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and it's really kind of a great way that she was able to leave something to be remembered by. >> rachel crane, cnn, new york. >> so bittersweet, so inspiring. >> well done. well done. there's a lot of news to tell you about this morning -- >> next hour starts right now. good morning, everyone, i'm alison kosik sitting in for christi paul. >> i'm victor blackwell. we begin with terror threats, travel warnings and breaking developments in the christmas market attack in berlin. this morning, new arrestings. one of them the nephew of the berlin attacker. they are revealing recent conversations between the two. plus, u.s. on high alert as many prepare for christmas one day away and hanukkah beginning tonight. the fbi issued a new warning about possible isis threats to churches and holiday events. meanwhile, the state department is posting a travel
warning for u.s. citizens traveling to egypt and jordan, this comes amid on going threats posed by terror groups and recent attacks in both countries. our reporters are standing by this morning on an investigation in berlin. we have nina dos-santos, we have on the isis threat
we've got polo sandoval and phil mudd and julia are here to break it down. first, the breaking news on the berlin christmas market attack. tunisian state tv just announced three arrests in connection to the plot. the three men between the ages of 18 and 27 are described as terrorist elements. this new information emerging as new video of the slain attacker aniece amry pledging his allegiance to isis as that video continues to circulate. in this video amri says he would serve baghdadi and vow to slaughter the crusaders who are shelling the muslims everyday,
but he doesn't refer to monday's attack that left 12 dead and injured 48. one of those victims the body of an italian woman was transported to rome this morning. cnn international correspondent nina dos-santos is in milan for us. you spoke with counterterrorism officials there who said amri had, quote, hallmarks of being
on the run alone. what exactly do they mean especially in light of these new arrests? >> reporter: well, they're basing this based on cctv footage, video surveillance footage they managed to glean of him in two major train stations, in turin in the northwest of italy and the central station of milan. milan is basically the industrial heart of italy in the north of italy. these are big, busy train stations. he seems to have been alone in that cctv footage. also when they investigated his belongings after he was killed by those two police officers in a random id check, they realized he had very few belongings on
him. he only had a toothbrush. he had some shaving foam in his backpack. he also interestingly enough had three pairs of trousers, one on top of the next and that some people say are often consistent with people who need to change clothes quickly to evade escape. they haven't found anybody who seems to have links in these images as he made his way towards this parking lot in the northeastern suburb of milan where he was gunned down. i want to bring you new news based on the initial report you were talking about earlier with the three arrests. the tunisian interior ministry confirmed that one of the individuals aged between 18 and 27 was the nephew of amri and he told officials he communicated with his aungle via the encrypted messaging app to try to escape security services and on that app he had a
conversation with his uncle where his uncle asked him to pledge allegiance to isis. that's the latest. >> you know, one thing that has got everybody scratching their heads is that amri was on germany easter ror watch list but he still managed to get into italy. how were authorities finally able to track him down? >> reporter: well, it was happenstance, really. they didn't track him down. they're quite clear about that, the italians. he was just found in this parking lot by two police officers. they said he was behaving in a suspicious manner and so as a result they asked him for his documentations. he reported the claim to be from southern italy. they thought from his accent that might not have been the case and they insisted on seeing what was inside his backpack. at that point when he opened his backpack, according to intelligence officials, that is when he brought out a gun and began firing at them. one of those officers was injured. he's believed to be discharged from hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds and having had surgery overnight. likely to be discharged from
hospital today. those two officers considered heroes, by the way, both in germany and also in italy, but essentially it was happenstance and there's many more questions that all of this raises from here, notably for the intelligence authorities, why was he here in this car park? where was he heading to? we know that buses head to north africa and also south of italy from here. could he be heading in that direction? that's one line of inquiry they're likely to pursue from here. >> thanks very much. now to the latest fbi warning in the u.s., possible isis threats against western churches and holiday events. polo sandoval is with us for this. polo, is this an unusual warning, especially for the west? >> right, victor. we have seen these kinds of bulletins especially during the holiday season. there are different things that are getting the attention of the officials here. this was issued by the fbi and partners at the department of homeland, an increase of individual lens across the
country that is because after that attack that we just talked about at the christmas park in berlin, intelligence officials in the u.s. appear to notice an increase in chatter. you have the fbi and homeland security issuing that bulletin in that statement you just read a short while ago which are stressing that point. there is really no credible threat against any particular target, but what is specifically getting the attention of officials here is that there have been several postings on isis supporting websites, specifically calling for attacks on churches, other places of worship that also includes a lengthy list of churches across the united states, churches that are publicly listed. this could indicate a shift in strategy for isis and isis sympathizers they threaten for example military or law enforcement targets and in this case with the churches that is perhaps the softest target but the main highlight of this new development that we talked about yesterday and today is that
officials within the government don't believe that there is any specific or credible threat. they want people to continue with their holiday plans but simply stay on alert. guys? >> polo, thank you so much. let's bring in now our two guests cnn national julieette, and phil mudd. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> phil, let me start with the news out just a couple minutes ago. i want to read directly from the tunisian interior ministry statement in relation to the three arrests connected to the berlin attacker, they write it turns out among the members of the cell, the nephew of the berlin terrorist confessed he communicated with his uncle through the telegram app to escape security surveillance. he amri asks him the nephew to swear allegiance to isis organization. phil, when you get that detail about these three men arrested
in tunisia, you glean from that what? >> we're at the beginning stages of the investigation, victor. what happens in these cases -- think of this as two steps in the first step over the past few days, the amount of data you're absorbing, communications including travel patterns, documents, text messages, phone calls, that will blow up the investigation so you're talking potentially to dozens or more people. you will then begin to chart, as we've seen today from the tunisians, what that cell might have looked like. i would not presume at this stage that these arrests either represent a true core of the cell or the total extent of what the tunisians the italians and germans will find. this is the first step of an explosion of information over the course of two weeks, maybe three you can expect the dust to settle and victor we'll have a real understanding of what we've got here. >> julia, let me come to you and what we're hearing from this italian counterterrorism official saying that anis amri
had all the hallmarks of being on the run alone. wearing three pairs of pants, cell phone, toothbrush. does this seem to you that this is a man who had been, i guess, abandoned by his cell after his picture and his name went public or something else here? >> well, at this stage we don't know. there's a difference between traveling alone, which is reflected in the fact he didn't have a cell phone, he may have had layers of pants all sorts of other pieces of evidence, and going to a place where others will protect you. it may have been that he had in place after the attack series of safe houses that would take him in and hide him. and so what we don't know at this stage and what is of keen interest, of course, to the italians in particular, was that was he staying in italy? was he planning on staying in italy or was italy just like it was in france just a hub or a transport area for him to go somewhere else? so although i will agree with
the italian assessment that both because of what he was doing and also we have to believe that there is a number of surveillance cameras that have picked up his movements between berlin and italy at this stage, that they have not seen him with anyone since the attack. >> phil, let me come back to you and this bulletin from the fbi about churches and holiday gatherings, there will be millions of people going to church today and tomorrow. there of course are the new year's eve celebrations at the end of the year, the significance of this bulletin with no credible threats, no specific threats, simply the publishing of a public list of churches, what are people supposed to do with this? we've discussed soft targets for some time now. this is now a warning in the west, not closer to their self
declared caliphate, but to the west, what should be the response from people as they maybe tense up after reading this? >> two responses, first go to church. second on new year's eve, pop champagne. let's be clear here, there's two steps you have to understand, the federal officials after isis speaks have no option to put out a warning. their other alternative is to say nothing. second, let's understand what isis is meaning behind this. they're a magician behind a curtain, we're trying to tell you there's a huge threat. they lost territory since their high point in mid 2014. they lost leadership. they lost recruits. and they lost money. they are trying to inspire one of 323 million americans. they only need one to do something. but i would not interpret what they posted on the web or what the fbi and others say to suggest that there's a huge plot in america. isis is trying to make you believe that because they're trying to persuade just one american to follow them. that's what you got here, victor. >> to what degree does the
berlin attack play into the decision to release this bulletin? do you think weld have seen this if not for what we saw in berlin earlier this week? >> well, a decision like this takes a lot of what we call sort of inner agency discussion. so it may very well have been that there were a series of discussions about what to say to the american public leading up to the holidays. berlin ends up being a data point the isis remarks about targeting churches is another. the holidays generally are times of increased threat alerts. we've seen this before around the holidays. let's not forget, we're also in the midst of a presidential transition, which for law enforcement national security folks, intelligence folks, is always a heightened level. all of those combined would have led the inner agency to make this determination and the fbi and dhs just based on protocols makes a statement to state and local law enforcement agencies that as you figure out how to
sort of send your resources out in the week ahead as you talk to the public, as for the american public, see something, say something, that there is a particular focus on these areas. like phil, live your life. merry christmas, happy holidays and go out on new year's. >> go to church and pop the champagne. thank you both. >> hello. >> he got the hat already. battery operated. >> go celebrate, go pop the champagne. marry krais mas. >> merry christmas to you both. the resolution has been adopted as resolution 23.34. [ applause ]. >> a round of applause for the passing of the u.n. security council vote condemning israeli settlements. but, is it -- was who abstained from this vote that's causing a lot of controversy. we'll have that for you.
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word? this text that the united states did not vote in favor of the resolution. but it is because this resolution reflects the facts on the ground and is consistent with u.s. policy across republican and democratic administrations throughout the history of the state of israel, that the united states did not veto it. >> okay. so all of this is now sparking bipartisan backlash from some congressional leaders. chuck schumer saying he is extremely frustrated by the refusal to veto. to talk more about i want to bring in john alterman the director for the center for international and strategic studies. thanks so much for joining us today. you know, you look at the timing of this. it's a little curious.
you have president obama just days away from leaving office. and i say the timing is curious because you look at the relationship between prime minister benjamin netanyahu and president obama, it certainly has not been warm and fuzzy. do you think this was a parting shot maybe by president obama, maybe president obama giving netanyahu the finger and saying, that's it? >> first, the u.s. didn't decide on the timing of this resolution. i think if the u.s. had an option, the resolution wouldn't have come up at all, but the resolution moved. i think there was a certain amount of frustration in the obama administration that they have shelved settlements are a big issue and spoken to prime minister netanyahu about it, they tried to make israel more secure and their feeling based on a conversation i had with the white house yesterday after all these things there are more settlements than they were even in the last month or so. there have been actions that they felt the prime minister did that were counterproductive,
that added to the settlement enterprise. the u.s. was tired of defending the israelis from the consequences and mistakes. but i think there's something else going on, too, which is that as the president looks forward to the next president, as he looks to the person, the next president has designated as the ambassador to israel, committed to the settlement enterprise, president obama said the window for two state solution for solving this problem ammic bli are closing. when the history books are written, i want to be the president saying enough, this can't continue. if they enterprise the two-state solution, it leads to greater conflict, president obama doesn't want to be responsible for that in any way. i think that's an undercurrent to what was going on in the president's mind. >> but even john kerry came out and said, listen, this is abstention to try to get the
peace process hopefully moving forward, but in essence what it may wind up doing is really isolating israel even more. you look at the peace process, it's been stalled over the last eight years, has it not? >> if this doesn't get the peace process stalled, what it does in effect is iterallies israelilys together. we see american policies going to change and president-elect trump indicated that quite clearly. this isn't, i think, intended to move the process going forward. it's meant for this white house, this administration to say, this is what we think. this is what we thought we have created a huge amount of security for israel. we made the largest aid package ever, but we still think that israel is doing things that are destructive of american interests and destructive of israeli interests and we're not going to protect israel from the consequences from the international isolation that comes from israeli actions. that's the way they see it. it's not received constructively
in israel, whether it will in several years from now or not is unclear. >> very strong opinions on all siends. john alterman with the director of strategic international studies. thanks so much for your time. >> thank you. still ahead, president-elect donald trump says he really enjoys twitter, he loves it. his recent tweets about foreign policy are confusing some and alarming others specially when it comes to nuclear arms. we'll talk about this next. sweeet... wow... there it is. this holiday season, people have a lot to say about the
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♪ the former co-chair president-elect donald trump's new york campaign is facing some strong backlash over inflammatory comments he made about president obama and the first lady. even donald trump's transition team called his remarks absolutely reprehensible. this is coming as donald trump is expected to make more cabinet picks in the coming days. cnn's jeremy diamond has more details for us. quickly because i don't want to give this too much oxygen, but it cannot be ignored, what we're hearing from carl pal dee know, reading from this report about what he said about the president and the first lady. >> reporter: yeah, victor, it's quite incredible to hear somebody say remarks like this, of michelle obama, he talks about her returning essentially to africa to go hang out with
gorillas, a racist remark without question there. and then of president obama he wished him death by mad cow disease. so carl palodino making controversial and clearly race igs marks at least when it comes to michelle obama here. he was his new york campaign co-chair but as been in his orbit more recently. just earlier this month, he was spotted leaving trump tower after just having met with the president-elect. >> i want to get to something else really quickly, but if you know, let us know. has the transition team severed ties with carl or are they simply calling his comments reprehensible, but there's a possibility he could be involved in the future? >> reporter: well, rk, we reac out for comment to the trump transition team. they have not responded. not come out to make any comments regarding them otherwise or condemn them.
>> let's talk about the tweet we saw a couple hours ago from the president-elect. the day started with a very nice letter, he said, from vladimir putin. day ends with the president-elect quoting putin. >> reporter: yeah, that's right. donald trump tweeting just last night vladimir putin said today about hillary and dems, quote, in my opinion it is humiliating one must be able to lose with dignity and trump says of that, so true. so this is, of course, just the latest in the string of comments we've seen donald trump agree with vladimir putin on. here, though, what we're talking about is, you know, the democrats and many republicans, in fact, as well pointing to the russian hacking into the election saying that influenced the election. and of course, you know, vladimir putin has denied that. donald trump has expressed heavy skepticism of the intelligence community's conclusions that russia did, in fact, meddle in
the elections, not only to influence the process but to help donald trump win. so here once again we're seeing donald trump choosing to rather align himself with vladimir putin rather than the u.s. intelligence community. >> jeremy diamond there along the intercoastal from west palm beach not too far from mar-a-lago, trump's report there on palm beach island. thanks so much for being with us. let's talk about these comments. tom, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> so first let's start with the tweets. this has become some have called it social media diplomacy and let's remind our viewers of a few that we've seen. first this resolution being considered at the united nations security council regarding israel should be vetoed, talking about the abstention that eventually came from the u.s. then there's the tweet about nuclear weapons where trump tweets the united states must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear cape ability until such time as the world comes to
its senses regarding nuks. we should tell china we don't want the drone they stole back, let them keep it. they come out of nowhere and auchbl we find that they were not -- now, these tweets did not follow any consultation with his advise advisers. >> yeah. well, you know what's interesting is inside d.c. there's been a lot of talk recently about whether or not this is trump's take on richard nixon's quote unquote man man theory of diplomacy, sort of the idea that a democratic leader, a popularly elected leader must appear to be a little unstable when dealing with auto cats and dictators. and you know there's been a lot of talk about that. and if you assume that, then there's calculation behind it. there's reasoning behind it. but this doesn't seem to have those pieces. you know, as you mentioned, this does not always come in consultation with his advisers.
it seems to be a little breakneck. i mean, we just talked about a reescalation of nuclear arms dealing. which is stunning. i remember there was talk about when he had an off-hand comment about whether japan should arm itself with nuclears and that was stunning on the campaign trail. and now he sends out a tweet and we're talking about whether we need to reescalate this. >> we should remind our viewers if they were not watching new-day yesterday, sean spicer, the incoming press secretary said that we should take those tweets literally. if they're coming from donald trump, he says i don't know how else they should be taken. so these tweets should be taken literally. do we expect that he will continue this pattern? even continue to tweet during the primary i believe it was back in january -- i'm sorry it was april of this year in rhode island if i remember correctly he said that he would stop
tweeting as president because he didn't find it to be presidential. is that going to change? >> well, i mean, he's been the president-elect now for officially a few days since the electoral college signed off on it. you know, for a month and a half formally or not formally, but it hasn't stopped then, it didn't stop during the campaign. in a way you can almost see them testing it, right? when you send out a tweet, if it's just a candidate, that's one thing. but this is the president of the united states. i mean, in three weeks this will be the president sending these. it might not, you know, be a memo, it might not carry the letterhead of the office of the president of the united states, but it still is a declaration from him. it's incredibly powerful. this moves mountains. >> there's a difference president tweeting as the
candidate, president-elect and president. merry christmas. enjoy the holiday, sir. >> thank you. >> alison? >> actress carrie fisher, best known as actress in the star wars film, we have details on how she is doing just ahead. first, if you're traveling to l.a. for fun, there's more to do than just visit hollywood or visit disney land. an actress takes us on her tour of her favorite spots in the area. ♪ hey, i'm andre, comedian and actress, and i'm about to show you some of my must-see spots in l.a. ♪ so welcome to amir's garden, an oasis in the middle of the city. 1971 a massive brush fire kind of wiped out all of the trees, the vegetation and amir decided to plant this garden oasis by
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she was on a flight going from london to los angeles last night. >> her star war's costar tweeted in support of her recovery saying as if 2016 couldn't get any worse. sending all our love to carrie fisher. stephanie elum is following this story for us. stephanie, good morning to you. >> reporter: alison and victor, from what we understand, she had a cardiac event on her united flight coming in from london. from what we understand, people on the plane did come to her aid, passengers and also folks working the flight coming to her aid and they also called in -- you could hear it on air traffic control they call in to make sure there was emts waiting at the gate to receive her. we know that she was take on the a local hospital. her brother, todd fisher, telling cnn that she was moved to intensive care unit care and that's where she is. but obviously a lot of people tweeting out their support and love for carrie fisher hoping
she'll make a full recovery from people who are deep fans to her co-stars like mark hamel also tweeting out. lot of people very concerned about the health of carrie fisher. the 60-year-old actress still very busy, still keeping a very full plate and obviously just way too young to die. alison and victor? >> thanks very much. still ahead, more than 20 million people are facing a winter weather threat this weekend. where the worst of the ice and snow is expected to hit. that's next. i tried hard to quit smoking. but when we brought our daughter home, that was it. now i have nicoderm cq. the nicoderm cq patch with unique extended release technology helps prevent your urge to smoke all day. it's the best thing that ever happened to me. every great why needs a great how.
about 21 minutes to the top of the hour now. a plane carrying the minnesota vikings skids off an icy runway. the airport is forced to use a fire truck ladder to get the players off the plane. this happened in appleton international airport in wisconsin. no one was hurt, good news there, but several of the players seemed actually pretty thrilled at the experience and the team shared the video on their website. >> taking a look at other stories in the world of sports this morning. a star college football player makes an emotional apology, more than two years after punching a woman in the face. here is our coy wire. >> reporter: oklahoma running back joe mixon said he wanted to atresz this issue earlier but his legal team advised him not to do so. the incident happened two years
ago but this disturbing video was released just eight years ago. this woman is shoving and slapping mixon. he punched her so hard he broke her nose and cheekbone and fractured her jaw. she had her jaw wired shut as well. now mixon issued a formal apology last month. he spoke publicly to say he's sorry. >> i'm here to apologize. i apologize to coach stoops. i apologize to the a.d., my teammates, most of all, my family. i let a lot of people down. it's never, never, never okay, you know -- never, never, never okay, you know to retaliate and hit a woman, you know, the way i did. >> now mixon did not serve any jail time, did not lose his scholarship. he was ordered to serve 100
hours of community service, get counseling and was suspended for the team for his freshman year, but one of the problems many have with this punishment is most first-year football players red shirt any way, taking a year to acclimate to college life and get bigger and stronger and also in the wake of this video's release mixon is still allowed to play in the sugar bowl as number 7 oklahoma takes on number 14 auburn january 2nd. let's move to the nfl where the new york jets may not have their head coach for their game today. the jets released a statement saying coach todd boels was in stable condition after he was admitted to the hospital with an undisclosed illness. if bowles was unable to make it to the game, assistant mike kaldwell will take over. he played seven years in the nfl himself. his jets are 4-10 and playing against the 12-2 patriots who are playing for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. so going to be a tough go for
the jets today. it's christmas eve and the spirit of giving is in the air, but wait until you see what cowboys rookie ezekiel elliott got his offensive line for christmas. here it is, $25,000 custom camouflage john deere-atvs. that's more than the cost of a brand new honda accord. he hasn't been naughty to him this season. he is leading the league in rushing. he made it to the pro bowl so the young rookie just wanting to show the big boys some love. the cowboys don't play until monday night against the lions in dallas, so they have a few days to play with their new toys. alison and victor, that's exactly what i was going to get you for christmas, but alison, i got you this cool santa hat. victor, i got you a bunch of raisers my friend. merry christmas eve. more than 20 million people could see snow, freezing rain or ice this weekend. dual storms are sweeping the west and the northeast today
just as millions are trying to get home for the holidays. joining us now to talk about what's ahead, cnn meteorologist allison chinchar looking in her telescope to tell us what's going on. >> her snow globe. you were supposed to use snow globe there. it's applicable. >> snow globe is perfect. yes, some cities are actually excited the system is moving east and that would include seattle and portland and even san francisco because that means most of the system is finally exiting their area, but we also have another system in the eastern half of the country bringing incredibly heavy rain to cities like new york, d.c., philadelphia and stretching down towards nashville and even some snowfall starting to arrive into boston. here we have a winter weather advisory out for portions of northeast and even a freezing rain advisory. that's certainly much more dangerous for driving conditions. and we also have freezing rain advisories out towards the west as well as ice storm warnings and a blizzard warning. that's the bright orange color you can see here. that's really going to have big
impacts on driving travel because we're talking visibility of a quarter of a mile or less. now that next system begins to make its way in and that gives us the potential for some very heavy rain, very heavy snow and also the potential for severe weather as we go into the day on christmas. now, here you can see some of those rain showers sitting up ahead of time. nashville and memphis, that will be today. and then tomorrow we have the chance for severe weather a little farther out to the west. now we're also keeping track of another storm system, this one out in the pacific ocean. we're talking about a super typhoon. right now winds 150 miles per hour that makes it a high end category gusting up to 185 miles per hour. it's not a very fast storm but that's still not the point. it's still expected to make its way barrelling towards the philippines as we go into christmas day. likely to impact there around 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon local time. 1:00 p.m. in the morning eastern u.s. time. so unfortunately, guys, we're talking about a super typhoon
making landfall on christmas day. not exactly what you hope for for the weather. >> not at all. thanks for watching all of it for us, allison chinchar. we'll check back in a moment. still ahead, president-elect trump exhibiting his deal making skills. his latest victory with lockheed martin. errol lewis is back with his keen political eye to help us make sense of it all. that's coming up. if you're going to wish, mommy, yourwish bigme true! at the lexus december to remember sales event.
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resolution which condemns the construction of israeli settlements in east jerusalem and the west bank. you had john kerry coming out and saying this is going to wind up preserving the possibility of peace between the israelis and the palestinians, but interestingly enough, president obama hasn't had luck in fostering peace. in fact, peace talks have all but stalled between the israelis and the palestinians and now many believe that what this move meaning the u.s. not vetoing this resolution, what this is going to do is further isolate israel and not help the peace process at all. it's going to backfire. >> well, that's right. look, it's a key opponent of the peace process. and process is probably too optimistic of a word these days, but the reality is for 50-plus years now there hasn't been a substantial change in the questions that are on the table, which are what will the borders be? how can you make those borders secure? what will be the final status of
jerusalem claimed as a capital by multiple people and religions. it's a tricky thing to manage unless it would be done by now. the notion that settlements in violation of u.n. resolutions and international law could somehow be exempted from that and that israel could just go ahead full steam ahead with support from the united states, that is a reckless and surely faulty interpretation of the situation on the ground. so we'll see if president-elect after his inauguration really wants to continue down that road and still claim to be moving toward a peace process because it would -- nothing would derail the process faster than simply saying we're going to push for israeli settlements. we're going to push for a one-state solution, not a two-state solution and the fate of 6 million odd palestinians, well, we'll just ignore that question. that's not how you get to peace. >> thanks so much for getting up early with us.
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be good spouses, the whole of it, but the problem comes that when you respond to that anxiety about time with systems and advice that involve just thinking more and more about time and focussing on time, you get into this kind of hysterical situation where you are constantly even more stressed than you were. even if it works, even if you get more efficient answering e-mails, doing the chores, whatever it is, you end up in this kind of efficiency mindset where the moment you try to relax. you are kind of beating yourself up for not using that time as efficiently as possible. >> so what's the answer? what's the answer to finding the balance between your work and your personal life? >> i think well firstly i'm not sure there is a perfect answer. >> oh, darn. >> and i think the problem -- sorry about that, yeah. you're talking to someone who will be leaving this studio and finishing his christmas shopping at a sprint in an hour and a half. this idea that there is this ideal state of work/life balance that we can achieve that's shimmering off in the distance, it may not be attainable and
actually trying to focus on it and feeling bad because we're not there may just be adding to the stress in our lives. but to give a little bit of constructive, positive advice, i think we have to say, we have to face up to making tradeoffs. we have to accept that there are things we see are pretty important in life but not very important that we're not going to get to because we want to do the really important things. i write stuff. that's how i make a living. we have a 5 week old baby at home at the moment. so what priority do you think vacuuming the carpets is getting at my house? it's not getting a high priority and that's the only way to handle it, i think. just accept that some things aren't going to get done. >> what do you think in this digital era we're in with the smart phones and social media, is that adversely affecting your ability to be effective as well? do we feel like we have to keep up with the jones and be perfect just what everybody looks like on social media? >> it's so true. technology is supposed to help us. that's almost the definition of technology, but instead, yes,
especially on social media, you get a highlights reel. people post about their weddings. they post about their vacations and so if you compare yourself from what's going on inside you to what you're seeing on their behalf, you know, on the outside, you're just going to feel worse and worse. >> so it's all about tradeoffs, maybe cut back on work in exchange for time elsewhere, is that what you're saying? >> i mean, if you can, a part of what i was trying to get at in the big article i wrote in the guardian on this topic is that we might be just be living in a slightly impossible situation as a society where you can't be perfect at all these things. you can't get enough work done and be enough of a parent and a spouse and a friend and all the rest of it, but yes, i think ultimately you have to take some stuff decisions and not pretend that an infinite amount of stuff can be done in your finite amount of time. >> hey, we don't have to be perfect, no pressure. i'll take that. i'm certainly not perfect. oliver, thanks so much for your perspective on this.
>> thank you. there's a lot of news to tell you about this morning -- >> let's get to it. hour three starts right now. ♪ good morning, i'm alison kosik in for christi paul. >> it's hour four actually. >> it is. >> get it right. i'm victor blackwell. good to be with you. 9:00 a.m. on the east coast. 6:00 a.m. in the west coast. this morning, there are three new arrests, one of them the nephew of the berlin attackers. officials are now revealing recent conversations between the two. plus, the u.s. is on alert as many prepare for christmas one day away and hanukkah beginning tonight the fbi issued a new warning about possible isis threats to church and holiday events. meanwhile, the state department is posting a travel warning for u.s. citizens tr traveling egypt and jordan. this comes