thursday. >> we had the traditional turkey dinner at my parents's and then soon after dinner we are off to the stores. >> this year it started earlier than ever. cooped sleep? most wal-marts are open 24 hours. early risers can start at k mart at 6:00 or wait until after breakfast. most old navy stores open at 9:00 a.m. want to finish dinner? toys 'r us opens at 5:00 p.m. and best buy at 6:00 and macy's, target and sears open at 8:00. nordstrom make a point of not opening today. pc richard and son has an ad about it. >> we believe thanksgiving should be spent at home. >> that suits some shoppers just fine. >> i like the tradition of family for thanksgiving. >> feed me and stuff me like the
turkey and sit me in the corner and leave me for the rest of the evening. i am not going out. >> love it or hate it, retailers estimate 33 million americans will do some sort of shopping this thanksgiving day. a bigger portion of it than last year will be online. a smaller portion than brick and mortar stores like this one. >> stay bundled up. i'm sure it's cold where you are. get yourself a big flat screen tv. thank you. from shopping for gifts to shopping for health coverage, this is a big weekend for healthcare.gov. saturday is the deadline for it to be working for most users. skeptics are pointing to the latest set back, a delay for the online sign up of small businesses. let's bring in the panel now. the staff writer for the wire for politico. let's start with the latest. small businesses being off line for the extra year. does this increase pressure for
other delays. >> i don't know if we could be any more pressure. the fact that they have this dead line that you mention side by far the only thing they are worried about. the republicans have been putting pressure on them for anything that happened. adding this to the pile doesn't make that much of a difference. assuming they can get through this weekend. >> the white house is using a lot of qualifiers about saturday's website deadline. will it be running better mostly functional. >> what is the actual bar for success as phillip was saying? expectations are not exactly on high at this point. what would you consider the bar for success here? >> it's weather users can sign up. that's what we are starting to see. the numbers are really low as far as enrollment goes. the next batch will come out in mid-december. those will be for november. we will see if the website works
for people to use. >> this famous saying goes, you never get the second chance to make a first impression. what on earth needs to happen? how are you actually going to get people at this point to convince themselves to sign up? to go out there and do it? >> i don't know if there is any way barring six months passing with no issues that they reverse the first perception. people still have not made a perception of the mail service. the perceptions are set in stone. over the weekends they have said they will be able to handle 50,000 people signing up at one time. on the first day they had 4.7 million the first day. 50,000 people concurrently is a good number and a lot of people can sign up, but it's probably the case that the president and his advisers have asked allies who have tried to hold off on this weekend according to a report just because they don't
want to overload the system. all they can do is hope it goes fairly smoothly and keeps getting better from here on out. >> i want to read a few things to both of you. a new gallup poll survey showed 19% said they are hurt by this. 9% benefit and 69% said they are not affected at all. when you asked the uninsured, the number saying they are unaffected rises to 70%. how big of a problem is that? the majority that it's supposed to help say it doesn't matter. >> it's still early, but that is significant. the numbers are the same as they were about a year ago from gallup which is interesting even with the health care.gov roll out and we are a lot further on in the process, americans are not saying that the law is helping them yet. that's something that we would hope to see or at least the white house would hope to see upcoming. right now the numbers are not boding well for the white house. >> what do i have to learn from
the states having success? steve was sitting in for rachel and mentioned california. how well they are doing with it. does that give anybody encouragement? as far as what the end game is actually. >> to this point, this has not changed. the fact that states like california is seeing a lot of success when it comes to the medicaid expansion. a lot of states that did managed to enroll a lot of people. the numbers have not changed over the course of the year because it hasn't kicked in yet and it bodes well. over the course of the next couple of months. i think this is what the president hopes for. people can start to get the sign ups. >> thank you so much and happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving. >> coming up, save the date.
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today. how is the mood there today. >> the mood is quite good. they are having celebrations. to give you an estimate, we are talking about 70,000 pounds of turkey is being served today. 20,000 pies. around 45,000 u.s. troops here. obviously it is a privilege to have soldiers here today and their spirits are very high. >> on one of the last american outposts by the border with pakistan, thanksgiving starts with a turkey shot. >> it has to be at 5:30 in the morning. >> 3.2 miles up a mountain. they call it the to glory. hard enough and even harder carrying 80 pounds of mortars or if you are not trained for this. >> gives you a thirst.
thanks a lot. >> it's a day to reflect and boost morale for chaos company and fountain division. back home, we may be having a football game in the back yard and preparing turkeys and you would be doing that if you were home with friends and family. >> curtis perry was promoted to sergeant first class today. this is perry's fourth in iraq or afghanistan. >> being away from family, but it's the job. that's what we have to do. >> in his room, perry connections by internet with his wife, kelly, in florida and theiridarit daughter, air bellas 3. volleyball, the troops keep their weapons close by. this base was attacked in september. there were no serious injuries.
>> i haven't had our family's fried turkey in a long time. >> chow time. no fried turkey, but ham, stuffing and sparkling grape juice and nonalcoholic beer. in a military condition, commanders serve the lower ranks. >> it feels good telling them what to do. put some meat on my plate. >> at least here for a few hours didn't much feel like a war zone. >> if you saw in that report, there was a run this morning. we are going with the young officer who won that race. lieutenant campbell. he proposed to his wife year ago on thanksgiving. he is not able to talk to her because she is at work, but this is an opportunity to talk to other americans. what's it like for you and other troops to be here in afghanistan on thanksgiving? >> it's good to be here with
your second set of family. brothers in arms. we come together as a family. we miss our families and wish we were sitting down stuffing our faces with them, but we are a family here and it's a privilege to have dinner with them tonight. >> i found out why he is in such great shape. he is preparing for his honeymoon. we will have a wedding reception when he gets back home. you said this is like another family. what bond do you guys have out here. it's not as dangerous as previous deployments. we are in a remote place. what's it like to be out here in harm's way? >> i feel safe. i know every man has my back as i would for them. i feel safe to be back. proficient at the job ready to do what we do. >> thank you very much. a lot of americans thank you. one other thing they would like to say.
>> richard angle. it does not get better than that. thank you so much. happy thanksgiving. richard spends with our troops in afghanistan, the question at home is how long the troops will be there. after the u.s. announced an agreement last week with people limited the presence in afghanistan beyond 2014. hamid karzai is not yet ready to sign that deal. the director of policy and thank you for being here with us and happy thanksgiving to you. >> happy to you too. >> despite the council of leaders voting to sign this agreement, president karzai is not ready to sign and saying he is waiting until next year and the u.s. wants it to happen this year. we don't have a lot of time involved. with so much support from afgha afghans, what is it about this deal that hamid karzai objects to? >> this is the longest war that the united states has been in in
our history. nearly 13 years. it's time for it to end. what needs to happen as well, a negotiated transition that assures that the country maintains stability. that's where the haggling is right now. president karzai is moving the goal post and seems to want us to engage with the taliban more directly and to commit to not enforcing grades in afghanistan as part of this agreement. yet that's not what was negotiated before in afghanistan. they didn't ask for the conditions. the haggling continues and does need to be resolved. if not, it could mean full withdrawal and that would not be serving our interest or afghan's interest. >> is this strictly a power play? >> is it does appear that way. this is somewhat the way karzai negotiated for nearly 13 years. i was at the state department in the early days of the war in
afghanistan when he was moved into power. he has been there for more time than any american president would be in office. he seems to feel that he can play these games back and forth to further advantage. there is a time limit. >> i have to say i'm surprised by that. i feel like this guy has been pushing the envelope with a very powerful nation and a benefactor for far too long. what is it about washington that is saying you know what, we are leaving. >> that is on the table. that's becoming clear. they are putting that out and saying look, if we don't have an agreement, we will withdraw. we did that in the case of iraq. it was a good decision in the case of iraq. in afghanistan, there is desire for americans in the international community to be there at some level from the afghan people. this could be very dangerous territory for afghanistan.
i think that pressure is something that the united states is counting on. that changes karzai's mind as he heads out of office. >> let's switch gears and talk about the nuclear deal. the big sticking point was enriching uranium. the u.s. and other western countries say no, you cannot. iran said we are able to do that on a limited basis. you can just break that down for us? >> absolutely. the iranian nuclear program has been enriching uranium for a number of years and currently has nearly 20,000 centrifuges. this agreement by the way, the deal is sinking in and the american public is supporting it at a 2-1 clip. this deal freezes the iranian nuclear programs and capability and takes the most dangerous material, what is known as 20% enriched uranium off the table
that will be liquidated through the international atomic energy on a daily basis. it freezes in place what they are doing and allows us to have access into the nuclear infrastructure. they can negotiate a full arrangement. >> know from a hard line group for israel said this. i'm quoting. my honest feeling is this deal is not going to last six months. there is too much history of the iranians entering into a deal and then compliance not happening. we are hearing that they allow inspectors and they are allowing inspectors in on december 8th. what does it say to you. we are in a new phase in iranian and international communities. the president of the united states spoke with iran's president at the end of september. we have been engaged in more diplomacy than the previous three decades.
this is real and serious. this was not an easy agreement to get. there was an agreement that all permanent members of the council signed on to. with germany and iran. it is four pages in black and white. the international atomic agency agreement has as well. they were heading in and we need to look at this and test it. it's clear that it will be tough. that doesn't mean it will fall apart. now all sides know what they have to do in this period while they negotiate a deal to prevent a bond. >> joel ruben, thank you and happy thanksgiving. >> same to you. >> take care. >> which balloons are stealing the show? we will get a live report from the parade route coming up. ♪ ♪
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day parade. high winds threatened to ground the balloons, but snoopy and spongebob are making their day. actually i'm joking, but the wind has been very dangerous when it comes to the parade in years past. that's the god's honest truth. >> yeah. you are absolutely right. in 97 one of the balloons broke away close. they were not going to take any chances. they are on the side of caution. thankfully the weather is right and winds are right. the balloons are flying. that's the good news. curious julius there. the kool aid balloon is behind that. oh, yeah. i couldn't resist. it has been a long morning. the bands are 900 clowns on your
tv today. >> good thing you are not a duck. >> you don't want you just saw them go by and florida and georgia line and i hope it's a happy thanksgiving for everyone. especially you. >> you too. what do you have planned for this afternoon. are you going to sit there and watch the parade? >> do you want to know the truth? >> yes, i do. i am going to pack up and fly to
minneapolis and do shots tomorrow from the mall of america on black friday. >> get yourself a grace and buy a hot dog. you are in my neighborhood. i'm wondering how on earth i will get home. >> they get home quick. >> you know it. thank you very much and have a great day. >> expecting any family drama over thanksgiving? just think of the conversation around the cheney table. oh, my. we will check in on some of america's political dynasties next. why a hotel in australia may be forced to white wash a piece of graffiti done by justin bieber. really? that's coming up. [ sniffles, coughs ] shhhh! i have a cold with this annoying runny nose. [ sniffles ] i better take something. [ male announcer ] dayquil cold and flu doesn't treat that. it doesn't? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms plus has a fast-acting antihistamine. oh what a relief it is!
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mess. the 19-year-old singer painted graffiti on the walls of the hotel and pest posted it online. they said they gave bieber the go ahead and said the local government has no authority to get rid of it because it's on private property. everyone has better things to do. anyway, americans across the country will be sitting down for thanksgiving with their families and three of the most interesting tables to listen in on would be the clintons, the bushes and the cheneys. wouldn't we love to be a fly on the wall? will there be big announcements or an old fashioned family fight? joining me now is pennsylvania governor ed rendell and republican strategist and msnbc contributor who i haven't seen for quite a while. happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving. >> governor, a new poll shows hillary clinton is beating all of her likely 2016 opponents there. including the governor.
would that derail her from running at this point. >> look, that poll is absolutely worthless. it's too far away to make a difference. so many things can happen. she would be a formidable candidate. i think that's a big if. no question about it and the people have a high opinion of her and she would be a strong candidate. it's way too early. >> a question for both of you. we will start with you. . i feel like this is like christmas in august. it starts earlier and earlier and earlier. every election it's expensive and exhausting. is it detrimental to the process? >> some will argue absolutely. you see so much money being spent and to gain influence and it happens in incremental ways whether it's early primaries or getting consultants or the ugliness.
how it leads to such gridlock in washington. if you are always campaigning and running for election whether it's president or senate or congress, you are running that war and not getting anything done. that's the biggest frustration people see and the public will have. things are not getting done. they always see a race ahead of them. that's difficult. >> governor, what do you think? >> i think susan is right. i love to see a law or it wouldn't be constitutional. nobody could do anything for a presidential campaign until two years before it. you hear none of this and no one can do anything until january of 15. that would give a full year before iowa. that's enough. >> that are used to be the case until two or three cycles ago. >> absolutely. >> what would fix things? >> when i was dnc chair, i
endorsed the secretary of state's plan. five primaries a month apart. it rotates every election cycle. the first becomes the fifth and the fifth becomes first, etc. that would be perfect. they would be done geographically so they could stay in area and campaign. they start the first in february. february, march, april, may, and june we have our nominee. >> another poll said they look at florida in 2016. it finds that hillary clinton and jeb bush both win their primaries. the former governor has a 4% lead over his pro same-sex marriage email this week. quoting liz cheney saying freedom means freedom for everyone. my apologies. will jeb bush run -- let me back up. it's a very big -- both show them winning the primaries.
do you think he will matchup against hillary clinton? do you think he is in it? >> i don't, but i agree with governor rendell. it is so early to tell, but more likely that hillary will be running than jeb bush. we are talking about the family dynasties. it's difficult for a bush to run even eight years later for president of the united states. i think his biggest competition will be chris christie, a very successful governor. if you are going with governors or former governors, chris christie will probably raise the money that former governor bush will be helping to raise. >> what is the conversation around the cheney table? >> i don't know, but i hope there is a food tester for it. >> governor, what do you think? >> let me say about jeb bush. it's a shame.
hillary clinton and jeb bush. it would be a good choice. >> what i'm interested in is george p. i know he is running for texas. comptroller? >> it's interesting. we have president carter's grandson running for congress. a lot of dynasty building. people are more comfortable or frustrated with the leadership they are seeing in washington. there is something that cuts both ways and maybe having people who are used to getting something done. >> it's fascinating to watch. thank you both. >> don't forget chelsea. >> that's true. she may jump in. you never know. not sure what you top the do for black friday? the best deals on the hottest new gadgets and later, a pizza hut owner decided to close for
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>> this year shopping season is days shorter making now the time to stock up from gaming consoles to the robotic window washers. even motion controlled robot. shelves are stocked and deals are waiting for you. what's the right gift at the right price? the gadget expert joins me live. happy thanksgiving. >> happy thanksgiving to you too. >> you are the author of gadget nation through the eccentric world of invention much love that title. >> makes a good stocking stuffer as well. >> so does the playstation 4 or
xbox. love the shirt. >> this is a classic ugly holiday sweater. these are cats with lasers opening presents. techy and horrible too. a good combination. >> where did you find something like that? >> that was from a site called stupid.com. >> i'm going on it today. >> it's a great, great site. >> playstation 4, honestly i'm out of my element here. you just need to take over with the playstation 4 and the xbox. >> this is the first time in years that xbox and playstation have two new devices at the same time. you have two fresh systems to look at. both upgraded a great deal and it depends on what you are into. they are showing that one first. playstation 4. it's $400. less than xbox. xbox is $500.
the processor and connect control and a lot more family fun like connect sport and zoo tycoon and just dance 2014. you will find all of that in xbox available. you are more into gaming and less about the family fun thing. it's $400, less money. again the processor with lots of gaming options. the third party games and it's about gaming. if you are looking for something more for the gamer than family fun, you might want to lean in this direction. that's where the two camps are. >> the only video game i have ever owned? pong. >> what is that? >> pong. do you remember that? >> i do. i'm old enough to remember that. >> things have gotten a lot more expensive. tell us about the high priced and high tech gift picks.
a bunch of things and thes are lower and lower in price. a 60 inch vizio smart. at wal-mart, it's around $600 and something. this is something you can take and record six programs at time. anywhere in the country go to your iphone and watch it. you only have wi-fi. this is a gadget that you can record about 500 movies on. it sends it to your android device and what not. you can be in an airplane and using blue tooth. the robot will get the windows. it cleans the robots. those are high end. i have the lower end under $100
gift ideas. that might be good for folks to consider. for example, this is called a boogie board sink. this is a tablet that you can write on. anything you write on it appears on to the ap you go on that you go to your iphone or tablet. it's like a modern etcha sketch. and you can draw a beautiful picture or e-mail or put it on facebook or twitter. it really is great if you are taking notes. it can hold hundreds and hundreds of pages. under $100. a cool device. next these are called call me maybe gloves.
this is a little like rock em sock em robots. i had a battle right here. these are really robots. as i move mine, it battles away. i'm going to play the other guy. wirelessly done and a lot of fun. under $100 about $80 or so. on my list we have this. this is cool. this turns your ipad into a foosball game. >> that are is cool. i love that. >> it works just like the real one. you put your ipad in. it is really cool. over here this is the call me maybe gloves. you put this glove on and it's a blue tooth to your phone. you use it like this.
this is the earpiece and a speaker. when you are wearing the gloves, you talk on it and we should play the song call me maybe in the background. >> >> my brother would break the foosball table in, like, five minutes. steve greenberg, thank you so much, have a great thanksgiving and happy holidays to you. >> happy holidays to you, too. >> love the sweater. from the comeback that never took flight to the denials that nobody believed. who are the biggest political turkeys this year? i get times are tight. but it's hard to get any work done like this. then came this baby -- small but with windows and office. it runs my work stuff. ...and i can use apps like flipboard for news, or xbox video to watch the shows i'm never home to see... and i can still get work done at the same time. excuse me, do you mind if i... yep. ♪ honestly, i wanna see you be brave ♪
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president obama may have pardoned the national thanksgiving turkey but there are plenty of politicians who could beg your pardon this year for their own brand of fowl play, pun intended. our panel is back to nominate the 2013 political turkeys, thank you both for being here once again. lee, i have a sneaky feeling that number one on your list
might be anthony weiner. >> you know, he is. it was actually a relatively quiet year in political scandals as years go, but anthony weiner was certainly a standout. his comeback bid for new york mayor was supposed to be, you know, a new moment for him, a chance for him to rebrand himself and it pretty much fell apart. >> in a way it was kind of his race to lose, wasn't it? >> it certainly was. he had the name i.d. he had a lot of other things going for him but really couldn't get past previous scandals and then he didn't handle it all that well when the scandals were brought up in his mayoral race, he was yelling at voters on campaign stops and so really just kind of self-destructed. >> so, phillip, republican congressman steve king of iowa. >> yeah, i mean, the difference between king and weiner is weiner wasn't holding office. steve king actually a sitting congress member who decided to say for every valedictorian granted amnesty under the immigration law there were hundreds who were carrying drugs
acro across the border and had calves the side of cantaloupes. >> which means what, you tell me? >> it was a weird thing to say and a weird thing to defend. he gave a very strange defense to it. >> okay. lee, "snl" is having a field day with mayor rob ford of toronto. >> yeah. if you're in canada and you're making americans pay attention to your local politics, you're doing something either very right or very wrong. and rob ford has certainly been a character in politics recently. just getting a lot of attention and not in a good way. denying a lot of charges. of usage of drugs and potentially involvement with prostitutes and just really he's gotten a lot of attention and not in a good way. >> phillip, this is a hard one to do in about 30 seconds or less, but ken cuccinelli in virginia, it was a very interesting race to watch. >> it ended up being very close in part because his opponent was not a particularly strong candidate either. but cuccinelli played on a lot
of social issues and it didn't work very effectively for him and it just ended up he ran a particularly poor race and ended up losing by a hair. >> thank you both very much. take care. >> thank you. well, that is all for me. richard lui picks up coverage next with the thanksgiving weather and how it will affect your travel plans. stay with us. the latest forecast is coming up. hi honey, did you get the toaster cozy? yep. got all the cozies. [ grandma ] with new fedex one rate, i could fill a box and ship it for one flat rate. so i knit until it was full. you'd be crazy not to. is that nana? [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex.
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87th annual macy's thanksgiving day parade is under way in new york city. this morning officials cleared the jeent giant balloons for fl. 50 million will watch on tv and 3 million more are watching from along the parade route. holiday shopping is under way, too, already turning today into black thursday. kmart was the first big box store to open. several other chains will open this evening and some will be open throughout the night. but laws in rhode island and maine and massachusetts prohibit stores from opening today. it's illegal there and this thanksgiving is special as well for the jewish religion. thanksgiving overlaps with hanukkah this year. that won't happen again if you're pulling out your calendar for 70,000. all right, now to weather. 43 million american travelers grateful to avoid the nightmare forecast many had anticipated, but driving conditions were not perfect. one system dumped more than 9 inches of snow in parts of
pennsylvania. boy, that made it tough to make up the hills. look at that, a separate system dropping several inches of rain from carolinas to maine causing flash flooding and icy roadways. nbc meteorologist bill karins joins us now. things hopefully getting a little bit nicer and we'll not have a difficult road trip to our grandmother's house. >> a lot better than yesterday. >> oh, man. >> happy thanksgiving to you, richard. snoopy flew by our window. >> i saw you checking it out. how did snoopy look? >> they are holding the balloons a little bit lower this year because of the winds but they're still flying. >> you predicted that. >> very enjoyable. yesterday the rain was very impressive, the only problem we had out there was it froze overnight so there are some ilessy spots where it rained heavy last night where there are puddles. otherwise a coating of snow on the ground from kalamazoo and grand rammeds and still some snow showers coming down.
be careful out there. the big story is the cold air. i mean, it's hard to find a spot on this map that's not chilly, even l.a. and phoenix are at 51 windchill value right now and the coldest windchills are in the northern plains and they're not happy in new orleans with a windchill of 33. not much better in orlando either. everyone is pretty much in the same boat here. the cold air has followed our big winter storm. at least the sun will be out just about everywhere. if you're doing early travel to get to grandma's house or your friends or families, no problems out there with the exception of the great lakes spots i just mentioned and the people like richard lui who will be out later tonight waiting on the sidewalk with their sleeping bag and hand warmers waiting for the stores to open, it will be a cold night if you are heading out for late night shopping and that will continue the trend for tomorrow. >> we'll take it, helmet, pads, that's what i always use. you got to do it. >> you'll be pushing the people
out of the way. you're one of those. >> you got to be in front, man, right? you get the tvs for $22 or whatever it is nowadays. >> put it on your twitter feed. >> that the first float of the parade? >> turkey and the first balloon is snoopy. >> thank you so much, bill karins all the touch on weather as well as the parade today. thanksgiving at the white house means family and a big feast. while the president has pardoned the national thanksgiving turkey, with just two days to the administration self-set deadline to get healthcare.gov and the exchange and all the computers behind it working for the vast majority of users, nbc's kristen welker joins us now from the white house and, you know, there's three developments that came out just looking through the headline when i got up this morning, kristen. there is the issue of the servers and who will be handles that and we've got other delays you'll be telling us about. >> reporter: that's right. it seems like the announcements keep on coming, richard, not
making anything look any better for the obama administration certainly. they say tech experts working throughout the holiday weekend to try to get the website working smoothly for the vast majority of americans, but this comes as wednesday announcement from this administration that they will delay the ability for small businesses to logon and enroll in the website through healthcare.gov for another year. what does this mean practically speaking? not a whole lot. small businesses are going to have to keep on doing what they've always done which is to enroll in health care through agents and through brokers. but certainly the optics of this aren't great and you do have some small business representatives expressing concern saying that this is going to make a complicated process all that more confusing. you also have republicans who have pounced on this, seized on this opportunity to try to gain more political traction. they've already gained quite a bit from the rocky rollout of healthcare.gov. you have house speaker john boehner saying that this is just another indication that the
health care law is not working saying that the president bit off more than he can chew when it comes to obama care. so, that where things stand. but, again, the obama administration insisting that they will be ready for this saturday deadline. they say the website will be able to support as many as 50,000 users by then. by the way, we're also learning, richard, that verizon will be replaced by another carrier, hewlett-packard as the provider. they say that was in the works since last spring. richard? >> only 24 hours, fast and furious there as they look at what is happening with the obama care exchange. kristen welker, happy thanksgiving, my friend, i'll talk with you later. the white house saying its tech team working through the holiday to get that website running well for the vast majority of users, but how good is good enough for healthcare.gov? want to bring in the panel now. politico with us from washington and in chicago msnbc contributor jim warren. good to see you both again. the administration, you heard
the developments coming from the white house. kristen welker, those three changes, if you will, that were announced in the last 24 hours. the optics, talk about that. >> these are certainly new optics, but polling numbers have borne out that this health care law has been a drag on the president's approval numbers. obviously these signature accomplishment of the president, president obama, a big campaign theme. he talked about. so these incremental fixes, these delays, have certainly been a problem for the white house. they're seeking to get a handle on and they haven't been able to do it quite yet. we'll be tracking it very closely. >> do you think this will be the end of it on saturday or is this the second or third chapter of what might be ten chapters long? >> from where i think this is the second or third chachter. obviously there have been so many delays. house republicans have launched a flurry of inquiries into the health care law, they won't let it go. this will be the signature issue of the 2014 campaign. >> the president's polling taking a hit here. his approval rating either
hitting or tieing all-time lows in recent polls. a couple there, cnn, 41%, quinnipiac 39%. how much room is there for him to rebound here and what might cause that to happen? >> i think there's a lot. it would be crazy a year out from an election to suggest that, you know, this would have to be the status quo or that he's on an inevitable decline. particularly in the 24/7 news cycle can change very rapidly, but even though the good news would be that his poll ratings look a lot better than those than congress, when you look closely there are real questions about honesty and trustworthiness and real questions about the support of moderates and independents. but that said having just listened to you and your colleague bill, i can't help but analogize to snoopy and the other balloons being buffetted above central park by the winds and trying to come down lower in the same way that the health care is being buffeted, they'll
have to lower expectations and if that doesn't work. i think politically what might be interesting on a legislative front is whether folks in congress, particularly nervous democrats who, you know, are thinking about whether they're going to keep their jobs next november go into action, programs extend the enrollment deadlines maybe even take some action about the penalties, remember, financial penalties, that you suffer if you do not enroll. >> if you want to use the same analo analogy, jim's very good at this, we've got to get him in studio for this. talk about the republicans, they're getting a boost and floating higher because of the winds that jim is talking about. new polls showing gop up two points and democrats were up eight points just a month ago. how worried are democrats about losing the edge they had gained after the government shutdown or is that just old news and we're really looking forward to the 114th? >> the congressional democrats i speak to are absolutely concerned about this. they are as frustrated as the president, as the administration is that the roll yount of this
health care law has been so blighted. if uf listen to them back in their home districts now at town halls they're talking about that frustration, that anger, how they want this to work right for their constituents. i do think there's a very real realization for democrats that this is an issue that could cost them largely politically and it's just a question of how big that gap is. is that two-point dropped that you talked about as far as it goes or does the ship get righted and there is a correction very soon. >> jim, the correction, might it be the case that's being taken by the supreme court and contraception? >> you know, richard, i really don't think -- i think that's the sort of story that might not necessarily have the legs. although obviously if you're a congressional candidate next year and there's an adverse ruling you'll be bringing it up, but all politics being local, the key to the democrats will they have real good candidates running against incumbent republicans so they can possibly make inroads in the house and lest us forget the senate. that's the republicans big year
to retake the senate. in another couple years they've got 24 incumbents up, if they don't do it by then, i don't think they'll do and the democrats will still control things in the senate. >> and '17 is the number on the house side. thank you so much. >> pleasure. >> you both have a great one, okay? >> happy thanksgiving. black friday, meet thanksgiving thursday! where are shoppers going for the best deals? plus a pizza hut owner who was fired for closing up shop over the holiday. we'll ask him about the decision and why the story has a happy ending. [ susan ] ...as though he had never left. the end. lovely read susan. but isn't it time to turn the page on your cup of joe? gevalia, or a cup of johan, is like losing yourself in a great book. may i read something? yes, please. of course. a rich, never bitter taste cup after cup.
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good meal, turkey, stuffing, all that stuff for holiday deals? joining us right now from a kmart in chicago is nbc's john yang, and, you know, one of the questions here, john, was whether folks would get confused because they're so used to hearing black friday and so used to understanding thursday is thanksgiving, will this cause more questions than actually helping the bottom line that retailers are looking at? >> reporter: well, i tell you, richard, a lot of the analysts that we talked to said it's likely to spread the business out over these next few days rather than generate new business. here in the kmart in chicago when they opened the doors at 6:00 a.m., there were only 30 people in line but they all knew what they wanted. the door buster tablets that were selling for $39.95 sold out in about 45 minutes according to the manager. also popular today, flat screen tvs. but it's still -- this is the first year that kmart is going to stay open, opened at 6:00 a.m. this morning, they'll stay
open right up until friday night continuously. it remains to be seen what that does to black friday, tomorrow. richard? >> all right, rather underwhelming i dwguess for retailers. they were hoping for more at least at that kmart store. john yang, thank you again and hoppy h happy holidays. one pizza hut general manager in indiana staged his protest when the owner told him the store would be open on thanksgiving. he refumesed to comply and the owner fired him, but today there's a happy ending. joining us is tony roher. thanks for being here. we heard you were just reinstated. give us the background on that. >> i wasn't reinstated. they put a thing on facebook that said they were going to reinstate me. i got a call late last night, i haven't gotten back to him. i don't really know what to think about that. i'll have to think about it a little bit. >> you are not reinstated, you
are still fired, you are still let go. >> no, i wasn't reinstated. my boss called me late last night and i haven't had a chance to get back to him. obviously that's kind of something to think about. that's not a decision one would make right away. >> when you heard -- you were basically saying, hey, look, this is thanksgiving, i don't want to open up the store, and you say that you were told, well, hand in your resignation and continue for me. >> yeah. that's correct. i was just told that i needed to write a letter of resignation and i just kind of refused and, you know, being fired and resigning are two very different things and shortly after that i was fired. >> what was your reasoning for not wanting to work and open up your store on thanksgiving? >> it wasn't necessarily that i would have to work. i might not even had to work that day. i just didn't want anybody else to have to work on thanksgiving in my store and i just think it's a big family holiday and those people who already don't make much money just deserve to have a day off with their families.
>> you know, tony, i want to read a statement that we got from pizza hut that they issued this morning. they say in part, quote, we fully respect an employee's right to not work on a holiday which is why the vast majority of pizza huts in america are closed on thanksgiving. as a result, we strongly recommend that the local franchisee reinstate the store manager and they have agreed. okay, so that was similar to what you were saying was posted on facebook. what were you hearing from the corporate office throughout this entire process? >> you know, that's pretty much what i heard. i actually didn't hear anything from the corporate office or from my franchise until late last night. no one tried to contact me any time in the last two weeks until it was on national news. >> all right. tony rohr, thank you so much for your time today. >> thank you. from restaurants now we move you to retailers. many of the people working today are minimum wage employees, income inequality is an issue that has been gaining traction lately. in this week there were some big victories for those fighting for a higher minimum wage. we got maryland montgomery's and
prince georges counties, both voting to raleise their minimum wage by 2015. and sea-tac in washington around the airport that approved a $15 minimum for some of the workers, the nation's highest. joining me is the president of river research and a columnist for reuters and "the atlantic." always great to see you here. when you look at raising of the minimum wage, you know, getting beyond all the politics, does it work? >> yeah, i mean, this is the question. it is certainly true that it works in that it brings people up to above poverty level, right? so the minimum wage of $7.25 in the country given a 30-hour workweek doesn't even bring you to the poverty level if you are a family of two. bringing it to $15 brings you above it although certainly you are not hanging out thinking whoo-hoo. the issue is if you don't raise the minimum wage and you do what
we currently do now, you end up spending a lot of time with government transfer payments because as a society even the most conservative amongst us seem to be unwilling in a very good way to allow people to live in complete poverty and not be able to meet either food or shelter needs, right? we don't allow for that. >> is it overall good for the economy in the entire pie? >> you know, if the minimum wage goes up? >> yes, if it goes up. >> if the minimum wage goes up, it is good in that it helps people to meet their basically requirements and potentially reduces the amount of government assistance that you need to help them bring up to their needs. the issue is the only societies where you have decent paying at the bottom where you have less payment at the top and more expensive goods meaning germany or japan or places where this is not as much of an issue. and americans seem to be willing to have certain trade-offs, but if you said to them, look, the goods at walmart will be more expensive because we're paying people more money, that's not a trade off that a lot of
americans seem to support and it's the only trade-off that we know of. >> i want to get your thoughts on this, there's a column this weekend, and i have a little bit of it here, and he said the minimum wage increases actually hurt those they're supposed to help because of various reasons. saying 80%, for instance, of restaurant workers that earn the federal minimum wage works part time and, therefore, it hurts the very group it's aimed to help. >> his claim would be if you raise minimum wage restaurants wouldn't be able to hire as many. >> correct. >> at a certain point the money does have to come from somewhere and the trade-off would have to be either a higher tax burden on the very wealthy, ie, you are essentially transferring it, or you raise the cost of goods and the restaurant charges $1 more a meal or walmart charges $20 for the flat screen and the money does have to come from somewhere. we should all say it should come from somewhere, we shouldn't be in a system where you have an abject labor force that's earning less than they need to meet basic needs. >> the what about the earned
income tax credit? >> even that, it's a form of transfer payment, it's money coming from somewhere. >> good idea or bad? >> it increases government costs so it would be better if people earned more money rather than spending more money on government to close the gap between what they're earning and what they need. >> okay, thank you so much. >> thank you. happy thanksgiving. >> and you as well. giving thanks to those far from home, we'll introduce you a great grandmother who is deployed in afghanistan. this is captain darryl coffey with in afghanistan. i want to wish my parents, family and friends in mississippi and texas a happy thanksgiving. time for the your business entrepreneurs of the week. david shloss, john donegan own businesses in new york and they are gearing up or small business saturday with a gift wish list
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the supreme court this week agreed to take up another aspect of the affordable care act this one among the most controversial, whether a company can refuse to provide contraceptive care to female employees on the basis of religious freedom. the court has ruled in the past that when it comes to political
speech corporations are, in fact, people. but what about when it comes to freedom of religion? for more i'm pleased to be joined by our political analysts. and one of the challenges here to this affordable care act is a provision that comes from a company called the hobby lobby. which has 13,000 full-time employees and the company founder david greene saying, quote, we believe wholeheartedly that it is by god's grace and provision that hobby lobby has been successful, therefore, we seek to honor him in all that we do. susan? set it up there. is a company, is an organization, can they say this is religious freedom, we would like to express that? >> well, i suppose i understand the point of view, but then it goes to which religion are you going to take your values from? is it from the christian faith? is it scientology? i mean, there's a lot of things that would be affected in this
law. it's not just about contraception, so i think it's going to be a very slippery slope for the courts to take and, more importantly, i'm concerned that they're going to use this to manipulate the affordable care act one way or the other and it really shouldn't be. women's reproductive rights, women's contraception, this is not something that should be discussed. it's not something that needs to be discussed over an interview, a job interview, oh, will you require contraception? that's just not going to fly. >> right. >> justice antonin scalia wrote an opinion back in 1990 a case about two native american employees fired for smoking pei peyote. we've never held that an individual's religious belief excuses him from compliance of an otherwise valid law. this parallel here. does that give you the hope that he may rule against this? >> no. because we're talking about antonin scalia and the key vote here is anthony kennedy and we owtually really don't know h
he will rule on this. he's actually very conservative on reproductive rights. i think susan is right about this doesn't need to be a question on a job interview, are you on birth control, that's not something that women should have to discuss with their bosses and even men, is your wife on birth control. i mean, all of this leads to a very slippery slope in terms of privacy rights. >> for republicans here, susan, this is not the conversation they necessarily want to have. it was brought to a very difficult place, according to the polls, for republicans, six, seven out of ten saying they got it wrong because they were talking about religious freedom instead of women's rights to health care. >> depending on how this goes, it's going to be very problematic for republicans especially looking towards 2016. women do not want to be told by their government what to this do with their bodies and especially when it comes to their choices when it comes to birth control. this will be a losing proposition for them. and republicans are going to
have to be very careful. yes, there are some conservatives out there and they'll be fighting it all the way on the right in some congressional seats but that shouldn't take away the main point if the republicans want to win back the white house, they'll have to get a much more substantial part of the women's vote. >> what's your thoughts on saying the supreme court will say they'll rule on the case, they'll entertain it? what does it mean for democrats? >> i think for democrats it leads us to a wide space where we have the opportunity to fight the war on women all over again. not only in 2016 but also in 2014 because i think the conversation we're having about abortion, that we always have about abortion is one thing. that is not what the issue is in this particular case, people opposed to contraception is their argument. but plan "b," the morning-after pill, iuds they are not abortion inducing and that's their argument. there no validity there and i think for democrats we know that women don't want their birth control taken away.
99% of women use birth control, so i think it's a winning issue for democrats. >> and hobby lobby against a plan "b" but not other uses of contraceptives just to be clear on that. thank you so much. great holidays to both of you. >> thank you. coming up a mayor is busted for drugs, but this time in the u.s.! plus, what is thanksgiving without football? but when it comes to contact sports we'll look at why some parents are keeping their kids off the field. be delivering ♪ ♪ through 12 blizzards blowing ♪ 8 front yards blinding ♪ 6 snowballs flying ♪ 5 packages addressed by toddlers ♪ ♪ that's a q ♪ 4 lightning bolts ♪ 3 creepy gnomes ♪ 2 angry geese ♪ and a giant blow-up snowman ♪ that kind of freaks me out [ beep ] [ female announcer ] no one delivers the holidays like the u.s. postal service. priority mail flat rate is more reliable than ever. and with improved tracking up to 11 scans, you can even watch us get it there. ♪
giving thanks for the service of our troops, and honoring their sacrifice this holiday, and it is always tough for our service members to be away from family for thanksgiving. but perhaps particularly for one great grandmother serving right now in afghanistan. staff sergeant sheila lucius joins us live from bagram air force base. boy, i don't know how you're a great mother, you look great, i have to say, sergeant, and thank you for your service. we are all impressed here at
msnbc. a great grandmother in active duty in afghanistan right now. we understand you are driving trucks for convoy missions at the moment. but, tell us, what's this holiday like for you? >> yes, i am. it's been pretty great today. i'm very blessed today. i enjoyed some great people. met some nice interesting people here today and everything. had a great lunch. it was really great. >> now, just for our viewers, we do have a little bit of a delay because we are talking to you, again, in afghanistan. so, staff sergeant, if we could, we often hear that your fellow soldiers become your family. you are probably the only great grandmother at least on that base, but tell us what that's like, how you've developed a family there with fellow troops. >> well, actually, my platoon call me the mom of the platoon
and most of my soldiers call me mom, they'll say, mom, i need to talk to you, mom, can you help me with this. and i'll say, okay, let's go sit down and talk about it. but other than that we work together as a team right now we're away from our families and a lot of people are missing their family at home. i'm actually away from my unit today. i'm in bagram and i had to meet other peoples and make them my extended family today. so, it has been fun. it has been great. and i feel like i'm very thankful and blessed today. i'm enjoying myself here. >> you certainly are a blessing and great to see your approach and your attitude about this. if your family's watching here in the united states, what message might you have for them? >> happy thanksgiving. hope you had a blessed day today. i miss you. love you. and i will see you next year. >> that's great. staff sergeant sheila lucius, i'll call you mom today, too,
thank you for being with us and sharing your thoughts and from all of us at msnbc, of course, happy thanksgiving to you and thank you for all of your service. in the news now, today an earthquake shook an iranian city that's home to a nuclear plant. the 5.6 quake struck northeast of bashir. there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but people across the persian gulf and saudi arabia say they felt that tremor. also in iran, leaders there are taking the next step to honor the short-term agreement they signed last week. reuters reporting that iran will allow u.n. inspectors into the iraq heavy water nuclear facility in ten days. iaea officials said comprehensive analysis will take time there. a florida mayor is under arrest for facing drug charges. officials charge hampton mayor barry moore for possessing and selling oxycodone. the local sheriff saying, quote, this isn't toronto in reference to embattled toronto mayor rob ford. right now, millions of you
are watching the macy's thanksgiving parade. under way in new york city. snoopy passing by 30 rock here where we're at about 30 minutes ago. officials clearing the 16 giant balloons for flight between the city's skyscrapers. 40 smaller balloons, 900 clowns, 900 of those, along with numerous floats and volunteers round out that event. take a look at this brooklyn nets coach jason kidd denies intentionally spilling his soda to force a time-out. nets player taylor appears to throw an inadvertent shoulder into kidd during the game in the final seconds and the spill did cause a brief delay while the crews cleaned it up. the nets lost to the lakers 99-94. what do you think? it is a big part of the thanksgiving tradition, football, lots of it is, includiinclude including steelers/ravens game on nbc. a lot of the talk is about what's going on off the field. for more on that i'm joined by chris strauss nfl reporter for "usa today." you've had a lot to talk about
this past season off the field. we cannot help but talk about the dolphins and incognito. from what we've been talking about, from what we've been reading, are we getting all the right data in terms of what's happening in that controversy? >> i think right now everything's been somewhat one-sided. you know, jonathan martin left the team. he claimed he was bullied, you know, he -- his lawyer released a tech -- you know, a voice mail transcript that did not actually have the context of the voice mail. you know, i don't know that we're really aware of everything that's happened and right now there's an investigator, ted wells, who has been speaking to dolphins players, executives, who is trying to get to the bottom of it. but what we do know right now incognito has served a four-game suspension. martin left the treatment and he's supposedly getting treatment in california. i don't know that we expect him back. >> you've seen plenty of seasons and when things like this come up, there could be long-term effects, there could be nothing. right now today on thanksgiving, we have some breathing space, do you expect this to affect rules
going forward or is that kind of going by the wayside? >> identify thi think we'll hav and see what the independent investigator comes up. was it an isolated incidence or is it an institutional issue. i was in the giants locker room a couple weeks ago talking to those guys and i know a lot of our other reporters have talked to a bunch of people on other teams and though guys don't seem to think it's an issue. i spoke to troy polamalu from the steelers who said i've never seen anything like that here. i think we'll have to wait and see what the investigator comes up with, is it one bad apple and did it get out of hand? it's possible. identify think it's a leadership culture. we'll see. >> the other one that you've been writing about and we've been discussing is concussions. >> yes. >> and the issue of damage to the brain. >> yes. you know, and i -- it's funny, not that the bullying thing is at all a good thing for the nfl, but in some ways it's almost been a distraction from the
continued concussion epidemic. and the nfl's doing what they can to, you know, address the issue. but it's certainly out there. it somewhat changes the ways that fans are watching the game a little bit in that, you know, before you would get really excited about a hard hit. and now, i mean, there was one guy from the raiders last week took a shot. i think everyone just sort of cringed because, you know, you've seen the documentaries now and you've talked to some of the players who are suffering some of the after-effects and it's a little bit -- >> brett favre who spoke out. >> brett favre spoke out. and so that's -- it's interesting to see how that may affect rule changes. i don't know. >> what's your thought here? because as you watch this, chris, is it going to come down to the way fans like us are reacting to it? or is it going to come down to what some court, some judge, some arbitration group comes up with in terms of a decision? >> i think where there will finally be a bit of a sea change is if parents stop allowing their kids to play. >> early on. >> i think it may be more on the youth football lines.
because right now the current players for the most part say do you know what, we're aware of the risks. you know, the explayers who said, you know, the nfl did not give us all the data or, you know, we were -- you know, we signed up for knee injuries or hip injuries, but we didn't sign up for brain injuries. we didn't know this was a risk. anyone who enters this game now whether it's high school, college, pro level -- >> middle school. >> right. they're aware that this is a potential -- a potential hazard. and richard sherman from the seahawks actually wrote first person op-ed for "sports illustrated's" monday morning quarterback site, saying do you know what, if you're worried about head injuries, don't watch the game. i know the risks. this is a guy that went to stanford, he's a pretty smart guy, and he said do you know what, i know what i'm doing. and i think a lot of players feel that way. and so it's -- it will be interesting to see what happens because you do, you hear a lot of parents who are saying, do you know what, due to the risks, we'll have our kids play soccer, something else. >> baseball, basketball, where
you don't have to worry about these things. chris strauss, i wish we could talk about it longer. if you're heading to the movies this weekend, make it a good one. we'll talk about which films are already getting early oscar buzz. this is pfc sheppard in afghanistan, wanted to give a shutout to my mom, mike and dad. happy thanksgiving.
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already. visually stunning. remarkable, just amazing looking movie but also a great story about this women's rebirth, reconnection to life, that's getting a lot of love here in hollywood. >> now, uf also hayou also have cards. >> there's a movie that hasn't come out yet "saving mr. banks" which is about walt disney's attempt to convince the author of "mary poppins" to give him her movie, her story. and it's -- it's a very sentimental tale and hollywood loves movies about hollywood. a lot of great behind-the-scenes stuff about the making of "mary poppins." i think it will connect a lot with voters. >> what about possible dark horses? yeah. >> you know, there's a movie that's coming out christmas day 2 that's a little bit offbeat called "her" it stars joaquin phoenix as a guy who falls in
love with his computer operating system. it's voiced by scarlett johansson and it's made by the guy spike jones who made "being john mall co-vmallkovich." it sounds weird but it's a very affecting touching movie that's gotten -- >> not "mandela" that's not on your lists here? >> "mandela" is a very traditional bio-pic. very old fashioned. it's inspirational but it's not really connecting with that well with voters right now. >> let's talk about the stars and who might win best actor. >> the acting race is really crowded this year. you have a couple of 77-year-old actors, robert redford in "all is lost," bruce dern in "alaska, and then you have them competing with matthew mcconaughey who, you know, dropped all the weight
for "dallas buyers club" to play this hell-raising cowboy who becomes infected with hiv. you have tom hanks in "captain phillips" so it's a very crowded field. and a very good -- and, of course, the actor who plays the free black man who, you know -- >> yes. >> -- becomes a slave in "12 years a slave" it's an amazing crowded field this year. >> do not want to choose between them and forest whitaker in "the butler." >> forest whitaker, too. >> let's get to the women and your picks for best actress not that it's easier. >> the leading women have won oscars. sandra bullock from "gravity" as we mentioned. you have cate blanchett who is in the woody allen movie "blue jasmine." you have emma thompson who plays the author in the disney movie
"saving mr. banks." you have judi dench in "philomena" it's very touching and you have maiseryl streep wh seems to get nominated every year and he's in a heavy family drama "august osage county" so it's crowded. >> thank you for your perspective. we'll see what happens. a lot of movies to watch before we get to that point. we're on comet watch, comet eisen is barreling toward the sun and if it stays intact it could give stargazers a cosmic treat. a nasa expert will break down what we can expect. we've got that next. ♪ [ male announcer ] if we could see energy...
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taller from nasa. so, michelle, an exciting event that might be happening here. 150,000 miles an hour identify understand ison will be going, the question is will it break up when it gets close to the sun? >> yes, actually when ison swings around the sun it's going to be even going faster than that. it will get upwards of 800,000 miles an hour which is absolutely incredible to me. >> wow. >> the comet has been falling in towards the sun from the outer solar system. it fell past mercury and we took a nice image with the messenger spacecraft and it whips around the sun and what astronomers are waiting to see if it survives the passage and if it does it might be a very nice show in december. >> what are the odds? what are you taking? >> well, you know, the spacecraft sees a lot of the sun-grazing comets and we have a fleet of solar observerer tos that look for these things and we've seen comets survive this passage before.
for example, comet lovejoy a couple years ago made a very close passage around the sun. it survived and this particular comet is actually quite a bit larger than comet lovejoy was. the nucleus, the chunk of ice that the comet is made of is about a mile across. >> a mile across. >> i'm cautiously optimistic. yeah, we don't know for sure. you know, interesting enough if it breaks up into many pieces in some ways that's even better for nasa because we'll be able to see the interior of the comet and that's what we're so interested in. because this comet is a pristine chunk of our solar system from 4 1/2 billion years ago. >> wow. >> so, inside are clues as to what happened in the very formation of our planets. >> talk about rings in a tree. so, if 800,000 miles and makes a giant u-turn around the sun. it will swing back out, outside of the inner solar system. will it get close to the earth? will it have any effect on the earth? >> no. actually, this comet is not going to be coming anywhere near the earth. the closest approach it gets to us is about 40 million miles
away. and even if it breaks up into many different chunks, all of the chunks will stay on roughly the same orbit, so it might be a very nice show, but that's it. this is nothing to worry about. and then it goes out into the outer solar system and as far as we know it will never come back. if it does, it will be in many millions of years. this is a onetime shot for comet ison. >> so, i have some time. i want to get out there during the holiday week, i want to see ison, how do i do it? >> well, so starting in early december, and once again this is assuming it survives its passage around the sun, it will be up very close to dawn, so go out before dawn and fairly near the sun in the sky, you'll see comet ison. as december progresses, it will get farther and farther away from the sun and that's good for us because that means it will be up at night. and by the time you get to late december it should be roughly where the big dipper is in the sky, so assuming it survives, you might be in for a very nice show come late december.
look for it up by the big dipper. >> we'll not be able to see it until then, though, there are reports it's 25 times write brighter now. is there a reason it's getting brighter as it gets closer to the sun? >> definitely. one of the things that's so fascinating about comets as they fall into toward the sun, the sun heats them up and all of these gases begin to boil off and they stream behind a comet in this wonderful long tail. >> uh-huh. >> and the tail of comet ison is currently about 5 million miles across. so, it's a wonderful chance to see what's inside the comet, what the chemistry is. it's also a neat probe of regions around the sun. when comets go very close to the sun, they interact with the sun's magnetic field, with the wind of particles that comes off the sun, so in some ways we're doing an experiment. >> right. >> we're throwing a big chunk of ice toward the sun and probing what the conditions are like right around there, too, it's a scientific gift, it's just a wonderful thing that's happened. >> this scientific gift has big numbers we're talking about 11,000 degrees on the sun on top of that. michelle, thank you so much, with us from nasa. amazing stuff behind you. if we had more time, i'd ask you
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