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gift for less. at ross. yes for less! good morning, america. grim milestone. coronavirus cases in the u.s. topping the 12 million mark just ahead of the thanksgiving holiday. hospitalizations rising in all 50 states. mobile morgues in el paso filling up. dr. anthony fauci stunned by people who still aren't getting the message. plus, dr. jha with the latest on the race for a vaccine, and are americans ready to take it? president trump's setback. a federal judge in pennsylvania dealing a new blow in the president's desperate fight to overturn the results of the 2020 election. and we're joined by a former dhs official sounding the alarm on the president's actions. fbi manhunt. the feds now searching for the shooter who opened fire at a mall in wisconsin, injuring eight people. what might have triggered the gunfire.
stunning launch. >> and liftoff of sentinel 6. >> the spacex falcon 9 rocket roaring into space. the billion dollar project mission. what it will monitor from space to help us learn more about the earth. and music's big night. we're live in los angeles as we look ahead to tonight's american music awards. ♪ no one's around to judge me your sneak peek at the performances, the host not letting the pandemic stop them. >> we're creative people. we're still going to give you a big, big show. >> and the new awards being handed out tonight. good morning. since we gave you the numbers last sunday, the u.s. has seen 1 million new coronavirus cases, and the death toll has surpassed 255,000. in only one state, hawaii, are
cases low and staying that way. >> here in new york state we are now seeing the highest level of cases since april. in california the surge is threatening to swamp hospitals, and the state has now put in place a nighttime curfew. >> overnight, the food and drug administration gave emergency use authorization for the regeneron antibody treatment. this is the same one that president trump received when he had the illness. for the latest across the country, let's go to abc's trevor ault at a hospital in harlem. trevor, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning, whit. it's hard to overstate just how fast this virus is spreading. it took the u.s. 5 1/2 months to hit 2 million cases. we have now recorded 2 million cases over the past 12 days. this is about more than just infections. deaths are rising in the vast majority of the country just as the holidays are arriving. this morning, the u.s. roaring past 12 million confirmed coronavirus cases. the thanksgiving travelers are pressing on with their plans in spite of cdc recommendations to
stay home. >> yeah, i did think about not traveling. i have not gone really anywhere at all. >> reporter: health officials fear holiday gatherings will only fuel an already raging pandemic fraught with exponential outbreaks like the california racetrack where officials say more than 200 workers are now infected and the 9,500 american lives lost in the past week, a jump of nearly 20% from the week before. >> it's getting scary as a nurse. i would 100% be lying if i said i wasn't nervous to go to work next week. >> reporter: deaths are now climbing in 35 states and puerto rico, and hospitalizations are rising in every state. a research team in texas estimates their daily death count could triple over the next two weeks. a county judge in el paso now asking the governor for permission to reimpose a curfew, and the national guard is now on hand as the city's main morgue and nine mobile morgues are filling up with the bodies of
those who have died. >> we are looking for a site that would be able to refrigerate that we're going to be expecting to be needing unfortunately. >> reporter: new mexico has already taken strict action with a stay-at-home order this week, but nearly two dozen essential businesses are being shut down as well because of outbreaks on site. >> we understand the temporary inconvenience that this might cause, but it is absolutely essential that we take these actions right now. >> reporter: but huge portions of the public are still unwilling to accept the danger coronavirus poses, and it's frustrating scientists like dr. anthony fauci as they repeatedly trumpet the need for masks and social distancing. >> it's astounding how what you said is true. that people who are in icu beds, that people in the hospital still believe it's a hoax. >> reporter: but others are sharing the lessons they learned the hard way. tennessee mother emily brown was put on a ventilator at 31 weeks pregnant.
she woke up 30 days later having already given birth. >> i took covid very lightly before. i didn't care about wearing a mask or i thought, well, that's stupid. well, it's not because this covid is real. >> reporter: and health officials in the cdc continue to stress the threat of people bringing the virus home with them this thanksgiving. at the university of connecticut, 80% of their positive cases are asymptomatic, which is great news for those students, but raises concerns for people completely unaware they're carrying covid-19 right before meeting with family members who are far more vulnerable. dan? >> a huge concern. no question about it. trevor, thank you very much. we'll turn now to the increasingly desperate financial situation for millions of americans. they are lining up at food banks, worried about paying the rent or the mortgage and watching the clock as key relief programs are set to expire. abc's deirdre bolton is on the story. deirdre, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan.
normally this is a festive time of year, but the pandemic is creating hardship. more than 8 million americans have fallen into poverty since the spring, and two studies show that the level of poverty in the u.s. is now higher than it was pre-pandemic. >> i would never think that would ever happen, and i didn't ever think it would be this hard. >> reporter: this morning, thousands of americans descend on food banks across the country. >> we will make sure that they have had their portion and maybe another portion before we will eat. me and dad have kind of gotten to the point now where we only eat maybe once a day. >> reporter: cars lined up for miles. many people struggling ahead of this thanksgiving holiday. >> we don't have enough to eat. we don't have money to pay our rent. >> we've never seen an increase in food demand like we have since march. >> reporter: more than 21 million americans are receiving some form of unemployment insurance. >> nobody likes sitting at home just living off of government aid.
>> reporter: gabbie riley is one of them. she was furloughed from her position in hospitality this spring. >> i have some savings. so i understand the value of having some money set aside, but we're going on a year, and we've got an uphill battle. >> reporter: like gabbie, many question their future if there is not another stimulus package passed. >> i have friends that i can move in with, with my son. it certainly wouldn't be ideal, but i have those options. >> i'm an essential worker, but i have seven family members that are not working. so it's just me. >> reporter: the number of americans that are filing for first-time employment insurance rising for the first time in five weeks. this as key parts of federal aid known as the c.a.r.e.s. act expire only 40 days from now, including expanded unemployment benefits, eased student loan obligations, halted evictions and foreclosure relief. while lawmakers on both sides of
the aisle are calling for more federal stimulus, but with points of contention on size and scope. one d.c. insider telling me that congress responds best to a crisis and a deadline, and now we have both. so hopefully that means a step forward. eva? >> deirdre, thank you. now to politics this morning. president trump's campaign is requesting a recount in georgia, and he's lost yet another lawsuit in his battle to overturn the election results. abc's rachel scott is in washington, d.c. with the latest. good morning to you, rachel. >> reporter: eva, good morning. yeah. at least 17 of those cases have been tossed out or withdrawn, but still president trump is doubling down on a post-election fight that is not only failing in court, but stalling a smooth transfer of power, and now a small but growing number of republicans are saying it's time for president trump to face reality. overnight, another setback in the president's desperate fight to overturn the results of the 2020 election. in pennsylvania, a federal judge
smacking down the trump campaign's lawsuit in a scathing 37-page rebuke writing, the claims were haphazardly stitched together like frankenstein's monster, adding the president's lawyers presented strained legal arguments without merit. after that defeat, republican senator pat toomey releasing this statement saying, president trump has exhausted all plausible, legal options. calling on him to accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process. but even with his losses stacking up, the president is not giving in. his legal team officially filing for a recount in georgia. just 24 hours after the republican secretary of state certified joe biden's victory. in the state's audit, election workers tallied every vote by hand, and in michigan, yet another attempt. this time the republican party trying to block the state from recognizing joe biden's win. in a letter, the rnc chairwoman ronna mcdaniel and the state's gop chair urging the board to
delay certifying the results, calling for a full audit. but by state law, that wouldn't be possible until after the results are certified. republicans are trying to toss out votes in majority black cities like detroit which backed biden, pushing unfounded claims about irregularities. the trump campaign insists their only goal is to ensure safe, secure and fair elections. >> this is not about overturning elections on our part. >> reporter: a group of black voters fired back with a lawsuit, accusing republicans of trying to diseven franchise votes and civil rights leaders are sounding the alarm. >> black and brown voters in michigan already face too many barriers at the ballot box, and these antics threaten to disenfranchise these voters yet again. that cannot happen. >> reporter: the president running out of legal options, took to twitter, pleading with state legislators to have the courage to overturn the results, but gop leaders in michigan who met with the president on friday, said they have not yet been made away of any information that would change the outcome of the election.
and this weekend, president trump attended the virtual g20 summit, but appeared to skip a side event on the pandemic. this as a third u.s. senator has possibly tested positive for the virus this week. this morning, senator kelly loeffler is in self-isolation after receiving a positive covid-19 test, and then an inconclusive one. she was seen with vice president mike pence on the campaign trail there in georgia on friday without a mask. this morning, his office has not returned our request for comment. whit? >> rachel scott in washington. thank you. a group of former homeland security officials is criticizing the president's comments on the election. they issued a statement that says, in part, the president has wrongfully called into question the integrity and security of the 2020 u.s. election, and is now inappropriately abusing his office to undermine the democratic process, attempting to disenfranchise voters and delay the transition. earlier i spoke with elizabeth neumann, the former dhs assistant secretary for counterterrorism.
mrs. neumann, good morning. thank you for joining us. i want to jump right to it here. why did you decide to be part of this joint statement speaking out against your former boss, president trump, and what are your biggest concerns about his denial of the election results? >> you know, we have watched this president lay the groundwork for de-legitimatizing the election the entire campaign. so what we're seeing is not necessarily a surprise to us, but we do believe that the actions that he has been taking over the last few weeks have been very, very dangerous. there are three reasons why. first, he is alleging that there's fraud in the election, and moving to a stage where he's trying to steal the election himself. >> polls show most of trump supporters believe that the election was somehow rigged in biden's favor. what needs to be done to convince americans that this election was safe and secure? >> this is probably the thing that's keeping me up at night
the most. there is such a polarization in our country. this is going to continue well past inauguration. it's going to be something that we need to work on for a long, long time. but in this very particular moment where there's a lot of tension, i work in extremism. i have been doing counterterrorism for 20 years. the conditions are right for violence, and it is really, really critical that we have credible voices, people that were supporting donald trump, come out and clearly explain the facts to his supporters. he has not won the election. >> forgive me. i have to press you on that a little bit because we heard that from people on election night as well, that the conditions were ripe for violence. for the most part election night turned out to be mostly peaceful. >> i'm so grateful for that. my personal concern was never for election day itself. it was for this period afterwards where one side or the other was going to lose, and you might see protests.
we saw some of that last week at the rally in washington, d.c., and you saw protests and counterprotest groups interact and there was some violence. i think we might see more of that, and i'm also concerned about acts of violence that are premeditated, not just spillover if you will because two groups run into each other on the street. the premeditated violence that people that are now talking about taking up arms, the rhetoric is increasing online. i hope that it's just bravado. i hope it's people letting off steam, but it would be great if some republican leaders would treat this seriously. you have any number of voices saying we're concerned. their voice matters. so my call would be, republican leaders, whether you're at local or state or federal position, if you supported trump previously, and you can recognize that he did not win, now's the time to
come out, rationally explain it's okay to be upset about that, but violence is not the answer. >> elizabeth neumann, thank you for your time this morning. we appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. >> i also asked her to respond to criticism from trump allies that she's just a disgruntled employee and a never trumper. she said she's proud of that distinction. she wanted to speak out for what she believes is right during this time. >> so much to talk about here. let's bring in abc news political analyst matthew dowd. matthew, good morning. as you just heard, and we just heard from a former administration official, she's criticizing president trump. overnight, pennsylvania's republican senator pat toomey seemed to call for the president to stand down. the official, we just heard from says more republicans need to speak out in this way. do you envision that changing, given that most republican supporters of trump are staying mum or supporting the president's efforts to overturn the election? >> well, my expectation is -- i
am amazed at how slow it's taken for people to recognize basic math and arithmetic in what the election results were. i would guess that pat toomey who was pretty clear about what he said about the judge's ruling in pennsylvania, it's this edge of more, and it'll probably go through thanksgiving and you'll see republicans say it's time. the problem for republicans that they have politically is it's not just the president. it's their base. it's the base of the republican party who seems to believe a lot of these conspiracy theories in the realm we're in, which is unfortunate that their leaders, the leaders of the party aren't correcting these conspiracy theories, and they're only sort of contributing to the biases people have. the problem for republicans who aren't speaking out yet is they're afraid of the base more so than they're afraid of donald trump. >> let's just talk about the president for a second. he does not seem to be showing any signs of relenting, and he pushed back against toomey on twitter overnight. do you see a point where he concedes, and if not, where does this process go? >> well, i think the president is doing great damage, dan, to
our democracy in the midst of this. leaders, the responsible leaders get people out of their biases, and he's not doing that. i don't think he'll ever concede. i think he will leave. he'll be gone on january 20th. i think he'll say something to the effect of, i'm won, but i'm leaving and will never concede. this is the first time in modern history -- i don't know if it goes back all the way 240 years. it might, that a president has done this. every other president has conceded and gone forward, and tried to help heal the country in this moment as we've seen from all the other presidents. president bush and president obama, all of these. i don't think that president trump will ever, ever concede. i think he's emotionally, i think, incapable of being able to say he actually lost. >> matt dowd, really appreciate your analysis on a sunday morning. thank you, and a reminder, check out "this week" this morning. george stephanopoulos will go one-on-one exclusively with president-elect joe biden's chief of staff ron klain. plus, george will interview dr.
moncel slawi, the chief science adviser for "operation warp speed." that's coming up later this morning on "this week." eva, over to you. friends, family and activists gathered to pay tribute to quawan charles on saturday. the 15-year-old went missing on october 30th, and video shows him being picked up by a friend and the friend's mother. his body was found november 3rd in a sugar cane field about 20 miles away, his face barely recognizable. his sister speaking at his funeral, and his mother speaking exclusively to our janai norman. >> we will forever the memories of you and the memories we wish we could have had with you close to our hearts. >> i cannot sleep at night like i want to. i'm constantly thinking about my son and trying to figure out exactly how he died. >> quawan's family is still seeking answers surrounding his
death and have questioned why local authorities did not issue an amber alert for his disappearance. >> it's an incredibly sad story, and we will stay on it right here on abc news. in the meantime though, let's check the weather. rob marciano in new york this morning. rob, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, dan. it's been a lovely weekend for the most part here in the north east, cloed clouding up now in advance of this next system that's been a little bit of work over the midwest. show it to you on the radar. some rain all the way from oklahoma through the mid-mississippi valley, memphis and through the ohio valley as well, and a little bit of white showing up there in northeast indiana, toledo, you might get a little bit of snow. detroit as well, might be some flakes mixing in from time to time, with the low through pittsburgh, buffalo, syracuse, and light rain getting into the new york and philly area later on today. the heavier stuff comes through tomorrow when that front actually pushes through. as i mentioned, a little bit of snow accumulating in some spots in the midwest. i'm not all caught up on the football schedule, but any game
in pittsburgh, cleveland, cincinnati or buffalo today may have some issues. meanwhile, good morning to you. it's cold out there. temperatures once again in the 30s and some 40s out there, with frost. by this afternoon it's mild, some increasing clouds in the north bay, but by thanksgiving, we're sunny, could be even a little bit milder today, low 60s in richmond. 62 in oakland. looking at 65 in livermore and the accuweather seven-day forecast some high clouds today, and looking mild and dry throughout the week. >> reporter: turkey day on thursday. we've got that forecast coming up in the next half hour. see you then. >> all right, rob. looking forward to that. thanks so much. a college professor is reaching out to her campus community this thanksgiving. janai norman is here with that story. janai, good morning. >> reporter: hey, guys, good
morning. some students at the university of iowa may have to give up spending the holiday with their family this year, but they won't have to give up on their thanksgiving feast. communications professor, dr. elizabeth pierce says she didn't want any students to feel sad or lonely, so she offered to make extra portions of her home-cooked thanksgiving meal and deliver them directly to her students' dorms or apartment. that kind gesture shared online, quickly going viral and reaching nearly 1 million people. >> i hope this just touched people, not because it's a big gesture or anything great, but just because it was just a little ray of sunshine in kind of a dark time. >> that's exactly what we need. dr. pierce also told students to let her know if they're social distancing with any roommates so she can send extra food, and there are vegan options. >> oh, dan. >> so sweet, and right up your alley, dan. >> and tofurky. >> all i can make is toast. thank you, janai. appreciate that. that's a great story. coming up on the show, the mall shooting manhunt. what we know this morning about the suspect who opened fire in
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♪ ♪ what if i, what if i fall ♪ then am i the monster, just let me know ♪ ♪ what if, what if i sin welcome back to "gma" on this sunday morning. that is the new video for the single "monster," a collaboration between justin bieber and shawn mendes that talks about the pitfalls of being a superstar, and both performers are set to take the stage tonight for one of the biggest nights in music. we will have more on what you from tonight's american music awards. lots of men of a certain age had crushes on both of those men for some time. >> our viewers couldn't see, but dan harris was bobbing his head along as well. >> i really relate to those guys. the pitfalls of being a superstar. >> hits a little too close to the bone for you, right? >> exactly. we have a lot of other
stories to get to this morning. here's a look at the top headlines. happening right now, the u.s. surpassing 12 million confirmed coronavirus cases as health officials fear holiday gatherings will fuel the already raging pandemic. 9,500 americans lost their lives this week alone, a jump of nearly 20% from the week before, and overnight, the food and drug administration gave emergency use authorization for the regeneron antibody treatment. this is the same one that president trump received when he had the illness. also right now, the fbi joining the manhunt for the shooter who opened fire at a wisconsin mall on friday, injuring eight people. police say they do not think the shooting was a random act and may have been sparked by an argument. all eight victims are expected to recover. and the spacex falcon 9 rocket launching from california, bringing the first of two satellites that will monitor sea levels into orbit. it's all part of a $1 billion
nasa/european project. the second satellite is due to launch in five years. but we begin with questions about the coronavirus vaccine. u.s. officials expect to have enough doses of the pfizer and moderna vaccines by the end of the year to vaccinate some 20 million people, but there are still plenty of questions to be answered. joining us now is the dean of brown university's medical school, dr. ashish jha. thank you so much for being with us. first, let's address a major issue here. people are skeptical. recent polling suggests that 58% of americans say they are willing to take the vaccine. is that enough, and what, if anything, could help change some of these minds? >> good morning, eva. thanks for having me on. yeah, we will want 70% to 80% of americans ultimately to get vaccinated because that's what's really going to help drive the level of infections way down. so i think what we have to do is explain to people that the process we've used to develop the vaccine has been done with incredible scientific integrity.
and i think once people see the data and see their neighbors and friends getting vaccinated, i'm hoping more and more people will get comfortable with the idea of getting themselves and their families vaccinated as well. >> i want to talk about schools this morning. there's been a lot of debate during this pandemic about closing schools. last week new york city schools closed. parents were really upset. they were raising the question, why is it safe for my child to eat indoors, but not in school? some are pointing to the numbers. schools have a very low infection rate, but what advice do you have for these parents, and for state officials who are trying to make these decisions? >> yeah, so these are hard decisions, but i think the evidence here is really clear, and the evidence is that schools should be open. at least k through eight, there is very little data to suggest there is any spread happening in those schools. it doesn't make sense to have restaurants and bars open in places, but not have schools open. we should be flipping that. keep schools open and if you're
going to close anything, close bars and restaurants first. >> now for those people who are going to be home with their family on thanksgiving, what can you say to help them stay safe when they decide to get together with their family members? >> so if you are getting together with people who don't live with you, or who are not part of your family bubble, first of all, i think it is -- there is real risk there. there are things you can do. try to keep your mask on for as much of the day as possible. obviously hard to do that while you're eating. during eating, if you can try to stay separated. one family in one part, and another household eat in another part of the house, keeping windows open. there's no simple, easy way to do it. the best is if you can do it outside, but in places like new england, that's going to be hard. >> dr. jha, we appreciate that advice, and, you know, it's a question a lot of people are dealing with this week, is what do we do for thanksgiving, and that advice is going to be super helpful. thank you. dan? >> such a wrenching question. we really appreciate dr. jha weighing in on a sunday morning.
let's switch gears now and get your forecast. rob marciano in new york. good morning again. >> reporter: good morning, guys. always a treat this time of year as the days get shorter, and the nights get longer. you have a better chance if you live north to seeing the aurora borealis. here are some shots out of fairbanks, alaska. if you ever see these things in person, it's spooky, spiritual and speck fatacular. hard to describe it. that's the shot through some of the birch trees there. and back to the lower 48 where we saw this november warmth, as cool air is infiltrating behind this weak front that's pushing east ward and bringing that rain and a mix of snow today across parts of the ohio river valley, and pushing into the northeast, and temps will dip into the 30s, but bounce back pretty nicely. back to mild temperatures, wednesday and thursday on the east coast for thanksgiving and another pacific northwest storm. rain and mountain snow. good sunday morning to you. it is clear and cold to start
out. temperatures in the 30s and 40s by the afternoon, low to mid-60s with some increasing clouds, and another chilly night tonight. >> reporter: this weather ht. >> reporter: this weather forecast sponsored by state farm. by the way, my test came back negative guys, but they still won't let me back in the building for some reason. >> it was something else all along. >> yeah, exactly. by the way, we have been marveling over your look this morning, rob, with the suede and did he nick. like, professor langdon from "the da vinci code" or something like that. >> yes, it is autumnal and professorial, if you will. much appreciated. >> i've always loved naugahyde. it's a great look. >> more illuminati every day. >> stop the hating on rob this morning. >> not hating, congratulating. thank you, rob. talk to you soon. coming up here on "good
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welcome back to "gma" and a look ahead to one of the biggest nights ahead in music. tonight's american music awards may not have a big audience or any audience for that matter during this pandemic, but it's what happens on stage that counts. and abc's zohreen shah joins us from the microsoft theater in los angeles with more. zohreen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, whit. it's been a rough year for music fans. no concerts, no festivals or big award shows they can go to. the amas here at the microsoft theater is one of the biggest award shows. this year they're focusing on being one of the safest. ♪ rain on me >> reporter: it's one of the only awards shows based on fan votes. ♪ the 48th annual american music awards taking place under strict guidelines. everyone on premise tested in advance, sets disinfected between performances and a staff dedicated to ensure safety. tonight's lineup includes over
15 performances from chart toppers like bad bunny -- ♪ dash -- billie eilish -- ♪ i'm on your friend or anything ♪ -- bts and nelly. ♪ late night >> what makes the amas special is just that energy, the energy of the awards, you know, it's more like the celebration. ♪ >> reporter: "gma" got a sneak peek of the '90s r&b group bell biv devoe's rehearsal. their performance nearly 30 years since their ama debut. ♪ you know what i said ♪ i said let's have some fun, yeah ♪ >> we're safe. we have been tested 100 times before we got on this camera right now. >> reporter: but artist and first-time host taraji p. henson ready to bring that same energy. >> we're creative people. we're still going to give you a big, big show. >> reporter: and there's something for everyone. changes this year include
categories for rap, hip-hop and latin artists. [ singing in foreign language ] >> it's just such an honor to be latin and be here. i feel that people in colombia feel proud that i'm here. people in latin-america feel like i'm taking my flag around the world and putting it here, at the amas, it's such an honor. >> reporter: one person to keep your eye on this year is megan thee stallion. it is her first time being nominated. she has five nominations, the most for any female this year. tune in tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern for the show. guys? >> one of the many big stars, zohreen, thank you so much. dan looking forward to bieber and mendes the most. >> always. i like megan thee stallion. my motto. classy, bougie, ratchet, right? >> i love how you think about the words. >> we'll leave that out of the show. i'll save you, dan. coming up still here on "good morning america," the veteran who didn't stop helping people when he returned home. why he created team rubicon to
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hey, welcome back to "gma." we're going to take a look now at the man behind a group that helps people in truly dire situations. he's a former marine, comfortable in disaster zones, and he's now organized hundreds of relief efforts through team rubicon. jake wood's new book is called "once a warrior: how one veteran found a new mission closer to home," and rob got a chance to speak with him. >> reporter: what a treat this has been, jake. the inspiration for team rubicon came during the haiti earthquake in 2010. what was the moment where you
said, that's it, i just got to do something? >> just, it frankly felt familiar. it felt -- it didn't seem right to just give $10 when i felt like i had so much more to give. >> reporter: jake recruited a handful of retired soldiers for that first mission. since then, team rubicon has grown to over 100,000 volunteers. most of them veterans. >> what team rubicon has been able to do is give them a new mission that restores for them that sense of purpose. >> i've known you and team rubicon for many years, having covered disasters. the emotion there is just palpable. >> just sitting around, knowing what we can to is one of the highest qualities of any marine, soldier and sailor. the stakes are high. communities are counting on them, and we take military mentality into these situations. what does that mean? it means we'll take a disciplined approach.
we're going to -- we're going to plan, we're going to execute. we're going to win these battles with compassion. we're going to win these battles with empathy. >> what inspired you to put pen to paper and write this book? >> with team rubicon, it's an opportunity to re-inspire america. you know, i hope people read this book and they realize america's best days are still ahead of it and not behind us. >> reporter: i love jake's attitude. i love the book. "once a warrior." it's been out since veteran's day, and you can pick it up just about anywhere. also out this week is jake's second baby girl. his wife gave birth just a few days ago to layla. she's beautiful, but she has a heart defect. they had a surgical procedure, that was successful and all is well. she's recovering in the nicu. she has stolen the hearts of all in that nicu. gorgeous second baby girl for them. i also asked jake, you know, if you were a politician, you would get my vote. he says, at the moment, he has no plans of going into politics. he's doing some important work right now. >> he is doing important work, and our thoughts are with his family on this sunday morning. thank you very much, rob.
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whenever you like. it finds a king in his original country, and other actors are also expected to return and new characters will be played by wesley snipes, tracy morgan and leslie jones. that will be online instead of theaters, because of the pandemic. it's not thanksgiving yet, but it's not too early to talk about christmas, is it? >> no. >> nope. grammy award winners carrie underwood and john legend releasing their video for their first duet called "hallelujah." the video has 25 million views. the song is on underwood's first ever christmas album called "my gift." it airs next month. and finally sticking with music, "verzuz," the music battle keeping us entertained, shattered records thursday with the matchup between gucci mane and jeezy. they posted that thursday and it was viewed by more than 9 million people giving bigger ratings than the vmas, the latin grammys, cmas, or "the masked singer" on any given night for those primetime shows.
adding our culture has made us the top show in the world for music outside of the grammys. >> i want to apologize because i forgot that when dan talks too much, it makes you talk really fast. >> he knows it and he loves it. >> it's all part of the plan. >> yeah. classy, bougie, ratchet, dan. >> mostly ratchet, you know. great job. fast talking. see you later. stay tuned for "this week." stay tuned for "this week." job. fast talking. see you later. stay tuned for "this week." building a better bay area for a safe and secure future, this is abc 7 news. good morning everybody. i'm liz kreutz. california state health officials say the curfew is to curb the spread of covid-19 spikes. here is what it means for the purple tier counties. all nonessential work, travel and gatherings are now banned
between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. this goes for the purple tier counties and here in the bay area that's every county except san francisco, san mateo and marin counties. the 41 of 58 california counties where this applies make up 94% of california's population. many police departments in the bay area say they won't be patrolling for curfew violators for actively stopping cars. north bay neighbors we talked to had mixed opinions. >> don't believe that you are more susceptible to covid between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. >> that's when people trend to drink more at night and let their guards down more. >> state health leaders say you can still go to the grocery or drugstore, walk your dog or get takeout from a restaurant but large gatherings should be completely avoided. for now, the curfew will last until december 21st. let's get a check of the weather with meteorologist lisa argen. hey, lisa. >> hey there, liz, good morning. hi, everyone. freezing temperatures in our
inland valleys and looking at san francisco 47. it's sunny. 40 in san jose. check out gilroy at 35. it is 30 in danville. looking at 30 in novato and we have fog as well, so frosty temperatures once again, and we'll look for a is sunny start the day. fog from novato to santa rosa and you're colder in the east bay and the south bay so we'll see the increasing clouds throughout the afternoon. low 60s in oakland with mid-60s in morgan hill and dry through the week. there are a lot of things in life we want but can't have. health insurance shouldn't be one of them. covered california is making health insurance more affordable for millions of us. even if you've looked before, you should look again. enroll by december 15th.
>> announcer: "this week" with george stephanopoulos starts right now. defying democracy. >> he'll go down in history as being one of the most irresponsible presidents in american history. >> trump falsely cries voter fraud. >> no legal or factual basis to question that choice. >> it's an attempt to subvert our democracy. >> fires those who questions his claims. >> it's dangerous. >> anyone that has the audacity to speak truth to power gets fired. as covid rages out of control -- >> there's nohere's nohere's no >> will the president put the country first? >> it's