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would michael cohen betray you? shares of facebook absolutely tanking. >> fear. plain and simple. i made a mistake and i paid the price for it. good morning and welcome to "sunday today" on this july 29th. i'm willie geist. we are happy to be back with you this week after stepping away last week for golf. we have a lot to catch up on. wildfires continue to rage in 13 states across the west this morning. we are on the front lines as firefighters work around the clock to battle the biggest one of them all, the devastating carr fire in northern california. the death toll now rising to five when a woman and her two
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great grandchildren could not escape the flames. we'll take you there live. plus, we'll break down another eventful week for president trump as former long-time lawyer and fixer, michael cohen, fully turns against him. cohen releasing a tape that appears to depict him discussing with then-candidate trump hush money for a former playboy playmate. cohen also claiming, according to a report, the president did know ahead of time about that infamous trump tower meeting with a russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign. we'll get into it with chuck todd and white house correspondent kristen welker. and later, a sunday sit-down with claire danes, the star of one of the best shows on television. talking about staying grounded through a life in show business, the challenges of acting while pregnant, and how the story lines in "homeland" seem to predict real-life headlines. >> we have something called spy camp. >> i've heard. >> yeah. we have spy camp. we lock ourselves in a clubhouse
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in georgetown and interview people within the intelligence community and then politics and we get this really wonderful insight into what's going to be relevant in six months or a year's time when the show finally airs. a sunday sit-down with "homeland" star claire danes. plus, harry smith a bit later in the show. we begin this morning with the raging fires across the american west. the death toll from the largest fire rising this morning after the bodies of a woman and her two great grandchildren were discovered on saturday. california's governor now has declared a state of emergency. nbc's steve patterson is on the front lines in redding, california. steve, good morning. >> reporter: willie, the true toll here is just being realized. more than 500 homes and businesses burned to the ground. five people now confirmed dead, including young children, and this fire is showing no signs of slowing down. overnight, once again, the carr fire raging out of control. flames fueled by days of hot,
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dry temperatures, red flags winds whipping into a fury. houses cooked down to piles of ash and metal within minutes. thousands of firefighters battling back on the front lines struggling to keep up. this is what firefighters are facing right now. incredibly hot temperatures, steep terrain, and this heavy wind. saturday, the fallout. a family in redding confirming the worst. 70-year-old melody bledsoe and her great grandchildren, james and emily, who were missing since thursday, were found dead, trapped by the flames at their family home. >> one minute it is fine, the next minute everybody's screaming. >> reporter: melody's husband, ed, was across town helping neighbors evacuate. >> we lost everything. everything. i mean you can't lose more than family. >> reporter: a family friend says the family had no warning. >> there was no evacuation orders. nothing. then all hell broke loose. it just exploded.
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>> reporter: firefighters calling for more evacuations as the flames exploded against new fronts. >> if you feel like you need to leave and nobody's told you? is leave. there is a reason the hair on the back of your neck stands up sometimes. it means you should listen to that and go. >> reporter: in the fire's wake, whole neighborhoods leveled. row after row of homes reduced to rubble. >> i don't even know. there's no words for it. >> reporter: mike robinson returned to find his family home gone. >> i'm 53 years old. i got to start over again. i don't know where to go from here. >> reporter: the rising toll of a fire wreaking havoc on so many lives. and overnight the governor declared a state of emergency in napa county. there a brand-new fast-moving fire has already destroyed dive structures and is causing mandatory evacuations. more than 10,000 firefighters on the front lines across california battling fires. >> steve patterson, thank you very much. president trump is spending this sunday at his new jersey
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golf club. the president had a chaotic week with his long-time and now former personal lawyer and fixer, michael cohen, appearing to flip on him. cohen's attorney releasing an audiotape that appears to depict trump and cohen discussing a hush money payment to a former playboy playmate in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election. president trump's current lawyer, rudy giuliani, now says he wants experts to review the tape to see if it was doctored and calling cohen a liar. cohen also reportedly ready to . cohen also reportedly ready to testify to special counsel robert mueller that mr. trump knew ahead of time about a meeting in july of 2016 between a russian lawyer with ties to the kremlin and his top campaign staff, including son don junior. the president tweeting he didn't know about the meeting but repeatedly refusing to answer questions about it this week. >> mr. president, did you know about the meeting at trump tower? >> familiar voice. one place the president is ready to speak, apparently the campaign trail. he says he wants to hit the road
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to support republican candidates nationwide with the mid-terms now just over three months away and republicans fearing they could lose the house. let's get into all this now with nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker. she joins me here in new york. good to have you here. in washington, nbc's political director and moderating of "meet the press," chuck todd. krist kristen, let's start here with you. you were shouting many of those questions that the president didn't answer this week. michael cohen clearly now with the hiring of lanny davis going on offense. he's been aggressive this week, releasing the tape to cnn of that conversation, and now the report that he's ready to talk perhaps to special counsel robert mueller, without evidence that we've seen yet that president trump knew ahead of time about that 2016 meeting. so i just ask you basically, how concerned is the white house about michael cohen? >> they're concerned. the president is infuriated. i can tell you, i have been speaking to the president's allies, willie, and that's a real barometer i think for the way in which the president is
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viewing this. they are deeply concerned. they don't like what they heard on that audiotape. the optics of it are bad. but it does suggest, they say, the president wasn't being truthful when he said he didn't know about that critical meeting. at this point in this time it is a he said/he said, is there any evidence, anyone to corroborate what michael cohen appears to be ready to tell the special counsel. president trump has said, look, your favorite president has done nothing wrong. that's a quote, of course. so publicly he's trying to say nothing to worry about. but as you pointed out, he's not answering questions about this. he doesn't want to talk about it. as an increasing problem for the white house, for the narrative at the white house, and it underscores the fact that, despite the president trying to discredit special counsel's investigation, calling had a witch hunt, even some of his top advisors calling it a witch hunt, it is not going away. >> john bolton, the national security advisor again this week calling it a witch hunt. chuck, rudy giuliani, the attorney -- or representative on tv anyway for president trump, is using a familiar tactic with
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president trump which is to discredit the source. in this case the source is michael cohen, somebody that giuliani and trump have praised for a long time now. is there effective when they say consider the source in this case? >> the problem is is that neither side has a lot of credibility. let's take just the issue of the trump tower meeting. so rudy giuliani wants to say, well, michael cohen's a liar, how can you trust anything he says? well, the problem is the president's story on the trump tower meeting has changed multiple times. the president lied to us in the media about whether he dictated the statement to the "new york times." right? later on his lawyers grudgingly admitted, in response to questions to mueller, that they did -- that the president did dictate a statement. so this is sort of, yeah, i see what giuliani's trying to do, discredit michael cohen. but the problem is, they don't have many legs to stand on themselves in the credibility department. >> chuck, there was another piece to the story that came out. a name not familiar to most
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americans. allen weisselberg. he is the chief financial officer at the trump organization, a long-time advisor to president trump. in fact, to trump's father. he goes back that far. he is a guy many people say has access to many of the things that robert mueller and federal investigators will want to know, including tax returns. >> well, look. the tax returns, by the way, i'm told mueller already has. that it would be unusual if he didn't. it is actually something that it's likely the justice department approved which was a subpoena of the -- to the irs and the irs probably already has given mueller the tax returns. but what can weisselberg potentially testify to? how money was moved around in that organization. how different things were set up, llcs. look, you put -- you know, this is the guy who can provide potentially the road map of how money moved around the president personally, the trump organization professional, and perhaps what happened overseas. other than michael cohen,eissel
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about the president's business. >> it's been reported he's even been taking care of president trump's household bills. this week we had the bail-out to the farmers that wasn't so popular. the president announced maybe he would roll back the tariffs with the eu. that's an agreement, not something that's actually happened yet. then he got a gdp number on friday, growth of 4.1% which is objectively a good number. he said he is going to hit the campaign trail hard in the three months leading up to the mid-term elections. is it going to be an economic message talking about what he'll call the trump economy? >> i think he's going to be leading with the economy. he said he's going to be on the campaign trail five to six days a week. i'm already starting to pack my bags. we're going to be very busy. look, he sees this as a winning issue. he took a huge victory lap at the white house on friday. he told sean hannity, if it's all about the economy, which is of course something that one key democrat had said a long time
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ago, then we're going to win big in november. but this is a president whose approval rating is hovering around the mid 40s. so republicans are latching themselves to him largely right now. but the question is, will that backfire. obviously there are headwinds. the russia investigation a big one. but you mentioned the other big one, willie, which are the tariffs. those are very unpopular in a number of key trump areas. >> kristen, thank you very much. chuck, thank you as well. we'll look for much more this morning on "meet the press" when chuck is joined by recall former trump campaign aide sam new englandberg and republican senator rob portman to discuss the threat michael cohen could pose to the president. breaking news overnight from new orleans where three people were killed and seven injured when two suspects shot into a crowd in front of a strip mall. police say the shooters, who were wearing hoodies, opened fire in all directions before standing over one person and firing several more shots. police are still looking for the suspects this morning.
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congressman and civil rights eye kricon john lewis is in the hospital this morning. a spokesperson for the 78-year-old congressman said he was taken to an atlanta area hospital saturday and being held for routine observation. he is expected to be released at some point today and we send our best to a great american. and olympic gold medalist simone biles made a big return to competition on saturday. biles has hasn't competed since the 2016 rio olympics but she won the u.s. classic. her overall score easily the highest this year in any domestic competition. she's headed to nationals next month and hopes to be ready for the tokyo olympic games in twown francisco. 52 degrees right now. we got some foggy conditions that will eventual start to burn off by the afternoon, we got a light breeze out there and san jose that high pressure will continue to dominate.
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62 degrees right now. we're expecting temperatures to once again climb into those 80s for today especially further inland expect to see hot temperatures jumping into the 90s by start of the work week that will remain high. straight ahead, the highs and lows of the week, including the woman who faced a jail break when she tried to steam some crabs and they decided they didn't like the idea. plus, a father's viral happy dance after he learned his beautiful baby was ready to leave the hospital. and later, a troubling recent poll shows the holocaust is fading from the american memory. harry smith visits a survivor for a reminder of why we must never forget. >> i could not tell what you is happening in me. zplin side you. >> yeah. >> i think he also means he couldn't tell you what happened to him back then. >> right. all of it. >> it's all coming up on "sunday
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kristen welker's been nice enough to stick around for the highs and the lows of the week. you ready? >> i'm ready. let's do it. the first high goes to a police officer who stepped in to help a homeless man getting ready for a new job. the officer from the tallahassee police department was in a gas station parking lot after a call when a homeless man named phil march approached him. phil asked officer carlson if he could help him fix a broken electric razor. phil told the officer a local mcdonald's promised him a job if he cleaned himself up. officer carlson made a quick fix on the razor and offered to do the shave himself, what you are seeing right there. someone in a nearby car saw what was happening, pulled out the phone and posted the video on facebook where it quickly went viral. officer carlson says he didn't realize he had been recorded until his wife called him later in the day and said, hey, can you save some guy today? after that shave rocketed across the internet, the two met up again. officer carlson helped phil
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apply for the i.d. he'll need to get the job. the fire department got phil some new clothes. a local barber shop gave him a fresh cut and mcdonald's says phil's job offer stands as soon as his background when he started telling me why he was trying to get it to work and he seems so excited that there was an opportunity that doing this one simple thing of saving might get him a job. >> right. >> it kind of touched me to, hey, if i can help him out, then i'll try my best to do what i could. >> that's a good moment. >> talk about above the call of duty. i love that story and the woiifs reaction. did you save somebody today? >> he didn't know it was already on facebook. first low to a supremely awkward travel moment on the friday rush out of washington, d.c. this is gate 35x at ronald
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reagan national airport and a couple of passengers ready to board the flight. in the green shirt is donald trump jr. and reading the newspaper is special counsel robert mueller who is investigating russian interference into the 2016 election. the election that put donald trump in the white house. well, you may remember that a meeting at trump tower two years ago. they labeled it as russia gate or gate gate. tyler coates tweeted the following. another asking the age-old question who gets the arm rest? >> the whole white house team had so much fun with this. >> i'm sure. >> we spent the day trying to come up with captions. only in this town. i mean, basically is there a book called "this town." a d.c. moment. >> 35 acts of notorious gates.
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everybody hates that gate. >> our next high to the joy of a parent who he learns his little boy can leave the hospital even if just for a little while. kenneth thomas of new jersey has a son who was down syndrome and leukemia. here is the happy dance on the day christian got to leave the children's hospital of philadelphia for a break. ♪ >> christian and dad partying there so sierra's "level up." christian had to return to the hospital this week as planned for treatment but he hopes the video viewed on instagram more than 2 million times will remind families like him to keep that hope and to keep that positive spirit alive. >> just incredible. i love it takes place in my hometown of philadelphia where they do such great work for kids like that. >> i love to see the kid looking
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up to dad and cheering him op. he has moves. >> final low to one woman's famously chaotic attempt to steam live crabs. virginia simmons posted to facebook her adventure in the middle of a crab revolt! >> all right. here we go. a a couple of minutes here. ha! [ screaming ] no, get out! get out! got to be more careful! got to be more careful. >> the crabs, you can see them climbing out of the pot and darting around the kitchen! she is chasing them with her tongues. eventually, putting an end to the prison break and putting beer over the crabs in the pot and toasting to their memory. this video has been viewed 7 million times. i think the lesson there is you can't dump them all in at at once? because they start working together to get out. >> she is braver than i am.
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downtown san jose good morning, thanks for >> good sunday morning. it's 6:26 this sunday, july 29th, 2018. such a live look this morning at downtown san jose. good morning. thank you so much for joining us. we have a look at that microclimate forecast. 62 degrees. nice day. >> nice. we got some cloudy skies out there. along the coast notice that marine layer. 52 degrees right now in san francisco very light breeze at 5 miles per hour. we're expecting a very similar day as we saw yesterday. so if you liked the temperatures across the bay area yesterday, maybe they were too warm for you
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if you were inland, head along the coast and cool off. let's look at the rest of the bay area as you wake up this morning. right now 52 degrees in santa rosa, hayward at 58, oakland at 56 and we'll climb into upper 80s and 90s in the forecast especially for interior valleys where san jose temperature trend, a quick climb by 2:00 into 80s. i'll break down how long this heat is expected to last and when our next chance of possibly cooling down might come in to play. >> thanks. hundreds of people forced to evacuate a brush fire that quickly exploded to 150 acres and destroyed several homes. that fire is burning in the berryessa highlands community in napa county. here's our map showing you where it is. the area around steele canyon road was ordered to evacuate. they are calling at any time steele fire that broke out around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. several homes are gone.
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fire crews attacked the flames by helicopter to control the fire's growth. the situation escalated quickly. >> i'm watching fire and come up to my house and watching like propane tanks explode. it was insane. i drove out of the court and literally was watching our neighbor's house burn. it was insane. >> berryessa highlands is a development of a few hundred homes built on a peninsula. firefighters say that location is posing a challenge for crews to get there. question now is where people can go. a whurch is welcoming evacuees. it's located in napa at 2490 post street. this is information that can help safe lives. we tweeted out mandatory evacuation order the situation it was ordered. for more fire coverage a state of emergency in mendocino and lake counties.
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south fire as combined the two and calling them the complex fires. both sparked friday and last night engines from san francisco and concametra costa county wen to help. flames scorched 14,000 acres and cal fire says it's only 5% contained. they were talking about 300 fires burning across the state according to cal fire. much more on what's happening as well as the weather forecast and what firefighters can expect. that's all coming up for you today at 7:00. hope to see you back then.
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you sought me out! you used our friendship to send me back against my own country, which makes me, as the russians call it, an active measure. but it makes you a traitor. >> you really think that? >> no, i know that. >> claire danes as cia officer kerry matheson on the hit show time series "homeland." for seven heart-pounding seasons danes has played one of the most intense, complex and memorable characters on television. her performance, along with a great supporting cast and timely story lines that always seem to be one step ahead of the news make "homeland" one of tv's favorite shows. for danes, matheson is the signature character in a long,
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successful career that began when she moved across the country to los angeles when she was just in middle school. claire, who's now pregnant with her second child, joined me recently for a sunday sit-down. >> reporter: kerry matheson is a single mother who spends her days chasing down terrorist plots around the world. all while struggling to manage her bipolar disorder. >> i'm going to get you a bit more adivan to settle you down. >> do you feel like after a season of shooting you need to get away from carrie? is. >> it is a demanding show, for sure. it never gets more casual for her. they just keeps raising the stakes. there was an additional demand on danes this season, unbow noe unbeknownst to her cast and crew. my dresser crocheted this wonderful bag for me.
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but in between takes i just face-planted on this crocheted bag. claire, claire, it's literally time for your close-up. and i had these -- like crochet impression. it looked like i had suffered third degree burns or something. they had to massage it, then take a hair dryer to it. half of an hour passed. time is money. it was so stressful! >> reporter: the 39-year-old danes knows the rules of a big ln time set well. after all, she's been on one since she was 13 years old. in 1993, danes moved from her hometown of new york city to los angeles to shoot the pilot for "my so-called life." >> people can actually die of embarrassment. i bet it's been medically proven. >> reporter: a role that a year later would earn the teenager a golden globe award for best actress. >> was it fair to say there wasn't much of a plan? >> not at all, there was no plan. >> there weren't stage parents saying here's what we're doing
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next. >> no. they were not like cultivating this interest in me. they were more just tolerant of my like obsessiveness. >> did you have any sense of where that obsessiveness came from? were there certain movies you loved or tv shows? >> my parents weren't very -- they were artists and hippies and not all that careful about like what i was exposed to as a little person. so, yeah. i mean i remember seeing like "the accidental tourist" when i was 8. i saw "wall street" in the theater when i was around the same age. i look back on that now and think, i don't know if that was so appropriate. but it was fine. >> it was the time, too. my dad took me to see "beverly hills cop" when i was 9. what kind of parenting is that? or are we too protective? >> it might be one or the other. i'm not so sure. >> merry christmas. >> reporter: claire's first movie gig came when she was just 14 in the film "little women."
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>> i am not afraid. i can be brave like you. >> reporter: roles followed in this romeo and juliet. >> parting's such sweet sorrow that i shall say goodnight till it be tomorrow. >> what is wrong, mom? >> the young actress took life advice from director and mentor, jodi foster. >> she was pretty adamant that i go to college. she spoke about her experience. she was an amazing mentor have find myself having as a tiny person. >> reporter: danes spent two years at foster's alma mater. she went on to win an emmy and golden globe for playing an autistic woman. >> i know my system will work because i've been through it a thousand times in my head. >> reporter: the next year in 2011 claire took on the role that may have defined her career. she's won two emmys and a mare
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of golden globe awards for her starring role on "homeland." a heart-pounding show which in recent seasons has anticipated real-life events. >> if you look through, sort of saw the paris attack coming, predicted that. a president under congressional investigation. fake news. russia being involved. all those themes were on your show before they actually happened. >> yeah. >> in real life. >> yeah. it is pretty uncanny. >> is that a product of you all doing research and talking to people in the intelligence services? >> yes, i think it largely is. we have this -- we have something called spy camp. >> i've heard this. >> yes. we have spy camp. we lock ourselves in a clubhouse in georgetown and interview people within the intelligence community and in politics and like we skyped with snowden one year. and we get this really wonderful insight into what's happening right at this moment and what's going to be relevant in six months or a year's time when the show finally airs. >> one of the parts of carrie
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that so many people appreciate is the way you treat her bipolar disorder, her mental illness. i interviewed glen close one time and she has mental illness in her family, including bipolar. and she, out of the blue without my prompting, started talking about you. >> oh, that's so nice. >> and how it is important how not to caricature that. >> thanks for saying that. . >> i am laser-focused. >> the more i research this subject and learn about people who are wrestling with this condition, just the more respect i have for them and more empathy i have for them. we take a lot of liberties with our show. it is obviously a very exaggerated representation of a lot of experiences but ultimately she is a hero who is wr wrestling with something that's very painful and has been stigmatized for a long time now. >> reporter: she addressed a kid like jake. she plays a mother and wife grappling with her 4-year-old son's concept of gender, and her on the other hand, as they
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navigate new york city's notorious preschool admissions process. >> you know that i care very deeply about jake. which is why i'm doing everything in my power to place him somewhere where he feels safe and comfortable enough to -- >> to dress like a girl. >> okay. >> that's obviously what you're saying. >> i think we are maybe illuminated some taboos or some ideas that are a little charged or a little scary. all we want is to encourage more conversation and for people to feel more relaxed about admitting to some of the complications and challenges that come with all of this. you know? >> reporter: soon, it will be time for danes to dive back in to her character as "homeland" enters its eighth, and potentially final season. >> if "homeland" wraps up and it will be this amazing chapter in your career. you thinking about other things yet? >> yeah. a little bit. a little bit. i can't say what they are! >> is it an acting -- >> yeah, for sure. >> directing? >> no, no.
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i would -- i -- it turns out i really like to act! i'm still into it! >> you're good at it. >> no, no, no. i'm really kind of amazed this many decades in, i haven't tired of it. i will definitely want to continue doing that. i think if anything i might want to produce material, as well. >> you're not going to go be like an accountant or something. >> i don't -- i don't think i would -- i would do all that well in the world of accounting. yeah. >> it's too late to learn that. >> no. >> keep going with the acting thing. >> yeah. exactly. >> i think she should stick with the acting, just see how it plays out. watch "homeland" on show time and we will wait to see what claire and the show have in store for us in the upcoming season eight. her movie, "a kid like jake" is out now. don't forget to subscribe to sunday sitdown podcast to hear the entire unedited interview with claire danes. you can find it on tune in or wherever you get your podcasts. next week, a sunday sit-down
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with actress mila kunes. next week on "sunda we got a nice start across the bay area. 50s right now. 60s in the south bay. 62 degrees in san jose. temperatures along the coast are expected to remain cooler. a marine layer will stick around for the first half of your day. over the next couple of hours here's a quick check. up 70s by 1:00, 2:00 warmer temperatures. we're expecting hot inland valley temperatures that will climb into the 90s. next on "sunday today," harry smith visits a 92-year-old holocaust survivor whose extraordinary story and the tattoo on his arm serve to remind us of history now lost on too many young americans.
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what's in your wallet? new laptop with 24/7 tech support. yep, thanks guys. i think he might need some support. yes start them off right. with the school supplies they need at low prices all summer long. save $200 on this dell laptop at office depot officemax. a survey released in april made headlines and raised eyebrows when it revealed stunning gaps in awareness among many americans about one of the darkest chapters in human history -- the holocaust. 41% of americans, and 66% of millennials, for chamexample, c not say what auschwitz is, that notorious concentration camp which was one of construct and maintained by the nazis. the first was dachau built in 1933 and liberated by the united states army on april 29, 1945.
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in our "sunday spotlight," harry smith visits a survivor of that camp who asks again that we never forget. >> reporter: and old man and his son visit the holocaust memorial in boston. six tall pillars of glass etched with numbers. just like the numbers tattooed on the arms of prisoners in nazi concentration camps. and like the ones etched on the old man's arm when he was just a boy. >> can you show your arm? >> yeah. >> he didn't start by showing this to people. >> reporter: steve ross is 92 years old now and had a stroke a couple years back. his son, mike, speaks some of the words his father can't. >> i think he's concerned that people are going to forget about the holocaust. and i am, too. >> reporter: the nazis killed 6 million jews in the holocaust. of his immediate family, only ross and a brother survived. >> i could not tell you what is
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happening in me. >> inside you. >> yeah. >> i think he also means he couldn't tell you what happened to him back then. >> all of it. >> he would often say that. "i can't tell you what happened to me." >> reporter: but he does tell in a new book, "from broken glass," devastating accounts of cruelty through ten camps in five years. how he was left for dead in the pile of corpses, of hiding in an open pit of human waste, of being raped by a nazi officer. and then at war's end, how an american soldier offered him food and a flag and how ross turned evil to good. >> i think the miraculous thing about all of this is that what he got from his horrible experience was some sense of a mission to help other people and to instill hope in other people. >> reporter: for decades, ross worked with truants and
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drop-outs in some of boston's toughest neighborhoods. he had the uncanny ability to get struggling kids back in school and on to good jobs, and even into college. >> don't give up your education! stick with it! you're young! you're beautiful! you have got so much who live for! >> reporter: his pitch -- if he could survive what he did, you could survive anything. >> and to see somebody actually here, reaches me. you know? >> dad. look at this. it is the book. >> oh, yeah. >> it is the big picture of the thing. >> reporter: no wonder then at a recent event for the book's launch, the current and former mayors of boston showed up. >> how are you, my friend? >> reporter: as did many of the people he helped. >> it's also a time in our country right now where we need a wake-up call and we need everything that mr. ross represents. >> reporter: ross' book arrives
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at a time when american awareness of the holocaust is waning. >> when studies tell us that 22% of millennials do not know or have never heard of the holocaust, there's been a failure at a basic education level. and we need to address it. >> reporter: to that end, the antidefamation league has adapted "from broken glass" into a study guide for schools. >> it is easy to become immune to hate and bigotry. it is much harder to confront it. >> reporter: ross knows that without reminders, history can slip away. so maybe we shouldn't be surprised that it was his idea to build the holocaust memorial in boston. his sheer will made it happen. and your story is so inspirational. >> yeah. >> it's very painful. >> very painful. >> but, so inspirational. to have endured what you endured, what you lived through. >> yeah. >> and then to come out and be a
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man of good works, i don't know how that happens. >> yeah. it is all true. >> reporter: truth that bears repeating. for "sunday today," harry smith, boston. >> amen to that. harry smith and especially to you, mr. ross. thank you. next on "sunday today," they are ready to pop the champagne along the champs-elysees in paris. wait until you hear about the broken american who's finishing last. >> i put too much work in to get here just to go home after day one. and later -- a life well lived. the biologist who made the migratory monarch butterfly an migratory monarch butterfly an in
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the 105th tour de france finishes today in pair race after 21 stages and 2,282 grueling miles over three weeks. grueling does not begin to describe the experience this month of 26-year-old american
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lawson kraddick who is expected to finish the tour in last place but with the most inspiring story of that iconic race. nbc's kelly koelly kobe. >> cyclist from houston, texas, never imagined he would find fame this way. >> tell me about your feelings about the tour de france. >> she is a doozie. >> reporter: riding in the tour te france, one of the most pushing sports in the planet was a childhood dream and three-week battle with epic mountain climbs and bone rattling cobblestones and dangerous crashes. a lesson lawson learned on day one. >> the next thing i know, either hit a water bottle or possibly a land mine. i'm not quite too sure, but i just went rocketing off the side
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of the road and can kind of tell something is wrong immediately. but, you know, it's tour de france. you don't just stop willingly. >> reporter: it was a brutal crash. lawson had a broken shoulder and an injury that would force many riders to drop out. >> i mean, i put too much work in. i put too much work in and to get here just to go home. >> reporter: teammate simon clark was with lawson after the crash. >> what i also said to him was, you're broken, but you get back up so let's just focus on keep going. >> reporter: lawson did keep going, through pain, head winds, long days, and big climbs. and he gave himself extra
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motivation, starting a fund-raising drive for the track in houston where it all began. >> after hurricane harvey last year, it had quite a bit of damage and flooding to the very top of the track. it is how i got my start in cycling. >> reporter: a goal to raise 2,002 $2,100 has brought in over 5 thousand. he will cross the finish line in paris in last place. >> i've yet to feel sorry for myself. everything really happens for a reason. >> american lawson kraddick has shown his true character. >> reporter: showing the world a different way to win. for "sunday today" kelly cobiella, nbc. >> i would say finishing that race is a win. thank you, kelly.
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you can watch the coverage of the final stage of the tour de france at 9:30 a.m. on nbcsn. we highlight another "life well lived." if you heard the story of a monarch butterfly is because dr. lincoln broward made sure you and the rest of the world heard it. growing up in new jersey, he was fascinated by butterflies from a very young age. he first began studying the monarch while getting his ph.d. in zoology in yale in the 1950s. over a life's worth of work, he made his own station the world's, turning the monarch into a celebrity of the animal kingdom. the butterflies travel south for the winter, flying thousands of miles together from the united states to the mountains of central mexico. dr. broward marveled at what he called the micro computer in the monarch's tiny brain that allows it to travel to one specific area of mexico without ever having been there before. in the 1980s, he worked with the
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mexico government to create sanctuaries in the forest where the monarchs farther. thanks largely to the doctor, the butterflies are a station to tourists and skervconservationi. he said the monarch is just as valuable as the mona lisa. he died last home in his home in virginia. he was 86-year-old old. november 17th is national take a hike day. not like, "get outta here" take a hike. but like a real hike. with deer and stuff. at a-a-r-p, we're all about hikes, bikes... swims... and... whatever this is... because we're here to help you become your healthiest self. it's why we offer health tips for your body... ...and your brain. yeah, your brain! today is your day to make fitness happen... and a-a-r-p is here to help
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we close this morning with a look at what's next this week. president trump will be back on the road holding a pair of big
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events on tuesday. he holds a campaign rally in tampa with the florida republican gubernatorial candidate ron disantos. then on thursday, president trump holds a rally in wilkes-barre, pennsylvania in supported a republican senate candidate. the boys of the thai soccer team who were rescued from a cave after they were trapped for more than two weeks will leave a monastery where they've been ordained as novice buddhist monks. the players shaved their heads and studied buddhist teachings over nine days as a tribute to the navy diver who died preparing for their rescue. hunan's widow attended the boy's ceremony this week. thank you for spending part of your morning with us.take a
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sj from communications hill time now is 7:00 this sunday, july 29th, 2018. we want to start you off right now with a beautiful look down there at san jose. a little hazy but 62 degrees and off to a nice start. good morning. thank you very much for waking up with us on this sunday. here's a look at that microclimate forecast and some more 90s in our future. >> more 90s. we still have that hot weather dominating in the forecast. that will be around for the next several days. if you're waking up this morning we have a nice range of temperatures from the coast into the south bay. we are at


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